5,422. 10/13/2003

Journalist “Zaki Chehab, writing in the Guardian, profiled a number of insurgents in the Ramadi area [Iraq] in October [13] 2003. Most of them seemed to be simply aggrieved at the occupation of the country, and had little connection with the Ba’ath Party or its leadership. ‘We do not want to see our country occupied by forces clearly pursuing their own interests, rather than being poised to return Iraq to the Iraqis,’ one said. They were indifferent to the possible capture of Saddam Hussein and its effects on the insurgency, claiming that his capture would finally sever the links between Saddam and the resistance movement.”

 – Ali A. Allawi, The Occupation of Iraq, Page 243

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