Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 1 February 2004 through Wednesday, 4 February 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice. http:// www.freearabvoice.org
Sunday, 1 February 2004. ‘Id al-Adha.
One US occupation soldier was killed and 12 others wounded on Sunday evening in a rocket attack on an American base in the area of Balad, 75km from Baghdad. A US military occupation spokesman said that at least seven Iraqi Resistance rockets were fired on the base. The wounded were taken to a field hospital belonging to the unit, the 4th Infantry Division. The spokesman said that two of those wounded in the attack are in critical condition, but five received only light wounds and the rest were treated and released, according to the US statement. The US aggressor spokesman said that an American helicopter gunship responded to the attack by firing at what was believed to be the source of the rockets. Later US occupation troops rounded up 12 Iraqi men and four women.
Elsewhere in Iraq, one US occupation soldier was killed Sunday and two others hurt when their Humvee overturned near the town of Hadithah, according to the US occupation authorities.
Also on Sunday the British Ministry of Defence announced that one British occupation soldier functioning as part of the 35th Engineers Battalion stationed in al-Basrah had been killed on Saturday. Islam memo quoted the US propaganda radio station Radio Sawa as saying that the British announcement gave no further details of the death apart from observing that the soldier’s death was related to the nature of engineering work.
In another delayed death announcement, the US occupation announced Sunday that one American soldier had died on Saturday of wounds received several days ago in a roadside bomb blast west of Baghdad. A US military occupation statement quoted by Reuters, said that the soldier, who was attached to a special force was wounded on Tuesday, 27 January 2004, in a powerful Resistance attack.
Two Iraqi Resistance martyrdom bombers struck the Irbil offices of two collaborationist Kurdish chauvinist parties in near-simultaneous attacks Sunday in an attack marking the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice ‘Id al-Adha. At least 57 people were killed and more than 235 were wounded, officials said. One collaborationist Kurdish “minister” in the US-installed and US-run puppet “interim government” said the death toll could top 100.
The Iraqi Resistance martyrdom attacks at the Irbil offices of the chauvinist so-called Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP, which is led by Mas‘ud al-Barzani) and the chauvinist Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK, which is led by Jalal at-Talibani) occurred as party leaders were receiving hundreds of visitors to mark the start of the four-day Muslim holiday, ‘Id al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice. Iraqi officials in the US-controlled regime said that some of the top Kurdish chauvinist leaders were greeting people when the attacker approached them and detonated the explosives strapped around his body. The second attack took place at about the same time in the PUK office across town, PUK spokesman Kazim ‘Ali said. Several people were killed and injured in the PUK attack, he said. Irbil houses the Kurdish so-called parliament. Under US-imperial aerial protection since 1991, and then under the US occupation since the spring of 2003, Iraqi Kurdish chauvinist parties, have ‘ruled’ a Switzerland-sized swath of northern Iraq on behalf of western interests. Talibani and Barzani both sit on the US-appointed puppet so-called Interim Governing Council presided over by L. Paul Bremer, US Proconsul of Iraq.
The dead included the puppet governor of the region, ministers in the local puppet administration and several senior officials, Muhammad Ihsan, the so-called “minister for human rights” for the Kurdish chauvinist regional government, told The Associated Press. "There are a tremendous number of injured," Ihsan said, adding that the targeted sites were the parties' branch offices, about eight miles apart.
The high ranking dead include Irbil puppet governor Akram Mintik, puppet deputy prime minister Sami ‘Abd ar-Rahman, puppet minister of council of ministers affairs Shawkat Shaykh Yazdin, and puppet agriculture minister Sa‘d ‘Abdullah who is also a politbureau member of the KDP, Ihsan said. Al-Jazeera TV’s correspondent said that Shakhwan ‘Abbas, the man in charge of the Irbil branch of the PUK was also among the dead.
A state of emergency was declared in the Kurdish area, and doctors have been asked to return from vacation. An urgent appeal has been issued to residents to donate blood.
Irbil city morgue director Tawana Karim told the AP that 57 bodies had been brought to the morgue and "figures are increasing." At least 235 people were admitted to the city's three hospitals with injuries, medical sources said. "These figures are estimates but I believe about 60 people were killed at the PUK and about 80 at the KDP.
"On the first day of the ‘Id we receive people and well wishers and that's why security wasn't as tight as during the rest of the days. They (the Iraqi Resistance) took advantage of this."
The attack also was believed to have been the first in which the martyrdom fighters wired bombs to themselves and detonated them while on foot, akin to the suicide attacks by Palestinian fedayeen in occupied Palestine. There have been a multitude of martydom car bombings in Iraq.
Abu Ghurayb, site of a US-run concentration camp, east of the city of al-Fallujah came under Iraqi Resistance mortar attack on Sunday. Eye witnesses said that they heard six explosions and saw clouds of smoke rising from inside the prison compound after a number of mortar rounds crashed into the area, aimed at the US occupation troops stationed there.
The witnesses, quote by the Qatari news agency Qana, said that the American occupation troops returned fire and that the exchange of fire continued for some time. The witnesses reported that as a result of the exchange of shells, a number of cars driving on the highway were damaged.
An Iraqi puppet police official announced Sunday that an Iraqi Resistance attack on a puppet police patrol in Kirkuk, 255km north of Baghdad, left four puppet policemen wounded. Puppet police Colonel Khattar ‘Abdallah ‘Arif said that Resistance fighters had thrown a hand grenade at a puppet police patrol in the al-‘Urubah neighborhood in the east of Kirkuk.
On Sunday, about 20 Iraqis were killed in an explosion at a munitions dump in the Polish-controlled south-central region of the country, according to a spokesman for Polish occupation forces. The blast occurred after midnight in the desert about 112 miles southwest of Karbala’ after Iraqis broke into the munitions storage site, Polish military occupation spokesman Colonel Robert Strzelecki told the Polish news agency PAP. Strzelecki said it was unclear what caused the blast. The dump, formerly used by the Army of the Republic of Iraq, before the US invasion, consists of about 100 bunkers spread over a wide area and contained munitions such as artillery shells and rockets, he told PAP.
Late on Saturday a two blasts ripped into the predominantly Palestinian residential neighborhood of al-Baladiyat in Baghdad. The first blast, (reported in the Iraqi Resistance Report for 29 through 31 January 2004) killed four Palestinian refugees and one Iraqi visitor and wounded five others, witnesses said.
Later a second blast in the same neighborhood took the life of one more Palestinian. Relatives said one man died on the way to hospital from shrapnel wounds sustained in the explosion. "We heard the blast and saw that the deceased was missing," said ‘Ali Muzan. "He died on the way to the hospital."
Residents of the neighborhood of al-Baladiyat on Sunday carried the bodies of the four Palestinians in coffins draped in Palestinian flags from a mosque to their homes before taking them to a cemetery for burial. Some young men in the funeral procession fired rifles in the air, a traditional Arab gesture. Although it was not known who fired the mortar, angry mourners blamed the United States.
Many women in the procession sobbed. Men chanted "Allahu Akbar!", or "God is Greatest!", "America is the enemy of God!" and "A martyr is God's beloved!"
Two of the dead - Ihsan Husayn, 40, and his son, Ahmad Husayn, 18 - were hit in the head by shrapnel that went through the windows of their apartment, said the elder Husayn's sister, Fatimah Husayn. A third victim was 18-year-old Sami ‘Abbas, said his mother Zahriyah ‘Abd ar-Rahman. The identities of the other two people killed were not immediately known.
Early on Sunday, US undersecretary of defense, Paul Wolfowitz, a notorious neo-conservative and Zionist whose sister lives in occupied Palestine, arrived on a previously secret trip to Iraq. The US official, a major architect of US-Zionist aggression on the Arab Nation, arrived by plane from Germany where he had been visiting US servicemen due to be deployed here in a major troop rotation that poses security headaches for the American military. The Pentagon claims that the biggest turnover since World War II will reduce the US troop presence in Iraq by spring 2004 to 105,000 from 130,000. On the other hand, many logistical, supply, and other functions of the US military are being transferred to “civilian” contractors who will, in effect allow the combat strength of the aggressor forces to stay high, or perhaps even increase.
It was said that Wolfowitz would join US occupation troops in watching television coverage of the American commercial sporting event, the American football “superbowl.” The location and details of Wolfowitz's itinerary were kept secret by the invader forces out of fear of the relentless and powerful Iraqi Resistance. During Wolfowitz's last visit to Baghdad in October, Resistance fighters fired rockets at the hotel where he was staying, killing one US occupation soldier and wounding more than 15 people.
In keeping with the changes that US occupation forces are planning in an attempt to reduce their losses in dead and wounded, officials in the occupation said on Sunday that the US was planning to reduce its visible presence in the city of Baghdad in coming months as they move to the perimeter of the city, leaving responsibility for security in the occupied Iraqi capital to puppet security forces trained and run by the American invaders. This type of deployment, also followed by Zionist occupation forces in Palestine, facilitates continued control of the city and ready access to it, but reduces opportunities for Resistance fighters to attack within the urban setting where people and buildings provide support and cover for patriots.
US occupation forces are subjected to daily Iraqi Resistance attacks and the large and visible US headquarters in the Republican Palace, renamed the “Green Zone” by the invaders, has frequently been a target of mortar and rocket attacks. To try to escape this relentless pressure from the Resistance, US Brigadier General Martin Dempsey, commander of the 1st Armored Division, said that his division was building six base camps on the outskirts of Baghdad to which they plan to move the 1st Cavalry “so that when our successors came in behind us they would be on the outside [of Baghdad] looking in. We were very much on the inside looking out,” Brigadier General Martin Dempsey, commander of the 1st Armored Division, spoke to reporters together with visiting aggressor Paul Wolfowitz.
Dempsey said that when he took command in July there were 60 base camps through the city. "It comes along with sandbags, concrete barriers, concertina [barbed] wire, and it just causes a lot of disruption that we are beyond now," he said. "So we'll be on the perimeter of the city."
Currently there are 24 base camps in Baghdad, a number which is to fall to eight by May. Two of those camps are still to be in the so-called Green Zone, headquarters area of the US occupation, which is under heavy fortification, protection, and guard.
Monday, 2 February 2004.
The number of dead from Sunday’s martyrdom attacks on the two Kurdish chauvinist collaboration party headquarters in Irbil rose on Monday to 67 as several of the approximately 200 injured persons died of their wounds, according to new findings announced by medical sources.
The director of Irbil Hospital, Muzaffar Habib told Agence France Presse (AFP) that 58 corpses were brought to the hospital. Two persons died while under treatment in the hospital raising that total to 60. Meanwhile the Director of the University Hospital in Irbil, Dr. Salah ‘Abdallah, for his part said, “we received 51 wounded, of whom seven died today, Monday morning.”
Honduras’ defense minister Federico Baribi announced Monday that Tegucigalpa will be replacing its forces in Iraq, starting today, 2 February 2004. Honduran troops are being rotated at the same time that Washington is rotating its much larger occupation force in occupied Iraq. Islammemo quoted an Associated Press dispatch as saying that Baribi announced that the first contingent of 185 Honduran troops who had been carried out patrols in an-Najaf streets would arrive home on Monday, having departed Iraq on Friday after having spent six months serving the United States occupation of Iraq. The remaining 238 Honduran troops are to go home to their Central American country in the next two weeks. A new brigade is scheduled to arrive in Baghdad in the current week. The Honduran base in the city of an-Najaf has been struck twice by mortar shells, but occupation authorities claim that no casualties resulted from those attacks. Four Honduran troops have been reported wounded, however, in other incidents.
Dutch diplomatic sources report that they expect the Netherlands’ diplomats attached to the Dutch embassy in Baghdad to continue working in the occupied Iraqi capital for the present. They will not, however, be working out of their own embassy building because it sustained heavy damage in a rocket attack last week. Holland Radio reported that the embassy building is still sealed and no information has been released regarding the investigation surrounding the attack. A Dutch newspaper, the NRC Handelsblad, reported Saturday on the authority of an unnamed embassy source that all the embassy staff left the building before the attack because they received a warning one hour prior to the rocket barrage, giving them time to evacuate.
The Iraqi puppet police announced on Monday that US occupation forces and the puppet police had arrested five Iraqis, three of whom were suspected of involvement in the explosion on Saturday that left three US occupation soldiers dead near Kirkuk.
Special Report: al-Jazeera interviews Imam of Abu Hanifah Mosque in Baghdad.
Shaykh Ahmad Hasan at-Tah, prominent member of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ of Iraq and of the Council of Islamic Juridical Consultation (Majlis al-Ifta’) praised efforts by Sunni and Shi‘i religious leaders to strengthen the unity of the Iraqi people in confrontation with calls for sectarian dissention and violence. Their joint support for national unity has had a positive effect on the street, the Shaykh told al-Jazeera in an interview, and has prevented the situation from getting out of control in the current difficult conditions.
At-Tah, who is also Imam of the Abu Hanifah Mosque in Baghdad, one of the most important Sunni mosques in the Iraqi capital, said that there are those who are trying to shake the Iraqi people’s unity in the ranks. “Reliable witnesses have seen an American soldier paste a portrait of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein over a portrait of [the Shiite] Imam as-Sadr in al-Jihad neighborhood. This is an action that can have dangerous repercussions in terms of stirring up confessionalist conflict.”
In his interview with Al-Jazeera.net, the Shaykh rejected the idea that religious leaders were responsible for sectarian violence and terror, stressing that: “The violent people are those who attack and occupy the country. The terrorist is the person who ravages the sanctity of homes, who handcuffs men, and steals people’s belongings.” He said that most of the occupation troops steal jewelry and any other valuable items they find during house raids. “This has become a commonplace that everybody talks about.”
The Shaykh said that international law grants people the right to defend their land and to expel an occupier. “Therefore the ‘Ulama’ [Islamic religious leaders] call on the citizens of Iraq to defend themselves, their honor, and their wealth, with whatever means are available. There is no law on earth that prohibits people from doing that.”
In answer to the charge that mosques have become a venue for political appeals, Shaykh at-Tah said that Islam is a way of life that does not differentiate between politics, law, and personal status. Therefore it is not appropriate for mosques to ignore such things. He said that this charge is made by secularists who are trying to use every possible means to force Islam out of people’s lives, in particular out of government, and to limit it just to performing prayers.
The Shaykh pointed out that the mosques played a pioneering role in guarding national unity, in calming the people and in preventing many of them from getting out of hand after the fall of the former regime and the entry of the occupation forces and the collapse of security as a result of the disappearance of central authority.
He said that the Board of ‘Ulama’, despite its limited resources, has great authoritative moral influence among the Sunnis, and it has striven to reduce difficulties for people. It encourages people of good will to form welfare associations, and these have played a big role in alleviating human suffering for a large number of Iraqis.
Shaykh Ahmad at-Tah pointed out that before he became a member of the General Secretariat of the Board of ‘Ulama’, he was a vice president of a welfare association outside the capital Baghdad where he served 16,000 persons.
Shaykh at-Tah called on Iraqis to reconcile and stand in one rank against the occupier, “for it is by unity that Iraqis can defy the occupation.”
Tuesday, 3 February 2004.
A spokesman for the US occupation announced that one American occupation soldier was killed and one other wounded Tuesday evening when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on a road in the village of al-Iskandariyah 35 miles south of Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired two rockets at US-occupied Saddam International Airport near Baghdad at 6:15am local time, according to the American military occupation. The US invaders said that there were no casualties as a result of the Resistance attack but offered no information on possible damage that the rockets might have caused. The US invaders have turned Saddam International Airport into one of their major bases in the greater Baghdad area.
A US aggressor spokesman who did not give his name said that the rockets were launched from a densely populated area of the capital. He said that the US occupation command sent military forces to comb the area, but that helicopters could not take off due to thick fog hanging over the airport. He gave no further information.
In Kirkuk, 255km north of Baghdad, the Iraqi Resistance fired Katyusha rockets at an American occupation base. The attack came shortly after visiting aggressor, the US deputy secretary of defense Paul Wolfowitz held a meeting with Kurdish, Turkoman, and Arab collaborationist leaders from the region. The Iraqi puppet police attempted to apprehend the Resistance fighters who fired the rockets but they shot an Iraqi civilian to death instead.
The Iraqi Resistance forces also attacked an Iraqi puppet police station in Kirkuk, killing one puppet policeman and wounding two other puppets and one passerby
A spokesman for the Iraqi puppet police in the city of Karbala’ reported on Tuesday that three puppet policemen were killed on Monday night in an Iraqi Resistance attack near the city. Rahman Mishawi said that the Resistance fighters, riding in a red BMW opened fire on a puppet police pickup truck in an area 30km north of Karbala’. He confirmed that the three puppet policemen were killed and that the gunfire caused the pickup to burst into flame when the bullets struck the fuel tank.
There has been an attempt on the life of Iraqi puppet police Brigadier General ‘Abbas al-Husayni, commander of Iraqi puppet police in the city of Karbala’. Iraqi Resistance forces opened fire on his motorcade as it was heading to the city of an-Najaf. According to Qana, the Qatari news agency, al-Husayni survived the attack, but three of his bodyguards were killed.
The Iraqi puppet police have announced that the US occupation forces failed in an attempt on Tuesday to arrest the Vice Chairman of the Iraqi Revolution Command Council ‘Izzat Ibrahim ad-Duri, in an operation they carried out in Mosul, 370km north of Baghdad. Puppet police Lieutenant Haqqi Isma‘il al-Hamadani reported that the US aggressors raided the house of Shaykh Jum‘ah ad-Duwwar in the as-Sumud neighborhood west of Mosul. Shaykh ad-Duwwar was able to elude the aggressor forces by escaping through a back door, but the invaders captured two of the Shaykh’s sons instead. US occupation forces did not confirm this report.
US occupation forces captured two Iraqis in Tikrit after finding an explosive device on the road that an American occupation convoy was about to take. The commander of the 1st Armored Division in Iraq, Martin Dempsey, said that the Iraqi puppet police had arrested two persons – one of whom they believe to be Iranian, the other Afghani – who were attempting to put a bomb on a road.
In Kirkuk the Iraqi puppet police arrested for local men on the charge that they opened fire at a checkpoint in the city, killing a puppet policeman and wounding three other people, according to the provincial puppet police commander, Lieutenant General of the puppet police Shayrgo Shakir Hakim who spoke to Agence France Presse (AFP). Hakim said that two of the men were from Kirkuk and the other two from Tikrit. After their arrest, he said, they confessed to firing at the checkpoint. Hakim said that three of the men were members of the Arab Ba‘th Socialist Party and one of Saddam’s Fedayeen. On Monday one puppet policeman was killed and two others wounded along with a passer by.
On Tuesday a Japanese government Boeing 747 took off from an air field on the Japanese island of Hokkaido en route for US-occupied Iraq carrying the first contingent of a reported 600 Japanese aggressor infantry. The Japanese occupation troops are to serve the United States by helping to try to suppress the Iraqi people’s liberation struggle. They are to be stationed in the southern part of occupied Iraq in the area of as-Samawah. The full contingent is expected to be in place before the end of March.
The first contingent of Japanese aggressor troops includes 90 military engineers and doctors. It is to remain for some days in Kuwait to overcome jet lag and acclimatize before moving out to as-Samawah where since 19 January a group of 40 Japanese advance guard reconnaisance forces have been preparing the quarters for the rest of the unit.
Meanwhile a spokesman for the Honduran Ministry of Defense, Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Morino, announded that the first contingent of 180 Honduran occupation soldiers has departed for Iraq on an airplane chartered by the US occupation. The full complement of Honduran soldiers is to total 370, including 11 women. They are to replace the 1st Honduran Brigade that has been deployed in occupied Iraq since August 2003 serving the United States in repressing the Iraqi people’s liberation struggle. The Honduran replacements are to be a component in the so-called multinational troops, a unit made up of troops from Honduras, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and Spain under US invader command.
The death toll in the weekend double martyrdom bombings in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil climbed to 101, according to a statement by the US occupation issued on Tuesday.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, 4 February 2004.
Wednesday, 4 February 2004.
An Iraqi Resistance explosive device detonated at 9:15am local time Wednesday as a British occupation patrol was passing along a road near the airport of the city of al-Basrah. The occupied airport is one of three main British aggressor bases in the area. The occupation forces reported the bombing but claimed there were no casualties. British occupation forces sealed off the area after the attack.
Iraqi Resistance fighters opened fire with mortars on US invaders near the western Iraqi town of ar-Ramadi. The US occupation troops responded with high explosive artillery fire, which wounded two Iraqi civilians. A spokesman for the US military occupation reported the incident Wednesday and added that five houses and two vehicles were also damaged, but refused to confirm whether the casualties were wounded by American fire or mortar shrapnel.
US occupation forces killed a nine-year-old Iraqi boy and wounded his mother on Tuesday near Kirkuk according to the American aggressor commander in the area, Colonel William Mayville, who claimed that the killing was an “accident.”
The US officer said during a meeting with the commander of puppet police in the area, Major General Shayrgo Shakir Hakim and the deputy governor Isma‘il al-Hadidi, “it was a mistake when our forces in Kirkuk fired a mortar on areas lying 10 kilometers south of Kirkuk. We believed that they were ‘terrorist positions.”
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that during the meeting the US occupation officer added that “one of the shells fell by mistake near a family killing the boy and wounding his mother and brother.” He said, “an investigation has been opened and will hold the soldiers who launched the mortar shells responsible.” He said “I have authorized Isma‘il al-Hadidi and Major General Shayrgo to visit the family to convey our apologies and to give them US$2,500 for the killing of the child and US$1,500 for those who were wounded.”
In Madrid, the Spanish Defense Ministry has announced the death of Major Gonzalo Perez Garcia, security chief for the Spanish-Latin American Plus Ultra brigade in the US-led occupation, who was wounded in the head in an Iraqi Resistance attack on 22 January 2004. Perez (42) was flown back to Spain unconscious after the attack. There he was admitted to a military hospital where his condition rapidly deteriorated on Wednesday. Spanish surgeons had been unable to remove the bullet from Perez’s brain who was never able to regain consciousness.
Sources in the al-Basrah Governorate have revealed a big financial scandal in a large branch of an occupied Iraqi bank. The sources say that about 500 million counterfeit Iraqi dinars have been substituted for genuine currency during the change of currency from the pre-invasion Iraqi currency to the occupation currency – a switchover that was accomplished by 15 January.
Islammemo reports that the BBC correspondent in al-Basrah says that the matter is currently being investigated, particularly inasmuch as it has been learned that persons close to one of the members of the US-puppet so-called Interim Governing Council of Iraq and influential persons in the puppet so-called milistry of finance were involved in the scandal.
Message posted on the al-Basrah website: http://www.albasrah.net
By Dr. Fadel Badran.
On week ago the heroic Resistance attacked an American convoy on the road to al-Hillah, thinking that the number of American troop transport vehicles was small. But after dealing with the target and overcoming it, there immediately appeared new and larger vehicles. At first the Resistance fighters believed that they had fallen into a trap but with the help of the Almighty, they overcame one of the vehicles that was carrying munitions and it exploded on the whole rest of the convoy. The proud Iraqi fighters finished off the remaining enemy personnel as they scurried from the vehicles.
But the matter did not end there. The Resistance fighters followed up on the results of their barrage on an American camp set up in a phosphate factory near al-Musayyib.
And here comes something really new!
Thanks to God they discovered dozens of dead American thugs who had been buried in graves that had not been completely covered. They were left naked so that there would be no sign or insignia on them to indicate that they were American thugs.
All that we ask is that the US press be informed of this so that they might go to the place and check it out for themselves. The people of the area know the place. It’s the chemical materials factory that was a camp for the American thugs near al-Musayyib.