Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 15 April 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Thursday, 15 April 2004.
Sporadic shooting in al-Fallujah, despite extension of cease fire.
Egypt’s Middle East News Agency reported that despite a 48-hour extension of the cease fire in besieged al-Fallujah, which started as of Thursday morning, there has been intermittent gunfire within the city between US invader troops and Iraqi Resistance forces defending the city.
Nine Iraqis killed, 31 others wounded in heavy US shelling of al-Fallujah.
Al-Jazeera’s correspondent in al-Fallujah reported late on Thursday that nine Iraqis had been killed and 31 others injured on Thursday in the intense American artillery barrage to which the besieged city was subjected. A number of homes and other buildings were destroyed in the American shelling while others suffered severe damage. One mosque was heavily damaged in the American artillery fire.
US aggressors fire on ambulance in al-Fallujah; three injured.
Three Iraqis were wounded when US aggressor troops fired on an ambulance in ash-Shurtah neighborhood in the besieged city of al-Fallujah. The ambulance was on its way to rescue a number of persons injured by US gunfire on Thursday.
US rocket strikes Jordanian field hospital in al-Fallujah.
A US rocket struck the Jordanian Field Hospital that was operating in al-Fallujah, occupied Iraq on Thursday. Jordanian government spokeswoman Asma Khidr announced that the missile “by mistake” hit the hospital. She said that the blast left no one injured or dead and that there was no substantial damage.
Khidr’s statement, circulated by the Jordanian News Agency Petra said that in the course of the exchange of fire around noon on Thursday between the occupation forces and the Resistance, one missile struck the Jordanian field hospital “by mistake.” Khidr said that Sergeant Ibrahim ‘Isa Badiwi was slightly injured but his general condition is good and none of his companions or the patients in the hospital were hurt.
Al-Jazeera: Iraqi Resistance controls 150km road from Baghdad north of al-Fallujah.
Al-Jazeera’s reporters ‘Abdallah Adam and Ahmad Faruq in Baghdad reported on Thursday that 150km of road running from Baghdad north of al-Fallujah is entirely under the control of the Iraqi Resistance. Resistance fighters have set up check points along the route as they take on security functions in the area west of the Iraqi capital.
On the road that follows a branch of the Tigris River dozens of heavily armed Resistance fighters backed by still others were deployed behind earthen barricades in a permanent state of readiness.
Muhammad Abu al-‘Ala’- a taxi driver who took al-Jazeera’s crew from Amman, Jordan, to Baghdad – that the Resistance fighters call themselves mujahideen, holy warriors, and they have set up the check points because they hope to take captive every foreigner of any nationality participating in the war who passes along the road. The fighters, well known in the country for their Resistance have captured foreigners from countries that had not sent troops to Iraq too, such as China and Germany, although the Chinese were released. One Resistance fighter, however, told the al-Jazeera crew as he perused their passports, “we only want citizens of the countries that are taking part in the war against Iraq. We don’t want others.”
Taxi drivers report that the road from Baghdad to Amman is now a road for foreigners as other countries and companies are responding to the hostage taking phenomenon by calling on their citizens and employees to leave occupied Iraq in short order.
On the other hand there are truck drivers of many nationalities – Indians, Pakistanis, and others – who drive the trucks that bring supplies to the American occupation forces. They are naturally targets because of their role, independent of their individual nationalities.
With the United States besieging al-Fallujah the route to Baghdad has changed repeatedly in recent days as drivers seek ways to avoid American shelling. Yet even on the road along the branch of the Tigris there are signs of battles that raged between the US and their stooges, usually with air support, and the Iraqi Resistance which has brown more organized.
Observers note that the Resistance has recently adopted a strategy of strikes against the occupation troops that reflects a high level of tactical awareness and fighting ingenuity. Diverse methods are regularly and flexibly employed by the Resistance fighters as they seek to neutralize the Americans’ technical superiority.
In al-Fallujah the Resistance put up violent street battles that exhausted and confused the American invaders in the city’s warrens and back alleys. Outside the besieged city, Resistance fighters have hit American supply convoys relentlessly both increasing US losses and cutting the effectiveness of the forces already deployed. The Resistance bombards US targets over and over again. Resistance fighters plant mines in the roads where US supply vehicles are to pass.
Resistance fighters do not have any uniform style of dress, but all are masked or cover their faces with kuffiyehs. It is clear that there is a field command because when a passport is handed over for inspection, it is immediately taken to the local commander who is usually not present at the check point itself.
Dr. Muthanna Harith ad-Dari, member of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ attributes the success of the Resistance to the deep seated concept of jihad, an Islamic obligation that is a fundamental feature of their culture. Ad-Dari says that another reason for the fierceness of the Resistance is the harshness of the American occupation which has treated the people of al-Fallujah with particular cruelty.
Despite the obvious gap in technological capability the Resistance fighters of al-Fallujah have written an epic. With only light arms such as automatic rifles and RPGs they have held back the most powerful army on earth and are still defying the Americans even as their positions come under bombs dropped from B-52s.
Another, moral victory, has also been scored by the Resistance as it draws the world’s attention to the Iraqi Resistance, to the justice of their cause, and to the popular sympathy and support that the Resistance enjoys within the country. Local people have joined the effort to keep roads closed to the Americans, raiding supply convoys and assisting the Resistance to carry on the fight.
Despite the rumors circulating in Baghdad that the cease fire is simply a means for the Americans to catch their breath and that they are planning a major push to wipe out the Resistance, the initiative on the ground remains, nevertheless in the hands of the Iraqi Resistance fighters – at least in al-Fallujah and its environs.
US Marine lieutenant – Iraqi Resistance is dynamic, only peaceful solution is to wipe al-Fallujah off the map.
In a story carried by Akhbar al-Khalij newspaper, a translator for US Marine Lieutenant Frank Dilbeck of the 4th Regiment that is besieging al-Fallujah on the north said “if they want to have a peaceful solution to this problem that would be great but at this moment there aren’t many options open other than one: raze al-Fallujah and wipe it off the map.”
The US lieutenant said that the Resistance fighters had used the so-called cease fire – largely violated by the American aggressors – as an opportunity to dig into positions near the American forces where they took up firing mortars at them day and night. Dilbeck said of the Iraqi Resistance; “this is an enemy that is active and dynamic.”
Brigades of the Mujahideen announce Baghdad offensive.
The Iraqi Resistance organization called the Brigades of the Mujahideen has issued a warning that an armed Resistance offensive movement was to be launched in Baghdad beginning on Thursday for a period of one week. The Brigades distributed a leaflet warning Baghdad citizens and urging them to remain indoors.
The American CNN reported that the organization, which had earlier claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of four Italian mercenaries, and for the killing of one of them, said: “Our people in Baghdad, we ask you to stay in your houses. Do not go to school or to the universities or to the markets. Close your shops from 15 April to 23 April because your brothers the Mujahideen in ar-Ramadi and al-Khalidiyah and al-Fallujah will be setting the capital ablaze with the fire of the Resistance for your liberation from the occupation. This is a warning.”
Resistance shells British base in al-‘Amarah.
Iraqi Resistance forces showered the British occupation base in the city of al-‘Amarah with mortar shells on Wednesday, prompting British invader troops to launch extensive searches in the city on Thursday, according to a report filed by Mafkarat al-Islam.
US bombs Ba‘qubah and nearby village after two successful Resistance operations.
Al-Yarmuk neighborhood in the eastern part of Ba‘qubah and also the village of as-Sadah, north of Ba‘qubah have come under US bombing after the Iraqi Resistance succeeded in attacking US aggressors in the area, according to a report posted by Mafkarat al-Islam at 1:49pm Mecca time on Thursday.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent writes that Iraqi Resistance forces attacked American military vehicles in al-Yarmuk neighborhood, disabling several of them and in wounding US aggressor troops.
Witnesses said that another American military convoy was attacked by the Resistance in as-Sadah village, disabling two US vehicles. The crew of one of those vehicles was wiped out instantly as well, while the crew of the second were wounded, but there is no word on how severely.
Resistance fires barrages of mortar shells at US HDQ in Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired 12 mortar rounds at the US headquarters in Baghdad in the so-called Green Zone around the Republican Palace and the adjacent al-Qadisiyah neighborhood on Thursday morning according to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. No information on damage or casualties was available.
Two huge explosions shake area south of US HDQ in Baghdad.
In a report posted at 9:08am Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported Iraqi eyewitnesses as saying that that two very large explosions were heard in Baghdad and columns of thick black smoke were seen rising over an area south of the US occupation headquarters in Baghdad. US aggressor spokesmen had no immediate explanation for the explosions nor any information about damage or casualties.
US soldier killed when Iraqi Resistance bomb explodes in Samarra’.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb detonated in Samarra’ on Thursday killing one American soldier according to an announcement made by a US military spokesman in Baghdad.
American soldier dies of “severe heart trouble” in Mosul.
An American soldier died in Mosul, according to a report carried by Reuters, as a result of “a severe heart problem.”
Spanish occupation base in an-Najaf comes under powerful Resistance attack.
The Spanish aggressor base in an-Najaf, in southern Iraq came under a violent and prolonged Iraqi Resistance barrage. A battle has simultaneously erupted between the Spanish invader troops and the Iraqi Resistance, according to a report carried by al-Jazeera TV late on Thursday evening. The gunfight lasted for some 15 minutes according to al-Jazeera, whereupon F-16 fighter bombers began attacking Resistance positions. A Salvadoran captain refused to talk to al-Jazeera about the course of the battle or about losses.
A spokesman for the Spanish military confirmed that mortar shells had slammed into their base at an-Najaf at around 11:00pm local time on Thursday, but claimed that there were no casualties or damage.
US forces continue to mass for an expected assault on Muqtada as-Sadr’s Jaysh al-Mahdi positions in an-Najaf, meanwhile. Even Shi‘ite Religious leader Ayatallah ‘Ali as-Sistani, not known for any kind of consistent opposition to the American invaders, warned the US against trying to enter an-Najaf, and called on the collaborationist Shi‘ite members of the puppet so-called interim governing council to tell US proconsul L. Paul Bremer that an-Najaf should be a red line not to be crossed.
BBC: US troops in Iraq receive Zionist training, equipment.
The BBC’s defence correspondent has noted in a report that the Arabic media have lately been writing about the similarity between American brutality in occupied Iraq and the barbarism practiced by the Zionists in occupied Palestine
“Such similarities are not coincidental,” the British correspondent said. “’Israel’ and the US have developed a close military relationship over the years. ‘Israel’'s armed forces are undergoing a process of transformation similar to that advocated by US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with the emphasis on lighter, more agile units employing devastating firepower and drawing on a variety of new information and intelligence gathering systems. Go to any US military exercise and ‘Israeli’ observers are much in evidence,” he reported.
“But the transfer of doctrine and tactics is not just a one-way street. US commanders have drawn extensively on ‘Israel’'s experiences in the West Bank and Gaza Strip for lessons that might be applicable to Iraq,” writes the British defence specialist.
With the delicacy customarily adopted by western writers in dealing with the Zionist occupation, the BBC writer noted that “Israel”'s methods of massacring the Palestinian population and fighting their defenders are “controversial.” But “in purely military terms,” he notes – the kind of “terms” that interest the Anglo-American aggressors in Iraq – the Zionists have “developed highly effective tactics for offensive operations in urban areas along with a range of specialised equipment which, for example, can help troops to breach walls, gather intelligence, and locate snipers.”
“The Pentagon has already bought some ‘Israeli’ equipment,” writes the BBC correspondent, who notes that “it is planning to buy more.” In addition, he writes, “senior US commanders have visited ‘Israel’ specifically to discuss what the Pentagon jargon calls "Military Operations on Urban Terrain".
Resistance attempt to assassinate puppet minister claimed unsuccessful.
A source in the puppet so-called ministry of electricity in the American-installed regime in Iraq reported that the offices of the so-called minister of electricity Iham as-Samarra’i, who was appointed by the American invaders, was attacked late on Wednesday night by the Iraqi Resistance. The source said, according to the Qatari News Agency Qana that the personal guards and puppet forces for the protection of electrical energy organizations returned the fire of the Resistance forces and captured some. The captives are now being interrogated, according to the sources in the US puppet regime. The source said that the puppet “minister of electricity” was not hurt in the assassination attempt, nor were there any other casualties or damage, according to that official source.
French hostage: “The Iraqi Resistance is very strong.”
In an interview with French Channel 2, the French Journalist Alexandre Jordanov who was held as an Iraqi Resistance hostage briefly and then released on Wednesday, said that he experienced difficulty conversing with the people who captured him. He also remarked that “the Resistance in Iraqi is very strong.”
He related that four men arrested him but that the personnel guarding him changed every day. In the beginning he was received by Saddam’s Fedayeen personnel and he was taken to eight different locations.
Le Monde, quoted by Agence France Presse, noted that a French passport did not afford guaranteed protection in most cases. The French journalist and former hostage noted “every time [he was moved, he was with] different people and they differed also in their level of education. Some of them spoke English with me.” He noted that there were 20 persons in the place where he was and that they would sometimes blindfold him.
He said that they would halt in lots of places and that everyone knew his captors. The journalist said that in spite of the large number of Resistance fighters and their different organizations, they were all in total solidarity with one another, “it was almost like the most of the country was resisting.”
A senior Iranian diplomat shot dead in the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
First secretary Khalil Na‘imi of the Iranian embassy was reportedly attacked while driving. A Reuters correspondent saw a bullet-marked car with a body inside.
It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack or whether the diplomat was specifically targeted. An Iranian foreign ministry delegation had arrived in Baghdad on Wednesday to help the United States calm its crisis with Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.
Japanese hostages released.
The Squadrons of the Mujahideen have released a group of three Japanese hostages according to the Japanese Foreign Ministry as reported by al-Jazeera TV on Thursday afternoon.
Muhammad Bashshar al-Faydi, official spokesman of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ of Iraq, confirmed the release and said the Japanese former hostages were currently in the Japanese embassy in Baghdad. He said that the Squadrons of the Mujahideen had contacted the Board at midnight to express readiness to release the Japanese and the release took place at the time and place agreed on.
The Squadrons left a document with the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ explaining their reasons for releasing the hostages.
1. The release was a response to the appeal of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’.
2. The release was because the Japanese people oppose Japan’s presence in Iraq.
3. The release was because they saw a Japanese citizen carrying a sign on which was written the word “Allah” (“God,” in Arabic) in a demonstration in Tokyo.
Pentagon extends tours of duty for US aggressor troops by 3 months as Iraqi Resistance intensifies.
In response to the rising number and effectiveness of Iraqi Resistance blows the US military has told 21,000 of its troops of the 1st Armored Division and 2nd Cavalry Regiment that they are to remain in Iraq for three additional months rather than going home, as the Pentagon had promised, during April.
The decision, though reported by the American Associated Press was not publicly announced by the US military establishment. The AP noted that the soldiers affected by the extension have already been in occupied Iraq for one year. In addition 3,000 American aggressor troops in Kuwait who attend to the supply of the occupation forces in Iraq will also have their tours of duty extended beyond one year.