Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 22 July 2004 through Saturday, 24 July 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Thursday, 22 July 2004.
US aggressors launch offensive at al-Fallujah Thursday morning. Resistance mounts stubborn defense.
US aggressor troops on Thursday morning partially sealed off the city of al-Fallujah from the north, northwest and south. The US invaders then began skirmishing with the Resistance fighters defending the defiant city. The clashes were still under way when the report by the local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam went to post at 11:30am local time.
By that time, the Resistance had announced that it had destroyed 11 US Humvees. The correspondent had no information at that time on enemy casualties.
Meanwhile, the US attacked with air support the city’s Industrial Zone where Resistance defenders put up a fierce fight. In that action too, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent had no data on casualties as of 11:30am.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam wrote, in a report posted at 5:35pm Mecca Time, that the ferocity of the Iraqi Resistance had forced the US forces to withdraw from the neighborhoods of al-‘Askari and ash-Shuhada’. American forces were also compelled to retreat from as-Sakani neighborhood in the northwest part of al-Fallujah, after the large-scale assault that they launched today was dashed on the walls of the defiant city.
The US defeat came despite the fact that the American field commanders called in Humvees to reinforce their attack on as-Sakani. But before the force could break into as-Sakani, the Resistance surrounded and attacked the Americans using a new tactic they call the “lightning bolt bewilderment plan” [“Khittat as-Sa‘iqah wa-adh-Dhuhul”].
In keeping with that tactic, the Resistance stuns the enemy columns with rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and then assaults them, taking advantage of the confusion of the moment and reducing their ability to fight back. Under the tactic, the whole attack lasts less than 10 minutes, but leaves the Americans with huge losses in men and materiel.
Residents of the outlying areas of the as-Sakani neighborhood reported seeing more than 32 American corpses after their column had been destroyed by the lightning Resistance assault.
Local residents said that they also noticed a number of American troops who survived the assault ran to hide in nearby farm fields. These emerged from their hiding places only after US reinforcements arrived in the area.
US partly seals off the town of as-Saqlawiyah, near al-Fallujah.
US aggressor troops on Thursday morning also sealed off all entry and exit to the town of as-Saqlawiyah on the town’s west, north, and south. As-Saqlawiyah lies to the northwest of the nearby city of al-Fallujah, which came under fierce US attack on Thursday. The apparent aim of the US road closings is to prevent the flow of supplies and reinforcements between al-Fallujah and as-Saqlawiyah. Al-Fallujah serves as the supply base for the Resistance in as-Saqlawiyah.
American invaders encircle, bombard ar-Ramadi.
Following fierce fighting in ar-Ramadi on Wednesday, US aggressor troops encircled the city on Thursday and began pounding it from the air with barrages fired from helicopter gunships, and from the ground with tank cannon.
According to the Director of ar-Ramadi Hospital, there are a number of dead men, women and children – a fact confirmed by local eyewitnesses, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. Local residents pointed out how US tanks were firing their cannon shells at residential buildings in the city.
As the number of civilian casualties in the city rose, a deputation of local residents came out to call for an arrangement that would protect the lives of the city’s civilian population.
Thursday’s violent US offensive on the city serves to confirm earlier reports carried by the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent of fierce fighting and heavy American losses in Wednesday’s battles. (See Iraqi Resistance Report for Wednesday, 21 July 2004.) International and Arab news media only partially reported on that fighting.
Some of those news media on Thursday filmed the scene where seven American snipers were killed by the Resistance according to a Wednesday Mafkarat al-Islam report, confirming the location and even the floor in the building which the American sharpshooters had occupied.
The US aggressors have denied Mafkarat al-Islam’s report that an American helicopter was shot down on Wednesday. A group of residents of the area, however, all confirmed seeing the chopper go down at exactly 4:40pm in the area of the stadium in eastern ar-Ramadi, south of the area of the large mosque on al-‘Ishrin Street (“1920 Street”).
US Apache shot down in afternoon battles in ar-Ramadi.
In a report posted at 5:57pm Mecca Time, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in ar-Ramadi Reported that fierce fighting broke out in the Industrial district of the city at 1:00pm Mecca time on Thursday. In the course of the battle one US Apache helicopter was shot down, crashing near the Women’s Hospital.
The battle was still in progress at the time the correspondent was filing that report was being filed.
Second Apache helicopter shot down over ar-Ramadi.
Iraqi Resistance fighters shot down a second American Apache helicopter on Thursday over the city of ar-Ramadi, scene of fierce fighting for the last two days. The aircraft crashed in the area of the sports field. US aggressor troops blamed the Iraqi police, whom they armed and trained, for the downing of both helicopters, according to the local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam.
The correspondent says that the local police are in a tragic situation in the city. They are constantly accused by the Americans of supporting the Resistance by feeding them intelligence on the US forces. The Americans have concluded that the local police are agents of the Resistance and opponents of the US forces. Meanwhile some of the Resistance forces accuse the puppet police of infidelity, apostasy, and treason, for cooperating with the US aggressors. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in ar-Ramadi wrote that most Resistance fighters respect the local police, recognizing that the police force in al-Anbar Province have been supporting the Resistance and that many fell as martyrs in al-Fallujah during the resistance to the US offensive on the town in April.
At least 15 Americans said killed by midnight in ar-Ramadi.
At 11:30pm Mecca time Thursday night, the ar-Ramadi correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at least 15 US troops had been killed during the day’s fighting in the city. Six Humvees were destroyed during the afternoon in the course of fierce battles in the streets of al-‘Ishrin and al-Mal‘ab in the western part of the city.
Two Humvees were destroyed and six American soldiers killed on al-‘Ishrin Street. Four Humvees were destroyed and six other Americans killed on al-Mal‘ab Street.
In addition, the Resistance downed two US Apache helicopters, one behind the Children’s Hospital in the southwest of the city. Local residents asked the correspondent of an Arab satellite TV station to cover the incident but he declined out of fear for the future of his career, saying: “the station’s policy doesn’t permit it. They will fire me.”
Further details were hard for the correspondents of Mafkarat al-Islam to come by, as the security situation prevented their movement through many parts of the city.
Sixteen American troops reported killed in Resistance ambush of fuel convoy south of Samarra’.
Iraqi Resistance forces on Thursday morning destroyed eight fuel tankers belonging to the US occupation army on the highway before they entered the city of Samarra’ from the south. The Resistance attacked the American convoy of fuel trucks with rockets.
According to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, 16 charred bodies of American troops were found in the burned out hulks of the fuel tankers, since each tank truck has a two-man crew of a driver and a guard. None of those truck crews survived the Resistance ambush.
Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the American patrols that accompanied the tank trucks withdrew after the explosion of the first two tankers, due to the intensity of the heat of the fire coming from the burning and exploding fuel.
Resistance pounds Danish aggressor headquarters near al-Basrah.
The Danish aggressor military command announced on Thursday that the General Headquarters of the Danish invader division in Iraq came under Iraqi Resistance rocket attack on Wednesday evening. The Danish occupation authorities claimed that the attack inflicted no casualties on their troops.
According to Spain’s Europa Press a spokesman for the Danes, Hans Widholm, said that this was the second such Resistance attack on the Danish aggressor troops in Iraq. Another attack took place on Monday, inflicting material damage. The Danish spokesman said that after Monday’s attack the Danes had enforced the tightest security measures to prevent a similar attack. Nevertheless, six Resistance rockets slammed into the Danish camp on Wednesday night. Although the Danish aggressors launched a man hunt for the Resistance fighters immediately after the attack, no one was apprehended.
Denmark, a NATO member and satellite of the United States, has sent a military contingent numbering about 500 soldiers to serve the American occupation of Iraq. They are based in the area of the southern city of al-Basrah and operate under British command. The Danes are scheduled to withdraw from their present camp in order to move in with the British invader troops who are camped at the al-Basrah military airport. One Danish invader was reported killed by “friendly fire” in August 2003.
Puppet police find headless corpse in northern Iraq.
Iraqi puppet police discovered a headless corpse in an orange track suit on a branch of the Tigris River near Bayji in northern Iraq Wednesday night, according to the American Associated Press (AP). The identity of the body was unknown.
Later in the day, the Bulgarian government acknowledged that the body belonged to a Bulgarian who had been captured by the Resistance and held under the demand that Sofia withdraw its forces from Iraq. Bulgaria, a satellite of the United States, did not dare cross the US imperial master and the captive was executed.
Kenya calls on its citizens to leave occupied Iraq.
The Kenyan government on Thursday issued a call to all its citizens and dependents that they must leave occupied Iraq immediately and not consider travel to the country. A Kenyan government spokesman urged the Iraqi Resistance detachment that captured two Kenyan workers on Wednesday – together with a number of hostages from other countries – to release them without delay.
According to the American Associated Press (AP) the Kenyan government spokesman said “all armed Iraqi groups can rest assured that Kenya has no intention of interfering in the life of the Iraqi people, and we will inhibit the determination of our citizens who desire to go to work with the ‘coalition’ [i.e., aggressor] forces or companies cooperating with them in Iraq.”
On Wednesday the Iraqi Resistance Organization called the Black Banners announced that it had taken six hostages – three Indians, two Kenyans, and one Egyptian – all of them employees of a Kuwaiti company serving the US aggressors.
Friday, 23 July 2004.
Massive explosion shakes al-Fallujah area around midnight Friday-Saturday.
Residents of al-Fallujah reported hearing a massive explosion late on Friday evening. In a report posted at 1:00am Mecca Time Saturday, 24 July 2004, the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that although the exact location and cause of the blast were unknown, it appeared to come from the area to the east of al-Fallujah which is under the control of the US occupation troops.
After the nighttime prayers in al-Fallujah on Friday, a group of Iraqi Resistance fighters seized control of an American check point in area of the city for half an hour. US aggressor troops mounted a counter attack, pounding the check point with rockets and, in the process, totally destroying a car wash nearby.
As a general rule, US check points are manned by members of the Iraqi puppet police together with US troops and usually a tank and two Humvees are positioned around it.
Resistance bombards six US camps west of Baghdad early Friday morning.
The Iraqi Resistance launched an organized offensive consisting of simultaneous systematic rocket attacks at several US bases located in al-Anbar Province, west of Baghdad on Friday.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at 6:00am the Resistance hit the US camps in the agricultural area northeast of al-Fallujah; in al-Hadbah [“the Hill”] north of al-Khalidiyah (the largest US camp in al-Anbar Province); in an-Nu‘aymiyah, south of al-Fallujah; in as-Saqlawiyah [the ad-Dahhamiyah base]; and in the Palace of President Saddam Hussein in ar-Ramadi. The rocket barrages, in which Katyusha rockets, mortars, and other missiles were used, lasted half an hour. The number of rockets and shells fired is not precisely known, nor have the American aggressors released information on casualties sustained as a result of the Resistance attacks.
Then at 7:00am local time the US base in al-Habbaniyah, the second largest in al-Anbar Province, came under Resistance rocket attack as well.
Resistance in al-Fallujah destroys two US tanks on Friday.
In the course of battle against the US aggressor troops, Iraqi Resistance fighters from al-Fallujah on Friday afternoon destroyed two American tanks. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported that the first US tank was destroyed at the main American aggressor control point when the Resistance attacked the American position at 5:00pm local time.
The second tank was blown up at 5:30pm on the international highway north of al-Fallujah.
Information on the extent of US casualties in the two attacks was not immediately available.
Iraqi Resistance blows up US personnel carrier near ar-Ramadi Friday, killing troops aboard.
Iraqi Resistance fighters on Friday destroyed an American military transport vehicle, killing all the troops aboard on a highway southeast of ar-Ramadi. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under the American personnel carrier (“Inu”) as it traveled along the highway. The first of the bombs missed the vehicle but the second scored a direct hit, tearing the vehicle apart and sending body parts flying in the air.
The precise number of US troops killed in the Resistance attack is not known.
The Americans have large forces in the southeastern part of ar-Ramadi in the area of al-‘Ishrin (“1920”) Street and at the Exhitition Grounds. US aircraft constantly strafe adjacent yards and gardens – areas from which the Resistance frequently launches attacks on the invaders.
US admits: two American troops killed in Samarra’.
The US military admitted Friday that two US invader troops were killed when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under their convoy near the city of Samarra’. The American statement said that one of the men was killed instantly at the scene of the attack, the other died of wounds after being taken to hospital.
Four women, two children wounded in US F-16 rocket attack on civilian house in al-Fallujah.
US aggressor aircraft on Friday bombed a civilian home in al-Jubayl neighborhood in western al-Fallujah. The US military claimed that the house belonged to their elusive nemesis Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi who they imagine heads some cell of al-Qa‘idah in Iraq.
But the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported that the American air raid that took place at exactly 8:30am local time wounded four children and two women. An F-16 fighter bomber fired two rockets at the civilian home. The rockets, which came in from the west, exploded in the courtyard of the house, damaging the building but killing no one. The residents of the house were sleeping behind the house, on its eastern side at the time of the attack. Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Fallujah explains that most residents of the city, accustomed to arbitrary but deadly American attacks, sleep outside, afraid that they might be killed by some air raid on their home during the night.
The US military announced that the assault on the civilian home was coordinated with the puppet, American-installed “interim government” in Baghdad. The US military stated, inaccurately, that the attack did no damage to the building but failed to mention the harm they did to the people resident there. American propaganda claimed that 10 to 12 persons “suspected of links to Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi” were the target of the air raid – something flatly denied by local residents.
Two Baghdad children lob grenade at American patrol, killing two invaders but dying in US return fire.
Two Iraqi children died as martyrs on Thursday after killing two American aggressor troops in the al-‘Amil neighborhood of Baghdad. A correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a nine-year-old threw a high explosives hand grenade on an American patrol as it was passing along one of the streets in the neighborhood, killing the two Americans. The children were not skilled or trained in the use of the weapon, however, and so to deliver it to its target they approached very close to the US patrol.
After the explosion they were immediately caught by American gunfire as the US troops routinely open fire indiscriminately in every direction after coming under attack. The nine-year-old and his eight-year-old companion were both killed instantly when the hail of US bullets cut them down.
Mafkarat al-Islam comments that the report reflects the reality of Iraq today in battle against the occupation, where weapons of war are readily available throughout the country such that they are a familiar sight even to small children. There have been cases where children have even threatened their teachers that they would blow up their cars or throw hand grenades at them if they don’t give them passing marks on exams.
Resistance to the occupation has become a part of the very identity of the Iraqi, even of the very young, who take after their brothers and sisters in Palestine that grow up with rocks in their hands ready to be hurled in the face of the invader.
Resistance assassinates collaborationist Major General.
Iraqi Resistance fighters on Friday assassinated a retired Iraqi Army major general who had been collaborating with the US aggressor forces.
Captain Ahmad Subhi of the Iraqi puppet police said that Major General Salim Majid Balish, 58 years old, who was supreme commander of the Iraqi army formed by the American aggressors was liquidated in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul. Captian Subhi told the American Associated Press (AP) that Sami Nuri, one of Balish’s neighbors, was also killed in the Resistance assassination attack.
The AP reported that Balish was in charge of the military hiring office for the US invaders, a post that the occupation authorities established in Mosul to search for Iraqis willing to work for the aggressors who occupy their country.
Two members of the al-Basrah provincial puppet council resign after receiving death threats.
Two members of the puppet provincial council of al-Basrah, the second largest city in Iraq (550km south of Baghdad) have announced their resignation from the council after receiving death threats.
Engineer Majid Hilal at-Tamimi and Salih Isma‘il Najm, the Chairman of the Pronvicial Building Committee announced their withdrawal from the 48-member council. In a statement quoted by Agence France Presse (AFP), at-Tamimi said that he had “suspended” his membership in the puppet council in protest against the assassination of the governor-elect Hazim al-‘Aynji and because the death threats, which he said were issued by different factions and individuals vying to grab the office of puppet governor.
Despite threats against captive employees, Kuwaiti company plans to continue work for the US occupation in Iraq.
A Kuwaiti transport company declared on Friday that it is carrying on talks with a view to securing the release of seven of its employees who are being held captive by a detachment of the Iraqi Resistance. It said, however, that it would not leave Iraq.
Earlier, the Resistance detachment, the Secret Islamic Army, the Black Banners Brigade, threatened to kill the hostages – three Indians, two Kenyans, and one Egyptian, if their Kuwaiti employer fails to halt its operations in Iraq in service to the US occupation.
Sa‘id Dishti, president of the company League of Kuwait and the Gulf for Transport told Reuters that they would not withdraw their operations from occupied Iraq. He said, “our company will continue, but there are negotiations underway on high levels with the participation of diplomats and security people.” He said that there were talks on-going with the kidnappers.
The Black Banners threatened to begin beheading the hostages starting Saturday if the Kuwaiti firm does not pull out of Iraq. The organization also called on India, Kenya and Egypt to withdraw their nationals from Iraq.
Later on Friday the Secret Islamic Army, Black Banners Brigade announced a new deadline for the Kuwaiti company that employs the six hostages to withdraw from Iraq. The Black Banners gave the Kuwaiti firm an additional 48 hours, but added the demand that Kuwait and the US release Iraqi prisoners they hold. It also called on the Kuwaiti firm to pay compensation to the families of victims of the occupation in al-Fallujah.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV released a video from the Black Banners Brigade of the Secret Islamic Army giving the Kuwaiti company 48 more hours to meet their demands.
In response to the Resistance group’s demands, Kenya on Thursday appealed to its citizens in Iraq to come home and called on those in Kenya not to go to the occupied country.
Resistance group holds No. 3 man in Egyptian Embassy hostage.
A Resistance group calling itself the Lions of God Brigade announced on Friday that it is holding Muhammad Mamduh Hilmy Qutb, the No. 3 man in the Egyptian Embassy in Baghdad. Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that the Brigades announcement that they hold the Egyptian diplomat came in response to statements by Ahmad Nazif, the Egyptian Prime Minister in which he pledged his country’s readiness to provide its expertise in the security field to the Iraqi puppet government installed by the USA.
Al-Jazeera broadcast a video of the hostage surrounded by Resistance fighters. The Qatari News Agency Qana reported the Egyptian diplomat as saying that he is being well-treated by the kidnappers.
Saturday, 24 July 2004.
Resistance uses ruse to direct US ‘friendly fire’ at American forces.
US forces sent three tanks against Iraqi Resistance forces late on Saturday in al-Fallujah. One of the tanks positioned itself on the first ring road in the al-‘Askari neighborhood. But at 10:00pm Saturday night, US aircraft bombed the position where the US tanks were located inflicting heavy losses on their own men and materiel, the extent of which was not reported.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the local residents say that the Iraqi Resistance had a hand in directing the deadly American “friendly fire” against their own forces.
Earlier in the day, they say, Resistance forces captured an Opel car in which were two persons who turned out to be American spies. The two were carrying metal disks, which they confessed, were used to direct air strikes at Resistance targets in the city. In order to check out whether or not that story was true, Resistance fighters took one of the disks and planted it inside a US check point that the Resistance overran earlier in the day (see earlier story below).
Later, after the US forces retook the checkpoint American aircraft came in to bomb, and continued to respond to the signal apparently transmitted by the disk, thereby striking the US forces at the retaken checkpoint, believing it to be a target designated by the spies.
The checkpoint in question is very close to al-‘Askari neighborhood, permitting a US tank to position itself on the first ring road of the area. The local Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent closed his report, posted at 11:50pm Saturday Mecca Time, by saying that the security situation was very unstable in the eastern part of al-Fallujah.
Resistance rockets US checkpoint on highway to al-Fallujah.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired four rockets at an American aggressor command point on the eastern approaches to al-Fallujah Saturday afternoon, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
The Resistance rockets slammed into a US checkpoint under the overpass in the main highway to Baghdad at 4:28pm Saturday afternoon, Mecca time, totally destroying the US outpost. Two Humvees and a number of US troops had been manning the position.
Precise figures on casualties were unavailable, but eyewitnesses nearby told the correspondent that they could at that moment see the black smoke rising from the two burning Humvees. Three US aircraft came to prowl the skies near where the checkpoint had been prior to its demolition by the Resistance attack.
The wreckage of the rockets visible on the scene indicated that the Resistance fired C-5-k rockets at the US outpost, a missile that is about one meter in length and is frequently employed by the Resistance in its operations against the American enemy.
Resistance bomb in al-Khalidiyah kills three US troops early Saturday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance explosive blew up under a small US patrol consisting of two Humvees in al-Khalidiyah at 1:30am Saturday morning. The blast, which went off in ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood of the town, totally destroyed the first Humvee and damaged the second. An official source in the local police told the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam that three US troops were killed in the explosion and four others wounded, most only lightly.
US air raids, snipers kill four, wound 12 Iraqis in ar-Ramadi.
Four Iraqis were killed and 12 others wounded, many of them severely, on Friday as US aircraft carried out a random bombardment in the city of ar-Ramadi. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that some of those casualties were victims of US snipers picking off civilians in the city.
Sabr Watban Muqtish, a truck driver from an-Nasiriyah who had come to ar-Ramadi to work was among those killed.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported Saturday afternoon that the fighting that had raged on the two previous days in the city had greatly diminished, but that US reinforcements continued to pour into the city as he wrote his report, (which was posted at 4:15pm Saturday, Mecca Time).
US acknowledges: Marine died of wounds on Friday.
In a statement issued Saturday, the US military admitted that one US Marine had died on Friday of wounds received in combat in al-Anbar Province, west of Baghdad. The American statement as usual provided no further details on the circumstances or location of the battle in which the Marine was fatally wounded. Al-Anbar is the province in which al-Fallujah, ar-Ramadi and other defiant cities are located.
Iraqi boy hurls grenade at US Humvee, kills two American troops Friday night.
An Iraqi boy threw a hand grenade at a US Humvee after sunset on Friday. The vehicle, with a number of US invasion troops aboard, was parked on the main road in the town of al-Khalidiyah. Two of the troops were killed instantly. The boy escaped from the area.
The boy lobbed the grenade at the Humvee when it was parked just 8 meters from a grocer’s. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Khalidiyah that the local people’s curiosity was aroused when they observed the boy sitting far away from his young companions. Some thought the boy might be an orphan. In fact, however, he was observing the movements of US patrols in preparation for his attack.
American troops hunted for the small boy in vain, launching a massive campaign of house-to-house raids and searches in the area of the attack. The searches, however, turned up nothing.
Iraqi Resistance bomb kills, wounds US troops in ad-Durah, Friday evening.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated an explosive under a US military foot patrol in Baghdad’s southern suburb of ad-Durah on Friday evening. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that the blast was a direct hit and left a number of dead and wounded Americans. The witnesses were unable to specify the exact number of casualties because US reinforcements quickly came up on the scene and cordoned it off, pushing the local people out of the area. Within 15 minutes they had cleared the area of the signs of the attack.
Resistance hits oil pipeline again.
Iraqi Resistance forces blew up an oil pipeline in northern Iraq on Saturday morning. Eye witness ‘Ali Muhammad as-Samarra’i told Reuters that he heard the explosion and saw fire erupt on the pipeline at a point directly northwest of the town of Samarra’, 100km north of Baghdad.
Talks on ending US siege of Samarra’ said deadlocked.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported on Saturday that negotiations between representatives of Samarra’ and US aggressor troops in an effort to end the US blockade on their city had reached a deadlock and appeared on the verge of collapse. The city’s negotiators have visions of the siege of al-Fallujah on their minds, as the conditions laid down by US forces so far have been obviously impossible for them to meet. The US behaved in the same way at the beginning of their campaign against al-Fallujah in the spring of this year.
Resistance bomb blows up US personnel carrier south of Samarra’.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US transport loaded with American troops on Saturday south of Samarra’. Eyewitnesses told the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam that US troops sealed off the area after the attack, preventing local people from passing through. Witnesses said they saw more than 14 motionless bodies being transported out of the area, but it was unknown whether they were alive or dead.
A source in the Iraqi puppet police reported Saturday that Resistance fighters attacked a puppet police station at ‘Atk, west of the city of ad-Diwaniyah, which is south of Baghdad. The Resistance attack took place after noon on Saturday and left two puppet policemen dead and five others wounded, the puppet police said.
Brigadier General ‘Abd al-Wahhab Salihi, commander of the ad-Diwaniyah puppet police told a German Press Agency (DPA) correspondent that the Resistance attacked a patrol of the puppet police and puppet so-called “national guard” with various weapons.
He said that a fierce battle ensued that lasted for about two hours. He claimed that three Resistance fighters were also killed.
A home and three shops were damaged in the fighting, two so-called “national guard” cars were set ablaze and one civilian car in the area was damaged. This was the second such battle in two months in that area.
Puppet “ministry” official kidnapped on Saturday.
A spokesman of the puppet so-called “interior ministry” of the Iraqi puppet regime said on Saturday that Iraqi Resistance forces had kidnapped the head of an Iraqi government company as his car was heading to his place of work from his home in a Baghdad neighborhood.
Reuters quoted Colonel ‘Adnan ‘Abd ar-Rahman of the puppet so-called “ministry” that Ra’id ‘Adnan Mahmud, the Manager of al-Mansur Contracting Company was kidnapped after Resistance fighters stopped his car on a crowded street in az-Zuyunah neighborhood in southeastern Baghdad.
Al-Mansur is the biggest Iraqi government contracting company and has implemented many of the projects undertaken by the Iraqi puppet regime’s “ministries” including work with the “housing ministry” in Baghdad, and building barracks for the puppet “Iraqi army” being put together by the US aggressors.
In addition to al-Mansur, Ra’id ‘Adnan Mahmud also holds a prominent place in the puppet so-called “housing and construction ministry” set up by the occupation.
A number of Iraqi puppet government officials have been assassinated in recent weeks, including a general director in the puppet so-called “defense ministry” and another director from the so-called “ministry of industry” appointed by the US aggressors.
Kurdish collaborator Jalal Talibani visits “Israel,” meets Sharon.
A Palestinian paper has reported that Kurdish collaborator and chauvinist leader, Jalal Talibani, visited “Israel” at the beginning of last week and met there with criminal Zionist leader Ariel Sharon and other officials.
The Jerusalem newspaper al-Manar reported that Talibani met with Sharon on his occupied farmstead in the an-Naqab (“Negev”) area of southern occupied Palestine. Also on hand for the meeting was Zionist defense minister Shaul Mofaz. Talibani also held talks with other “Israeli” officials.
Al-Manar said that the visit came in the context of preparations for the declaration of a nomninally independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq – a state which would be in fact a protectorate of the US and Zionists.
Al-Manar reported that a three-man “Israeli” security team, headed by the No. 2 man in the Zionist foreign intelligence service, the Mossad, visited northern Iraq recently, having spent a full day on a Turkish military base.