Enlarged Iraqi Resistance Report Nov. 13 2003
this american nazi methodology that targets unarmed residents follows
its failure in combating the escalating operations of the
mujahideen. the new methodology went into effect after the arrival
of about 1,000 zionist officers and soldiers who were deployed in
various areas of baghdad, tikrit, ad-dur, al-fallujah, samarra',
baaqubah, mosul, and along the syrian border. they are supported by
more than 500 turkish troops.
Enlarged Iraqi Resistance Report for Thursday 13 November 2003
through Wednesday, 19 November 2003. Translated and/or compiled by
Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board of the Free Arab Voice.
Material drawn from the document Hasad al-Muqawamah al-'Iraqiyah
[Harvest of the Iraqi Resistance] which is issued by the Resistance
forces themselves is IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. The remaining material
was taken from publishednewspapers and websites.
THE IRAQI CITES OF BAGHDAD, TIKRIT, BAAQUBAH, AD-DUR, AL-FALLUJAH,
MOSUL, SAMARRA', AND KIRKUK, AS DISTINCT FROM OTHER EUPHRATES CITIES
FOR FOUR DAYS AND UNTIL TODAY HAVE WITNESSED A REAL WAR IN WHICH ALL
FORMS OF DESTRUCTIVE AND GENOCIDAL WEAPONRY HAVE BEEN USED, BEGINNING
WITH HEAVY MORTARS, TANKS, KATYUSHA ROCKETS, SATELLITE-GUIDED SURFACE
TO SURFACE MISSILES, F-16 AND F-18 AIRPLANES, APACHE HELICOPTERS,
AMMUNITION WHICH IS BANNED UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW HAS BEEN
EXTENSIVELY USED, INCLUDING CLUSTER AND FRAGMENTATION BOMBS (10km),
VACUUM BOMBS, PROJECTILES STUFFED WITH DEPLEATED URANIUM, ETC.
WHILE THE AMERIAN OCCUPATION FORCES, SINCE LAST NIGHT HAVE BOMBARDED
NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE IRAQI CAPITAL BAGHDAD, AND DESTROYED HOUSES OVER
THE HEADS OF THEIR RESIDENTS, THE REST OF IRAQ'S CITIES, IN
PARTICULAR TIKRIT, BAAQUBAH, AD-DUR, KIKUK, MOSUL, HAVE FOR SIX DAYS
BEEN LIVING THROUGH CONCENTRATED BOMBING FROM AIRCRAFT, GUIDED
MISSILE AND HELICOPTER GUNSHIP ATTACKS, TARGETING RESIDENTIAL AREAS
IN THESE CITIES. UNTIL NOW MORE THAN 2,000 CHILDREN, ELDERLY
PERSONS, AND WOMEN HAVE FALLEN AS VICTIMS UNDER THESE ATTACKS.
THIS AMERICAN NAZI METHODOLOGY THAT TARGETS UNARMED RESIDENTS FOLLOWS
ITS FAILURE IN COMBATING THE ESCALATING OPERATIONS OF THE
MUJAHIDEEN. THE NEW METHODOLOGY WENT INTO EFFECT AFTER THE ARRIVAL
OF ABOUT 1,000 ZIONIST OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS WHO WERE DEPLOYED IN
VARIOUS AREAS OF BAGHDAD, TIKRIT, AD-DUR, AL-FALLUJAH, SAMARRA',
BAAQUBAH, MOSUL, AND ALONG THE SYRIAN BORDER. THEY ARE SUPPORTED BY
MORE THAN 500 TURKISH TROOPS. SOURCES SAY THAT THIS METHODOLOGY -
THE DESTRUCTION OF HOUSES OVER THE HEADS OF THEIR RESIDENTS, AND THE
COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT, THAT IS CURRENTLY BEING PRACTICED IN AIR AND
ROCKET BOMBARDMENT ON NEIGHBORHOODS AND CITIES, IS A METHOD SIMILAR
TO THAT USED BY THE ZIONIST FORCES IN OCCUPIED PALESTINE. THIS IS
CONFIRMATION THAT ZIONIST OFFICERS ARE CURRENTLY SUPERVISING THESE
FASCIST OPERATIONS THAT ARE BEING CARRIED OUT IN IRAQI CITIES THAT
HAVE RESISTED THE ENTRY OF AMERICAN AGGRESSOR FORCES.
EVENTS HAVE ALSO CONFIRMED THE FIRM RESILIANCE OF THE RESISTANCE, THE
EXTENT OF ITS ACTIVITY, AND THE QUALITATIVE LEVEL OF ITS OPERATIONS,
OF WHICH THE REUTERS NEWS AGENCY SAID THAT "THEY CARRY OUT AT LEAST
30 ATTACKS DAILY AGAINST THE AMERICAN, BRITISH, ZIONIST, AND SPANISH
OCCUPATION TROOPS AND THEIR HANGERS ON." THE MUJAHIDEEN OF THE
RESISTANCE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DOWN THREE HELICOPTERS DURING A FOUR-DAY
PERIOD DURING THIS WEEK. THE NEWS MEDIA AFFIRM THAT THE BLACKOUT ON
THE ACTIVITIES OF THE RESISTANCE, DESPITE ITS INTENSITY AND
HARSHNESS, HAS NOT BEEN ABLE ENTIRELY TO OBSCURE THE NEWS, SUCH AS
THAT OF THESE QUALITATIVE OPERATIONS THAT HAVE LED THE OCCUPATION
FORCES INTO A DARK TUNNEL.
THE HEROIC RESISTANCE, AS WE SAID IN OUR PREVIOUS REVIEW OF
RESISTANCE ACTIVITY, IS ENTERING A NEW QUALITATIVE STAGE IN THE
PEOPLE'S WAR AGAINST THE OCCUPATION. IT IS TAKING ITS FIRST STEPS TO
CLOSE THE CITIES IN THE FACE OF THE AGGRESSOR OCCUPIERS AND THEIR
LACKEYS. THE FACT THAT THE OCCUPATION FORCES HAVE RESORTED TO THE
METHODS OF BOMBING CITIES IN THIS WAY IS ONLY PROOF OF THE EFFECTIVE
POWER OF THE RESISTANCE AND THE SUCCESS, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, OF ITS
DIVINELY SUPPORTED LINE.
BELOW WE PRESENT SUCH NEWS AS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OBTAIN OF THE
RESISTANCE GARNERED FROM COMMUNIQUES OF THE RESISTANCE AND LIBERATION
COMMAND DURING THE PERIOD FROM 13 TO 19 NOVEMBER 2003.
Wednesday, 19 November 2003.
Resistance forces fired on a US occupation supply convoy north of
Samarra' on Wednesday, witnesses said. American troops returning fire
killed two Iraqis, including a teenager, the witnesses said.
Although the US occupation forces would not confirm these reports, AP
reported that the sounds of gunfire could be heard during a telephone
conversation with witnesses.
A roadside bomb went off in the southern city of Basra as a British
civilian convoy was passing by, damaging a vehicle, British spokesman
Major Hisham Halawi said.
AN ATTACK ON A BRITISH PATROL IN BASRA WAS CLAIMED BY A FORMATION OF
THE FORCES OF AL-HUSAYN. THE ASSAULT LEFT THREE BRITISH OCCUPATION
SOLDIERS WOUNDED, ONE OF THEM SERIOUSLY, AND ONE LANDROVER
DESTROYED. AFTER THE OPERATION HELICOPTERS WERE SEEN HOVERING OVER
THE AREA SEARCHING FOR THE FIGHTERS WHO CARRIED OUT THE OPERATION.
A FORMATION OF THE ARMY OF JERUSALEM WAS ABLE TO DRAW AN AMERICAN
PATROL INTO AN AMBUSH WITH MINES IN THE AREA OF AD-DUR. THE ATTACK
THAT FOLLOWED THE DETONATION OF THE EXPLOSIVES UNDER THE WHEELS OF
THE PATROL VEHICLES KILLED FOUR OCCUPATION TROOPS AND WOUNDE THREE
OTHERS IN ADDITION TO DESTROYING A HUMVEE, AN ARMORED PERSONNEL
CARRIER, AND A MILITARY JEEP.
ON THE MAIN PUBLIC ROAD IN MOSUL A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE
BAATH ATTACKED AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL KILLING THREE AND
WOUNDING TWO, IN ADDITION TO DESTROYING A HUMVEE AND AN ARMORED
Iraqi Resistance fighters assassinated a local puppet official in the
southern town of Diwaniyah, puppet authorities said Wednesday. Hammud
Kadhim, the so-called Education Ministry's director general in
Diwaniyah province, was gunned down Tuesday, a puppet ministry
spokesman in the capital said. The Iraqi Resistance has warned they
will assassinate Iraqis collaborating with occupation authorities.
American occupation officials confirmed that they had destroyed the
house of 'Izzat Ibrahim, Vice President of the Iraqi Revolutionay
Council whom they accuse of being behind some of the attacks on the
US occupation troops. It was unclear if Ibrahim or anyone else was
in his house, located near Tikrit when it was destroyed by satellite-
Eyewitnesses reported that at least six persons were arrested by the
American occupation troops in the Kurdish area around al-Fallujah.
The arrests took place in the course of house-to-house raids and
searches that US troops began to carry out early on Wednesday. Salah
Hasan Farhan said "the American forces, who were accompanied by
helicpters hovering overhead, raided the house of a member of the
Baath Party leadership Mu'ayyad Anwar Muhammad Mashuh al-Jumayli,
only they didn't find him so they arrested his father, Anwar Muhammad
Mashuh al-Jumayli (80 years old) who is one of the active al-Jumayli
tribal shaykhs, as well as his brohter Ma'an who is director of the
al-Karmah Middle School, and his son 'Abd al-Qader. The American
forces then arrested my father, Hasan Farhan Saleh al-Jumayli, who is
70, and my brother Falah, 35, who work as farmers. Thye also
arrested Ibrahim Sarhid al-Jumayli, 60, together with two of his
sons, and all of them are farmers." He said that the Americans also
arrested other persons, all of them of the Jumayla tribe.
The Australian Ministry of Defence disclosed on Wednesday that the
reason that Australian forces left the Qirtajah Hotel two weeks ago
until further notice, was that they had received a threat that the
hotel in which Australian forces were living would be blown up.
According to the News Interactive network, officials of the
Australian Defence Ministry said "we acted immediately, taking our
soldiers and the employees out to more secure places, in our desire
to be far from the headquarters of aid agencies and western media
outlets which are the most targeted."
The spokesman for the Australian Foreign Ministry, Kevin Rod, had
written that the Prime Minister, John Howard is urging a review of
the security of the Australians in Iraq after they were place on the
list of those wanted by the Iraqi Resistance.
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the Arabic-language
newspaper al-Hayat published parts of a statement signed by the Arab
Baath Socialist Party declaring that armed resistance would continue
despite plans by the US-led coalition and chief administrator L. Paul
Bremer to accelerate the transfer of power to compliant Iraqis chosen
by the Americans.
Selections from the statement appeared Wednesday in the Web edition
of the London-based newspaper Al-Hayat, said the new US imperialist
timetable for handing over sovereignty "will not influence the nature
of the confrontation and its course set forth by the Iraqi
resistance." "Those who occupy Iraq, be it through multinational
forces under whatever arrangements, will be treated as occupiers that
should be legal targets for resistance," the statement said.
Al-Hayat said it received the Baath Party statement by e-mail, and
that the statement said that the resistance is being mounted by
former members of the Republican Guard, Special Republican Guard,
Saddam's Fedayeen militia and "noble Arab volunteers," the statement
said. It added that "The political and strategic program of the Iraqi
resistance, led by the Arab Baath Socialist Party, has defined its
aim ... to liberate Iraq and dismiss the occupying forces."
Both the Associated Press and al-Hayat, a newspaper known for its
links to the Saudi regime, reported on this Baath Party statement as
if it were one of the latest developments over night. In fact the
full text, rather than excerpts, of the 17 November statement from
the Baath Party already appeared in the Arabic language newspaper al-
Moharer two days before al-Hayat published it as a new news item,
i.e., on 17 November (where Arabic readers can find it at:
http://www.al-moharer.net/mohhtm/baath_statement155.htm), a copy of
which was forwarded to the Arab Nationalist List (group) on that same
day, where it appeared as messge No. 15469.
It is doubtless significant that the western sources felt the need to
delay publication and then severely cut the text of this document
issued by an important voice of the Iraqi Resistance.
Meanwhile, in Iraq, the US occupation Air Force in Iraq used some of
the largest weapons in its inventory to attack targets in the central
part of the country in an escalating offensive against suspected
strongholds of the Resistance, the US military said Wednesday.
A pair of 2,000-pound satellite-guided bombs were dropped late
Tuesday near Baaqubah, northeast of Baghdad, on "camps suspected to
have been used for bomb-making," said Major Gordon Tate, a spokesman
for the 4th Infantry Division. Near the northern city of Kirkuk,
fighter-bombers dropped 1,000-pound bombs on what Tate
called "terrorist targets," but he offered no further details. It
was unclear whether the airstrikes caused any casualties, Tate said.
According to the occupation military, the bombings are part of
Operation Iron Hammer, the new aggressive tactic described as
initiating preemptive attacks against the Resistance before they
In recent days, US occupation forces have used heavy artillery,
battle tanks, attack helicopters, F-16 fighter-bombers and AC-130
gunships to pound targets throughout central Iraq, including Tikrit,
Baaqubah and al-Fallujah. The show of force came in response to the
rising tide of Resistance activity and a significant increase in the
number of casualties among the occupation forces since Nov. 1.
According to an Associated Press report, however, Iraqi residents
expressed bewilderment at the offensive and the choice of targets in
territory fully controlled by occupation forces, and said there was
no sign of any Resistance activity in the area before the strikes.
"They (the Americans) called on us from the tanks to stay at home
because they were going to hit targets and they also said: 'If you
want to watch our show you can go to the rooftops,'" Hamziyah 'Ali, a
housewife living near the plant, said Wednesday.
"But me and my children spent the night shaking. We do not want to be
their targets. Yesterday, they hit the factory and open fields which
have not been used by any resistance members."
Still, a top US occupation commander insisted that what he
called "coalition forces" would use "overwhelming combat power when
"We are going to take the fight to the enemy using everything in our
arsenal necessary to win this fight," Major General Charles H.
Swannack Jr. said Tuesday, according to the AP.
In Tikrit, home town of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, huge
explosions were heard from the edge of town late Tuesday as troops
from the 4th Infantry Division fired mortars on areas allegedly used
by the Resistance to launch mortar and rocket attacks against
Fifty-five targets were struck overnight with mortar and artillery
fire, and by infantry raids supported by Bradley armored vehicles, an
American military spokesman said Wednesday. Targets included an
abandoned bunker that was part of former Iraqi military defenses
south of the town and a farming area to the north.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Thursday, 20
Tuesday, 18 November 2003.
The Iraqi Resistance fought fierce battles on Tuesday with American
occupation forces in the very center of Baghdad and in the outlying
areas. The Resistance fired missiles at the aggressor forces while
the Americans used warplanes, helicopters, tanks, and heavy field
artillery against positions it believed were being used by the
Eyewitnesses reported that a series of explosions shook the Iraqi
capital which then turned into an intense exchange of artillery and
rocket fire. News reports stated that some elements of the Iraqi
Resistance coming from outlying areas of the city attempted to break
through into the "Green Zone," that is, the grounds of the Republican
Palace where the US occupation forces have their headquarters. Open
battles erupted between occupation forces and the Resistance
detachments, in which the Americans resorted to the use of airplanes
and heavy artillery. The battles left Baghdad shrouded in total
darkness and cold as the electric power in the capital had been
knocked out three days before. The battles were still raging at
midnight, Wednesday morning.
The occupation forces maintained that the explosions were all
attributable to the continuation of their so-called Iron Hammer
operation being carried out by the 1st Armored Division, but they
gave no details.
SADDAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, THE MAIN CENTER OF CONCENTRATION OF THE
OCCUPATION FORCES WAS SUBJECTED TO AN INTENSE ARTILLERY AND ROCKET
BARRAGE FOR MORE THAN HALF AN HOUR, THE SOUND OF THE LARGE EXPLOSIONS
FROM WHICH COULD BE HEARD LONG DISTANCES FROM THE AIRPORT. TONGUES
OF FLAME AND SMOKE COULD BE SEEN RISING FROM SEVERAL LOCATIONS WITHIN
THE AIRPORT, AS HELICOPTERS CIRCLED OVERHEAD IN A VAIN ATTEMPT TO
PINPOINT THE SOURCE OF THE GUNFIRE.
A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH PLANTED AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE
IN THE PATH OF AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL IN THE AD-DURAH REGION.
THE REMOTE CONTROLLED BLASTS LEFT ONE AMERICAN SOLDIER DEAD AND
DESTROYED A HUMVEE.
An American military communiqué stated that one American soldier was
killed when an explosion struck his military convoy as it proceeded
through the region of Balad.
A FORMATION OF THE ARMY OF JERUSALEM LAUNCHED AN ATTACK ON AN
AMERICAN MILITARY COLUMN IN THE DISTRICT OF BALAD LEAVING THREE
OCCUPATION SOLDIERS DEAD, FOUR OTHERS WOUNDED, AND DESTROYING A TANK,
AN ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER AND A TRUCK.
A FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF AL-HUSAYN TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR AN
ATTACK ON A BRITISH MILITARY PATROL THAT LEFT TWO BRITISH SOLDIERS
WOUNDED, ONE OF THEM SERIOUSLY, AND DESTROYED A LANDROVER.
Another communiqué from the occupation forces stated that another
American had died of "non-hostile"gunshot wounds he received in
In Mosul, two occupation soldiers on a foot patrol were wounded when
a bomb exploded near them on Tuesday in the early morning, the
A source in the Iraqi puppet police announced that two puppet
policemen and a translator working for the American occupation forces
were wounded in two separate attacks on Tuesday evening in Mosul.
A source said that unknown persons driving a car opened fire on the
Sumer police station but escaped when the station's guards opened
return fire. Then a second car passed by at high speed and one of
the passengers lobbed a hand grenade at the police station wounding
two policemen who were standing guard outside.
American forces showed up after the attack, set up a road block near
the police station and started to search all passing cars.
Dr. Muhammad Shaker 'AbdAllah, who supervises the treatment of the
two puppet policemen at ar-Razi General Hospital, said "the two
policemen had gunshot wounds and wounds from shrapnel from a bomb.
Their injuries are serious. They underwent operations to remove the
Another source in the puppet police said that a translator who works
with the American occupation forces was shot three times by unknown
assailants when he stepped out of one of the Mosul hotels which is
used by the Americans as their headquarters.
Jasem Qasem Muhammad, who works as a hotel guard, said "at about
sunset, unknown persons fired three shots at him and then fled." He
added that the American forces took the wounded translator to the
Puppet police on Wednesday said that two puppet policemen were
wounded the day before when assailants tossed a grenade at a police
station in the northern city of Mosul.
US aggressor aircraft and tanks blasted trees and abandoned buildings
along a road north of Baghdad to deny Resistance fighters cover for
rocket attacks. American fighter jets pounded suspected positions of
the Iraqi Resistance on Tuesday in the largest reported bombardment
of guerrillas in central Iraq since President Bush proclaimed
the "end of major combat" on the 1st of May, the US military said.
The US occupation military have reacted brutally to the rising tide
of Resistance activity particularly in central and northern Iraq.
Tuesday night, US occupation forces again targeted an abandoned dye
factory in southern Baghdad that was hit twice last week by artillery
and airstrikes. Aerial attacks also were reported on orchards and
empty farmland surrounding the military base on Baghdad's western
Occupation forces poured a hail of fire for more than an hour on an
area near Tikrit in a display of force, according to an American
military spokesman. Members of the 4th Division fired a mortar
barrage for over an hour lighting up the night skies of Tikrit.
Near Baaqubah, northeast of Baghdad, US aggressor jets and Apache
helicopter gunships blasted "abandoned" buildings, walls and trees
along a road where attacks have been so common that troops nicknamed
it "RPG Alley" after the rocket-propelled grenades used by Resistance
fighters. Fighter-bombers dropped two 500 pound bombs and battle
tanks fired their 120mm guns at suspected ambush sites.
In Kirkuk the puppet police reported that attackers fired missiles at
the city, probably aiming for the airport that is used by the
American occupation troops. The puppet police, however, said that
the attacks caused only light damage.
An officer in the police by the name of Iyad Fu'ad siad that two
rockets landed in an open area near the airport but caused no damage
or casualties. He said that a third rocket fell on a small
agricultural plot shattering window glass.
The Japanese chargé d'affaires, Tsukasa Omura announced that unknown
persons had opened fire near the Japanese embassy in Baghdad at
midnight. No casualties or damage was caused by the attack. The
embassy guards returned fire. Omura said "we do not know if any of
the attackers were wounded because the incident occurred in the
darkness and they were able to get away. We also don't know if they
were targeting the embassy or if they were thieves aiming at the
stores in the neighborhood."
Al-Arab Al-Yawm's correspondent Ahmad Sabri reports from Baghdad that
sources close to the so-called Interim Governing Council of Iraq have
told al-Arab al-Yawm in Baghdad that the new US strategy in Iraq
which Paul Bremer brought back to the Council members from Washington
has not yet been revealed in its entirety.
The reliable sources say that there are clauses in the agreement that
are to remain secret until an appropriate time comes for their
The sources revealed that the most important of these secret clauses
in the document - which the Council announced after meeting Bremer at
the beginning of this week - provide for the establishment of at
least six military bases in different parts of Iraq in which American
forces will be concentrated on a permanent basis in order to
guarantee a continued American and British presence in accordance
with the strategy that brought their fleets to these hot waters in
the first place.
The sources say that a number of strategic positions have been chosen
with precision in various parts of Iraq to be the locations of
American and British bases during the second phase of the Anglo-
American occupation of Iraq.
The sources revealed the names of these bases and the planned
positions for permanent deployment. They are:
Al-Habbaniyah airbase near the city of al-Fallujah, 65km west of
Ash-Sha'biyah airbase in Basra, 600km south of Baghdad,
'Ali ibn Abi Taleb airbase on the outskirts of the city of an-
Nasiriyah, 400km south of Baghdad,
al-Walid airbase about 330km north west of Baghdad,
al-Ghazlani Camp in the city of Mosul, 400km north of Baghdad,
A permanent deployment of forces in the east of Iraq in what is known
as the Hamrin mountain range that extends from Diyala Pronvice, 60km
east of Baghdad, and borders on Iran and extends to the oil-rich city
of Kirkuk, 260km north of Baghdad.
The sources explained the choice of these locations for permanent
Anglo-American deployment by saying that they cover most of the
territory of Iraq, and are linked to the Iraqi borders in all four
directions, giving them strategic importance in defining the future
course of the "new" Iraq. The choice of these locations is also
linked to the aim of deterring neighbors of Iraq who might attempt to
threaten Iraqi territory in the future.
Observers say that the choice of these positions discloses the
American perspective regarding the future of the country. This
perspective is that they must, through their presence in Iraq,
control the keys to movement in virtually all directions while
maintaining a high level of flexibility of action throughout the Arab
region as a whole. This geographical deployment will, without doubt,
secure those objectives of the occupation forces. In addition, the
plan provides for reliance on air bases of the utmost importance in
Iraq - a new focal point for American strategy in the "Middle East"
Although the American administration is still afraid openly to
announce these planned measures that provide for a permanent military
deployment in Iraq, leaks in the press indicate that a number of
intelligence organizations traveled through Iraqi territory and did
field surveys in great detail noting the strong and weak points of
dozens of military positions and airbases scattered throughout the
According to these leaks, American military and intelligence
specialists settled their sights on the six locations and bases
In order for these deployments to be permanent and not subject to any
possible political upheavals in Iraq, (acccording to the secret
provisions in the agreement between Bremer and the Interim Governing
Council) the expanded Governing Council and the government based on
that council will at the middle of next year call on the United
States and Britain to keep a portion of their forces in Iraq to
preserve what has come to be known as security and stability in Iraq.
According to corresponding sources, the subject of American and
British forces remaining permanently in Iraq has aroused two opposing
responses from within the current so-called Governing Council. The
first rejects the idea of an American withdrawal on the grounds that
the security and political situation are not suitable for a
withdrawal at the present time. Ahmad Chelebi, the President of the
Iraqi National Congress, is the chief proponent of this position.
Others on the council demand that the American forces accelerate
their departure from Iraq and hand control of the country's security
over to Iraqi individuals, now that the Americans and British have
successfully completed their basic task. Muhsin 'Abd al-Hamid, the
General Secretary of the Iraqi Islamic Group, 'Adnan al-Bajah Ji,
President of the Group of Independent Democrats, and Jalal at-
Talibani, leader of the Kurdistani National Union are in favor of
Some Iraqi sources expect that the Interim Iraqi Government, which is
expected to be declared next June, will request, immediately after
taking office, some as yet undetermined countries to send military
forces to Iraq to take over tasks being done by the American forces
Some Iraqi officials and also some American quarters believe that the
request will be presented to a number of Arab and Islamic countries,
other than the countries that neighbor Iraq (due to the intense
opposition that the Kurdish parties in the Council would evince to
any such invitation going to Turkey, while the Sunni Islamic circles
are expected to oppose the entry of any Iranian forces into Iraq, out
of fear that they would strengthen the activities of the Shiites who
are pushing to take over some mosques and Sunni religious
institutions in the country, marginalizing the highly skilled and
Al-Arab al-Yawm, daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, 19
Monday, 17 November 2003.
The American occupation forces appear to have lost their sense of
balance as they embarked on massive barbaric attacks on the civilian
residents of Baghdad and Tikrit over the night from Sunday to Monday.
A massive show of occupation force took place as US aggressor troops
raided and searched residential quarters, reducing block after block
to a campaign of ransacking and destruction of homes. Women and
children were terrified by the occupation forces who opened fire for
no reason at all. Helicopter gunships thundered in low over houses
and the heads of thei residents. The whole massive operation was
aimed at sowing terror, panic, and fear among the Iraqis who appear
to support the fierce Resistance that is being mounted against the
The US aggressor forces stated that they had arrested a man whom they
called a "commander" and two fighters in the Resistance, in addition
to 50 other persons in raids west and north of the Iraqi capital.
The occupation statement maintained that Kazem Muhammad Fares, who is
also known as Abu Kahf, a former officer in the Iraqi special forces
and a leader in Saddam's Fedayeen militia.
Occupation forces used helicopter gunships in an attack on Monday on
an area of farm houses in the al-Bu'ajayl region east of Tikrit. The
US helicopters fired twenty rockets at the area of the farmhouses on
the grounds that the rockets which are fired at the American base in
the area were being launched from these houses.
In Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, US aggressor forces on Monday
killed six alleged Resistance fighters in the course of their wave of
attacks under the claim that they are searching for a former deputy
of the Iraqi President believed to be orchestrating the attacks.
They continued attacking suspected Resistance positions late Monday
with mortar and tank fire, US occupation military officials said.
Sporadic explosions could be heard reverberating across Tikrit
overnight Monday-Tuesday but there were no immediate reports of
On Monday, the US occupation forces reported that six Resistance
fighters were killed in gunbattles and 99 suspects were reportedly
detained in a series of sweeps.
Commentators in Baghdad have observed that the latest behavior of the
occupation troops has only increased popular resentment among the
civilians against the Americans. The brutal and chaotic US raids have
today heightened popular backing and support for the men of the
In the face of this offensive on the civilian population by the US
aggressor troops, the Iraqi Resistance has continued to reign painful
blows on the occupation troops. On Monday the US Army acknowledged
that two soldiers had been killed and two others wounded in two
separate attacks near the town of Balad, 100km north of Baghdad.
A FORMATION OF SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN ANNOUNCED ITS RESPONSIBILITY FOR AN
ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE VILLAGE
OF BALAD. THE ATTACK LEFT TWO AMERICAN SOLDIERS DEAD AND WOUNDED ONE
OTHER, IN ADDITION TO DESTROYING A HUMVEE.
The two soldiers were killed when Resistance fighters opened fire
with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) on an American
In the other attack reported by the US occupation forces, one
American soldier was killed when an explosive device planted in a
road blew up, just a few kilometers from the scene of the other
US forces reported that near the city of Mosul four attacks took
place during Sunday-Monday night, wounding an occupation soldier in
one of the explosions.
MOSUL HOTEL, CURRENTLY DESIGNATED AS THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE AMERICAN
FORCES COMMAND, WAS SUBJECTED TO ROCKET AND ARTILLERY BARRAGE BY A
FORMATION OF THE ARMY OF JERUSALEM. THE ATTAK DESTROYED A TANK THAT
HAD BEEN IN FRONT OF THE HOTEL, KILLED AN OFFICER AND WOUNDED FIVE
SOLDIERS. A PART OF THE HOTEL'S FACADE WAS ALSO DESTROYED.
A spokesman for the American occupation army, Brigadier General Mark
Kemet, said in a Baghdad press conference that he had new proof to
show that the Iraqi Vice President 'Izzat Ibrahim ad-Duri was
personally involved in a number of the attacks that have killed
Meanwhile the Iraqi Resistance succeeded in preventing the occupation
forces from exporting Iraqi oil to their benefit. An oil pipeline
was blown up in northern Iraq cutting the flow of oil to Turkey. The
oil and gas pipe exploded some 225km north of Baghdad near the Bayji
refinery Sunday night. The blast was caused by a bomb and the fire
was reportedly still blazing hours after the attack.
IN LINE WITH DENYING THE AMERICAN AGGRESSOR FORCES THE ABILITY TO
EXPLOIT THE OIL RESOURCES OF IRAQ, A FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF AL-
FARUQ BLEW UP AN OIL PIPELINE RUNNING BETWEEEN THE BAYJI REFINERY AND
KIRKUK. THE OPERATION DESTROYED IMPORTANT PARTS AND JOINTS IN THE
PIPELINE, IN WHICH FIRE CONTINUED TO BURN.
Rockets slammed into a building complex that houses the Iraqi Central
Bank and a number of other banks and financial institutions on Sunday
evening in central Baghdad. On Monday, employees were kept out of
the banks until a missile inside could be disarmed.
Iraqi eyewitnesses reported that an American helicopter was downed in
the area of al-Busayf south of Mosul in an area overlooking Mosul
airport, the Mosul headquarters of the American occupation forces.
Al-Arabiyah satellite TV station reported that no news had been
received concerning casualties in the crash.
IN THE AL-BUSAYFIYAH DISTRICT IN MOSUL A FORMATION OF SADDAM'S
FEDAYEEN SHOT DOWN A BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER, THE THIRD THIS WEEK. THE
OPERATION DESTROYED THE AIRCRAFT AND KILLED ITS CREW, CONSISTING OF
TWO PILOTS IN ADDITION TO FOUR SOLDIERS AND AN OFFICER. THE
OCCUPATION COMMAND ACKNOWLEDGED THIS AND EXPRESSED THEIR REACTION BY
BOMBING AND ROCKETING THE CITIES OF TIKRIT AND AL-FALLUJAH.
Nearly every night explosions can be heard in the Iraqi capital
directed at the General Headquarters of the American occupation
command and police stations.
Iraqi puppet police asserted on Monday that they had discovered a ton
of explosives in wooden boxes placed near an oil pipeline that passes
near one of the biggest concentrations of oil fields in Kirkuk and
Jambur in the north of the country.
Police Captain Dardar 'Abd Allah said that local residents of
Shamsiyah alerted the police to the presence of strange boxes, each
about two cubic meters in size. He said "at the scene we also
discovered a vehicle in which was a Katyusha rocket launcher and five
rockets ready to fire."
The occupation forces' problems were not limited to fighting the
Resistance however. Iraqi puppet police, men appointed by the US
occupation regime, continued their protests and demonstrations as
well as their complaining over the fact that their salaries had not
been paid, and that they were derisory. Hundreds of puppet policemen
blocked a main thoroughfare in Baghdad in front of the so-called
Interim Governing Council office in protest over the deterioration of
their standard of living.
In other matters, occupation authorities have frequently pointed to
the gradual restoration of power supplies in the aftermath of the war
as a benchmark of their paltry "success" in "rebuilding Iraq."
But those efforts suffered a major setback when the grid supplying
the capital from powerplants in the north collapsed on Saturday.
As a result, much of Baghdad has been left with only brief, 10-15
minute periods of electricity during the last three days.
The occupation and its puppet administrators have offered conflicting
explanations for the power outage - both of them eager to exclude the
possibility that the Resistance was responsible.
US occupation administrators said the outages were a result of
maintenance work on the national grid. But Iraqi puppet government
officials said they were caused by the collapse of steel pylons
carrying high-tension lines after heavy rains and high winds in the
north of the country.
For the Iraqis, however, it is another sign of the inability of the
occupation to provide even a semblance of normal life in what was
once one of the Third World's most advanced countries. As aggressor
troops spread death, destruction, and mass arrests in the country,
obviously their priorities lie elsewhere than with the welfare of the
Iraqi people. "We cannot cook, there is no water, and it is very
cold without heating at night," said Leyla Najim, a librarian working
in central Baghdad. "The children cannot do their homework in the
dark," an AP dispatch quoted her as saying.
In an important political development, the Iranian reformist
president Muhammad Khatemi has extended recognition of the so-called
Interim Governing Council, the puppet authority installed by the US
occupation forces in Baghdad. Khatemi described the Council
as "able, together with the Iraqi people, to guide the affairs of
Iraq and to take the measures that will lead it to independence."
This statement appeared in an official announcement broadcast by the
Iranian Student News Agency after Khatemi met in Tehran with the
current president of the Iraqi puppet council, Kurdish leader Jalal
at-Talibani and his accompanying delegation that included 11 members
of the council and seven so-called ministers in the puppet
administration, including the "foreign minister," Hushiyar Zibari.
In a blow to Iraq's US-led occupation administration, officials on
Monday announced the resignation of an Italian coalition official,
who accused the occupation authorities of incompetence. "The
provisional authority simply doesn't work," the Italian daily
Corriere della Sera quoted Marco Calamai, a special counselor of the
Coalition Provisional Authority, as saying. "It's neither fish nor
fowl. Reconstruction projects that were promised and financed have
had practically no results," an AP dispatch quoted him as saying.
In Washington, President Bush said Monday the United States will not
pull out of Iraq when a provisional government is established by July
In Korea the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported an
article run in the Sunday edition of the official Party newspaper
Rodong Sinmun under the title "US should stop forcing south Korea to
dispatch troops [to Iraq]." Popular resentment against the south
Korean government's decision to send 3,000 troops to aid the US in
Iraq is growing. The north Korean paper, tapping this resentment,
pointed out that US pressure had succeeded in getting the south
Korean authorities to upgrade their troop commitment to occupied Iraq
from non-combat personnel to combat troops. The KCNA dispatch, which
denounced the move and the sending of Korean troops to Iraq in
general, and called on south Koreans to resist the mobilization of
Korean troops to join the US occupation of Iraq read as follows:
"Pyongyang, November 16 (KCNA) -- The United States should
immediately stop forcing south Korea to dispatch troops to Iraq.
Rodong Sinmun says this in a signed commentary today.
"Recalling that the south Korean authorities are abruptly tending
toward the dispatch of combat troops from the dispatch of non-
combatants, the commentary attributes it to the U.S. pressure.
"It was proved by the fact that the south Korean authorities untimely
changed their stand after the consultation in the United States, the
commentary says, and goes on: The troop dispatch to Iraq is to
satisfy the aggressive interests of the United States from A to Z.
The young people of the Korean nation can not be recklessly
victimized for only U.S. interests.
"It is also attributable to the south Korean authorities. As they are
not firm in the stand of defending the interests of the people, the
U.S. is acting like a 'metropolitan state.'
"The south Korean authorities should withdraw the decision on troop
dispatch as early as possible, mindful that their moves to
keep 'alliance' with the U.S. at the risk of the lives of young
people are harmful to the dignity and interests of the nation.
"The south Korean people should frustrate the pressure for troop
dispatch through all-people anti-U.S. resistance and reject the U.S.
interference in south Korea."
The previous day, 15 November 2003, another official north Korean
newspaper, Minju Joson, also denounced the sending of south Korean
troops to Iraq:
"The additional troop dispatch to Iraq is not in the interests of
south Korea but is aimed to help the U.S. achieve its strategic
purpose. The issue now sparking a great furor in south Korea surfaced
entirely due to the U.S. unilateral demand and pressure. It is
against the will of the south Korean people or authorities.
"By hurling south Korean troops into Iraq as bullet shields in a
proxy war of aggression the U.S. seeks to realize its brigandish
ambition for aggression with ease while minimizing the loss and
damage to the U.S.
"The lives of young Koreans can never be risked to meet the strategic
interests of the U.S., the commentary says, contending that the
national dignity and interests and the lives of the nation's beloved
sons entirely hinge on the south Koreans' struggle against the U.S.
pressure for additional troop dispatch."
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Tuesday 18
November 2003. al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan,
Thursday 20 November 2003.
Iraqi Resistance Report for Thursday, 13 November 2003 through
Sunday, 16 November 2003.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member Free Arab
Voice Editorial Board.
Sunday, 16 November 2003.
The Arab satellite network al-Arabiyah broadcast on Sunday an audio
tape of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein recorded in mid-Ramadan, i.e.,
around 10 November 2003.
The following is the BBC translation of the full audio message (with
a few corrections from FAV)
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Say: "Nothing will happen to us except what God has decreed for us:
He is our protector", and in God let the believers put their trust.
Say: "Can you expect for us (any fate) other than one of two glorious
things - Martyrdom or victory? But we can expect for you either that
God will send His punishment from Himself, or by our hands. So wait,
expectant, we too will wait with you. [Qur'an verses]
O great people, God willing; O magnanimous mujahideen, lovers of
martyrdom, and God's loved ones; O magnanimous men of our Armed
Forces wherever you hold on tightly to the weapons of the valiant
resistance; O magnanimous men and glorious women in the field of
resistance and raising the roaring voice of right against the
criminals and weakness. I am addressing you all regardless of all
your job titles and ranks, and wherever the slogan in the name of
God, Iraq, and the nation under the banner of God is great and come
to join the jihad is shouted.
May God's peace, mercy, and blessings be upon you. May you enjoy many
happy returns of the day. May God bless your Ramadan and the Id that
follows it. May your fasting be accepted, God willing.
Our martyrs are in paradise while the dead of the louts and our other
enemies are in hell. O God, make this month of Ramadan the prelude to
and foundation of victory as it was during the great Battle of Badr
[a Muslim victory that took place in the month of Ramadan during the
lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad], in the era of the vanguards of
Arabs and Muslims who were honoured by faith in you.
Brothers and sons! Before the US-Zionist-British aggression, and that
of those who allied with them against Iraq, we said that the evil
alliance can harm Iraq, and that it can kill, destroy and plunder,
but at the same time, it can expose the true nature of America and
Zionism and their slogans, through which they deceived those who were
deceived in the world or succumbed for a significant period of time.
We said with deeply grounded faith, since we had been mujahideen
among you for dozens of years, that the alliance of the vicious would
never be able to occupy Iraq or to reduce it to a colony.
They themselves said what you heard from them at the time. They
imagined and they made others imagine too that they are going on a
picnic to occupy Iraq and destroy what they called weapons of mass
destruction. Their lie focused on this as an initial cover for their
big crime after the crime they had perpetrated when they planted
Zionism in the Arab homeland.
What are they now saying and what is the truth? Now they - and other
voices in the world - are saying the same thing that we told them
before the aggression, namely that Iraq is free of the weapons they
claim it has.
Iraq will also be immune to their evil intentions to colonize it,
settle their armies in it, and dominate it, God willing. The evil
ones have placed themselves in the same dead end that the almighty
wanted to place them for some reason that Almighty God can see but we
Their devil made them believe this [that they can occupy Iraq]. This
is why the liar of the United States and the liar of Britain [i.e.,
Bush and Blair] have been taking turns in playing roles and making
tours of the world to beg for money, forces, and support.
Some states have responded shyly to them out of fear or out of
coveting something. Thus, they sent a few hundred soldiers to Iraq or
donated a few hundred million dollars. They are chased by the curse
of God and the people. Some states have declined to give them
anything. To the latter, we say that we and our people appreciate
The failing ones do not know or they might know that the land and
fire of great Iraq, which God has honoured by faith, jihad, and
valiant resistance, will devour hundreds of thousands of soldiers
without being able to achieve their plans or hopes.
Here is the confession coming anew from the servants of Zionism - the
liars of the black house [the White House]. The confession admits the
reality that the agents they brought, after their tanks and armies
entered the land of Iraq, as scabby dogs that accompany or follow the
caravan, do not have the minimum weight or influence on the great,
honest, and faithful Iraqi people. Furthermore, not one of them can
even walk on the streets of Baghdad or any Iraqi city.
They began to study their failure and their envoys toured Arab
countries in search of what they call advice on Iraq. We tell them
and the others: Iraq is part of its nation, and when the
circumstances are ripe, it plays a vanguard role or a vivid part of
the vanguards of this nation. Iraq is made up - if one may use the
_expression - of a special chemical structure the solution for which
cannot be arrived at by anyone other than its sons or the competent
faithful sons of its Arab nation if they honestly consult and co-
operate with honest and sincere Iraqi brethren.
Those criminals, who harbour aggression and evil, should resort to
politics in order to correct the mistake, or even the heinous great
crime, so that the great sons of Iraq who managed its affairs and led
it to progress from a backward situation when many Iraqis were
barefoot - they led Iraq high to where God wanted it to be in all
walks of life and achieved great, qualitative, broad, and
comprehensive progress despite all attempts by the evil ones through
imposing wars and sieges that accompanied the march in all
circumstances and at all times - the sincere sons of Iraq should
return by the free will of the people to manage the affairs of the
The people have tested them for decades, and the people know them.
The people are well aware of their successes and failings. The most
important thing our people know about them is that they love their
people and work for their people's sake. Our people also know that
they are serious in everything they do or say and that they do not
work for themselves. The people know that they are loyal and
dedicated even if they commit mistakes.
All of this should happen when the soldiers of aggression and
occupation are outside Iraq and when any illegitimate foreign
presence is no longer there in Iraq, as was the situation in Iraq
before. This is the solution, and there is no other solution.
If the tyrants find this difficult, let them try more months and a
longer period of time. They will only claim the lives of more people,
destroy and loot, but they will never gain anything other than
failure. Along with their failure, the lives of more Americans and
Britons and others will be claimed.
Thinking that the Iraqis might be deluded if the foreigner replaces
the names of his old agents with new agents, even if some used to
assume ranking positions in our march - may God forbid - is a wrong
belief. This will not deceive the Iraqis. The Iraqis cannot be
deluded by this.
Those who are brought by the armies of the foreigner and are decided
by a non-free Iraqi will are like the foreigner. Therefore, resisting
them and the foreigner, and even before the foreigner armies, is a
religious, national and human duty.
There is no other way for the invaders but to leave the country, the
land of Iraq, the homeland of Arabs and Muslims, cursed and
Keep pressure on them, O mujahideen. By God, the road to jihad and
resistance is the best path for God, for man, and for history. It is
the only way to ensure the evacuation of the tyrannical enemy forces
from our country and restore full freedom and full sovereignty for
our people over their land and in their homeland.
God is greatest! God is greatest! Long live Iraq! Long live Iraq!
Long live our glorious Arab nation! Long live Palestine, free and
Arab from the [Mediterranean] sea to the [Jordan] River!
God is greatest! Glory and loftiness be to the martyrs. God is
greatest! Let the lowly be accursed.
[dated] the blessed month of Ramadan, 1424 hijri, the equivalent of
After the broadcast of the audio message from the Iraqi President,
five violent explosions shook central Baghdad. Eyewitnesses said
that the blasts were directed against the headquarters of the
American occupation forces in the so-called "Green Square." American
occupation soldiers said that the explosions caused no casualties.
Later on Sunday evening at about 9:00pm, a powerful blast shook
Baghdad. The Saudi Press Agency, WAS, said that the explosion took
place near the Interior Ministry building in the eastern part of the
Iraqi capital. Columns of smoke were seen rising from the place.
American military helicopters were observed in the air after the
A correspondent for al-Jazeera said that he heard the sound of five
successive explosions, which he believed came from near the Interior
AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL CAME UNDER ATTACK IN FRONT OF THE
MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR IN BAGHDAD. RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ATTACK
WAS CLAIMED BY A FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF AL-FARUQ. THE ATTACK, IN
WHICH ROCKET-PROPELLED GRENADES, AUTOMATIC WEAPONS, AND HAND GRENADES
WERE USED, LEFT ONE AMERICAN SOLDIER DEAD, TWO LACKEYS INJURED, AND
DESTROYED A HUMVEE AND A POLICE CAR IN ADDITION TO WOUNDING THREE
This nighttime explosion was the second to rock the Iraqi capital on
Sunday. The first occurred during the evening in central Baghdad
near the headquarters of the American occupation authority.
A spokesman for the American occupation forces said that they had
fired a guided missile at a position which they claimed was being
used by the Iraqi Resistance in northern Iraq. This was the first
time since the US declared an end to its invasion of Iraq on 1 May
2003, that the Americans reported using a guided missile in combat.
A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH TOOK CREDIT FOR AN ATTACK
THAT TARGETED AN AMERICAN PATROL NEAR THE POLICE STATION OF KIKUK.
ACCORDING TO THE BRIGADES' COMMUNIQUE, THE ATTACK LEFT ONE AMERICAN
SOLDIER DEAD AND FOUR OTHERS INJURED IN ADDITION TO DESTROYING A
HUMVEE AND A PUPPET POLICE CAR.
Lieutenant Colonel Bill MacDonald said that a tactical missile was
fired around noon on Sunday at an Iraqi Army training camp 25km west
of Kirkuk. He maintained that the missile hit its target, but said
that it was still impossible to say whether the attack caused any
casualties or to determine the extent of the damage it may have
The guided missile was fired from at-Taji, 20km north of Baghdad on a
target located 220km further north.
A FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF AL-HUSAYN TOOK CREDIT FOR A ROCKET AND
ARTILLERY BARRAGE LAUNCHED ON THE HEADQUARTERS OF BRITISH FORCES IN
BASRA. THE COMMUNIQUE SAID THAT THE HEADQUARTERS WAS SUBJECTED TO AN
INTENSE ROCKET AND ARTILLERY BARRAGE THAT SET FIRES IN A NUMBER OF
PLACES AND BUILDINGS IN THE AREA. CLOUDS OF SMOKE WERE OBSERVED
RISING FROM VARIOUS QUARTERS OF THE SQUARE IN THE HEADQUARTERS. THE
OCCUPATION FORCES THAT ACKNOWLEDGED THE ATTACK AS USUAL DID NOT
DISCLOSE INFORMATION ON LOSSES IN MATERIEL OR MANPOWER THAT THE
ATTACK HAD CAUSED.
AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL WAS ATTACKED NEAR SADDAM INTERNATIONAL
AIRPORT. THE ASSAULT, CLAIMED BY A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE
BAATH, LEFT TWO AMERICAN SOLDIERS DEAD, THREE OTHERS WOUNDED, AND
DESTROYED A HUMVEE AND AN ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER.
A FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF AL-HUSAYN CLAIMED CREDIT FOR AN ATTACK
ON A BRITISH MILITARY PATROL NEAR THE BUILDING OF THE BASRA
GOVERNORATE. THE ATTACK DESTROYED A LANDROVER AND WOUNDED FOUR
BRITISH SOLDIERS, TWO OF THEM SERIOUSLY.
AN AMERICANMILITARY PATROL WAS ATTACKED IN AL-FALLUJAH BY A FORMATION
OF THE ARMY OF JERUSALEM. THE ASSAULT LEFT TWO AMERICAN SOLDIERS
DEAD AND A THIRD WOUNDED. ONE HUMVEE WAS DESTROYED AND ANOTHER
IN SAMARRA' A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH ANNOUNCED ITS
RESPONSIBILITY FOR AN ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL IN FRONT
OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BASRA THAT LEFT ONE SOLDIER DEAD ONE OTHER
INJURED AND DESTROYED A HUMVEE.
Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated on Sunday in central Baghdad
protesting the fact that their wages and salaries had not been paid
for six months, despite the repeated promises made by the Iraqi
puppet authorities and the occupation authorities. The protesters
said that since they had not been paid there was no reason why they
should observe their commitments under the agreements that promised
them pay. Iraqi puppet police closed the roads leading to the
gathering of demonstrators and American armored vehicles then showed
up in the area and cordoned it off, closing all routes to and from
the area of the demonstration.
The deputy governor of the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, Isma'il
Ahmad Rajab al-Hadidi, announced that he and his driver had been
wounded on Sunday, in an assassination attempt carried out
by "unknown armed men."
In Baghdad, US aggressor troops, backed by armored vehicles and
helicopters, moved into the Sunni Muslim neighborhood of A'zamiyah,
sealing off a 20-block area and searching 450 houses over seven
hours. They confiscated 30 Kalashnikovs, about a dozen shotguns and
10 pistols, according to US officers.
Soldiers detained 21 people for "illegal weapons possession,"
although all were expected to be released Monday.
The raids in A'zamiyah, angered many residents. "Of course everybody
has weapons. We have all been robbed. We were afraid of the Iraqis
and now we're afraid of the Americans," said Samir al-Hadith, an
engineer from Saudi Arabia.
In Tikrit, American aggressor troops shelled positions that they said
had been used to fire mortars and a rocket at American forces earlier
in the day, Lieutenant Colonel Steve Russell said.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Monday 17
Saturday, 15 November 2003.
A FORMATION OF THE REPUBLICAN GUARD ANNOUNCED THAT IT HAD DOWNED TWO
BLACK HAWK HELICOPTERS IN MOSUL. ONE OF THE AIRCRAFT FELL ON THE AL-
KHAMIS BRIDGE, THE OTHER ON ONE OF THE HOUSES IN THE AS-SIHHAH
NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE CITY OF MOSUL. THE COURAGEOUS AND QUALITATIVE
OPERATION LEFT 19 AMERICAN OFFICERS AND MEN DEAD AND INJURED NINE
OTHERS IN ADDITION TO DESTROYING THE TWO HELICOPTERS COMPLETELY.
The US occupation forces announced that 17 soldiers were killed in
the crash of two Black Hawk helicopters in the northern city of
Mosul, five others were injured and one remained unaccounted for.
The death toll from the two Black Hawks equaled that which the
occupation forces admitted in the downing of a Chinook helicopter on
2 November by the Iraqi Resistance near al-Fallujah. Seventeen
eventually were reported to have died from that attack.
A statement by the US occupation command said one helicopter was
carrying a quick reaction force and the other ferried soldiers on a
transport mission in northern Iraq. The statement did not give the
cause of the crash, although some soldiers at the scene said at least
one of the Black Hawks may have been hit by ground fire. Witnesses
said the two Black Hawks collided in mid-air and came down in a
residential area of western Mosul. The US military said the crash of
the aircraft occurred at about 6:30pm local time.
Ignoring the eyewitness testimony of their own soldiers the US
military announced that "the cause of the incidents are under
investigation," and added "we will not speculate on the cause of
The statement said the site was secured by US occupation troops,
Iraqi puppet police, and firefighters. The aircraft came from the
American 101st Airborne Division based originally at Fort Campbell,
Al-Arab al-Yawm's Baghdad correspondent Ahmad Sabri reported in the
Sunday issue of the Amman newspaper that American occupation forces
imposed a curfew on Mosul after the downing of the two American Black
Hawk helicopters there. US occupation forces deployed extensively
throughout the city and set up check points where they were doing
searches of those entering or leaving the city. A large scale
campaign of raids began as the aggressor forces hunted for the
Resistance fighters who brought down the American choppers.
Sabri reported that witnesses who reside in the as-Sihhah
neighborhood, which lies adjacent to Mosul's fifth bridge, told him
via telephone that they heard two large explosions just after the
nightime darkness had completely settled in on the city.
The witnesses said that about four helicopters were circling in the
skies of Mosul when they saw four shoulder fired Strela SAM missiles
fired at the US aircraft, two of which were struck.
The witnesses reported that the first helicopter was hit in its tail
section and caught fire before falling to earth while the second
missile struck the rear section of the second helicopter which also
One witness said that after the first helicopter was hit, it began to
swerve back and forth as it fell and struck the other helicopter,
bringing both to earth together.
The two remaining helicopters that were in the air over Mosul at the
time were unscathed.
Asked by al-Arab al-Yawm about the number of killed and wounded
aboard the craft, the witness said that a large number of soldiers
were among the killed and injured. He said that the US occupation
forces cordoned off a ring around the site of the crash and began
pulling out dead and wounded who were evacuated by helicopters that
landed at the crash site.
The witness reported that American forces and members of the puppet
police force had been on high alert and at the ready before the
downing of the two helicopters, which were flying in the skies of
Mosul in the first place to search for Resistance fighters.
The helicopters were evidently on their way to attack suspected
Resistance positions as a part of the Iron Hammer operation currently
waged by occupation forces against the Resistance.
A FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF AL-FARUQ DEALT WITH AN AGENT OF AMERICAN
INTELLIGENCE WHO WORKED AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE AMERICAN FORCES IN
MOSUL. THEY WERE ABLE TO KILL HIM NEAR THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING OF
In Baghdad the US occupation forces said that one soldier was killed
and two others injured on Saturday in the latest bomb attack to take
place in the rising wave of bombings being carried out by the
Resistance fighters against occupation forces.
A US military spokeswoman said that the attackers used an improvised
explosive device, a term the US military uses for bombs planted on or
near roads that target US foot patrols. The spokeswoman said that
she had no further details about the time, location, or circumstances
of the attack.
THE REPUBLICAN PALACE IN BAGHDAD, USED AS THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE
OCCUPATION FORCES, WAS ATTACKED IN A ROCKET AND ARTILLERY BARRAGE,
CREDIT FOR WHICH WAS CLAIMED BY A FORMATION OF THE REPUBLICAN GUARD.
THE BARRAGE DESTROYED A NUMBER OF FACILITIES IN THE PALACE AND SET
FIRES IN VARIOUS PLACES INCLUDING ROOMS AND OPEN SQUARES. CLOUDS OF
SMOKE AND TONGUES OF FLAME ROSE FROM THE PALACE, OBSCURING THE SO-
CALLED GREEN ZONE. HELICOPTERS, AMBULANCES, AND FIRE TRUCKS RUSHED
TO THE AREA WHICH IS SURROUNDED BY CAMPS OF THE OCCUPATION FORCES.
Al-Jazeera reported, however, that numerous witnesses confirmed that
a large number of occupation soldiers were wounded in the attack on
the convoy of US vehicles that took place in the Tunis neighborhood
in north Baghdad.
A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH TOOK CREDIT FOR AN ATTACK ON
AN AMERICAN MILITARY COLUMN IN THE TUNIS NEIGHBORHOOD IN BAGHDAD THAT
LEFT TWO AMERICAN SOLDIERS DEAD AND THREE OTHERS WOUNDED. A HUMVEE
WAS ALSO DESTROYED.
The US occupation authorities say that they face about 30 Resistance
attacks per day in Iraq. In the last three days, US forces have
carried out a wave of attacks using air strikes under the code name
Iron Hammer in an attempt to destroy buildings that the occupation
forces claim are used by the Resistance.
In al-Fallujah, an eyewitness reported that one American soldier was
wounded on Saturday in an explosion as his column was passing west of
Baghdad. Worker Ahmad 'Ali Husayn, 28 years old, said "an American
soldier was wounded and the car he was driving was damaged." Husayn
explained that the column consisted of six vehicles. The attack
occurred on the expressway between Baghdad and ar-Ramadi, 10km from
al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad.
A US military spokesman responded to an Agence France Presse (AFP)
question about the attack said that he had no information about it.
In Kirkuk, 225km north of Baghdad, an officer in the puppet police
that three policemen were wounded Saturday morning in a Katyusha
attack on their headquarters in northern Iraq. Husayn Hasan 'Alawi,
an officer in the al-'Urubah police station told the AFP "three
policemen were wounded, two of them seriously when one Katyusha
rocket hit the entrance of the police station and another the road
leading to it." He added that the rockets were fired from outside
On 22 October 2003, al-'Urubah police station, which lies east of
Kirkuk, detained 'Ali Muhammad 'Ali, 35, a man whom they call the
suspected "master mind" of a number of attacks on the occupation
troops and the puppet police in the Kirkuk area. The suspect was
turned over to the US occupation forces who took him to their base at
Kirkuk airport. The puppet police still are searching for four
persons whom they suspect of being his partners.
For several weeks the oil city of Kirkuk has witnessed a series of
repeated attacks on American bases and puppet police stations in
which explosives, mortar shells, rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) anti-
tank weapons, and Katyushas were used.
In Baghdad an explosion was heard after noon on Saturday and
witnesses described a cloud of black smoke that was seen rising from
near the National Museum.
An American military spokesman said that he heard the sound of the
blast, but said "at the present time it is not possible to say
exactly what the nature of the explosion was or where exactly it
A large explosion struck the headquarters of the Turkish company
Ekfen that prepares food for the American occupation forces in the
American military base in Mosul, northern Iraq.
The Egyptian Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported that the
explosion, whose cause was unknown, injured a number of American
soldiers and Turkish workers. MENA said that the injured were
immediately taken to the military hospital in Mosul.
A FORMATION OF SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN CLAIMED CREDIT FOR AN ATTACK ON A
MILITARY BASE NEAR TIKRIT IN WHICH AN INTENSE ROCKET AND ARTILLERY
BARRAGE WAS MOUNTED. THE ASSAULT KILLED FOUR OCCUPATION TROOPS AND
WOUNDED FIVE OTHERS. A TANK AND AN ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER WERE
DESTROYED AND FIRE WAS IGNITED IN SEVERAL PLACES IN THE CAMP.
Five Iraqis, all members of one family, died as martyrs in Tikrit
when an American container train exploded in the south of that city.
The US continued its wave of arrests, detaining 18 Iraqis in Kirkuk,
67 in Mosul and a similar number in al-Anbar Province. An Iraqi
translator and his son were killed in front of their home in Mosul.
The translator had received a number of threats from Resistance
fighters telling him to stop his cooperation with the occupation, but
he did not comply.
On the political level, Kurdish leader and current head of the puppet
so-called Interim Governing Council, Jalal Talibani has announced a
timetable for the transfer of power to Iraqi puppets. The timetable
was agreed upon when the Council met with Paul Bremer, US Proconsul
of Iraq, who was just back from receiving instructions from
Washington. The timetable made no mention of a date for the end of
the US occupation of Iraq. Talibani said that the timetable provided
for creating a provisional Iraqi government before June 2004 and the
holding of elections before the end of 2005. A basic law to govern
the administration of the US-occupied country for the "transition
period" was, according to the timetable, to be ready before the end
of February 2004.
Reuters reports that Iraqi farmers have been told by US occupation
troops that if they do not provide information on the Resistance, the
US forces will blow up their homes.
Reuters filed the report from Abu Ghurayb, near Baghdad.
Seven farmers told Reuters that US soldiers, who are mounting a new
crackdown against insurgents, have been pressuring them to help hunt
"They came here and they told us to help them catch resistance
fighters or their planes would destroy our homes and we would be
arrested," said Ahmed Mohammad, 30. "I am a farmer, not a policeman.
What can I do?" he said.
Ground and air units also struck locations near Abu Ghraib prison on
the capital's western outskirts. Guerrillas often fire mortars at US
troops guarding the sprawling prison. "They fire from everywhere. It
used to be every night but now there are fewer strikes because we
brought in 300 more soldiers here," said an American soldier.
Nearby farmers said they are paying the price for a conflict that
shows no signs of abating.
Mahmud Ahmad held pieces of shrapnel from eight US mortars, seething
with anger over the US-led occupation. "They just threaten us. They
are not looking for guerrillas they are just provoking Iraqis," he
Other farmers pointed to craters left in fields as mortars crashed,
rocking the small community of 50. They said the US strategy of
getting tougher with guerrillas, said to be Saddam loyalists or
foreign militants, would only backfire.
The Americans can never win against the resistance because all Iraqis
want them out. How can you catch all Iraqis?" said Jasem Mahmud, in
the Reuters dispatch, carried in al-Arab al-Yawm in Arabic and in
English in the Pakistani newspaper Jang.
A Portuguese journalist who had been abducted by armed men in
southern Iraq was released Saturday after 36 hours of being held,
sometimes in the trunk of a car.
Carlos Raleiras, a journalist with Lisbon-based radio TSF, told the
station by mobile phone he was set free at a roadside. "I wasn't
harmed at all," he said.
Raleiras was abducted Friday when a convoy of Portuguese journalists
was attacked by armed men shortly after entering Iraq from Kuwait.
One reporter with a Portuguese television channel was shot in the
leg, while seven other Portuguese journalists escaped unharmed.
Raleiras told TSF nine gunmen were involved in his abduction. He said
he was kept for several hours Saturday in the trunk of a car and was
moved around several houses during his abduction. The journalists had
been traveling to Basra to report on Portuguese police who just
arrived in the country to join the Anglo-American aggressor forces
Portugal sent 128 police officers to Iraq on Wednesday. They were
sent to Basra instead of an-Nasiriyah, as initially planned, after a
bombing attack at the Italian paramilitary base in an-Nasiriyah
killed more than two dozen people.
British occupation forces, who control southern Iraq and Basra, had
been negotiating for Raleiras' release, according to TSF. The
Ministry of Defense in London confirmed British troops were searching
for him. Prime Minister Jose Durao Barroso, on an official visit to
Bolivia, welcomed the journalist's release but refused to say whether
a ransom was paid. "Everything was done in accordance with essential
principles, through our British friends," Durao Barroso was quoted as
saying by the Portuguese news agency Lusa. The journalists were from
television station S.I.C., state television Radiotelevisao
Portuguesa, private channel TVI, TSF, radio station Renascenca and
daily paper Publico.
Al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Sunday 16 November
Friday, 14 November 2003.
A FORMATION OF SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN CLAIMED CREDIT FOR AN ATTACK ON AN
AMERICAN MILITARY COLUMN ON THE PUBLIC HIGHWAY BETWEEN SAMARRA' AND
TIKRIT, NORTH OF THE CAPITAL, BAGHDAD. THE ATTACK KILLED FOUR
OCCUPATION SOLDIERS, WOUNDED THREE OTHERS, AND DESTROYED A TANK, TWO
HUMVEES, AND A PERSONNEL CARRIER.
AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL CAME UNDER ATTACK ON THE BAGHDAD - SADDAM
AIRPORT ROAD. THE ASSAULT WAS CLAIMED BY A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES
OF AL-HUSAYN AND LEFT ONE AMERICAN DEAD, THREE OTHERS INJURED, AND
DESTROYED A HUMVEE AND A MILITARY JEEP.
IN MOSUL AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL WAS ATTACKED, RESPONSIBILITY FOR
WHICH WAS CLAIMED BY A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH. THE
ASSAULT LEFT ONE AMERICAN SOLDIER DEAD, TWO OTHERS INJURED AND ONE
A SNIPER UNIT OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH WAS ABLE TO KILL ONE AGENT
OF THE AMERICAN CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY (OF AMERICAN NATIONALITY)
IN THE AL-'AMERIYAH DISTRICT OF CENTRAL BAGHDAD.
One occupation soldier belonging to the 1st Armored Division was
killed Friday and two others were wounded in a roadside bombing in
central Baghdad, the US military said.
In Baghdad's northwestern neighborhood of al-Khadrah, a roadside bomb
blew up Friday as US occupation troops tried to defuse it, causing
three casualties among the soldiers, a witness said. The witness,
Ahmad Muhammad, did not know if the three soldiers were killed or
wounded, and the US military had no immediate comment. Later an
American occupation officer said that the bomb in al-Khadrah in south
Baghdad Friday morning exploded and wounded two occupation troops.
After the blast, occupation troops blocked the road for about an hour
and called through loudspeakers for Iraqis to help them capture those
who planted the bomb. They also handed out leaflets offering a
$10,000 reward to anybody with information about Resistance
fighters. Witnesses said helicopters took the wounded away.
Television pictures showed pools of blood in the street and broken
glass from windows shattered in the blast.
A witnesses said that an American soldier was wounded in an explosion
that struck the convoy in which he was riding along the main street
Arkan Hamad Latif, an officer in the puppet police, told Agence
France Presse (AFP) that two occupation soldiers were wounded in the
explosion of a booby trapped truck as a convoy passed through the
village of ar-Rabidah about 35km south of Kirkuk on the road to
Tikrit. US occupation troops backed by helicopters carried out
searches in the villages south and west of Kirkuk.
One Iraqi guard was killed in an explosion of a booby trapped truck
near an elementary school in the center of Kirkuk. The puppet police
said that 2kg bomb was deactivated near another school in the city.
A spokesman for the 101st Airborne Division said that three
occupation soldiers were wounded in the explosion of a bomb as their
convoy passed through the center of Mosul.
The Ukranian Ministry of Defense announced that one Ukrainian soldier
who was a part of the Polish-led international detachment was killed
as he was checking a part of a weapon. Sergeant Sergey Suslov was
killed in al-'Aziziyah, in eastern Iraq were 1,650 Ukrainian
occupation troops are deployed under Polish command.
A UNIT OF THE FORCES OF AL-HUSAYN ATTACKED A UKRAINIAN PATROL AND
KILLED ONE UKRAINIAN SOLDIER, AND WOUNDED FOUR OTHERS IN ADDITION TO
DESTROYING A PERSONNEL CARRIER.
Resistance fighters opened fire on jeeps carrying Portuguese
journalists in southern Iraq on Friday, wounding a woman reporter in
the leg, news reports said. Another reporter went missing and was
reported abducted by the Resistance fighters.
Six Portuguese journalists were traveling in a convoy of three jeeps
from the Kuwaiti border to Basra when they came under attack, Lisbon-
based radio TSF reported. They had no military escort.
On an open stretch of road, two vehicles containing five armed men
pulled up alongside the convoy and began shooting, one of the
journalists - Sofia Lorena of the newspaper Publico - told S.I.C.
television by satellite telephone. The front two jeeps managed to
flee and reach Basra but the third attempted to turn around when it
was captured, she said.
Maria Joao Ruela, an S.I.C reporter, was shot and wounded in the leg,
A TSF reporter in the convoy, Carlos Raleiras, went missing. He was
later contacted on his satellite phone by the Portuguese news agency
"I've been kidnapped. It's a very confused situation. I can't talk
now," Raleiras told the agency. Raleiras was not wounded in the
attack, the other reporters said.
The journalists were heading to Basra where Portuguese police are
deploying to join up with British occupation forces.
Portugal sent 128 police officers to Iraq as planned Wednesday, but
rerouted them to Basra instead of an-Nasiriyah, where a bombing
attack at the Italian paramilitary occupation troops base killed more
than two dozen people.
The journalists were from S.I.C., state television Radiotelevisao
Portuguesa, private channel TVI, TSF, radio station Renascenca, and
daily paper Publico.
An Apache helicopter of the US occupation forces killed seven people
suspected of preparing a rocket attack on a US base near Tikrit, the
military said Friday. The occupation spokesman later said that they
had found hundreds of rockets and missiles at the site.
Occupation troops from the 101st Airborne Division also captured 14
of what they called "suspected terrorists," including eight who
belonged to a Mosul cell whose leader is suspected of plotting to
assassinate a top official of the occupation military authorities,
the military said.
In a separate incident, three suspects were arrested for "conducting
attacks on U.S. forces," the military said.
On Friday evening US aggressor aircraft struck at targets close to
Baghdad airport in the third successive night of what they
call "Operation Iron Hammer," an American drive to root out
Resistance fighters and attack their positions in the occupied Iraqi
Eyewitnesses reported several explosions around the airport, in the
southwest of the city, after dark Friday, as US planes and
helicopters flew overhead. The operation follows a series of
Resistance mortar and rocket attacks on the headquarters of the US
occupation administration in central Baghdad.
Distant explosions could be heard after sundown in central Baghdad
Friday evening, and the 1st Armored Division said they were part
of "pre-emptive mortar fire" against Resistance fighters' positions.
A division spokesman said aircraft were launched to carry out some of
the strikes. He would not specify the targets but said the operation
was ongoing late Friday.
Parallel with reports that the Bush administration, alarmed at the
rapid increase in the extent and strengh of the Iraqi Resistance,
plans to make a show of "giving more power to Iraqis" (the Iraqis,
that is, whom Washington hand-picks to veil their continued
occupation of Iraq), it was announced on Friday that the US will add
several hundred staff members to its forward headquarters in Doha,
The American Central Command, based in Tampa, Florida, USA has
continually maintained more than a hundred staff members in Qatar
since the base was established in late 2002. Staffing has ebbed and
flowed dependent upon operations and exercises. The increase in
staffing in Doha exposes the
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm, daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Saturday,
15 November 2003.
Thursday, 13 November 2003.
Two US occupation troops were killed and three others wounded in
Samarra', 110km north of Baghdad, when a bomb went off as a convoy
passed by Thursday night, the US military acknowledged on Friday.
A FORMATION OF THE ARMY OF JERUSALEM CLAIMED CREDIT FOR AN ATTACK ON
AN AMERICAN MILITARY POSITION ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY OF
SAMARRA'. THE ATTACK LEFT TWO AMERICAN SOLDIERS DEAD, AND FIVE
OTHERS INJURED. ONE TANK WAS DESTROYED, SERIOUS DAMAGE WAS INFLICTED
ON THE FRONT GATE OF THE POSITION AND A NUMBER OF ITS DEFENSES.
A FORMATION OF THE REPUBLICAN GUARD TOOK CREDIT FOR AN ATTACK ON AN
AMERICAN MILITARY GUARD IN THE AREA OF AD-DURAH, IN THE CAPITAL,
BAGHDAD. THE ATTACK, WHICH WAS ACCOMPANIED BY A ROCKET BARRAGE, LEFT
FIVE OCCUPATION SOLDIERS DEAD, THREE OTHERS INJURED, AND DESTROYED
TWO TANKS, AN ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER, AND AN AMMUNITION DUMP THAT
CONTINUED TO EXPLODE FOR TWENTY MINUTES.
A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH CARRIED OUT AN AMBUSH USING
AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE THAT THEY HAD PLANTED IN THE PATH OF AN AMERICAN
PATROL IN AL-KHALIDIYAH. THE REMOTE-CONTROLLED BLAST KILLED ONE
AMERICAN SOLDIER AND INJURED FOUR OTHERS. A HUMVEE AND A PERSONNEL
CARRIER WERE DESTROYED.
AN ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN TRANSPORTIN THE AL-IS-HAQI DISTRICT NEAR THE
CITY OF TIKRIT WAS CLAIMED BY A FORMATION OF SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN AND
LEFT TWO AMERICAN SOLDIERS DEAD, FOUR OTHERS INJURED AND DESTROYED A
TANK, A HUMVEE, AND PERSONNEL TRANSPORT.
Iraqi Resistance forces killed a US civilian contractor and injured
another north of Baghdad. The Resistance attacked a convoy of
vehicles Thursday afternoon near Balad, 45 miles north of Baghdad,
according to a report on Friday by the occupation troops' spokesman,
who added that the victims were not identified pending notification
of relatives. Private US contractors are working in a wide variety
of tasks in Iraq - helping rebuild infrastructure and train Iraqi
police and officials, as well as taking military roles, such as
The Iraqi puppet police and eyewitnesses report that three Americans
were wounded on Thursday in Kirkuk and al-Fallujah. Puppet police
Commander 'Adnan Muhammad Saber said that two Americans were wounded
when an explosive device blew up as their convoy of five vehicles and
a small truck was passing through the center of Kirkuk.
The blast destroyed the truck. The passengers in the vehicle were
taken to a hospital inside the Kirkuk airport.
An eyewitness, meanwhile, reports that one American soldier was
wounded in the main street in the city of al-Fallujah, west of
Baghdad when an explosion struck his convoy and damaged the vehicle
in which he was riding. US occupation forces initially maintained
that they have no information about these two attacks.
But on Friday, the US occupation announced that three American
paratroopers were wounded, one seriously, late Thursday by a rocket
attack near al-Fallujah.
AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL WAS ATTAKCED AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CITY
OF AL-FALLUJAH. THE ASSAULT WAS CLAIMED BY A FORMATION OF THE
BRIGADES OF AL-FARUQ, AND LEFT ONE SOLDIER DEAD AND TWO OTHERS
WOUNDED. A HUMVEE AND A MILITARY JEEP WERE DESTROYED.
Three occupation soldiers were reported "slightly wounded" when an
improvised explosive device went off near their convoy Thursday
afternoon in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the US military
On Thursday, the American occupation forces ordered the closing of
the 14 July bridge, one of the main bridges in Baghdad crossing the
Tigris River. The closing came three weeks after it had been
reopened to traffic. A spokesman for the occupation forces said
that "after the latest attacks, we are closing the 14 July Bridge
until further notice."
The spokesman said "the bridge will be reopened when we arrest or
kill those responsible for the attacks. We hope that the bridge will
not remain closed for a long time."
The bridge, which leads to the main entrance of the Presidential
Compound, which the occupation forces have taken as their
headquarters, was reopened on 25 October after it had been closed for
seven months for repairs necessitated by the US aggression.
After the bridge was reopened, a number of Katyusha rockets were
fired at the ar-Rashid Hotel which is one of the most heavily guarded
structure in the Iraqi Capital and is located near the bridge. Since
that time the occupation forces' headquarters compound has been the
target of numerous mortar attacks.
Iraqi Resistance forces targeted an American Apache military
helicopter on Thursday with small arms fire, after which US
occupation troops arrested 11 Iraqis, according to a spokesman for
the occupation authorities.
Lieutenant Bill MacDonald of the 4th Infantry Division said that the
AH-64 helicopter was fired on early on Thursday morning by light arms
near the city of Bayji, 225km north of Baghdad. The US officer gave
no further details as to whether the helicopter was struck. Members
of the helicopter crew saw someone who was firing at them get into
his car and head for a home which soldiers of the division later
searched and in which they arrested 11 persons.
One American occupation soldier was killed and another injured in an
explosion that took place in the center of Baghdad on Wednesday,
according to a US military spokesman. The two soldiers belonged to
the 1st Armored Division and were both wounded when their patrol was
passing through central Baghdad, east of the Tigris River and an
explosive device blew up under their Humvee. The US spokesman said
that one of the two later died on Wednesday night from the wounds he
American occupation forces launched three ground and air assaults in
the city of Baghdad late on Thursday. The actions were reportedly
aimed at putting down Resistance groups which had been attacking the
occupation forces. An American military spokesman said on Thursday
that the assaults were part of a new American plan code named Iron
Hammer to put down Iraqi Resistance. The occupation forces said they
attacked and reportedly destroyed an old headquarters building of the
Republican Guard in the ar-Rashid area, which the aggressor troops
say was used by the Resistance to launch attacks. "Our unit has been
taking fire from this building for several days so that's why we
attacked," a US occupation officer said.
The number of casualties on either side in the Thursday night
offensive has not been disclosed. Operations were expected to
continue through the night, according to the American CNN Television
Network. In Washington the Defense Department confirmed the attacks
that had begun on Wednesday. The US offensive follows a series of
attacks launched by the Iraqi Resistance and warnings in a top secret
CIA report that the Resistance is likely to grow stronger.
On Friday, 13 November, the US military reported that on Thursday
near the town of Husayba close to the Syrian border, US occupation
forces destroyed a three-story building which they claimed was used
by Resistance fighters as a staging area for attacks and storage of
ammunition. American F-16 jets dropped two JDAM satellite-guided
bombs on the target late Thursday, the military said.
US aggressor aircraft also hit targets in Baghdad Wednesday, and
killed two men the American military said had been trying to fire
In the wake of the martyrdom attack by resistance forces on Italian
occupation troops in an-Nasiriyah, Japan said Thursday it was
delaying a decision on sending troops to Iraq, delivering a new
setback to US imperialist hopes for easing the pressure on its forces.
The regime in south Korea also said it would limit its contribution
to the occupation forces to a maximum of 3,000 troops. South Korean
regime officials said Friday that Seoul had ordered its 464 soldiers
in southern Iraq to suspend their operations outside coalition
bases. The decision by south Korean authorities to succumb to US
pressure and send Koreans to Iraq met with massive protest in the
North Asian country. Seoul's order to its troops in Iraq not to
venture outside their bases is clearly an attempt to prevent a
Resistance attack from killing or wounding south Koreans, something
that could spark a powerful reaction from the already discontented
Meanwhile, Denmark rejected a push to increase the numbers of its 410-
member occupation force.
On Thursday, armed men briefly detained three Portuguese journalists
on a road near Basra and reportedly robbed one of them before US
occupation troops arrived.
Armed men in jeeps had intercepted the journalists' vehicles, one
carrying a reporter and a photographer from daily Jornal de Noticias
and the other with a reporter from state radio Radiodifusao
Portuguesa, as they approached Basra. The reporters were reportedly
on their way to cover the deployment of the Portuguese occupation
troops who are joining the occupation forces of the British
aggressors in southern Iraq.
add a comment on this article