The explosion of an AT-4 rocket fired by U.S.
forces onto the position of an Iraqi gunman brightens the scene as evening
creeps over Fallujah. U.S. Marines cordoned off the city to battle insurgents
following the grisly murders of 4 U.S. contractors.
The highly-publicized deaths of
four U.S. contractors in Fallouja prompted action
by the U.S. military to quell the city's growing insurgency. Considered one
of the most dangerous places in Iraq for U.S. forces, lawlessness abounds and
anti-American sentiment is extraordinary. Marines charged into the city of
350,000 waging house-to-house battles as they sought to crush the insurgency.
Several were killed and wounded trying to defeat a determined Iraqi