Once a stronghold of al-Qaeda in Iraq, this Sunni city experienced fierce fighting in 2004. But two years later, tribal leaders turned against the extremists and began cooperating with U.S. forces. Life is improving, but many civil liberties have fallen victim to tight police control.
SOURCE: Associated Press, staff reports | GRAPHIC: The Washington Post - March 24, 2008
In Fallujah, Peace Through Brute Strength Article | FALLUJAH, Iraq -- The city's police chief, Col. Faisal Ismail al-Zobaie, a husky man with a leathered face and a firm voice that resonates with authority, ordered an aide to shut his office door. He turned to his computer. Across the screen flashed a video, purportedly made by the Sunni insurgent...