Iraqi Resistance Report for
Thursday, 15 January 2004
through Saturday, 17 January 2004.
compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr,
board, the Free Arab Voice.
Thursday, 15 January 2004.
The Anglo-American occupation of Iraq was not able to
hide the major attacks launched on Thursday by the
Iraqi Resistance against them, but they were able, as
usual, due to their control of the main sources of
information on the ground to hide the results of those
operations in an effort to make light of them,
pretending that they were failed or fruitless attacks.
On Thursday, Iraqi Resistance fighters directly
attacked a base of the American military occupation in
Kirkuk with Katyusha rockets. Two Katyushas
with thunderous explosions inside the base, in an
assault that was heard over a large area.
occupation forces raced about going on an elevated
state of alert, deploying tanks and military vehicles
around all major buildings in the area. The
material and human losses caused by the rocket attack,
however, was not disclosed. Turhan Yusuf, puppet
police commander in Kirkuk, said that on Thursday
morning two Katyusha rockets struck the main
headquarters of the American occupation forces in the
city. At precisely 6:10am local time, the two
Katyushas hit Kirkuk airport, 5km west of the city
itself. The US occupation forces have turned the
occupied airport into their local headquarters.
Yusuf said that he had no information as to whether
the rockets had caused any damage or casualties among
the American invaders. The Agence France Presse
on the scene said that tighter security was imposed in
the city after the attack and that sirens wailed in
the early morning hours.
In the southern Iraqi city of Karbala', the Iraqi
Resistance attacked a security center with
rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) causing direct damage
during the night of Wednesday to Thursday. Yet a
spokesman for the Iraqi puppet police that was hired
by the American occupation forces denied that there
were any casualties. Rahman Mashawi, the press
officer for the puppet regime in the province of
Karbala', spoke to the AFP and said that two RPGs
struck the police station of Nahiyat al-Harr, 5km
north of Karbala' at about 10:00pm local time on
Wednesday, but denied that there were any casualties.
He said that the first rocket hit the outer wall
surrounding the building and the second fell in the
garden of a residence next to the station but that
neither caused any human losses. Mashawi said
puppet police patrols tried in vain to arrest the
Resistance fighters who attacked them, but the
fighters eluded their grasp, having left behind a car
which the puppet police confiscated.
Thursday, a plane carrying Georgian Defense Minister
David Tevzadze came under fire as it took off from
Baghdad's occupied airport to return to Georgia. No
one was reported injured.
Tevzadze spent two days in Iraq with the former Soviet
republic's 70-member peacekeeping contingent that is
serving the United States as cannon fodder. The
government that recently forced its way to power –
with US backing – in the Caucasian republic of
is more subservient to Washington even than was the
previous regime of Eduard Shevardnadze.
The head of the Georgian National Guard, Koba
Kobaladze, who was aboard the target aircraft, said
that American occupation helicopters returned fire at
the sources of the rockets. He said that Tevzadze
sleeping at the time of the attack and was unaware
that anything had happened.
US occupation forces committed more war crimes on
Thursday, killing eight Iraqis in the area of Tikrit
and Baaqubah. A military occupation spokesman
that the invader forces were responding to attacks
against them and in the process killed eight attackers
in various locations.
In Tikrit the occupation army announced on Thursday
that they had killed seven Iraqis in three separate
incidents in the area. Sergeant Robert Cargie
Tikrit that six of those Iraqis were killed near the
city of Baaqubah, 60km north of Baghdad. A
died south of Tikrit. Cargie said that American
soldiers of the 3rd Battalion of the 67th Armored
Brigade on Wednesday were attacked by the Iraqi
Resistance in Abu Khurma, 15km east of Baaqubah.
said that the US aggressor forces killed four of the
Resistance fighters and wounded a fifth. Cargie
further that the battle occurred as the US invaders
were pursuing members of Saddam's Fedayeen. He
claimed that the occupation forces captured 31
individuals among them eight who were being
investigated. He said that the aggressors
19 AK-47 Kalashnikov Assault Rifles and other
automatic weapons as well as ammunition and three hand
Cargie said that a patrol mounted by the American 1st
Battalion of the 67th Armored Brigade killed two
Iraqis in a separate operation in al-Khalis. He
claimed that the two Iraqis had tried to flee from the
aggressors. Two other men who had been with the
deceased managed to elude the invaders' bullets and
escaped. Cargie said: "It is unclear whether
were trying to plant an explosive device or not."
Cargie said that on Wednesday an American occupation
patrol was attacked south of Jalula', near Tikrit.
said that one of the Resistance fighters attacking the
invaders was killed and another injured. Another
Resistance fighter escaped, but was found later,
wounded, in his vehicle, according to Cargie.
The American occupation claimed that three civilians
were killed and two others wounded on Thursday when a
bus on which they were riding struck a land mine near
Tikrit. Sergeant Steve Russell of the 1-22
part of the 4th Infantry Division, said that the bus
probably drove over a mine.
In an-Nasiriyah there were demonstrations by Iraqi
soldiers demanding their pay and demanding to be
allowed to work and begin to live their lives after
the disbanding, shortly after the US invasion, of the
Army of the Republic of Iraq. Some 300 unemployed
people, most of them former soldiers, rallied
peacefully to call for jobs outside the headquarters
of the occupation forces in the city. Sattar
former soldier in the Iraqi Army said, "I haven't
received any pay for four months."
the city hypertrophied after the American aggressor
forces announced the dissolution of the Iraqi Army in
May 2003. There have been repeated promises that
for the veterans would be provided. Kazem
the monthly pay, which he is supposed to receive, is
75,000 occupation Dinars or US$75. He said
not enough to feed my family of seven."
'Aziz 'Abed ash-Shahid said, "I'm disabled and
tried to get work everywhere or to get assistance but
nobody cares about my case."
'Adel Turki said, "I went to the [puppet] oil
protection services to look for work, but they asked
for a bribe of 200,000 occupation Dinars
A representative of the demonstrators read a
declaration in which he demanded that government
employees be allowed back to their jobs, that promised
stipends be paid to veterans, and that jobs be
provided for all Iraqis.
In recent days similar demonstrations of the
unemployed in the other southern Iraqi cities of
al-'Amarah and al-Kut have ended in violent clashes
and the deaths of several demonstrators from
occupation troop and puppet police gunfire.
In the south of occupied Iraq, tens of thousands of
Shiite Iraqis came out in large demonstrations in
al-Basrah in support of demands of AyatAllah 'Ali
as-Sistani for the holding of elections before a
planned transfer of power, and for the appointment of
a temporary electoral committee. The
chanted their support for the Shiite "Hawzah"
committee of Shiite clerics and for its chief cleric
as-Sistani, and carried signs in English saying
want a constitution."
Among the political parties that took part in the
Shiite clerical demonstrations were the
collaborationist so-called Supreme Council for the
Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) and the Da'wah
Party, whose representatives sit on the puppet
so-called Interim Governing Council run by American
proconsul L. Paul Bremer. Although as-Sistani
not participate in the so-called governing council, he
does not oppose the American presence in the country,
but has begun recently to call for a transfer of power
to Iraqis. As-Sistani has rejected all claims
holding elections under the present situation in
occupied Iraq would be impossible, insisting instead
on the election rather than appointment of members of
the Transition Group provided for in official US
documents regarding the "transition of power"
by Washington for May 2004.
No secular parties took part in the marches.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Friday, 16 January 2004.
Friday, 16 January 2004.
A US aggressor soldier died from what US occupation
sources said was a non-hostile gunshot wound south of
Baghdad on Friday evening near ad-Diwaniyah south of
Baghdad, the military occupation command said in a
statement made on Saturday. No further details were
The Iraqi Resistance carried out an attack in the
northern city of Mosul on Friday seriously injuring
two puppet policemen, according to an officer in the
local puppet police, 'Abd al-Ghani al-Mulla Ghannun.
The two puppet policemen were in a vehicle in front of
the residence of the police commander in one of the
neighborhoods of Mosul, 370km north of Baghdad.
Ghannun said that Resistance fighters in a white car
with no license plates drove past the puppet police
car and opened fire on them with AK-47 Kalashnikov
Assault Rifles, and then escaped. Dr. Ghassan
'Abdallah of Mosul Hospital said that the two men were
in serious condition.
The commander of the puppet police in Kirkuk reported
that a road block manned by the puppet police near the
city came under an armed Resistance attack in which
one of the attackers was seriously wounded, he said.
The Iraqi puppet police and hospital sources report
that a 15-year old youth was killed and five other
persons wounded when a bomb exploded in a neighborhood
in the center of Baghdad as US occupation soldiers and
puppet police were trying to disarm it.
The Iraqi puppet police reported that one Iraqi had
been killed and two others wounded when a land mine
belonging to the "former" Iraqi Army
Two bombs found in the puppet so-called "Defense
Ministry" were also being defused by US occupation
troops Friday, Lieutenant Robert Cornetius said.
Patients were evacuated from part of a hospital facing
the ministry, said the hospital's deputy manager,
Hundreds of Iraqis marched on Friday to protest the
American occupation's arrest of Khamis Sirhan Muhammad
a member of the Regional Leadership of the Arab Baath
Socialist Party whom the Americans listed as number 54
of their list of "most wanted" persons in
Iraq. Demonstrators carried signs and Iraqi flags
well as pictures of Khamis Sirhan. One sign read
the tribes of al-Fallujah demand that the invaders
release Mr. Khamis Sirhan!" Another read:
of al-Fallujah demand that the occupiers release
Muhammad Kamel, a nephew of Khamis Sirhan Muhammad
said, "my uncle is innocent and did not commit any
crime against the people of Iraq. He's one of the
beloved and respected local people of al-Fallujah.
enjoys everybody's respect and he behaves according to
tribal traditions, not political ones."
Officials in Iraq's puppet police force said that they
have taken intensified security measures around two
mosques in the city of Baaqubah in anticipation of
possible attacks. Haydar 'Abbas, a puppet police
officer, explained that they had received information
that an explosives-laden truck driven by someone in a
police uniform had entered the city and was expected
to strike a target before or after Friday
Meanwhile the Shiite cleric Ayat Allah 'Ali
as-Sistani, who still does not advocate resistance to
the invaders and occupiers of his country, threatened
to issue a legal opinion (fatwa) calling for
"opposition" to the American occupation if
for an election under the conditions of occupation are
not met. The threat came as American Proconsul
Bremer was in Washington consulting with his bosses on
how to handle the public relations show that they call
a "transition of power" set for May this year
puppet so-called Interim governing council is to be
replaced by another puppet body while the military
occupation remains in place as it has been.
occupation forces are fearful of the outcome of any
kind of election, even one under conditions of
occupation where the largest political party in the
country has been made illegal and where enemies of the
occupation are arrested and sent to concentration
prison camps. American suggestions have provided
a transitional body to be selected by regional
caucuses, but as-Sistani and a group of Shiite clerics
close to members of the collaborationist so-called
Interim Governing Council are demanding elections to
chose the new puppet authority.
An aide to as-Sistani, Ayat Allah Muhammad Baqer
al-Mihri, on Friday conveyed as-Sistani's threat and
explained that if as-Sistani issues the legal opinion
(fatwa) for Shiites to oppose the occupation, the
Shiite population of Iraq "will come out in
marches and demonstrations against the occupation
forces." Al-Mihri urged Proconsul Bremer to
as-Sistani's threat seriously if he wants to avoid
"problems." Al-Mihri said that it was
clergy who had prevented a "confrontation"
Iraq's Shiites and the occupation forces.
The Associated Press reported on Friday that despite a
Pentagon investigation into alleged overcharging for
fuel delivered to Iraq, the US army had nevertheless
awarded US Vice President Dick Cheney's
company Halliburton a contract to rebuild Iraq's oil
industry, an industry devastated by the 30-nation
aggression of 1990-1991 when Cheney was US imperialist
Secretary of Defense, and by the 13-year embargo on
Iraq imposed when Cheney was Secretary of Defense, and
by the invasion of Iraq in 2003 when Cheney was Vice
President. According to the AP, the investigation
into overcharging will concern government officials,
not Halliburton executives.
According to a statement issued by the US Army Corps
of Engineers, Halliburton won a competitive bid to
rebuild the oil industry in southern Iraq, a contract
worth up to US$1.2 billion over two years. The US
Army gave Halliburton's subsidiary Kellog, Brown &
Root (KBR) a no-bid contract to rebuild the oil
infrastructure in Iraq shortly after the US occupation
of the country last March. Then, after
among moneyed interests, the US army opened that
contract for competitive bids last fall and split it
into one for northern Iraq and one for southern Iraq,
perhaps in keeping with plans by some Washington
strategists eventually to split Iraq into separate
statelets. However that may be, the northern Iraq
contract, worth up to US$800 million went to a joint
venture of California-based Parsons Corporation and
the Australian company Worley Group Ltd.
The commander of US occupation forces in Iraq has
ordered a criminal investigation into reports of abuse
of prisoners at an occupation detention center. A
military statement Friday gave no indication about the
scope of the alleged abuse, saying simply that
Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez ordered a probe
"into reported incidents of detainee abuse at a
'coalition forces' detention facility." The
did not specify the facility.
The release of specific information concerning the
incidents could hinder the investigation, which is in
its early stages," the statement said, thereby
hiding the beatings and torture reportedly used by the
aggressor forces against captives held in the
occupation's many concentration camps.
In Washington, Lawrence Di Rita, spokesman for Defense
Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, said it is a criminal
investigation and that the reports of abuse were
deemed "very serious and credible." Di Rita
to provide details other than to say the alleged abuse
happened at detention centers in Baghdad. The
Associated Press observed that "the announcement
followed allegations by Amnesty International and
former prisoners of harsh treatment of detainees"
captured by US occupation forces after their
occupation of the country began last March.
Some 60 Iraqi prisoners were set free by the
occupation on 8 January. That release was
be the first batch of a whole series of prisoner
releases, but so far there have been no further
reports of other groups of captives being set free.
Many of those who came out of the Abu Ghurayb prison
on that day complained of torture and extensive
imprisonment of individuals for no apparent reason.
They also reported that prisoners were shot in the
course of an uprising during the summer. See the
Iraqi Resistance Report for Thursday, 8 January 2004.
According to the AP, the occupation is believed to be
holding about 12,800 prisoners in its various
concentration camps. Earlier this month, three US
occupation army reservists were discharged for abuse
of prisoners at the so-called Camp Bucca detention
center in southern Iraq.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Saturday, 17 January 2004.
Saturday, 17 January 2004.
The Iraqi Resistance inflicted direct casualties on
the American occupation forces on Saturday in northern
Iraq. In addition, a number of positions of the
puppet police that collaborates with the occupation
A roadside bomb in the agricultural community of
al-Mushahadah, 30km from Baghdad, three American
occupation soldiers and two Iraqi puppet so-called
civil defense force members were killed in a roadside
bomb blast. Those killed and wounded had been
US occupation patrol looking for roadside bombs on
which the American aggressors brought along puppet
forces to serve them. MacDonald claimed that
men who were leaving the scene of the attack in a
white truck were detained, and aggressor soldiers
claimed they found bomb-making material in the
vehicle, he added.
Two American invaders also were wounded when a Bradley
Fighting Vehicle hit the explosive device and caught
fire on a road near Taji, about 20 miles north of the
Iraq capital, said Lieutenant Colonel Bill MacDonald,
a spokesman for the 4th Infantry Division. MacDonald
said the remote-controlled bomb, planted on an access
road, was made up of two 155 mm artillery rounds and
other explosives. 'Abed 'Ali, who lives nearby, told
AP that he rushed to the scene after hearing the loud
explosion and saw the Bradley burning. The explosion
left a large crater. Young Iraqi men could be seen
picking through the wreckage of the destroyed vehicle.
Local people delighted in the attack rushing in to
brandish parts of the destroyed Bradley vehicle in
celebration of the Resistance victory, as they chanted
slogans in favor of the Resistance and against the
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked the General
Headquarters of the occupation forces that covers the
five provinces supervised by the so-called
multinational forces under Polish command.
sources would not disclose information about possible
losses in the attack which took place in the town of
al-Hillah. They did announce, however that one
had been killed and others injured in the Resistance
In al-Huwayjah, the comander of the puppet so-called
civil defense force that collaborates with the
occupation said that four of its members were wounded
in a Resistance attack, two of them seriously.
General Anwar Muhammad Amin commander of the puppet
so-called civil defense forces in Kirkuk said that the
four Iraqis were guarding a checkpoint at the entrance
to al-Huwayjah when explosives were thrown at them.
A spokesman for the occupation forces announced that
two Iraqis were killed and six others captured in an
attack that targeted an border outpost in the province
of al-Anbar. No aggressor losses were reported
In Karbala' a spokesman for the puppet police said
that the body of a puppet policeman who had been
abducted nine days ago had been found. 'Ali
Habib left his home heading for work nine days ago, an
occupation spokesman said, indicating that he was
abducted and killed yesterday. His body was then
thrown into the street, the spokesman said.
US occupation forces found and disarmed a bomb that
had been put together out of four surface-to-air
missile warheads (SAM-3s) which were connected to 20kg
of explosives. The bomb had been planted near
The Iraqi puppet police announced that the occupation
forces in Baaqubah had said that they had arrested
three persons who, they said, had been smuggling and
cooperating with the Resistance. The sources said
that the puppet police and puppet civil defense forces
had strengthened their presence in checkpoints on the
60-kilometer long highway be Baghdad and Baaqubah
where many Resistance attacks take place.
In Washington sources have been saying that US
President George Bush might alter the occupation plan
for the sham "transfer of power" scheduled
this year in light of criticism by Shiite clerical
leaders who have been cooperating with the occupation.
In Paris it was announced that France, which has not
strongly supported the American aggression against
Iraq, said it wants to help to train Iraq's next
generation of puppet police officers - once power is
transferred to a sovereign Iraqi government. But
Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin said Friday
that the question of sending in French troops is
a current topic." American occupation talk
"transfer of power to Iraqis" has all been
about the fact that the so-called transfer of power
would not affect the American occupation of the
country which is slated to continue into the
indefinite future. "Transfer of power"
clearly a convenient cover whereby western imperialist
states can save face as they swing behind the US
occupation of Iraq and give it a more
veneer, relieving pressure on the United States and
seeking to benefit from the colonial plunder of the
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Sunday, 18 January 2004.