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Hollywood plans Falluja movie

By Dan Glaister

LOS ANGELES, DEC. 17. Hollywood has joined the war. Universal Pictures announced on Thursday that it is to make The Battle for Falluja.

To prove it is serious, it has enlisted Indiana Jones himself, actor Harrison Ford, to help defeat the militancy. The film — Hollywood's first foray into the second Iraq conflict — is due to go into production next year and will be based on a yet-to-be-finished book, No True Glory: The Battle for Falluja by Bing West, a former Marine, politician and now war correspondent.

The movie and book take as their starting point the killing of four civilian contractors in Falluja and the ensuing decision to order an assault on the city by U.S. Marines.

That first assault, which was abruptly stopped by the White House, was led by General Jim Mattis, who will be played by Mr. Ford. Six months later, shortly after the U.S. election, the Marines attacked Falluja and occupied it. —

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