Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 4 May 2004 through Wednesday, 5 May 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Tuesday, 4 May 2004.
US pullout opens as-Sakaniyah road out of al-Fallujah to the northwest.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reports that the US aggressor forces have completed their withdrawal from three direction s in the area of al-Fallujah: the south, east and west. After their retreat the last, northwestern road in al-Fallujah, the as-Sakaniyah road northwest of the city, is now open. This went past where the US command center was located formerly, before the siege and offensive by the Americans.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent confirms that as-Sakaniyah road was reopened at about 4:00pm local time, the biggest proof of this fact being the fact that police had taken over “security” on the road.
The correspondent notes that the puppet police were surprised by how happy the American Marine invaders were to be relieved and depart from the defiant city. So much so, in fact, that the Americans in the end agreed to all the Resistance conditions, including reducing the US forces in the environment of al-Fallujah to the level where they were before the siege and offensive. The US also agreed to vacate every position that they had managed to occupy during their offensive on the city.
US continues to evacuate its heavy weapons and equipment from al-Fallujah.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported on Tuesday evening that the US aggressor forces were still engaged in withdrawing their heavy weapons – tanks and armored vehicles – outside the immediate environs of al-Fallujah. The correspondent notes that the US aggressor forces are using three routes to transport the vehicles.
The first route out is the old Baghdad road, the second is the Baghdad expressway that runs from Jordan to the city of al-Hillah by way of Baghdad, and the third route is the road to ash-Shu‘lah, also known as the al-Qurmah road.
After requesting a one-day grace period to evacuate their heavy weapons, the US aggressor command has come back to ask for an additional 12 hours. The reason they give for the requested extension is simply “difficulties” that the retreating invader troops have encountered in extracting their heavy weapons and equipment from al-Jawlan, the neighborhood of al-Fallujah that they pounded on repeated days in a futile attempt to break into the defiant city. They also complain that they have encountered difficulties in transporting the heavy equipment to their base at Saddam International Airport near Baghdad.
In fact, the correspondent writes, a large part of the equipment that the Americans are retrieving from al-Fallujah is being taken to the American base in al-Habbaniyah 20km west of al-Fallujah.
Meanwhile, the Iraqi Resistance fighters of al-Fallujah have requested from their brothers in the Resistance in Baghdad and its environs to allow the American aggressor forces to retreat.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s senior correspondent in Iraq reports that he personally witnessed US military vehicles being transported eastwards from al-Fallujah towards Saddam International Airport, and also towards al-Habbaniyah base to the west of the city.
Head of al-Fallujah police from Saddam Hussein era appointed chief of police by retreating Americans at insistence of local leaders.
The people of al-Fallujah were relatively pleased to hear that Brigadier General Sabir al-Janabi had been appointed chief of the local police in the city by the Americans. The cease-fire agreement concluded with the US aggressors provided for no chief of police being appointed for the city without the consent of the tribal leaders in the area and the approval of the people of al-Fallujah.
It was feared, the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reports that the retreating Americans would appoint someone who simply carries out their orders to the extremely sensitive post of chief of police.
The correspondent reports that the choice of Brigadier General Sabir al-Jannabi, who was chief of police during the rule of President Saddam Hussein, and who is descended from the well-known al-Jannabi tribe was the best possible choice.
In this matter too, the correspondent notes, the Americans submitted to the insistence of the representatives of the city and the tribal leaders to appoint al-Jannabi, just as they submitted to other demands placed upon them in an effort to extricate themselves from al-Fallujah. They were compelled to accept the refusal of al-Fallujah to hand over those who killed and mangled the bodies of four US mercenaries, and they had to accept al-Fallujah’s refusal also to turn over those members of the puppet police force who had gone over to the side of the Resistance.
Sabir al-Jannabi was born in al-Fallujah and is a native of the city as are the rest of the members of the local police force. Al-Jannabi was appointed over the objections of the puppet so-called interim governing council and of the Kurdish and Shi‘ite separatist parties represented on it. The Americans obviously felt they had no option but to comply with the wishes of the people of the defiant city.
The Americans also agreed to the demand of the representatives of al-Fallujah that no police would be appointed to the city from outside and that any reinforcements come from within the city or from neighboring ar-Ramadi and as-Saqlawiyah who are considered cousins of the people of al-Fallujah.
The US aggressors were shocked at the beginning of their aggression against al-Fallujah when they found the local police fighting alongside the Resistance. A number of al-Fallujah’s policemen gave their lives in defense of the honor of their city in the battle against the US invaders.
New game for al-Fallujah children: kill the enemy if he gets into the city.
“I’ll kill the enemy if he enters my city!” is the cry proclaimed by all the children of al-Fallujah as they play in the streets having learned from the experience of the defiant battle against the US aggressors.
Small children run about with boards on their shoulders cut to resemble rocket launchers or automatic weapons or other weapons. They fight imaginary battles defending the honor of their country against the American aggressors. Most amazing is that they play this game hour after hour and never tire of it. The children’s parents follow the games as they sit and watch the “battles comprised by the games,” laughing and encouraging the spirit of courage and zeal in the hearts of al-Fallujah’s children. One shouts, “Son, there’s an American soldier trying to attack your town! Take him and teach him just how powerful he is!”
As they play the boys tie cloth bands on their heads with phrases like “Allahu akbar! The (God is greatest!) Defenders of al-Fallujah” written on them, and the handwriting reveals that only the adults could have written them. The correspondent reports visiting a house where the father would ask his children, “who wants to defend al-Fallujah?” and, naturally all the youngsters reply with common enthusiasm. With such spirit, it is not surprising that the adults of the defiant city were able really to teach the Americans “just how powerful they are.”
Blast rocks US headquarters “Green Zone” in Baghdad.
A powerful explosion shook the so-called “Green Zone” – the area of the Iraqi Republican Palace which the American aggressors have taken over as their headquarters in the occupied capital. The news, reported by Egypt’s Middle East News Agency, early on Tuesday afternoon, initially gave no further details.
Powerful blast hits Abu Ghurayb area.
A powerful explosion shook western Baghdad on Tuesday morning. According to Reuters the blast occurred in the area of Abu Ghurayb, site of a notorious American concentration camp where extensive practices of torture, abuse, and humiliation of prisoners were recently disclosed.
Smoke could be seen rising over the area, but the reasons for the explosion were not immediately officially explained.
Four US soldiers killed in “car accident” north of Baghdad.
The US military declared on Tuesday that four American soldiers were killed when their military vehicle flipped over 60km north of Baghdad. The official statement said that the dead belonged to the 1st Infantry Division and were killed at 20:18 GMT when their Humvee flipped over near the city of al-Khalis.
Resistance bomb in Kirkuk hits US fuel convoy.
A homemade bomb exploded in Kirkuk on Tuesday as a US military occupation fuel convoy was passing on its way to Kirkuk airport. The blast left several members of the local puppet police wounded according to al-Jazeera TV.
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that an armored vehicle was left burning after the Resistance attack. Puppet police sources said that the convoy was made up of eight fuel tanker trucks accompanied by two military vehicles. The puppet police reported that there were several American casualties.
US aggressors admit shooting four Iraqi civilians.
A US military spokesman admitted on Tuesday that four Iraqi civilians were killed by US artillery fire. The spokesman said that US artillery opened fire on positions they believed belonged to Iraqi Resistance forces after Resistance fighters had opened fire at a US aircraft that was protecting an American military patrol.
Iraqi Resistance assassination attempt against Kurdish chauvinist collaborator.
Iraqi Resistance fighters threw a hand grenade a car carrying an official in the Kurdish chauvinist and collaborationist National Union of Kurdistan party in Kirkuk. Major General Turhan Yusuf, puppet police chief in the city told Agence France Presse (AFP) that the explosion of the grenade destroyed the car that Hadi Rahmah was riding in and blew out the windows of his house. Yusuf did not specify precisely what post Rahmah held in the NUK.
US Humvee crash kills one Iraqi, injures three in Kikuk.
One Iraqi civilian was killed and three others wounded, two of them seriously, on Tuesday when a US military occupation vehicle crashed into their car in downtown Kirkuk, according to a source in the Iraqi puppet police.
Captain Salam ‘Abd al-Qadir Zankanah of the puppet police told Agence France Presse (AFP) that a US patrol made up of two Humvees was speeding through downtown Kirkuk on Tuesday morning and struck a civilian car killing Hashim Hasan Muhammad (35 years old) and injuring three others, two of them in serious condition.
Iraqi Resistance group claims two attacks in late April left dozens of aggressors dead.
The American CNN network reported that an organization calling itself the Military Wing of the Tawhid and Jihad Group in Iraq announced that it had carried out two operations against occupation forces towards the end of April, leaving dozens of dead aggressor troops in both ar-Ridwaniyah and al-Yusufiyah.
The group announced that the first operation took place on 29 April in ar-Ridwaniyah. It said that Abu Husay as-Suri drove an explosives-laden car at a large column made up of troop carriers, Humvees, and armored vehicles, striking down many of them as the fled an attack on their camp located in ar-Ridwaniyah, southwest of Baghdad. The announcement claimed that more than 70 aggressors were killed in the attack.
The second operation, according to the group, took place on 30 April and was carried out by Abu al-Walid at-Tunisi who drove an explosives laden car into five troop carriers, each carrying some 15 soldiers. That attack took place in al-Yusufiyah, south of Baghdad. Four of the troop carriers were totally destroyed, the statement said and bodies of 51 soldiers were strewn about by the force of the blast.
US drops leaflets on Karbala’.
US helicopters on Tuesday dropped thousands of leaflets near the city of Karbala’ calling on Jaysh al-Mahdi, the militia loyal to Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, and other militias to lay down their weapons before the cease fire expires.
The website of American Radio Sawa reported that the leaflets also called on the citizens not to fear but to help the US aggressors by calling a telephone number listed on the leaflet, in order to inform on anyone who “breaks the law.”
The leaflets say that the US invaders plan to carry out joint patrols with the Iraqi puppet police in the area with a view to disarming the Jaysh al-Mahdi, which the leaflets called an “illegal” organization.
Armed clashes between Jaysh al-Mahdi and Polish aggressors in Karbala’.
Armed clashes broke out on Tuesday between supporters of Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr and Polish aggressor troops and puppet police in the city of Karbala’. Al-Jazeera reported from the city that the fighting began after the provincial administrative building and the puppet police station in the city of Karbala’ came under mortar and rocket attack at dawn Tuesday. The extent of losses from that attack is still unknown.
US base in al-Kufah comes under Jaysh al-Mahdi attack.
Al-Jazeera TV reported from al-Kufah on Tuesday afternoon that the American base, located near the as-Sadr Hospital, came under rocket-propelled grenade and mortar attack.
Meanwhile hundreds took part in funerals of 20 Iraqis killed in the recent battles in the city of an-Najaf.
Five Iraqis dead, 15 wounded in clashes with Americans in al-Kufah.
Iraqi hospital sources report that bloody clashes took place during the night of Monday – Tuesday between US occupation troops and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr near al-Kufah. Five Iraqis were killed in the clashes and 15 others wounded, the medical sources report.
Spokesman for Muqtada as-Sadr threatens all US checkpoints between al-Kufah and an-Najaf.
A spokesman for Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr issued a strong warning on Tuesday that the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia would attack all US military checkpoints between the cities of an-Najaf and al-Kufah in southern Iraq.
Ahmad ash-Shaybani told Agence France Presse (AFP) that “we will continue our painful attacks on any checkpoint set up by the Americans between an-Najaf and al-Kufah.”
Ash-Shaybani said that the US occupation troops stationed in the American military base outside of an-Najaf fired at a small truck carrying Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen from an-Najaf to al-Kufah on a back road in the industrial zone of an-Najaf. “America is entirely responsible for the blood of innocent Iraqis and they must bear the consequences,” ash-Shaybani said.
Jaysh al-Mahdi controls much of al-‘Amarah.
Iraqi witnesses report that Jaysh al-Mahdi militia forces are not in control of large parts of the city of al-‘Amarah in southern Iraq. The city, 365km southwest of Baghdad, is nominally in the zone of British occupation
Dominican Republic first country to withdraw its troops from Iraq.
According to Spanish media, the Dominican Republic became on Monday the first country to withdraw its contingent of aggressor troops from Iraq. A total of 303 troops from the Dominican Republic were withdrawn following Spain’s decision to pull its troops out of the US-occupied country.
Wednesday, 5 May 2004.
Iraqi Resistance pounds US occupation headquarters near al-Fallujah.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked the ad-Dahhamiyhah Palace that US aggressor forces have been using as their headquarters, early on Wednesday morning. The Resistance pounded the US headquarters, where dozens of American aggressor troops are holed up with more than 30 mortar shells.
Ad-Dahhamiyah Palace is a vast, three-story building that belonged to a man named Dahham al-‘Alwani who was killed by the Iraqi Resistance shortly before the siege of al-Fallujah. Al-‘Alwani was known for collaborating with the occupation forces and was the first to go meet the US invaders near al-Fallujah. He provided his “palace” as housing for the US troops, in return for large sums of money in addition to promises that he would be given a high position in the city government.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent reports that the Resistance attack took place at dawn on Wednesday after the expiration of the cease fire agreement granted by the Iraqi Resistance to enable US invaders to extract their heavy equipment from the environs of al-Fallujah. The extent of casualties and/or damage within the US headquarters is unkown.
Resistance destroys US tank near as-Saqlawiyah.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported on Wednesday afternoon that Iraqi Resistance fighters destroyed an American tank around midnight the night before on the highway east of as-Saqlawiyah, 300 meters from as-Saqlawiyah bridge. The Resistance attack followed the expiration of the cease fire arranged between the fighters of al-Fallujah and the US invaders to allow the Americans to retrieve their heavy equipment from the environs of al-Fallujah. The tank was supposed to be covering the retreat of the US occupation forces from as-Saqlawiyah towards Saddam International Airport outside of Baghdad.
Resistance fighters attacked the tank at a time when the road was free of withdrawing US columns. Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent reports that five American troops died in the destruction of the tank. Wednesday morning after daylight US forces evacuated the wreckage of the tank to an unknown destination, and the scene of the attack was covered with earth in an attempt to hide the burn marks – tell-tale signs of the Resistance victory.
US military: one American killed Wednesday in “garbage truck attack.”
The US military announced on Wednesday that one American aggressor soldier had been killed south of Baghdad when his Humvee collided with a garbage truck at a US checkpoint. Reuters reported that the US military statement said that the soldier belonged to the 1st Armored Division and that he died of injuries he sustained in the wreck. According to the US statement, the incident was a garbage truck attack on the American checkpoint, as the garbage truck, they claim, was trying to break through the US roadblock.
US takes casualties as truck hit by Iraqi Resistance bomb on road to Abu Ghurayb.
The Baghdad correspondent for al-Jazeera TV reported that a US military truck was destroyed on the main road towards Abu Ghurayb, west of Baghdad. An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as a convoy, of which the truck was a part, was passing by on Wednesday morning. American aggressor troops cordoned off the scene of the attack and US medevac helicopters were seen evacuating casualties.
Iraqis demonstrate in front of US concentration camp at Abu Ghurayb.
Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated on Wednesday in front of Abu Ghurayb concentration camp near Baghdad where they denounced barbaric US military treatment of prisoners in the camp. According to Agence France Presse (AFP) some 500 demonstrators gathered at the front gate of the concentration camp, located 30km west of Baghdad. The protesters demanded that the prisoners be set free. They chanted slogans against the US aggressors.
The rally came in response to a call issued by the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ and was the first of its kind after the public disclosures of what Iraqis had long known – that torture, abuse, and humiliation are standard aggressor practice in the treatment of Iraqi prisoners.
Demonstrators carried signs saying “Abu Ghurayb is witness to American savagery,” and “Go home American soldiers, Iraq is for Iraqis.!”
US admits: three American troops killed in ad-Diwaniyah.
The US military in an official statement on Wednesday confirmed that three US aggressor troops were killed in ad-Diwaniyah during clashes with the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia which is loyal to Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr. According to the official statement, the American invader troops were attacking two buildings used by Jaysh al-Mahdi in ad-Diwaniyah when the Americans were killed. The US statement said that the Jaysh al-Mahdi had used the buildings on Tuesday of the previous week to launch attacks on US occupation troops.
US seizes control of Muqtada as-Sadr offices in ad-Diwaniyah.
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported early on Wednesday afternoon that US aggressor forces had taken control of the headquarters of supporters of Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in the city of ad-Diwaniyah, 181km south of Baghdad. A correspondent for AFP said that he had seen members of the US aggressor forces inside the headquarters of as-Sadr in downtown ad-Diwaniyah after seizing the weapons they found there.
Muqtada as-Sadr reportedly ready for concessions if US withdraws from base outside of an-Najaf.
A spokesman for Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr said that the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia would immediately stop targeting US occupation forces if the occupation forces withdraw from the base they have set up outside the city of an-Najaf.
Ahmad ash-Shaybani, spokesman for as-Sadr, told Agence France Presse (AFP) that the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia would “respond immediately to the idea of a cease fire if the [US] forces withdraw from their base in as-Sadr Teaching Hospital.” Ash-Shaybani said that in that event as-Sadr would also agree to the return of the puppet police to an-Najaf and the Jaysh al-Mahdi would deploy only around the Shi‘ite mausoleums in an-Najaf and al-Kufah, leaving control of the city to Iraqi puppet security forces.
Ash-Shaybani said that there had been a meeting on Wednesday morning between General Jawdat al-‘Abidi who heads the Iraqi Democratic Council Party (that is accepted by the US occupation administration) and who agreed to transmit this message to the US-led occupation authorities.
Explosions and smoke reported from downtown an-Najaf.
Iraqi eyewitnesses report hearing a series of powerful explosions in the center of the city of an-Najaf, which is currently surrounded by US aggressor forces. Clouds of thick, black smoke could be seen rising from the city. There were no details immediately, however, about the exact cause of the explosions.
Salvadoran aggressor forces attacked in their base in an-Najaf on Tuesday.
The Defense Minister of El Salvador has reported that the base of Salvadoran aggressor forces in an-Najaf came under mortar attack on Tuesday. That bombardment was followed by a little light arms fire. The Salvadoran official claimed that no casualties resulted from the attack.
Two Iraqi civilians killed, three others wounded in US shelling of Cultural Center in Karbala’.
Al-Jazeera TV’s correspondent reports that two Iraqi civilians were killed and three others wounded during nighttime battles between US invader troops and Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen, loyal to Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, in Karbala’. The Americans shelled the as-Sadr Cultural Establishment in the city, destroying the building and causing the deaths.
Aggressor soldier from one of America’s satellite countries killed in Karbala’ fighting.
An official announcement by the invader forces reported on Wednesday that one occupation soldier from a satellite country in America’s service was killed in battle with the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr. The statement, issued after daybreak on Wednesday, said that one of the soldiers in the so-called “multinational brigade” was killed in Karbala’ on Wednesday. The statement, quoted by Agence France Presse (AFP), said that the satellite troops were able to occupy some buildings formerly controlled by the Jaysh al-Mahdi, but noted that the battle was still underway.
The Qatari news agency (Qana) reported that three Iraqi fighters had been killed in the fighting and three others seriously wounded.
Witnesses reported some 30 US military vehicles were deployed around the western entrance to Karbala’ city. Explosions from the city environs could be heard. Inside the city, security sources reported that Polish aggressor forces began mounting patrols with helicopter gunship support late on Tuesday morning and the patrols continued until sunrise on Wednesday through the streets of the city, during which the Poles would open fire in various directions as they searched for Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen.
US aggressors, satellite troops, battle Jaysh al-Mahdi in Karbala’.
Witnesses and hospital sources reported that US aggressor forces have clashed with Shi‘ite militias in Karbala’ in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Reuters reported shortly after midnight that the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, fired mortar shells and rockets and also shot automatic weapons at US positions, and also positions of Bulgarian satellite troops in Karbala’, 110km southwest of Baghdad. According to eyewitnesses, the Americans returned fire and the battles continued until dawn.
Resistance assassinates puppet official in al-Basrah.
Security sources report that Iraqi Resistance forces carried out a drive-by assassination of a puppet official in al-Basrah just before midnight on Tuesday night. The sources told Reuters that the Resistance fighters sped past Radi al-Halifi’s car and sprayed it with bullets, killing al-Halifi. Al-Halifi, 50 years old, was head of a small political party and member of the local puppet municipal council.
Canadian citizen hostage released.
A Canadian citizen, Naji al-Kuwayti, held hostage in Iraq for one week has been released according to a spokesman for the Canadian Foreign Ministry. Al-Kuwayti left Iraq unharmed. Reports earlier in the week stated that al-Kuwayti would not be freed unless a ransom of $50,000 were paid. It was not immediately clear if the ransom was indeed paid.
US decree, $2,500 maximum penalty for Americans who kill Iraqis “by mistake.”
The US occupation authorities have issued an order according to which any US aggressor soldier who kills an Iraqi by mistake must pay $2,500 as compensation, but other than that, the soldier will not be held responsible in any way. In line with this, L. Paul Bremer recently issued an order forbidding courts in occupied Iraq from hearing any cases of complaints, regardless of their nature, against the US aggressor soldiers or citizens of the “allied” aggressor countries, since their transgressions are now covered by the $2,500 ruling.
In effect, therefore, the $2,500 policy becomes a license for US aggressor troops and the forces of other American satellite countries to commit atrocities knowing that the worst penalty they could face would be that fine.