Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 16 May 2004 and Monday, 17 May 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Sunday, 16 May 2004.
Iraqi Resistance launches mortar attack on US occupation headquarters in al-A‘zamiyah, Baghdad.
Al-Jazeera reported late on Sunday night, local time, that the US occupation headquarters in al-A‘zamiyah district in Baghdad came under Iraqi Resistance mortar attack. Machinegun fire broke out after the shelling as US helicopter gunships took to the skies to prowl the area.
Resistance fighters from Sunni al-Fallujah meet Muqtada as-Sadr to join battle for southern Iraq against US aggressors.
Shi‘i leader Husam al-Musawi announced that representatives of the Sunni Resistance fighters from al-Fallujah have met the young Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in an-Najaf and offered their support to him. US Radio Sawa reported on Sunday night that al-Musawi announced that the Resistance fighters expressed their readiness to defend the cities of an-Najaf, Karbala’, and other Shi‘i holy cities, noting that the al-Fallujah Resistance was totally ready to fight side-by-side with the members of as-Sadr’s Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.
Along similar lines, al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that a delegation of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ (a Sunni organization) endorsed the move by the al-Fallujah Resistance fighters and joined the Resistance fighters in offering their support to as-Sadr. Earlier the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ had issued a statement condemning the criminal actions of the occupation in an-Najaf and Karbala’.
Jaysh al-Mahdi drives Italian aggressors from their base after a day’s fighting in an-Nasiriyah.
Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr drove Italian invader troops from their base in an-Nasiriyah late on Sunday after a day of fighting. The Jaysh al-Mahdi attacked the Italian aggressors with grenades and mortars. After repeated assaults, the Italians called in Portuguese invader police to support them but were driven out nonetheless. At least 10 Italian aggressors were wounded, one of them critically, Lieutenant Colonel Giuseppe Perrone, spokesman for the Italian contingent told the American Associated Press late in the day. The Italians fled to another nearby base.
The day began when six Italian soldiers were slightly wounded, according to Major Antonio Sottile, spokesman for Italian troops in an-Nasiriyah. There the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia engaged Italian aggressor forces at two bridges that cross the Euphrates River on Sunday – the an-Nasr and az-Zaytun bridges – in fierce fighting. According to the American Associated Press, residents in the area said that two Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen were killed in the battle. Twenty persons were wounded according to hospital sources quoted by al-Jazeera, which reported that movement in the streets was at a standstill.
Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen seized control of a number of government buildings in an-Nasiriyah during Sunday.
ANSA, the Italian news agency reported that an Italian aggressor convoy transporting Barbara Contini, the Italian colonial official in charge of an-Nasiriyah, was attacked by the Jaysh al-Mahdi, wounding two Carabinieri “paramilitary police.” ANSA claimed that Contini herself escaped injury in the assault.
Italy, a satellite of the United States, has a contingent deployed in southern Iraq serving the American occupation. Portugal, another American satellite country has a small force of 128 police serving the US occupation in Iraq. Sunday was their first taste of combat.
US aggressor soldier killed, another wounded in Resistance bombing in Baghdad.
One US aggressor soldier was killed and another wounded in an Iraqi Resistance roadside bombing late Saturday night, the American military occupation admitted on Sunday. The Resistance bombing took place in Baghdad as their vehicle passed along a road. According to the American announcement the bomb was a homemade explosive device
Iraqi Resistance attacks bus, carrying collaborators in Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance fighters in Baghdad detonated a bomb under a minibus and then opened fire on it Sunday morning as the bus was transporting collaborators to work for the US occupation at their base. The driver of the minibus and a passenger, both women, were killed in the Resistance ambush and another collaborator woman wounded. Lieutenant ‘Ali ‘Umran of the puppet police in ad-Durah confirmed that the women were serving the American military.
Iraqi Resistance kills collaborator, wounds another in al-Mahmudiyah.
Iraqi Resistance forces early Sunday assassinated one Iraqi woman collaborator who served the US aggressors as a translator. The Resistance struck her in her home. Another collaborator translator was critically wounded in the Resistance attack that took place in al-Mahmudiyah, according to Da’ud at-Ta’i, director of al-Mahmudiyah’s hospital.
Explosions shake Meridien Hotel area of downtown Baghdad Sunday evening.
Al-Jazeera TV reported on Sunday evening that three powerful explosions resounded near the Meridien Hotel in downtown Baghdad. The al-Jazeera correspondent went to the area of the blasts but could locate no evidence of explosions. He reported local eyewitnesses, however, as saying that the three explosions were the sound of surface-to-air rockets fired by Iraqi Resistance forces at American helicopters that were prowling the skies over the area.
Bomb blasts in Baghdad on Sunday were frequently accompanied by columns of black smoke stretching skyward, indicating that US vehicles had likely been hit by Resistance forces operating in the streets of the city.
Blasts shake so-called “Green Zone” around noon.
At around noon on Sunday, two explosions were heard in the area of the Republican Palace in the center of the city, dubbed the “Green Zone” by the American invaders, where the headquarters of the occupation and the puppet so-called “interim governing council” are located. There was no word from the US aggressors regarding resultant casualties or damage.
Columns of smoke could be seen rising from the site of the blasts, and two US helicopters crisscrossed the skies over the area after the explosions. An Iraqi Resistance rocket attack on the US headquarters “Green Zone” on Saturday reportedly left one American soldier and one worker in the American headquarters wounded, according to al-Jazeera TV.
Baghdad awakes to explosions and gunfire Sunday.
Baghdad awoke on Sunday to a powerful explosion followed by the sound of gunfire. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that it was not immediately possible to determine where the blast took place.
Bomb blast under Baghdad bridge targets mercenaries.
Eyewitnesses in Baghdad reported Sunday that an Iraqi Resistance bomb planted under al-Jumhuriyah Bridge went off under a number of civilian cars carrying foreigners. The witnesses told al-Jazeera TV that no serious damage or major casualties resulted from the blast. Iraqi puppet police cordoned off the scene of the explosion, blocking traffic after the attack. US aggressor spokesmen had no report on possible casualties or damage in the attack.
British aggressors barbarously torture captives to death in southern Iraq.
Akram al-Ka‘bi, supervisor of the offices of Muqtada as-Sadr in southern Iraq, accused the British aggressor forces of executing a group of armed demonstrators and desecrating their bodies in the cities of al-Majar and al-‘Amarah. Al-Ka‘bi told al-Jazeera TV in an-Najaf that British troops arrested a number of demonstrators and tied their hands and then executed them, indicating that there had been gunfire between the demonstrators and the British troops.
Al-Ka‘bi told al-Jazeera: “the British forces encircled the demonstrators and an exchange of gunfire took place between the two sides. Some of the armored vehicles and Humvees belonging to the British troops were set ablaze.” He added that the demonstrators got into a certain place, whereupon British aircraft dropped internationally-banned cluster bombs on them. “The British troops killed ten persons in that bombing attack on the street, and they then arrested 22 others, ” he said.
Al-Ka‘bi said that the British forces then executed the captives in a repulsive way, torturing them to death. “Their eyes were plucked out, their teeth smashed, and their hands were cut off. The abrasions from ropes are visible on their necks,” al-Ka‘bi told al-Jazeera.
Muhammad Rahim, an ambulance driver in southern al-‘Amarah, said hospital officials picked up 21 bodies from a British base after authorities asked that ambulances recover al-Sadr fighters slain Friday. British troops said they would hand over another seven bodies, Rahim said.
Thirteen Iraqis wounded over night in Karbala’, most of them civilians.
Medical sources reported early on Sunday morning that 13 Iraqis, most of them civilians, had been wounded in battles that took place on Saturday-Sunday night between US aggressor troops and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, in Karbala’. ‘Ali al-‘Arkawi, director of the Emergency Hospital in the city said that three of the 13 injured persons were in serious condition. He told Agence France Presse (AFP) that the wounded were mostly civilians with no connection to the battles or militia.
Sources say that the Jaysh al-Mahdi tries to avoid sending their dead and wounded to civilian hospitals out of fear that they will be arrested or prosecuted by the occupation authorities.
The sound of random gunfire could still be heard intermittently in the largely empty city of Karbala’ on Sunday morning. Al-Husayn and al-‘Abbas streets, usually jammed with pedestrians and shoppers, are now almost vacant.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that some of the US vehicles that had penetrated to the tombs of the Imams al-Husayn and al-‘Abbas withdrew after a short time in the area. The withdrawal came as a result of negotiations carried out by the General Secretary of the Islamic Vanguard Organization, ‘Ali al-Yasiri, and the command of the US aggressors in Karbala’.
During Saturday – Sunday night aggressor forces guarding large quantities of captured arms and explosives at al-Mukhayyam Mosque came under Jaysh al-Mahdi mortar fire three times overnight, according to Lieutenant Colonel Robert Strzelecki, spokesman for the Polish-led so-called “multinational force” of troops from American satellite countries operating in south-central Iraq.
Meanwhile, an organization affiliated with the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia warned Iraqi secular and religious parties against any cooperation with the US occupation. The organization took responsibility for killing a member of the Kurdish chauvinist organization, the so-called Kurdistan National Union run by collaborator Jalal at-Talibani. The organization said that the killing was a response to the cooperation of that party with the Americans in the killing going on in Karbala’ and an-Najaf. It also announced that it had attacked American armored vehicles in the district of Baghdad nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr and also attacked the an-Nasr puppet police station in Baghdad.
During the fighting on Sunday US aggressor troops in Karbala’ used Iraqi puppet forces as human shields, for the first time, protecting their tanks and other vehicles as they advanced into the Shi‘i holy city.
At the end of the day Sunday, Karbala’ remained sealed off in all four directions by US aggressor forces, as battles in the streets continued.
US occupation strips puppet police Lieutenant Colonel of his rank for not fighting Jaysh al-Mahdi.
Al-Jazeera TV reported that US occupation forces in Baghdad stripped Lieutenant Colonel Qasim Ta‘ban Saghir, the chief of the al-Karamah puppet police station in the so-called district of Madinat as-Sadr in Baghdad of his rank. The Americans also seized the weapons of the puppet policement operating under his orders on the grounds that they did not resist the Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen.
Jaysh al-Mahdi bomb kills puppet security force member as Jaysh al-Mahdi attacks stooges in as-Samawah.
A Resistance bomb blast in the southern city of as-Samawah killed at least one Iraqi puppet security force member, and there also was shooting between Iraqi puppet security forces and Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen, Japan's Kyodo News reported.
Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen fire mortars at Dutch aggressor troops in as-Samawah.
Two mortar shells were fired at Dutch invader soldiers guarding the provincial governor's building in as-Samawah, Kyodo News Agency said. Japanese aggressor soldiers also in as-Samawah huddled in their base on the southern outskirts of the city, afraid to venture out “because of the deteriorating security.”
Jaysh al-Mahdi attacks US patrol in an-Najaf.
An American aggressor officer in an-Najaf on Sunday said that six Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen attacked an American patrol in the city. He claimed that two of the militiamen were killed in the ensuing battle. There was no word regarding possible American losses in the engagement.
Spain turns over base to American aggressors in ad-Diwaniyah.
Spanish media report the Spanish military as saying in ad-Diwaniyah on Sunday that the Spanish aggressor forces in Iraq handed over the command of their base in ad-Diwaniyah to US aggressor troops as they continue their evacuation from the country. With the hand-over of the base, the Spaniards are now free to concentrate their attention on withdrawal from Iraq.
US aggressors launch wave of searches and arrests of farmers west of Baghdad.
American invader forces on Sunday carried out a large-scale wave of searches and arrests of farmers west of Baghdad in the area between al-Ghazalah and Abu Ghurayb. The excuse given by the aggressors was that mortar shells had been fired from some farmland in the area in the last two days.
Iraq to ban Arab travel to Iraq without local guarantors, foreigners to have free access to the country.
The US-appointed puppet so-called Iraqi “ministry of interior” in consultation and coordination with the puppet “foreign ministry” and under the direction of the puppet so-called “interim governing council” – in other words, on the orders of Washington – has imposed new stringent limitations on the entry of citizens of Arab states into occupied Iraq. Foreigners – that is to say, persons whose citizenship is not that of an Arab state – may enter Iraq freely at any time.
A source in the legal department of the puppet “foreign ministry” and another source in the department of residence permits under the puppet “interior ministry” have confirmed that a decree will be issued by the two ministries prohibiting the entry of any Arab into Iraq unless they have prior permission from “Iraqi embassies” (representative offices of the US puppet government” abroad. The sources told Akhbar al-Khalij newspaper that no Arab will be allowed to visit Iraq unless he receives an invitation from an Iraqi guarantor, along the lines of the system used in wealthy oil states in the Arabian Gulf. This is the first such measure to be used in Iraq, however, since the establishment of the modern Iraqi state in the 20th Century.
The sources in the puppet “interior ministry” confirmed that the main reason for the regressive, anti-national decree is that a large number of citizens of Arab states enter Iraq to take part in the struggle against the US aggressors, whose targets, of course, in collusion with Zionism, are not limited to the borders of Iraq.
According to the sources, draconian measures have already been written up and are just awaiting the propaganda circus set for June when there is to be a “transfer of power” from one American puppet regime to another American puppet regime. The new regime is to enact the legislation aimed at cutting back Iraq’s ties with the rest of the Arab Nation, in particular by restricting travel from other Arab states.
US occupation authorities closed down the Iraqi newspaper al-Mashriq for publishing an article entitled “Iraq: OK for foreigners, off limits to Arabs.” (“al-‘Iraq halal ‘ala al-ajanib, haram ‘ala al-‘Arab”). The occupation regarded the article as a form of political incitement against US policy which is aimed at severing Iraq’s ties with the rest of the Arab Nation while opening the door to all other nationalities, regardless of who they might be, to free entry into the country.
Sources: al-Quds al-‘Arabi newspaper, London, Monday, 17 May 2004.
Monday, 17 May 2004.
In bold martyrdom mission: Iraqi Resistance liquidates head of puppet so-called “governing council” in Baghdad.
‘Abd az-Zahra’ ‘Uthman, also known as ‘Izz ad-Din Salim, the current head of the US-appointed puppet so-called “interim governing council of Iraq” was executed in an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom car bombing in Baghdad on Monday. Eight other Iraqi stooges were reported killed in the Resistance attack. The heroic driver of the Resistance attack vehicle was martyred in the assault.
According to the American Associated Press (AP), a Resistance organization called the Arab Resistance Movement announced that two of its fighters carried out the mission against the traitor and mercenary ‘Izz ad-Din Salim.
‘Izz ad-Din Salim was a Shi‘i chauvinist sectarian, chief of the so-called “Islamic Da‘wah Party” that had its headquarters in occupied al-Basrah. His treasonous militiamen regularly take part in the suppression of Resistance fighters alongside US aggressor forces.
According to ‘Ammar as-Saffar, an official in the puppet so-called “health ministry,” those killed in the stunning Resistance attack included five people in Salim’s entourage and two members of the puppet Iraqi “security forces.” Fourteen Iraqis and an Egyptian were injured, he said.
Spanish media sources reported that an American representative, Lionel Upshire declared that the Resistance attack killed 10 Iraqis and wounded six other persons, two of them seriously. According to the Spanish report carried on ya.com, Upshire said that two of the wounded were American aggressor troops.
The American AP said that two US aggressor soldiers were also injured in the attack that took place at an occupation checkpoint near the American headquarters in the area of the Republican Palace, which the aggressors have dubbed “the Green Zone.” According to al-Jazeera TV, however, an unspecified number of American aggressor troops were killed in the bold martyrdom attack. Another report said that US spokesman Colonel Mike Murray indicated that two Americans and four Iraqis had been killed in the blast.
According to US Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, three cars waiting in line at the checkpoint to the occupation headquarters were destroyed. The AP stated that 10 ambulances as well as fire trucks and firemen arrived on the scene to deal with the effects of the devastating attack.
The AP reported ‘Abd ar-Razzaq ‘Abd al-Karim, a gardener who was on the street near the checkpoint at the time of the bold attack, said that a convoy with puppet police escort arrived just moments before the attack. A red Volkswagen then exploded before his eyes, at a point about 500 meters (yards) from the US headquarters. “All I could see was a ball of fire rising into the air and there were body parts all around. We picked up the pieces and some of them were burned,” he said.
Salim was on his way to a daily puppet council meeting. He was riding in a convoy of five vehicles, and the car carrying the bomb was adjacent to the council chief's car when it exploded, according to witness Muhammad Layth, who was quoted by the AP.
A resident in the area, Shirin Muhammad said that she heard the explosion and then the sound of gunfire. (It is the practice of the US aggressor forces respond to any attack by firing indiscriminately in every direction.) “Our windows were blown out,” Shirin Muhammad was quoted by the AP as saying.
According to Hamid al-Bayyati, deputy “foreign minister” in the US puppet government, Salim’s car was the last in the queue waiting to get into the US occupation headquarters. All the other members of the puppet council entered before Salim’s entourage.
The liquidation of the puppet leader Salim, left the chairmanship of the puppet governing council vacant. On Monday, therefore, another puppet chairman was chosen, Ghazi Ilyawur. Ilyawur is to remain in that post until the Americans’ new puppet arrangement is inaugurated on 30 June – assuming that nothing happens to him before that date.
Another blast shakes Baghdad Monday afternoon.
Eyewitnesses reported late on Monday afternoon that an explosion was heard coming from downtown Baghdad. Clouds of smoke rose over the commercial area in which the blast was heard. Reuters reported that US aggressor spokesmen had no immediate explanation for the explosion, that came some eight hours after a spectacular martyrdom attack wiped out the then head of the American puppet “governing council” of Iraq, ‘Izz ad-Din Salim.
Fighting continues in an-Nasiriyah. One Italian aggressor dies of wounds.
Fighting continued in southern Iraq on Monday, considered by the Americans the part of the country where the occupation is most popular. US American aggressor jets bombed Jaysh al-Mahdi militia positions in the city of an-Nasiriyah early Monday after the militiamen, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada al-Sadr, drove Italian forces from a base there on Sunday. Seven fighters were killed in overnight battles, residents said.
On Monday, an Italian soldier died of wounds suffered during an attack on the base of the Italian aggressor Carabinieri paramilitary police the day before in an-Nasiriyah, the Defense Ministry in Rome said.
US aggressor jets also bombed targets in Karbala’ on Monday where clashes continued, witnesses said. The bodies of six Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen were seen in the streets Monday, according to a report by the American AP.
Al-Jazeera TV’s correspondent in southern Iraq reported on Monday that 16 Iraqis were killed and 26 others wounded when US aggressor aircraft bombed an-Nasiriyah at dawn.
One American soldier claimed dead, two others wounded.
US aggressor authorities declared on Monday that one American soldier had been killed and two others wounded in an exchange of gunfire with Iraqi Resistance forces in the south of the country. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported the American claim, which gave no details about the death and injuries. Reuters, however reported that the aggressor troops belonged to the 1st Armored Division which is battling the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.
Iraqi Resistance bombs in ar-Ramadi provoke Americans to kill their own puppet stooges.
Two bombs planted by the Iraqi Resistance forces exploded on Monday morning in ar-Ramadi, west of Baghdad as a joint US aggressor-puppet police patrol was passing by. As is their practice, the American invader troops responded to the blasts by firing their weapons indiscriminately in every direction. In this instance, the result was that the US forces killed two Iraqi puppet policemen and wounded four others near the large mosque in the city. According to al-Jazeera TV, the wounded were all taken to the city hospital for treatment.
Puppet governor in southern Iraq accused of murdering puppet police chief over disagreement concerning British torture, abuse of prisoners.
Tribal sources reported on Monday that the puppet police commander in the town of al-Majar was killed in a battle with the puppet governor of Maysan over a disagreement about the British hand over of bodies of Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen killed by the British aggressor troops near al-‘Amarah.
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported two accounts of how the puppet police commander, Muhammad Muhammadawi who is close to the US appointed puppet so-called “interim governing council,” was killed.
Some maintain that Muhammadawi was shot by the puppet governor Riyad Mahmud. Others report that Islam Mahmud, the puppet governor’s brother was the one who shot the puppet police commander to death. All sources aggree that the puppet police commander was shot after accusing the puppet governor of “cooperating with the occupation forces.”
Tribal sources report that members of the Muhammadawi tribe have threatened to take revenge on the Abu Muhammad tribe (to which the puppet governor belongs) for the murder.
The sources say that the fight erupted when the puppet police commander protested against the condition of the bodies of the dead Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen which the British troops had turned over on Saturday. The Iraqi Resistance Report on Sunday, 16 May reported Shi‘i leader Akram al-Ka‘bi as denouncing the British for torturing captured supporters of Muqtada as-Sadr in al’Amarah and al-Majar to death and desecrating the bodies
Russian hostages set free.
On Monday, two Russian workers held hostage in Iraq for a week were freed, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported, citing sources in the company that employs the men. The two men, workers for the Interenergoservis company, were seized May 11 after their vehicle was attacked in al-Musayyib, about 35 miles south of Baghdad. A third worker was killed in the attack. The men were working at an electrical power plant.
US plans to transfer troops from south Korea to bolster their crumbling occupation in Iraq.
It was disclosed on Monday that Washington is planning to transfer some of its 37,000 troops in south Korea, where they currently threaten the peace and security of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, to the north, and keep the Korean peninsula divided. But according to the American Associated Press (AP) on Monday, Kim Sook, head of the North American Bureau in south Korea’s “foreign ministry,” announced that, “the US government has told us that it needs to select some US troops in south Korea and send them to Iraq to cope with the worsening situation in Iraq.”
A senior US official in the American imperial “defense department,” speaking on condition of anonymity, said any shift in troops from south Korea would be part of the next “rotation” of American troops in Iraq, set to begin this summer, according to the AP.
The Associated Press noted that a transfer of forces from south Korea, where a large aggressor force has been stationed for more than 50 years, would “be an historic move by the Pentagon, underscoring the degree to which the [US] military is stretched while trying to provide enough forces for Iraq.”
The south Korean newspaper Jung Ang Ilbo reported Monday that the US plans to transfer 4,000 American aggressors from Korea to Iraq.