Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 29 April 2004 and Friday, 30 April 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Thursday, 29 April 2004.
Late on Thursday afternoon in al-Fallujah, Reuters reported eyewitnesses in the city as saying that American warplanes had shelled three districts in al-Fallujah shortly after an announcement had been made of an agreement between the US aggressors and local representatives on a reduction in the US presence around the city.
The witnesses, according to Reuters, said that al-Jawlan neighborhood – scene of fierce fighting between invader troops and the Resistance in recent days – was one of the targets in the US aerial bombardment Thursday.
Some observers were uneasy at hearing news reports of a planned American “withdrawal” of US aggressor forces from the environs of the city. They feared that a pull back on the ground might be in preparation for a campaign of heavy air attacks, if the reports of a US pull back were true. It is also noted that US President George Bush recently said that he had issued orders to put an end to the current situation in the area of al-Fallujah.
Al-Fallujah: US attacks, promises pullback.
Eyewitnesses reported to Reuters that US aggressor troops opened fire on a minibus carrying civilians near a check point on the outskirts of al-Fallujah. Iraqi puppet police sources estimated that four civilians had been killed. Witnesses said that the entire family of seven were killed in the American attack. The family, natives of al-Fallujah were trying to get out of the besieged city when the aggressor troops opened fire on them.
An American military spokesman claimed that armed men inside the minibus had fired at US forces after the vehicle approached an American barbed wire fence. Captain James Itch claimed that the US invaders were therefore “forced” to fire their heavy machineguns (mounted on a Humvee) at the minibus. An Associated Press report disputed the US military version, however, saying that the American shooting killed an entire Iraqi family of seven who were trying to get out of al-Fallujah.
Early on Thursday the US Marine invader commander in the field around al-Fallujah announced that his forces were to begin to withdraw from the industrial area on the south of the besieged city on Friday and that they would leave “security” in that part of the city in the hands of Iraqi puppet forces.
Lieutenant Colonel Brennan Byrne told the press that members of the 1st Battalion of the 5th Regiment of the Marines of the planned retreat. He said that Marine invaders would then also withdraw from the northern perimeter of al-Fallujah on 2 May.
The reported plans for US retreat followed talks held by Lieutenant General James Conway, commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionay Force, held talks behind closed doors with “a group of Iraqis.” According to the agreement, Iraqi puppet forces are to patrol the perimeter of al-Fallujah until 10 May, to allow families, displaced by the US siege, to return to their homes at the rate of 200 families a day. The American General claimed that after 10 May joint patrols of US aggressor troops and Iraqi puppet forces would take place in the city.
For his part, the Chairman of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ of Iraq, Harith ad-Darri accused American aggressor forces of obstructing negotiations with the Resistance in al-Fallujah with the aim of preparing to invade the city. After talks with ‘Amr Musa, the General Secretary of the League of Arab States, on Thursday in Cairo, ad-Darri said that he had asked the Arab League to come up with a unified and firm Arab position on the situation in Iraq, and to inform the United Nations and the Arab states about what is really going on in the country. Ad-Darri added that he sees no reason to be optimistic about the possibility of an American withdrawal in the near future from al-Fallujah.
“Mutiny” reported again among Iraqi puppet troops at al-Fallujah who refuse to fight for America.
The British Independent newspaper on Thursday reported that the puppet so-called minister of defense in the American-run occupation regime, ‘Ali ‘Abd al-Amir ‘Alawi, has announced that a number of troops in the 36th Brigade of the puppet Iraqi army recruited by the Americans have again “mutinied” – as he called it – in al-Fallujah after taking part in violent clashes with the Resistance in recent days.
‘Alawi blamed the “mutiny” on a collapse in the chain of command due to absence of the commander of the unit and the wounding of the deputy commander. ‘Alawi stated that the US Marine invaders segregated the “mutineers” from the puppet troops still willing to kill their brethren. According to the Independent, the “mutiny” broke out among a unit that consisted of Kurdish and Arab enlisted men. While the Kurds were willing to fight the Arabs refused to continue.
US occupation releases Shaykh Nizal, one of the ‘Ulama’ of al-Fallujah.
Under mounting pressure from the Iraqi Resistance, in particular the defiant fighters in the city of al-Fallujah, US aggressor authorities released the Sunni religious leader Shaykh Jamal Nizal, one of the ‘Ulama’ of the city if al-Fallujah. Shaykh Jamal was arrested eight months ago for encouraging Iraqis to resist the occupation forces.
The American Associated Press reported Shaykh Jamal as saying that his release was part of an agreement between the residents of the city and the American occupation authorities. “We suffered a lot in prison but with God’s help and then that of the people of al-Fallujah, I earned my freedom. We thank God for al-Fallujah’s victory.”
Shaykh Jamal was one of the strongest opponents of the US occupation authorities. He was arrested in October 2003.
Resistance car bomb kills nine, wounds two US invader troops near al-Mahmudiyah.
Nine US aggressor troops were reported killed in an Iraqi Resistance car bombing south of Baghdad on Thursday, according to al-Jazeera TV which added that two other American troops had been wounded in the attack. According to an admission by the American command eight American troops had been killed. The car bomb went off just south of Baghdad near al-Mahmudiyah at about 11:30am, the U.S. military said in a statement. "Initial reports indicate that eight US soldiers were killed and four were wounded," it said. The soldiers were all from the 1st Armored Division and the wounded were flown to a Baghdad military hospital by helicopter, it added.
US aggressor killed by Iraqi Resistance RPG.
Shortly before dawn on Thursday, a US invader was killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack in eastern Baghdad, an official US statement acknowledged.
Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb kills US aggressor near Ba‘qubah.
At about 10:00am, an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb killed a US invader soldier and wounded another in the town of Ba‘qubah, 40 miles north of Baghdad. Iraqi puppet police claimed that an Iraqi civilian was also killed in the attack.
Resistance battles aggressors in Baghdad’s ash-Shu‘lah district.
News agencies reported that violent clashes took place between Iraqi Resistance fighters and US occupation troops in ash-Shu‘lah District of Baghdad.
US invaders battle Shi‘ite militia in Baghdad over night.
Violent clashes took place on Wednesday – Thursday night between US aggressor forces and members of Shi‘ite Religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr’s Jaysh al-Mahdi in the district of Baghdad that the Shi‘ite organization calls Madinat as-Sadr. Witnesses quoted by the Middle East News Agency reported that they heard the exchange of intense gunfire and cannon fire from US tanks and armored vehicles as helicopter gunships in large numbers prowled the skies above. There were no reports on the extent of casualties or damage in the battles, which reportedly lasted for many hours during the night.
Rocket attack takes out US truck.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked US invader troops west of Baghdad with rockets, setting an American truck ablaze. Groups of Iraqis gathered around the burning vehicle chanting in support of Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.
Bomb in tunnel explodes near UN compound.
In eastern Baghdad an explosive device blew up inside a tunnel just meters from a United Nations compound.
Three Iraqis killed, five wounded when rocket lands on house near Bayji.
Three Iraqi members of one family were killed and five others wounded when a rocket or mortar shell landed on their house in as-Siniyah district in the region of Bayji, north of Baghdad.
South African shot dead in al-Basrah.
Iraqi Resistance forces opened fire on a car in al-Basrah on Thursday killing a South African citizen. Another report listed the nationality of the foreigner as “probably Australian.” The Associated Press said that the driver of the car, who was not behind the wheel at the time, was badly wounded. Eyewitnesses reported that Resistance fighters in a car opened fire on the driver of a four-wheel-drive vehicle, killing him as the car crashed into a wall. The driver and the other man in the car were both armed, indicating that they were mercenaries (“security guards”). A British military spokesman said that the attack occurred near the offices of the occupation-run Oil of the South Company in the center of al-Basrah.
Report: Jeep explodes in al-Basrah.
According to an earlier report from al-Basrah, a jeep with Kuwaiti license plates exploded in the southern part of al-Basrah on Thursday. Witnesses said no one was in the vehicle at the time of the blast, which reverberated throughout the city, according to Agence France Presse (AFP).
Resistance attacks Japanese headquarters in as-Samawah.
A Japanese aggressor spokesman reported that there were several explosions on Thursday near the headquarters of the Japanese military in the city of as-Samawah, in southern Iraq. The Japanese spokesman claimed that the blasts caused not casualties or damage. According to the Egyptian Middle East News Agency, the Japanese spokesman refused to provide any further information on the nature of the attack.
Resistance forces wound puppet oil administration official.
Iraqi puppet police sources reported on Thursday morning that Resistance forces attacked and wounded an Iraqi puppet official who oversees oil installations in the north of occupied Iraq. Reuters, which carried the news report, initially provided no further details of the attack.
Attack on oil company “security guards” in Kirkuk.
Al-Jazeera’s correspondent in Kirkuk reports that Iraqi Resistance fighters opened fire on mercenary “security guards” protecting facilities of the occupation-run Oil of the North Company, wounding four persons, one of them seriously.
Eyewitnesses reported that the US occupation base set up in an-Najaf on Thursday had come under a hail of mortar shells fired by the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia that is loyal to Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr. The Associated Press reported a US military spokesman as admitting that the mortar shelling is an on-going occurrence but claiming that it has caused no casualties.
US aggressors shoot Iraqi woman to death near an-Najaf.
Hospital sources near the city of an-Najaf report that an Iraqi woman was killed and six other civilians wounded when by US aggressor gunfire. The shooting occurred in the context of fighting between US invader troops and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia that supports Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.
Agence France Presse (AFP) reports that Husam al-Musawi, an aid to as-Sadr in an-Najaf said that the fighting broke out anew between Jaysh al-Mahdi and the aggressor army which surrounds the southern Iraqi city. Al-Musawi pledged that the militia would respond extremely violently to any US attempt to storm an-Najaf.
Veteran Egyptian journalist Ahmad Mansur, who reports for al-Jazeera TV from al-Fallujah,
US sends more tanks and armored vehicles as Resistance deals punishing blows to the aggressor.
As the power of the Iraqi Resistance grows apace, the US aggressors dispatched more tanks and armored vehicles to Iraq, some of them destined for the al-Fallujah front. The Director of Operations in the US imperial Central Command, General John Sattler said that the new equipment was sent in response to calls from the field commanders in occupied Iraq who say they need greater firepower for the al-Fallujah area and other parts of the country west of Baghdad. The 1st Infantry Division in the area around Tikrit feels a similar need.
Sattler claimed that there are 1,500 Resistance fighters in al-Fallujah, including members of the Republican Guard élite unit, and Arab volunteers.
US General Richard Myers, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff linked the shipment of more heavy equipment to Iraq to the obvious increase in Iraqi Resistance attacks being carried out against the occupation in various parts of Iraq.
Friday, 30 April 2004.
US renews assaults on al-Fallujah in violation of their new cease-fire accord.
Early on Friday morning, US Marine invaders seized control of the al-Fallujah train station, which is located northwest of the city. Iraqi Resistance forces concentrated in a building opposite the train station resisted the Marine onslaught, but the aggressors brought in four Abrams tanks to attack the Resistance fighters.
During Thursday-Friday night, US warplanes and helicopter gunships renewed their violent barrages of the city, targeting especially al-Jawlan neighborhood and neighborhoods in the western part of the besieged city. Friday was the third straight day of aerial bombardment of the city.
Meanwhile US snipers, deployed in numerous locations on the perimeter of the city continued to fire on sites that they believed were associated with members of the Iraqi Resistance, or were places where Resistance fighters had barricaded themselves. These attacks came in violation of the new cease fire-agreement concluded by the US aggressors and a delegation representing the people of al-Fallujah on Thursday. That agreement provided for lifting the siege from al-Fallujah starting on Friday.
Reports: Marines pulling back from industrial zone of al-Fallujah.
Later, after daybreak on Friday morning, reports started coming in that the US Marine invaders were packing up and withdrawing from positions in which they had concentrated southeast of al-Fallujah. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that members of the 1st Battalion of the 5th Regiment of the Marines had begun to leave their positions in the industrial zone. About 70 to 80 Marines are reportedly still concentrated in one abandoned soda factory and they are expected to pull out during the day.
The BBC had reported on Thursday that the Marines had agreed to pull out but then reports from the Pentagon denied any knowledge of such a plan.
South African dies in al-Fallujah.
The South African Foreign Ministry announced that a South African citizen was killed on Friday in al-Fallujah. The official said he had no further details about the attack. Reuters reported a South African spokesman as saying that in all six South Africans had been killed in Iraq. The South African official described them as “civilians” even though they have all proven to be mercenaries.
US completes its retreat from as-Saqlawiyah neighborhood.
At midday on Friday US aggressor forces imposed a curfew on as-Saqlawiyah neighborhood in the area of al-Fallujah in what appeared to be an American attempt to prevent any Resistance assaults on the retreating invaders. Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Fallujah reported that the American aggressors had in fact completed their withdrawal from as-Saqlawiyah to areas north west of al-Fallujah.
The US retreat from al-Fallujah followed their failure, even with air support and heavy equipment, to seize control of the defiant, heroic city of al-Fallujah. After sustaining what the Pentagon admitted were the heaviest losses suffered since they invaded Iraq in the spring of 2003,
Resistance clashes with withdrawing Americans in al-Jawlan neighborhood Friday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces battled US invader forces at 5:20pm as the Americans tried to storm into al-Jawlan neighborhood. The clashes came as part of an American effort to protect their on-going retreat from al-Jawlan to as-Sakani residential neighborhood.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Fallujah reported late on Friday night that Resistance fighters confirmed that the US advance was halted at the outskirts of al-Jawlan neighborhood and that US forces were once again unable to penetrate any real distance into the area.
The correspondent denied media reports claiming that al-Fallujah had come under aerial attack. “The assault is only on the ground,” the correspondent stated, adding that “I explain that by the heavy losses the occupation forces took when they used helicopters in their attacks. Until now we have no knowledge of any losses as a result of the attempt to storm the neighborhood.”
US Marines make Iraqi puppet police protect their rear as they flee al-Fallujah.
US aggressor forces fleeing from al-Fallujah have requested that Iraqi puppet policemen cover their retreat from the an-Nu‘aymiyah neighborhood and the industrial zone from which they expect to complete their withdrawal on Saturday, according to Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Fallujah.
US invaders entrust their former positions to the Iraqi puppet police after withdrawing from them, out of fear that Resistance fighters will seize the positions immediately and pursue the retreating Americans.
Martyrdom car bombing takes large toll of US casualties northeast of al-Fallujah.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Fallujah reported late on Friday night that Iraqi Resistance sources say that the explosion that occurred earlier in the agricultural area just outside the entrance to the military base set up by US aggressor troops outside the northeast entrance to the besieged city of al-Fallujah was the result of a car bombing carried out by a martyrdom fighter.
The correspondent writes that the car bombing was reported by official US spokesmen who claimed that two US aggressors were killed in the blast and six others wounded. This figure is a gross understatement, however, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent wrote, noting that the power of the explosion was so great that it was hear two-and-a-half kilometers away.
Resistance marksmen take out two American aggressor troops fleeing al-Fallujah.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reports that the Iraqi Resistance sharpshooters killed two US Marine aggressor troops at sunset on Friday as the Americans were withdrawing from the industrial zone of the besieged city towards the agricultural region in the northeast. Occupation forces have been concentrating some of their number there on Friday, as well as in parts of al-Jawlan neighborhood.
US aggressor troops leaving al-Fallujah take cover near al-Habbaniyah base.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Fallujah reported on Friday that the US aggressor forces continued their withdrawal from the areas immediately surrounding the city, and the withrawal was still continuing when the report was posted Friday evening. The US forces are taking up positions near the al-Habbaniyah base some 20km west of al-Fallujah.
The correspondent reports that the numbers of the US forces that are seeking more secure positions to the west and north of al-Fallujah are still unclear. The offical US spokesman, Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt declared earlier that the aggressor troops were not withdrawing but simply redeploying, in a lame attempt to cover up the fact that his forces were pushing Iraqi puppet forces into the front lines in place of themselves, to protect them from the Iraqi Resistance as the Americans seek to take cover out of range of al-Fallujah’s Resistance attacks. The US invaders have been vacating an-Nu‘aymiyah neighborhood and the industrial zone after sustaining heavy losses at the hands of relentless Resistance fighters.
US soldier wounded in Resistance bombing near Hit.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as a US aggressor patrol was passing near the city of Hit, leaving one American soldier wounded. The blast, which occurred on the highway north of the city, disabled an American military truck as well.
The Qatari News Agency (Qana) reported that US forces deployed around the area after the attack and military ambulances were seen racing to the scene.
Resistance bomb hits US patrol in Tikrit.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US aggressor patrol at around noon on Friday in the city of Tikrit. Accroding to the Qatari news agency Qana the extent of damage and/or casualties was not immediately reported.
Resistance rockets blast puppet security force in Baghdad.
US occupation forces admitted that a number of Iraqi Resistance rockets had slammed into the headquarters of the puppet so-called civil defense forces in ash-Sha‘b neighborhood of Baghdad. Al-‘Arabiyah TV reported on Friday that US forces immediately cordoned off the area of the attack and there were therefore no reports of casualties.
US aggressors also disarmed one rocket that landed beside the road in the area and failed to explode.
One kilometer of major Iraqi oil pipline on fire.
A huge fire erupted on the oil pipeline between the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq and the oil refinery at Bayji, one of the largest refineries in the country. The fire has reportedly spread a distance of nearly one kilometer along the pipeline. Al-‘Arabiyah TV reported that the puppet so-called civil defense forces on Friday morning fire trucks were on the scene of the blaze.
Philippines loses first fatality in service to American aggression in Iraq.
The President of the Philippines announced on Sunday that a Filipino “employee” had been killed in occupied Iraq, the first Filipino killed in the service of the American occupation. The Philippine President, Gloria Arroyo denounced the killing as “terrorism” in keeping with American aggressor usage. She gave no details about the circumstances of the death of the Filipino.
Under US pressure, Qatar government tells al-Jazeera TV to “conform.”
The Foreign Minister of Qatar, Hamad ibn Jasim has pledged to the United States that he would strive to make al-Jazeera TV station re-examine their coverage of events in Iraq after Washington put pressure on the Arab Gulf state to censor al-Jazeera.
Ibn Jasim told the media “I am not responsible for al-Jazeera,” after talks he held in Washington with Dick Cheney, Vice President of the US; and Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defense.
US Defense Dept. pays Ahmad Chelebi $340,000 per month.
American Congressman Jesse Jackson said on Thursday evening that he would propose cutting off the payment of $340,000 per month that the Pentagon gives to convicted embezzler Ahmad Chelebi, leading member of the American puppet so-called governing council in occupied Iraq. Jackson told a session of the Budget Committee of the US House of Representatives that the State Department had formerly sent the funds to Chelebi, but that it stopped doing so because of “credibility problems.” Then the Defense Department took on the monthly expense, according to a report carried by Agence France Presse (AFP).