Welcome to A People's History of Fallujah Digital Archive!
We are an affiliate of the Islah Reparations Project, a nonprofit organization that promotes grassroots reparations between those who recognize their complicity in structural violence and those who seek accountability from them. We conceive of grassroots reparations as a broad process of social repair, in which truth telling is an essential first step.
This project is dedicated to constructing a people's history of the sieges of Fallujah as an act of reparations. The two US-led sieges of Fallujah in 2004, and the Iraqi-led siege in 2016, were horribly destructive operations that caused tremendous suffering and hardship for Iraqi citizens and American soldiers alike. Because propaganda played such a central role in the operations, truth-telling and revisionist history become especially important aspects of a reparations campaign.
When we speak of propaganda, we are referring to the deliberate ways in which U.S. information operations influenced the media's representation of events in Fallujah through the use of embedded journalists, Press Information Centers, and psychological operations. The U.S. propaganda campaign achieved far more than simply legitimizing the operation to domestic audiences. Propaganda was also integral to the violence itself, shaping, facilitating, and motivating it—a point that has yet to be fully appreciated, even by some of the most incisive of observers. Thus, not only was the official story of Fallujah largely false and devoid of reference to Iraqi suffering, but the sieges of Fallujah, it was and continues to be harmful to Iraqis.
The goal of this archive is to facilitate a process of collaborative storytelling that will contribute to a rich and rigorous historiography and assist broader reparations efforts for the city of Fallujah.
On this site you will find primary source documents about the conflict in Fallujah, Iraq since 2003. These materials include news articles, oral history interviews, human rights reports, blog posts, speeches, and government documents. We seek to provide the public with the resources they need to understand this history on their own, without relying on officials or experts who try to present their interpretation as the true history of Fallujah.