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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 2 May 2004 through Monday, 3 May 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice. 

 

Sunday, 2 May 2004.

 

Six Americans killed, others wounded in al-Anbar Province.

 

The US aggressor military admitted on Sunday evening that six American aggressor troops had been killed and 30 others wounded in an Iraqi Resistance mortar attack in al-Anbar province. The mortar shells slammed into a US base near ar-Ramadi, some two-hours’ drive from al-Fallujah.  According to the American Associated Press, the US military refused to give any further details of the Resistance attack.

 

With these deaths, the US by official count had lost 11 troops killed within 24 hours.

 

Eight explosions resound in al-Fallujah.

 

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported that eight powerful explosions were heard in the al-Jurayfi and al-‘Askari neighborhoods of the city at precisely 11:45am Mecca time.  The nature of the explosions was not immediately clear, nor was it known whether they resulted from a bomb blast or an attack by either the Resistance or US aggressors.

 

Al-Jurayfi and al-‘Askari are among the neighborhoods worst hit by the fighting, since they lie near the railroad station behind which the occupation forces have established a base for concentrating their forces.

 

One American aggressor killed, 10 others wounded near Kirkuk.

 

A statement issued by the US occupation command reported that a US aggressor soldier was killed in an Iraqi Resistance bomb attack in Kirkuk, and 10 other American troops were wounded.  Armed Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated an explosive device on a road then opened fire at a US base near Kirkuk city.

 

Earlier, Turhan ‘Abd ar-Rahman, puppet police chief in Kirkuk, said that two American aggressor troops were wounded in an Iraqi Resistance bomb blast near the Kirkuk airport, which the US occupation has made its base in the area.

 

The Resistance blast was targeted at a passing US patrol and knocked a military vehicle out of commission.

 

Two Fijian mercenaries killed, two others wounded.

 

Fiji television reported on Sunday that two mercenaries (“security guards”) from Fiji were killed and two others wounded in an Iraqi Resistance bomb attack on a convoy at the beginning of the week.  Reuters reported that the Fijians were working for a “private company” in Iraq.   The former Fijian military men worked for Global Risks Strategies, headquartered in London – a firm with hundreds of employees from Fiji who formerly served with United Nations peacekeeping missions.  In occupied Iraqi they serve as guards of important persons, offices and oil fields all in service of the occupation.

 

Eighteen Resistance organizations give US 48 hours to pull back from al-Fallujah.

Resistance: 3,000 US dead in April in al-Anbar province.

 

QudsPress has published a statement issued by 18 armed organizations of the Iraqi Resistance that warns American occupation troops and calls on them to withdraw from al-Fallujah in 48 hours or they will be attacked forcibly.  The statement disclosed that the aggressor forces had sustained huge losses during the past month in al-Anbar province (where al-Fallujah is located).

 

The joint Resistance statement said that the Americans had failed to observe the provisions of the cease-fire agreement that their forces and representatives of the city had signed.  It said that the Americans’ continued to blockade of the city and attacks on cities and villages in the area, and that the US had exploited the opportunity provided by the halt in Resistance attacks to try to take revenge for their enormous losses.  If this continues then the Resistance will ignite a blazing revolution throughout the country, the statement said.

 

The statement noted that the occupation forces in al-Anbar province alone had lost more than 3,000 dead and about 30 aircraft of different types shot down, dozens of tanks and transport vehicles of various types destroyed in just the past month.

 

The statement said that the Americans use every possible way to prevent news of their losses leaking out.  The statement estimated that some 25,000 aggressor troops had been killed in all since the US invasion.

 

The statement said that the Resistance groups had agreed to send this warning to the US forces to pull out and lift the siege of al-Fallujah within 48 hours.  The Resistance gives the aggressors this chance to catch their breath and bind up their wounds.  If they do not, then a raging revolution will be ignited under their feet throughout the pure land of Iraq.

 

The statement also attacked the members of the puppet so-called interim governing council and promised them punishment.  It challenged Muwaffaq ar-Rabi‘i and Ahmad Chelebi “just to come out in the street alone or to go to the bathroom inside his own house without a guard.”  “Do they represent the Iraqis?” it asked, rhetorically.

 

Among the 18 signatory organizations on the statement were the National Army for the Liberation of Iraq, the Army of the Supporters of the Sunnah, the Brigades of the Irqi Islamic Resistance, and the Brigades of the Martyr Ahmad Yasin.

 

US admits four American troops killed in two Resistance attacks.

 

A US military spokesman officially admitted on Sunday that four American aggressor troops were killed in two separate Iraqi Resistance attacks in Iraq.  Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that one of the attacks occurred in Baghdad and the second in the area around al-‘Amarah 365km southeast of the capital.  The official spokesman gave no further details.

 

Occupation headquarters in an-Najaf shelled by Jaysh al-Mahdi.

 

The Anglo-American occupation headquarters in an-Najaf came under violent rocket attack before dawn on Sunday, according to al-Jazeera TV, which added that the American forces fired back at the Resistance.

 

Al-Jazeera reports that the US aggressor forces in the area have set up more checkpoints on roads leading to the cities of an-Najaf and al-Kufah, inspecting all who head towards the cities where Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr and his followers are concentrated.  The US claims that the searches are aimed at cutting the supply lines of as-Sadr’s Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.

 

Jaysh al-Mahdi attacks British troops, wounding six.

 

At least six British occupation soldiers were wounded in al-‘Amarah city in a Jaysh al-Mahdi ambush.  One member of the militia was killed and another wounded seriously in the attack.  The assault came hours after British aggressors arrested 15 members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi.

 

US convoy attacked between al-Basrah and al-‘Amarah.

 

Eyewitnesses report that a US convoy made up of a number of Humvees and trucks was attacked by the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia that follows Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.  The militiamen unleashed a hail of intense gunfire on the vehicles on Sunday morning as they were driving on the road between al-Basrah and al-‘Amarah.  The Associated Press reported that the attack followed the spread of the news that British aggressors had arrested 15 Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen in al-‘Amarah.

 

British forces arrest 15 followers of Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.

 

A spokesman for Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr said that British occupation forces had arrested 15 fighters loyal to as-Sadr during a series of raids in al-‘Amarah city 365km southeast of Baghdad.  Muhammad al-Musawi, as-Sadr’s deputy in al-‘Amarah, reported the arrests.  There have been violent clashes recently in al-‘Amarah between as-Sadr’s supporters and the British aggressor troops.

 

Britain to send 4,000 more troops to Iraq.

 

Britain has announced that it will be sending an additional 4,000 troops to Iraq, ostensibly to cover the withdrawal of Spanish aggressor forces.  The British troops are to take control of an-Najaf.

 

Report: occupation arrests supporter of Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.

 

Sofia News reported from occupied Iraq on Sunday that occupation forces had arrested a supporter of Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.

 

Amnesty International: torture routine in occupation prisons in Iraq.

 

The liberal organization Amnesty International has stated Amnesty International said it has uncovered a "pattern of torture" of Iraqi prisoners by coalition troops, and called for an independent investigation into the claims of abuse.

 

It said that its findings reveal that torture is routine in Iraqi prisons under the US occupation.  Amnesty called for an independent investigation on mistreatment under the Americans.  The Associated Press reported that Amnesty said it had obtained sufficient evidence to show abuse of prisoners by US and British occupation troops.  In regard to the recently published pictures documenting the abusive practices of the Anglo-American aggressors in Iraqi prisons and the torture and sexual abuse and humiliation they inflict on prisoners, a spokesman for Amnesty said that the organization had declared “a year ago” that torture was being practiced in Iraqi prisons under the occupation regime.

 

US woman colonel Janice Karpinski who has been given the blame for the torture practiced in US concentration camp Abu Ghurayb - photographs of which were recently published – has said that US military intelligence is responsible for the violations committed against Iraqi prisoners.

 

US Colonel Karpinski, accused of ordering torture of Abu Ghurayb prisoners, says Military Intelligence was in charge.

 

Karpinski, who is now being investigated for her role in the crimes, said that Abu Ghurayb prison camp is under the tight control of a special unit of military intelligence officers who have until now received no blame for the sadistic crimes regularly committed at the site.

 

Karpinski, now back in civilian life as a commercial cousellor in South Carolina, told the New York Times that she only visited the concentration camp twice a week since last autumn, and claims that she repeatedly issued orders for the prisoners to be treated humanely.  She also asserted that she never visited the cells where the violations took place, because that was against the wishes of the intelligence officers who were in charge of the facility.  She said that the intelligence officers feared that her visits might lead to an investigation of their practices.

 

US hostage found by American aggressor forces.

 

hostage Thomas Hamill, kidnapped three weeks ago in a Resistance attack on his convoy, was found by US invader forces Sunday south of Tikrit after he apparently escaped from his captors, the US military said. An invader official said he was in good health.

 

 

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Monday, 3 May 2004.

 

US forces ask for one-day grace period to extract their heavy equipment from al-Fallujah.

 

US aggressor forces, beaten badly by Iraqi Resistance forces in defiant al-Fallujah, on Monday asked for a one-day grace period for them to evacuate their heavy equipment from the area. The American aggressors sought out the help of the intermediaries who had worked out the cease-fire agreement that enabled them to extricate themselves from al-Fallujah to request the grace period to end on Tuesday at 12:00 noon, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah wrote in a report posted at 00:54 Tuesday moring, Mecca time.

 

US forces now occupy positions to the northeast and northwest of al-Fallujah.

 

Roads west of al-Fallujah now completely open.

 

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reports that on Monday all entrances to the city towards the west were open – the roads leading to al-Azraqiyah, ar-Ramadi, as-Saqlawiyah, and as-Saddat were all clear and open to al-Fallujah’s citizens.  The correspondent himself made several trips along the road to ar-Ramadi and as-Saqlawiyah and found the roads safe and completely clear of Americans and American check points.  US aggressor forces had withdrawn from the outskirts of the city, but the roads to ar-Ramadi and as-Saqlawiyah until recently still had some US presence because it lay close to the US base. It was until today a haven for American snipers who made passage through the area extremely dangerous as they shot at anyone who moved.

 

Eastwards from al-Fallujah, the road to Baghdad is also open.

 

Al-Fallujah’s skies almost clear of American planes.

 

Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Fallujah reports that the skies above al-Fallujah on Monday were largely free of American aircraft as well.  Only one American plane flew over the city on Monday.  The single overflight took place at 11:30 in the morning and the aircraft flew fast through the skies over the city, disturbing the peace of the city only by breaking the sound barrier, and demonstrating the defeat that the US forces had sustained at the hands of the Iraqi Resistance.

 

Al-Fallujah residents honor Resistance fighter heroes.

 

Citizens of al-Fallujah celebrated their victory over the United States on Monday.  Citizens hoisted Resistance fighters on their shoulders, carrying them through the streets of the city in the morning.

 

The scene repeated itself during the afternoon as the mood of joy and happiness at the victory spread through the defiant city.  Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent reported that citizens addressed the Resistance fighters saying: “whatever you want, it’s yours.”

 

US withdrawal from al-Fallujah stalls: misleading reports.

 

Sunday and Monday the news media in the world carried reports to the effect that the US had taken the decision to delay its withdrawal from al-Fallujah and its environs by at least two days because of what it claimed were “logistical difficulties.”

 

According to al-Jazeera, former Iraqi Major General Jasim Muhammad Salih al-Muhammadi, a former commander of a brigade in the Republican Guard whom the American aggressors have now employed to supervise security in al-Fallujah, has announced that the US withdrawal was postponed for reasons related to the removal of earthen barriers around the city, the transportation of supplies, and the removal of land mines and unexploded bombs.

 

Mafkarat al-Islam reports that observers have noted that the US pullback has in fact been completed but these reports are being spread for ulterior motives that serve the interests of the occupation.  They note that one reason for the spread of these reports could be that the Americans do not want to look like a defeated power, particularly not in the eyes of those countries still hesitating about sending troops to serve the US occupation.  The image of the Americans retreating before a triumphant Iraqi Resistance that succeeded in expelling them from al-Fallujah and forcing them to retreat is not an image with which they are comfortable.

 

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah has reported that US forces retreated to the area around al-Habbaniyah base, some 20km from al-Fallujah.  He also noted that a US forces have attempted to concentrate to the north of the city where the US forces to the northwest beyond as-Sakani neighborhood and to the northeast in the agricultural area beyond the railroad station have linked up.

 

Meanwhile, hundreds of Iraqi families on Monday returned to their homes in al-Fallujah for the second straight day following the US retreat from the environs of the city.  Units of local police and the so-called civil defense force spread out in the city.

 

Claims of big role of “foreign fighters” in Resistance dismissed.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces have refuted the claims that have been made by US aggressor troops for months, according to which “foreign fighters” – by which they mean non-Iraqis – were playing the leading role in the Resistance to the US occupation of Iraq.

 

According to the American Associated Press, many military military experts say that American leaders’ inclination to put responsibility for the Resistance on non-Iraqis was aimed at reducing Iraqis’ inclination to rise against the military occupation of their country.  Military experts note that non-Iraqi fighters are playing a very small role in the Resistance.

 

Now, however, US military commanders in the area of al-Fallujah have admitted that about 90 percent of the fighters resisting the Marines in al-Fallujah are Iraqis.  Until now there is no confirmation of the Americans’ capturing any non-Iraqi fighters in al-Fallujah, although a few non-Iraqi “suspects” have been arrested.

 

After the US retreat, al-Fallujah buries the dead.

 

As US attacks on al-Fallujah have stopped, the residents of the long besieged city are coming out to bury their dead.  On Monday, people came out to bury their dead in the city stadium after young men dug trenches there for the purpose.  Bodies taken from the rubble of houses in the parts of the city that the Marines occupied are being buried immediately, having been decomposing in many cases for a long time. Amidst clouds of dust and a powerful stench, two or three members of a family would be buried together in one grave.

 

Hamid ‘Isawi buried his daughter on Monday.  They lived in al-Jawlan neighborhood, an area heavily bombarded by the Americans, and were unable to dig out the bodies of their loved ones, much less bury them since last week.  ‘Isawi said, “I thank God who made us able to defy the Americans.”

 

The chief of the grave diggers was so covered in dust that his perspiration produced clay.  He explained that  the most recent graves were dug in just the last two days after the withdrawal of the Americans.

 

Khayri ar-Rawi noted that the line of graves had been advancing as more and more died.  He showed reporters where the line of graves began about one month ago when the Americans were bombing and when water was cut off, and when there were no more medical or food supplies.  As of noon on Monday, 20 unknown bodies had been buried.  Their graves were simply labeled “Martyr.”  Ar-Rawi said: “these are all from today, and there are more coming.”

 

Reuters reported that shops in al-Fallujah were again open and people streamed towards the downtown area as the police gave up directing traffic.  Other cars patrolled the streets however – local  people called them the patrols of the street fighters.  Shrapnel holes were clearly visible in their vehicles.

 

Grave diggers also directed visitors to a trench on the side of the field where the earth had recently been dug up.  There was a grave marker inscribed “Spies,” and it attracted the spits of others who had come to bury or mourn their martyred friends and loved ones.  A youth who called himself Jasim said, “there are seven of them there who were caught marking targets for the Americans, and were killed.”

 

Al-Fallujah wary of American agents and spies.

 

Following the US retreat from al-Fallujah, the city now finds itself warily confronting the danger of American agents and collaborators, particularly after the cease fire agreement with the Americans provided for the introduction of puppet police and the puppet so-called “Iraqi army” into the city.

 

Shaykh Jamal Shakir Nizal, one of the religious leaders of the defiant city who was released just a few days ago from the occupation forces’ prison warned his fellow citizens that the Americans were “using agents, traitors, and prostitutes who had been bought for dollars” to serve their interests in the city.  Other residents of al-Fallujah agreed, saying that the American aggressor forces expect their local agents to put down the Resistance. “But they are very mistaken,” they add.

 

Iraqi Resistance ambushes US column on the road to al-Fallujah.

 

Al-‘Arabiyah TV reported that an American military column was attacked by Iraqi Resistance fighters firing rocket-propelled grenades as the Americans traveled along the highway to al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad.  According to al-‘Arabiyah, the attack destroyed one fuel tanker.  At the time of reporting there was no word about casualties.

 

US aggressor forces responded to the attack by sealing off the site of the Resistance attack

 

One US aggressor soldier killed, two others wounded in Resistance attack in Baghdad.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces opened fire on a group of US aggressor troops in south Baghdad on Monday, killing one American soldier and wounding two others, according to a US military statement.  According to the Associated Press, the US troops were attacked as they were engaged in securing an area prior to raiding a weapons storage area that they had discovered the night before.  The US statement said that the troops in question belonged to the 1st Armored Division whose headquarters is in Germany.

 

Powerful blasts shake northwestern Baghdad as Iraqi Resistance battles US aggressors.  Beleaguered Americans forced to call in artillery support.

 

Reuters reported that a number of powerful explosions shook the north west part of Baghdad on Monday night, by 10:30pm the American aggressors had admitted that battles were on-going there between their forces and Iraqi Resistance fighters.  The invaders claimed that the explosions were the result of US shelling of Resistance positions.

 

Al-Jazeera reported, however, that the explosions came from Resistance attacks being mounted on Saddam International Airport west of Baghdad.

 

It appears, however, that the American position in the battles is not entirely what they would like it to be.  The US Associated Press reported that the 1st Cavalry had been forced to call in artillery support for themselves.

 

Resistance attack destroys US vehicle, wounds several US troops near Ba‘qubah.

 

A number of US aggressor troops were wounded when their patrol came under Iraqi Resistance attack east of the city of Ba‘qubah.  Egypt’s Middle East News Agency reported that the Resistance attack destroyed one US military vehicle.

 

US military claims to kill two Resistance fighters in Mosul.

 

US aggressor Colonel Joseph Beck told the press in Mosul, northern Iraq, that two Iraqis were killed on Monday as they were attempting to plant a bomb in al-Wahdah neighborhood in the eastern part of the city.  Beck said that the US invader troops opened fire at the Iraqis causing their bomb to explode and killing them.

 

Jaysh al-Mahdi downs American helicopter over al-Kufah.

 

Al-Jazeera’s correspondent in al-Kufah has reported that sources in Muqtada as-Sadr’s office say that Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen have shot down an American military helicopter in the city.  Parts of the wrecked aircraft were brought for show to the press.  Meanwhile Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen took up positions in a show of strength along the streets of al-Kufah.

 

Three US transports and one tank ablaze near an-Najaf.

 

Italian journalists reported on Monday night local time from near an-Najaf that battles continue near the Shi‘ite holy city between Jaysh al-Mahdi and US aggressor forces.  The Italian journalists reported seeing three military transport vehicles and one American tank on fire. The team of Italian journalists was briefly held hostage by Jaysh al-Mahdi forces being released after the intervention of a local notable.

 

Al-Jazeera reported from al-Kufah that the American invaders replied to the shelling of their base by using helicopter gunships to shell a number of places in al-Kufah.  The al-Kufah Public Hospital was one of the places shelled.

 

US aggressors battle Jaysh al-Mahdi in al-Kufah Monday afternoon.

 

In a report posted at 4:24pm Mecca time on Monday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a battle was then underway between US aggressor forces in al-Kufah and supporters of Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr. The battle followed a rocket and mortar attack that the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia mounted against the central US military base located north of an-Najaf.  Iraqi sources told the Qatari News Agency Qana that occupation forces responded to the Jaysh al-Mahdi attack using helicopter gunships to rocket and shell a number of parts of al-Kufah from which columns of smoke can be seen rising.

 

Jaysh al-Mahdi attacks US base near an-Najaf.

 

One Iraqi puppet policeman was killed and six persons wounded in a rocket and mortar attack by the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia on an American base near the city of an-Najaf.  Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that columns of smoke rose over the scene of the attack at an American check point near the base that is located between al-Kufah and an-Najaf, 160km south of Baghdad.  Intense gunfire followed the attack.

 

Sabah Jabir, a doctor in al-Hakim Hospital in an-Najaf reported that one Iraqi puppet policeman had been killed and six other persons wounded.  Eyewitness Wa’il ‘Abd al-Khidr said that he heard gunfire near a military checkpoint and added that he had brought two wounded persons to the al-Hakim Hospital.

 

In recent days there have been repeated clashes between supporters of Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr – the Jaysh al-Mahdi – and the US aggressor troops who have taken the place in an-Najaf of the Spanish satellite troops that recently pulled out of Iraq.  The US invaders have recently sent reinforcements to the area around an-Najaf where they insist they are intent upon arresting or killing as-Sadr.  The legalistic reason for the American assault on the religious leader is that he is accused of being behind the assassination of rival pro-American Shi‘ite religious leader ‘Abd al-Majid al-Khu’i in an-Najaf in 2003.

 

Additional report on mortar barrage, gunbattles between US invaders and Jaysh al-Mahdi.

 

Later on Monday, reports were published saying that eyewitnesses reported that mortar shells were fired at an American military base in the city of an-Najaf, after which US invaders traded automatic gunfire with Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen.  Reuters reported on the authority of hospital sources that two Iraqis were killed, one of them a puppet policeman, and 15 others were wounded during the ensuing battle.

 

US military: Jaysh al-Mahdi shells an-Najaf base periodically.

 

US military sources say that the Jaysh al-Mahdi is periodically shelling the US base in an-Najaf.  A US commander, Colonel Pat White, reported that American helicopter gunships patrolled the skies after the latest mortar barrage in an attempt to forestall further attacks.  He said that the American aggressor forces were practicing “self discipline” so as not to reply extensively to the mortar barrages, as they are awaiting the “right” time to launch maneuvers inside an-Najaf.

 

Jaysh al-Mahdi, puppet police agree three-day cease fire in Karbala’.

 

Meanwhile, however, the leader of Jaysh al-Mahdi, Shaykh Hamzah at-Ta’i, announced in a statement issued in Karbala’ that his forces had held talks with the Iraqi puppet police in the city and had reached an agreement on a cease fire to last three days.  The agreement followed mediation by urban notables in the Shi‘ite holy city.

 

The statement that was issued following the agreement said that leaders of tribes from the area of the city and local councilmen from the province had held a meeting in Muqtada as-Sadr’s office in Karbala’ where they disapproved of the clashes that were taking place between Jaysh al-Mahdi and the puppet police.

 

Italian journalists captured, released by Jaysh al-Mahdi.

 

A team of Italian journalists working for Channel 5 of Italian television were kidnapped on Monday, it is believed, by members of Muqtada as-Sadr’s Jaysh al-Mahdi.  The Italians were later released, however, after the intervention of a local leader.

 

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