Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 4 March 2004, through Saturday, 6 March 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Thursday, 4 March 2004.
Resistance bomb injures US occupation soldier.
A homemade bomb planted by the Iraqi Resistance blew up under a US occupation convoy in Ba‘qubah on Thursday wounding one American occupation soldier. US First Sergeant Robert Powell was identified as being in stable condition after the Resistance attack. The US aggressors claim to have arrested an Iraqi and charged him with planting the bomb.
US invader troops earlier, during Wednesday-Thursday night, carried out searches and arrests in the city, rounding up 14 Iraqis, one of whom they described as a leader of a Resistance cell named Sami Ahmad.
Resistance attack in Kirkuk kills one, wounds two other puppet police.
Iraqi Resistance fighters in a car opened fire on a puppet police patrol in the eastern part of Kirkuk on Thursday killing one policeman and wounding two others. The puppet police chief in the city, Turhan Yusuf reported the attack and said that it was being investigated.
Iraqi Resistance attacks puppet police station in Mosul.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired a mortar barrage at a puppet police station in the ash-Shaykh Fathi area of Mosul in northern Iraq on Thursday, according to the correspondent for al-Jazeera. An officer in the puppet police and two others were wounded in the mortar attack that was followed by a gun battle between the Resistance attackers and the stooge forces. In the course of the barrage and fighting the police station and an adjacent mosque were damaged. The Resistance fighters left the scene of the attack unscathed in a car.
The puppet police cordoned off the area of the attack and began searching passing cars. At that point Resistance gunfire opened up on them again and wounded an officer in the puppet police. The puppet police opened return fire but the Resistance attackers escaped the area.
Resistance southwest of Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance fighters carried out a rocket attack south west of Baghdad leaving three dead and five others wounded. Puppet police offiers Muhammad Ibrahim told Agence France Presse (AFP) that a rocket propelled grenade hit a car and killed the driver and two passengers and wounding five persons in al-‘Ilm neighborhood. Ibrahim could not say for sure what the target of the attack was because there are a US base and a telephone exchange in the area.
Explosion rocks Baghdad.
The Iraqi puppet police reported that a powerful explosion took place in Baghdad on Thursday in the are of the telephone exchange. Reuters reported that the blast left at least three dead.
Explosions in Khaniqin.
Four powerful explosions reverberated in the area of Khaniqin on the Iranian frontier. Columns of smoke were seen rising over the city according to Iranian news reports.
Puppet police claim: five civilians wounded in grenade attack on market.
Iraqi puppet police claim that five Iraqi civilians were wounded in Mosul when someone threw a hand grenade into a group of people in one of the markets in the city.
Lieutenant Colonel ‘Abd al-Azal Haffuzi, public relations officer with the Mosul puppet police, said that someone hurled a grenade at the Bab al-Saray market wounding five civilians. He said that no one knew what the reason for the attack might have been.
US reportedly using acoustic weapon against demonstrations and Resistance.
The new weapon releases soundwaves harmful to the ears forcing people in the vicinity to try to escape in order to save themselves from the ill-effects of the shock waves that are loud and reverberating.
The new weapon called a Long Range Acoustic Device, or LRAD, was produced after the US Destroyer Cole was attacked in the port of ‘Adan, Yemen in 2000. It was initially intended to prevent small boats approaching US warships riding at anchor. A number of US Naval units have actually used the weapon against “potential attackers.”
CNN reported that the sound waves released by the device have a power of 150 decibels. The range of the weapon is nearly 270 meters, but the maximum effect of the weapon is within about 90 meters.
The developer of the LRAD, American Technology Corp. of San Diego, recently got a US$1.1 million contract from the US Marine Corps to buy the gadgets for units deployed to Iraq. The Army also sent LRADs to Iraq to test on vehicles. Carl Gruenler, vice president of military and government operations for American Technology Corp., said LRADs are "in the beginnings of being used in Baghdad," though he said he lacked "initial feedback" on how they are working. Some of the Iraq-bound devices will be used by members of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, both recently deployed to the western province of al-Anbar, a largely barren, predominantly Sunni Muslim area.
Experts say sound that loud and of that high a frequency — about 2,100 to 3,100 hertz — could be dangerous if someone were exposed to it long enough. "That's a sensitive region for developing hearing loss," said Richard Salvi, director of the Center for Hearing and Deafness at the University at Buffalo. "The longer the duration, the more serious it is."
US aggressors arrest Muslim preacher in ar-Ramadi for hostile sermons.
US occupation forces arrested Shaykh Fahd al-Balani in ar-Ramadi on Wednesday evening. The Shaykh had delivered a number of “political” sermons in which he criticized the puppet so-called Interim Governing Council and people cooperating with it and called for resistance to the occupation forces. The US aggressors cordoned off the home of Shaykh al-Balani in al-Qadisiyah neighborhood of ar-Ramadi. The Americans also raided and searched the houses adjacent to that of the Shaykh.
US occupation forces in Iraq reportedly have ordered that US$60 million be spent on beefing up border defenses to prevent unregulated border crossing. Hundreds of additional vehicles and men have been dispatched to prevent unauthorized border crossings from “neighboring countries.”
Sources: al-‘Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Friday, 5 March 2004.
Friday, 5 March 2004.
Explosion shakes downtown Baghdad.
Correspondents reported from Baghdad that the center of the city was shaken by a powerful explosion less than two hours after Saddam International Airport was targeted by six or seven heavy blasts.
Blasts strike area of Saddam International Airport.
Six or seven explosions shook the area of Saddam International Airport south west of Baghdad on Friday morning, according to the US military occupation, just hours before the planned time for the signing by the puppet so-called Interim Governing Council stooges of a so-called temporary constitution. The signing of the document, designed to put an Iraqi face on the US occupation, has already been postponed twice in one week due to squabbling among the US lackeys eager to protect their own fiefdoms and loot.
An aggressor spokesman said that six or seven explosions struck the northern side of Saddam International Airport between 10:00am and 10:15am on Friday. He said that there was no word about casualties or damage. The occupied airport is a major US military base in the area of the Iraqi capital.
Blast rocks downtown Baghdad.
A powerful explosion shook downtown Baghdad early Friday in the morning according to a report filed by Reuters. The British news agency gave no further details.
Resistance bomb damages US armored vehicle near al-Hudaythah.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded and damaged a US Bradley armored military vehicle as it traveled on the highway near the city of al-Hudaythah west of Baghdad. US forces immediately responded as they usually do by firing randomly in every direction destroying a civilian car that happened to be in the vicinity. No information was available on US casualties in the attack.
Rocket attack on US vehicle convoy as it arrives in al-Fallujah.
Five rockets were fired in the direction of the US military headquarters east of the city of al-Fallujah. The German Press Agency reported that the rocket barrage coincided with the arrival of a large number of US invader vehicles at the base, having been dispatched from occupied Baghdad. Tremendous explosions resulted from the bombardment. There were no reports of casualties from the sources.
Resistance rockets US occupation vehicle, casualties reported.
Iraqi Resistance fighters fired rockets at US military vehicles in al-Fallujah, wounding a number of American occupation soldiers, according to eyewitnesses in the area. The witnesses said that after the attack, the US aggressors opened fire with their weapons randomly in every direction.
Iraqi Resistance attacks US aggressors in Mosul.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a group of US occupation forces in an industrial district of the northern city of Mosul. Iraqi puppet police report that the five Resistance fighters were martyred in the attack, and 12 others wounded. US occupation spokesmen claim that the US invaders only killed three Iraqis in the battle, which took place early on Friday.
Bomb goes off in al-‘Amiriyah.
Iraqi puppet police in al-‘Amiriyah region in western Baghdad reported that a roadside bomb exploded leaving a crater in the roadbed. The puppet police maintained that there were no casualties.
US invaders kill elderly man as they arrest his sons.
Correspondents in Baghdad reported that US invaders killed an elderly Iraqi on Friday night when he tried to prevent US aggressor troops from arresting three of his sons in as-Sadah district north of the city of Ba‘qubah, north east of Baghdad. Eyewitnesses said that the US invaders took the body of their victim and turned it in on Friday to the city’s General Hospital.
Katyusha attack targets US base, deputy puppet police chief’s home.
Iraqi Resistance forces launched an attack with Katyusha rockets at the US base that occupies Kirkuk Airport on Friday night. The commander of emergency police in Kirkuk, Khattab ‘Abdallah ‘Arif said that one rocket struck the home of the assistant chief of police in the city. Iraqi puppet security forces claimed that another rocket fell on a private home near the airport and wounded two Iraqi residents, according to the German Press Agency.
Resistance attack on US patrol in Kirkuk.
The commander of emergency police in Kirkuk, Khattab ‘Aabdallah ‘Arif, said that Resistance fighters earlier on Friday attacked a joint patrol of US invader forces and their puppet police stooges in the city, but, he claimed, the attack resulted in no deaths.
Roadside bomb said to injure civilians.
Correspondents reported that a number of Iraqi civilians were wounded when their cars struck by an explosion of a roadside bomb that had been planted near a US military occupation base in the area of ad-Durah in southern Baghdad. US aggressor forces cordoned off the area and witnesses saw ambulances taking wounded persons away.
In the as-Sayyidiyah area of southern Baghdad US invaders and their puppet police closed of a street after an explosive device was found in the main road. US forces closed all entry roads to the area and worked to disarm the device.
Resistance rocket kills three near Baghdad telephone exchange.
The Iraqi Resistance fired a missile that exploded near the telephone exchanged in al-I‘lam neighborhood in Baghdad, killing at least three persons.
Italian helicopter pilots refuse to go to Iraq.
The Italian media report that five Italian military helicopter pilots have refused to deploy to Iraq and have been charged with mutiny.
The newspaper Corriere dela Sera reported that it had been originally expected that the pilots would join an Italian division with a strength of 3,000 men last December but they refused to leave Italy, saying that they might be exposed to danger there.
Military officials began an internal investigation and referred the matter to the general procuratorate, which is considering preferring charges of mutiny against the soldiers. Soldiers who refuse to comply with orders can face prison of up to three years
Sources: al-‘Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Saturday, 6 March 2004.
Saturday, 6 March 2004.
One US soldier killed, one wounded near al-Khalidiyah.
One US invader soldier was killed and one other wounded on Saturday when an explosives-laden truck exploded near an American patrol in the area of al-Habbaniyah and al-Khalidiyah between al-Fallujah and ar-Ramadi, according to an Agence France Presse (AFP) dispatch. US spokesmen only reported that three of their personnel had been wounded.
The AFP reported eyewitnesses who were near the scene of the attack as saying that the attack, which occurred at 11:30 local time, also destroyed an American military personnel carrier.
Earlier the US military had announced that three US aggressor troops were wounded when they opened fire on a truck packed with explosives. The truck tipped over and crashed into the bridge. That announcement said that the Iraqi driver of the truck was martyred. The truck exploded on a bridge.
Iraqi Resistance mortar and rocket barrage pummels US base.
Earlier on Saturday, Iraqi Resistance rockets and mortar shells slammed into a US occupation base near al-Khalidiyah west of Baghdad. Eyewitnesses reported seeing three rockets hit the headquarters of the US base. They also saw fire raging after the attack.
Resistance pounds Brazilian aggressors with Katyushas.
Three Katyusha rockets fired by the Iraqi Resistance crashed into the headquarters of the Brazilian occupation forces in al-Ibrahimi district in Karbala’ Province on Saturday according to eyewitness reports. The witnesses said that the rockets were launched from the ‘Awn area and that other unfired rockets were later found there.
Website reports Thursday morning Resistance attack that left US dead and wounded.
A report published on Saturday gives an eyewitness account of Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushing an American occupation patrol and killing and wounding a number of US aggressors in an incident that occurred on Thursday. Salim Abu ‘Awwad, a taxi driver, saw part of the attack when he was driving his car carrying his sick child to a nearby hospital. Abu ‘Awwad told the website Mafkarat al-Islam (www.islammemo.cc) that the attack occurred around 3:00am on Thursday, 4 March 2004, when an American occupation patrol was passing through the area. The patrol consisted of three Humvees and the Resistance fighters fired RPGs precisely, directly hitting two of the Humvees. No one came out of the vehicles that continued to burn for half an hour. Citizen Salim did not know how many Resistance fighters there were, but thinks there were between five and seven. He said that no US or puppet police forces came until half an hour after the attack.
In the morning, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam and residents of the area ar-Ridwaniyah az-Zaydan in Baghdad surveyed the signs of the attack, observing blood spatters at the scene, and the road bore marks of the two burned vehicles.
Aggressors arrest four Iraqis for NOT planting a bomb.
US invader forces closed off an area of downtown Baghdad on Saturday after they found a bag that they thought contained an explosive device near the Palestine Hotel, a place where many western occupation operatives. After sealing off the area, the US aggressors arrested four Iraqis who happened to be there on suspicion of planting the device. But when bomb disposal units arrived, they found no bomb.
Demonstrators free 13-year-old girl arrested by US invaders.
On Friday night US aggressor forces arrested a 13-year old Iraqi girl in Baghdad. According to a correspondent for the website Mafkarat al-Islam (www.islammemo.cc), the US invaders arrested the little girl because her father had been an officer in the Army of the Republic of Iraq before the Anglo-American invasion in 2003.
After the girl was arrested, large demonstrations broke out, most of the demonstrators coming from the Zawbi‘ tribe to which the girl belongs. The demonstrators gathered in front of the gates of Abu Ghurayb concentration camp and remained there until they forced the occupation forces to release the girl.
Muqtada as-Sadr: blaming az-Zarqawi for ‘Ashura’ bombings is only a game.
Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr told hundreds of worshippers at a mosque in al-Kufah: “I call on the officials and politicians in Iraq not to be satisfied with slogans alone, but to know that those who carried out [the ‘Ashura’ attacks on Shi‘i religious centers] are sitting in the evil triangle – the evil triangle of America, Britain, and ‘Israel.’” He added: “America stirred up the whole world over what happened at the twin world trade towers, and it must be aware that our holy places have been attacked and that their accusation of ‘az-Zarqawi’ is nothing but a game.” He said: “We will not be silent after that event unless we are given more clarifications.”
Fired ministry employees seize Iraqi Health Ministry building.
Al-Jazeera TV’s correspondent in Baghdad reported that former employees of the Iraqi Health Ministry who had been dismissed stormed the Health Ministry building and took current employees hostage, demanding to be reinstated. US aggressor forces surrounded the building and used loudspeakers to call on the demonstrators inside the building to leave and to release the hostages.
British forces clash with Badr Brigades.
According to the commander of the Iraqi puppet police in Maysan Province, two Iraqi civilians, one of them a woman, were killed and four British soldiers wounded on Friday-Saturday night in a gunbattle between British occupation forces and members of the Badr Brigade – a Shi‘i sectarian organization armed and trained in Iran. The Brigades entered Iraq together with the Anglo-American invasion in 2003. The Badr Brigade is associated with members of the puppet so-called Interim Governing Council headed by US proconsul L. Paul Bremer.
Brigadier General Isma‘il Kazim told Agence France Presse (AFP) that on Friday a person opened fire on a British patrol and then took refuge in the headquarters of the Badr Brigades Militia which belongs to the so-called Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) in the town of Qal‘at Salih in al-‘Amarah Province. British troops entered the headquarters and arrested all those who were inside and took away their weapons. A crowd gathered nearby, however, and confronted the British, destroying their military vehicle. The British soldiers called for backup and a military helicopter was dispatched to their aid, as other soldiers closed off the road between al-‘Amarah and al-Basrah. The gunfire that erupted left two Iraqis, a man and a woman, dead, according to General Kazim.
A US occupation spokesman said that a single bullet was been fired at the British soldiers, and then a crowd gathered when a suspect was taken into custody. Then, according to the US source, the occupation soldiers were attacked by rocket-propelled grenades and reinforcements were sent to back them up.
The gunbattles continued for three hours leaving four wounded among the British troops. The US spokesman said he had no knowledge of the involvement of either the Badr Brigades or of any civilian casualties.
Sources: al-‘Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Sunday, 7 March 2004.