General in Charge of Western Iraq Criticizes U.S. Revenge in Fallujah

The Washington Post reports that outgoing U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. James T. Conway, who was in charge of western Iraq, dealt a blow “against top U.S. military and civilian leaders who ordered the [April] Fallujah invasion and withdrawal.” After the late March “killing [in Fallujah] of four U.S. security contractors, whose bodies were mutilated or burned by a celebrating mob[,] Conway said he resisted calls for revenge, and instead advocated targeted operations and continued engagement with municipal leaders.” The U.S.-led assault on Fallujah, he said, “served to increase ‘the level of animosity’ in the city.”

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