Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 8 May 2004 and Sunday, 9 May 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Saturday, 8 May 2004.
One US soldier killed, another wounded in Resistance mortar attack in Mosul.
The US military reported that one American aggressor soldier was killed and another wounded in an attack on a US base in northern Iraq on Saturday. The American statement said that the casualties were the result of an Iraqi Resistance mortar attack in the city of Mosul, according to Reuters.
US invaders pull out of the area beyond the residential neighborhood west of al-Jawlan in al-Fallujah.
US aggressor forces completed their withdrawal at around 4:00pm on Saturday afternoon from beyond the residential neighborhood west of al-Jawlan neighborhood in al-Fallujah. The local police took the place of the retreating Americans, who left behind only two tanks and four Humvees and about 30 soldiers according to the count made by the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah.
The American aggressors have vacated, thereby, their temporary base in the residential area, leaving no other bases in the vicinity of al-Fallujah other than that in the agricultural area northwest of the city.
Meanwhile, large US aircraft prowl the skies over the city. Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent was unable to determine their specific make, whether they were B-52s or something else. The correspondent did see, however, a large column of American tanks heading towards Baghdad along the al-Fallujah-Baghdad highway.
Only one US checkpoint remains north of the al-‘Askari neighborhood where US aggressor troops inspect the identity papers and register the names of all those who leave al-Fallujah. As a result, al-Fallujah residents simply leave the city via roads to the south, east, and west, lest the Americans make use of the names somehow or arrest the people passing through their checkpoint.
Two Polish aggressor soldiers killed in Iraq.
The Polish Defense Ministry announced on Saturday that two Polish aggressor troops were killed and two others wounded in occupied Iraq on Saturday.
One of the Polish invaders was killed as a result of a land mine. According to Reuters, the Polish soldier died in hospital of wounds inflicted by a mine that exploded near the town of Baldat al-Imam.
Earlier on Saturday, a Polish aggressor soldier was killed in Karbala’ according to a report carried by Reuters. Marek Krajewski died when his military vehicle collided with an Iraqi truck and fell from a bridge, according to the Polish Defense Ministry. Two other Polish aggressors were wounded slightly in the crash.
Poland, a satellite of the United States, has a contingent officially numbered at 2,400 troops and it is in command of the so-called multinational occupation forces in south-central Iraq. Its military base is in Karbala’.
Founding Congress of Iraqi Congress for Opposing the US Occupation held in Baghdad.
Occupied Baghdad has witnessed the first, founding conference of the Iraqi National Congress for Resisting the American Occupation. The conferees demanded the end of the occupation as they attempted to establish a political wing of the armed Resistance effort in the county.
More than 500 persons took part in the conference, representing a number of parties, religious bodies, and tribes, according to al-Jazeera TV. Dr. Muthanna Harith ad-Darri of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ told the conferees in the preparatory committee that “more than 30 Islamic and patriotic forces are taking part in the Congress, in addition to trade unions, human rights organizations, and university professors. Ad-Darri said that the conference was the culmination of eight months of work and the result of many meetings held by Islamic and Arab Nationalist forces throughout Iraq. Another part of the preparation for the meeting was the visit paid by a delegation of the future Congress participants to several Arab countries.
US troops surround Muqtada as-Sadr’s offices in Baghdad and arrest supporters.
US aggressor forces on Saturday raided the offices of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in Baghdad and arrested ‘Amir al-Husayni, the director of the office, and three of his staff members amidst the widespread protest of as-Sadr’s supporters, according to al-Jazeera TV.
For a brief period, American tanks and armored vehicles surrounded the offices of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in a Baghdad neighborhood on Saturday in an effort to increase pressure on him. Witnesses said that at least two tanks took up positions near his offices in so-called Madinat as-Sadr. The sound of gunfire was heard in the area and US helicopter gunships prowled the skies above. Some reported that the American forces raided the offices but this could not immediately be confirmed. Less than one hour later, the US aggressor troops withdrew.
Six British troops wounded in al-Basrah and al-‘Amarah.
Six British aggressor soldiers were wounded on Saturday in battles with Jaysh al-Mahdi, the militial loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in the cities of al-Basrah and al-‘Amarah according to Agence France Presse (AFP).
Three British soldiers were wounded in al-Basrah, 550km south of Baghdad, according to John Arnold, commander of a British unit. Earlier, Arnold had announced that two British invader soldiers had been wounded, then later he announced that three more British troops had been wounded in al-‘Amarah, 160km northeast of al-Basrah.
Muqtada as-Sadr calls general strike in al-Basrah.
Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr announced that a general strike had been declared Saturday in the city of al-Basrah in protest against the US attacks on an-Najaf and Karbala’, according to a report carried by Egypt’s Middle East News Agency.
Muqtada as-Sadr’s representative: 3 British troops killed by Jaysh al-Mahdi in al-Basrah.
The representative of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in al-Basrah, ‘Abd as-Sattar al-Bahadli, announced that three British aggressor troops had been killed on Saturday in clashes with the Jaysh al-Mahdi in al-Basrah.
Jaysh al-Mahdi, British aggressors clash in al-Basrah, al-‘Amarah. Six British aggressor troops wounded.
Violent clashes were reported early Saturday morning in al-Basrah between the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr and the occupation troops, according to al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV.
A British military spokesman said that they were “ware” of “disturbances” in al-Basrah, adding that large numbers of people, some carrying weapons, had gathered in the center of the city. This is the first time that clashes have been reported on this scale in al-Basrah.
The battles in al-Basrah and in al-‘Amarah began in the early hours of Saturday with Jaysh al-Mahdi attacks on British convoys. The British aggressors strengthened their presence in the two cities in response. But in al-Basrah, Jaysh al-Mahdi forces rushed to seize control of the north of the city and on a major road in the south west of the city. Battles then broke out in the center and northwest of al-Basrah.
At about 6:00am Jaysh al-Mahdi forces fired rocket-propelled grenades at a British patrol in the center of al-Basrah. Later Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen fired automatic weapons at another British aggressor patrol near a building that formerly housed military intelligence headquarters in the northwest of the city. The shooting, however, only lasted a few minutes.
Eyewitnesses told Reuters that hundreds of Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen took to the streets of the city armed with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade launchers (RPGs). The Jaysh al-Mahdi was able to seize control of parts of the city and set up checkpoints in the streets.
“Israel” supplies fuel to US aggressors in Iraq, over the head of the puppet “Iraqi Ministry of Petroleum.”
The official spokesman for the puppet Iraqi “ministry of petroleum,” ‘Asim Jihad, has confirmed that an “Israeli” company is presently supplying the US occupation forces in Iraq with fuel. According to al-Khalij newspaper, Jihad claimed, “that does not mean that the ministry has contracted with “Israeli” companies; the ministry of petroleum has not contracted with any “Israeli” company in the oil sphere,” he said defensively.
Al-Khalij reported that the agreement signed between the occupation forces and the “Israeli” company is “outside the jurisdiction and control” of the puppet “Iraqi ministry of petroleum.” Jihad indicated that the puppet ministry has no authority to void or halt the contract.
Recent news reports have indicated an increase in Zionist activity in Iraq, in particular in the northern parts of the country where Zionist enterprises are buying land at exorbitant prices. Some reports have spoken of Zionist plans to settle Jews in the area. In addition the Mossad has been active throughout the country in assassinating Iraqi scientists and intellectuals.
US said to endorse plan for “Kurdistan National Army” as part of Iraqi partition plan.
The Kurdish newspaper Maru, published in as-Sulaymaniyah, revealed on Friday that the US occupation in Iraq had agreed to the formation of a so-called Kurdistan National Army in northern Iraq. According to the report, it would be a part of a local united Kurdish administration in northern Iraq.
According to Egypt’s Middle East News Agency, the newspaper stated that the announcement of the formation of the Kurdistan Army would take place as soon as the stage of unification is completed, bringing together the two local Kurdish administrations - one headquartered in Irbil and the other in as-Sulaymaniyah, one loyal to Mas‘ud Barizani and the other to Jalal Talibani. According to Maru, the “Kurdistan National Army” will be made up of the Peshmergah militias of the chauvinist so-called Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Kurdistan Democratic Party.
Obviously the establishment of a separate “Kurdistani Army” would be a major step in the direction of splitting up Iraq along ethnic lines as advocated by certain members of the US administration who have written publicly in support of a “three-state” partition or “federation” of Iraq into Kurdish, Sunni, and Shi‘i states.
Sunday, 9 May 2004.
US aggressors, Iraqi Resistance clash in ‘Amiriyat al-Fallujah just after midnight Monday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces have clashed with US aggressor troops in ‘Amiriyat al-Fallujah, south of the city of al-Fallujah, an area separated from the city of al-Fallujah by the Euphrates River.
The fighting lasted half an hour during which time the US invaders fired tank cannon and mortars at the Resistance, while the Resistance fired mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. The fighting lasted from 12:15am until 12:45am and then it diminished but did not entirely disappear. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah wrote in a report posted at 1:01am, Mecca time, Monday, 10 May 2004 that the people of al-Fallujah can still hear the sounds of intermittent artillery rounds going off.
‘Amiriyat al-Fallujah is a southern suburb of al-Fallujah in which the Bu‘Isa tribes, famous for their courage and boldness, reside.
So-called Islamic Party tries to drive wedge between Resistance and tribal leaders in al-Fallujah.
The so-called Iraqi Islamic Party, which participates in the puppet so-called interim governing council chaired by the US proconsul L. Paul Bremer, began on Sunday to apply intense pressure on the Iraqi Resistance forces in al-Fallujah as it raised several imaginary security issues as excuses for allowing the US aggressor forces to enter al-Fallujah in order to carry out “joint patrols” with the local police forces.
The American aggressors had originally said that they would enter al-Fallujah in joint patrols with local policemen beginning on 10 May. Then the US side backed off from that and said that it would enter and take part in joint patrols in the city beginning on 20 May. Then in a meeting held on Saturday, the Americans agreed to put off the date for their entry into al-Fallujah until later, with no date specified. Then on Sunday morning another meeting was held where the American side said that they would start joint patrols on 29 May.
Everything changed, however, after noon on Sunday when the Islamic Party announced that the US aggressors would enter al-Fallujah on Monday, 10 May, claiming that this would give the people of al-Fallujah a sense of “security and calm,” as it would supposedly show the people of the city that the Americans were true to their agreements.
The so-called Islamic Party also claimed that the American role in the patrols would reassure the people of al-Fallujah that the US forces would not be carrying out any major operations against them, since, it noted, the United States possesses nuclear weapons and smart bomb technology. At a meeting with local representatives and Resistance leaders, the so-called Islamic Party – which had played a role in negotiating the cease-fire with the American side earlier – gave those attending the feeling that the party was making insinuations and tacitly threatening the Resistance and the al-Fallujah representatives.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent writes that it appears that the so-called Islamic Party had partially achieved its aim, as it seems to have persuaded the chiefs of tribes to pressure the Resistance fighters to go along.
The text of the cease-fire agreement reached between the city representatives and the US aggressors, with the mediation of the so-called Islamic Party, provides for joint US-local police patrols of 20 persons to patrol al-Fallujah in symbolic form and to remain symbolically for 15 minutes. Under the provisions of the accord, the Americans were to enter the city, and pass to the site of the governorate of al-Fallujah on a major street in the city and also to the local police headquarters.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reports that the city’s residents are furious with what the so-called Islamic Party did in the previous rounds of negotiations. During those talks, the party attempted to split the ranks of the city by driving a wedge between the Resistance fighters and the tribal chiefs.
The Resistance fighters have shown their anger over the attempts by the so-called Islamic Party to split the ranks and to try to rob the Resistance of its victory by raising imaginary security fears. The matter has gone so far that one of the Resistance fighters accused the so-called Islamic party of trying to save the face of the American aggressors in order to obtain political gains from the Americans for itself in Iraq.
For its part, the so-called Islamic Party claims to be trying to protect the US forces when they go into al-Fallujah so that there might be no repeat of what happened to four American mercenaries who were killed and their bodies disfigured. The Party claimed that unenviable results would follow any such recurrence of those attacks.
The people of al-Fallujah, according to Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent, have no faith in the cease-fire agreement, even though most of the Americans’ heavy equipment has been pulled out. The popular distrust of the so-called cease-fire is in part due to the proximity of al-Habbaniyah, a major base taken over by the US aggressors as their local headquarters. Al-Habbaniyah has become the jump off point for US forces whenever they might chose to attack to the West. A number of US vehicles remain in the agricultural district in the northeast – a base that was already located there before the siege of al-Fallujah.
US aggressor troops once again encircle al-Fallujah and cut all roads leading to the defiant city.
US aggressor troops have encircled the city of al-Fallujah on all sides and have closed off all entrances to the city. Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in the city reports that the imams of mosques have called on the Resistance fighters to head to the edges of the city to defend it.
The position of the Resistance is now far better than it was previously, according to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the city. Not only have the Resistance fighters acquired considerable experience in fighting the US invaders, but the people of the city have gained faith in the Resistance and the Resistance fighters’ ability. Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent has sat with residents and heads of families in the city all of whom now say that they agree that the days when they would leave the city in the face of an American attack were gone. After the Resistance fighters had demonstrated their heroism, everyone had resolved to stay and defend the city themselves should it come under renewed attack.
The correspondent writes that it is unclear whether the latest American encirclement is the beginning of another offensive or not. It is also possible that it is a move to protect the American first American units said to be scheduled to join a joint patrol with local police on Monday.
The latest American deployment began after noon on Sunday in the northern area when the first group of US aggressors set out for the al-Ba‘rin park north of al-Fallujah. Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent witnessed five Humvees, each one of which appeared to be protected by a shield of the type affixed to small trucks to enable them to carry the largest possible number of troops and in order to facilitate a rapid deployment. The US aggressor troops used no heavy armored vehicles nor any heavy equipment in their deployment beginning Sunday afternoon. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent writes, however, that he saw about 12 American tanks gathered in the southern parts of al-Fallujah.
Bomb blast kills puppet policemen in Baghdad.
At least seven persons, including three puppet policemen, were killed and 13 others wounded when a bomb exploded in one of the crowded markets in downtown Baghdad on Sunday. Witnesses reported that some of the dead were reduced to shattered body parts as a result of the power of the blast. The witnesses said that an American convoy was passing near the scene of the blast just prior to the explosion. US occupation forces completely sealed off the area after the blast. The wounded were taken by ambulance to hospitals.
Several American casualties reported from Resistance bomb blast east of ar-Ramadi.
Al-Jazeera TV has reported that eyewitnesses in ar-Ramadi are saying that a number of Americans were wounded or possibly killed when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded east of that city. The blast also put an American troop transport vehicle out of commission. Occupation forces detonated another bomb that they found in the vicinity when they combed the area after the blast.
Resistance bomb in al-Basrah injures British invader troops.
Al-Jazeera TV’s correspondent in al-Basrah reports that an Iraqi Resistance bomb went off in that southern city as a British occupation patrol was passing. The blast wounded several British troops in Kornish al-‘Ashshar near the Teaching Hospital. Witnesses reported that the explosion damaged a British military vehicle. British invader troops closed off the area immediately after the blast.
Resistance blast rocks Four Seasons Hotel in Baghdad.
A powerful explosion shook the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Baghdad on Sunday night. Eight foreigners were reported wounded. It is believed that at least some of the casualties were American. Al-Jazeera TV reported eyewitnesses as saying that US occupation troops closed off the area of the attack, blocking the roads leading to the hotel. No further details about the attack were immediately available.
Al-Jazeera TV’s correspondent in Baghdad reported late on Sunday that several powerful explosions had been heard coming from the so-called Madinat as-Sadr area of the Iraqi capital. The correspondent quoted eyewitnesses as saying that battles were then raging between Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen and US aggressor troops in the district.
Similar battles were reported earlier on Sunday as well. (See below.)
US troops battle Jaysh al-Mahdi in Baghdad.
Eyewitnesses have reported that violent battles were going on late on Sunday afternoon between US aggressor forces and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in various parts of the Baghdad district nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr. An intense exchange of gunfire can be heard, the witnesses report.
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that a battle with light arms had broken out between US troops concentrated around the puppet police station at the entrance to Madinat as-Sadr in the eastern part of Baghdad and the Jaysh al-Mahdi.
Madinat as-Sadr was tense following the arrest of the director of Muqtada as-Sadr’s office in Baghdad. US tanks concentrated at the entrance to Madinat as-Sadr as supporters of the Shi‘i religious leader srew burning tires about the streets.
Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen gathered near the Muqtada as-Sadr office after the arrest Saturday evening of ‘Amir al-Husayni, the director of that office. The Americans arrived in 20 military transports to attack the office where they arrested al-Husayni and four of his staff members.
As-Sayyid Kamal, an official in Jaysh al-Mahdi, said that an exchange of gunfire took place between the US military and as-Sadr’s militia, as a result of which Iraqis were killed and wounded.
British helicopters shell as-Sadiq neighborhood in al-Basrah.
Eye witnesses report that British helicopters have been shelling as-Sadiq neighborhood inal-Basrah in southern Iraq according to al-Jazeera TV. The witnesses reported that the attacks left four Iraqi civilians dead, including one eight-year-old girl, and one 60-year-old man. The attack caused widespread destruction of houses in the neighborhood and in adjacent neighborhoods.
Al-Jazeera’s correspondent in the city reported that the signs of destruction were clearly visible in as-Sadiq neighborhood, the signs of a violent air bombardment. A spokesman for the British occupation troops, however, denied that British helicopters had shelled the neighborhood – denying the eyewitness testimony of residents.
Iraqi puppet judge assassinated in al-Hillah.
Iraqi puppet police sources have stated that an Iraqi judge was assassinated by the Iraqi Resistance in the town of al-Hillah, 80km south of Baghdad. ‘Ali Husayn, an officer in the Iraqi puppet police said that Haytham at-Tatlawi was shot to death in an attack as he was eating lunch in the center of al-Hillah. Huwayn reportedly said that at-Tatlawi had received numerous threats that he would be killed if he persisted in investigating “crimes” that the Iraqi police claims some of al-Hillah’s residents have committed against members of the puppet security services.
Puppet police colonel assassinated in Ba‘qubah.
Eyewitnesses and hospital sources have reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters assassinated a high official in the puppet police in the city of Ba‘qubah on Sunday. The witnesses report that Resistance fighters opened fire on Colonel ‘Ali al’Azzawi in the central market in Ba‘qubah, 65km northeast of Baghdad. One passerby was reportedly wounded. The Resistance fighters left the scene unscathed. Al-‘Azzawi reportedly died immediately after reaching the hospital.