Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 11 July 2004 through Wednesday, 14 July 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Sunday, 11 July 2004.
Nine American troops killed in al-Khalidiyah Sunday.
The local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance attack on US aggressor troops in the as-Sadiqiyah neighborhood of al-Khalidiyah, west of Baghdad on Sunday left nine US soldiers dead. The Resistance fired rockets at an American invader tank, according to eyewitnesses, and nine bodies were removed from the vehicle. They were then carried away in a “large helicopter.”
After the attack, American troops sealed off the area, preventing local people from passing through until the wreckage of the tank and the corpses of the dead US troops were all taken away.
In recent months, the US has resorted to using tanks as a form of relatively secure transport for American troops who are subject to constant attack from the Iraqi Resistance. The tanks can hold a maximum of 12 people.
Resistance pounds US camp near al-Fallujah with 23 rockets, setting command center ablaze.
The local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported Sunday afternoon that the local Iraqi Resistance on Sunday morning pounded the US command in the agricultural district east of the city with an uninterrupted barrage 23 rockets.
The Resistance attack targeted the commander of the US contingent encamped in that area, setting fire in the American outpost. Eyewitnesses reported that the fire continued to rage from just after sunrise until about 10:30am. Thick black smoke rose from the American compound as a result of direct hits scored on the headquarters. There was no immediate information on US casualties.
US aircraft battled the Resistance forces who had fired the rockets after observing them in the northern as-Sakani neighborhood of al-Fallujah. The fierce battle lasted until noon. As in the Resistance attack on the US camp, there was no immediate information on casualties in this engagement either.
Resistance launches rocket attack on US base in as-Saqlawiyah Sunday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked the main US base in the city of as-Saqlawiyah near al-Fallujah on Sunday afternoon with volleys of rockets. The base in question is known locally as “Bayt ad-Dahhami” or the “ad-Dahhami family estate.”
Black smoke was seen rising over the US headquarters, a sign that some vehicles had sustained direct hits inside the compound. The American aggressors, as usual, made no immediate announcement regarding the extent of casualties or damage sustained as a result of the Resistance bombardment.
Resistance fired Grad missiles at US base in Saddam International Airport.
Iraqi Resistance forces mounted a rocket attack on US troops at occupied Saddam International Airport, one of the biggest US bases in the vicinity of Baghdad on Sunday morning.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that two Grad rockets were fired by the Resistance in the al-‘Amiriyah district of Baghdad at 11:00am. There was no available information on the extent of US casualties as a result of the assault.
US admits four Marines killed in ar-Ramadi fighting Saturday.
The US occupation command in Iraq admitted early Sunday morning that four Marine invaders had been killed in battles with the Iraqi Resistance in the city of ar-Ramadi. The US Associated Press (AP) reported that the American military withheld the names of the dead pending notification of next of kin.
It was reported on Saturday that US Marines and Resistance forces battled in the streets of ar-Ramadi. Local hospitals announced that three Iraqis had been killed and five others wounded by US gunfire. The Americans admitted no casualties of its own until Sunday. The US side acknowledged, however, that Resistance attacks were a “usual” occurrence in that area.
US invaders kill six Iraqi civilians, wound six others in ar-Ramadi after battles leave anther two Iraqis dead in the city.
Six Iraqis were killed and six others wounded when US troops opened fire on crowds in ar-Ramadi, according to a report by the Egyptian Middle East News Agency (MENA) early Sunday.
Earlier two Iraqis were killed in battles between the US aggressor troops and the Resistance.
Resistance ambushes US patrol with RPGs in ar-Ramadi.
On Sunday morning the Qatari News Agency Qana reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked an American military patrol with rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) in downtown ar-Ramadi. The rocket attack was followed by a gun battle. Qana had no immediate information on casualties.
Resistance bomb explodes near Bayji killing one US aggressor soldier and wounding another Sunday morning.
One US aggressor soldier was killed and another wounded when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded at the southern approach to the city of Bayji, north of Baghdad on Sunday morning. A fuel tank truck was destroyed, as was another military vehicle in the attack. Afterward, US troops sealed off the area.
American aircraft launch vicious bombings on parts of al-Fallujah at midnight Sunday-Monday. Local residents stream out of the district under a hail of anti-personnel bombs as Resistance fighters stay and engage US invader troops.
US air forces on Sunday night and early Monday morning launched a vicious air attack on parts of the defiant city of al-Fallujah. In a bulletin posted at 1:35am Mecca time Monday, 12 July 2004, the local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood in the city was still at that time being pounded by a very intense and relentless American rocket barrage. American airplanes dropped four aluminum container bombs, each containing 755 one-kilogram bomblets, on the district. (Eight of the same kind of bombs were dropped on ash-Shuhada’ district and the industrial zone of al-Fallujah earlier in July.)
Because of the violent American attack, local people have been streaming out of the ash-Shuhada’ district en masse as the Resistance fighters begin to engage US aggressor troops there.
It is believed that the barbaric US assault on the populated areas of al-Fallujah comes as an act of revenge for the upsurge in Resistance attacks on American aggressor troops in the last few days. Dozens of US invaders have been killed in the increasingly effective Resistance attacks.
US aggressor forces close off al-A‘zamiyah in Baghdad and impose curfew Sunday evening.
US occupation troops on Sunday evening imposed a blockade on the al-A‘zamiyah neighborhood of Baghdad. Eyewitnesses reported to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam that American tanks and Humvees accompanied by Iraqi puppet forces deployed in the area, closing the streets and imposing a curfew on the residents. US footsoldiers and their Iraqi stooge recruits were spreading out in the district. The reason for the incursion into the district was not immediately clear.
Resistance forces blow up US armored vehicle in al-A‘zamiyah district of Baghdad Sunday night.
Eyewitnesses in the al-A‘zamiyah district of Baghdad reported to Mafkarat al-Islam on Sunday night that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under an American armored vehicle that was accompanying a US patrol on ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Aziz Street in the district. The powerful blast totally destroyed the armored vehicle and set it ablaze. There was no immediate word on the extent of US casualties as a result of the attack, since the occupation troops completely sealed off the road leading to the scene.
US admits two aggressor troops killed, three wounded Sunday afternoon in Resistance bombing in Samarra’.
The US military announced that an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb had exploded under a US patrol in Samarra’ killing two American soldiers and wounding three others Sunday afternoon.
Resistance forces brace for US assault as American US troops surround Samarra’ Sunday night.
US aggressor troops on Sunday night moved to surround the city of Samarra’ a scene of fierce fighting in recent days. Mafkarat al-Islam posted a report at 11:50pm Mecca time on Sunday evening that said that eyewitnesses were saying that the American occupation troops had brought in reinforcements to bolster the strength of the troops already in the area of the city.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported, however, that the Iraqi Resistance groups on the scene were in full readiness for the expected attack that these enemy troop movements appear to presage. The Resistance fighters have gone around the homes of Samarra’ residents to appeal to them not to leave their city for several days, lest Samarra’ witness a repeat of what befell al-Fallujah several months ago.
US troops arrest Imam of mosque for advocating support of Iraqi Resistance.
Eyewitnesses in ar-Ramadi reported on Sunday that US invader troops arrested Shaykh ‘Abd Muhsin al-Jannabi, the Imam of the Bilal al-Habashi Mosque because he has been advocating support of the Iraqi Resistance. The arrest was made around midnight Saturday-Sunday.
Khalil ‘Abd Mahmud, who lives in the same neighborhood as the Shaykh, reported to the Agence France Presse (AFP) that the US troops surrounded Shaykh al-Jannabi’s house in the ash-Shajariyah neighborhood in downtown ar-Ramadi and then stormed in and arrested the religious leader.
Demonstration demands release of President Saddam Hussein.
The people of Ba‘qubah on Sunday held a demonstration calling for the release of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on Sunday. Protesters chanted slogans calling for the return of Saddam Hussein to power and condemned the kangaroo court rigged by the US occupation to cover their crimes of aggression and occupation.
Monday, 12 July 2004.
Iraqi Resistance throws back US offensive on al-Fallujah.
Iraqi Resistance forces repelled a US offensive against the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood on the northern outskirts of al-Fallujah. The US offensive followed intensive bombing and bombardment of the neighborhood. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam on the scene reported on Monday that despite the ferocity of their attack, the aggressor troops failed to harm any of the defenders.
After the battle the local Resistance fighters noted that US helicopter pilots are increasingly showing that they are eager to get rid of their bomb loads by whatever means is quickest in order to avoid the rockets being fired with increasingly deadly accuracy by the Resistance fighters.
Resistance bomb strikes US convoy in Bayji, American troops respond by killing Iraqi passerby, wounding his wife.
An officer in the Iraqi puppet police announced on Monday evening that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a truck that was part of a US military convoy in the city of Bayji, 180km north of Baghdad. A Turkish truck driver died in the explosion.
Reuters reported puppet police Lieutenant Colonel Namis Sa‘id Talal as saying that the bomb went off before noon Monday under an American column. Two trucks were destroyed, one of them American and the other Turkish.
After the blast, as is their practice, the American troops opened fire indiscriminately in every direction killing one Iraqi civilian passerby, a lawyer by profession, and wounding his wife.
Resistance bomb targets US embassy inside “green zone.”
Al-‘Alam television news reported early Monday afternoon that a large explosion shook the so-called “green zone” headquarters of the US occupation in Baghdad. Eyewitnesses reported that the blast went off near the American embassy building inside the heavily guarded compound. No further immediate information was available regarding casualties or damage. The US embassy in Baghdad is the largest American foreign mission in the world.
Collaborationist sectarian party official assassinated.
Iraqi puppet regime sources reported on Monday that a group of masked Resistance fighters assassinated a prominent official in one of the collaborationist Shi‘i sectarian political parties south of Baghdad. Hasan ‘Abd al-‘Awn, head of the office in al-Musayyib of the collaborationist so-called Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) was killed late on Sunday night. Colonel Ahmad Muhammad ‘Ali, chief of the puppet police in al-Musayyib said that the Resistance attack took place some 45 miles south of Baghdad.
Tuesday, 13 July 2004.
Thirteen American aggressor troops blown up by Resistance martyrdom attacker in ar-Ramadi Tuesday morning.
An Iraqi youth reportedly carried out a major Resistance attack on Tuesday morning when he blew up his explosives-laden car by an American military column in the city of ar-Ramadi. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that the Iraqi youth blew up his car in the midst of an American military column killing at least 13 American troops and wounding at least five others.
The correspondent reported that the massive explosion that resulted from the martyrdom attack took place at about 8:00am, and in addition to inflicting casualties, it destroyed several US military vehicles.
Three powerful Resistance assaults in al-Khalidiyah.
Three powerful Resistance attacks were mounted against the US occupation forces in the city of al-Khalidiyah on Tuesday morning leaving dozens of dead and wounded American military forces, according to a report carried by Mafkarat al-Islam.
Iraqi Resistance forces struck the US command headquarters in al-Khalidiyah, west of al-Fallujah, on Tuesday morning. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the US headquarters in al-Hadbah district, 1km from al-Khalidiyah proper, was struck by several 120mm mortar shells at 1:00am local time.
Then Resistance fighters pounded the same headquarters, 8km west of al-Fallujah, again at precisely 7:00am, this time with Katyusha rockets, producing explosions from which thick black smoke rose into the local sky – a sign that many vehicles or other similar targets received direct hits within the American compound.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a number of US Apache helicopters were seen prowling the skies over the area after the blasts. The aircraft tried to respond to the Resistance rocket fire, but the Resistance struck at the helicopters faster forcing the aircraft to flee from the area. The US military had no immediate word on casualties or damage as a result of the attacks.
Ambush and counter ambush by Iraqi Resistance in al-Khalidiyah leave 35 American troops dead.
Thirty-five American aggressor troops were killed in an Iraqi Resistance ambush on Tuesday morning in the ash-Shuhada’ district of al-Khalidiyah, west of Baghdad. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported from the city that US forces attempted to set up an ambush for Resistance fighters by positioning an amphibious armored vehicle in a location to serve as a small command post and decoy that they hoped would attract an attack from Resistance fighters in ash-Shuhada’ district of al-Khalidiyah. (The district ash-Shuhada’ in al-Khalidiyah should not be confused with the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood in the city of al-Fallujah.)
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported local eyewitnesses as saying that the Resistance fighters did indeed attack the armored vehicle, but not in the way that the Americans were expecting. The Resistance fighters employed mortars and fired an intense and concentrated barrage at the vehicle, killing 16 US troops. The attack occurred at about 7:00am local time.
The eyewitnesses reported that two US armored vehicles came out to carry out the ambush as they had planned, but the Resistance had prepared a counter-ambush for those vehicles, both of which were destroyed. When the surviving personnel inside the vehicles tried to get out, Iraqi snipers positioned on rooftops of adjacent houses picked them off, raising the American death toll in the engagement to 35.
Resistance strikes US base in al-Qa’im with mortars Tuesday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 120mm mortar shells at the main US occupation headquarters in al-Qa’im, a border customs checkpoint on the Iraqi frontier with Syria. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance carried out its attack at 5:00pm Tuesday afternoon.
The customs post at al-Qa’im is a major outpost used by US aggressor troops in their effort to control the border. They fear that Arab or other volunteers might be slipping across the borders to help out the Iraqi Resistance in its liberation struggle against the US aggressors.
Series of morning blasts shakes downtown Baghdad.
Iraqi residents reported on Tuesday morning that a series of powerful explosions shook central Baghdad. According to the American Associated Press (AP), they reported seeing columns of thick, black smoke rising from the scene of the blasts. At the time of the AP report, the US occupation had not issued any report on the explosions.
Resistance battles US aggressors in Samarra’.
Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushed an American military patrol with rocket-propelled grenades in Samarra’, north of Baghdad, on Tuesday morning. Eyewitnesses told the Lebanese LBC television correspondent that the Resistance ambush destroyed a US tank and left several American troops dead and injured.
US aggressor forces backed by attack air craft carried out an assault on the city of Samarra’. Fierce gun battles broke out that lasted for two hours, as local Resistance fighters fought off the American assault.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s local correspondent in the city reported on Sunday that the Resistance was prepared for attacks they expected from the US aggressors, as noted by the Iraqi Resistance Report on that day.
Puppet military official killed as Resistance battles stooge troops in Mosul.
Iraqi puppet security officials in the northern city of Mosul admitted Tuesday that there were fierce clashes on Tuesday between two members of the Iraqi Resistance and the puppet regime’s “Iraqi border guards.”
The American Associated Press (AP) reported that one Iraqi puppet soldier was killed and nine others wounded in the battle. One officer in the stooge force, that has been put together under the watchful eye of the US occupation forces, reported that two members of the Iraqi Resistance waited concealed in a passageway and suddenly opened fire when a puppet troop “security patrol” passed by. The puppet officer claimed that one of the Resistance attackers was martyred in the battle and the other wounded.
Meanwhile, Layth Ibrahim, an official in al-Jumhuri Hospital reported that 10 members of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” force had been killed and wounded in the battle.
An official in the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” was killed in Mosul, in the Tuesday morning fighting when his unit came under Resistance attack, according to Iraqi puppet police sources in the city.
Iraqi puppet “ministry” official assassinated by Resistance.
An official in the puppet so-called “Iraqi ministry of industry and minerals” announced that Sabir Karim, a high-ranking director in the puppet “ministry” was killed in front of his house on Tuesday. The source told the American C.N.N. TV network that Karim was shot to death with a pistol equipped with a silencer. The source offered no further details about the assassination. Iraqi Resistance forces have recently carried out many assassinations of officials in the puppet regime.
Two die in Resistance assassination attempt on Kurdish chauvinist party offiicial.
Al-‘Alam television station reported on Tuesday evening that the Iraqi Resistance had attacked an official in the collaborationist chauvinist so-called Kurdistan Democratic Party west of Baghdad. Al-‘Alam’s correspondent in Iraq reported that at least two people were killed in the attack, but had few other details on the incident or its intended target.
The chauvinist so-called Kurdistan Democratic Party in Iraq is led by Mas‘ud Barizani, a CIA agent and member of the US-appointed puppet government in occupied Baghdad.
Iraqi puppet “government” orders Lawyer’s Union dissolved to obstruct Saddam Hussein’s legal defense.
In an effort to obstruct Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s legal defense, the puppet government of Iraq has issued an order dissolving the Union of Lawyers and demanding that an electoral convention for the Union be convened to chose a new leadership for the organization. The Union of Lawyers, however, has refused to dissolve, according to a report carried in the Bahraini newspaper Akhbar al-Khalij for 12 July 2004. The Union has not acknowledged receiving any order to dissolve.
According to a report in Akhbar al-Khalij for 13 July, some 90 Iraqi lawyers have come forward to join the defense team of the Iraqi President, who is charged with various “crimes” by the kangaroo court convened by the puppet regime under the chairmanship of Salim Chelebi, nephew of convicted embezzler and CIA agent Ahmad Chelebi.
The order to dissolve the Lawyer’s Union followed a special convention of the Council for the Protection of the Rights of Legal Defense held on 8 July in which the organization took up the issue of appointing a legal defense for the Iraqi President. Ostensibly, the government’s reason for dissolving the legal organization was that it was required to elect a new Chairman to who would be empowered to designate a defense team for the Iraqi President. One member of the Lawyers Union told the press, however, that he believes that the real reason why the puppet government dissolved the Union was because it failed to prevent large numbers of Iraqi lawyers from volunteering their services in defense of the President.
In addition to this legal approach, the occupation regime has resorted to threats of physical violence and death against any lawyers from other Arab countries who dare to represent Saddam Hussein before their kangaroo court. The surge of reports of such death threats directed at defence lawyers prompted 150 Shaykhs of tribes in al-Anbar Province and the city of al-Fallujah to declare earlier this month that they and the members of their tribes were ready to provide protection to the Arab defense team of the Iraqi President whenever they come to Iraq, so that they might be able to do their job.
Mass arrests by Iraqi puppet police in Baghdad on Tuesday.
Iraqi puppet police on Tuesday carried out a campaign of raids and searches in the course of which they arrested 527 Iraqis. A source in the puppet so-called “ministry of the interior” said that the “suspects” were believed to have been involved in common criminal activities.
The source reported that the wave of arrests took place in ar-Rusafah on the east bank of the Tigris River in Baghdad, and that they began in the early hours of Tuesday and were still on-going into the evening. The spokesman told Reuters that the number they had arrested was “greater than they had expected.” Drug traffickers and weapons salesmen were among those being picked up in the raids that were expected to continue in ar-Rusafah and then to be extended to other districts.
Zionist criminal gangs operating in Iraq importing drugs, counterfeiting money, pushing porn.
Husayn ‘Ali Kamal, deputy puppet “interior minister” for intelligence affairs, announced on Tuesday that there is a Zionist gang network operating on a wide scale in occupied Iraq, smuggling and marketing drugs in the country.
The Jordanian weekly as-Sabeel reported on Tuesday that Kamal said that the Zionist network entered Iraq nine months previous and was able to put together branch networks in several parts of the capital, particularly in al-Batawin and Shaykh ‘Umar.
He said that the arrest and interrogation of some members of the gangs revealed that the Zionist network had recruited dozens of Iraqi youths to work for it in distributing powdered cocaine and morphine among other narcotics.
As-Sabeel reported that another official in the Iraqi puppet government’s “interior ministry” confirmed that Zionist gangs were involved in a number of criminal activities in addition to their drug businesses, including as counterfeiting money and distributing pornographic magazines and computer disks.
Italy paid Resistance group $200,000 for corpse of executed hostage.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported on Tuesday that Iraqi Resistance forces sold the corpse of an Italian hostage back to the Italians for $200,000 as a part of the negotiations that set three other Italian hostages free.
The Italian aggressor government in Rome had announced its desire to obtain the body of the Italian hostage whom the Resistance executed and offered $20,000 for the corpse. The Green Brigade, Resistance organization holding the body, rejected the offer and insisted on no less than ten times the amount, or $200,000. In the end, the correspondent reported, Rome gave in and the exchange was made.
Some weeks ago, Mafkarat al-Islam had reported that the three hostages were finally freed after the Vatican intervened and the Italian aggressor regime paid $4 million to the Resistance. The four Italians reportedly worked as mercenaries with an American “security company,” but in addition at least two of them were Italian Jews serving as officers in the Zionist Mossad espionage and sabotage agency, one with the rank of colonel and the other a major.
Wednesday, 14 July 2004.
Iraqi Resistance martyrdom bomber strikes occupation headquarters compound in Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter detonated a massive car bomb Wednesday near the British embassy and headquarters of the puppet so-called “interim Iraqi government” in the so-called “green zone.” The American Associated Press (AP) admitted that the blast killed 11 people in the heavily guarded compound, and wounded 40 others, one of them an American invader soldier. The correspondent of Iranian al-‘Alam television channel reported that 90 had been injured in the powerful blast, according to accounts they received from Iraqi hospitals.
The explosion shook buildings throughout central Baghdad about 9:15am when the martyrdom bomber detonated a car packed with 450kg (1,000 pounds) of explosives. The bomb killed four Iraqi puppet so-called “national guardsmen” and seven Iraqis who were apparently waiting in line to apply for jobs serving the occupation.
The correspondent for al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that the martyrdom attacker was probably aiming for the Iraqi puppet “council of ministers” building but had to detonate his explosive load before reaching that structure.
“We were thrown on the ground. Then I saw many dead people on the ground,” said one witness, ‘Ala’ Hasan. Black and gray smoke billowed from the site of the blast, which left a crater two meters wide and one meter deep in the road. The charred remains of five cars stood by a protective blast wall that had been partially destroyed. Two other trucks and a car lay smoldering nearby. Puppet police cars and ambulances raced to the scene, and US helicopters prowled the skies overhead.
The blast targeted a checkpoint leading to a parking lot in the area of the Republican Palace, dubbed the “green zone,” by the US invaders. It is the most heavily protected Baghdad compound housing government offices and the US and British embassies, Iraqi puppet police Colonel Tawfiq Sayir said.
Second explosion rocks downtown Baghdad Wednesday morning.
A second explosion shook downtown Baghdad on Wednesday morning when a bomb went off in the Abu Ja‘far al-Mansur district of the city in the area known as the “green zone” where the US and British embassies and other headquarters of the occupation and its puppet government are located.
The Qatari News Agency Qana reported the blast, but had no immediate further details.
Iraqi Resistance liquidates puppet governor of Mosul in daring attack on motorcade.
Reuters reported on Wednesday evening that Iraqi puppet security officials had announced that the Iraqi Resistance had succeeded in assassinating the puppet governor of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, Usamah Yusuf Kashmulah.
The Mosul Governor was riding in a motorcade to Baghdad when Iraqi Resistance fighters lobbed a hand grenade at the governor’s car and then fired a hail of automatic weapons bullets into the vehicle. Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that Kashmulah and two of his body guards were killed in the Resistance attack which occurred in the area of Bayji, north of Baghdad. The al-Jazeera correspondent said in his report that the corpses of Kashmulah and the two bodyguards were still in Bayji hospital morgue.
Iraqi Resistance pounds US base in al-Qa’im Wednesday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces carried out a series of attacks on the US base in the customs area of al-Qa’im on the Iraqi frontier with Syria on Wednesday.
The Resistance began its assaults early in the morning with a barrage of mortar shells that slammed into the American outpost. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Qa’im reported that the barrage lasted for a quarter of an hour and ended at 4:00am local time Wednesday morning.
Then at 6:00am, the Resistance fighters resumed their attack on the American base, local eyewitnesses reported, but this time they used rockets fired from all directions on the compound. Some 14 rocket explosions were heard.
US aircraft took to the skies after the attacks and continuously patrolled the air above al-Qa’im for four consecutive hours, from 6:00am until 10:00am, hoping to prevent any further attacks. Although it was clear that the Resistance barrages had inflicted material damage on the US headquarters in the compound, no further information about casualties was available.
Oil exports from Iraq to the north “hopeless,” oil exports through the southern terminals can only be “limited” due to Resistance strikes.
Sources in the puppet Iraqi oil industry acknowledged on Wednesday that Iraqi exports of oil to the two southern oil terminals in the country will remain limited, will there is “no hope” of resuming exports on the northern pipeline that takes Iraqi oil through Turkey as a result of the relentless Resistance attacks on the occupied Iraqi oil pipeline network and the petroleum export infrastructure.
A prominent engineer in charge of the double northern oil pipeline said that it is impossible to use that pipeline uninterruptedly. He noted that the Resistance knows every point on the line and strike whenever they like.
The official, quoted by al-Jazeera satellite TV, reported that the oil workers do not have the flexibility to move from one line to the other if one of them is struck by the Resistance. Officials in occupied Iraq had hoped to improve security in the country so as to resume sizable oil exports, plundering Iraq’s national resource and filling their pockets and those of their stooges. But due to the persistence of the Resistance, oil exports have not been able to go beyond the derisory figure of 1.9 million barrels per day.
The total shut down of exports to the north makes occupied Iraq totally dependent on the two southern terminals, which themselves must be constantly protected and refitted as they too come under frequent Resistance attack.
South Korean tanker refuses to load oil in al-Basrah out of security fears.
Further evidence of the effectiveness of Resistance attacks on the occupied Iraqi oil network came on Wednesday when a second oil tanker in one week refused to load Iraqi oil because of security fears.
Shipping brokers on Wednesday declared that a supertanker belonging to a south Korean company refused to load oil in al-Basrah port out of fear for its security. This was the second Asian oil tanker to refuse to take on oil cargo this week in the port.
Reuters reported the brokers as saying that the tanker Sea Champion, owned by CK Corp. refused to load at the terminal and gave up its place to another tanker owned by Tankers International which was not reluctant to take on cargo there.
Earlier in the week a supertanker under Hong Kong registry declined to anchor at the al-Basrah terminal on the grounds that the port was insecure and unsafe.
Philippines agrees to pull troops out early.
In an apparent effort to comply with demands of the Iraqi Islamic Army – Khalid ibn al-Walid Corps, an Iraqi Resistance group holding a Filipino citizen hostage, the Philippines said it had begun withdrawing its troops from Iraq. The group had pledged to kill the Filipino hostage if the country’s aggressor contingent was not out by July 20.
The Resistance fighters holding the Filipino, Angelo dela Cruz, said they would treat him as a prisoner of war if Manila made a good-faith move toward withdrawing its 51 troops early and would free him if the pullout was completed by July 20. The government statement Wednesday did not clarify when the pullout would be finished but appeared directed toward that demand.
The government was already set to withdraw its troops Aug. 20. A full withdrawal before then would be a major blow to the unity of US occupation in Iraq. The statement was vague, following a pattern of unclear statements as the Philippines has tried to both save dela Cruz and avoid the impression that it is giving in.
A satellite country dominated by the United States, the Philippines faces the wrath of Washington if it too clearly complies with Resistance demands.
Denied office in new puppet regime, US stooge reveals massive American plunder of Iraq.
Dr. Muhammad Bahr al-‘Ulum, former member of the puppet so-called “interim governing council” run by US proconsul L. Paul Bremer, accused Bremer of stealing $250 billion from Iraq prior to leaving the country at the end of June. In an interview with the Iraqi paper al-Bayyinah, and quoted on 14 July 2004 by the London Arabic-language daily al-Quds al-‘Arabi, Bahr al-‘Ulum said that most of the wealth of Iraq “was plundered in a secret way under official and illegal cover, led by Paul Bremer, the former American Governor of Iraq.”
Bahr al-‘Ulum said that the theft took place by way of Americans appointed to official posts in Iraq after the occupation of Baghdad. Bremer, he said, stole more than $250 billion of Iraq’s wealth in the form of monetary funds, large quantities of mercury, and other resources. Bahr al-‘Ulum said that Bremer exercised a “dictatorship” over the members of the puppet so-called “interim governing council” that was “much more dictatorial than Saddam was,” and said that Bremer left Iraq after turning it into a bankrupt country with an empty treasury. Bahr al-‘Ulum commented, “If Bremer had been able to prevent us from drinking water, he would have done so.”
Bahr al-‘Ulum’s remarks follow the formation of a new American puppet regime in Iraq, the so-called “interim government.” A member of the former puppet “interim governing council,” Bahr al-‘Ulum was stepped over in the formation of the puppet “interim government” and therefore now has no official role. Iraqis therefore wonder if Bahr al-‘Ulum would have made these revelations had he been given a role in the present puppet regime. They wonder why, in fact, he said nothing about such widespread plunder by the US occupation while he was a member of their puppet “governing council”, and if he only learned of it after leaving “office.”
Since Bahr al-‘Ulum had all these dirty secrets about the occupation to reveal, what secrets are the current puppet rulers, Iyyad ‘Allawi and Ghazi al-Yawur and others concealing? Iraqis are no-doubt asking, “what should be the price they must pay for such silence?”