Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 22 April 2004 through Saturday, 24 April 2004.  Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice


Thursday, 22 April 2004.


US aggressor commander gives Resistance “a matter of days” to turn in heavy weapons.


The US commander of forces besieging al-Fallujah announced on Thursday that the Resistance forces have only a matter of days, not weeks, to turn in heavy weapons, in accordance with the cease fire agreement concluded earlier in the week.   US forces already violated that agreement by slowing the return of residents to their homes in the city.  The US commander also warned that his forces would resume offensive operations against the besieged city.


US suspends return of families to al-Fallujah.


Reports from al-Fallujah indicate that the return of residents of al-Fallujah to their homes has been suspended since the battle between Resistance forces and US aggressors that took part on Wednesday.  US armored reinforcements have been spotted near al-Fallujah.


US soldier admitted killed in Baghdad.


According to London radio, the US army announced on Thursday that one American soldier was killed in a roadside bomb attack in the north of Baghdad.  No further details were immediately available.


Iraqi Resistance fires mortars at Kirkuk airport.


Kirkuk airport in northern Iraq came under mortar attack early on Thursday morning.  US forces have transformed Kirkuk airport into their regional headquarters.  Middle East News Agency reported that American officials in Kirkuk gave out no information regarding casualties or damage resulting from the Resistance attack.


Dutch aggressor camp comes under mortar attack.


Japanese Defense Ministry officials reported that a mortar shell landed near a camp of Dutch aggressor forces early on Thursday in southern Iraq.  The mortar attack reportedly left no casualties.


Rockets fired at aggressor headquarters in as-Samawah.


Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported that  three rockets were fired early on Thursday near the temporary office of the occupation forces in as-Samawah.


South African mercenary killed.


Iraqi eyewitnesses reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters with their faces covered opened fire on Thursday on two foreigners in the northern part of the Iraqi capital, leaving one of them dead and the other wounded.  Iraqi puppet police sources first said that the dead foreigner was a French journalist working in Baghdad and that the man who was wounded was the journalist’s interpreter.  The Associated Press reported that the attack took place near al-A‘zamiyah, an area where the US aggressors say that the Iraqi Resistance is active.


A later report claimed that the foreigner was Spanish.


It was finally established that he was a mercenary from South Africa.


Honduran aggressor base comes under mortar attack.


The Honduran aggressor forces said on Thursday that one of their bases in the city of an-Najaf was attacked on Wednesday night but that no material damage or casualties resulted from the Resistance attack.  The Hondurans claimed that four mortar shells hit the area outside their base.


Two Swiss hostages released.


An official in the Swiss embassy in Baghdad said that two Swiss citizens who had been taken hostage in southern Iraq were released on Thursday.  The two hostages, a man and his wife were working for a non-governmental organization and were kidnapped on Tuesday under obscure circumstances.


A Thousand Jordanians in occupation’s prisons in Iraq.


Official Jordanian sources have disclosed that there are 1,000 Jordanian citizens in prison in occupied Iraq, held by the US occupation forces.  In an announcement published on Thursday in ad-Dustur newspaper the parliamentary Committee For Public Freedom in Jordan was requesting that the Jordanian Foreign Ministry address the US proconsul of Iraq L. Paul Bremer about the issue.


Iraqi Resistance rockets three oil pipelines sending them up in flames.


Informed Iraqi sources said on Thursday that three oil pipelines had been set ablaze in northern Iraq.  The pipelines, which transport oil from Iraqi wells to the ad-Durah refinery in Baghdad burst into flames as a result of being struck by Iraqi Resistance rockets, according to eyewitnesses quoted by al-Jazeera TV.  The fire was set near the ath-Tharthar area which lies south of the city of Samarra’.


US General: one in ten puppet policemen works for the Resistance.


US general Martin Dempsey of the 1st Armored Division said that many members of the Iraqi puppet police had been operating against the US aggressors.  Speaking via satellite to the American Press Association in Washington, Dempsey said that one in ten Iraqi puppet policemen was working with the Iraqi Resistance against the US occupation.  Dempsey admitted that operations by US forces on Iraqi soil had come to a difficult and complicated point.


Dempsey said that 40 percent of the members of the puppet police had left the force because, he said, of threats from the Resistance.  He insisted, though, that half of the men whom the US had trained were still operating in a disciplined fashion.


Two German specialists in “fighting ‘terrorism’” killed near al-Fallujah.


The German interior minister announced on Thursday that he believes that two German citizens who are specialists in what they call “fighting terrorism” were killed when their convoy taking taking them from Jordan to Baghdad came under Resistance attack near al-Fallujah two weeks ago.


Siemens, General Electric flee Iraq in face of Resistance attacks.


The rising Resistance struggle in Iraq has compelled the German Siemens company and General Electric to leave Iraq.  Siemens concluded its work in Iraq after the German Foreign Ministry warned that country’s citizens against being in Iraq on 12 April 2004.  Siemens had been working on installing electric power plants in Iraq.  The withdrawal of Siemens employees is a blow to the US occupation.















Friday, 23 April 2004.


Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah publishes communiqué denouncing the cease-fire “inspired by Satan.”


A communiqué issued in the name of  “The Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah” was distributed on Friday in front of the Mosque of Ibn Taymiyah after noontime congregational prayers.  The communiqué strongly denounced the Islamic Party of Iraq led by member of the puppet so-called interim governing council Muhsin ‘Abd al-Hamid, for the role it played in announcing the cease fire agreement in al-Fallujah, which the communiqué called “a cease-fire agreement derived from Satanic inspiration.”


According to al-Jazeera TV, the Resistance communiqué said, “the so-called Islamic Party used this idea of a cease-fire, which it derived from the inspiration of Satan, to sow confusion in the ranks of the Mujahideen.  It gave the enemy an opportunity to get its breath back and reactivate itself, after having been in the grasp of the Mujahideen.  It has been able to build barricades to protect itself [thanks to the cease-fire].”

The communiqué went on to say that, “the balance in al-Fallujah tilted in favor of the enemy, after it had been leaning in our favor.”  The document asked: “doesn’t this party know that the infidels recognize no agreements or charters?”


The communiqué confirmed that the Resistance had inflicted grave losses on the occupation and that “the American enemy lied when it reported its losses, as it is its usual habit to lie.”


US preparing for “decisive” battle at al-Fallujah.


The US military commanders preparing US Marine invaders for an assault on al-Fallujah expect violent resistance from the city’s defenders.  The US commanders say that the battle will be decisive for the future of Iraq.  US Colonel John Colman spoke to al-Jazeera TV and said that he expects all of al-Fallujah – Islamists, Arab volunteers, local volunteers – to forcibly resist their aggression.


Al-Fallujah: aggressors prevent refugees from returning home.


US occupation troops continue to violate their cease fire agreement in al-Fallujah as they continued preventing families who had left the besieged city from returning home.  The Iraqi Red Crescent began setting up a camp in al-Karradah neighborhood in Baghdad to give shelter to the refugees from al-Fallujah.


US puppets try to fudge death figures for al-Fallujah siege.


Earlier in the day the puppet so-called health minister in occupied Iraq Khudayr ‘Abbas claimed that only 271 persons had been killed and 800 others wounded since the beginning of the siege of al-Fallujah.  Hospital sources in al-Fallujah itself already in the previous week had reported that the number of dead in al-Fallujah had topped more than 500, based on their count of the actual bodies.


Iraqi Resistance bomb wounds three aggressors, damages US vehicle in ar-Ramadi area.


Al-Jazeera’s correspondent in ar-Ramadi reports that a military vehicle was disabled in the al-Madiq district, 30km east of ar-Ramadi, when an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb detonated as a US convoy was passing.  Three US aggressor troops were injured in the Friday attack.  The US aggressors closed off the area and started raiding nearby homes.


US aggressors raid mosque near ar-Ramadi after Friday prayers.


Al-Jazeera TV reported from ar-Ramadi on Friday evening that US occupation troops had raided the Mosque of Sahib ar-Rumi in al-Malamihah village east of ar-Ramadi after Friday congregational prayers.


During the raid, the American invader troops arrested all the worshippers inside the mosque and raided houses neighboring the mosque.  The Shaykh of the al-BuDhiyab tribe was also arrested as well as all those who were found in the area.


Explosions rock area around Saddam International Airport outside Baghdad.


Al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV station reported shortly after 6:00pm Baghdad time on Friday that the explosions could be heard coming from the area around Saddam International Airport outside of Baghdad.  Al-‘Arabiyah initially had no further details on the blasts.


Resistance fires rocket at US “Green Zone” in Baghdad.


Iraqi Resistance fighters fired a rocket at the so-called Green Zone where the US aggressor forces have their headquarters in occupied Iraq.  According to the Qatari News Agency QANA, there were no immediate announcements regarding casualties or damage.


US soldier killed by Resistance bomb in Samarra’.


An Iraqi Resistance bomb detonated as a US military convoy was passing by in the city of Samarra’, 100k north of Baghdad, killing one US occupation soldier, according to an announcement by the US occupation command.


The statement, as reported by Agence France Presse (AFP) said that the dead soldier belonged to the 1st Infantry Division.


Resistance mortar barrage targets British aggressor HDQ.


Iraqi Resistance fighters fired three mortar rounds at the headquarters of British aggressor forces in the city of al-Basrah, according to the press office of the British occupation which claimed that the attack caused no damage or casualties.


Ukrainian occupation base struck by explosions.


At least 10 explosions shook the Ukrainian aggressor base west of the city of al-Kut south of Baghdad.  Al-Jazeera TV reported on Friday that the source of the blasts, as well as what casualties and damage they might have caused, was still unknown.


Resistance attack leaves three puppet policemen wounded in Ba‘qubah.


An officer in the puppet police announced that four persons, including three puppet policemen, were wounded in an Iraqi Resistance attack on a puppet police patrol in Ba‘qubah, 50km north east of Baghdad, on Friday.  The officer, Khalid Shakir, told Agence France Presse (AFP) that the patrol came under a hail of bullets from Resistance fighters who were riding in a car in al-Mafraq District in the city.  The puppet policemen returned fire but the Resistance fighters were able to leave the scene after firing a rocket-propelled grenade at the puppet police patrol car.


Bulgarian occupation soldier killed in Karbala’.


The Bulgarian Defense Ministry announced on Friday that a Bulgarian aggressor soldier had been shot to death in Karbala’.  The soldier reportedly died of a head wound.


Polish aggressor soldier killed in Karbala’ battles.


Al-Jazeera TV reported the Polish occupation forces as stating that a Polish aggressor soldier was killed during violent clashes that erupted between the occupation troops and members of Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr’s Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.  The al-Jazeera correspondent in Karbala’ reports that various types of light arms were used in the battles that let a number of wounded on both sides.


A source in the Iraqi puppet police in Karbala’ said that two military vehicles were destroyed in the battles in which Bulgarian and Polish aggressor troops battled Iraqis.  Iraqi medical sources stated that 10 persons were wounded in the clashes – five of them members of Jaysh al-Mahdi, one an Iranian pilgrim to the Shi‘ite holy places in Karbala’, and four Iraqi civilians.


The so-called “multinational brigade” of aggressor soldiers – which is led by Poland and includes troops from Bulgaria, Latvia, and Lithuania and serves the United States – announced that one of their convoys was attacked just before midnight Thursday near the governorate building in Karbala’.  The convoy returned fire and requested reinforcements to “secure the area.”


Al-Jazeera’s correspondent reports that the battles broke out apparently after an occupation aircraft distributed leaflets over a two-day period calling on the Shi‘ite fighters to turn in their weapons and withdraw from public buildings.


Muqtada as-Sadr calls for continued Shi‘ite resistance to occupation.


Muqtada as-Sadr threatened to launch martyrdom operations against the US occupation forces if they enter the Shi‘ite holy cities.  In his Friday sermon in al-Kufah, as-Sadr called on his followers to continue their resistance against the occupation forces.


Attacks on occupation base between al-Kufah and an-Najaf.


In an-Najaf, al-Jazeera’s correspondent writes that the joint headquarters of US, Spanish, and Salvadoran aggressor forces located between al-Kufah and an-Najaf came under a mortar barrage on Thursday night.  The sounds of battle could also be heard coming from the area, but there were no reports of casualties among the occupation troops.


Costa Rican aggressor soldier killed in Iraq.


A Costa Rican aggressor soldier was killed on Tuesday in Iraq according to the Associated Press quoting the newspaper Extra.  The soldier, Leroy Hariz Kelly who joined the US military three years ago was killed in an “accident” while driving on the road from Baghdad to Kuwait in the company of two other US invader troops.  According to the report, the troops drove into a sand storm and they crashed their vehicle into another car.


US helicopter pilots study airborne assassination techniques in “Israel.”


Sources in the American occupation in Iraq have learned that US General Ricardo Sanchez, commander of US occupation forces in Iraq, has received approval from General John Abizaid, commander of the Central Command to kill Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.  Two of Sanchez’s commanders have reportedly been dispatched to the Pentagon to finalize a plan for the killing.


The plan includes several points including the launch of a large-scale military operation against the Shi‘ite holy cities to eliminate Jaysh al-Mahdi.  Under the plan, Iraqi puppet policemen are to try to evacuate women, children, and the elderly, after which US military aircraft are to pound the cities until all members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia are eliminated, according to a report carried by the Bahraini newspaper Akhbar al-Khalij.


In light of the plan, the US Defense Department determined to take advantage of Zionist expertise in assassinating Palestinian Resistance leaders and public figures with an eye to copying such techniques in Iraq.  The newspaper reports that Washington has dispatched 200 American pilots from American bases in Iraq to the Zionist Entity (“Israel”) to train in airborne assassination techniques.  The pilots are expected to return to Iraq next week.


US plan to storm al-Fallujah crushed by Iraqi Resistance.


Akhbar al-Khalij also reported that the US aggressor forces, under direct orders from US President Bush, recently tried to carry out a plan code named “The Last Strike” that involved sending thousands of Marine troops, commandos, and tanks to storm al-Fallujah from the west.  The plan failed miserably, however, when Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed infiltrating US troops.  A force of 2,500 American aggressors coming in from the west found themselves surrounded by Resistance gunfire that left dozens of them dead and compelled them to retreat.



















Saturday, 24 April 2004.


Iraqi Resistance martyrdom boats blast aggressor naval boats.  Two US invader sailors dead.


Iraqi puppet authorities closed down the oil terminal at al-Basrah port on Saturday after explosives laden boats piloted by Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighters carried out attacks that wrecked havoc with the occupation naval forces at the port.


Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighters piloted three dhows, or small boats, close to two major oil terminals in Arabian Gulf waters about 100 miles from Iraq's main port, Umm Qasr, and exploded when US aggressor naval craft tried to intercept them. A US Navy craft was flipped by the blast, killing two American sailors and injuring five others, the US military said.


A communiqué issued by the US Fifth Fleet, headquartered in Bahrain, said that the US Naval aggressor personnel were killed and wounded “as a result of three simultaneous naval attacks in the Arabian Gulf.”


A spokesman for the British aggressor forces announced on Saturday an occupation warship became suspicious of one of the dhows approaching the oil terminal.  When aggressor troops boarded the dhow, it exploded with all aboard.  Twenty minutes later another sea-borne attack took place.


Meanwhile, according to the British spokesman, another dhow exploded near a ship that was docked and loading oil in al-Basrah.  The British Defence Ministry said that the attacks caused no damage to the seaport or the ship.


For its part the Oil of the South company announced that two Iraqi Resistance speedboats attacked al-Bakr and Khur al-‘Amid oil exporting terminals in the port.


Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah destroy two armored vehicles.


Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a US aggressor convoy in the al-Jurayfi of the northern part of al-Fallujah after sunset Saturday night.  Two US armored vehicles were destroyed, killing all who were aboard the vehicles.  The armored vehicles were blown up by RPG-7 rockets.  According to Mafkarat al-Islam’s reporter in al-Fallujah, each US tank usually carries 12 men.  Two of those are the crewmen, the other 10 are to deploy from the armored vehicle on foot when a position is taken, the armored vehicle being their protection during the operation to take the position.


Tank destroyed in attempted US incursion into al-Jawlan neighborhood of al-Fallujah.


The Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah set an American tank ablaze in al-Jawlan neighborhood of besieged al-Fallujah on Saturday afternoon.  None of the men aboard the vehicle came out and so may be presumed dead.  The vehicle was destroyed with rockets when it attempted to break into al-Jawlan together with a detachment of other tanks.


Iraqi Resistance kills five US Marine invaders in attempted attack on al-Fallujah.


Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Fallujah reported late on Saturday that five US Marine invaders were killed when their detachment tried to storm an-Nizal neighborhood in besieged al-Fallujah.  The US aggressors were shot dead by Iraqi Resistance sharpshooters.


Resistance fighters destroy huge US battle tank in al-Fallujah, kill 12 Marines.


Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Fallujah has reported that on Saturday morning the Iraqi Resistance in the besieged city destroyed a camouflage tank in the industrial district of the city. US aggressor troops tried in vain to retrieve the tank from the scene of the battle, but the Resistance fighters were able to drive off the US attackers, killing 12 American Marine invaders in the process – a victory that elicited calls of Allahu akbar! (God is greatest!) from the populace.


This is the first time that the Resistance has been able to destroy a tank of this type, known for its unusual power.  US aggressors have come to rely upon it in all their attempts to drive Resistance fighters into open terrain where snipers – some of them American, but most of them belonging to the Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah – can kill them.


Eyewitness accounts from people in the neighborhood differ as to how the tank was destroyed.  Some say that what destroyed the tank was a land mine so large that it shook the buildings around the scene of the blast.  Other say that two rockets struck the tank simultaneously and in the same spot.


Iraqi Resistance pounds US Marine positions around al-Fallujah with mortars all night.


In a report posted at 16:26 Mecca time, Mafkarart al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Fallujah reported that the Iraqi Resistance fighters in the city had fired mortars – which they had appropriated from the US forces – at the district behind the Industrial Zone where the US Marine invaders are concentrated.  According to local people’s accounts, the mortar shells were fired from ad-Dubbat neighborhood from 2:00am until the call to the dawn prayer rang out over the besieged city some three hours later.  Local residents are amazed at these Resistance mortar attacks on the aggressor forces, particularly since the American response to the shelling was reportedly “very weak,” a fact that they take as reflective of the general state of the US besieging forces.


US Marines prevent al-Fallujah families from returning home.


US Marine aggressors besieging al-Fallujah confirmed that they received orders on Saturday to prevent al-Fallujah families who want to return home from doing so.  Marine officer Joe Cotrino told Agence France Presse (AFP) that about 50 or 60 families were allowed to return home on Friday, but on Saturday only members of the puppet police force and so-called civil defense forces were allowed into the besieged city.  The officer did not try to justify the orders, which came as the cease fire was largely still in place in the city.  He said that there had only been sporadic gunfire in the city during the previous 24 hours.


US curtails use of Apache helicopters after Resistance downs six near al-Fallujah.


The increasing rate of Iraqi Resistance attacks on US aggressor aircraft has compelled the US command to halt most flights of the Apache helicopter and in particular to order the pilots to avoid hovering in one place.  The US aggressors have been compelled to resort to using other helicopters because the Apaches have proven too easy for Iraqi Resistance fighters to shoot down.  According to Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent, more than six US helicopters have been shot down in just a few days in the area of al-Fallujah.




US admits one Marine death from near al-Fallujah.


A spokesman for the US occupation of Iraq announced on Saturday that one US Marine invader died on Thursday as a result of wounds received in battles a week earlier in the area of al-Fallujah.


Iraqi parents name their daughters Fallujah.


As Iraqis seek new ways to express their enthusiasm and support for the fierce Resistance that al-Fallujah has been putting up to the aggressor, hospitals in Baghdad are now reporting that many parents of new born children are naming their girls Fallujah, in honor of the defiant city.


Hitherto, Fallujah has never been registered as a personal name, and it has only been since the siege that Iraqis have begun to honor their daughters with the name of the city that rubbed the aggressors’ noses in the mud.  (Note: Fallujah is grammatically a feminine noun in Arabic.  This is why parents are reported as choosing the name Fallujah

for their daughters, specifically.)


Twelve Iraqi civilians dead, 22 injured in “mistaken” American shelling of agricultural area near al-Fallujah.


Twelve Iraqi civilians were killed and 22 others injured in American shelling of an-Nu‘aymiyah area near al-Fallujah on Friday night, according to al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV station.  Al-‘Arabiyah reported that US occupation forces took the wounded to an unknown location after apologizing for the US bombardment. The US forces claimed that they had shelled the agricultural fields of an-Nu‘aymiyah on the premise that there might be Resistance fighters in the predominantly agricultural area.


Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’: US is violating cease fire in al-Fallujah.


The Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ accused the US aggressor forces of breaking the cease fire agreement in a provocative way that suggests that the invaders are not interested in attaining peace.  The accusation came in a statement issued by the Board, which represents Sunni religious leaders in Iraq.


Iraqi Resistance rockets kill five US soldiers, occupation admits.


Iraqi Resistance fighters fired a barrage of rockets at a US military base north of Baghdad at dawn on Saturday, killing five American occupation troops and wounding six others, a US official admitted.  Two 57mm rockets slammed into the US base in at-Taji, according to Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Sam Hudspath.  The base in at-Taji is now occupied by the US 1st Cavalry Division.


Resistance roadside bomb injures US troops in Ba‘qubah.


An Iraqi Resistance explosive device detonated as a US occupation patrol was passing by in the city of Ba‘qubah, crippling an American military vehicle and wounding all aboard according to the Egyptian Middle East News Agency.


Two Americans killed, one wounded in Resistance attack in al-Kut.


Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported early Saturday afternoon Baghdad time that two Americans were killed and a third wounded when the Iraqi Resistance targeted a US patrol in the southern Iraqi city of al-Kut.


Resistance bomb targets US patrol near Kirkuk airport.


An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded Saturday as a US patrol was passing along the road to Kirkuk airport, now occupied by US troops as their regional headquarters in northern Iraq, according to a report carried by al-Jazeera TV.


Iraqi collaborators shot and killed by Resistance.


An Iraqi woman working as a translator for the US military was shot and killed by the Iraqi Resistance along with her husband as they drove to a US base, a hospital official said.


Iraqi Resistance car bomb explodes near US base in Tikrit.


An Iraqi Resistance car bomb, apparently set off by a martyrdom attacker, exploded near a US base on a downtown street in the northern city of Tikrit early on Saturday morning.  The local commander of the Iraqi puppet police in Tikrit said that four policemen were killed and 16 persons injured in the blast, 12 of those puppet policemen.


Three bodies were seen in the blackened wreckage of a car, which the puppet police commander said was a taxi cab of Brazilian make. Witnesses said they believed the blast targeted a convoy of Iraqi officials heading to the mayor's office in the city.


US to take over from Spanish, Honduran, and Dominican Republic troops.


Spanish news media reported that the Deputy Polish Minister of Defense said on Friday that units of the American military will take over the tasks that Spanish, Honduran, and Dominican Republican forces had been doing in occupied Iraq.  The Polish deputy minister told the Spanish magazine ABC that the US forces would be replacing the departing Spaniards and others within ninety days in the provinces of al-Qadisiyah and an-Najaf.


Polish troops battle Jaysh al-Mahdi in Karbala’.


Polish aggressor troops clashed overnight with Shi‘ite militiamen in the city of Karbala’, killing five, a spokesman for the occupation “multinational force” that works for the US occupation reported.


“Sadr City” residents battle US aggressor troops in Baghdad.


Supporters of Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr battled US troops in so-called Sadr City, a district in eastern Baghdad on Saturday.  The clashes erupted when US forces launched raids against suspected militiamen.  US sources said that “one or two” Iraqis were killed in the fighting.


Three Iraqi girls were badly burned when a shell exploded in their bedroom as they slept after US forces began to open fire on the neighborhood, setting fire to a number of cars.  The blazes then spread to nearby houses.


Medical sources told al-Jazeera satellite TV that 11 Iraqis were killed and nearly 30 others wounded in three powerful explosions that shook the neighborhood.  Eyewitnesses reported that rockets crashed into a crowded market in the neighborhood.


Blast in al-Haswah district of Baghdad kills 14 Iraqis, wounds 12 others.


Later, around mid-afternoon on Saturday, al-Jazeera TV reported that 14 Iraqis had been killed and 12 others wounded in an explosion in al-Haswah district in the southern part of Baghdad.


Bangkok orders commander of Thai aggressors to withraw from Iraq if security situation “worsens.”


The Thai Minister of Defense has stated that Thailand’s government had instructed the commander of Thai aggressor troops in Iraq that he must give an order to withdraw from the country if the security situation continues to “deteriorate.”