Big Wedding, Long Honeymoon
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Monday that large numbers of Iraqi civilians would not be killed, "certainly not by U.S. forces," during the siege to retake Fallujah, even as the top US commander there predicted a "major confrontation" between insurgents and up to 15,000 troops in the Sunni Muslim city.
September 10, 2004:
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden said Monday that large numbers of American civilians would not be killed during tomorrow's "Big Wedding" operation, "certainly not by Jihadist forces," as two of the attacks are planned to be executed early in the day before target buildings are completely occupied, and the third will see extraordinary aerobatic measures in order to impact the virtually unoccupied side of the structure.
Bin Laden also expects the United States government to respond promptly to the attacks with emergency evacuations and counterstrike measures, minimizing loss of life.
November 9, 2004:
"Body parts everywhere!" cries a US soldier....