Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 12 April 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Monday, 12 April 2004.
Al-Fallujah: Resistance threatens to resume hostilities.
Iraqi Resistance fighters in besieged al-Fallujah threatened to resume hostilities at 4:00pm local time and to carry out a broad attack on the Americans if they do not remove the snipers who have been firing at people in the city. An Agence France Presse (AFP) reporter who attended a meeting of Resistance leaders said that a Shaykh told the meeting that 60 people in al-Fallujah had been gunned down by American snipers since the cease fire went into effect on Sunday morning. A warning of the imminent resumption of hostilities was also announced over loudspeakers in the city.
Meanwhile, however, relative calm prevails in the city as it entered its second day of cease fire as word came of the extension of the cease fire until Monday evening.
There were reports, however, of clashes taking place on Monday morning before dawn.
Al-Jazeera’s correspondent in al-Fallujah reported that the sticking point in the on-going negotiations between the Iraqi Resistance and the American aggressors through intermediaries is: who will be responsible for security in al-Fallujah after the US withdrawal from the city’s environs?
Al-Jazeera’s correspondent reports on the authority of eyewitnesses that some units of the occupation forces have begun to withdraw from their current positions within al-Fallujah and that columns of tanks were seen withdrawing from their positions.
Sources among the first aid teams that succeeded in getting into al-Fallujah during the cease fire report that bodies of the dead are strewn about the streets and that American snipers shoot at ambulances in the city. Meanwhile, US aggressor troops seek to prevent aid and medical supplies from getting into the besieged city.
Iraqi Resistance downs US helicopter east of Ba‘qubah.
Iraqi Resistance fighters shot down a US helicopter in al-Miqdadiyah district east of the city of Ba‘qubah on Monday according to eyewitnesses quoted by al-Jazeera TV.
US commander: 2 soldiers, 7 Halliburton employees “missing.”
The commander of US aggressor forces in Iraq, General Ricardo Sanchez, acknowledged on Monday that two American soldiers and seven employees of a subsidiary of Halliburton, a company associated with US Vice President Dick Cheney, had been listed as “missing” in Iraq.
Sanchez also acknowledged that supporters of Shi‘ite religious leader still control the city of an-Najaf and part of Karbala’. This statement contradicted claims made earlier that the puppet police had regained control over an-Najaf after an agreement between Muqtada as-Sadr’s forces and the occupation had been reached.
Sanchez, speaking at a press conference with US Commander General John Abizaid, said, on the contrary, that a mission of the US forces now is “to kill or arrest Muqtada as-Sadr. This is our task.”
One Romanian mercenary killed, another injured in Resistance attack Sunday.
The Romanian Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that a Romanian “civilian employee” of a security company was killed and another wounded on Sunday in Iraq. Reuters reported that the Iraqi Resistance ambushed them near Baghdad.
US claims: 6 Americans killed in two days.
The US occupation command claimed on Monday that six American soldiers had been killed in the last six days in battles with the Iraqi Resistance in various parts of the country. The American communiqué mentioned that a 1st Division soldier was killed and another wounded in an ambush near Tikrit on 10 April. According to Reuters the communiqué said that an American belonging to the 1st Armored Division died on 11 April from wounds received in a Baghdad grenade attack the day before.
The American statement also said that an American belonging to the 1st Infantry was killed when his tank came under rocket-propelled grenade attack near Tikrit on 9 April, while three Marine invaders were killed in fighting “west of Baghdad” [an obvious reference to al-Fallujah, a name which the Americans apparently are now reluctant to pronounce!] on 11 April.
Al-Fallujah cease-fire talks: US gives up conditions, just wants to get away without further fighting.
News reports coming out of the city of al-Fallujah on Monday concerning the latest developments in the negotiations being carried on through intermediaries between the Resistance and the US aggressors indicate that the US occupation forces have abandoned all their conditions for a withdrawal from al-Fallujah and are merely hoping now to be able to leave the city without further clashes with the Iraqi Resistance.
Al-Jazeera’s correspondent in the city reported on the authority of participants in the talks that the American side had given up all the conditions that it had earlier laid down for a withdrawal from al-Fallujah. The US troops want only to be able to withdraw from the city and only seek assurances that they will not be struck during their withdrawal by the Resistance fighters, according to a report by al-Jazeera’s veteran correspondent in the al-Fallujah.
Al-Jazeera reports that the talks are proceeding towards a solution and that there is one issue that still remains a bone of contention, namely who will be responsible for security in the city. The Resistance and local people insist that security in al-Fallujah must be maintained by natives of the city who are members of the Iraqi police and civil defense forces and who would be headed by local person of recognized good character who enjoys the trust of the residents and the Resistance fighters.
Resistance kills one American soldier near Samarra’ Sunday.
Iraqi Resistance forces killed one American aggressor soldier and wounded four others in an attack near Samarra’, north of Baghdad on Sunday, according to a report carried by al-Jazeera.
Three blasts shake US occupation headquarters in Baghdad on Monday morning.
Three powerful explosions shook Baghdad on Monday morning from within the compound of the US occupation headquarters, the so-called “Green Zone”. The BBC reported that columns of smoke rose over the compound as sirens wailed. An American military spokesman said that the nature of the blasts was “unclear.” Reuters reported that the sound of ambulances could be heard shortly after the attack and helicopters hovered in the sky near the smoke clouds.
Iraqi Resistance attacks and burns US supply truck on airport road near Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked and burned a truck carrying provisions for the US occupation army on the airport road near Baghdad.
Resistance attacks US military supply convoy in Baghdad.
Resistance fighters in al-Latifiyah district in Baghdad attacked an American military column made up of trucks carrying armored personnel carriers and other military equipment. The Resistance attack left the trucks and their contents burning. One report stated that ten American tanks were destroyed in the attack and those inside killed. Witnesses said that three persons were killed in the Resistance attack as others chanted slogans in support of Jaysh al-Mahdi, the militia that backs Shi‘ite Religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr. The attack was interpreted as retaliation for threats by the Americans to break up Jaysh al-Mahdi and for the behavior of the US occupation forces at al-Fallujah.
US tanks, APCs surround al-Mustansiriyah University in Baghdad.
Eyewitnesses reported on Monday afternoon that US aggressor forces had massed tanks and armored personnel carriers in a ring around al-Mustansiriyah University in Baghdad on Monday and issued a warning to armed students on the campus to surrender. Reuters reported that it is believed that the armed students are supporters of Shi‘ite political parties.
US invaders impose curfew on population, puppet police.
US aggressor troops imposed a curfew on the population of Wasit Province near Baghdad, including the puppet police of the city of al-Kut between 10:00pm and 6:00am.
How do you scare an American soldier? Just say “al-Fallujah!”
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that word has spread rapidly in Baghdad that “if you want to scare an American soldier, just shout ‘al-Falluja!’ at him as he passes.”
Many residents of Baghdad recall how one year ago beating the Americans, equipped as they are with the most modern weaponry. But everything has changed since scenes of Americans dying under Resistance gunfire have become commonplace. The epic Battle of al-Fallujah has constituted a turning point in popular perceptions.
And also in battle tactics, not only around that defiant city but throughout the country.
In al-A‘zamiyah, the Sunni heart of Baghdad, a security officer with the venerable Abu Hanifah mosque, who asked to remain anonymous, said that “in the past usually three or four Resistance fighters would attack tanks or Humvees at under cover of darkness and then flee. But the attack on US aggressors in al-A‘zamiyah this week was organized. Two hundred fighters massed in broad daylight in the street and fired on the puppet police station with the purpose of forcing the Americans to come out and do battle. And the battle then ensued, face-to-face.”
US General: 70 American and satellite troops killed in 12 days.
US deputy commander of operations in Iraq, Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt claimed on Monday that 70 American and satellite troops had been killed in battles with the Iraqi Resistance since the start of April – i.e., in a period of 12 days. At a Baghdad press conference he also claimed that the aggressor forces had martyred “ten times” that number, i.e., 700 Iraqis during the same period. He said, however, that assessing the extent of civilian casualties in blockaded al-Fallujah was more difficult, though medical sources there had said that 600 had been killed in the American shelling and bombing.
Kimmitt sought to justify the bombing and shelling of civilian districts of al-Fallujah by saying that they “had no other choice.”
Kimmitt acknowledged that Iraqi Resistance operations had increased in number, now up to some 70 attacks per day.
“The invaders were smashed on the walls of al-Fallujah,” – Resistance commander says.
A leader of the Iraq Liberation Front in al-Fallujah told the newspaper Dar al-Khalij on Sunday that “the Iraqi Resistance had taught the American forces a lesson they would never forget.”
“Abu al-Khattab” told the newspaper that “we are fighting for the liberation of the homeland and to rescue the City of Mosques and Minarets, al-Fallujah, to prevent their desecration by the dwarfs who follow the criminal Bush.” Abu al-Khattab said, “we fought for Islam and Arab honor and we taught Bush’s dwarfs a lesson they will never ever forget. God was with us in this jihadi effort because our path is that of one of the two good things: either liberation or martyrdom. We wanted to demonstrate to the world that we are the sons and daughters of a great civilization, the guardians of a homeland whose history goes back more than 7,000 years before Christ.”
Abu al-Khattab told the newspaper, “In spite of the aggressors’ barbarity the mujahideen were like lions driving out Bush’s dwarfs, killing hundreds, wounding hundreds, and setting hundreds of their vehicles ablaze.” He said that the Resistance holds numerous American prisoners but did not specify their exact number.
“The invaders were smashed on the walls of al-Fallujah, and, God willing, they will be smashed on the walls of Baghdad at the hands of the Mujahideen of Iraq,” Abu al-Khattab said in conclusion.
Two puppet policemen killed, two wounded in Resistance bombing in Ba‘qubah.
A bomb planted by the Iraqi Resistance forces killed two puppet policemen and wounded two others when it blew up near their squad car on Monday in Ba‘qubah, according to al-Jazeera TV.
“Iraqi” puppet official threatens, fulminates against al-Jazeera and al-‘Arabiyah TV.
The so-called National Security Adviser in the American-run Iraqi puppet government, Muwaffaq ar-Rabi‘i, came out on Monday with threats against the Arab satellite TV stations al-Jazeera and al-‘Arabiyah. The Iraqi bureaux of the two popular Arab stations would be closed down, ar-Rabi‘i said, “if they persist in inciting violence and rebellion.”
Seven Chinese kidnapped, then released.
China’s Xinhua News Agency has reported that seven Chinese who were kidnapped by Resistance fighters were released on Monday after several hours in captivity. Xinhua quoted a Chinese merchant in Baghdad as saying that the seven are now in the care of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ in a secret location.
Earlier, China’s Xinhua News Agency announced that seven Chinese who entered Iraq from Jordan on Sunday had probably been kidnapped. All were from the Chinese coastal province of Fujian and range in age from 18 to 49. The correspondent for al-‘Arabiyah TV reported meeting seven individuals with Chinese passports. Xinhua said that the seven are in good health and not bound.
11 Russians reported kidnapped in Baghdad.
A Russian source quoted by al-Jazeera TV reported late on Monday that 11 Russians were kidnapped from Baghdad. From Moscow al-Jazeera reported that 11 Russians working with a Russian engineering firm in Baghdad had been kidnapped. Further information was not immediately available.