Iraqi Resistance Report for Thursday, 8 January 2004
through Sunday, 11 January 2004. Translated and/or
compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board
of the Free Arab Voice.
Thursday, 8 January 2004.
The Iraqi Resistance shot down an American occupation
UH-60 Black Hawk medevac helicopter on Thursday,
killing all nine US occupation troops aboard,
according to an American military statement, which
avoided admitting that the crash of the helicopter was
due to Resistance gunfire, however. Eyewitnesses told
the correspondent for al-Jazeera television that they
saw a missile hit the helicopter causing it to crash
over the village of Zawbi', near the town of
an-Nu'aymiyah, 5km southeast of al-Fallujah.
Witnesses said that two helicopters had been hovering
in the area when one of them crashed.
There were no survivors among the nine American
occupation soldiers aboard the medical evacuation
helicopter that crashed about 2:20 pm near the city of
al-Fallujah, said Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt. The
cause of the crash was "unknown", he said.
Al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad, is a flash point of the
resistance against the US occupation where Resistance
fighters previously have shot down US helicopters.
On Friday, however, a source in the Pentagon, who
asked that his name not be used, admitted that the
Black Hawk medevac helicopter had "possibly" been shot
down by a surface-to-air missile fired by the Iraqi
Resistance. He said that the pilot of a second
helicopter in the area observed firing coming from the
ground. The Pentagon source said, in a report carried
in the Saturday issue of the Amman daily al-Arab
al-Yawm: "I heard a report to the effect that the
pilot saw weapons fire that could have struck the rear
Initial accounts of the crash from the American
military spokesman had said that there were eight
persons aboard the craft: four crew members and four
After the crash, occupation forces brought in
reinforcements, including four more helicopters, and
sealed off the area of the crash and closed all the
roads leading to it. The helicopters hovered over the
In a separate incident Iraqi Resistance fighters hit a
C-5 American occupation transport plane with a
surface-to-air missile just after take off. None of
the 67 aggressor troops on board was reportedly hurt,
but the airplane had to make a forced landing at the
airport, according to the Pentagon announcement of the
incident. In a report in Saturday's issue of the
Jordanian daily al-Arab al-Yawm, a Pentagon spokesman
was quoted as saying that a surface-to-air missile
apparently destroyed the airplane's engine No. 3, but
explained that it was able to return to the airfield
on the power of the remaining motors.
The American occupation forces announced on Friday
that an American contractor working for the occupation
of Iraq was killed in a Resistance attack on a convoy
on Thursday. A puppet soldier in the so-called Iraqi
Civil Defense Corps was also killed in that assault,
in which Resistance fighters opened fire on the
aggressors from a passing car. Master Sergeant Robert
Cargie, press liaison with the 4th Infantry Brigade
said that the contractor was driving a truck in the
convoy which was in the vicinity of the town of Balad,
north of Baghdad when the Resistance opened fire.
Cargie added: "two drivers were wounded but the third
was killed." Cargie said that military occupation
vehicles were accompanying the convoy. He said that
the condition of the two wounded men was stable.
Also on Thursday, a US occupation soldier died of
injuries suffered in an Iraqi Resistance mortar
attack a day earlier that wounded 34 others west of
Baghdad. The US military claimed that seven of the
wounded were treated and returned to duty and the
others were hospitalized at the base.
American occupation troops belonging to the 8th
Infantry Regiment were attacked by Resistance Fighter
near the city of Samarra' on Thursday. The Resistance
fighters, in five cars, fired rocket-propelled
grenades at the American aggressors. The American
occupation spokesman Robert Cargie claimed that the US
forces fired back at the Resistance fighters and
killed two and wounded a third. He said that three of
the Resistance vehicles were destroyed in the battle,
the other two escaped.
One Iraqi puppet soldier in the so-called Civil
Defense Corps was killed by the Iraqi Resistance as he
guarded a fuel station north of the city of Tikrit.
On Thursday US aggressor forces and their local
stooges discovered an attempt by the Iraqi Resistance
to fire rockets at the puppet police headquarters in
Baghdad. The Resistance fighters escaped but the
occupation authorities confiscated the rockets,
according to Major Roger Hedgepeth of the American
occupation 18th Military Police Brigade.
In Kirkuk near the headquarters of a Turkoman
political party, the Iraqi Resistance killed on puppet
policeman who was standing guard at the institution.
In Zakhu in the north of the Kurdish dominated area of
Iran near the Turkish border three Kurdish Iraqis were
killed and four others wounded when they reportedly
tried to open up an old artillery shell. The Iraqi
puppet police said that the blast occurred in one of
the newly established workshops in central Zakhu as
the men in question were smelting scrap metal taken
from old munitions. Their purpose was to sell the
metal to manufactories in Iraq and Turkey.
On Thursday US occupation forces carried out a massive
wave of searches and arrests in the Kirkuk area,
capturing dozens of persons on the excuse of their
having "unlicensed weapons," according to Major
General Turhan Yusuf, the puppet police commander in
A puppet policeman in Baghdad, announced that an
explosive device had detonated in Baghdad slightly
injuring a "civilian."
Hundreds of angry Iraqis, meanwhile, waited outside
Baghdad's infamous Abu Ghurayb prison where the US
aggressors hold many of their Iraqi captives, for a
much-publicized release of detainees that did not
occur by late afternoon. Relatives of prisoners held
by the US invaders waited in frustration for hours,
hoping relatives would be among the prisoners whom the
US promised would be freed in what US occupation
officials portrayed as a goodwill gesture. The plan
calls for the release of less than 4 percent of the
Iraqis now claimed to be in occupation prison camps,
and is little more than a token gesture.
American occupation guards said they had no orders to
release anyone, and an Iraqi lawyer, Mohammed
al-Tamimi, expressed doubt anyone would be freed
Thursday from Abu Ghurayb.
As families waited for hours in the sun outside the
Abu Ghurayb prison, a US occupation truck made its way
through the crowd to deliver a new batch of Iraqi
detainees, their hands bound behind them and their
heads covered in green bags, to the facility.
There was more confusion when three truckloads of
prisoners were driven out of the prison and those
waiting rushed out into the street after them,
But an official said that was a routine release that
had nothing to do with the amnesty that was announced
Wednesday by US proconsul L. Paul Bremer. "This has
nothing to do with Bremer's announcement," Lieutenant
Cololnel Roy Shere said. Shere, a spokesman for the
800th Military Police Brigade, which operates prisons
in Iraq, said the unit had not received any order to
release prisoners under the amnesty.
Later reports indicated that the two truckloads,
containing some 60 prisoners were indeed the releases
that the Bremer announcement had promised. The trucks
took the prisoners, some 500 meters away from the
prison for the release, forcing the crowd of relatives
to chase after them.
The Agence France Presse (AFP) said that Operation
Handover was completed with few signs of joy or
celebration. There were no chants and no joyous
ululation since many of the citizens who waited hours
hoping to see their loved ones returned empty-handed.
Those whose relatives did emerge mostly left
immediately for their homes without fanfare. Those
people whose relatives failed to come out circulated
among the departing prisoners showing pictures of
their family members and trying to find any
information about their fates.
A few of the released prisoners were interviewed by
the press. Ahmad Ghazi (22) told the AFP that the
first stages of his imprisonment were "very hard." He
said "they interrogated me for four days constantly
from early morning until midnight while my hands were
bound and my head was on the ground." He showed
reporters the scars left by the fetters on his wrists.
"They wanted me to admit that I had attacked them,"
explaining that the charge against him was "taking
part in operations against the American forces."
Released prisoner Sa'd Hamed 'Ali related that he was
arrested after being shot at on a street where there
was a gunbattle involving Americna occupation forces.
But Sa'd, who was imprisoned for four months and ten
days does no know what the charge against him was, nor
the reason for his arrest. He says: "They arrested me
just because they thought I was suspicious. I was
Muhammad 'Atrus spoke about an uprising (intifada) by
the Abu Ghurayb prisoners that took place last summer
in protest against their being kept in detention.
"Many of the prisoners died as martyrs when the
[American] soldiers opened fire on them."
Basel 'Abd al-Khaleq said that the prisoners released
on Thursday all came from the first eight camps in the
prison, pointing out that there were no releases from
the "heavy camps." Those prisoners, he said "don't
see us and we don't see them. They are the leaders
and officials and heads of tribes."
Basel, a former officer in the Army of the Republic of
Iraq, who was taken prisoner on 17 July 2003, said
that he was not personally tortured. "But they
brought in people in a pitiable state. The Chief of
Staff of the Second Corps [of the Army of the Republic
of Iraq], for example, was brought in from his
interrogation with his ribs broken as a result of
Most of the stories of those arrested on Thursday, the
first batch of those supposedly slated to be released,
indicated that they had been arrested merely "on
suspicion" and that they were not people who had
actually been involved in attacks on the American
Hasan Ahmad Hamzah, for example, who was subjected to
a harsh interrogation lasting four days during which
he was beaten and deprived of food and water, said:
"The charge against me? What charge? I don't know
why I was arrested."
Kamel, who was arrested with five of his brothers when
their house was raided said "They said that they
arrested me on suspicion. They wrote on a piece of
paper that I am a suspect."
Bremer had said they would release 506 of some 12,800
prisoners and that the first 100 would be freed
Thursday from Abu Ghurayb. The rest were expected to
be freed "in coming weeks" from the many concentration
camps that the US occupation has set up all over the
Later, on Thursday, US occupation sources issued a
claim that they are only holding 6,700 prisoners, of
whom 99 were described as very important, while 257
were described as "foreign fighters." In addition,
the American sources said, there are 2,500 prisoners
being held for violations of public law. There was no
ready explanation for the discrepancy in reports about
the number of prisoners in the occupation's camps and
Bremer stipulated that before they are released the
prisoners must first sign a statement renouncing what
he called "violence" and have a community or tribal
leader accept responsibility for their conduct.
Aggressor officials claimed that those to be released
were low-level "associates" of Resistance fighters who
had not been directly involved in any attacks.
Occupation troops have routinely rounded up thousands
of people "suspected of attacks" or of funding the
Iraqi Resistance. But relatives at the prison said
people were being arrested unjustly and there were
dozens of tales of men detained simply because they
were near the scene of an attack. After people are
taken prisoner, their families frequently hear nothing
more from them for months and do not even know where
their loved ones are being held.
The release of prisoners has been a top demand of the
country's community and tribal leaders, as well as
human rights advocates who recognize that families are
searching for relatives who get detained and have not
been heard from for months.
Meanwhile, late on Thursday night, US occupation
troops launched what was described as "one of the
biggest raids" since Bush declared his war operations
over on 1 May. More than 300 aggressor troops, backed
by Bradley armored fighting vehicles and helicopter
gunships and Specter AC-130 aircraft, ransacked some
20 houses and three stores in a large section of
Tikrit. After first sealing off whole sections of the
city from the outside world, the invading troops
carried out a four-hour operation, in which they
arrested 46 Iraqis, some of them brothers, suspected
of defending their homeland by launching attacks
against the occupation forces. The American company
The Associated Press wrote that the occupation
"soldiers dragged men and teenage boys from their
homes into the drizzly Tikrit streets." Of those
caught up in the sweep, the AP reported, nine were
later turned over to Iraqi puppet police after being
found to have played no role in attacks on US forces.
Just why they needed to be handed over to the puppet
police if they were not involved in the Resistance was
not explained. Occupation troops reported that they
also seized bomb-making materials, including wireless
door bells commonly used as triggers, computers and a
handful of weapons. The AP wrote that the raids had
been planned for the past two weeks and relied on
"intelligence information" provided by Iraqi spies and
officers from the so-called puppet civil defense
corps, which is now being described as occupied Iraq's
"new internal security force." Lieutenant Colonel
Steve Russell, commander of the US occupation army's
Tikrit-based 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment of
the 4th Infantry Division, said that additional raids
Steve Russell later said that 16 of the captives had
been released, while 30 remained under interrogation.
In Washington, meanwhile, the military command plans a
shakeup of its command, which has been failing badly
in its efforts to pacify occupied Iraq. Pentagon
officials say they are now considering appointing a
general who has more experience to oversee security
matters in Iraq while a general of lower rank would be
in command of the operations against the Resistance.
The US also began its troop rotation, an operation
that is supposed to replace most of the 125,000 troops
reportedly now occupying Iraq by May 2004. Hundreds
of soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division left their
base in the US state of North Carolina for Iraq at the
start of the four-month rotation program. A number of
troops of the same division will be transferred to
Iraq from Afghanistan.
Meanwhile the Marine Corps is to take over control of
what the American occupation calls the "Sunni
Triangle" north and west of Baghdad in the hopeless
effort of putting down the Resistance, something which
the US Army has clearly failed to accomplish. The
Marines, apparently, have little new to offer to the
American counter-insurgency campaign, since the
commander of the 1st Marine Division, Major General
James Mattis told The Washington Post that the mission
of his troops is to focus on killing or capturing
members of the Resistance while trying to reduce
popular support for the Resistance. This essentially
is the same mission that the US Army has tried in vain
According to the American newspaper, the plan for the
Marine deployment involves "a tactic reminiscent of
the U.S. presence in Vietnam" whereby "platoons of
Marines will live among the people in many Sunni towns
and villages to facilitate training of the Iraqi
[puppet] police and [puppet] civil defense forces."
These so-called "Combined Action Platoons" are to
receive training in "cultural sensitivity" and are
supposed to win over the hearts and minds of the
population – similar to the effort made by US forces
in Viet Nam – one that clearly failed to affect the
outcome of the liberation war. In addition, the
Marines are hoping to use less indiscriminate force –
such as artillery and aerial bombardments of populated
areas – than the US Army has been using. According to
one Marine officer the aim of the new tactics is
"winning popular support, not blowing up people's
houses," and is based on the notion that only a "small
minority" of Iraqis are determined to fight the US
The new tactics are not, of course, based on goodwill
to all but primarily on military tactics against the
Resistance. General Mattis said that the Marines
would "employ some novel and aggressive tactics"
against the Resistance. The Washington Post, loyal to
the imperial ruling class, commented: "At Mattis's
request, The Washington Post is not printing
information about those tactics."
In broad outline, however, Mattis seems to have little
new to offer, besides the "hearts and minds" public
relations effort that failed in Viet Nam. Mattis told
The Washington Post: "We don't see any difference in
our appreciation of the situation from the 82nd
Airborne [Division of the US Army]. We believe very
strongly that the 82nd Airborne has it right, not only
in the estimate of the situation but also in their
concept of operations and in their tactics."
In another development, the US pulled out 400
technical personnel who had been searching for the
weapons of mass destruction that never existed but
which constituted the public relations excuse used by
the Bush Administration to try to win international
support of its illegal invasion of Iraq. The
withdrawal of the technicians is another proof that
the Administration never expects to find any of the
Jordan, Friday, 9 January 2004.
Friday, 9 January 2004.
In the area of ar-Ramadi an American occupation patrol
was hit by a roadside explosion.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked an American
occupation check point jointly manned by the US
aggressors and their puppet police stooges at the
entrance to the city of al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad.
The occupation forces fired back at the Resistance
fighters but there was no word of casualties on either
Iraqi Resistance fighters fired rocket-propelled
grenades at an American occupation patrol as it
carried out house-to-house raids in the city of
al-Fallujah. The attack left one puppet policeman
injured. American aggressor troops opened fire
indiscriminately immediately after the attack and then
sent out forces to pursue their attackers.
That incident in al-Fallujah came just hours after the
Iraqi Resistance fired rockets at the Burj al-Hayat or
Hayat Tower hotel in central Baghdad on Friday. The
Hayat Tower is a residence of foreign contract
businessmen supporting the American occupation of
Iraq. News reports said that three missiles hit rooms
on the hotel's fourth and fifth floors early Friday
morning. Some hotel guards said that they exchanged
gunfire with the attackers who had approached the
building in a car. There were no reports of
Steve Senter, a contractor working with the American
occupation army said "I was sleeping when I heard a
couple of explosions and the Kurdish guards yelling."
In the city of Karbala' a rocket-propelled grenade was
fired at the puppet police station causing damage to
the building but no reported casualties.
In Kirkuk, a US occupation patrol opened fire by
mistake on an Iraqi puppet police patrol that was
stopped in the middle of a square in the northern part
of the city, at about 8:30 pm (1730 GMT), when it
heard heavy gunfire in the area, according to puppet
police chief General Turhan Yusuf. "US forces have
admitted killing two Iraqi [puppet] policemen by
mistake and said that they have opened an
investigation," he said.
'Ardi 'Ali, a Kurd, died on the spot, while Ibrahim
Hadi, a Turkman, died at the hospital, according to
Yusuf. An occupation spokesman in Baghdad had no
immediate information about the incident.
Elsewhere, the Iraqi puppet police reported stated
that two brothers died on Thursday – Friday night when
a mortar shell landed in the garden of their house
located near Baaqubah.
On Friday, the United States imperial Defense
Department officially declared that President Saddam
Hussein of Iraq is a prisoner of war, thereby ending
uncertainty about how the occupation forces regard the
Iraqi leader. Legally speaking this means that Saddam
Hussein must be treated according to the provisions of
the Geneva Convention. It also means that that the
American aggressors might now have legal cover for
bringing the Iraqi President before a so-called
"trial" for alleged "war crimes." In fact the AFP
said that an American imperial spokesman emphasized
that the POW status accorded to the Iraqi President
was a legal basis for bringing Saddam Hussein before
one of the mock victor's show trials that the imperial
United States delights in staging, in order to show
the world that Washington is the supreme criterion of
international legality and supreme judge of right and
Yet although given the present balance of power in the
world, American definitions of "legal" and "illegal"
are likely to dominate any sort of "international
trial," the Geneva Convention also bans "exposing a
prisoner to insult or public curiosity," something
which the American side was clearly guilty of when
they filmed and broadcast scenes of the drugged Iraqi
President being examined by a doctor.
Meanwhile British spokesmen who wished to remain
anonymous reported that the Iraqi President is
refusing to cooperate with his captors'
In other news, six people were killed and at least 39
others were injured in an explosion near a Shiite
mosque that occurred on Friday as worshippers streamed
out of congregational prayers in the city of Baaqubah,
according to medical officials in the central Iraqi
town. Eyewitness accounts of what happened were
conflicting, according to the report carried by
al-Jazeera TV. Some said that the blast occurred when
an explosives-laden car blew up. Others accused the
American occupation forces of shelling the area.
According to the Iraqi puppet police that attack on
the Shiite mosque coincided with a successful effort
by the puppet police to disarm a booby-trapped car
outside another Shiite Husayniyah (place of worship).
The Associated Press, which attributed the explosion
to sectarian violence, nevertheless remarked that the
sectarian violence that has emerged in Iraq after the
US occupation: "appeared separate from the guerrilla
campaign against U.S. troops, which has focused in the
majority Sunni regions north and west of Baghdad. But
sectarian attacks have also raised resentment against
the Americans among some Iraqis, who blame the
occupation for the lawlessness and chaos of
Saturday, 10 January 2004.
One American occupation soldier was wounded when his
patrol came under Iraqi Resistance machine gun attack
Saturday in the town of 'Ata in the west of al-Anbar
Province. US military occupation sources refused to
confirm or deny the attack carried by Islam Memo from
al-Watan al-Arabi, which quoted WAS. The occupation
did say, however, that members of the 82nd Airborne
Division opened fire Saturday on two persons who were
planting an explosive device on the main road in
In Baghdad, two Estonian soldiers suffered what were
described as minor injuries when a grenade was thrown
at their patrol on Saturday, according to Estonian
army spokesman Peeter Tali.
One Iraqi Resistance fighter was shot dead and
martyred by occupation troops when he threw two hand
grenades during a demonstration in al-'Amarah,
according to the report of an American occupation
spokesman. The spokesman said that "an Iraqi
Resistance fighter was killed during a violent
demonstration in al-'Amarah." The spokesman said that
the Resistance fighter had thrown two hand grenades
and was about to throw a third when aggressor troops
cut him down with their gunfire.
But the demonstrators in al-'Amarah denied that any
attack on the occupation troops had taken place. The
said that the occupation troops opened fire on 600
demonstrators who had assembled in front of the
municipal offices to demand employment.
Rida Hassun, 23, said "we came to look for jobs but
instead in stead of providing any, they opened fire on
us." Sources in the puppet police and the hospital
said that the puppet police opened fire Saturday on
the protesters who were throwing stones. At least six
demonstrators were killed in the southern Iraqi city
of al-'Amarah. A physician in the local hospital said
that six had been killed and seven wounded.
Gunfire from the American occupation troops killed two
of their own puppet police on Saturday. According to
US occupation spokesmen, the two puppet policemen
failed to identify themselves when an occupation
patrol challenged them. The puppet policemen were
apparently involved in a domestic disturbance in the
city of Kirkuk and the American occupation troops
mistook them for attackers.
On Saturday, the Danish military serving the American
occupation of Iraq, said its engineering troops and
Icelandic de-miners found artillery shells near a
place they called Quarnah, north of al-Basrah, which
they alleged may contain chemical blister agents. The
shells were wrapped in plastic but some had leaked and
they appeared to have been buried for at least 10
years, the statement said. The shells were sent for
further testing to determine if they contained
chemical weapons, listed by the American imperialists
as "banned" in Iraq under resolutions which the United
States railroaded through the United Nations, an
organization that was largely reduced to a rubber
stamp for the US after the collapse of the Soviet
A public relations spokesman for the Iraqi puppet
police said that the puppet police had arrested what
it called a "gang" of non-Iraqis involved in smuggling
metal products out of the country. The puppet police
said that they were found in possession of trucks and
large quantities of lead and iron.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Sunday, 11 January 2004.
Sunday, 11 January 2004.
Three explosions, one hour apart, shook the city of
Baghdad early on Sunday. American occupation
spokesmen admitted that they had no idea where they
were coming from.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked an American
occupation patrol with anti-tank weapons in the Salah
ad-Din area of Kirkuk on Sunday, according to the
Iraqi puppet police. Turhan Yusuf, local puppet
police chief, told the Agence France Presse (AFP) that
"an American military vehicle was damaged in the
attack that caused no casualties."
Also in Kirkuk, two explosions were reported near the
US military occupation office in the northern oil
city, but puppet police said they appeared to be only
Meanwhile Turhan Yusuf the puppet police chief in
Kirkuk also mentioned that two hand grenades went off
outside a Sunni mosque in the center of the city, and
outside the headquarters of the collaborationist
chauvinist Kurdish so-called Patriotic Union of
Kurdistan (PUK), which is lead by Jalal Talibani, a
member of the puppet so-called Interim Governing
Council, hand picked by the US occupation.
In the northern city of Mosul, four mortar shells
exploded at the office of the collaborationist
chauvinist Kurdish PUK office there Sunday morning,
damaging the building but causing no injuries,
according to chauvinist party officials who were there
at the time.
Sunday, occupation authorities said the body of an
Iraqi collaborating with the US-led occupation was
found in the southern city of al-Basrah, along with
another man not reportedly associated with the
occupation. The US occupation statement reported that
the one dead collaborator, Majed Hannun by name, had
been resident in the United States. The other body
belonged to one of his "friends" who was known by the
name Na''um, according to the US reports. The Iraqi
Resistance targets soldiers, Iraqi puppet police, and
all other stooges and collaborators working with the
Hundreds of Iraqis hurled stones at baton-wielding
British occupation soldiers Sunday in the southeastern
city of al-'Amarah, witnesses said, a day after puppet
police working for the occupation killed six
protesters and wounded at least 11.
Screaming protesters, some armed with sticks and
shovels, attacked in waves throughout the day, trying
to rush troops guarding the city hall. The British
aggressors drove the people back from the compound,
which also houses the US-led occupation force and the
1st Battalion of Britain's Light Infantry.
Small explosions and flashes of light exploded in the
crowd, believed to be from homemade bombs of tin cans
packed with explosives and nails and lit with
Soldiers blocked roads and periodically pushed
demonstrators back, sometimes with batons, sometimes
marching in unison behind riot shields and, against
younger protesters, simply shoving them with their
"Yesterday there were more adults with much more
violent intent," said British occupation Major Johnny
Bowron. We are trying to permit a peaceful protest but
prevent loss of life or damage to property."
Officials said they were demanding jobs in a city of
400,000 where the biggest employer was the Iraqi
government security force until the US invasion
imposed colonial rule.
On Sunday, demonstrators sent a representative to talk
to British occupation and Iraqi puppet officials, who
promised them 8,000 jobs, according to witnesses. But
protesters said a similar promise made weeks before
had not been fulfilled and the clash ensued. No Iraqi
puppet police were visible at the scene Sunday.
Elsewhere US aggressor troops arrested an Iraqi Sunday
suspected in last month's shooting of an American
soldier who was saved by his flak jacket. Reportedly
acting on a neighbor's tip, occupation soldiers
arrested the man in an early morning raid on his home
in Tikrit, according to Lieutenant Colonel Steve
Russell, commander of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry
Regiment of the U.S. Army's Texas-based 4th Infantry
The soldier allegedly shot by the Iraqi, Sergeant
Jeffrey Allen of Leitchfield, Kentucky, in the US,
made the capture, Russell said. Russell described the
Iraqi man, whose identity was not revealed, as a
member of Saddam's Fedayeen Resistance fighters.
Allen was shot twice in the back on 30 December during
a patrol in Tikrit but was saved by a protective plate
in his flak jacket, Russell said.
On Sunday the command of the US occupation Marine
Corps announced that on Saturday two of its FA-18
Hornet bombers took off from the aircraft carrier
Enterprise in the Arabian Gulf and dropped laser
guided 900kg bombs on Iraqi Resistance mortar firing
points north of Baghdad. The Marine Corps aggressor
announcement stated that this was the first time that
laser-guided weapons had been used this year.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Monday, 12 January 2004.