Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 27 April 2004 and Wednesday, 28 April 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Tuesday, 27 April 2004.
US aggressors launch small attack on al-Fallujah.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported, in a dispatch posted at 23:10 Mecca time, that the situation in the city had returned to normal after a small American attack on the city. US aggressors fired three rockets at al-Jawlan neighborhood setting a number of homes ablaze. Resistance forces responded with a mortar barrage from the eastern portion of al-Jawlan where the terrain is higher in elevation, upon the US invaders who are concentrated at the western end of al-Jawlan where the elevation is lower.
The mortar barrage went on from 10:25pm until 10:40pm local time during which period the US forces unable to fire more than 10 shots in reply. Otherwise, other stringers for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Jawlan neighborhood reported that the area was very quiet. All were very surprised at the exaggerated coverage that the three American rockets had elicited from the international media that focused on the fires burning in several houses as a result of the rocket attack.
International news media also reported that US helicopters were firing at the city, but, according to Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent and stringers, nothing of the sort happened. The media reported intense mortar shelling by the US forces, but since those reporters are not close to the scene of the action, they were unable to ascertain the truth. In fact the mortar barrage came entirely from the Resistance and was directed at the US invaders.
The flares which could be seen in some footage shot during the night came from an American aircraft that dropped a number of cluster bombs in the direction of al-Jawlan neighborhood, and then fled. That occurred at precicesly 10:42pm Tuesday night, but no one was hurt in the bombing.
Al-Fallujah cease fire held during the day on Tuesday.
Earlier on Tuesday, al-Jazeera TV reported that the cease fire was holding firm one day after fierce fighting in the al-Jawlan neighborhood of the city. Fighting in the city ended on Monday evening and the cease fire was observed thereafter during the night and into Tuesday. On the other hand a joint patrol scheduled for Tuesday, in which US aggressor troops and local puppet policemen were to take part, has been postponed indefinitely.
American invader troops closed the eastern entrance to the city of al-Fallujah after having opened it temporarily to allow some families from the city to return to their homes. While the eastern road was open, a number of Iraqi families were indeed able to return to the city.
Further details on the execution of 17 American snipers on 26 April in al-Fallujah.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam with the Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah written to add further detail to the report carried on Monday, 26 April 2004 about the execution by Resistance fighters of 17 American snipers atop a building in al-Fallujah during an American incursion into al-Jawlan neighborhood in the city.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent writes that after the occupation forces violated the cease fire that had been signed on Sunday and attacked al-Fallujah’s al-Jawlan neighborhood, the occupation troops planted a number of snipers atop a villa overlooking the as-Saddah Bridge crossing the Euphrates River. The bridge links the city of al-Fallujah’s al-Jawlan neighborhood with the rural areas surrounding the city. The villa in question was a two-story structure going by the name “Double Manyo,” and appears to have belonged to one of the wealthy residents of the city who left after the aggression began.
The group of snipers on the roof of the villa had the job of covering the aggressor tanks as they advanced into al-Jawlan district. The snipers sowed terror and fear among the families and people of al-Fallujah who were crossing the bridge in their attempt to return to their homes. The snipers fired at the civilians as they crossed the bridge, killing and wounding a large number of women and children.
The Iraqi Resistance threw back the American attempt to penetrate al-Jawlan, counterattacking the occupation troops and forcing the tanks to retreat before their blistering fire. The fighters’ intense resistance with rocket-propelled grenades, and gunfire left the villa isolated and exposed, the 17 snipers on its roof cut off and stranded. About 35 Resistance fighters stormed up into the building, filling the beleaguered snipers with the terror of certain death. Their primary job was to serve as sharp shooters, not to engage in hand-to-hand combat with the Resistance fighters. Besides that, they were no doubt in terror of the anger of al-Fallujah and its residents.
The Resistance fighters lay into them, killing every one of them by slitting their throats, filled with intense fury over the way that the snipers had terrified and killed children and women despite the cease fire agreed to between the two sides.
It should be noted that the website Mafkarat al-Islam (www.islammemo.cc) is the only media outlet that has a correspondent on the front lines of the battle in al-Fallujah, bringing live and precise information from the front line of the field of conflict. No other outlet, be it a newspaper or satellite TV company is covering this front line sector of the battle. Besides that, only one Arab satellite TV company has been covering the humanitarian sides of the siege and aggression on al-Fallujah and the effect they are having on the residents of the city whose lives have turned to tragedy. Because of the pressures under which they operate, pressures exerted by the occupation forces and the occupation regime, that satellite TV company largely limits itself to the humanitarian side of the conflict offering only a relatively small amount of information on the actual fighting. The efforts of that TV company have had tremendous impact and deserve our thanks for exposing the crimes committed by the occupation forces against the civilians, women and children, who are not serving as Resistance fighters, contrary to what the aggressor occupation forces claim.
Six explosions rock Baghdad.
Six explosions in different parts of Baghdad resounded in the Iraqi capital from morning on Tuesday and into early afternoon, according to Mafkarat al-Islam. No further details were initially available.
Resistance roadside bomb on Airport Road wounds US troops.
Several US aggressor troops were wounded on Tuesday when an explosive device went off as an American convoy was passing along the Airport Road near the mosque of Ibn Taymiyah in downtown Baghdad. According to a report carried by the Egyptian Middle East News Agency, the blast destroyed an American armored personnel carrier that was a part of the convoy which was engaged in routine patrol activities in the area.
Resistance attack wounds US invaders in al-Qadisiyah neighborhood of Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing light arms attacked a US aggressor patrol on the highway in al-Qadisiyah neighborhood of southern Baghdad. Several American aggressor troops were reported injured, and one armored vehicle was damaged when it fell off of an overpass. US invaders cordoned off the area, including the main highway and evacuated their casualties.
US helicopter explodes in al-Kut.
A US aggressor spokesman admitted that one American helicopter exploded after making a forced landing on Monday evening in al-Kut. The US spokesman blamed the explosion on a technical malfunction and said that the aircraft’s crew were able to escape. Al-Jazeera TV reported eyewitnesses as saying that one US soldier was killed in the helicopter crash.
One US aggressor soldier killed, one other wounded in Baghdad.
One US invader soldier was killed and another wounded when Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked an American patrol in the so-called Madinat as-Sadr district of Baghdad. An Iraqi collaborator translator and a member of the puppet so-called civil defense forces said that the American patrol was carrying out routine searches at a bus stop when shots were fired from a nearby building.
US attacks on al-Kufah take high civilian toll.
US deputy commander General Mark Kimmitt claimed on Tuesday that US aggressor troops killed 64 Iraqis in bloody battles with Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr’s Jaysh al-Mahdi militia near al-Kufah, 10km northeast of an-Najaf. Kimmitt asserted that American invader troops destroyed a Jaysh al-Mahdi anti-aircraft emplacement. Pictures broadcast by al-Jazeera TV over Monday-Tuesday night show that most of Iraqis killed by the American attack were civilians. Meanwhile, Iraqi hospital sources said that the American attack actually left 28 dead and 32 wounded supporters of Muqtada as-Sadr, and that the US assault also damaged several houses.
According to al-Jazeera TV, both al-Kufah and an-Najaf remain tense after a night of fighting, as residents angrily buried their dead.
Salvadoran commander wounded in Resistance mortar attack in an-Najaf.
El Salvador’s Defense Ministry reported that a Salvadoran commander was wounded on Monday when Iraqi Resistance forces attacked an occupation base in the city of an-Najaf with mortars. Several mortar shells reportedly landed in the area of the camp. The official Salvadoran sources said that the commander was only slightly wounded by shrapnel in the attack.
Special Report: www.albasrah.net on secret attempts by US to contact Arab Baath Socialist Party of Iraq.
Exclusive article for al-Basrah.net by an informed writer.
(For Part 1 of this article, please see the Iraqi Resistance Report for 26 April 2004.)
Thus the Americans realized that the predicament into which their occupation of Iraq had got them had begun to take a course that they never imagined it could – particularly not in the heady triumphalist days after they occupied Baghdad and staged the melodrama of toppling Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s statue.
The Americans contacted the United Nations and asked the UN mission headed by Mr. al-Akhdar al-Ibrahimi to return to Baghdad and undertake an initiative to relieve some of the American predicament and to allow it get past their bottlenecks. The US asked the UN mission to confirm that it was possible for the US to enter into a dialogue with the leadership of the Arab Baath Socialist Party. The US allowed the United Nations plenty of room in which to maneuver freely so that it could come up with some means to serve the central American goal – the reduce the human losses that had begun to grow more and more serious.
A new contact was made between that same intermediary person and the Baath in a European capital in search of a clear and well-defined vision that could serve as the basis on which the next round of talks – which the United Nations team insisted on holding in Iraq – would focus. The Party reaffirmed its total rejection of dialogue with the Americans:
First, so long as Iraq continues to be occupied,
Second, so long as sacrileges, arrests, and indiscriminate killing of civilians continues,
Third, so long as the legitimate top leadership of the Iraqi government remains in prison,
Fourth, so long as American support for the Zionist Entity continues, in the course of which Washington gives the green light to assassinations and large scale murders of the Palestinian people and its militant leaders,
Fifth, so long as America maintains its bases on any Arab territory from the Atlantic Ocean to the Arabian Gulf,
Sixth, in rejection of sinister plans that the US is pushing such as the “Greater Middle East” plan.
At the end of March this person took these firm positions of the Baath Party in order to deliver them to the concerned parties in the United Nations or in the American Administration. He promised to give specific answers and hoped to develop a dialogue directly with the top leadership of the Baath Party, on the basis that this Party leadership, authorized to make specific commitments, would determine the time and place according to the security considerations that it regarded as necessary for itself.
Sources in the United Nations say that on his latest visit, Mr. al-Ibrahimi, the emissary of the United Nations, and the delegation that accompanied him, were surprised when they arrived in Iraq and met with Paul Bremer, because the latter took steps that could only lead to further aggravating the situation and close the door to any possible solution, as the United Nations saw it.
Observers say that Bremer had resolved to expand the puppet governing council from 25 corrupt members to 50 corrupt members. In its new form it became a council of ministers rather than a governing council. At the head of the puppet council of ministers was the thief Ahmad Chelebi who relied on rabble such as Muwaffaq ar-Rabi‘i (for security affairs) and ‘Ali ‘Alawi (ministry of defense). The rest of the shares of the Iraq pie were divided up among the remainder of the gang of traitors such as the stooge “Da‘wah Party,” the apostate “Islamic Party,” and other such deviants, in particular the two Kurdish separatist Parties.
The delegation of the United Nations rejected these steps in whole and in part and threatened to withdraw and return to New York if this charade continued. They also rejected all the excuses that Bremer advanced for these steps, pointing out to him that these measures, no matter how nice his lackeys might make them look to him, cannot get Iraq out of its problems, but will in fact only worsen the security situation faced by the American forces in the country.
The position of the United Nations mission became firmer (and this is to the credit of Mr. al-Ibrahimi and his delegation) when, despite Bremer’s insistent requests, they refused to meet Ahmad Chelebi, Muwaffaq ar-Rabi‘i, and Iyyad ‘Alawi. After familiarizing themselves with the situation in Baghdad they met again with the Americans and brought the following conditions for the continuation of their efforts in Iraq:
First, the formation of a technocrat government in which there would be no members of the governing council (and the number of whose members would not exceed 25), so that they could really get to work on their duties without waste.
Second, that the members of the new government be known for their honesty and patriotism and that they be chosen on the basis of their competence and expertise.
Third, that the law on “uprooting the Baath” be nullified, because freedom of ideological identification is a legitimate thing.
Fourth, that all prisoners and detainees be released. If there are some against whom there is proof and evidence of their having committed specific crimes, then they should be brought to just and legal trial and their cases reviewed later.
Mr. al-Ibrahimi and the UN delegation departed Baghdad, leaving Bremer and the American Administration face to face with reality, as the stooges at this point became enraged – particularly the thief Ahmad Chelebi and the lackey “Da‘wah Party.” In accord with US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, they launched a defamation campaign against the United Nations and Mr. al-Ibrahimi. Rumsfeld’s position had become more difficult as a result of increasingly grave US losses, compounded by the defiant resistance of the heroes of al-Fallujah, in particular, and of the real men of Iraq in general. Making matters worse for him was the emergence of the current of Muqtada as-Sadr, who apparently felt equally marginalized by both the Americans and the Iranians and sought to take “revenge” by moving towards the Iraqi street – which is boiling with rage over America’s disgraceful excesses.
The Baath, informed of all the developments, was asked by the intermediary person what the Party’s opinion was of the conditions laid down by the United Nations for cooperation with the Americans as laid out above. The response came in the Statement issued by the Baath Party on 23 April 2004, reaffirming the firmness and correctness of the patriotic and Arab Nationalist position taken by the Party.
Despite the initiative that the Americans now clearly enunciated (Boucher and Bremer’s statements), incontestable facts show that the Baath Party informed its Party branches and mass membership in Iraq and throughout the Arab homeland of the real reasons for the new American position, which the Baath rejects in whole and in part. The return of the Baath will never take place in any situation other than by way of the liberation of Iraq; the attainment of its pan-Arab national goal of the return of Palestine, free and Arab from the Mediterranean to the Jordan River; and the defeat of sinister plans like that of the so-called “greater Middle East.”
The Baath Party affirmed, the informed sources say, that it had actually begun the liberation operations, the dimensions of which are known to the Americans in the field – not only in heroic al-Fallujah – and which will continue and escalate quantitatively and qualitatively to constitute the beginning of the end of the traitors and stooges, and of the tyrannical Zionist-American era.
Tuesday, 27 April 2004, 7 Rabi‘ al-Awwal 1425 Hijri.