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Iraqi Resistance Report for Thursday, 1 January 2004 through Sunday,
4 January 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr,
member, editorial board the Free Arab Voice.


Thursday, 1 January 2004.

Iraqi puppet police announced that one Iraqi was killed in an Iraqi
Resistance bomb attack on New Year's morning. The blast occurred on
the side of the road between
Kirkuk and as-Sulaymaniyah. Major
Khudayr Ahmad Hassun of the puppet police in Azadi, north of Kirkuk,
said that 'Abbas 'Umar Muhammad, 30, had been driving his car along
the road, but stopped by the side of the road at about 6:00am and the
bomb went off as soon as he stepped out of his car, killing him
instantly.

This route is extensively used by US occupation troops based in
Kirkuk and those on leave in the hotels of as-Sulaymaniyah controlled
by the collaborationist Kudish chauvinist Patrotic Union of
Kurdistan.

A source in the puppet so-called Iraqi civil defense force reported
its members defused a bomb planted by the side of a road frequently
used by US occupation convoys. The puppet force set up a roadblock
after its discovery.

The source said that the Iraqi Resistance planted a land mine
underneath the bomb, which was placed as a decoy so that bomb
disposal technicians, attempting to disarm the decoy, would fall
victim to the mine underneath. This is what happened in a bombing on
Friday, according to the source.

A source in the Iraqi puppet police, Yaser Karim, said that one
Iraq
was injured by shrapnel from an exploding bomb detonated by US troops
near Baaqubah, in northeast
Iraq . The device, he said, was
constructed from two artillery shells packed in TNT and wired to a
remote-control detonation device, and planted by a roadside
frequently passed by US occupation convoys.

In a separate incident, the puppet so-called civil defense forces
reported that they had disarmed another bomb in the same area near
Baaqubah.

A spokesman for the
US occupation forces said that an American
military helicopter made a forced landing in northern
Iraq after
what, he said, appeared to be a mechanical failure. Several soldiers
aboard the helicopter were injured. The spokesman for the 101st
Airborne division said that the helicopter came down at about 12:30
GMT, but tried to minimize any suspicion that the craft had been
brought down by hostile fire. The spokesman said that the landing
was "largely precautionary" despite the fact that injuries resulted,
and said that it was "probably the result of mechanical failure."
Asked if the craft could have been downed by Iraqi Resistance fire,
he replied that "there is nothing to indicate that at the present
time."

Iraqi Resistance bombs damaged electric supply towers in the area of
Kirkuk after noon on New Year's day, causing an electric power outage
in the areas adjacent to the city, according to an official in the
city's electrical establishment. Yaljin 'Adel said that a bomb
exploded on the road between al-Huwayjah and Bayji (west of Kirkuk),
totally destroying three electric power towers. 'Adel said that the
towers, located 75km west of Kirkuk, linked the oil refinery at Bayji
to the electric grid in al-Fat-hah and az-Zab in the same region.

Iraqi puppet police announced on Thursday that they had discovered
the body of the dean of a college in Mosul University the apparent
victim of fatal gunshots. On Wednesday, unknown persons had
kidnapped the man whom the press describes as a "former member of the
Baath Party."

Haytham 'Abdallah, an officer in the puppet police said that the body
of Dr. 'Abd al-Jabbar Mustafa, dean of the college of political
science, on Thursday in the Kafa'at neighborhood in the center of the
city. The officer said that the professor, who did not have a high
post in the Baath Party, was kidnapped by unknown persons from his
home in al-Muthanna neighborhood. 'Abdallah said that an
investigation with the purpose of finding the professor's killers had
been opened, indicating that investigatons of several similar crimes
was already underway.

Kirkuk has been the scene of continued ethnic and sectarian clashes,
following the shootings by collaborationist Kurdish chauvinist
Peshmergah militiamen of Arab and Turkoman demonstrators on
Wednesday, 31December 2003. Puppet police collaborating with the US
occupation reported that a Kurd had been killed in retaliation for
the Wednesday shootings. After dark, there have been battles between
armed groups of Kurds, on one side, and Arabs and Turkomans on the
others have been.

Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Friday, 2
January 2004.

Friday, 2 January 2004.

The Iraqi Resistance brought down a US occupation helicopter on
Friday, killing one American occupation soldier and wounding another
according to US admissions. In Baghdad, US army Brigadier General
Mark Kimmitt, after speaking to the 82nd Airborne Division, said
enemy fire likely brought down the copter. The OH-58 Kiowa Warrior
crashed near al-Fallujah.

"We were in a joint patrol with US troops to remove land mines and I
saw a helicopter hovering in the sky which was hit by a missile,"
puppet policeman Muhammad Abd al-'Aziz told Reuters. "It was split
into two and went down in flames."

Eyewitnesses described how the craft was blasted in two in mid-air,
showering helicopter parts on the streets and houses over a wide area
of al-Fallujah.

After that Resistance victory, US occupation forces closed off the
area of the attack and then swept through the city of al-Fallujah,
blocking off streets and raiding and searching shops and homes as
helicopters hovered overhead.

General Kimmit said that as soon as the helicopter was downed, five
individuals wearing masks on which the word "press" written, showed
up at the crash site in a blue Mercedes and opened fire with rocket-
propelled grenades at the helicopter wreckage, then left the area.
Kimmit claimed that the US occupation troops pursued the attackers
and captured four of them.

This claim by the American general aroused some confusion, however,
since Reuters news agency reported that its team at the scene was
fired at by US aggressor troops and three of their journalists were
later detained by the military occupation forces.

The Reuters team was led by Iraqi cameraman Salem 'Uraybi, who was
filming from a checkpoint using a camera on a tripod and was wearing
a flak jacket clearly marked "press," the agency said. "We were
fired on and we drove away at high speed," driver 'Ala' Nuri said. He
said a second car driven by another Iraqi journalist had been fired
upon in the same incident. One of the cars remained in al-Fallujah,
Reuters said. Kimmitt said attackers in two cars fled the scene and
that soldiers doing a sweep through the town, with helicopters
circling overhead, tracked down one of the cars and arrested
four "enemy personnel."

In another helicopter incident, an American spokesman acknowledged
that one US soldier was injured when another US helicopter was forced
down near the Bayji oil refinery. The US spokesman said that neither
the pilot nor the crew, a total of seven persons, were injured.

Friday, a truck traveling toward Baghdad International Airport
flipped on its side, killing one US soldier and injuring six others,
the US military occupation declared. The cause was under
investigation. American occupation forces frequently try to hide
losses due to Resistance attacks by claiming that the American
occupation troops died in "traffic accidents."

The Iraqi Resistance attacked a passing American military convoy
causing an oil tanker to erupt in flames near a US military
occupation base on the road to the western town of ar-Ramadi on
Friday. Witnesses told Associated Press Television News that a rebel
rocket or roadside bomb hit the convoy. Eyewitnesses said that some
of the Americans in the convoy were wounded in the attack.

The 5,000-gallon oil tanker erupted in flames and the US occupation
authorities later reported that it was in a convoy attacked with a
roadside bomb, a grenade and small arms fire. Three American soldiers
suffered burns and shrapnel wounds, the American officials claimed.

Al-Jazeera TV's correspondent in Iraq reported that one Iraqi citizen
was killed and another wounded by American gunfire after the
Resistance attack as the US invaders, as is their habit, opened fire
indiscriminately at a civilian car, after the attack in ar-Ramadi.

About 500 demonstrators gathered outside the Baghdad mosque of Ibn
Taymiyah, (formerly known as Masjid Umm at-Tubul) to condemn the
American occupation troops' desecration of the Muslim place of
worship on Thursday. The protestors demanded the release of about 34
people whom the invader forces arrested during their raid on the
mosque, including the representative of the Salafi trend in the
recently established Consultative Council of the Sunnis of Iraq,
Mahdi as-Samida'i. The demonstrators also chanted slogans against
the US occupiers.

Shaykh 'Abd as-Sattar al-Jannabi, deputy chairman of the Supreme
Iraqi Board for Propagation, Guidance, and Fatwas, denied that the
Americans found any weapons or bombs during their search of the
mosque. In an interview with al-Jazeera Shaykh al-Jannabi accused
the Americans of ransacking the mosque and wrecking mosque property.

US occupation forces justified their raid on the grounds that it was
based on information that they had been given by Iraqis who claimed
that there were weapons in the building, including sticks of dynamite
and explosives. US Brigadier General Mark Kimmit claimed that the US
occupation forces found such weapons but denied that US invader
troops tore up copies of the Qur'an or ransacked the mosque contents.

US aggressor troops in Samarra' blew up the house of Talib Saleh, who
is accused of orchestrating attacks against US the occupation,
witnesses said. They said the American troops arrested Saleh's wife
and brother and said they would not be released until Saleh
surrenders. The American military had no immediate comment.

US forces also claimed to have arrested four persons including one
whom they described as "foreign" on the suspicion that they were
helping fighters get into Iraq to join the Resistance struggle. The
arrests reportedly took place in ar-Rabtah in al-Anbar Province.

US invaders also reported capturing ten Iraqi Resistance fighters
whom they described as "terrorists" in the city of Baaqubah.

Meanwhile tension continues high in the city of Kirkuk after American
occupation forces announced that they had found the bodies of two
Kurds who had been stabbed to death. Meanwhile the deputy commander
of the city's puppet police said that one Arab was killed and two
others wounded by the puppet "security forces" south of Kirkuk where,
he claimed, armed Arab and Turkoman groups were gathering to attack
Kurdish chauvinist targets. Representatives of the three communities
had earlier met together to try to reduce tension. Meanwhile the
Turkoman Islamic Movement rejected what it called "feverish attempts
and plans being carried on to draw the Turkomans into bi-ethnic or
tri-ethnic federalisms." In a statement, the movement called on the
puppet so-called Interim Governing Council to respect the rights of
Turkomans and to recognize them in the framework of a unified,
parliamentary, constitutional, democratic Iraq.

Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Saturday, 3
January 2004.
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Saturday, 3 January 2004.

The American occupation forces in Iraq have apparently come to a
point where they no longer even make gestures towards respecting
international norms in their treatment of the Iraqi civilians
subjected to their occupation. The rising power of the Iraqi
Resistance has thrown them off balance and they are now resorting to
brutalizing the unarmed civilian population women and children
not distinguishing between them and armed fighters.

On Saturday US aggressor forces in Iraq committed two heinous war
crimes. In Tikrit the invaders killed four Iraqi civilians,
including a woman and child, and injured one other. The Iraqis were
riding in a civilian car and tried to pass a column of US occupation
forces when the aggressor troops opened fire on the car, spraying it
with 27 bullets, according to the chief of the puppet police in the
city.

Tikrit's puppet police chief, Usamah Adham 'Abd al-Ghaffar said "the
car, a gray Chevrolet Caprice, was hit by 27 bullets that entered the
windshield and exited the back window killing four persons, including
a woman and nine-year-old child. The car swerved off the road after
being struck by the gunfire," explaining that "the car was trying to
pass the military column."

In a separate American aggressor war crime, this one in the area of
al-Buwayhat, near al-Hadithah, west of Baghdad, the invaders fired a
tank shell into a private house killing four Iraqi civilians and
wounding five others, including women and children, all of them
belonging to one family. The massacre occurred in the course of
American house-to-house raids and searches in the area.

Local people

Otherwise, the aggressor forces admitted Saturday that three American
invaders were killed and five others wounded in two attacks by the
Iraqi Resistance.

One Iraqi Resistance attack consisted of a mortar assault on an
American occupation base north of the village of Balad, and the other
was a bombing in Baghdad.

In the first of those two deadly attacks, Iraqi Resistance fighters
fired mortar shells at a US occupation base in central Iraq, killing
one US soldier and wounding two others, according to a US military
occupation spokesman on Saturday.

The mortar shells struck a base of the American occupation army's 4th
Infantry Division near Balad, about 50 miles northwest of Baghdad on
Friday night, Sergeant Robert Cargie said. One of the shells exploded
near a trailer used as a bedroom by troops, and a soldier standing in
its doorway was killed. Two other soldiers were struck by shrapnel
and taken to a combat support hospital, where they were in stable
condition, Cargie said. Occupation forces set up road blocks in the
area and began searching cars after the attack.

Iraqi Resistance fighters also attacked a train with rocket-propelled
grenades in the west of Baghdad, blowing the train off the tracks and
crippling it.

A US military occupation statement on Saturday disclosed that
Resistance fighters attacked a train with anti-tank weapons (RPGs) in
the area of west Baghdad, blowing the train off the tracks. The 82nd
Airborne Division declared that "a train was on its way to al-
Habbaniyah" home of a major base of the occupation forces. Forces of
the US aggressor 1st Infantry Division arrived on the scene of the
Resistance attack after the fighters had dispersed and Iraqi puppet
police secured the area for their American masters.

In the suburbs of Baaqubah on Saturday, an American occupation patrol
came under rocket-propelled grenade attack by the Iraqi Resistance.
In response the American aggressors opened fire on a group of their
own Iraqi puppet police. The incident occurred about 400 meters from
the puppet police station in the town of Bahraz, 4km south of
Baaqubah. Puppet police Lieutenant Muhammad Ibrahim, a member of the
puppet police in the village of Bahraz, 4km south of Baaqubah, who
was injured in the incident, said that the five injured puppet
policemen were taken to hospital with American gunshot wounds.
Puppet police Lieutenant Ibrahim said that the American occupation
troops, tore down the barbed wire surrounding the police station and
gathered there and then began to fire indiscriminately in all
directions, wounding five puppet policemen. The incident was
reported on Sunday by the AFP.

In Kirkuk, the Iraqi puppet police announced that two Sunni Arabs and
a Turkoman were wounded on Saturday in two armed incidents in the
city. The puppet police said that two Sunni Arabs were wounded by
gunfire when they tried to launch a lightly armed attack a puppet
police patrol in a south Kirkuk neighborhood. Captain Sirzad Rif'at
Qader told Agence France Presse (AFP) that two Sunni Arab Iraqis were
wounded in their attempted attack on the puppet police in the
neighborhood of al-'Urubah. He said that the two Resistance fighers
fired at the puppet police patrol which then returned fire. He said
that the wounded men were taken to the General Hospital in the center
of town. He ascribed the attack to the desire of the Arab population
of Tikrit for revenge after Kurdish chauvinist collaborators opened
fire on a crowd of Arabs and Turkomans on Wednesday, killing seven.

In the second incident in Kirkuk, an officer in the local puppet
police named Khattab 'Abdallah 'Aref said that 'Awad Muhammad was
wounded in a shooting incident as he stood guard outside the
headquarters of the Turkoman National Party. 'Aref said that "unknown
persons" fired at the headquarters, wounding Muhammad.

'Aref also reported that "unknown persons" threw a hand grenade at
the home of Sabah Zaydan, an Arab member of the Provincial Council,
but Zaydan was unhurt.

Meanwhile the occupation forces continued to bombard the area of ad-
Durah at the southern edge of Baghdad with tank fire, heavy weapons,
and aerial bombs on the grounds that they are attacking areas that
they suspect are Resistance fighter positions. Observers say that
the occupation forces have resorted to these highly destructive
weapons in order to impose their aggressor version of "security,"
while at the same time, the use of these weapons is a reflection of
the inability of the invaders actually to impose their will on the
capital or the country. US spokesman claimed that the area was
sparsely populated, and that the intense bombardments were in
retaliation for the successful downing by Iraqi Resistance fighters
on Friday of a US helicopter in which at least one US occupation
soldier was killed.

The US military spokesman said the shelling of ad-Durah neighborhood
was part of an offensive dubbed Operation Iron Grip. Residents said
it appeared US aggressor fire was targeting fields in the
neighborhood.

A captain in the Iraqi puppet police reported that US occupation
forces had discovered two bombs in the area of Baaqubah and disarmed
them Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, high ranking occupation military sources disclosed that
dozens of Bulgarian soldiers who were slated to be deployed to Iraq
as part of the occupation forces have refused to go, in the aftermath
of the killing of five of their countrymen in a recent martyrdom
attack.

The Chief of Staff of the Bulgarian Army, General Nikolai Kolev said
that about 25 or 30 soldiers of the 2nd Bulgarian Division have
refused to leave for Iraq. Hitherto, all the Bulgarian soldiers who
went to Iraq were said to have been volunteers. The troops who have
refused to deploy to Iraq will be required to refund the costs of
their training and medical examinations, Kolev said.



Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Sunday, 4
January 2004. Al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan,
Monday, 5 January 2004.
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Sunday, 4 January 2004.

An armed battle between Iraqi Resistance fighters in Tikrit on Sunday
left one American aggressor wounded and three Iraqi Resistance
fighters martyred. A spokesman for the American occupation forces
said that the battle erupted between Iraqi Resistance fighters and
the American invaders after the Resistance fighters set up an ambush
for the US aggressor troops.

In Balad, 75km north of Baghdad, US aggressor troops reportedly
opened fire on two Iraqi Resistance fighters who had shot at the
occupation troops. According to the American occupation account, the
Resistance fighters died as martyrs. Eleven persons were detained
and 30 AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifles were seized in the course of
that battle, the American sources claimed.

In Mistal, 30km east of Tikrit, one Iraqi was killed by the American
occupation forces, who suspected him of supplying Resistance fighters
with weapons. The Iraqi patriot approached the American aggressors
carrying a Kalashnikov, and the Americans shot him dead on the spot,
according to the invader statement. Five other individuals were
captured in the operation.

A former colonel in the Iraqi army who had been pursued by the
American occupation forces was captured in Kirkuk on Saturday,
according to an American aggressor statement.

In Mosul, northern Iraq, two Iraqis died, apparently as martyrs, and
a Jordanian was injured on Saturday in a roadside bombing, according
to a report by the Iraqi puppet police. Puppet police Lieutenant
Samir Najm al-'Azzawi told Agence France Presse (AFP) that the two
Iraqis died and the 25-year-old Jordanian, whose name was 'Izz ad-Din
Ibrahim, was wounded in a blast in their Brazilian-made, German label
car - a type of car used as taxi cabs. The explosion occurred in al-
Ansar neighborhood in the east of the city. Al-'Azzawi said that the
occupation authorities were interrogating the injured Jordanian, who
had been taken to hospital, to learn more of the details of the
case. The puppet police spokesman indicated that he believed that
the explosion was the result of the detonation of materials being
carried inside the car.

Meanwhile the British newspaper, The Independent on Sunday, published
an article based on a British internal investigation that revealed
that British forces beat an Iraqi prisoner to death in September.
The article also disclosed that the British investigation admitted to
seven other cases of the torture of Iraqi detainees by the British
occupation forces in Iraq. The British occupation forces have a
reputation for being much less brutal and more civil with their
prisoners than are the American aggressors, and the fact that similar
investigations have never apparently been undertaken within the
American occupation military would tend to confirm their brutal
reputation, and arouse the suspicion that American treatment of
prisoners would be qualitatively worse than that revealed in the
British newspaper report.

The Independent on Sunday disclosed that Baha' Musa died as a result
of strangulation during his detention, according to medical records
published by the British military occupation. The article, written
by well-known British journalist Robert Fisk, went on to say that
after Musa's death, British authorities launched an investigation but
no charges were ever filed against the two British troops charged in
the case and they were released.

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Iraqi puppet police in Kirkuk reported that American invader forces
arrested five Iraqi Arab Sunnis on the grounds that they were sowing
ethnic tension and attempting to attack the local puppet police.
Puppet police Colonel Khattab 'Abdallah 'Aref told the AFP that the
Sunni Arabs were arrested in al-Wasiti neighborhood and the
celebration square in the south of the city of Kirkuk.


Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Monday, 5
January 2004.
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