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Iraqi Mayor accuses government of starving city

Published:Thursday | December 20, 2007 | 1:53 PM

Falluja’s city mayor has accused Iraq’s central government of starving the city of resources.

Mayor Sa’ad Awad said Shia officials still consider the former insurgent stronghold a haven for Sunni militants.

He added that support was particularly lacking for the country’s police force.

Mayor Awad’s comments come three years after the massive US assault on Falluja.

The Head of the US military in Falluja said he shared some of the Mayor’s concerns over the scarce resources.

Colonel Richard Simock said there are no immediate plans to withdraw the 5,000 US Marines currently stationed in the area.