Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 17 June 2004 through Saturday, 19 June 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Thursday, 17 June 2004.
Series of massive explosions shake Baghdad early Thursday morning.
The American Associated Press (AP) reported early Thursday that a series of powerful explosions shook the Iraqi capital Baghdad in the early morning hours. At least 41 Iraqi collaborators were killed in the Resistance bombing offensive that struck several locations around the occupied Iraqi capital. Witnesses reported seeing clouds of thick black smoke billowing upwards from the scene of the explosion – usually a sign that some target had been blasted apart.
Resistance bomb kills 35 collaborators, wounds 138 at al-Muthanna near Baghdad.
In one Iraqi Resistance bombing at the US-occupied al-Muthanna base, 35 collaborators were blown up and 138 wounded, dozens of them queued to volunteer for the US-run puppet army. The bomb, a sport utility vehcile packed with artillery shells, was reportedly driven into the crowd and detonated. Debris littered a four-lane road and at least one unexploded shell could be seen lying on the blood-stained road. The enormous blast could be heard for several miles. Sa‘d Nafi‘, a puppet policeman at the scene said that nothing remained of the booby-trapped car other than the motor and the speedometer.
Many of the collaborators had just got off a bus at about 9:00am local time when the white sport utility vehicle crashed into the crowd, puppet Captain Hani Husayn was quoted by the American Associated Press (AP) as saying. The force of the blast was so great that at least 10 cars that happened to be parked in the vicinity of the base were virtually destroyed.
The US-appointed puppet so-called “interim prime minister” of occupied Iraq, Iyyad ‘Allawi, later paid a brief visit to the scene of the attack. He appeared, surrounded by Western security guards and Iraqi puppet police. Thickly shielded by the security men, ‘Allawi denounced the Resistance bombing as a “cowardly attack.”
Media sources assembled casualty figures by compiling reports from area hospitals. During the morning hours following the explosion, ‘Abd al-Mun‘im Muhsin, Head of the Emergency Department in al-Karamah Hospital told Agence France Presse (AFP) that they had received nine corpses and 47 injured persons. The Director of al-Karakh Hospital, ‘Abd al-Haddi ‘Abd al-Amir, reported that his institution had taken in seven dead bodies and 30 injured persons. Al-Yarmuk Hospital admitted 17 corpses, according to an official roster of the dead, while Dr. Rana ‘Abd al-Karim there said that her hospital had taken in 50 patients who had been injured in the attack.
Resistance bombing kills six Iraqi puppet so-called “civil defense troops.”
In another Resistance carbombing around Baghdad, six Iraqi puppet troops were killed near the town of Balad, north of the occupied Iraqi capital according to a report by a US propaganda officer.
Bomb injures puppet troops in Yathrib.
A third Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded outside the town council building of Yathrib, wounding four members of the puppet so-called “civil defense forces.”
Iraqi Resistance rockets US base at Saddam International Airport.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired rockets on Thursday morning at Saddam International Airport, a site that has been turned into one of the major US military bases in the Baghdad area. The Qatari News Agency (Qana) reported that a column of smoke was seen rising from the site of the Resistance rocket attack and warning sirens inside the US base could be hear going off. There was no immediate disclosure from the Americans on the extent or nature of casualties sustained in the attack.
Iraqi Resistance fires nightly barrage at US base in Saddam International Airport.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired a barrage of 82mm mortar shells at the US military base in Saddam International Airport on Wednesday night – a bombardment that has virtually become a nightly routine, according to the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam. The mortars were fired from al-‘Amiriyah district of Baghdad. As usual, the Americans offered no information regarding any losses or casualties incurred by the attack.
Hungarian invader killed in Resistance bombing.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded south of Baghdad in as-Suwayrah on Thursday, killing a Hungarian aggressor soldier. The announcement of the death came from the Hungarian Minister of War in Budapest. It was the first reported Hungarian military death in Iraq.
Hungary, a satellite country of the United States, has dispatched troops to serve the US occupation of Iraq.
Female spy liquidated by Iraqi Resistance on Wednesday.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that eyewitnesses had reported that the Iraqi Resistance on Wednesday had shot dead a woman wearing a black ‘Abayah in the al-‘Amiriyah district of Baghdad near the large Maluki Mosque. The witnesses said that the Resistance fighters fired on the woman as they passed in a car. The correspondent reported that residents of the woman’s neighborhood in ‘A’ilat al-‘Iraq village believed her to be an active spy working for the US occupation forces.
Iraqi Resistance: businesses cooperating with the US and Zionists now to be targets of attacks.
The Iraqi Resistance on Thursday threatened to strike all businesses and economic institutions collaborating with the occupation in the coming period, placing their names on the list of targets. The Resistance made clear that an organized plan in this regard has already been drawn up.
A commander of the Iraqi Resistance, speaking by telephone with al-‘Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper in ‘Amman, Jordan, warned against agents who facilitate Jewish companies seeking to break into the Iraqi market under the cover of their participation in “Iraqi reconstruction projects.”
“These companies,” the commander told the Jordanian newspaper, “that steal the natural resources and wealth of Iraq, as well as its oil by cooperating with Iraqi agents will be targets of the Resistance in its effort to prevent the growing penetration of the Iraqi market. Particular targets will be those who import prohibited goods like drugs into Iraq, taking advantage of its difficult economic situation.
Resistance strikes at British aggressors near al-‘Amarah.
Resistance forces, believed to belong to the Jaysh al-Mahdi, fired small arms and a rocket-propelled grenade at three British military vehicles early Thursday in two separate attacks in the city of al-‘Amarah, 180 miles southeast of Baghdad, a British military spokesman said. None of the vehicles was damaged, the spokesman said on condition anonymity.
Puppet police Colonel ‘Ali Husayn reported that the Jaysh al-Mahdi fired five mortar shells that struck the building of the local headquarters occupation command at about midnight Wednesday-Thursday. He said that the British forces returned fire.
Mortar shells also slammed into a British aggressor base on the main highway between al-‘Amarah and al-Basrah.
Al-‘Amarah is a predominantly Shi‘i city 365km southeast of Baghdad. There is substantial support for Muqtada as-Sadr in the city and clashes with the occupation forces have been frequent.
Jaysh al-Mahdi clashes with British invaders.
British aggressor soldiers clashed with Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, in southeastern Iraq after the invaders detained one of the militia's leaders, but no one was injured, witnesses and the British military said. Witnesses said that the clashes lasted about one hour and that a shop was burned in the course of the fighting.
US extracts 3,000 soldiers from south Korea to shore up its crumbling control of occupied Iraq.
The ruling political party in south Korea announced on Thursday that it would respond to its leaders in Washington by sending some 3,000 southern Korean soldiers to serve the US occupation of Iraq, according to a report carried by the Egyptian Middle East News Agency (MENA).
The measure was approved by the “parliament” of south Korea in February, but the announcement of the actual dispatch of the troops was never made.
Friday, 18 June 2004.
US soldier killed, one KBR profiteer wounded in Resistance mortar attack.
One US occupation soldier was killed and one profiteer “contractor” from the Kellog, Brown & Root company was wounded in an Iraqi Resistance mortar attack on an occupation military base, according to a US propaganda mouthpiece.
Agence France Presse (AFP) repoted the official US source as saying in a statement that the casualties resulted from a Resistance attack in which six mortar shells crashed into “an American base” in southern Baghdad occupied by the US 1st Cavalry Division. The US statement did not specify the nationality of the wounded profiteer.
Kellog, Brown & Root is a subsidiary of the US company Halliburton which is closely associated with the US Vice President Dick Cheney.
Resistance pounds US base in al-Karmah district.
A violent barrage of Iraqi Resistance rockets blasted into the US military base north of al-Haswah, which is located in the north of the al-Karmah district west of Baghdad.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that the rocket assault caused tremendous damage to the US base. For the first time, the American forces were compelled to use aircraft in an effort to try to put out the fires that raged within their compound after the rocket attack. As evening fell, residents in the area could still see thick black smoke from burning targets rising from within the US camp.
The correspondent reported that local residents said that the Resistance had fired medium-sized rockets into the camp from a number of different locations, all coordinated and timed to blow up simultaneously.
The rockets used were basically leftovers from those that the Iraqi Government forces had in their possession, but the Resistance had been able to modify them, making their effect several times greater than it had originally been.
Resistance ambushes US aggressors in al-Kamaliyah district of Baghdad.
An American propaganda mouthpiece stated Friday that an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in the al-Kamaliyah district east of Baghdad when US troops were in the area. The Resistance followed up the explosion with armed attacks from rooftops. The US military claim that American aggressor troops returned fire and inflicted “moderate casualties” on the Resistance, and that three Iraqi civilians died in the incident.
Iraqi Resistance attacks US troops in Samarra’.
Iraqi Resistance fighters warned local shopkeepers to close their establishments and then attacked US aggressor troops at a local puppet police station. The American Associated Press (AP) reported eyewitnesses as saying that the US troops returned fire and wounded two Resistance fighters. There was no report on US casualties.
Resistance battles US forces near Ba‘qubah for second straight day.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a US aggressor patrol belonging to the American 1st Infantry Regiment at about 7:45am in the town of Buhriz, near Ba‘qubah, 50km north of Baghdad, according to US Major Neal O’Brien. It was the second battle between Resistance fighters and US forces in two days, the Americans said; troops from the same Regiment having been attacked in the same area on Thursday. The US forces appeared in the area, reportedly on an undisclosed mission, two days ago.
The US propaganda spokesmen claimed that two Resistance fighters were killed in the fighting Friday, but admitted to no losses of their own.
The Americans also claimed that they had killed seven Resistance fighters in the two days of fighting, but personnel at Ba‘qubah General Hospital said that five Iraqis had died and 15 were injured – all of them civilians. Resistance fighters usually do not bring wounded to hospitals lest they be captured in American aggressor raids.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that residents of the area have been leaving since Thursday and were still moving out as fighting continued on Friday, trying to escape the danger zone as battles rage and US helicopters and other weapons systems indiscriminately attack various parts of the town. Some 4,000 local residents have left their homes so far, according to al-Jazeera.
Al-Jazeera reported that when the official in charge of the Buhriz area asked the US occupation troops to leave the town or at least give some clear reason for their presence in the area, the US forces responded by saying only that they were “carrying out an operation” in the town, but refused to provide any further details.
US helicopters prowled above buildings and cars gutted by gunfire. Masked Resistance fighters held up rifles and rocket-propelled grenades as they celebrated their attacks on the US aggressors. Women cried for joy in support of the popular offensive against the occupation.
Puppet policeman wounded in Resistance bombing near Ba‘qubah.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that one Iraqi puppet policeman was wounded seriously on Friday when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as his patrol was passing west of Ba‘qubah.
Three Americans wounded in Resistance attack on their camp in Mosul.
Iraqi Resistance fighters fired a rocket at dawn on Friday at the headquarters of the 1st Brigade of the US forces in the ar-Risalah neighborhood in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, wounding three US aggressor troops seriously.
According to the Egyptian Middle East News Agency (MENA) the US troops closed all roads leading to their headquarters and ar-Risalah neighborhood after the attack. The Americans arrested seven Iraqis, claiming that they had hand grenades in their possession, and took them to their base at Mosul Airport for interrogation.
Resistance attacks puppet police station in Kirkuk.
A detachment of the Iraqi Resistance attacked the headquarters of the puppet “Azadi police” in Kirkuk on Friday. Puppet police chief Shayrgo Shakir pledged that he would capture the Resistance fighters who carried out the attack (indicating that his forces had been unable to respond to the Resistance assault.)
Four puppet policemen wounded in Resistance bombing in an-Nasiriyah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in an-Nasiriyah during Thursday-Friday night wounding four Iraqi puppet policemen, according to an Italian aggressor officer who declined to be named when he talked to the American Associated Press (AP).
A puppet police official in Dhi Qar Province said that Resistance fighters planted a bomb on the Cornish Street that runs along the Euphrates River in downtown an-Nasiriyah. The puppet police dispatched a patrol to check out the bomb and defuse it, but it exploded as they approached.
Resistance attacks US convoy on Baghdad outskirts.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a US convoy in the area of al-Ghazaliyah on the outskirts of Baghdad on Friday morning. At least one truck was burned in the course of the assault. Eyewitnesses told a correspondent of the Egyptian Middle East News Agency (MENA) in Baghdad that the US aggressors closed off the scene of the attack and shut down the highway.
Resistance attacks on oil pipelines prod puppet authorities to buy reconnaissance aircraft.
A source in the puppet “Iraqi defense ministry” disclosed on Friday that Iraqi puppet forces would be coordinating with the puppet “ministry of petroleum” in sending out reconnaissance aircraft to patrol the pipelines that carry Iraqi oil out of the country towards Turkey in the north and the port of al-Basrah in the south. The move comes in response to constant Iraqi Resistance attacks on the oil pipelines through which the US occupation is plundering Iraqi oil for its own benefit.
The source told Quds Press that the new puppet Iraqi “air force” had bought two planes from Jordan, a part of 16 reconnaissance planes that the Iraqi “air force” plans to use to try to prevent Resistance attacks. The puppet authorities had also purchased two SB7L-360 aircraft from Australia earlier in June. The planes are expected to be handed stationed in al-Basrah around the middle of July.
US to have 150 American advisers working in every “Iraqi ministry” after the “transfer of power to Iraqis” on 30 June.
A high-ranking American diplomat has disclosed that 150 American advisers will be detailed to work within the “Iraqi interim government” after the media circus act of a “transfer of power to Iraqis” takes place on 30 June 2004.
James Jeffrey, the No. 2 man in the future American diplomatic team in Baghdad, told al-Jazeera satellite TV that the US advisers will work in every “Iraqi ministry,” including the “interior ministry” which runs security affairs. He said that the embedding of US advisers was in response to a request by the “Iraqi government.”
Jeffrey said that most of the advisers would be welcomed by the ministries to which they will be mandated. He said that the American advisers together with some 50 advisers from other American satellite aggressor countries would work under the aegis of the Office for the Reconstruction of Iraq, which will be subordinate to the US embassy in Baghdad.
The job of the advisers, according to Jeffrey, will be to advise the US ambassador on how to give aid and on choosing projects. They are also to be the “eyes and ears” of the US in the ministries to which they are delegated, playing a major role in “protecting the wealth of Iraq,” as he put it.
Jeffrey said that a major aspect of the work of the advisers who are to be sent out by the US embassy in Baghdad, is connected with training and providing technical support.
Jeffrey, together with his boss, US ambassador designate John Negroponte, and recently appointed commander of US forces in Iraq General John Casey will be in charge of getting the legacy of a year of occupation moving.
As of 1 July, Jeffrey and Negroponte will be in charge of the largest US embassy in thw world, with a staff of 1,000 Amercians and 500-600 Iraqis. The US embassy will be set up in one of the Iraqi Presidential Palaces in the so-called “Green Zone” – the term used by the US occupation for the compound containing the Republican Palace. The “Green Zone” enjoys the tightest security in the occupied Iraqi capital and is located on the west bank of the Tigris River. It is currently the American occupation headquarters.
With the opening of the US embassy in Baghdad, the mandate for running Iraq will be transferred from the US Defense Department to the US State Department.
Iraqi women rally in Baghdad against US concentration camp crimes.
Dozens of Iraqi women demonstrated in Baghdad on Friday to condemn the arrest of women by the occupation authorities and their stooges and the practices of the aggressors in their concentration camps throughout the country. The protesters demanded that the aggressors release all their prisoners and respect human rights.
The women rallied in front of the venerable Abu Hanifah Mosque in downtown Baghdad after Friday congregational prayer time. They carried signs denouncing indiscriminate arrests of women, and the American practice of putting people in prison without charge.
Speakers at the rally also denounced the US practice of taking women prisoners and holding them hostage in an effort to force male relatives to surrender. They noted that the true number of women prisoners in the US concentration camps had never been disclosed and condemned the fact that as the torture and murder practiced in Abu Ghurayb came under international scrutiny, no Iraqi individuals or groups were allowed to take part in the investigations of the crime committed there against their brothers and sisters.
One speaker expressed regret that the women released from US prisons are too full of fear, as well as shame and a desire not to embarrass relatives, to allow their names to be used or to speak at rallies such as that in Baghdad where they could denounce the brutal and criminal acts to which they were subjected in captivity.
A Shi‘i cleric close to Muqtada as-Sadr said in a sermon on Friday that the district of Baghdad that they have nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr is to be considered a “closed area” to the US aggressor troops.
Aws al-Khafaji urged the worshippers in the al-Hikmah Mosque to” continue in the jihad and in bringing pressure and force upon the Americans,” and declared that Madinat as-Sadr was “a closed area to the American occupiers.”
Saturday, 19 June 2004.
Iraqi Resistance wipes out US column on road to ar-Ramadi late Saturday, avenging the US strike that killed 30 Resistance fighters in al-Fallujah.
Iraqi Resistance forces on Saturday evening attacked an American aggressor column consisting of a number of tanks and Humvees on the road to ar-Ramadi, wiping out the entire column. According to a report filed by the local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam, the attack was in retaliation for the US rocketing of two houses in al-Fallujah earlier in the day in which 30 Resistance fighters were martyred. The attack took place on Saturday after sunset.
The correspondent reported that Resistance forces entirely surrounded the US column and then attacked it with rocket-propelled grenades and advanced mortars, which are fired without artillery and hit directly.
The US aggressors sent out a force to assist the beleaguered column but when it arrived it found that the American column had been totally destroyed in the attack. The Americans therefore attacked the al-‘Askari neighborhood on the north side of al-Fallujah. The Resistance there resisted the US assault. (See story below.)
Resistance blocks US attack on al-‘Askari neighborhood of al-Fallujah.
US aggressor troops launched a major attack on the al-‘Askari neighborhood on the north side of al-Fallujah late on Saturday. Tanks, armored vehicles, and mortars were used in the American assault, and US aircraft entered the battle shortly thereafter.
According to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, it was clear that the US attack was in revenge for an Iraqi Resistance ambush that wiped out a US column on the road to ar-Ramadi (see story above).
Mafkarat al-Islam posted its correspondent’s report on the American assault at 12:55am Sunday, 20 June 2004, Mecca time. In the report, the correspondent wrote that the US forces had begun their attack on al-‘Askari district a half hour previous but that the Resistance had blocked the US advance. Skirmishes and clashes were still continuing, however, at the time the correspondent filed his report.
Iraqi Resistance forces destroy two US Humvees Saturday evening in the area of al-Fallujah.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported from al-Fallujah early Sunday morning that Iraqi Resistance fighters in the city had destroyed two US Humvees on Saturday evening. One of the vehicles was totally demolished in the attack, with all four crew members aboard being killed. The other vehicle was hard hit and a number of its crew members wounded.
Iraqi Resistance burns US tank, killing entire crew in al-Khalidiyah district.
Enraged by the US rocketing of houses in al-Fallujah, an attack that left 30 of the Resistance fighters martyrs, Iraqi Resistance forces set fire to a US aggressor tank killing all members of its crew. According to the local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam, the attack occurred in the al-Khalidiyah area known as al-Hasibah ash-Sharqiyah.
Resistance kills four US troops at checkpoint in al-Khalidiyah district Saturday afternoon.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported on Saturday night that Resistance activists surprised a group of US aggressor troops at a checkpoint in al-Fallujah and killed four of them shortly before sunset on Saturday.
Resistance fighter on motorcycle hurls grenade at US troops, killing two, wounding one.
Two US aggressor soldiers were killed and a third wounded Saturday afternoon in an attack carried out by one Iraqi Resistance fighter, according to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. Eyewitnesses reported that an American foot patrol came under the Iraqi Resistance Commando’s attack in as-Saqlawiyah near al-Fallujah. The Resistance fighter tossed a hand grenade at the Americans as he drove past on a motorcycle.
US assault kills 30 Iraqi Resistance fighters in al-Fallujah.
At mid-morning on Saturday, some 37 Iraqi Resistance fighters were martyred in al-Fallujah in a US aggressor attack on their position, according to a report by the local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam. At about 10:00am Saturday morning the US rocketed two buildings that the Resistance fighters were guarding for use as weapons depots for the defense of the city of al-Fallujah. The attacks martyred about 37 members of the Resistance, according to figures compiled after midnight Sunday morning, after all the bodies of the dead and wounded Resistance fighters had been extracted from the rubble of the houses.
The correspondent reported that the fire that resulted from the American attack continued to blaze until noon, Mecca time.
It appears that the attack was carried out on the basis of some local intelligence information provided to the Americans. The Americans use spies, particularly from individuals drawn from the religious and ethnic minorities, after having failed on several occasions to infiltrate CIA agents into al-Fallujah.
In the strike, the American Associated Press (AP) reported at least two houses were destroyed and six others were damaged in the poor neighborhood. Many civilians were also killed and wounded in neighboring houses.
The puppet “Iraqi Health Ministry” said initially that 16 people were killed, though they expected the number to rise. Residents said 20 bodies, including at least three women and five children, were taken for immediate burial, in accordance with Islamic custom, while hospitals reported at least two more dead.
“At 9:30am, a US plane shot two missiles on this residential area,” said the al-Fallujah police chief, Sabbar al-Janabi, as he surveyed the wreckage. “Scores were killed and injured. This picture speaks for itself.”
In Fallujah, rescue workers combed the scene, searching the rubble for other victims. Slabs of concrete and steel reinforcing bars were upended and twisted, Associated Press Television News footage showed.
Water pooled from a 20-foot-crater in front of one of the destroyed houses, apparently from where one of the missiles struck, the AP reported. One man displayed several copies of the Qur’an burned in the strikes.
The AP reported that outraged residents accused the Americans of trying to inflict maximum damaged by firing two strikes one first to attack and another to kill the rescuers. “The number of casualties is so high because after the first missile we jumped to rescue the victims,” said Wissam ‘Ali Hamad. “The second missile killed those trying to carry out the rescue.”
Iraqi Resistance fighters fire mortar barrage at occupation base in al-Kut.
The Iraqi puppet police admitted on Saturday that Iraqi Resistance forces fired mortars at an occupation base near the city of al-Kut, 175km southeast of Baghdad. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported Jasim Muhammad, an officer in the puppet police, as saying that at least 10 mortar shells crashed into the base located 10km west of al-Kut, provoking a violent response from the invader troops.
The troops in the base – who consist of American and Ukrainian aggressors – fired incendiary rockets, according to the puppet police source.
Iraqi Resistance fires mortars at puppet police station in Baghdad.
The US occupation troops and Iraqi puppet police admitted on Saturday that three persons were wounded in an Iraqi Resistance mortar barrage fired at a puppet police station in the center of Baghdad.
Reuters reported eyewitnesses as saying that seven mortar shells were fired at the puppet police station, but only five of them exploded. A nearby mosque and a home were damaged in the attack.
The US forces closed off the area after the attack, one US sergeant claiming that this was because of the two unexploded mortar shells, but closing off target areas is standard US practice.
Resistance bomb takes out US military vehicle near al-Fallujah.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded under a US patrol near the city of al-Fallujah on Saturday, destroying one military vehicle. Eyewitnesses reported that the US troops closed the highway leading to the site after the blast and took away the destroyed vehicle.
US admits one soldier killed Friday near Ba‘qubah.
A US military spokesman admitted on Saturday that one US occupation soldier was killed on Friday night in an exchange of gunfire with Iraqi Resistance forces near the city of Ba‘qubah, north of Baghdad. The US soldier belonged to the 1st Infantry Division. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported the US spokesman as saying that the soldier was taken to a nearby medical facility where he was pronounced dead.
Fighting around Ba‘qubah continues for third day.
For the third straight day fighting raged on Saturday between Iraqi Resistance fighters and US aggressors in the area of the city of Ba‘qubah, northeast of Baghdad. One US soldier and 13 Iraqis have reportedly been killed in the three days of fighting, and another 54 Iraqis have reportedly been wounded.
The correspondent for al-Jazeera satellite TV reported from the city that the battles erupted Saturday after a US patrol stormed into at-Tahrir neighborhood in the city of Ba‘qubah, looking for Iraqi Resistance fighters. US military spokesmen said that two of their aggressor troops were wounded after Resistance fighters fired grenades at the patrol.
The most violent fighting took place in the town of Buhriz near Ba‘qubah Friday evening. Residents of the town, famous for its oranges, said that 20 persons were wounded as a result of the fighting, including women, children and the elderly. Great damage was also inflicted on homes and shops in the city.
A spokesman for the US military propaganda machine said that one American had died of wounds sustained in battles in Buhriz on Friday. The Iraqi puppet police reported that 13 Iraqis had been killed and 54 wounded in all the recent battles.
Mortar attack on building belonging to the Criminal Division.
A large building belonging to the Iraqi criminal justice system west of Baghdad was attacked by mortar fire. Eyewitnesses told Egypt’s Middle East News Agency (MENA) that some of the shells landed on a mosque and on neighboring houses, and that several people were wounded.
Portuguese mercenary, two puppet policemen killed in Resistance attack near al-Basrah.
Al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV station reported that a Portuguese citizen was killed in an Iraqi Resistance bombing on Saturday in the south of al-Basrah. Two Iraqis were also killed in the blast and two others wounded.
A spokesman for the Emergency Ward of the al-Basrah Hospital, Isma‘il Mawla told Agence France Presse (AFP) that the corpse of the Portuguese was listed as that of Roberto Carlos who worked for the al-Athir communications company. He was brought to the hospital after the Resistance attack on the road to az-Zubayr, 20km south of al-Basrah.
Reuters reported that the Portuguese citizen worked as a mercenary “security guard” in Iraq.
Resistance bombards oil pipe workshop with mortars.
Iraqi Resistance fighters fired mortar rounds at a workshop 75km west of Kirkuk where sections of oil pipes for northern Iraq are constructed. The pipes are designed for the transport of crude oil to the Ceyhan port in Turkey, according to a spokesman in the puppet agency charged with protecting oil installations for the American plunderers.
Ahmad Qasis, security chief in the Oil of the North Company told Agence France Presse (AFP) that “three mortar shells fell on a part of the oil pipe workshop where pipes carrying oil to Ceyhan are constructed.” He noted that the pipeline had suffered repeated attacks.
The latest mortar attack occurred at 13:00 local time and destroyed a pipe that was at the time under construction.
Another pipeline in the area was also attacked on Monday. Though reportedly not intended to transport oil the attack set the pipeline burning. Simultaneous Resistance attacks knocked out the pipelines in the southern part of Iraq that transport oil to the port of al-Basrah.
Kurdish chauvinist militiamen kidnap 10 taxi drivers from Samarra’ to avenge deaths of Kurdish puppet troops.
Kurdish chauvinist militiamen kidnapped 10 taxi drivers from the city of Samarra’ on Saturday in retaliation for the kidnapping of five Kurdish members of the puppet Iraqi “army” several days previous. The Kurdish puppet soldiers were killed and their bodies burned near the city of Samarra’ that lies 75km north of Baghdad.
Colonel Burhan Hadid Tayyib of the Iraqi puppet police told Agence France Presse (AFP) that the Kurdish gunmen on Saturday morning stormed the Kirkuk Station for Public Transport looking for people from Samarra’ who work in transportation. The gunmen took 10 Samarra’i taxi drivers who work transporting passengers between Samarra’ and Kikuk. They said that they kidnapped the men in revenge for the five Kurdish puppet troops killed after having been kidnapped near Samarra’.
Jalal Jawhar, member of the Political Bureau of the chauvinist so-called National Union of Kurdistan, said that the five Kurds belonged to the Kurdish chauvinist parties that cooperate with the US in invading and occupying Iraq. They were members of a force training the new puppet “Iraqi army” being put together by the American occupation in the area of at-Taji, 19km north of Baghdad.
The five were shot to death between ad-Dajil (25km north of Baghdad) and Samarra’ (75km to the north) then the bodies were dumped in their car and the car set ablaze.
US claims to have killed or wounded 20 Iraqis in Baghdad clashes Thursday.
The US military claimed on Saturday that about 20 Iraqis were killed or wounded in the Madinat Saddam district of Baghdad (nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr.) According to a report carried by Agence France Presse (AFP) the casualties were the result of clashes on Thursday in the district between US aggressor troops and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.
US Radio: Muqtada as-Sadr takes conciliatory tone regarding Iraqi puppet “government.”
US Radio Sawa reported on Saturday that Shi‘i cleric Muqtada as-Sadr expressed a new and conciliatory attitude to the US-installed puppet “government” in Iraq in his Friday sermon. According to the US radio station as-Sadr said that he would support the new “government” if it paid more attention to Iraqi public opinion and less attention to the occupation forces.
Shaykh Jabir al-Khafaji read the sermon on behalf of Muqtada as-Sadr in the Mosque in al-Kufah. He was reported as saying that the interim “government” had made errors and that its members had spent most of their time outside the country. Therefore it behooved them to become closer to the Iraqi people, not further away, Radio Sawa reported.
The text of the sermon apparently was significantly gentler in tone from statements made earlier by as-Sadr in which he had rejected the “interim government” installed by the US occupation.
US plans to steal, wipe out Iraqi historical legacy.
Informed sources in the Iraqi puppet “ministry of culture” have told Quds Press that an attempt is under way to move ancient Iraqi Assyrian treasures to America. The sources say that there have been bilateral meetings between US and Iraqi representatives in the “ministry” on the matter of moving the treasures to the United States, where the items are regarded as some of the most valuable ancient treasures and artifacts in Iraq.
Meanwhile feverish attempts are underway by US companies to buy the al-Qishlah and Suq as-Saray areas on the banks of the Tigris River. They aim to erect residences and commercial buildings in place of the buildings presently on the site. Al-Qishlah, which overlooks the Tigris River, was the seat of government in Iraq during the Ottoman times. It was formerly restored and renovated in accordance with the architectural norms of that period during the rule of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
These American attempts to rape Iraq’s heritage are likely to raise a storm of controversy among Iraqis, in particular the intellectuals who have long feared US attempts to steal Iraq’s antiquities and to obliterate Iraqi historical monuments.