Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 5 August 2004 through Saturday, 7 August 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Thursday, 5 August 2004.
Resistance fires three rockets at US camp near al-Fallujah.
Iraqi Resistance forces launched three missiles on the US headquarters camp Tariq near al-Fallujah on Thursday according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. Camp Tariq is located between al-Fallujah and the al-Haswah area.
Meanwhile, the city itself was relatively quiet for the past two days.
Mortar shells crash near foreign occupation compound in Baghdad Thursday night.
Loud mortar blasts shook central Baghdad late Thursday and a column of thick, black smoke rose close to the Sheraton and Palestine Hotels, in a heavily guarded complex where many foreign mercenaries, contractor profiteers, and foreign journalists working for the occupation live.
Reuters correspondents based near the compound heard at least three blasts followed by automatic weapons fire at about 11:15pm Thursday, local time.
Journalists inside the guarded compound spoke to colleagues by telephone and said that at least two mortar shells landed in the area, but claimed that there were no casualties.
Muqtada as-Sadr reimposes cease-fire with US aggressor forces after spokesmen announce it had “come to an end.”
Supporters of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr reversed themselves Thursday evening, and contradicted everything said throughout the day to the effect that the truce between themselves and the occupation forces had come to an end.
After a day of extensive fighting between the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Muqtada as-Sadr, and the US and British aggressors, Reuters reported Mahmud as-Sudani a spokesman for as-Sadr in an-Najaf, as saying, “as-Sadr on Thursday called for the resumption of the cease-fire.”
Accordingly, as-Sudani said, the as-Sadr Office had issued an announcement saying that they would abide by the cease-fire that was agreed on in June.
As-Sudani’s statements flatly contradicted earlier statements by pro-as-Sadr spokesmen. Earlier in the day, the spokesman for Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr Baghdad, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Hadi ad-Darraji, announced on Thursday that the cease had collapsed. Ad-Darraji stated that the agreement had come to an end because of the actions of the occupation and that the situation had begun to “deteriorate.”
US helicopter downed as Jaysh al-Mahdi battles US troops in an-Najaf during the day Thursday.
Fierce fighting raged on Thursday near 1920 Square in downtown an-Najaf between US aggressor troops and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr. Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that American helicopter gunships were taking part in the battles that had, as of 10:40am Thursday Mecca time, left two people dead and several others wounded. Local residents fear that the number of civilian casualties is likely to grow.
The US forces are using helicopters, armored vehicles, while the Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters do battle with mortars, rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), heavy machine guns, and automatic weapons. American helicopter gun ships were observed firing their machine guns at Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen taking cover in the city cemetery. The Jaysh al-Mahdi was able to shoot down one of the US choppers.
By early afternoon, US invader spokesmen acknowledged that a US helicopter had been shot down in an-Najaf, but gave no further details. Al-Jazeera had earlier reported that an American military helicopter had crashed into the city cemetery. A later report said that the crew had been injured and was taken to hospital.
Shaykh Mahmud as-Sudani, a spokesman for Muqtada as-Sadr in an-Najaf, denounced the US aggressors, saying that the American forces and the Iraqi puppet police were the ones who began the attacks.
Meanwhile, the puppet governor of an-Najaf ‘Adnan az-Zarafi stated that the Iraqi puppet police had requested the US aggressor troops to help them on Thursday after they failed on Wednesday to defeat the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia. Az-Zarafi, taking cover behind American guns, threatened the Jaysh al-Mahdi with “painful consequences” if they did not surrender to the invaders and their stooges.
Jaysh al-Mahdi in al-Basrah “declare war” on the British occupation troops.
Supporters of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in the southern Iraqi city of al-Basrah “declared war” on the British occupation forces on Thursday after they arrested four members of the as-Sadr faction in the city.
According to Agence France Presse (AFP), Shaykh Sa‘d al-Basri issued a statement from the as-Sadr Office in which he said, “we declare that we will continue the war only against the foreign forces and not against the [puppet] police or the remaining Iraqi [puppet] forces. But if the Iraqi forces join with the occupation forces then we will respond with fury.”
Al-Basri said that the British forces broke the truce that had held between the Anglo-American occupation and the Shi‘i establishment for several weeks, when on Wednesday they raided one of the as-Sadr Offices in the city and arrested four workers there without charge or explanation.
Al-Basri said that this arrest escalated the crisis between the Jaysh al-Mahdi and the occupation that has broken out into open fighting in an-Najaf.
He said that a brief clash with British forces had taken place on the University Bridge in the northern part of the city, killing three Jaysh al-Mahdi members and wounding three others as well as disabling two British Landrovers. A British aggressor spokesman could not confirm al-Basri’s statement, but said that the British troops had been attacked three times but had suffered no losses. Later a British spokeswoman told Agence France Presse (AFP) that three Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen had been killed in a 15-minute battle in al-Basrah. She denied that any British troops were injured.
Al-Basrah’s puppet police chief Brigadier General Muhammad Kazim al-‘Ali reported that he had held discussions with the as-Sadr Office and asked them to calm the situation in the city, but he said they refused, and demanded in return that the puppet police not interfere if they should attack the British occupation forces in the city.
Salam ‘Awdah, Deputy Governor for Administrative Affairs and representative of Muqtada as-Sadr in al-Basrah said that it was the British forces that had broken the truce and crossed the red lines. He said, “we held talks with the British to try to secure the release of the four whom they arrested, but we failed because the British forces didn’t respond to these demands.” ‘Awdah said that they refused even to declare the reason for the arrest of the four or to announce the charges against them.
AFP reported from the city that British invader troops were deploying their forces, in a number of neighborhoods of the city in anticipation of any eventuality.
Five killed, 21 injured as Iraqi Resistance car bomb strikes puppet police station south of Baghdad Thursday morning.
Eyewitnesses and Iraqi puppet police reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded on Thursday morning in front of a puppet police station in the southern part of Baghdad. Medical sources told the BBC that at least five persons were killed in the bombing. News reports list 21 people as injured.
The Resistance bombing took place in the town of al-Mahawil, near al-Hillah, 70km from Baghdad.
Iraqi puppet “ministry” uncovers documents proving US doctors aided torturers in Abu Ghurayb.
Sources in the US-installed Iraqi puppet so-called “ministry of labor and social affairs” that supervises Abu Ghurayb prison have announced that they have discovered important documents proving that doctors and medical staff working with the American occupation troops participated in the torture of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghurayb prison.
The puppet “ministry” sources said that the medical employees provided medical files on those being called for interrogation to the interrogators who then used them to focus on the medical weakpoints of each prisoner. Most of the crimes committed in Abu Ghurayb prison were in fact carried out on the basis of medical documents. According to the Bahraini newspaper Akhbar al-Khalij, the medical records and statements indicate that the doctors provided falsified reports to cover up stitches they did of wounds inflicted during torture, of treatment they gave to prisoners who suffered collapses as a result of such treatment, and of visits they paid to sick prisoners whose reproductive organs were injured by torture.
The ministry sources indicated that the medical documents prove that two American doctors provided pain killers to a prisoner one of his hands had been cut off in the course of torture. But neither doctor reported the torture, or pointed out the reason why the prisoner lost his hand.
The documents show that a female nurse was called in to treat a prisoner in a state of panic as a result of intense torture. But she also failed to inform any official of the case.
The medical documents also attest to the fact that the cause of death of a number of prisoners was falsified by doctors who changed the “cause of death” from torture to “cardiovascular disease.”
For its part, the Iraqi Federation of Doctors has stated that the participation of American doctors in the torture of Iraqi detainees is a glaring violation of all international medial agreements, including the Tokyo World Medical Declaration of 1975 that prohibits doctors from taking part in any way in torture, as well as the Hippocratic Oath itself. The Doctors Federation noted that racist and fascist regimes had involved doctors in the torture of patients, pointing out that the falsification of the medical records of tortured prisoners was also practiced in racist South Africa.
Resistance kills Turkish truck driver in attack in northern Iraq. Two more Turks taken hostage.
The Turkish Anadolu News Agency announced on Thursday that a Turkish truck driver, was killed in an Iraqi Resistance attack in northern Iraq and that two other Turkish drivers were captured by Resistance fighters. The head of the oil company that employed the driver who was killed told the man’s widow that her husband’s body was currently in a Mosul hospital.
A Turkish embassy representative in Baghdad reported that the Resistance attack took place in northern Iraq, 70km from the Turkish border.
The two new Turkish hostages were taken as they were on their way back to Turkey, having delivered the cargo carried in their trucks to Baghdad, according to their boss who spoke to the Turkish news agency.
Iranian illegal immigrants arrested in Samarra’.
A source in the Iraqi puppet police in Tikrit announced on Thursday that 21 Iranians who entered Iraq illegally had been arrested in the city of Samarra’. Colonel Muhammad al-Jabburi of the Felony Crimes Department in the puppet police in Tikrit told the German Press Agency (DPA) that those arrested had no official documents proving that they had entered Iraq legally.
Shaykh Muthanna ad-Darri said released after Americans arrested him on Sunday night.
Iraqi Shaykh ‘Abd al-Ghaffur as-Samarra’i, a member of the Sunni Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ and the Acting General Director of Islamic and Welfare Institutions, told Agence France Presse (AFP) on Thursday that the US aggressor troops had released Muthanna Harith ad-Darri, the son of the Chairman of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’. As-Samarra’i said that ad-Darri was in good health and that he would return to the Umm al-Qura Mosque, headquarters of the Board. It was hoped that ad-Darri would then organize a press conference to discuss his arrest.
US aggressor troops arrested ad-Darri late on Sunday night, 1 August 2004, as he was returning from an appearance on the Lebanese satellite TV station LBC. Muthanna ad-Darri is the official spokesman of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ and has organized many press conferences to explain the Board’s positions and policies.
Friday, 6 August 2004.
Resistance shells US military base, fires at reconnaissance aircraft in al-Fallujah area Friday.
The US military base located east of as-Saqlawiyah in the al-Fallujah area came under Iraqi Resistance mortar barrage on Friday. According to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, a number of shells landed in the environs of the US camp, while a number of others landed outside the camp perimeter, but caused no harm to Iraqi civilians.
The correspondent was unable to determine whether those shells that landed inside the camp had hit their targets or not, nor was any information on American casualties available.
Meanwhile, US aircraft carried out two attempted reconnaissance flights over al-Fallujah using unmanned drone craft but both American efforts were frustrated by anti-aircraft fire unleashed by the Resistance. The US was trying to locate centers of Resistance defense and Resistance mortar emplacements in the city. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent wrote that one of the two attempted overflights took place a half an hour before sunset Mecca time.
Resistance fires mortars at puppet “ministry” buildings in Baghdad.
Buildings housing the offices of several puppet so-called “Iraqi government ministries” came under Iraqi Resistance mortar attack on Friday evening. Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that the “ministry of petroleum,” the “ministry of culture,” and the “ministry of youth and sports” were all targeted by the Resistance bombardment. There was no word on the extent of damage.
Eleven US troops found with throats slit in central al-Qa’im Friday.
Residents of the town of al-Qa’im on the border with Syria awoke on Friday to find the bodies of 11 US aggressor troops, one of them a captain lying in the center of town. All had been butchered according to a report filed by a correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. Residents of the town told the correspondent that a car coming from the area of ar-Rummanah dumped the bodies in the town center and then took off to the west.
US forces then closed off al-Qa’im, a small town, but did not immediately retrieve the bodies out of fear that they might have been booby trapped or might be bait for an ambush. The Americans called in a helicopter that carried a steel cage. The bodies were transferred to the cage using devices operated by the crew aboard the helicopter and they were then taken to the US base in al-Qa’im.
An American patrol was attacked at dawn yesterday in the ar-Rummanah area, leaving two Humvees and an amphibious armored vehicle destroyed. The latter vehicle is used under special circumstances by the Americans. The residents of ar-Rummanah had no information on the number of dead or wounded Americans since more US forces came after the battle and any dead and wounded were taken away.
Fighting resumes Friday between Muqtada as-Sadr forces and US invaders in an-Najaf.
US forces and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr battled in the streets of an-Najaf again on Friday, despite as-Sadr’s call late Thursday to return to the cease-fire.
US helicopter gunships fired rockets at members of militias supporting as-Sadr who were taking cover in the city cemetery. The BBC reported that smoke could be seen rising into the skies over an-Najaf as a result of the fighting and explosions, as the city remained cut off from electricity and telephone service.
An occupation military base near an-Najaf that they call “Camp Golf,” was hit by Jaysh al-Mahdi mortar fire early Friday, while rounds fired at a base housing Ukrainian troops missed their target, according to a Polish military spokesman, who said that there were no casualties in those attacks.
On Thursday Muqtada as-Sadr called for a return to the cease-fire agreed on by his forces and those of the US aggressors in June, which had been broken by the aggressors on Thursday. The fiercest fighting in a month raged most of Thursday between the two sides. At least seven Iraqis and one American soldier were killed in the battles. Two Americans were wounded when their helicopter was shot down.
Jaysh al-Mahdi battles US troops with skill and flexibility.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported at 3:28pm Mecca time Friday that US occupation troops had headed for 1920 Street via the Wadi Cemetery in an-Najaf after fierce fighting between themselves and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.
Eyewitnesses said that US helicopters violently shelled the as-Salam [Peace] Cemetery near the tomb of the Imam ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib in central an-Najaf. Plumes of smoke were seen rising from the area. The streets of the city were empty with no one daring to leave their homes as fighting raged for the second straight day.
Although US forces used the armored vehicles and Humvees that it had amassed in the hours leading up to their confrontation with the militia loyal to Muqtada as-Sadr, the Jaysh al-Mahdi was able to pull back to positions that offered greater security as they prepared for the next round of battle with US troops.
By the afternoon, American troops had occupied positions near the headquarters of Muqtada as-Sadr in an-Najaf but were thrown into considerable confusion by a tactical withdrawal by the Jaysh al-Mahdi.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam writes that the militia is fighting with considerable shrewdness and flexibility, drawing the American occupation troops into various areas and then exhausting them in battle. When the US troops reach a stage of feeling that they have to a degree overcome the Jaysh al-Mahdi in one location, fighting breaks out somewhere else.
Muqtada as-Sadr’s popularity soars among Shi‘i youth as Jaysh al-Mahdi battles invader troops, and Sunni-Shi‘i fighting unity expand.
After spending the last two days visiting the predominantly Shi‘i cities of an-Nasiriyah, an-Najaf, and Karbala’, a correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that it was clear that most of the country’s Shi‘i youth have come to regard Muqtada as-Sadr as a man unwilling to submit to the occupation forces and ready to confront them with what force he has available.
As a result, in cities throughout southern Iraq, many of those Shi‘i youths, the descendants of Iraqi Arab tribes, have been flocking to as-Sadr offices to sign up with the Jaysh al-Mahdi.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent writes that in an-Nasiriyah and Karbala’, Muqtada as-Sadr and his supporters used to be rejected and subjected to sever pressure by the rest of the Shi‘i population. But now, the youth of an-Nasiriyah sport as-Sadr’s portrait on their shirts. Some put a large portrait of as-Sadr on the gates to the city of an-Nasiriyah, and wrote under it, “al-Fallujah is Iraq,” expressing their total solidarity with the Resistance in the predominantly Sunni city of al-Fallujah.
The correspondent reports that the Jaysh al-Mahdi sent a detachment of seven fighters to join the Resistance in al-Fallujah, and the people of al-Fallujah dispatched 40 of their fighters to bolster the Jaysh al-Mahdi. The result was that the Jaysh al-Mahdi was able to develop more sophisticated tactics in dealing with the American aggressors, in particular in sparking numerous clashes with the aggressors, preventing them from massing their forces and wearing them down.
Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters went to al-Fallujah intermittently and were able to evacuate many Sunni families out of the danger zone to the relative safety of Baghdad where they provided them good accommodations and an atmosphere of welcome and solidarity.
An important delegation of Muqtada as-Sadr’s followers is expected to arrive in al-Fallujah to meet the city’s notables and the leaders of the Resistance there. They are also to take part in the board of judges who will decide the fate of one of the major spies, a member of the Shi‘i collaborationist Badr Brigades, captured in the city while treacherously serving the occupation forces.
The spy was caught placing specially designed computer disks in locations in al-Fallujah, Karbala’, ar-Ramadi, and Baghdad which would send signals that would direct US aircraft to centers of the Resistance so they could be bombed.
The fact that a board of judges is being formed, made up of local (Sunni) religious authorities from al-Fallujah as well as Shi‘i followers of Muqtada as-Sadr, to deal with the case of the treacherous spy testifies to the depth and continuity of cooperation and solidarity between the Resistance of al-Fallujah and the Jaysh al-Mahdi.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam writes that it is also expected that the Muqtada as-Sadr delegation will hold discussions in al-Fallujah with members of the Sunni Resistance there concerning how to develop their coordination still further so that they can bring even greater power to bear on the American aggressors on every level.
US uses treacherous collaborator unit to strike at Jaysh al-Mahdi from behind.
A local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported on Friday that members of the so-called Bravo Division, formed by the US aggressors from among the followers of notorious collaborationist Shi‘i clerics Baqir al-Hakim and Ibrahim al-Ja‘fari, have infiltrated into an-Najaf where they are treacherously attacking the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia of Muqtada as-Sadr, as the as-Sadr forces battle the US aggressor troops.
The correspondent writes that the Bravo Division collaborators sneaked into an-Najaf in civilian dress pretending to be Shi‘i sympathizers with Muqtada as-Sadr going to the aid of his forces. In fact, however, they turn their guns at the backs of the Jaysh al-Mahdi as it fights the US invaders.
The correspondent writes that the Bravo Division has provided repeated services to the US aggressors. On Thursday, for example, as the Jaysh al-Mahdi was pushing forward towards the eastern outskirts of an-Najaf, Bravo Division collaborator troops circled around the militiamen, forming an arc and opening fire on the Jaysh al-Mahdi in support of the American aggressors.
Bravo Division provided great help to the aggressors in an-Nasiriyah as well where the Jaysh al-Mahdi is now battling Italian aggressors. Prior to this, the Bravo collaborators were able to penetrate the ranks of the local Iraqi Resistance (which, the correspondent writes, is 90 percent Shi‘i, and 10 percent Sunni). The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent writes that no less than 80 percent of the arrests of Iraqi Resistance fighters in an-Nasiriyah came about as a result of the treachery of the Bravo Division, greatly lessening the difficulties facing the Italian aggressor troops in an-Nasiriyah, after they had been under severe Resistance pressure for two months.
When US strategy calls for Bravo to operate in the north or west of Iraq where the local Shi‘i population is lower, followers of Jalal Talibani’s collaborationist Kurdish chauvinist party fill out the ranks of the unit.
Jaysh al-Mahdi casualty numbers widely disputed.
In a statement to Reuters on Friday, Ra’id al-Kazimi, a spokesman for the Jaysh al-Mahdi, said that the organization had lost 36 fighters killed in two days of fighting occupation troops in various parts of the country.
For their part a propaganda mouthpiece for the US occupation, Lieutenant Colonel Gary Johnston of the Marine Corps, asserted that the Jaysh al-Mahdi had lost 300 killed, while the puppet governor of an-Najaf, ‘Adnan az-Zarafi, claimed in a statement on al-Jazeera that the Jaysh al-Mahdi had lost 400 killed in its latest battles with the Americans. He furthers asserted that the US aggressors had captured 1,000 Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen.
Jaysh al-Mahdi battles Italian invader troops in an-Nasiriyah.
An Italian aggressor spokesman reported on Friday that Italian invader forces clashed with Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in the city of an-Nasiriyah in the early hours of Friday. Tensions remained high into the day.
The Italian occupation forces announced that the Jaysh al-Mahdi launched more than 12 attacks against them starting shortly after midnight. The militiamen fired rockets, mortars, and light arms at Italian aggressor patrols and the main installations set up by the occupation such as the electric power station and the puppet police station.
The senior Italian military occupation spokesman told Reuters that the night was extremely tense for the Italians in the heart of an-Nasiriyah and that they were still on high alert.
The Resistance also attacked a puppet police station in the city, prompting the local puppet governor to call for Italian military support.
‘Abd al-Khadr at-Tahir, a spokesman for the puppet so-called “Iraqi interior ministry” said that the fighting, which lasted until dawn Friday, killed eight Iraqis, including five Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen, and wounded 13 others.
Italian forces control downtown an-Nasiriyah and the bridges in the city. The spokesman said that the Italian aggressors were attempting to contact the Jaysh al-Mahdi via the puppet city governor’s office.
For its part, the Jaysh al-Mahdi announced that it had destroyed four Italian armored trucks in the fighting – a claim denied by the Italian spokesman.
Three US aggressor troops admitted killed in an-Najaf fighting Thursday.
The US military admitted on Friday that two American Marine invaders were killed and 12 others wounded in an-Najaf in battles with the Jaysh al-Mahdi on Thursday, according to a report carried by al-Jazeera satellite TV. The US statement said that the two belonged to the 11th Reconnaissance unit.
Later another American military spokesman admitted that one US Army soldier had also been killed in an-Najaf on Thursday.
Muqtada as-Sadr: America is our enemy.
In a sermon read on his behalf in the al-Kufah Mosque, Muqtada as-Sadr blamed the United States for the violence in Iraq. The puppet so-called “interim government” had called America “our partner,” as-Sadr said. “I say America is our enemy and the enemy of the people, and we will not accept its partnership.”
Regardless, as-Sadr’s aides called again on Friday for a return to the truce. Some asked for the United Nations and Iraq’s puppet so-called “interim government” to stop the violence. That latter approach in particular was unlikely to bear fruit as the puppet “government” said Friday that it would not tolerate independent militias, including the Jaysh al-Mahdi.
The militias “are considered criminal and terrorist groups that we do not condone and that we will fight,” said Georges Sada, mouthpiece for the US-appointed so-called “interim Prime Minister” Iyyad ‘Allawi. “We will fight them and will not allow their criminal actions in the various cities, irrespective of who they are or how big they are,” Sada fulminated, as US, British, and other invader troops, and not the powerless stooge regime, were obviously the ones fighting the militias.
“From our side we did not want to escalate the situation, because the situation in an-Najaf affects that of other Shi‘i areas,” Mahmud as-Sudani, a spokesman of as-Sadr in Baghdad, told reporters. “But the actions of the American troops have enraged the sons of these cities.”
Thirty British tanks storm southern city of al-‘Amarah trying to beat back Jaysh al-Mahdi offensive.
After being bettered in fierce fighting with the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, British aggressor forces in the city of al-‘Amarah, in southeastern Iraq were relieved when thirty British tanks stormed into the city after noon on Friday.
A correspondent for Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that the British armor entered al-‘Amarah by way of Abu Rummanah, the western entrance to the city; and by way of the ar-Risalah neighborhood, the southern entrance to the city. As of early evening, the tanks were positioned on the main intersection in the Hittin neighborhood, on the west bank of the city. The AFP correspondent reported that fighting was underway between the British with their tank reinforcements and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in the area.
The Jaysh al-Mahdi appeared to be pulling out of the puppet police stations they had occupied on Thursday night and in which they remained until 4:00pm local time Friday. But the Jaysh al-Mahdi continued to pour mortar fire on the offices of the local governor and the as-Simak building along the Tigris River where British forces are gathered.
Resistance attacks US convoy near Samarra’ at dawn Friday.
In Samarra’, 60 miles north of Baghdad, Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a convoy of 10 US Humvees at dawn, witnesses said. US helicopters fired rockets at Resistance positions, and the US convoy fled.
Three US armored vehicles destroyed in fighting south of Baghdad on Thursday.
Violent battles erupted on Thursday between members of the Iraqi Resistance and US occupation forces to the south of Baghdad according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. In the course of the fighting, three US amphibious armored vehicles were totally destroyed when the Resistance opened up on them with rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs).
Eyewitnesses reported that no one ever came out of one of the armored vehicles, indicating that the entire crew was probably killed in the Resistance attack. The complete casualty toll from the attack was not available, however, because US forces closed off the area after the attack for a period of three full hours.
Iraqi puppet forces replace chief of staff suspected of helping Resistance.
Quds Press quotes informed sources in Iraq as saying that the puppet so-called “Iraqi ministry of defense” has appointed Staff Lieutenant General Muhammad ‘Abd al-Qadir ‘Abd ar-Rahman the new chief of staff of the puppet army, after the ‘Amir al-Hashimi’s dismissal from that post. The sources told Quds Press that the puppet “ministry of defense” had decided to get rid of al-Hashimi by transferring him to an advisory post in the “ministry” after he was accused of appointing an officer who had contacts with the Iraqi Resistance. Rumors also circulated that al-Hashimi was himself supplying intelligence information from the “ministry” and the US occupation troops to the Resistance.
US troop transfers to Iraq from south Korea begin, as American occupation feels increased pressure.
In a desperate effort to bolster its crumbling occupation of Iraq, the US dispatched 600 troops from an airbase in south Korea to Kuwait on Thursday. In all, Washington has said it plans to transfer some 3,600 US troops from south Korea to Iraq as its troops in Iraq become seriously over stretched. In all, the US says it plans to withdraw more than one third of its 37,000 troops on the Korean peninsula by December 2005. Currently the 37,000 US troops occupy south Korea in an on-going effort to keep the peninsula divided.
Saturday, 7 August 2004.
Ten explosions shake “green zone” in Baghdad Saturday night.
The American Associated Press (AP) reported Saturday night that ten explosions shook the Republican Palace compound – dubbed the “green zone” by US aggressors – in downtown Baghdad. Reuters reported that the series of explosions in the “green zone” headquarters of the US occupation probably was the result of the Iraqi Resistance firing 10 rockets at the area.
Warning sirens wailed in the tightly guarded American occupation compound, but the invaders as usual made no public disclosure of casualties as a result of the Resistance barrage.
Resistance fires rocket-propelled grenades at US aggressors north of al-Fallujah late Saturday afternoon.
At about 6:40pm Mecca time Saturday three explosions were heard north of the city of al-Fallujah, specifically, north of the railroad tracks where a road used by the US aggressors runs, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam who was close to the scene of the explosions at the time. The correspondent wrote that the blasts were probably the sound of rocket-propelled grenades that the Resistance fired at US aggressor troops.
Resistance bombing kills four American troops southwest of Samarra’ Saturday.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded Saturday morning by a US military patrol in the ad-Dulu‘iyah area, southwest of the city if Samarra’. The Resistance blast flipped over and completely burned one Humvee, and knocked another one out of commission.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in Samarra’ reported eyewitnesses as saying that three US soldiers were killed in the burned up Humvee, and that a fourth was killed in the Humvee that was damaged. It appeared that he was sitting in the back seat of that vehicle at the time of the blast.
Resistance mortar barrage targets “green zone” in Baghdad Saturday.
An Iraqi puppet security spokesman admitted that at least five persons were wounded when two Iraqi Resistance mortar shells landed in the middle of Baghdad on Saturday, one of them inside the Republican Palace grounds – the area dubbed the “green zone” by the US invaders, who have turned it into the headquarters of their occupation, the site of their massive embassy, and the offices of their Iraqi stooge officials. A third mortar shell landed outside the area that is under top security guard. Two clouds of smoke could be seen rising from the area after the Resistance barrage.
Salah Hasan, a member of the puppet protective services, claimed that one shell landed on a barrier in front of the offices of the Iraqi Olympic committee when students were presenting applications for acceptance into the sports academy. Agence France Presse (AFP) quoted Hasan as saying that two members of the puppet protective services and three students were injured.
The Iraqi Olympic committee offices are located outside the so-called “green zone” near the Iranian embassy.
Resistance attacks on the “green zone” are a nearly daily occurrence.
Iraqi puppet regime shuts down al-Jazeera for one month – to be extended if the satellite TV company fails to change its policies.
An official in the puppet so-called “Iraqi interior ministry” announced that the US-installed puppet regime had issued an order on Saturday to the al-Jazeera satellite TV company to close their offices in Baghdad for the period of one month. Reuters reported the puppet official as saying that the puppet “prime minister,” Iyyad ‘Allawi announced the order at a short press conference.
Last week the puppet so-called “interior minister” Falah an-Naqib had said that unnamed satellite TV companies were “encouraging kidnapping” by broadcasting scenes of hostages being threatened with execution. At a press conference on Saturday, an-Naqib said that the month-long closing was intended to make al-Jazeera “change its policy against Iraq.” He complained that al-Jazeera showed scenes of “crimes” committed in Iraq.
‘Allawi told the press conference that a committee had been formed to keep tabs on al-Jazeera for four weeks, and the committee decided that al-Jazeera’s offices should be shut down in Baghdad for a month “to protect the Iraqi people,” as he put it.
In an effort to impose controlls over al-Jazeera’s coverage, ‘Allawi added that “if al-Jazeera does not provide an explanation, the period of shut down will automatically be extended.”
Turkish transport company pulls out of Iraq to save hostages’ lives.
The Turkish transport company Atahan Lojistik on Saturday announced that it was stopping its activity in occupied Iraq and pulling out of the country, after Turkish television broadcast a video in which a Turkish truck driver hostage appeared urging his fellow drivers not to come to Iraq. The Anadolu news agency reported that Atahan was halting its activity in Iraq starting the same day (Saturday) in order to try to protect the lives of Turkish truck driver hostages being held in occupied Iraq.
On Friday the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced that three Turks were being held hostage in Iraq and that three others had been killed.