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Iraqi Resistance Report for the events of Monday, 15
December 2003 through Wednesday, 17 December 2003.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr,
member editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

Monday, 15 December 2003.

An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom bomber driving a
four-wheel drive taxi killed eight Iraqi puppet
policemen in an attack Monday on a station in the
capital's northern outskirts, their commander said.

Puppet police Lieutenant Colonel 'Ali 'Amer said 10
puppet officers were injured in the blast in the
northern Husainiyah district. Residents said at least
five civilians, including a five-year-old girl, were
also wounded by flying glass and debris.

'Amer said the explosion in Husainiyah occurred when a
yellow Toyota Land Cruiser drove through the razor
fence encircling the building, and detonated next to
the gate. Several houses and shops were damaged and at
least three cars were burned.

The blast left a one-meter (3-foot) deep crater about
10 meters (yards) from the entrance to the building
whose facade was demolished by the blast. The force of
the blast heaved the car into the air and into the
police station's courtyard.
Lieutenant 'Ali Isma'il, wounded by a piece of
shrapnel in his forehead, said he was having breakfast
at a shop across the street "when a car driving at
high speed exploded in front of the station."

Salem 'Id 'Ali, who lives across the street from the
station and whose house was damaged by the blast, was
wounded by flying glass and debris along with his wife
and two children. "We were in a state of shock. We
were having breakfast and each of us was thrown a few
meters away by the power of the blast. We had to carry
my family from above the back wall of the house in
order to take them to hospital," said 'Ali, whose
family was still receiving treatment at the hospital.
Karimah Nassi, said her 10-year-old daughter was
slightly wounded in the neck by flying glass.

Earlier on Monday, the Iraqi Resistance wounded seven
puppet police officers when another car bomb exploded
in the western 'Ameriyah neighborhood just after 8
a.m.
Iraqi puppet police and US occupation Military Police
fired on a second explosives-packed vehicle taking
part in that attack and prevented it from ramming the
police station and detonating, said US occupation Army
Brigadier General Mark Hertling, of the 1st Armored
Division. The Iraqi Resistance driver in the second
vehicle managed to escape, however, unable to detonate
the vehicle after it came under aggressor gunfire,
according to Hertling. The man was later captured,
however, according to US occupation Army Captain. Brad
Loudon. The car's 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of
plastic explosives, with a powerful limpet mine
attached as a detonator, was defused, Hertling said.

Hertling said US occupation troops found yet another
explosives-packed vehicle parked in east Baghdad on
Sunday that appeared to have been abandoned, possibly
because of mechanical trouble. "Right now, we don't
know what the target was," Hertling said. "It goes
with the intelligence we had yesterday, that there
would be several (car bombs)."

Hertling attempted to minimize the number and effect
of other Iraqi Resistance ambushes on the occupation
forces and their stooges by dismissing such incidents
with the remark, "We dodged a couple of bullets in
Baghdad."

Later in the day, several large explosions
reverberated in central Baghdad. The cause was not
immediately clear.

In Baghdad a pro-Saddam Hussein demonstration
degenerated into fighting and attacks on two puppet
police stations in the Sunni Muslim quarter of
A'zamiyah in the northern sector of the capital Monday
afternoon.

"About 100 patriotic Iraqi demonstrators attacked two
[puppet] police stations in the district with
automatic weapons and RPGs from along the roofs and in
the street," puppet police Lieutenant Haydar Zuhayr
said. The attack came after puppet police fired into
the air to disperse the patriots approaching one
station, said 'Ali 'Abd al-Jabbar, a witness. The
patriots scattered into adjacent streets but then
began to aim at the puppet police station. Neither
puppet police nor a local hospital reported any
casualties.
The exchange of fire lasted several hours and when
night fell, a foot patrol of American occupation
troops entered A'zamiyah. The neighbourhood had been
tense since the announcement Sunday afternoon that US
aggressor troops had taken Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein prisoner. Some 200 people protested in
A'zamiyah on Sunday evening with portraits of the
President. "Saddam is the glory of our country," they
chanted.

In the city of al-Fallujah, 60 kilometres west of
Baghdad, pro-Saddam Hussein demonstrators sacked the
regional puppet "government" offices, forcing puppet
police guards to flee, journalists at the scene
reported.

The demonstrators stormed into the building, broke up
the furniture, computers and air conditioning and then
destroyed documents. They set all the wreckage alight
in a huge bonfire outside, the correspondents said.
Two large pictures of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
and Iraqi flags were hung from the top of the
building.

US occupation troops were not seen around the quisling
"government" offices when the demonstration took place
but were deployed in force there Monday night.
American aggressor troops took control of the sacked
building and stationed themselves around the local
Iraqi puppet police station, which had been deserted
in the afternoon when the mercenaries fled before the
patriotic populace.

Military occupation aircraft dropped flares and US
aggressor troops used loudhailers to call on residents
to give up their arms. They threatened to "shoot
anyone seen with a gun in his hand." Al-Fallujah,
which remains loyal to the Iraqi government lead by
President Saddam Hussein, broke out in joyous displays
earlier Monday after rumours spread that the man US
forces captured Saturday night was not the former
Iraqi leader.

Iraqi puppet police sources said on Tuesday
acknowledged that occupation forces shot dead two
Iraqi demonstrators on Monday in al-Fallujah, but the
US military failed to confirm the killings.

Some 50 kilometres further west in ar-Ramadi,
protesters took to the streets and stormed the puppet
governor's building and put up Saddam Hussein posters.

The US army announced that it had killed two Iraqis
during demonstrations in support of President Saddam
Hussein in the city of ar-Ramadi Monday evening.

In Tikrit, 300 students demonstrated in support of
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

"With our blood, with our soul, we defend you Saddam
Hussein," they chanted.
Some wept and several displayed Iraqi currency bearing
the Iraqi President's photo -- still in circulation.
Iraqi puppet police and American occupation troops
dispersed the protesters, some of whom were beaten and
arrested, an AFP reporter said.

In ar-Ramadi west of Baghdad, US aggressor soldiers
killed three protesters and wounded two more on
Monday, after up to 750 people rallied in a show of
support for Saddam Hussein, an occupation military
statement said. The statement said that US aggressor
troops were fired upon repeatedly and that one
American occupation soldier was wounded. Pro-Saddam
Hussein demonstrations have been held in several Iraqi
towns since the Iraqi President was captured on
Saturday.


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Special Report: From the scene of the capture of Iraqi
President, an exclusive report from the patriotic
Iraqi website www.albasrah.net.

Iraqi residents of the area of ad-Duwar where Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein was captured by aggressor
troops late Saturday evening report that a ferocious
battle raged in their farming area between Iraqi
Resistance Fighters led by President Saddam Hussein
and American aggressor troops backed by aircraft who
resorted to all sorts of weapons, including those
under international ban.

Lawyer Isma'il 'Abd ar-Rahman said that the courageous
Iraqi Resistance led by Saddam Hussein lost more than
150 men martyrs in the heroic engagement. He said
that the US aggressor forces lost more than 250 men,
however, in killed and injured during the combat, and
dozens of American vehicles were destroyed.

He added that American Apache helicopters and
airplanes were constantly in the skies of the area
throughout the entire duration of the battle that
raged for more than 30 hours during which the US
occupation forces were unable to break the will and
defiance of the heroic Resistance fighters.

Dr. Muhammad Ibrahim ad-Duri for his part said that
the American forces, frustrated by the Resistance
fighters' stubbornness, began to fire shells that
contained types of narcotic gas, taking advantage of
their technological superiority. At that point the
aggressor forces had no information, Dr. ad-Duri said,
indicating that the Iraqi President was in the area.
They simply wanted to silence the guns of the
Resistance fighters that had inflicted heavy losses on
the Americans.

He said that the gas spread quickly in the air and
affected the ability of the Resistance fighters to do
battle, causing them to lose consciousness. This
allowed the American aggressor forces to arrest them
while they were unconscious. Among them was the Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein. He said that this is what
all fair-minded people who witnessed the farcical lie
that the American forces showed on television at noon
on Sunday, 14 December could attest to.

Dr. ad-Duri added that the nature of the combat that
took place in that farming area full of date palms
puts the lie to the naïve American account. It shows
that President Saddam Hussein led the battle,
demonstrating outstanding courage in defying the
occupation forces. These are the praiseworthy
characteristics that Iraqis know to be his.

A leading member of the Arab Socialist Baath Party
said that the Iraqi President is a Baathist leader
before he is an office holder, and therefore his
arrest or assassination was always something that was
possible, and the President and his comrade fighters
knew this. The disappearance of President Saddam
Hussein from the spectacle of the political arena in
Iraq today will not affect the cohesion of the Party
nor the leadership by the Party of the heroic Iraqi
Resistance. The Baath Party, he said, is a
revolutionary, insurrectionist party.

The leading Baath Party member stressed that the
Resistance would not retreat. The agenda of the
Resistance will escalate in retribution for the loss
of freedom and dignity of the President who represents
the freedom and dignity of the people and the Arab
Nation.

He noted that the Iraqi Resistance retains its
military, organizational, and informational apparatus,
it knows all its members are ready for martyrdom at
any time and place, and he pledged that qualitative
Resistance operations aimed at the occupation forces
and their collaborators would continue because it is
the Resistance that represents the Iraqi soul.

Meanwhile Iraqi farmer 'Abbud Mustafa who owns a
chicken farm in the area said that several thousand of
his chickens, which are his source of livelihood, had
suddenly died with no prior warning. He said that
veterinarian doctors told him that they had died as a
result of the gas, which the American forces had
released in the area during their attempt to capture
President Saddam Hussein.

Al-Hajjah Siham Jabbar spoke about the same thing,
affirming that two of the sheep her family owns on
their rural farmstead had died because of the effects
of the gas released by the American forces in the
region.

Commenting on the way that the Americans released the
story about the arrest of President Saddam Hussein,
Dr. Mani' Mahdi, professor of psychology at the
University of Tikrit said that the American
Administration wants to humiliate not only President
Saddam Hussein but also the masses of the people and
the Arab Nation who pinned their hopes on the
personality of President Saddam, regarding him as an
Arab Nationalist hero and a valiant knight of the Arab
Nation. The American Administration, Dr. Mahdi said,
wants to deprive us of our political and historical
symbols and personalities so that we might pay homage
to defeated leaders who live under in the shade of the
Americans. President Saddam Hussein is the one who
said "No!" to the American Administration. It was he
who struck the very depths of the Zionist entity. It
was he who built an industrial base and brought
together an army of scientists in Iraq. It was he who
made Iraq's national resources secure from the
encroachments of the enemies of the Arab nation.
Because of all that the Americans brought together all
the intelligence people and psychologists in the
Administration to put together a show of humiliation
of this historic personality who represents the
present and future of the Arab nation.

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Special Document:
Statement by the Iraqi Branch of the Arab Socialist
Baath Party.

In the name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy-giving.

The Arab Socialist Baath Party.

"One Arab Nation, With an Everlasting Mission."

"Unity, Freedom, Socialism."


Statement on the imprisonment of our comrade the
General Secretary by the occupation forces in Iraq.


Sons and daughters of the Iraqi people and the Arab
Nation!

Baathist Comrades!

In the course of the on-going confrontation between
the heroic Iraqi Resistance led by the Arab Socialist
Baath Party and the occupation forces and their
stooges in Iraq, and at a time of intensified
operations by the occupation forces as they
desperately attempt to strike at and stop the
escalating armed Resistance, American occupation
forces with the help of mercenary traitors managed to
carry out a combined operation that targeted a number
of alternative points – both real potential locations
and decoy locations – in various parts of Salah ad-Din
Province while our comrade General Secretary was on
the move. The operation made use of biologically
effective interventions in order to take our comrade,
the General Secretary and Chief Secretary of the Iraqi
Branch of the Party, the militant Saddam Hussein,
prisoner. That event took place before midnight on
Saturday, 13 December 2003.

The heroic armed Resistance, guided by its political
and strategic programs, will never stop. No, it will
continue, escalating its designated line in accordance
with tactical demands and the strategic aim of
"expelling the occupation forces, liberating Iraq, and
preserving it as one unified homeland for all Iraqis."
That which has been laid out by the Command of the
Political Resistance and that which has been learned
by fighting detachments will continue to be
implemented with lofty zeal, fighting spirit, clear
vision, and firm resolve, embodying the principled and
militant characteristics and virtues of our comrade
the General Secretary.

The Baath, the Resistance, and all noble minded Arabs
and human beings are certain that his firmly rooted
faith, his strong fighting spirit, his authentic Arab
honor, his iron Iraqi unyileldingness, and his unique
personal potency will inform the great battle of
defiance that our comrade the General Secretary will
wage inside the enemy prison camp, a battle that will
add a new and eternal epic chapter to the life of
Saddam Hussein, a man dear to the hearts of Iraqis,
Arabs, and all progressives in the world.

Long live free Iraq! Defeat the occupation!

Long live the heroic Iraqi Resistance!

Long live the Comrade General Secretary and Chief
Secretary of the Iraqi Branch of the Party, the
militant Saddam Hussein!

Long live Palestine, beloved of comrade Saddam
Hussein, Free and Arab!

God is Greatest! God is Greatest! And may the
despicable be despised!

Apparatus for Political Information and Publication,
Arab Socialist Baath Party.
15 December 2003.

Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Tuesday, 16 December 2003.
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Tuesday, 16 December 2003.

Al-Jazeera TV reported that the US occupation forces
had admitted the death of a US occupation soldier near
Baghdad.

The Jordanian daily al-Arab al-Yawm noted that at 5pm
on Tuesday BBC Radio from London began its news
roundup with word of a powerful explosion inside the
so-called Green Zone in the heart of Baghdad, the
occupied Republican Palace and surrounding grounds
that the American occupation forces use as their
headquarters.

Yet this news item did not appear later in any news
report nor on any of the wire services. This is
another example, al-Arab al-Yawm concluded of the
severe censorship that the occupation authorities have
imposed on the news media to conceal the facts about
the losses that the American forces are suffering and
to truth about the Iraqi people's rejection of the
occupation.

Earlier, the AP reported that two US occupation
soldiers were seriously wounded in an explosion in
Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit on Tuesday. A
later report from the occupation forces indicated that
three American soldiers were injured in Tikrit when an
explosive device blew up as their vehicle passed by on
one of the streets of the city.

US occupation troops in Tikrit, 100 miles north of
Baghdad said the two men were seriously injured in the
blast, and witnesses at the US Army base there saw
them being carried away on stretchers.

An occupation military spokesman said Tuesday that a
US occupation soldier died when he fell out of the
vehicle he was riding north of Baghdad. The spokesman
did not provide further details on the incident.

US aggressor forces claim to have shot dead 11 Iraqis
who, the Americans say, were preparing to ambush the
occupation troops in the city of Samarra', west of
Baghdad. The US statement claimed that American
forces suffered no casualties in the incident. The
American statement said that local people took the
bodies of the Iraqi martyrs away.

Meanwhile the Iraqi capital Baghdad was transformed
into a military camp as the occupation army braced
itself for an offensive from the Iraqi Resistance.
The millions of Iraqi civilian residents of their
country's capital were unable to walk about safely and
normally or to drive their cars around their city
because of dozens of cement barricades, barbed wire
entanglements, security points, and patrols by the
occupation forces and collaborator militias.

Ahmad Sabri, Baghdad correspondent of the Amman daily
al-Arab al-Yawm reported that pedestrian and motor
traffic in Baghdad, and movement from one part of the
city to another was blocked and obstructed as never
before in the entire 1200 years of the city's
existence.

Yet the barricades and barbed wire only serve to
increase the terror of death for Iraqis, as anyone
approaching the often camouflaged checkpoints is in
the cross-hairs of occupation soldiers' automatic
weapons. If a soldier so much as suspects that an
approaching person or vehicle might pose a threat he
is liable to open fire without warning, or with a
warning in an alien language that most Iraqis cannot
understand.

The spectacle of the occupation military and their
collaborating stooges repeated itself again and again
in district after district of the sprawling Iraqi
capital as the aggressor forces tried to prepare
themselves for a new offensive by the Iraqi popular
Resistance as it seeks to inflict some sort of
retribution on the occupiers for capturing and
imprisoning the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.

Concerning the imprisoned Iraqi President, word leaked
out from sources close to the puppet so-called Interim
Governing Council that the "prime minister" of the
Zionist Entity, Ariel Sharon, was the first leader to
view the captured Iraqi President even before word of
his imprisonment had been announced.

Naser Mahmud, an Iraqi politician who is close to the
so-called Interim Governing Council confirmed that
American Proconsul of Iraq L. Paul Bremer received the
Zionist criminal at Saddam International Airport in
the occupied Iraqi capital last Sunday night after
Sharon had arrived on an "Israeli" airplane
accompanied by a group of aides and Mossad agents.
After learning from Bremer that the Iraqi President
had been captured and was in the airport, Sharon asked
to see Saddam Hussein, "so that he might be the first
to see Saddam as a prisoner."

The Zionist criminal, butcher of Sabra and Shatila,
reportedly spent the night in Baghdad congratulating
and celebrating with the American occupation forces.

In the last 24 hours US occupation forces shot and
killed 40 Iraqi citizens as they repressed massive
demonstrations in support of imprisoned Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein. Protests have swept the
occupied country as news spread about the American
aggressor capture of the Iraqi President.

Eyewitnesses in the Baghdad Sunni neighborhood of
al-A'zamiyah said that 22 demonstrators for Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein died as martyrs under the
hail of American bullets.

In Tikrit, about 700 people rallied in the center of
town chanting "Saddam is in our hearts, Saddam is in
our blood." Obtuse US soldiers and Iraqi puppet
policemen yelled back: "Saddam is in our jail,"
clearly failing to grasp the protesters' meaning that
the whole Iraqi people would have to be arrested if
the aggressors hope to quell the Resistance.

A scuffle ensued when security forces arrested the
leader of the protest, showing once again what free
speech means to them. Demonstrators attacked puppet
government buildings in the city and set fire to their
contents. Some 250 students gathered in front of
Tikrit School Tuesday Morning.

Iraqi Puppet police in Kirkuk said that the American
occupation forces shot one Iraqi man dead and injured
another in two separate incidents near the oil city,
250km north of Baghdad. The American 4th Infantry
Division refused to confirm the killings, saying only
that it was investigating them.

In Mosul puppet security sources said that one puppet
policeman was killed and another injured seriously
when gunfire broke out at a demonstration of about a
thousand students in support of Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein. Puppet police lieutenant 'Abd Allah 'Abd
Allah said that four members of a so-called unit for
the protection of installations which was formed by
the occupation forces and collaborates with them were
injured when demonstrators pelted them with stones.
The demonstrators destroyed two cars. Clashes
occurred after a student demonstration of an estimated
10,000 students was broken up. It had gathered to
express support for Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and
to denounce the American occupation.

In al-Fallujah, another hotspot of Resistance west of
Baghdad, crowds roamed the streets shouting pro-Saddam
Hussein slogans such as "We defend Saddam with our
souls." After the Iraqi puppet police fled from the
streets, the crowd overran the mayor's office, an
occupation military statement said.

Tension and anger pervaded the city of al-Fallujah at
noon, however, when for about an hour US occupation
troops descended on the city, blocking the roads and
raiding and searching homes in the town. During the
American aggressor raids, Iraqi Resistance Forces
mounted two attacks on the occupation forces, although
a correspondent for the Agence France Presse (AFP)
said that the US troops suffered no casualties.

The roar of American aggressor aircraft flying at
medium altitude never let up during the US raid on the
town prompting a 22-year-old resident who gave his
name as Salim to say in bitter anger "they think that
their airplanes scare us. It's true they've taken
Saddam prisoner, but we will go on defying them not
for his sake but to protect the honor of Islam."

US occupation military vehicles appeared in large
numbers Tuesday around the puppet government offices
in al-Fallujah, at the meeting hall for the tribal
shaykhs, and around the puppet police, which on Monday
had been the target of a attacks by Iraqi
demonstrators supporting President Saddam Hussein.

The biggest concentration of US occupation troops was
around the puppet police station. They deployed on
the roof of the building to observe while eight
American military vehicles blocked the roads leading
to the puppet police station where dozens of US
infantry soldiers set about searching houses in the
area. No arrests were made.

On Monday occupation forces confronted demonstrators
and told them through loudspeakers that they must not
believe rumors that Saddam Hussein had not been
captured. This prompted vegetable seller Nabil Mahmud
to ask "What are they doing in the city? Whether
they've captured Saddam or not captured him we'll go
on attacking them since they've invaded. We are
Muslims and some things are sacred to us."

With a tone that sounded threatening, Salah Muhammad,
who owns a shop near the puppet police headquarters
"they won't dare deploy this way at night because then
it's easy for us to target them without hurting any of
our people. They come out in the daytime so they can
be protected by the civilians."

After an hour, the American occupation troops pulled
out of al-Fallujah as the local people gathered by the
dozen in front of shops and at intersections to watch
angrily and silently as the vehicles drove past.

As soon as the American occupation troops had left
Iraqi Resistance forces fired a rocket-propelled
grenade at a goods train. One railway car was
damaged. Young people helped themselves to boxes of
Pepsi Cola before the American occupation troops
approached the scene of the crippled train, one
kilometer from al-Fallujah station. A locomotive was
then brought which hauled the train back to
al-Fallujah station under heavy American guard.

Iraqi Resistance fighters at noon also fired an RPG at
an American helicopter that was hovering at low
altitude in the area of the al-Fallujah train station.
The aircraft was not hit, according to eyewitnesses
Samir Mushrif and 'Adnan Jasem. In response to the
RPG attack, an American armored vehicle that was
parked near the station fired its heavy machineguns on
the house opposite causing one house to burst into
flames and damaging the façade of another, according
to the AFP.

This incident followed an Iraqi Resistance attack in
which an RPG was fired at an American occupation
patrol in al-Fallujah, inflicting no casualties.

In Baaqubah, about 200 protesters supporting Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein attacked a headquarters of
the Iranian-backed Shiite Militia the Badr Division of
the so-called Supreme Council of the Islamic
Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) which the United States has
recently announced will aid the occupation forces in
suppressing the Sunni population. The demonstrators
who carried guns and knives smashing the windows and
knocking down one of its walls. No American or
collaborator forces were in the area at the time of
the demonstration.


Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Wednesday, 17 December 2003.
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Wednesday, 17 December 2003.

The Baghdad correspondent for the Jordanian newspaper
al-Arab al-Yawm, Ahmad Sabri, writes in the issue for
Thursday, 18 December that he learned from a security
source close to the occupation authorities Wednesday
evening that the man who denounced and betrayed Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein to the Americans,
facilitating his capture, was his relative, Colonel
Muhammad Ibrahim 'Umar al-Musallit who had been the
Iraqi President's personal companion and aide
throughout the entire period of his life underground
since the American invasion as he moved from one
hiding place to another.

The sources said that Colonel al-Musallit would
frequently visit Saddam Hussein's secret hiding places
and was the link between the Iraqi President and his
other relatives in recent days.

The sources told al-Arab al-Yawm that al-Musallit
disclosed his intention of betraying the President to
some of his family members and then made contact with
the Americans through a relative whom he thoroughly
trusted. The Colonel and the occupation forces agreed
on a plan that guaranteed that the Iraqi President
would be taken alive and unable to resist or flee from
the trap that was prepared for him.

The plan was for al-Musallit to drug the Iraqi
President shortly before the arrival of the American
forces thereby providing all the military and
practical guarantees of the success of the plan.

In actuality Colonel al-Musallit succeeded in carrying
out the plan. He was able to drug Saddam Hussein in
his hiding place and hand him over to the Americans in
a state where he was out of control of his faculties.

The sources think it likely that the operation to
capture the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was
actually carried out some time ago and that the
American occupation forces' account of the capture is
not precisely accurate.

Meanwhile there have been reports, al-Arab al-Yawm's
correspondent writes, coming from Tikrit saying that
the individual who cooperated with al-Musallit and
contacted the Americans, telling them of the Iraqi
President's whereabouts, was a relative of Saddam
Hussein's named Khaled al-Hamd.

Information has recently leaked out that the al-Majid
tribe, from which the Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
al-Majid's tribe is descended, had killed Colonel
al-Musallit and the one who helped him to trap the
President. Other sources said that it is likely that
Colonel al-Musallit and his helper were killed by
members of the tribe.

Three American occupation soldiers were wounded
Wednesday evening in two separate attacks by the Iraqi
Resistance in Mosul, northern Iraq, according to
puppet police officials and eyewitnesses.

Puppet police Lieutenant Haytham Muhammad Jamal said
that Resistance fighters on motorcycles fired two
rocket-propelled grenades on American occupation
troops who were searching a house under construction
in al-Hudaba' neighborhood northeast of Mosul,
wounding two of the Americans.

Jamal, who took part in a puppet police patrol that
cordoned off the area and searched for the Resistance
fighters said that one of them was wounded in the
incident when the US aggressors opened fire on the
Resistance fighters who were nevertheless able to get
away.

In another incident one American soldier was wounded
Wednesday when Resistance fighters launched a mortar
barrage at the headquarters of the American occupation
forces located near Mosul University.

Mazen Khalil Jasem, a member of the puppet Division
for the Protection of Iraqi Installations who works in
the American headquarters, said that eight mortar
shells struck inside the headquarters wounding one
American soldier and destroying a military vehicle.
Nabil Muhammad Sayrawan, a member of the Kurdish
chauvinist Peshmergah collaborationist militia who
helps to guard the American headquarters told the same
story. Nevertheless, American sources had no
information about the two attacks.

Three Brigades of American occupation troops of the
4th Infantry Division and Iraqi puppet forces started
a new series of raids, dubbed Operation Ivy Blizzard,
on Wednesday in Samarra'. Backed by armored vehicles
and Apache helicopters, US occupation troops conducted
door-to-door raids and searches designed to stamp out
Iraqi Resistance in the restive town. At least a dozen
people were detained.

Two brigades surrounded Samarra' while the third
carried out raids and house-to-house searches. The
raids were accompanied by intense gunfire directed at
the civilian residents of the city. Sever damage was
inflicted on the citizens' property. Doors were blown
off their hinges as the occupation troops burst into
homes in a way designed to maximize terror and without
the slightest regard for the rights of the citizens to
security and safety.

Reliable sources told al-Arab al-Yawm that the
occupation forces' raids were still continuing as late
as Wednesday evening, but the city has been cut off
from communication with the outside world.

A Statement issued by the Arab Baath Socialist Party
confirms that the Iraqi President was taken prisoner
after he was drugged and his movement crippled and
that the reported "trial" being prepared for him is
nothing but an illegal move.

An explosives-laden truck speeding toward a puppet
police station collided with a bus at an intersection
before dawn Wednesday, killing 17 Iraqis amid a surge
of violence since the weekend capture of President
Saddam Hussein. Twenty people also were injured in
the attack in al-Bayya', a poor district in southwest
Baghdad, hospital officials said. Ahmad Kazem Ibrahim,
deputy puppet "interior minister," said the dead were
Iraqis, and that the truck driver had planned to
strike the puppet police station.

Al-Jazeera TV reports on the authority of sources in
the Iranian-backed Supreme Council of the Islamic
Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) which is collaborating with
the American occupation, that Muhannad al-Hakim, the
SCIRI chief for al-'Ameriyah neighborhood in Baghdad
has been assassinated by the Iraqi Resistance. The
sources added that Muhannad al-Hakim had received
death threats from supporters of Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein.

SCIRI collaborationist sources also announced to
al-Jazeera that 'Ali az-Zalemi, an official in the
Baath Party and former candidate of the Baath Party to
represent the city of an-Najaf, was murdered by
people, likely SCIRI supporters, who surrounded and
killed him.

The Iraqi Resistance detonated two explosive devices
as an American occupation convoy was passing an area
south of Kirkuk on Wednesday. A number of the US
aggressor troops were wounded according to Iraqi
puppet police. Puppet police staff Captain Hamad
Latif, director of the puppet police in the ar-Rashad
area said that the bomb targeted a US occupation
patrol near al-Hamirah and caused severe damage to a
Humvee as well as wounding the personnel who were in
it. Pools of blood were clearly visible on the ground.
Catpain Latif said that his puppet police forces set
up a road block near the scene of the explosion and
that a second blast occurred five meters from the site
of the first just a few seconds later.

The US occupation forces claimed that one Iraqi was
killed and two others wounded in an explosion that was
aimed at a passing US patrol in Baghdad on Wednesday.
An American occupation spokesman said that the
hand-made bomb, although it was intended for the
American patrol killed and injured only Iraqis,
leaving the American forces unscathed.

Demonstrations continued on Wednesday in support of
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein whose capture by US
aggressor forces was announced on Sunday. Thousands
of Iraqis demonstrated in support of their imprisoned
President in various parts of the city of Mosul.

Thousands of protesters gathered in front of the
Provincial government office building in the Bab
at-Tawb district in the center of the city carrying
Iraqi flags and signs reading "Baathism, Baathism. We
do not accept dishonor!", "Yes, yes, to the Leader
Saddam!", "Two things we'll never give up: Iraq and
Saddam Hussein!", "Bush, Bush, listen well: We all
love Saddam Hussein!", "We will die, we will die, so
the homeland may live!", "Down with America!",
"Governing Council – you cowards! You're stooges of
the Americans!"

Mu'ammar Fares Nawfal, a 22-year-old student said
"Saddam is our President and he'll remain our
President in spite of being a prisoner. We are here
to denounce his humiliating capture. He was a leader
given power by his people. We are here to condemn his
imprisonment and the occupation of Iraq and we demand
the withdrawal of the American forces from Iraq."

'Abd ar-Rahman Muhammad Badr, 43, said "Saddam will be
our President and our leader for ever and we won't
give up him or Iraq."

Meanwhile, Bikr Siddiq Muhammad, an officer in the
Mosul puppet police said that at least four
demonstrators were wounded on Wednesday when the
protest action was fired upon.

For the second straight day students marched through
the streets of Mosul carrying pictures of Saddam
Hussein and chanting "Shame! Shame on the traitors!"

Puppet police officer Muhammad said that when the
students got to the area in front of the headquarters
of the puppet so-called Division for the Protection of
Public Installations, the members of the division
fired at the students wounding four of them.

The demonstration turned into a battle as the students
attacked the headquarters of the Turcoman Party in the
city, stoning and setting fire to cars belonging to
its members.

American aggressor troops intervened to break up the
demonstrators using clubs as Iraqi puppet police fired
guns into the air.

In Tikrit the University administration ordered the
University to be shut down for three days beginning
Wednesday in order to prevent gatherings and
demonstrations in support of Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein.

Demonstrations erupted in numerous Sunni towns in
central and northern Iraq. Violence broke out during
demonstrations in particular in al-Fallujah,
ar-Ramadi, and Baaqubah, and also in the al-A'zamiyah
neighborhood of Baghdad where demonstrators were
attacked with gunfire.

Meanwhile the Board of Muslim 'Ulema' (Sunni) on
Wednesday declared that the method used by the
American occupation forces to capture Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein was a "deliberate act of humiliation"
on the part of the Americans. The Board said in a
statement "the method whereby the Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein was arrested involved the deliberate
humiliation of the Iraqi people by the Americans."
The statement also denounced "expressions of pleasure"
by some people at the arrest of the Iraqi President
because that gave moral support to the occupation
forces.

Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Thursday, 18 December 2003.
http://www.aljazeera.net/news/arabic/2003/12/12-18-1.htm