Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 1 June 2004 through Wednesday, 3 June 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Tuesday, 1 June 2004.
Twenty-five killed as explosions rock US occupation headquarters in Baghdad.
Reuters reported on Tuesday afternoon that Iraqi puppet police sources had announced that 25 persons were killed in an Iraqi Resistance explosion that slammed into the headquarters of the US occupation in the occupied Iraqi capital.
The source said that three mortar rounds had been fired from within the area of the so-called “green zone.”
The correspondent for al-Jazeera said that the sound of a loud explosion was heard, followed by the sound of gunfire.
The puppet police source quoted by Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that a total of seven explosions went off inside the US aggressor headquarters in occupied Baghdad. The explosions followed the announcement of the new puppet “president” of Iraq, a stooge of Washington.
Al-Jazeera reported eyewitnesses as saying that they heard four explosions in the US headquarters, the so-called “green zone” – the area around the Republican Palace occupied by US aggressor troops and now serving as their national headquarters.
The US aggressor propaganda offices themselves had no immediate information on the Resistance attack or the extent of casualties and damage it caused.
Iraqi Resistance attacks US column near Saddam International Airport.
An Iraqi Resistance detachment attacked a US military column that was marching on the highway from al-Harithiyah towards Saddam International Airport in Baghdad. The operation destroyed one US transport vehicle. Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent reported that the extent of US casualties could not be ascertained. Eyewitnesses said they were prevented from going past the scene. The US column stopped at the scene for between an hour and an hour and a half as a result of the blast, which occurred at about 11:00am local time on Tuesday.
Iraqi Resistance explosion strikes puppet so-called “Iraqi foreign ministry” building.
Al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV reported around noon on Tuesday that a powerful Iraqi Resistance explosion had struck near the puppet so-called “Iraqi foreign ministry” in occupied Baghdad. It followed a series of powerful blasts that rocked the US headquarters in the city, killing a reported 25 persons.
Resistance destroys two US Humvees, killing and wounding American aggressors near al-Mahmudiyah.
Iraqi Resistance fighters on Tuesday destroyed two US aggressor Humvees that were in an American column of 12 vehicles. The attack took place around 2:00pm on the road to al-Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad. The two Humvees blew up when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded burning one of the cars completely and killing the driver in the other, as the blast was in his area. Two other US soldiers who were riding in that vehicle were also injured according to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam who filed the report late on Tuesday.
Resistance destroys US Humvee.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb destroyed one US aggressor Humvee at about noon on Tuesday, according to a report filed by the Mafkarat al-Islam. The bombing occurred south of Baghdad on the road to al-Musayyib, and it left the vehicle ablaze. The correspondent had no information on the extent of losses suffered by the Americans in the Resistance attack.
One US invader soldier wounded southwest of Baghdad Tuesday.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported on Tuesday that one US aggressor soldier was wounded in a bomb explosion in al-Jihad neighborhood southwest of Baghdad after his convoy of three Humvees passed into the area.
Pole kidnapped by Iraqi Resistance.
The Polish News Agency reported on Tuesday evening that Iraqi Resistance forces had kidnapped two Poles in Baghdad, one of whom, however, managed to get away.
Reuters reported the Polish announcement saying that the press office of the so-called “multinational forces” serving the US occupation of Iraq had confirmed the news and indicted that the two Poles work for a construction company profiteering from the US occupation.
US aggressor propaganda machine admits one Marine killed Monday.
The US military occupation announced on Tuesday that one US Marine invader had been killed in operations on Monday in al-Anbar Province. Al-Anbar Province is the area in which al-Fallujah is located. The American aggressors provided no further details regarding the lastest reported casualty of the mounting Iraqi Resistance.
Kurdish chauvinist party headquarters attacked in Irbil.
The headquarters of the collaborationist chauvinist Kurdish organization called the “Patriotic Union of Kurdistan” in Irbil came under Iraqi Resistance attack as a number of mortar shells slammed into the building. A report filed early on Tuesday morning by the Egyptian Middle East News Agency said that no information was then available on casualties but that the building was severely damaged. Officials of the Kurdish chauvinist organization accused followers of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr of being behind the attack.
US halts patrols of an-Najaf and al-Kufah for 48 hours.
An Iraqi puppet official said on Tuesday morning that US patrols in the cities of al-Kufah and an-Najaf would be halted for a period of 48 hours in order to allow the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr to withdraw and to allow the Iraqi puppet police to deploy in their stead.
The Egyptian Middle East News Agency reported that Haydar as-Sufi, a representative of Ahmad al-Barrak, a Shi‘i collaborator member of the puppet so-called “interim governing council of Iraq” that an agreement had been reached that the US forces would halt their patrols for 48 hours. He said, however, that final confirmation that the US had accepted the halt was still awaited. The statement followed a meeting of US representatives, representatives of Shi‘i politicians, and the governor of an-Najaf that dealt with ways to find ways to end the fighting that continued to rage in the cities after the conclusion of a cease-fire arrangement between the US and the Jaysh al-Mahdi.
The spokesman said that it was possible that Iraqi puppet police might deploy in an-Najaf as early as Tuesday.
Battles in the district of Baghdad that has been nicknamed “Madinat as-Sadr” between the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr and US aggressor troops raged on Tuesday evening. Although casualties on both warring sides were unknown as of Tuesday evening, al-Jazeera TV reported in Baghdad that fighting just hours before in the same location left three Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen dead after the US attempted to storm the district with the ostensible aim of taking “wanted” persons captive.
Jaysh al-Mahdi, US reportedly reach agreement.
Meanwhile the US puppet governor of an-Najaf, ‘Adnan az-Zarafi, declared that the “crisis” between the Jaysh al-Mahdi and the US invaders had ended. Az-Zarafi told the press that the US side had agreed to three conditions laid down by Muqtada as-Sadr. A fourth condition of as-Sadr’s was postponed until a later date. That condition had to do with the dissolution of the Jaysh al-Mahdi. The current agreement gives the militiamen who came to the city from elsewhere 72 hours to leave an-Najaf.
Puppet so-called “governing council” replaced by another puppet US stooge “authority” in media circus.
In a meaningless publicity event, reported by al-Jazeera TV, the puppet so-called “Iraqi interim governing council” installed and run by the US occupation forces, unanimously agreed to dissolve itself either on Tuesday or Wednesday in order to transfer its “power” to a puppet so-called “interim government” also run by and for the US occupation forces.
The purpose of the publicity stunt is to try to hoodwink the world into the delusion that democratic self rule of Iraqis is being installed under the treads of American occupation tanks. The Iraqi Resistance has pledged to treat all the so-called “officials” in the so-called “interim government” as it treated the officials in the so-called “governing council” – namely as traitors collaborating with the invader.
Wednesday, 2 June 2004.
Huge explosions shake US base in Kirkuk as Resistance rocket blows up US ammunition depot.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported on Wednesday evening that huge explosions had shaken the US aggressor military base in Kirkuk, northern Iraq. Al-Jazeera quoted Iraqi puppet police sources as saying that an Iraqi Resistance rocket had slammed into an American ammunition depot on the base.
The US aggressors remained silent on their losses into Wednesday night. An American military propaganda spokesman claimed that they had received no reports of dead or injured as a result of the series of explosions that resulted from a rocket striking a US ammunition stockpile.
Reuters reported that rockets and grenades could be seen in the night sky over the Kirkuk Airport which the US invaders took over as their regional headquarters. Warning sirens wailed after the first blast that took place at about 10:00pm local time.
Chaos reigned after that for an hour and a half, according to a Reuters dispatch.
‘Adnan Hadi, who lives some 500meters from the base, said “you could see rockets taking off and falling back down everywhere within the base. The windows shattered in buildings near the base,” just from the power of those explosions that were going off inside the base, he said.
Residents nearby could hear loudspeakers inside the base telling the soldiers to remain under shelters.
The chief of the puppet police in the area, Burhan Tayyib, said that a Katyusha rocket struck a weapons depot. The chief of puppet police for the entire city, Major General Turhan Yusuf said that the Resistance fighters “had fired a number of mortars that struck a weapons depot in Kirkuk Airport, causing numerous explosions and igniting a fire that spread to all parts of the airport.”
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that an hour after the initial blast, explosions could still be heard in the area which was covered in a thick cloud of black smoke.
Blast rocks al-A‘zamiyah in Baghdad Wednesday morning.
Iraqi puppet police reported that at least four persons were killed and 20 others wounded when a car bomb exploded on a crowded street al-A‘zamiyah neighborhood in Baghdad on Wednesday morning. An officer in the puppet police told the press at the scene that an explosive device blew up in a street crowded with passersby and workers in the neighborhood of northern Baghdad.
A Reuters cameraman said he saw several bodies being taken to hospital. Hospital employees confirmed that the bodies were taken from the scene of the explosion.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported late on Wednesday morning that an explosion shook ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Aziz street in the al-A‘zamiyah neighborhood of Baghdad. Al-Jazeera’s correspondent said that there were reports of a number of injuries as a result of the blast, and that the wounded were taken to an-Nu‘man Hospital in Baghdad.
US besieges, bombards Rawa city in al-Anbar Province.
US aggressor troops on Wednesday morning surrounded the town of Rawa in al-Anbar Province west of Baghdad. According to the Egyptian Middle East News Agency (MENA), American invader helicopters were, at the time of the report, bombarding positions in the city where the Americans allegedly believe that Resistance fighters are holed up.
No further details about the nature of the US aggressors’ operation was provided by the MENA.
Al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV also reported the American campaign against Rawa, noting that the city had been sealed off from the outside world and that the Americans were offering no explanation of the nature of their activity in the besieged city. US helicopter gun ships continued shelling the city into the afternoon after a morning of barrages.
Eyewitnesses from the area said that the US aggressor troops prevented school students from going to take their exams. The residents of the city called on the newly appointed puppet so-called “Iraqi minister of education” to intervene to solve the problem and decide what to do regarding students who missed their exams and would normally be expected to repeat the school year.
A resident of Rawa, speaking by telephone to the press, said that very large numbers of US aggressor troops were in the streets of the city, and that there were also very large numbers of US aggressor aircraft in the skies overhead. He added that the occupation forces had been raiding various houses in his area. The resident, speaking by telephone, denied that the US attacks were aimed at Resistance fighters holed up in the city, saying that the US invaders began their massive operation at precisely 4:00am.
Two US troops wounded as Resistance mortar shells crash into US base in Kirkuk.
Several Iraqi Resistance mortar shells crashed into the US headquarters in the Tall al-Ward area of the northern city of Kirkuk on Tuesday-Wednesday night. Informed puppet security sources in Kirkuk told the Egyptian Middle East News Agency (MENA) that at least two American troops had been wounded as a result of the shelling. US aggressor troops closed all roads leading to the city of Kirkuk as a result of the Resistance barrage, and began carrying out searches in an attempt to capture the Resistance fighters.
US puppet security forces foil two assassination attempts on Kurdish chauvinist leaders.
According to statements by puppet security forces in occupied Irbil, US aggressor forces and their puppet Kurdish security stooges in northern Iraq foiled two attempts to assassinate Kurdish chauvinist collaborationist political leaders in Irbil, the lair of Mas‘ud al-Barizani, Chairman of the so-called “Kurdistan democratic party.”
US invader forces disarmed a bomb that the Iraqi Resistance had planted in a garbage basket in front of the home of Ahmad Ya‘qub, a member of the local so-called “Kurdish parliament, “ barely three minutes before it was to explode, protecting the life of their stooge.
The US occupation troops disarmed a second bomb weighing 10kg that had been concealed in front of the home of Hamad Amin Sadiq, an official in the Kurdish chauvinist so-called “Kurdistan democratic party.”
A puppet security source told the Egyptian Middle East News Agency that they were still working to foil other assassination attempts and attacks in the city which have recently become more common.
US aggressor forces continue to battle Jaysh al-Mahdi in al-Kufah, Baghdad.
Iraqi puppet government officials acknowledged on Wednesday that violent battles were still raging on Wednesday between the US aggressors and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in the cities of al-Kufah and in Baghdad. Those sources said that the fighting had so far left six people dead and more than 40 wounded.
Loud explosions shook the industrial section of the city of al-Kufah as Shi‘i religious authorities, sympathetic with the US occupation, strove to make the fragile cease fire stick. That cease fire, however, has been massively violated each day since it was proclaimed mainly by the religious leaders under US pressure.
Eyewitnesses say they saw a mortar shell flying from inside al-Kufah towards a US military convoy. The shell missed the convoy, but intense gunfire can still be heard on the deserted streets of the city, particularly after Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen took cover near one of their mosques, and since US aggressor troops began to move in tanks and armored Humvees to carry out patrols in various parts of the city.
The Ameircan Associated Press (AP) reported local medical sources as saying that some five people had been killed and two militiamen wounded in the battles in al-Kufah on Wednesday.
US aggressor troops battled with the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia on the outskirts of al-Kufah on Wednesday morning, according to the website of al-Bayan newspaper from the United Arab Emirates.
Eyewitnesses reported that the battles took place on the northern approaches to the city of al-Kufah in as-Sahlah area. US aggressor troops attempted to enter the district but were repulsed by intense gunfire from the Jaysh al-Mahdi.
Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters accused the US forces of constantly attempting to break the truce by causing provocations against the sentiments of the local people.
Early on Wednesday, a hospital source in al-Kufah reported that the battles between the Americans and the Jaysh al-Mahdi in the past two days and on Wednesday morning left three Iraqis dead and seven others wounded.
Meanwhile during the day in the Baghdad district nicknamed “Madinat as-Sadr,” an area regarded as a stronghold of Muqtada as-Sadr in the Iraqi capital, Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen and US aggressor forces exchanged gunfire, leaving one militiaman dead and three others wounded.
US aggressors “punish” Spanish police in Iraq by excluding them from security zones.
The Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported on Tuesday that US occupation authorities in Iraq have imposed restrictions on the movement of Spanish police officers in Iraq, and have subjected them to searches, all, apparently in revenge for Spain’s military withdrawal from Iraq.
There are about 12 members of a Spanish police unit for special operations in Iraq whose role is reportedly to guard the Spanish embassy and Spanish diplomatic employees. After Madrid resolved to withdraw its 1,300 troops from Iraq, the US occupation authorities gave passes to the Spanish police officers that do not permit them to move within the security zones in Baghdad which are subjected to intensified security measures.
El Mundo reported, on authority of a report in al-Khalij newspaper, that the Spaniards are subjected to protracted searches and they are not allowed to refill their fuel tanks except in petrol stations outside the security zones, where they could be easily attacked.
Thursday, 3 June 2004.
Iraqi Resistance targets mortars on the Italian invader embassy in Baghdad.
Reuters reported on Thursday afternoon that the Iraqi puppet police had announced that mortar shells had struck the Italian imperialist embassy in occupied Baghdad. Several Iraqis were reported wounded in the Resistance attack, but the official announcement said that no embassy staff members were injured.
Haytham al-Fadl, a guard at the Italian aggressor embassy, claimed that six Iraqis, including three children, were wounded in the attack.
Agence France Presse (AFP) for its part reported that two Iraqis had been killed and three others wounded in the mortar barrage.
Collaborator translator and “human rights advocate” killed in Resistance attack on Kirkuk.
Iraqi puppet police in the northern city of Kirkuk on Thursday announced that one Iraqi collaborator who worked as a translator for the American aggressors was burned to death in his car when the US base at the Kirkuk Airport came under Resistance Katyusha attack on Wednesday. Iraqi Resistance Katyusha rockets struck the American arms depot, igniting explosives that continued to detonate for over an hour and setting the entire base on fire. US sources have still admitted no American casualties as a result of the chaos of flame and explosions in their largest regional military center.
According to Iraqi puppet police Major General Shayrgo Shakir Hakim, the Resistance set fire to the car in which the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Institute in Kirkuk was traveling. Samir ‘Abd al-Amir an-Nu‘aymi also served as a translator for the US forces at their so-called civilian operations headquarters.
General Hakim said that the burned remains of an-Nu‘aymi’s corpse were found inside the car. Hakim indicated that the fire was deliberately set.
The Iraqi puppet police indicated that the attack occurred after Resistance forces fired mortars and rockets at the US arms depot in the US base at Kirkuk Airport.
Battles break out in an-Najaf Thursday afternoon.
Fighting resumed in an-Najaf on Thursday afternoon between the US aggressor forces and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr. Hundreds of residents of the city have begun to flee the usually crowded streets in the center of the city, according to a report issued by Reuters.
Shopkeepers rushed to close the shutters on their stores and women and children hurried out of the line of fire.
The fighting once again shattered a cease fire announced several days ago between the two sides.
Five reported killed, 15 injured in US battles with Jaysh al-Mahdi in al-Kufah.
Iraqi hospital sources reported on Thursday morning, before the major fighting brokeout in an-Najaf, that five persons had been killed and 15 others wounded in battles between the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr and US aggressor forces in al-Kufah in southern Iraq.
Muhammad ‘Abd al-Kazim, an official in the emergency section of Middle Euphrates Hospital told Agence France Presse (AFP) that five persons had been killed and nine others wounded in battles that occurred in the very early morning hours of Thursday.
In al-Hakim Hospital in an-Najaf, Mahdi Khuwayr, an emergency room official, said that six civilians had been wounded in battles in al-Kufah and that they had been transferred to the hospital in an-Najaf on Thursday morning.
Pro-American Shi‘i cleric endorses US puppet “government.”
Pro-imperialist Shi‘i cleric Ayatallah ‘Ali as-Sistani expressed his “absolute support” for the puppet so-called “interim government” installed by the US occupation forces in Iraq. The new puppet regime, which replaces the so-called “interim governing council” is a thinly veiled American attempt to gain international recognition for its occupation and plunder of Iraq.
As-Sistani not only voiced support for the US puppet regime, but endorsed Washington’s effort to patch together a cover of “international legitimacy” for its criminal regime. As-Sistani urged the United Nations Security Council grant “complete sovereignty” to the US puppet regime.
In a statement quoted by the American Associated Press (AP) as-Sistani expressed “confidence” that the US-installed puppet government, which is a screen for the American occupation’s control of Iraq “would succeed in demonstrating its competence and honest uprightness and successfully carry out the difficult tasks entrusted to it.”
US blew up village wedding because of role in smuggling American fugitive soldiers out of “Iraqi hell.”
The background to American bombing raid on a village wedding party on 18 May, during which the bridegroom was killed along with over 40 other villagers, remains largely a mystery in the international media. After the bomb raid, which the Pentagon claimed was an attempted assault on Resistance fighters in the area of al-Qa’im on the Syrian border, the American Associated Press (AP) broadcast video of the wedding, disproving the US military’s claims.
Now an Iraqi resident of the area has come forward with information, published by Quds Press and carried on Mafkarat al-Islam’s website, indicating that the real reason for the US attack had been to strike at a village and its elders who were involved, not in fighting the occupation, but in helping US troops escape from military service in Iraq.
“The American occupation forces knew full well that we were having a wedding party. They intentionally bombed the wedding because the guests included several tribal chiefs and prominent persons from the western part of Iraq. The occupation forces hated the people of this region because they have been helping occupation soldiers to escape from Iraq,” said the uncle of the martyred bridegroom, a local Iraqi resident who gave his name as Abu ‘Azzam.
“The village of Makr adh-Dhib,” Abu ‘Azzam explained, “is between ar-Rabtah and al-Qa’im, and is 125km from Husaybah on the Iraqi Syrian border. The people who live in the village are of the al-Bu Fahd tribes, a part of the large Arab Dulaym tribal federation in Iraq. They have played a big role in providing the Resistance with supplies, equipment, weapons, everything.”
The American forces came to the village lots of times,” Abu ‘Azzam said, “searching for weapons and Arab Resistance fighters. But they never found anything. But the thing that caused matters to come to a head was that we in Makr adh-Dhib were carrying out organized operations to smuggle American soldiers who wanted to flee the hell in Iraq out of the country. We were able to smuggle large numbers of those soldiers through our ‘windows’, windows that only a small number of people in the village know about. We would smuggle them for a price, that could go as high as $10,000 in some cases, plus the equipment that the soldier carried,” Abu ‘Azzam explained.
Abu ‘Azzam told QudsPress, “we were able to smuggle a number of US Army officers who were fleeing from Iraq out of the country. The last operation we carried out was just a few days before the Americans bombed the wedding. In that operation we smuggled 13 American soldiers out of Iraq. But apparently the American forces got wind of what we were doing. They encircled the village and took people in for questioning. It was then that we came to understand that they meant to do us harm, because they were very angry.”
“After that smuggling operation and then their interrogations, we realized that they were planning something against us. We became wary and started to make preparations to confront them. But we didn’t know that they would respond in such a cowardly way,” Abu ‘Azzam explained.
“It was on the night of the wedding of my nephew Muhammad Rakad al-Fahdawi, and after the invited guests had come – people of the village and the surrounding area including tribal shaykhs and prominent personalities. During the afternoon the bride was brought from ar-Ramadi and it was after that that the American forces showed up with their Jeeps and tanks and helicopters and closed off the area. They pounded the wedding with 10 rockets of various types and also fired automatic weapons,” Abu ‘Azzam recounted.
The AP video, released days after the US attack, showed the wedding in progress before the US attack on 18 May that left more than 40 Iraqi celebrants dead.