Friday, 4 June 2004.
US admits five Americans killed, four others wounded in Resistance attack in Baghdad.
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported on Friday afternoon that a US military spokesman had admitted that five American troops had been killed and four others wounded in an attack on their patrol Friday morning. The Resistance attack took place on the outskirts of the part of Baghdad nicknamed “Madinat as-Sadr” and lies in the eastern part of the occupied Iraqi capital. An earlier US admission had stated that four died and five were injured in the Resistance attack. AFP reported a US propaganda spokesman as saying that one soldier had since died of wounds sustained in the attack.
Eyewitnesses early Friday reported that they believed that four American aggressors were wounded when an Iraqi Resistance rocket struck a US military vehicle that was being driven on a road in the eastern part of Baghdad.
Reuters reported the witnesses as saying that tongues of flame and columns of smoke could be seen rising from the wreckage of the American vehicle. Other aggressor soldiers could be seen taking away the troops who had come under the Resistance attack. The nature and extent of injuries was not immediately clear.
The witnesses said that Resistance fighters had fired one rocket at the vehicle.
Resistance attacks US patrol near Mosul late Thursday night.
A unit of the Iraqi Resistance attacked a US military patrol in Tall ‘Afar near Mosul in northern Iraq during Thursday-Friday night. The Egyptian Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported that the Resistance fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the US patrol late on Thursday night, inflicting an unknown number of casualties on the Americans.
Sunni religious leader denounces new puppet “government” as bogus.
The Imam of the Sunni Mosque of Abu Hanifah in Baghdad sharply attacked the newly appointed puppet so-called “government” of Iraq in a Friday sermon. Shaykh Ahmad as-Samarra’i said that it was the “embodiment of American hegemony” in Iraq and that a transfer of sovereignty to Iraqis could not take place in the shadow of an American veto.
The Sunni religious leader said, “they call this ‘an election,’ but it isn’t an election. It’s nothing but American hegemony. Whomever they [the Americans] want is a part of it; whomever they don’t want is kicked out.”
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported Shaykh as-Samarra’i as asking, “Where is the ‘Iraqi sovereignty’ if decisions having to do with security matters are subject to an American veto? Where is the ‘Iraqi sovereignty’ when the US says that its forces are going to remain in Iraq?”
The Shaykh went on: “They promise us that after seven months there will be a new legal code and an election. But how can this come about when [American] hegemony dominates those who write, when there is supervision over every committee. . . . They want to have a joke at our expense.”
“There is no sovereignty if security affairs are in other hands than ours. There is no sovereignty if military affairs are in other hands than ours. There is no sovereignty if the oil affairs are in other hands than ours,” reiterated the Imam of the Abu Hanifah mosque.
Muqtada as-Sadr: US-appointed “prime minister” is a CIA agent. New Iraqi “government” has no authority.
In a Friday sermon delivered on his behalf by Jabir al-Khafaji in the Mosque of al-Kufah, Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr attacked the newly installed American puppet “government.” According to al-Jazeera satellite TV, as-Sadr described Iyyad ‘Allawi, the newly appointed puppet so-called “prime minister,” as an “American CIA agent.”
Agence France Presse (AFP) quoted as-Sadr as sharply rejecting the new puppet so-called “government”, saying that it had no authority over him. As-Sadr said, “I declare that I will have nothing to do with this government until Judgement Day because the people reject it.” As-Sadr added, “our governments must be legally elected. The Iraqi people will never accept a government appointed by the occupier.”
As-Sadr declared: “I can’t imagine any rational person or any religious authority accepting this appointment. I will have nothing to do with this government until Judgement Day.”
Muqtada as-Sadr representative: withdrawal of militia from an-Najaf to start Friday.
A spokesman for Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr said in the early hours of Friday that members of his Jaysh al-Mahdi militia would begin withdrawing from an-Najaf and the areas surrounding it on Friday.
Qays al-Khaz‘ali spoke at a press conference with Haydar as-Sufi, a representative of the higher Shi‘i clergy. Al-Khaz‘ali said that the Jaysh al-Mahdi would begin withdrawal and halt all armed confrontations. He said that as-Sadr’s side would work to liberate suspects and that they would choose some of the members of Shi‘i delegations that would hold talks with US aggressor troops on the cease fire in specific areas.
As-Sufi told the press conference that his side was calling on the puppet governor of an-Najaf to deploy the police forces formed of citizens of an-Najaf in order to bring “security” to the people of the city. As-Sufi demanded that the occupation forces and the puppet police refrain from any arrests or searches in the city.
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that the announcements of the withdrawals and security arrangements came a day after five civilians and an unknown number of Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen were killed on Thursday in battles with the US invader troops in al-Kufah.
US forces claim to be withdrawing from Shi‘i religious sites in an-Najaf.
US aggressor forces announced that they would be withdrawing from positions near the Shi‘i holy sites in an-Najaf on Friday in order to help solidfify the cease-fire between themselves and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, according to a Reuters dispatch.
Colonel Brad May told a CNN reporter that the US aggressor troops would remain deployed in order to “help” the Iraqi puppet police take control over important points in the city in accordance with the cease fire agreement. He said, however, that there had been breakthroughs towards putting an end to the fighting.
Saturday, 5 June 2004.
Resistance in al-Fallujah attacks US armored vehicles that entered the city in violation of cease-fire agreement.
Battles erupted between US Marine aggressors and Iraqi Resistance fighters in al-Fallujah on Saturday evening according to a report carried by Reuters. Residents of the city were quoted as saying that US armored vehicles entered the north of al-Fallujah in violation of the cease-fire agreement that stipulated that those American forces would remain outside the area of the city. At least one of the US vehicles that violated the agreement was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade.
There were no immediate reports on US casualties sustained in the attack. In fact the US military propaganda machine had no immediate comment on the battle.
US Marine invaders in April waged a fierce battle for control of the city in which hundreds of Iraqis were killed. The Americans, nevertheless, were unable to make significant headway against the Resistance and suffered heavy losses themselves. In the end they were compelled to accept a cease-fire that largely excluded them and in particular their heavy equipment from the city and its surrounding vicinity.
US puppet inspection unit established to protect American invaders from Resistance attacks.
Eyewitnesses in Baghdad reported that the newly created Iraqi puppet “army” had established a unit for special inspections in the area between an-Nu‘ayriyah and al-Amin behind the “New Baghdad” district. This unit in fact was engaged in searching passing cars, resulting in a tight traffic jam as cars backed up for great distances to be subjected to extensive searches in the Iraqi capital.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the inspection unit set up by the puppet army was created in response to the repeated blows delivered by the Iraqi Resistance on a daily basis particularly in the area of the puppet strongpoint at the so-called “military college” which is also the US occupation forces’ headquarters in that district of the occupied Iraqi capital.
US soldier killed, three others wounded in Resistance attack in Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb, targeted on a passing US aggressor convoy, killed an American soldier and wounded three others Saturday in eastern Baghdad, the American Associated Press reported.
The explosion was heard in Baghdad very early on Saturday morning, and took place near the part of Baghdad nicknamed “Madinat as-Sadr.” A Reuters cameraman reported seeing casualties being evacuated by helicopter from the scene.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that the blast followed a deployment of Iraqi puppet police in an-Najaf and al-Kufah in southern Iraq and an end to the armed presence of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, in the streets of that city.
Resistance attacks mercenary “contractors” on Airport Road, kills three.
A US aggressor officer who refused to give his name reported that three mercenaries had been killed on Saturday morning when their vehicles were attacked by Resistance fighters firing machine guns on the Airport Road leading to Saddam International Airport near Baghdad. The American officer said that those killed were not members of the US military but members of a security force.
Another US officer on the scene of the attack, that took place near a US base erected near the airport, that the Resistance attackers were hidden by the side of the road. They opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles on the vehicles. An American claimed that the mercenaries returned fire but were wounded in the course of the attack.
The three bodies were badly lacerated and burned. There were bloodstains on the road. US troops put the bodies in black bags for transport away.
An Agence France Presse (AFP) correspondent said he saw two burning General Motors vehicles with no tires and smashed in front areas.
An earlier report carried by the Associated Press indicated that Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushed two sport utility vehicles, favored by Western mercenary contractors, on the road to Saddam International Airport near Baghdad. An Iraqi puppet so-called “Interior Ministry” official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said two or three people were killed but he had no further information.
US aggressor troops cordoned off the area of the wrecked and burning SUVs.
Resistance kills 17 collaborators at puppet recruiting center.
In Mosul, Iraqi Resistance fighters fired a rocket-propelled grenade at an Iraqi puppet “army recruiting center,” wounding 17 collaborators, hospital and puppet police said.
US aggressors battle Jaysh al-Mahdi in Baghdad.
On Saturday afternoon, violent battles broke out between US aggressor forces and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in the so-called Madinat as-Sadr part of Baghdad. Eyewitnesses reported that a US military vehicle was set ablaze and three mortar shells were fired at a puppet police station.
The US aggressor troops carry out patrols along the main street in the district, and it was in the course of one such patrol that a vehicle was attacked and burned, as Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen spread out in adjacent streets.
An Agence France Presse (AFP) correspondent reported seeing the Jaysh al-Mahdi fireing at a puppet police station occupied by Americans as they cheered and chanted in support of Muqtada as-Sadr.
Witnesses said that the battle began when US aggressor troops set up a cement barricade in front of the puppet police station. One militiaman carrying a Kalashnikov said that this meant that they did not plan to leave the district.
According to the US Associated Press (AP) the American invaders counterattacked, seizing a mortar tube abandoned by the militiamen, witnesses said.
Earlier, the US claimed to have killed several Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen just after midnight when they carried out a rocket-propelled grenade attack on a US vehicle convoy near the police station at 5:00am.
Resistance kills foreign profiteer in Mosul.
A US military spokesman said that a “foreign worker” was killed and three “civilians” injured in Mosul on Saturday. Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that Resistance forces fired machine guns at the foreigner’s car. According to Agence France Presse (AFP), the ambush took place in the center of Mosul. One car escaped from the attack, according to Joseph Beck, a US military spokesman who added that the wounded had been taken to hospital for treatment.
Resistance kills brother of informer on sons of President Saddam Hussein.
In Mosul on Saturday, Salah az-Zaydan, brother of the informant who led US aggressor forces to the sons of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, was assassinated by Resistance fighters, witnesses and hospital officials said Saturday. Three relatives who were with him at the time were also wounded.
Az-Zaydan was traveling in a car when Resistance fighters in a passing vehicle opened fire, a hospital official said. Az-Zaydan died instantly and three companions were injured, the officer said. US invader officials have not publicly confirmed who turned in ‘Uday and Qusay Saddam Hussein, but many people in Mosul have identified him as Nawaf az-Zaydan, who collected the $30 million reward - $15 million for each son. Nawaf az-Zaydan has not been seen since the sons of Saddam Hussein were killed in an hours-long gunbattle at a villa in Mosul in July 2003.
Muqtada as-Sadr meets pro-American cleric as-Sistani in an-Najaf.
The office of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr issued a statement on Saturday saying that Muqtada as-Sadr had met with the pro-American “higher” Shi‘i religious authority, Ayatallah ‘Ali as-Sistani in as-Sistani’s office in an-Najaf.
According to al-Jazeera satellite TV, as-Sistani’s office confirmed the report issued by as-Sadr’s office, but made no indication as to what took place during the meeting.
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that the statement said that as-Sistani had welcomed Muqtada as-Sadr with great warmth and blessed the efforts that as-Sadr had made in recent days.
Muqtada as-Sadr wrote a sermon delivered on Friday 29 May on his behalf that contained sharp attacks on as-Sistani for “remaining silent” when the US attacked holy places.
Presumably the “efforts” by as-Sadr which as-Sistani saw fit to praise were Muqtada as-Sadr’s apparent efforts to reach a cease-fire deal with the US invader troops, an arrangement that seemed to be finally going into force in an-Najaf on Saturday.
Cease fire arrangement progresses in an-Najaf.
Under a deal worked out between Shi‘i religious authorities leaders and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Muqtada as-Sadr militia, the Jaysh al-Mahdi is supposed to pull back from the Islamic shrines in the twin cities of an-Najaf and al-Kufah and hand over security to Iraqi puppet police, according to the puppet governor of an-Najaf ‘Adnan az-Zurufi.
At the puppet governor's request, the US invader troops agreed to stay away from the Imam ‘Ali Shrine in an-Najaf and the mosque in al-Kufah where Muqtada as-Sadr preaches to give Iraqi puppet security forces a chance to end the standoff.
By midday Saturday, as-Sadr's fighters remained at the most sensitive religious sites but were no longer brandishing weapons, an aide to the Shi‘i religious leader said.
The chief of the puppet police in an-Najaf, Sayyid Ghalib al-Jaza’iri, told the US Associated Press (AP) that he would send puppet police in civilian clothes to the site to "assess the situation." He complained that his men were too poorly armed and equipped to take over right away.
"We are responsible for all the holy sites now," al-Jaza’iri said. "We went through the city of an-Najaf, we are in control and we have capabilities. And I have a reserve force."
Sunday, 6 June 2004.
Resistance strike hits US base in at-Taji, two American troops reported “injured.”
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded Sunday near the gate to a US-run training base north of Baghdad, killing nine people and injuring at least 30 others, including three American aggressor soldiers, the US military admitted. It was the latest of a series of Resistance attacks against occupation forces and their Iraqi stooges.
The US military said that the explosion resulted from the detonation of an explosives-laden car. Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that an initial explosion came when a fuel truck blew up. This was followed by the explosion of an explosives-laden car that appears to have been driven by a martyrdom attacker.
Ambulances, Humvees and Iraqi puppet police rushed to evacuate the injured at the at-Taji air base, 20km (12 miles) north of Baghdad. US occupation soldiers closed off the area at the former Iraqi air force base now used by the US Army's 1st Cavalry Division.
Resistance hits puppet police station north of Baghdad killing seven puppet policemen.
Thirteen persons were killed and 10 others wounded in an Iraqi Resistance attack on Saturday upon a puppet police station in al-Musayyib, 70km (45 miles) south of Baghdad. According to Agence France Presse (AFP) the figures were provided by an official in a hospital in the city.
The American Associated Press (AP) reported that seven stooge policemen were killed in the attack. The AP said that eight Resistance fighters disguised as puppet police stormed a police station in al-Musayyib, 70 kilometers (45 miles) south of Baghdad, killing seven officers.
Bashir Husayn, Director of the Emergency Ward in al-Musayyib General Hospital told the AFP, “We received 11 bodies and two other bodies were taken to the al-Hillah General Hospital. There are also 10 ten wounded, most of them only slightly wounded.”
Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported a puppet police officer as saying that Resistance fighters dressed as puppet police came into the station in al-Musayyib and forced the puppet policemen at gunpoint into the prisoner cells. The Resistance fighters then planted explosives and blew up the building.
US admits, one soldier killed, another wounded in Sunday Resistance mortar barrage.
The US aggressor military admitted on Sunday evening that one American soldier had been killed and another wounded during the day in an Iraqi Resistance mortar attack near Baghdad. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported the US propaganda admission.
Jaysh al-Mahdi strikes puppet police station in Baghdad.
Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters blasted a puppet police station in the Baghdad neighborhood nicknamed “Madinat as-Sadr” on Sunday, rigging the building with explosives after US invader soldiers and Iraqi puppet police fled. Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen burst into the building and sprayed it with automatic weapons fire. They then ordered the surviving puppet police out and planted explosives which they later detonated.
UK admits: One Briton killed, three wounded Saturday in Resistance attack near Mosul.
The British Foreign Office announced on Sunday that one British subject was killed and three others wounded when Iraqi Resistance fighters opened fire on their vehicle Saturday in Mosul, northern Iraq.
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that a spokeswoman for the British Foreign Office made the admission. She gave no information as to whether the dead and wounded were military personnel or mercenary contractors profiteering from the American occupation. She also gave no details of the circumstances in which the Britons were killed and wounded.
Roadside bomb wounds two puppet police in Baghdad.
A roadside bomb exploded in the Baghdad neighborhood nicknamed “Madinat as-Sadr” on Sunday as a US invader convoy passed. The US made no reports of casualties or losses in the attack, probably carried out by the Jaysh al-Mahdi. Iraqi puppet police asserted that two puppet policemen were injured and a 14-year-old boy killed in the attack.
Two big blasts shake US “green zone” headquarters in Baghdad Sunday night.
Two powerful explosions shook the US occupation headquarters in Baghdad on Sunday evening. The area around the Republican Palace, dubbed “the Green Zone” by the American invaders, was the scene of the blasts reported by al-Jazeera satellite TV. No further details were provided, however.
The so-called “Green Zone” is subject to intensive US security arrangements, yet the Iraqi Resistance manages to target the zone on nearly a daily basis.
Resistance bomb strikes US convoy on road to Tikrit base, puppet policeman reported killed.
An Iraqi puppet policeman reported that one puppet policeman and one “civilian” had been killed and nine other puppet police wounded when a bomb exploded in at-Tuz, 75km south of Kirkuk in northern Iraq on Sunday. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported Major General of the puppet police ‘Abbas Muhammad Amin, the chief of puppet police in at-Tuz, as saying that “the bomb was placed by the main road in the city, a route frequently travelled by the US troops. The road links at-Tuz with the US base in Tikrit.”
Amin added that that bomb exploded as the US column was passing, causing the death of one puppet policeman and one “civilian” and wounding nine other puppet policemen, five of them seriously.
There was no mention of US casualties.
Mercenary driver killed, one US soldier wounded in al-Hudaythah, Saturday.
The US military admitted early Sunday that an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded northwest of Baghdad on Saturday killing a “civilian” profiteer who was driving a vehicle for the US aggressors and wounding one US soldier. The US military told Reuters that the attack occurred in al-Hudaythah, 200km northwest of Baghdad. The wounded soldier was reportedly a part of the support force for the 13th Brigade. The nationality of the mercenary driver was not disclosed.
Translator for US aggressor troops kidnapped by Resistance.
The American Associated Press (AP) reported that three Resistance fighters kidnapped a translator working for the US aggressor forces. The translator, Hasan ‘Abd al-Hadi, was kidnapped as he went to buy tea for his aggressor “friends” at a local Iraqi restaurant, according to Iraqi puppet police officer Ziyad ‘Abid.
The first response from the US Marine invaders with whom ‘Abd al-Hadi worked was that they began raids and searchers of all the houses in the vicinity of the restaurant, one after another. The US Marines were unable to find the collaborator, however, nor were they able to get anyone to lead them to him.
Resistance kills two Polish profiteers.
Two Polish contract profiteers were killed when Iraqi Resistance forces opened fire according to a report carried by al-Jazeera satellite TV, quoting Polish TV.
Poland, a satellite regime of the United States, has 2,400 troops serving the US imperialists in Iraq.
Polish Foreign Ministry: two other dead profiteers probably American.
The Polish Foreign Ministry announced on Sunday that it is possible that two American “civilian” mercenaries were killed along with two Polish profiteers. All were employed by an American mercenary company named Blackwater that served the US occupation of Iraq. One of their convoys was attacked on Saturday.
Reuters reported officials in the Foreign Ministry in Warsaw as saying that charred bodies of four persons were found in the truck that was attacked, and they believed that in addition to the two Poles, the other bodies might be those of Americans employed by Blackwater.
Poland: dead Poles were elite commandos.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported on Sunday that the Polish Press Agency (PAP) reported that the Polish “civilian” mercenaries killed by the Iraqi Resistance on Saturday, in fact belonged to a detachment of Polish commandos, a unit by the name of Crom. PAP reported that the men had been recruited by Blackwater, an American mercenary company profiteering in Iraq.
Iranian arrested for planting bombs in Ba‘qubah market.
A source in the Iraqi puppet police announced on Sunday that an Iranian had been arrested in the city of Ba‘qubah, northeast of Baghdad, as he was trying to plant a number of bombs in a popular market in the city.
According to Quds Press, the puppet police source said that the Iranian individual was carrying several bombs in a large bag that was placed in a location in the market. A number of Iraqi citizens discovered the bombs, the source reported, and informed the puppet police of the matter. The puppet police investigated and arrested the Iranian.