Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 8 August 2004 through Wednesday, 11 August 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice
Sunday, 8 August 2004.
Iraqi Resistance rocks US aggressors with six blasts targeting their “green zone” headquarters in Baghdad.
Six explosions shook central Baghdad late Sunday night. The blasts appeared to be centered on the Republican Palace – the vast compound occupied by the US command, the massive American and British embassies, and the stooge puppet “government” of Iraq and dubbed the “green zone” by the American invaders.
The American Associated Press (AP) reported that after the blasts plumes of smoke could be seen rising into the sky. Sirens wailed within the occupation “green zone” headquarters.
Four blasts struck consecutively. One explosion went off on the banks of the Tigris River, and another hit central Baghdad. It also sent up a cloud of smoke.
Several minutes following the explosions two more blasts shook the occupied Iraqi capital and then the sound of gunfire resounded.
Iraqi Resistance attacks on the “green zone” are virtually a daily occurrence and sirens are heard whenever Resistance mortar shells or rockets crash into the American compound.
Resistance bomb strikes US column north of al-Fallujah, Sunday night.
Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed a US military column north of al-Fallujah shortly before 10:30pm Mecca time, Sunday evening, according to a dispatch filed by the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. A roadside bomb exploded next to the US column as it was passing an area near the highway. Some 20 minutes later US forces had closed off the area and an American helicopter was prowling the skies over the area of the Resistance attack. The correspondent was unable to provide further information on the extent of US casualties due to the American closure of the area.
(For further details on this attack please read: “Resistance uses high-yield explosive in bomb attack near al-Fallujah Sunday,” in Iraqi Resistance Report for Monday, 9 August 2004.)
Resistance mortar barrage targets Baghdad hotel frequented by foreigners serving the occupation.
Eye witnesses reported that at least two Iraqi Resistance mortar rounds crashed into a street in downtown Baghdad on Sunday wounding at least three persons and setting fire to two cars. Reuters quoted the witnesses as saying that mortar shells exploded near a heavily guarded hotel in which foreigners serving the US occupation stay. They said that the wounded were quickly transported to hospital, and that at least one appeared to be in critical condition.
On Saturday evening a series of powerful blasts from 10 Iraqi Resistance mortar shells shook the area of the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace compound – what the US aggressors have dubbed “the green zone.”
Jaysh al-Mahdi militia shoots down US helicopter over Madinat as-Sadr in Baghdad.
Sources in the office of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in Baghdad reported on Sunday that a US aggressor helicopter had been shot down over the part of the city nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr. After the crash, a battle broke out around the wreckage.
Al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV reported from the area that the American helicopters was providing air cover for US troop movements on the outskirts of the Madinat as-Sadr area when Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen fired their weapons at the craft, bringing it down in the northern part of the area. Fierce fighting that lasted more than three hours broke out after the crash between US invader troops and Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen.
The al-‘Arabiyah correspondent reported that US troops closed off the area around the downed helicopter and deployed snipers in the area to prevent the media from approaching to cover the crash or film the wreckage of the aircraft.
Despite their strength, as of midday Sunday, US invader troops were still unable to penetrate Madinat as-Sadr and were compelled to lurk on its edges, where the Jaysh al-Mahdi is heavily deployed.
On Sunday a US military propaganda mouthpiece admitted that a Delta OH 35 helicopter had made an “emergency landing” near Madinat as-Sadr, but that the two-man crew was safe.
Puppet officer killed in Resistance bombing in Ba‘qubah.
Iraqi medical sources reported that an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded on Sunday in Ba‘qubah 60km northeast of Baghdad. The American Associated Press (AP) reported Dr. Mahir ‘Abid of Ba‘qubah Hospital as saying that the Resistance blast killed an officer in the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard,” a military group formed, trained, and armed by the US invaders.
Jaysh al-Mahdi militia battles Danish aggressor troops.
Military sources reported that Danish invader troops battled Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in al-Qurnah city, 235 miles southeast of Baghdad. Iraqi puppet police Colonel Karim Sadhan claimed that the fighting left seven Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen dead or wounded.
Denmark, a satellite of the United States, has a contingent of occupation soldiers in Iraq serving the US invaders.
US-dominated NATO alliance sends first contingent of “training officers” to occupied Iraq, as Washington pressures subservient NATO gangmembers to give America more protection from Resistance blows.
A spokesman for the American controlled NATO bloc announced on Sunday that a first wave of NATO military officers has been sent to occupied Iraq to begin “training” Iraqi puppet forces and to aid the US-installed Iraqi stooge regime to “construct a military establishment” loyal to the occupation and US-Zionist world hegemony.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported the NATO official as saying that four NATO officers left Napoli on Saturday, and that 45 other officers would join them at the end of the week. The spokesman claimed that the main job of the NATO officers would be to “give training inside and outside Iraq.”
The dispatch of the NATO officers was the source of considerable argument and discussion among rival NATO powers, all dominated by the United States, but some of which seek to carve out their own “spheres of influence” under the American umbrella. France, for example, opposed an American plan putting the NATO officers under the command of an officer who would report to NATO and also to an American General. In the end, the NATO regimes agreed to postpone the presentation of a report by the NATO delegation until 15 September, after their return from occupied Iraq.
Iraqi puppet government issues arrest warrants for corrupt CIA tools Ahmad Chelebi and Salim Chelbi.
The American Associated Press (AP) reported Sunday night that the US-installed puppet government in Baghdad has issued an arrest warrant for Ahmad Chelebi, long-time CIA agent and convicted embezzler; and his nephew Salim Chelebi, the president of the US-appointed court that presumes to judge President Saddam Hussein.
Iraqi Investigating Judge Zuhayr al-Maliki was quoted by al-Jazeera.net that Ahmad Chelebi was to be arrested in order to face questioning about charges of counterfeiting, while his nephew, Salim was to be arrested on the charge of murder. Judge al-Maliki said that the investigative departments would weigh the evidence they have so far received prior to bringing the two to trial should the evidence be sufficient to do so.
The warrant for the arrest of Ahmad Chelebi indicates that he is accused of involvement in the counterfeit of the “old” (i.e., pre-US invasion) Iraqi Dinar, and then hiding large amounts of the fake bills after the US invasion last year. Chelebi is accused of exchanging the amounts of counterfeited currency for new post-invasion Iraqi Dinars at money change centers located in many places along streets in the country. A portion of the counterfeited dinars and of “old” Iraqi currency were found in Chelebi’s house during raids by the US occupation authorities and their stooges in May 2004.
Salim Chelebi is charged with involvement in the murder of Haytham Faddali, the Director of the Iraqi puppet “Finance Ministry” in June 2004. He could face the death penalty if found guilty.
Al-Jazeera.net reported that the accusers of the Chelebis are presently located outside of Iraq.
Spokesman for Ahmad Chelebi, Haydar al-Musawi, declared to the press that the members of the so-called “Iraqi National Congress” had only learned of the arrest warrants for the Chelebis from news reports.
Both Chelebis were outside of Iraq, specifically in Iran, when the arrest warrants were issued.
Ahmad Chelebi, was convicted in absentia several years ago by Jordanian courts of massive embezzlement of US$30 million from a bank he once owned in Jordan. He is the head of the CIA- front organization known as the “Iraqi National Congress (INC),” and was one of the most prominent Iraqi stooges installed in Baghdad by the US invaders in spring 2003. In recent months, however, Ahmad Chelebi has come under increasing scrutiny and criticism from rival Iraqi puppet officials and, more significantly, from US officials who increasingly seek to use him as a scapegoat for “faulty intelligence” which, they allege, “tricked” US president George W. Bush into ordering the invasion and occupation of Iraq.
Ahmad Chelebi’s nephew, Salim Chelebi, also active in the CIA-supported INC, was recently accused of threatening the life of an Iraqi puppet official who prepared a report on Iraqi government assets that included information on the INC’s extensive theft of Iraqi government property under the protection of the US invasion forces. The whistle-blowing official, Haytham Fadil, was found murdered in May 2004. (See: “President of Court trying Saddam Hussein charged with involvement in murder,” in Iraqi Resistance Report for Wednesday, 4 August 2004.)
Monday, 9 August 2004.
Nighttime blasts shake “green zone” Monday night.
Eye witnesses reported hearing the sound of numerous explosions coming from the area of the heavily fortified US occupation headquarters – what the Americans have dubbed the “green zone” late on Monday night. Reuters reported that sirens wailed and ambulances raced about the US compound. It was unclear as to whether the blasts were the result of Resistance mortar fire or Resistance rockets. As usual, the Americans made no disclosure of casualties in incidents out of sight of reporters.
Six US troops killed in Resistance bombing in al-Khalidiyah Monday.
Three Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded at noon local time (11:00am Mecca time) as a US military patrol was passing towards al-Khalidiyah, west of Baghdad on Monday. According to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, the blasts totally destroyed one US Humvee and knocked an American tank out of commission. Puppet police sources in al-Khalidiyah told the correspondent that six US soldiers who were on the Humvee were killed in the attack.
Mortars, Grad rockets fired at “green zone” Monday evening.
Iraqi Resistance forces on Monday evening fired a barrage of Grad rockets at the US occupation headquarters in the so-called “green zone” as the Americans have dubbed the Iraqi Republican Palace. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that two Grad rockets and a number of 120mm mortar shells slammed into the area of the “green zone.” The explosive yield of the Grad is reportedly 20 times greater than that of ordinary rockets.
Resistance fires seven mortar shells at US camp near al-Fallujah.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven mortar rounds at the US aggressor base in the agricultural area near al-Fallujah at noon on Monday according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. The mortar shells were fired from beyond the industrial area and there was no immediate information as to whether the shells struck their targets or not. The US camp is a frequent target of Resistance mortar and rocket attack.
Resistance fires mortar barrage at US camp in al-Qa’im.
Iraqi Resistance forces on Monday morning unleashed a barrage of 120mm mortar rounds on the US base in the customs area (al-Husaybah) of the city of al-Qa’im on the Iraqi-Syrian border. According to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, clouds of black smoke were seen rising from the US camp, a sign that vehicles were sirectly hit by the shells.
Iraqi Resistance sharpshooter takes out American sniper on rooftop in al-Qa’im.
An Iraqi Resistance sharpshooter was able to kill an American sniper at about 4:30pm on Monday afternoon, Mecca time, in the city of al-Qa’im on the border with Syria. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the American sniper was hidden on top of a house in the city when an Iraqi sharpshooter took aim at him from another, nearby house and fired.
US aggressor troops immediately closed off the street on which the building was located and the correspondent had no information as to whether any arrests had been made.
US invader troops had begun to deploy snipers on rooftops in the city after the killing of 11 US soldiers, including one captain, on Friday, 6 August 2004.
Resistance uses high-yield explosive in bomb attack near al-Fallujah Sunday.
Two US Humvees were burned and destroyed completely when two Iraqi Resistance bombs blew up by a US troop column. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported Monday night that a truck driver who was near the blast said that two Humvees were burned. He said that only one person was seen getting out of one of the blazing Humvees. After that one escaped, the US troops stood back out of fear that they might be falling into an ambush. The truck driver said that two American soldiers in the group appeared to become hysterical and began shouting so much that he feared they might kill him.
The truck driver said he had seen between four and six men aboard each Humvee. The force of the blast was so great that the truck of that nearby driver was also damaged, though there was one Humvee separating him from the blast.
It appears that the explosive used in this Resistance attack is what the Resistance has dubbed the Austrian explosive, one of the strongest explosives available. It is so powerful that a blast on one side of the road can destroy cars traveling in the opposite direction on the other side of the road.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported this attack on Sunday night but without the details supplied here. (See “Resistance bomb strikes US column north of al-Fallujah, Sunday night,” in Iraqi Resistance Report, Sunday, 8 August 2004.
Resistance rocket totally destroys US tank near al-Khalidiyah, Sunday.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces fired a Katyusha rocket that totally destroyed a US tank that was traveling in an American column on its way to the main street in al-Khalidiyah, 75km west of Baghdad on Sunday.
US admits one Marine killed in al-Anbar Province.
The American Associated Press (AP) reported Monday morning that the US military had admitted that one Marine invader was killed in combat with the Iraqi Resistance in al-Anbar province. As usual, the US provided no further details on the precise location or date that the Marine was killed. They added only that he was a member of the 1st Marine Division.
Iraqi puppet “deputy governor” wounded in Resistance assassination attempt.
Iraqi puppet security sources reported on Monday morning that seven persons, including five Iraqi puppet policemen were killed, and 27 others, including an official in the US-installed Iraqi puppet “government” were wounded in a massive Iraqi Resistance car bombing in Ba‘qubah. The martyrdom bomber was among those reported dead. The attack occurred when ‘Aliq Hamid al-‘Udayli, the deputy governor of Diyala Province, was leaving home in Balad ar-Ruzz, east of Ba‘qubah.
General Dawud Mahmud of the puppet police told the American Associated Press (AP) that the car, driven by a martyrdom fighter, exploded outside the deputy governor’s home.
Fifth consecutive day of battle in an-Najaf.
For the fifth straight day, fighting raged on Monday in an-Najaf between US aggressor troops and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr. Eye witnesses reported that the city was shaken by the sounds of automatic weapons as US helicopters prowled the skies overhead attacking what they imagine to be militia positions. Reuters reported that witnesses saw smoke rising from various locations near the old cemetery in the city – a location that was the scene of fierce fighting in recent days.
Iyyad ‘Allawi, the US-appointed puppet “prime minister” visited an-Najaf on Sunday and demanded that the Jaysh al-Mahdi withdraw from their city to allow the US aggressors full control.
On Monday a US propaganda mouthpiece claimed that US invader troops had killed no fewer than 360 Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen in four days of fighting in the city – as of Sunday.
Militiamen, for their part report that US aircraft have been using cluster bombs against an-Najaf in their assaults.
Sixteen US troops killed in an-Najaf Monday.
In a dispatch posted at 9:05pm Mecca time the local correspondent in an-Najaf for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that 16 American aggressor troops had been killed around noon Monday when three Humvees were set ablaze in the course of the battles raging in the city.
The correspondent wrote that the Jaysh al-Mahdi attacked the three Humvees in the Wadi as-Salam area of the city. In the course of the attack, 14 Americans were killed inside the vehicles, while two others were walking beside the Humvees.
The correspondent reported that the Jaysh al-Mahdi was continuing to hold its own despite frontal attacks by US aggressor troops and treacherous attacks behind their lines by the so-called Bravo Division of traitors infiltrated into their positions by the Americans.
The correspondent acknowledged that the Jaysh al-Mahdi took a heavy pounding from US aircraft on Sunday after agents of the US planted metal disks in areas of Jaysh al-Mahdi concentration. The disks then emitted an electronic signal to American aircraft enabling them to strike at the militia’s positions.
But in the last few days, the Jaysh al-Mahdi has begun to change its tactics, splitting up into small groups rather than concentrating in large forces, thereby frustrating US technological efforts to wipe them out. Many local witnesses reported seeing US troops fleeing from the Jaysh al-Mahdi which would attack US soldiers in small groups but from many angles at once.
Three civilian residents of an-Najaf were killed and three others wounded when US aircraft used cluster bombs in attacks on the city Monday, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. On Saturday, 7 August, and Monday, 9 August, US forces have dropped cluster bombs on the city of an-Najaf, despite the fact that their use is internationally prohibited.
Two of the wounded persons, whose condition is serious, were transferred to al-Fallujah General Hospital, where the staff have considerable experience in the wounds inflicted by US aggressor craft.
Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in an-Najaf killed covering the battle.
The Mafkarat al-Islam website on Monday apologized to readers for shortcomings in their coverage of the fighting in an-Najaf, noting that their local correspondent in that city had been killed while covering the battle on Saturday. Mafkarat al-Islam strives to have coverage from the front lines of the fighting to minimize the influence of western news blackouts and censorship. At times, however, the courageous reporters fall as martyrs to the truth. The Iraqi Resistance Report extends fraternal condolences to Mafkarat al-Islam at this loss as well as expressions of esteem and appreciation of their heroic effort to break through the western wall of falsehood and silence in Iraq.
Jaysh al-Mahdi captures puppet police brigadier general.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV played footage on Monday indicating that the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia had captured a brigadier general in the Iraqi puppet police and were demanding that all their prisoners be released by the US-installed regime in exchange for the high ranking puppet police officer.
In the video broadcast around noon, four masked men were seen gathered around a seated man dressed in a puppet police uniform. Al-Jazeera reported that the Jaysh al-Mahdi kidnapped Ra‘d Muhammad Khidr, a brigadier general in the puppet police, and former chief of police in ar-Rusafah in Baghdad. The Jaysh al-Mahdi said it would release Khidr as soon as the puppet “ministry of interior” releases all the Jaysh al-Mahdi prisoners it has in their custody.
As evening approached in Iraq, informed sources reported from an-Najaf that a 24-hour cease-fire agreement had been signed between the office of Muqtada as-Sadr and the puppet governor of the city, ‘Adnan az-Zarafi. The truce was to start at 4:00pm Mecca time on Monday according to a report by al-Jazeera satellite TV.
Muqtada as-Sadr had rejected commands by the puppet Iraqi “government” to lay down arms and leave an-Najaf, pledging, rather to remain in the city. In a Monday press conference, as-Sadr said that he and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia would continue to resist and said that he was determined to continue the war against the Americans until the last drop of his blood.
Speaking with al-Jazeera by telephone, a spokesman for as-Sadr confirmed the news of the truce announced by az-Zarafi. The spokesman told al-Jazeera, “the governor offered a unilateral truce. We had nothing to do with that. We absolutely do not initiate fighting, so if they stop, we will stop, whether that be for one hour or longer.” The Jaysh al-Mahdi spokesman said, “we accept any peace offer that will save the cities from a blood bath and rescue the residents from the specter of death.”
Curfew imposed on Madinat as-Sadr district in Baghdad.
The US-installed “Iraqi government” on Monday imposed a curfew on the district of Baghdad nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr in an attempt to put down the resistance posed to US aggressor troops by the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr. Madinat as-Sadr has seen fighting in the last few days as US troops attempted to enter the predominantly Shi‘i district of the occupied capital.
In a statement reported on Mafkarat al-Islam at 4:50pm Mecca time, an official in the puppet so-called “interior ministry” was quoted as saying that the curfew would come into effect at 4:00pm and last until 8:00am every day until further notice.
Two puppet policemen killed, three wounded in Jaysh al-Mahdi barrage of puppet “government” buildings in Baghdad.
A spokesman for the puppet so-called Iraqi “interior ministry” said on Monday evening that two officers in the Iraqi puppet police were killed and three others wounded when four mortar shells crashed into the “interior ministry” headquarters in Baghdad. CNN reported the spokesman as saying that the attack occurred at 3:00pm local time Monday. Witnesses reported that most of the shells struck the “oil ministry” compound on the eastern bank of the Tigris River in the city across from the Madinat as-Sadr district, stronghold of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr. Other mortar shells landed on the nearby “ministry of water resources.”
On Saturday seven mortar shells crashed into the “oil ministry” wounding a guard.
One killed in failed CIA bid to assassinate as-Sadr representative in Baghdad.
The Dirctor of the Muqtada as-Sadr office in Baghdad, ‘Abd al-Hadi ad-Darraji, survived an assassination attempt on Sunday night as US forces battled as-Sadr’s Jaysh al-Mahdi militia. According to Lebanese al-Manar TV, unidentified gunmen opened fire on ad-Darraji’s car and his companions, killing one of the aides.
Jaysh al-Mahdi seizes governor’s office building in al-Basrah.
The correspondent of Iranian al-‘Alam TV reported on Monday that Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr had seized control over the building housing the city government of the southern city of al-Basrah, the second largest city in Iraq. The liberation of the building comes after British aggressor troops occupying the city boasted that they would prevent al-Basrah from seeing any of the kind of fighting between the Jaysh al-Mahdi and the invaders that other cities – notably an-Najaf – have been witnessing.
The Iranian TV reporter said that the sound of automatic gunfire and rocket explosions could be heard in various parts of the city. At the time of the report late Monday afternoon, neither the Iraqi puppet regime nor the Anglo-American occupation forces had issued any statement regarding the fighting in al-Basrah.
Polish commanders of “multinational” satellite forces hand over command in two Iraqi provinces to US occupation troops after fierce fighting overwhelms them.
After fierce fighting for five days in southern Iraq, Poland, the country commanding the so-called “multi-national forces” supporting the US in Iraq, has announced that it was reliquishing command of the Provinces of an-Najaf and al-Qadisiyah to the US.
According to the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, a spokesman for the “multi-national forces” said that a decision had been taken to hand over command to the Americans in two of the five provinces where the “multinationals” are deployed.
A statement by the Polish commander of the division said that the decision to hand over the provinces to the Americans was based on an objective assessment of the situation there.
Threat of Resistance attacks shuts down Iraqi oil export north and south.
The American Associated Press (AP) reported that Iraq had stopped pumping oil from its key southern oil fields Monday because of the Resistance struggle being waged against the occupation in the south by the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, according to a puppet official with the South Oil Company said.
A senior puppet official with the oil company, who spoke to AP on condition of anonymity, said the southern oil fields stopped pumping oil Monday after the Jaysh al-Mahdi threatened to target the oil infrastructure in al-Basrah. Oil in storage tanks at the port was still being loaded onto tankers, the official said. The British military, which controls al-Basrah, claimed it had no reports on the shutdown.
According to the western media about 1.8 million barrels per day, or 90 percent of Iraq’s exports, move through Iraq's southern port of al-Basrah. In fact the Resistance has shut down all export of oil to the north through Turkey, leaving only the southern outlet through which the US and plunder Iraqi natural petroleum resources. With those shut down as well, the US aggressors will be denied access to the oil plunder on which they count for profit.
Muqtada as-Sadr official in al-Basrah threatens secession by three southern provinces.
Salam al-Maliki, the deputy governor of al-Basrah and the representative of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in the city, has threatened to split the three southern Iraqi provinces – al-Basrah, al-‘Amarah, and an-Nasiriyah – away from Iraq to form a separatist “Region of the South.”
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported al-Maliki as saying, “we call for the withdrawal of the US forces from an-Najaf, an official apology from Iyyad ‘Allawi and his government to as-Sadr and to the as-Sadr current, and compensation for the martyrs and injured in the ranks of the Jaysh al-Mahdi.”
Al-Maliki said, “if these demands are not met, we will threaten to split al-Basrah, al-‘Amarah, and an-Nasiriyah off and set up the Region of the South.” He said that consultations were under way with as-Sadr officials in the three provinces on the establishment of such a Region.
Al-Maliki said, “we gave an order to the Oil of the South Company to halt export of Iraqi oil until our demands are met.” He said that a general strike had been declared for the governorate for Monday and Tuesday. On Monday morning some 500 supporters of Muqtada as-Sadr demonstrated outside the governorate offices.
Resistance men burn down offices of Iraqi “prime minister’s” political party in an-Nasiriyah.
Eyewitnesses reported that masked men set fire on Sunday night to the offices of the political party run by the US-appointed puppet “prime minister” of Iraq, Iyyad ‘Allawi in the southern Iraqi city of an-Nasiriyah. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported witneses as saying that four masked men got out of a car in front of the offices of the so-called “Iraqi National Accord” party and set fire to the building, destroying it completely.
On Thursday, four civilians were killed and 10 others wounded as Italian aggressors fought the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in an-Nasiriyah.
One British soldier admitted killed in al-Basrah Monday.
The British Defence Ministry announced that one British soldier was killed in battle in al-Basrah on Monday. He said that the soldier died when several British military vehicles came under fire. Earlier a British military spokesman in Iraq had admitted that five British soldiers had been wounded in combat with the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia. Two Landrovers were set ablaze in the fighting when the Jaysh al-Mahdi fired rocket-propelled grenades at a British patrol.
Tuesday, 10 August 2004.
Hundreds of Muqtada as-Sadr supporters rush to an-Najaf to join the battle against US invaders as it rages for a sixth straight day.
Informed sources in an-Najaf report that hundreds of followers of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr have succeeded in flocking to the city to join the Jaysh al-Mahdi as it battles the US invaders and their stooges, according to Quds Press. The arrival of the new forces follows a call by as-Sadr upon his followers to stand up to the Americans who are attempting to break into the city. On Monday, as-Sadr announced that he would fight the US aggressors to the last drop of his blood, a statement that his followers took as a call to arms.
Violent battles raged in an-Najaf on Tuesday morning for the sixth straight day between the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia and US aggressor troops backed up by tanks, helicopter gun ships and Iraqi stooge forces. War planes prowl the skies over the city at low altitude breaking the sound barrier as tank shells and mortar rounds shake the area around the city cemetery being defended by the militiamen.
Although a cease-fire had been declared by the city governor and accepted by the Jaysh al-Mahdi, the puppet leader of Iraq, Iyyad ‘Allawi announced that there would be no negotiations of a cease-fire with the militia. Fighting did in fact stop for a few hours on Monday in order to pull the wounded out of the line of fire.
US warplanes bombed the area of the city cemetery in the Bahr an-Najaf, and Wadi as-Salam [“Valley of Peace”] area on Tuesday where camps and concentrations of the Jaysh al-Mahdi are fighting the US aggressors. Clouds of smoke could be seen rising as a result of the US bombings and bombardments, the reverberations from which shook the earth for great distances. Sources in the Iraqi puppet police reported that the US aggressors, puppet police and puppet so-called “national guard” troops had all received reinforcements to strengthen their position in the battle against the Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen.
The General Director of Health for the City of an-Najaf, Dr ‘Ali al-Mahna said that six civilians had been killed and 14 other civilians wounded in the US bombardments of the city from Monday night until Tuesday morning.
Muqtada as-Sadr: no political achievements can be made so long as the occupation continues.
Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr on Tuesday called on US troops to leave Iraq because their presence on its territory is a terrible disaster. As-Sadr told a correspondent of the German Press Agency (DPA) in an-Najaf that “the Americans should be aware that they will never be able to rest easy so long as their occupation of Iraq continues.”
Muqtada as-Sadr told the German reporter, “There is no place for the Americans on our soil. If the Americans continue their occupation of Iraq, our land will turn into a volcanic inferno of fury against them.” He said, “any honorable, patriotic Iraqi cannot stand to see American tanks, planes, and cannon in Iraq. Their presence is a great calamity. The American occupation must be fought because no political achievement can be made so long as the occupation remains.”
The United Arab Emirates newspaper al-Bayan quoted Muqtada as-Sadr as saying, “Resistance is the natural reaction to occupation for any people, and our country is occupied so we must resist.” He called on the “Iraqi government” to “stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people, to distance itself from the occupiers, and not to satisfy their desires and make us say that they are but an extension of the occupation.” (though as a regime installed and propped up by the occupation, it is difficult to understand how such a “government” could embark on such a path even if the individual officials in it desired to do so.)
“The presence of the American son our territory will make matters more violent and complicated day by day,” said as-Sadr, adding that it was the Americans “who violated the cease-fire with us – something that we requested out of religious and moral responsibility, not out of weakness.”
Muqtada as-Sadr said that “everyone in the Jaysh al-Mahdi are sincere and love their country. They defend it with sincerity, and they are not terrorists. Why does the government of Iyyad ‘Allawi ignore the crimes being committed by the US Army against an-Najaf and its people?”
Chauvinist Kurdish Peshmergah gangsters, Shi‘i chauvinist SCIRI militia support US invaders in offensive on an-Najaf.
Units of the Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah militia, of the Shi‘i
Chauvinist Badr Brigades that belong to the so-called Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), and militiamen run by the puppet Iraqi “prime-minister” Iyyad ‘Allawi’s party the so-called “National Accord” are taking part along with US invader troops in the assault on an-Najaf, according to “well informed” sources quoted by Quds Press. One type of assignment these well-trained Iraqi collaborator forces undertake is sniping at members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi in the residential quarters of the city and in the trenches they have dug specially to defend the city against the American aggressors.
The treasonous militiamen position themselves on the tops of tall buildings in the battle areas and shoot at anything and everything on the ground that moves. The Peshmergah in particular play a big role in serving the US invader troops in an-Najaf, as do the “National Accord” militia.
The sources told Quds Press that large numbers of members of the collaborator militias have joined the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard,” but they still operate as units of their respective chauvinist militias. The same militias took part in the first series of battles against the Jaysh al-Mahdi during the spring of 2004, and also in the aggression against the people of al-Fallujah, as high-ranking officials of those parties themselves have boasted.
Resistance pounds Japanese aggressors with mortars.
Iraqi puppet security sources reported that the Iraqi Resistance fired four mortar shells at the Japanese aggressor base in the southern Iraqi town of as-Samawah Tuesday, but that the barrage left “no dead or wounded,” according to Japanese imperial claims.
Reuters reported that fighting is going on in the south of Iraq between the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia and occupation forces and so it is believed that the Jaysh al-Mahdi was also the group that shelled the Japanese invaders. Iraqi puppet police have begun to arrest people suspected of being members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi in the city, according to sources in the puppet security services.
In recent weeks, the Group of Monotheism and Jihad reportedly led by Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi had threatened to attack the Japanese occupation troops if they do not withdraw from Iraq. Japan, a satellite of the United States, has pledged to keep its troops in Iraq in service to the Americans.
Chief of puppet police in an-Najaf calls for cutting off water, food to the city to starve it into submission.
The chief of puppet police in an-Najaf, Brigadier General Ghalib al-Jaza’iri, has proposed that the occupation authorities and their stooges should shut off all the water, electricity, and supply of fruits and vegetables to the old city of an-Najaf in order to starve the Jaysh al-Mahdi and residents into submission to the occupation.
General al-Jaza’iri said that the Iraqi puppet police were determined to wipe out the Jaysh al-Mahdi “outlaws” and called on the residents of an-Najaf to abandon their city so that the US aggressor troops backed up by the puppet police and stooge soldiers can destroy the defenders.
In a letter to the puppet so-called “interior ministry” the puppet police general complained about the command decisions of the puppet so-called “national guard” stooge troops from Karbala’ and ad-Diwaniyah. According to Iranian al-‘Alam TV al-Jaza’iri called for coordination between the US Marine invaders and the Iraqi stooge forces and for financial aid as well as joint patrols in order to crack down on the Jaysh al-Mahdi.
Wednesday, 11 August 2004.
After a quiet night US shells ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood in southern al-Fallujah. Western media lie about US activity in the area.
After a quiet Tuesday-Wednesday night, US aggressor forces unleashed a barrage on the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood in the south of al-Fallujah on Wednesday afternoon, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the city. The shelling killed two civilians and wounded eight others. One Kia car was set ablaze.
Global imperialist news media reported on Tuesday that US forces were undertaking preparatory operations around the city and that dozens of tanks, armored vehicles and personnel carriers had taken up positions “in an unprecedented concentration” around the eastern and northern entrances to the city. The global imperialist media also claimed that the US army set up checkpoints in those districts and prevented residents from leaving or entering the city.
But the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah denies all such reports, saying that the US forces have only closed the expressway and the old road to Baghdad; the other entrances to the city are still open, such as the ash-Shu‘lah Road that goes through al-Karmah, the road to ar-Ramadi, the southern road, the road to as-Saqlawiyah. The correspondent reported also that the residents come and go from the city without any obstructions along those routes.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that there in fact are large concentrations of American aggressor forces to the north and east of the city, but those concentrations are “normal” and have been there for some time as they are in the areas where US aggressor troops maintain command positions.
Al-Fallujah Resistance responds to US attacks with barrages at US positions.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired eight mortar rounds at a concentration point of US aggressor troops on the other side of the northern environs of the city of al-Fallujah on Wednesday afternoon, according to a report filed at 4:50pm Mecca time. The al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam witnessed black clouds of smoke over the target area, indicating that the Resistance had scored direct hits on US vehicles, setting them ablaze.
The Americans replied by firing a number of mortar rounds at the civilians of al-Fallujah, wounding several people who were then taken to hospital.
Meanwhile, the Resistance fired a rocket at the US Camp Tariq, and plumes of smoke could be seen rising from that area as well.
Resistance shells slam into US headquarters east of as-Saqlawiyah Wednesday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance fighters on Wednesday afternoon fired 10 mortar rounds at the US base located east of as-Saqlawiyah. According to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah, whose report was posted at 5:55pm Mecca time, plumes of black smoke could be seen rising over the house used by the American forces as their headquarters east of as-Saqlawiyah, indicating that the Resistance scored a direct hit on the structure.
US aggressor troops responded to the Resistance attack by firing 12 mortar rounds from atop a sand hill. There was no immediate information on the extent of losses as a result of the Resistance attack.
Bomb kills six in Baghdad.
At least six Iraqis were killed and 10 others wounded when a bomb exploded in Baghdad on Wednesday. According to Reuters, hospital sources quoted the figures for a bombing that took place in a market in the north of the US-occupied city.
US airstrikes in an-Najaf.
US aggressor forces launched air strikes against positions of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr on Wednesay in an-Najaf. Eyewitnesses told the BBC that columns of smoke rose from the massive Wadi as-Salam [“Valley of Peace”] Cemetery where the aircraft dropped their deadly ordnance.
The airstrikes followed American appeals to the residents of the city to leave so that they can attack the defenders more easily. American forces used loudspeakers to broadcast their calls in Arabic warning the residents near the “hot points” that there was no cease-fire with the Jaysh al-Mahdi.
Muqtada as-Sadr to followers: fight until you’re killed or captured.
Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr called on his followers Wednesday to continue fighting the US forces until they are killed or captured, according to a report from Reuters. Fighting between Anglo-American invader troops and as-Sadr’s Jaysh al-Mahdi has gone on for nearly one week in an-Najaf, Baghdad, al-Basrah and various other parts of the country.
Curfew fails to quell Resistance in Madinat as-Sadr, Baghdad.
The BBC reported on Wednesday from Baghdad that the curfew imposed by the US-installed puppet government on the district of the Iraqi capital nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr has failed and that fighting between the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia and US aggressor troops raged through Tuesday-Wednesday night.
Iraqi oil workers shut down pumping station serving Baghdad to protest puppet regime’s support of US offensive on an-Najaf.
Iraqi oil workers at an oil pumping station in the south of the country on Wednesday declared that they were shutting down the station in protest against the support of the US-installed Iraqi “government” for the American offensive on the supporters of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.
In a declaration, the oil workers said that the closing of the station in the city of an-Nasiriyah cuts off supply of refined oil and liquid natural gas products to Baghdad. Reuters reports that the statement said that the workers shut down the station in protest over the course taken by the US-installed Iraqi puppet “government” which they described as “inhuman” and which they denounced for its cooperation with the US occupation forces in attacking the city of an-Najaf, doing harm to the Shi‘ah and their holy sites.
Kerry envoys visit Europe in bid for deal to bail Washington out of Iraq predicament.
Reliable European diplomatic sources have disclosed that the US Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry has established quiet contacts with the European states that opposed the US invasion of Iraq with the aim of reaching a secret agreement concerning the future of the American occupation. The sources, quoted by the Syrian News Agency SANA, report that the agreement proposed by Kerry to France, Germany, Spain, Russia, and other countries aims at helping the United States end its costly involvement in Iraq and at reaching a secret agreement with these countries regarding the dispatch of troops to Iraq in the event that Kerry wins the election and becomes President of the United States. In return, the US would abandon the approach of unilaterally supervising actual affairs in Iraq, instead sharing the political, military, and security responsibilities, as well as the reconstruction contracts with Washington’s western friends and allies.
The sources told SANA that Kerry had sent personal envoys to the capitals of these countries to hold frank discussions about which nothing has been published, concerning the numerous mistakes committed by the Bush Administration in Iraq.
The sources indicated that during their talks the envoys pledged that a Kerry Administration would not monopolize the situation in Iraq all by itself, and would not take over most of the contracts and agreements relating to the rebuilding of the country. At the same time, however, it would not withdraw US forces from Iraq until a new regime there has been insured.
The European diplomatic sources told SANA that France, Germany, Spain, Russia, and other states visited by Kerry’s envoys would nevertheless not be sending any troops to fight in Iraq even if Kerry wins the US Presidency. They would not venture to take such a step even in return for obtaining major reconstruction contracts in Iraq or in return for taking part in running the affairs of the Arab country because of the grave dangers there and because there is not one official in those states prepared to risk human casualties in Iraq for the sake of rescuing the Americans from their predicament.