Sunday, 7 March 2004.
Late night rocket attack tops off series of Resistance assaults on US headquarters.
Late on Sunday, Iraqi Resistance fighters again attacked the US headquarters in occupied Baghdad as a thunderous explosion resounded from the area of the so-called “Green Zone” just hours after 10 Resistance rockets had slammed into the occupation headquarters. A Reuters report stated that windows shook in buildings in the downtown area. The US occupation forces had no immediate information on the extent of any casualties or damage.
Iraqi Resistance pounds US headquarters with 10 Strela rockets.
Iraqi eyewitnesses reported that 10 Strela rockets fired from a launcher fixed on the back of an old car crashed into the area housing the headquarters of the US military occupation and the ar-Rashid Hotel in downtown Baghdad on Sunday. Sirens blared for several minutes, and smoke and flames were visible. Al-Jazeera TV reported that at least 10 rockets exploded within the US headquarters, dubbed the “Green Zone” by the Americans. Al-‘Arabiyah TV described the basts as “extremely intense” and said that the sound of explosions could be heard half an hour's drive away from the US occupation headquarters. The blasts came in a continuous series with only a few minutes between each one.
The witnesses told the Jordanian daily al-‘Arab al-Yawm that the explosions caused damage to several sites within the “Green Zone” from which clouds of smoke could be seen rising. The glass in residential buildings near the US headquarters was blown out. The blasts came hours after the appointed time for the signing of the so-called constitution drawn up under the auspices of the occupation in a flimsy attempt to put an Iraqi face on the US military control of the country.
An Iraqi puppet police inspector reported that the ar-Rashid Hotel and the Foreign Ministry building were hit by the rockets and that casualties from those blasts were “probable.” US General Mark Kimmitt said that at least three rockets had struck the ar-Rashid Hotel, wounding a contractor working with the occupation. Kimmit said that the rockets were fired from a launcher fixed to a two-tone orange and white Toyota car that was parked 400 meters from the north west of the ar-Rashid Hotel, and that 10 rockets were fired around 7:25pm. He said that the Iraqi Resistance fighters abandoned the launch vehicle after it caught fire following the attack.
Iraqi puppet officials said that an explosives-laden car had also exploded while at least 10 rockets blasted into the US headquarters area.
Iraqi puppet police immediately closed off all streets leading to the aggressor headquarters and imposed a “security ring” around the area. Ambulances could be seen rushing to the site of the Resistance attack.
The former Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs was on fire, a witness said. The building already was severely damaged by US bombing during the invasion last year. A US military mess hall sits behind the building.
The Iraqi Resistance rockets struck at about 7:30pm on the northern edge of the so-called “Green Zone,” the complex surrounding the Republican Palace that the invader forces have occupied and turned into their headquarters. Iraqi puppet police claimed there were no casualties from the car bomb, which detonated outside the building. There was no immediate word on casualties from the rocket attacks.
Inside the so-called “Green Zone,” employees at the Baghdad Convention Center, where the US military occupation press office is based, fled into the basement, said Army 1st Sergeant Stephen Valley, a military spokesman. "Everyone's OK. Everyone's been accounted for," Valley said. "They're all down in the basement."
US military occupation spokesman confirmed that 10 explosions occurred "in the vicinity of" the convention center, and said officials were investigating. Shortly after the blasts, a US army OH-58 Kiowa helicopter, a surveillance aircraft, and an Apache helicopter flew low over the Tigris River, possibly to seek out the heat signature of the rocket launchers. The helicopters use infrared sights to seek out the heat left by the rocket tubes.
Drive-by Resistance attack on puppet police kills two, wounds one in Mosul.
Iraqi Resistance fighters struck a puppet police station in northern Mosul on Sunday with rocket-propelled grenades, and then opened fire with automatic weapons on a police check point, killing two persons described as civilians and wounding one Iraqi puppet policeman, according to eyewitnesses and the puppet police. The New York Post reported the attack that puppet police First Lieutenant Khalid Fiddah said that the Resistance attack came at about 8:00am and was carried out by a group of Resistance fighters who drove past in a car. Puppet police Colonel Jamal Muhammad Sulayman told Reuters that all three victims were civilians gathered at the checkpoint.
500 US aggressors, helicopter gunships attack Baghdad dairy.
A spokesman for the US occupation forces in Iraq announced that 500 US aggressor troops supported by helicopter gunships have attacked a dairy products factory in Baghdad and arrested four workers. The US Associated Press initially had no further details.
Deputy puppet governor of Mosul survives assassination attempt.
It was disclosed on Sunday that the deputy puppet governor of Mosul, Khursaw Kuran, a Kurd, survived an Iraqi Resistance assassination attempt on Saturday morning. Two of Kuran's bodyguards were wounded in the attack.
US aggressors arrest, then release south Korean journalists at Palestine Hotel.
US occupation forces arrested three south Korean journalists as they attempted to enter the Palestine Hotel in the occupied Iraqi capital. The arrests, which took place at a checkpoint in one of the cement barriers surrounding the hotel, were based on suspicions aroused by bomb-sniffing dogs who inspected the journalists belongings. The Meridien Palestine is one of the largest hotels in Baghdad and serves as the residence for foreign journalists and operatives in the occupation regime.
Al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV station broadcast pictures of the Korean journalists, their hands bound behind their backs, being taken into custody by heavily armed US aggressor troops. Al-‘Arabiyah reported that the three Korean journalists had indeed resided in the hotel but they had left it to move into an Iraqi neighborhood. But when they were unable to meet up with a helicopter that was to transport them to a site, they returned to the hotel where they were stopped and arrested. The journalists were released after several hours after they and their belongings were searched.
Al-Jazeera TV Special Report:
US Occupation Imposes New Limits on Journalists in Iraq.
By Muhammad ‘Abd al-‘Ati.
Sunday, 7 March 2004.
There's nothing strange about all the talk about how dangerous it is to work in Iraq. The whole country is in a state of lawlessness, with no legal government, and human life is at risk at every moment. All it takes to bring a life to an end is one bullet and then the incident will be traced to an “unknown person” and dropped. But what is strange is that the source of this danger lies with the American occupation itself, which claims to have come to spread democracy in Iraq.
American work permits.
Until just last week it was the right of every journalist to enter Iraq and to take up his work without getting a permit or license and without registering with the American authorities. But now all that has changed. The US forces now require each and every journalist, whether already in the country or a new arrival, to register his or her reports with them, and, after that, to obtain a journalistic work permit card from them.
Foreign reporters in Baghdad say that this demand is aimed at imposing limits on the information media in the near future. These journalists say that the day may come when the American occupation authorities will refuse to grant a work permit to this or that news agency based on how pleased or displeased they are over their coverage of events in Iraq.
In addition, this measure serves to impose a kind of self-censorship on the journalist as he works in the field subject to the fear that he will later be interrogated by the Americans about what he has reported. This is particularly true inasmuch as he is totally in the grasp of US security forces anywhere he goes in Iraq.
Some of the news media operating in Iraq have complained about the way they are treated by the US forces when they are displeased with their reports – a fact that only serves to increase the fears of the working journalist in the country. The punitive treatment meted out by US forces can range from denying certain agencies preferential news coverage opportunities, to detention of the reporters, searches, restrictions, arrests in some cases and imprisonment in solitary cells. And it can go all the way up to subjecting them to various types of violence that can at times be deadly.
It has been noted that when the US occupation troops go out to raid houses of people suspected of having ties to the Resistance, they bring along with them certain specific news companies, such as Fox News or CNN, and sometimes Reuters or the BBC, but never other news agencies – like al-Jazeera and Abu Dhabi TV.
We brought that up with the American Lieutenant General in charge of coordination with the news media in Iraq and he said, “That's right. But the reason for it is that the first media you mentioned will cover the event and write that these raids are being carried out to crack down on “terrorists” who constitute a threat to the security of the “Coalition” forces. But those other agencies you mentioned will write that these raids are aimed at the Iraqi “Resistance” to the “occupation” forces. Your coverage will not be even-handed as far as the American side is concerned.”
Detention and searches.
Searches, sometimes accompanied by verbal abuse, are the subject of a complaint made by two journalists working for a well-known satellite TV company. They requested that their names not be published, lest they face even more problems. They reported that they have frequently been subjected to such treatment, the most recent time being last week in Samarra'. There occupation forces detained them. After they were searched, they were told, “you tell your viewers that the Americans are going to stay here and that they came first to control Iraq's oil, and then Saudi Arabia's oil, then Iran's oil, and then to attack Syria after that.”
When they protested that that was not true, the officer in charge of the American patrol laughed at them and said, “Anyhow, we aren't going to leave here until this hair turns gray” pointing to the black hair under the helmet he was wearing.”
Arrest without cause.
Then there are the instances of groundless arrest that constitute another source of apprehension and further impede journalists' work in Iraq. They have been thrown in solitary prison cells, where they suffer psychological and physical torment, according to one journalist who has received this treatment.
The instances where journalists have been killed represent the greatest danger that faces correspondents working in Iraq. One year ago, as the organization Journalists without Borders testifies, ten journalists were killed in Iraq, only one of whom was a Iraqi. Some of them were killed by accident in the course of battles and some others were killed in the intentional shelling of their bureaus. This was what happened to the Abu Dhabi and al-Jazeera TV bureaus. In the last case, al-Jazeera correspondent Tariq Ayyub was killed in what constituted a message sent by the Americans – a message whose implications are still being read by journalists at work or heading to assignments in Iraq today.
Arabic original at: http://www.aljazeera.net/news/arabic/2004/3/3-7-9.htm
Sources: al-‘Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Monday, 8 March 2004.
Monday, 8 March 2004.
Blasts shake Baghdad Monday morning.
Monday morning in Baghdad was shaken by powerful explosions set off by the Iraqi Resistance timed to coincide with preparations by the puppet so-called governing council to sign a bogus constitution designed to put an Iraqi face on the US occupation of their country. The US military occupation initially declared that they had no information on the blasts, even though the occupation forces had been put in a state of highest alert in fear of further Resistance attacks.
Iraqi Resistance rockets supply truck.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked an Iraqi truck laden with supplies for the American occupation forces with rockets and machine guns on the highway leading to al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad on Monday. Causing the vehicle to burst into flame. One of the drivers was wounded. The truck had been heading to a US occupation base in the area. Eyewitnesses who knew the Iraqi driver of the stricken truck said that he had received a message warning and threatening him from the Iraqi Resistance.
The eyewitnesses also said that after the attack, US occupation forces destroyed a civilian car that was parked near the scene of the attack, setting it alight after taking the driver out. Other trucks carrying supplies for the invader troops were placed under heavy guard.
Resistance kills puppet councilman in Mosul.
In Mosul, Iraqi Resistance fighters killed a member of the puppet city council of Mosul on Monday morning in a drive-by shooting. The council member, Akram Muhammad Najm, was driving his car in the Hammam al-‘Alil area in the southern part of occupied Mosul when another car passed by carrying three or four Resistance fighters who opened fire on him. A person riding with the councilman was also wounded.
Drive-by Resistance fighter attack on puppet patrol in Baghdad.
Three members of the puppet so-called civil defense forces were wounded in addition to three other people on Monday morning as Iraqi Resistance fighters drove a car quickly past the defense force patrol and opened up on them with automatic rifle fire. The Resistance fighters left the scene unscathed.
Puppet police station hit by Resistance missile.
In al-Karradah district in Baghdad the Iraqi Resistance launched a rocket attack on a puppet police station reportedly wounding two puppet policeman and three civilians, according to a puppet police spokesman. Three rockets struck the area at about noon on Monday. One rocket hit a puppet police station, another reportedly landed in the garden of a nearby house in al-Andalus neighborhood off al-Andalus Square damaging the home but inflicting no casualties. The third rocket landed near Maydan at-Tahrir (Liberation Suquare) in downtown Baghdad, puppet police sources said.
Ethnic street battles sparked by US invasion kill three, wound 20 in Kirkuk.
Three Iraqis, including a woman, were killed and 20 others injured in clashes between Kurds, on one side; and Arabs and Turkomans on the other, according to a puppet police spokesman reported by Agence France Presse (AFP). The clashes broke out following Kurdish celebrations in Kirkuk after the signing of the so-called temporary constitution in Baghdad designed to put an Iraqi cover on the US occupation.
The commander of the puppet police in Kirkuk, Turhan Yusuf said that thousands of Kurds descended to the streets to express their joy at the American puppet show. Some of the Kurdish demonstrators began firing weapons into the air and then the gatherings turned into clashes. Puppet police imposed a curfew during the night to assert control of the situation.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in al-Khalidiyah neighborhood in western Baghdad leaving the car belonging to Isma‘il Turki, the chief of the puppet police of al-Khalidiyah as he was leaving his house on Monday morning. According to the US Associated Press, eyewitness Khalid Fayyad, neighbor of the puppet police chief, Turki survived the attack but his driver and a bodyguard were wounded.
US aggressors detonate rocket targeted on their headquarters.
US occupation troops and their stooge police detonated an Iraqi Resistance rocket that had been set up and aimed at the US aggressor headquarters in Baghdad on Monday. The rocket was located near the Iraqi Foreign Ministry building, just dozens of meters from the so-called “Green Zone”, headquarters of the occupation regime in the former grounds of the Republican Palace.
News agencies also reported that the American invaders closed off the area after being told that an explosive device had been planted in the area. They then began to comb the site for that other bomb.
US occupation forces arrest Muslim Shaykh on charges of “extremism.”
The News Observer newspaper has reported that US occupation forces have arrested an Iraqi religious leader on charges of “extremism” and delivering sermons that reminded listeners of the obligation to wage jihad against the US occupation forces. US aggressor sources of the 4 th Infantry Division acknowledged that they had arrested Shaykh Muhammad Muri‘ early on Sunday morning in the town of Khalas near Ba‘qubah.
Tuesday 9 March 2004.
One US invader killed, another wounded in Resistance bomb blast.
One US occupation soldier was killed and another wounded when an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb detonated under a passing US occupation convoy east of the town of Ba‘qubah on Tuesday morning. US occupation spokesman Major Debra Stewart said that the dead soldier was a member of the 1 st Infantry Division and that he was riding a Humvee in a US convoy. Stewart said that the wounded American soldier was evacuated by air to a hospital in occupied Baghdad.
Resistance strikes at US base in Kirkuk with rockets.
Three powerful explosions shook the Kirkuk Airport – used by US occupation forces as their local headquarters – on Tuesday night. There were no initial reports concerning the extent of damage or casualties. Kirkuk airport is a frequent target of rocket attacks launched by the Iraqi Resistance, the most recent being one on Friday, 5 March 2004.
Resistance attack on puppet government office wounds seven.
Iraqi Resistance forces lobbed a hand grenade into a puppet government office in Mosul, northern Iraqi on Tuesday wounding seven persons, according to the Iraqi puppet police. The puppet police told Reuters that the hand grenade wounded two puppet policemen, a security guard, three employees, and badly hurt one civilian. The office belonged to the puppet city council and was located in central Mosul.
An officer in the Iraqi puppet police speculated that the target of the grenade attack might have been US occupation troops who were inside the building at the time.
Blast shakes Baghdad.
The Agence France Presse (AFP) reported from Baghdad on Tuesday that a powerful explosion shook the occupied Iraqi capital at about 12:25. There were no immediate details about the blast.
US, stooge losses rise in February.
A news story from Iraq quoted in the Jordanian daily al-‘Arab al-Yawm on 10 March 2004 reported that there was a large increase in the number of dead and wounded occupation troops and puppet forces in February. A total of 1,006 occupation troops and stooges were killed, 1,250 others were wounded in hundreds of Resistance attacks launched throughout the country. The Iraqi Resistance also succeeded in destroying 264 American armored vehicles, 57 tanks, and one helicopter. The Iraqi Resistance blew up three oil pipelines and one military train loaded with equipment and ammunition for the occupation forces. The report said that as a result of this record, the US occupation had decided to recall the head of the Baghdad CIA station, in particular after the Resistance attack mounted against US General John Abizaid in al-Fallujah. The report also noted that Richard Perle, a counselor in the US Department of Defense and one of the most prominent neo-Conservative architects and planners of the US invasion of Iraq, also resigned. That resignation, it noted, has been interpreted by some as an attempt by the US administration to get Perle, who was seen as a symbol of the American embroilment in Iraq, out of the limelight before the US elections in November.
US arrests Iraqis in Tikrit.
US aggressor troops carried out a wave of raids and arrests in various parts of the city of Tikrit over Monday-Tuesday night capturing people they claim might have been connected with Resistance activities. Two retired officers in the Army of the Republic of Iraq were taken into US custody. Another man currently serving in the puppet so-called Iraqi civil defense forces was also arrested by the Americans on charges of selling weapons to the Iraqi Resistance in Tikrit.
Palestinian leader Abu al-‘Abbas reported to have died in US prison in Iraq.
A high-ranking Palestinian official has reported that Muhammad ‘Abbas (Abu al-‘Abbas), the General Secretary of the Palestine Liberation Front, who was accused by the US and the Zionists of being behind the hijacking of the Achille Lauro cruise ship in 1985 died a martyr while in US occupation custody in Iraq.
According to a Reuters report, the Palestinian official said that “we have been informed that Mahmud ‘Abbas, who was incarcerated by the Americans has died in Iraq.” The Palestinian official added that his death was “the result of the deterioration of his health condition.”
The US aggressors in Baghdad responded to the reports by saying that they had no knowledge of the matter. US invaders captured Abu al-‘Abbas after their invasion in 2003.
Special Report: New US prisoner release plan uses disappeared Iraqis as bait in an effort to deepen American occupation.
An American commander unveiled a plan Monday that turns Iraqi prisoners into bait to draw the Iraqi populace into working with various US occupation and puppet agencies.
The US occupation claims the new system aims at defusing tension over Iraqis held in US military custody, but it imposes a complex process that forces Iraqis searching for vanished loved ones to become more involved with the US occupation and its various agencies. Tribal leaders also say that the new arrangement, rather than speeding the release process, will in fact prolong and complicate it. Obviously the intended effect is to gain public acquiescence in the face of the US-imposed regime as Iraqi citizens become embroiled in working with American occupation and puppet officials seeking resolution of their most vital concerns.
It is doubtful, however, that forcing people through a cumbersome, alien bureaucracy will produce Iraqi popular support for the occupation that holds loved ones hostage.
Between 500 and 900 Iraqi males from Tikrit and surrounding areas are said to be in US military detention facilities and larger Iraqi jails in Umm Qasr and Abu Ghurayb. They were rounded up, blindfolded and taken away by American soldiers during raids on suspicion of attacking occupation forces.
In many cases, Iraqis not involved in Resistance activity have been arrested in such sweeps, but getting them out of jail has been difficult: No formal system exists to easily track them down, verify their stories and hear representations by family members wanting them returned home.
With many Iraqis believing coalition forces are wrongly holding their loved ones, tribal leaders complain that tensions are reaching boiling point in their communities.
Sheikh Hammadi al-Qassami, a Tikrit tribal leader, told the US news company The Associated Press said that they had a big problem with the US occupation forces regarding "what is happening to our people sitting in prisons."
"There are innocent men in jail with families," he pointed out. "Crying babies are being left alone in their homes," he added. "Solving this situation is the biggest problem facing the Americans here."
It appears that rather than solve the problem, the US aggressors are trying to turn it into a way to deepen their control of the local Iraqi population. Lieutenant Colonel Steve Russell, commander of the Tikrit-based 4th Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, outlined the new system to al-Qassami and about 20 other tribal leaders from this city and surrounding areas. He told them that it aims to speed up attempts by Iraqis to find detained family members and possibly secure their release.
Russell told the gathering at Tikrit's puppet governor's office that he understands the detainee issue is "emotional" but that a procedure must be established to assist in identifying and freeing those wrongly in custody.
"This has been a concern since we entered Tikrit" nearly a year ago, Russell told AP. "Families have been rightfully concerned about knowing where their loved ones are, what they have been accused of and if they are alive."
He stressed, however, that detainees suspected of attacking American aggressor soldiers or aiding anti-occupation activities would not be freed until after they have been dealt with by the Iraqi puppet regime's legal system.
Until now, people seeking detained relatives would usually approach the gates of military bases or contact local leaders and urge them to take up their cases with American forces.
Instead, Russell's plan lays out an official path of action:
Relatives report a capture the president of the recently formed provincial council of shaykhs, a US-created advisory body of tribal leaders who work closely with the puppet regional government.
The council president contacts tribal leaders responsible for the area where the detained person lives to learn if he has been involved in anti-occupation activities.
The council of shaykhs seeks details or the release of the detainee by applying to American forces, the so-called “Coalition Provisional Authority,” regional puppet governor and, if they are in the area, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Iraqi equivalent, the Red Crescent.
At that point, the occupation authorities will decide whether there is just cause to detain the person.
"We need some system to get this situation resolved, because so many of the detained are innocent," said Shaykh Naji Husayn al-Jabburi, the council of shaykhs' inaugural president.
He added, however, that the system would slow down the release of innocent detainees "because we have to deal with so many groups."
In addition the new arrangement is clearly designed to use disappeared Iraqis as bait in an effort to draw wide sections of the population into working with the bureaucracy of the occupation and its puppet authorities.
Sources: al-‘Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, 10 March 2004.
Wednesday, 10 March 2004.
Resistance fighters pose as puppet police to kill two US contractors.
Iraqi Resistance fighters, using an ingenious new technique – posing as puppet police at a makeshift checkpoint south of Baghdad – killed two American civilians and their Iraqi translator — all employees of the US occupation, US officials said Wednesday. The deaths at the checkpoint came when the Resistance fighters stopped the car Tuesday night outside al-Hillah, 60km south of Baghdad, Polish Colonel Robert Strzelecki said. The Resistance fighters shot the passengers and then took the vehicle, he said.
Strzelecki claimed that Polish invader troops later intercepted the car and arrested five Iraqis in it and then found the bodies inside the trunk. Strzelecki, speaking from the “Camp Babylon” headquarters of the Polish-led so-called multinational force in Iraq that the US recruited from among its satellite countries. In Baghdad, a US occupation spokesman confirmed the deaths.
The occupation authorities did not immediately release the victims' identities. The Polish News Agency reported that one of those killed worked for the occupation press office.
Checkpoints manned by Iraqi puppet forces or occupation troops are common on occupied Iraq's main roads, and this appeared to be the first time gunmen have posed as police at a roadblock.
US proconsul L. Paul Bremer called on the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate the killing of the two Americans who were working for the occupation.
Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb kills two, wounds three US soldiers.
Two US occupation soldiers were killed and three others injured on Wednesday when a bomb planted by the Iraqi Resistance exploded under a passing American military patrol on a street in Ba‘qubah.
Two US soldiers wounded in Mosul.
Two US occupation soldiers were wounded together with a number of Iraqi puppet police personnel in a Resistance attack mounted against the Municipality offices in Mosul, northern Iraq on Wednesday.
US occupation headquarters shaken by explosions.
Six explosions shook the area of the US occupation headquarters in occupied Baghdad on Wednesday morning as a result of rockets fired at the American strong point by the Iraqi Resistance forces. The blasts occurred at the bottom end of a street linking the Baghdad Hotel and the heavily guarded occupation authority buildings.
Resistance RPG attack totals US military vehicle in Baghdad.
A US military occupation vehicle was attacked on Wednesday morning by rocket-propelled grenades fired by the Iraqi Resistance in the al-Mushahidah area of northern Baghdad. The vehicle burst into flame and burned totally. US aggressor forces evacuated the vehicle by helicopter and at the same time attacked an Iraqi civilian car that was completely burned. The car's passengers escaped unhurt.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a convoy of oil tankers belonging to an-Najaf Oil with rocket-propelled grenades around noon on Wednesday. The attack destroyed on Humvee that had been guarding the convoy. The Resistance attack occurred on the highway in al-Iskandariyah district south of Baghdad where oil tanker trucks pass on their way to Baghdad from Kuwait.
US admits killing Iraqi civilian, wounding another, in mortar attack.
A spokesman for the occupation authorities admitted on Wednesday that a mortar shell fired by the US invaders went astray in northern Iraq earlier in the week and killed an Iraqi civilian. The US spokesman said that the mortar round was fired during an aggressor operation against Resistance fighters. It hit a building in the town of ‘Ajbah, killing one Iraqi civilian and wounding another.
Voice of America freelancer shot by Resistance in Iraq.
The Voice of America reported on Wednesday that its Iraqi correspondent, Salwan ‘Abd al-Ghani an-Nu‘aymi, a woman who worked as a freelance translator for the VOA was killed on Friday when Iraqi Resistance fighters opened fire upon her as she returned home in her car from the house of one of her relatives.
Resistance forces kill two puppet policemen, wound a third as they eat lunch.
Iraqi Resistance fighters in al-Qa'im on the border with Syria killed two puppet police officers and critically wounded a third Wednesday while the policemen were having lunch in a restaurant, the puppet police admitted.
Iraqi Resistance bombs offices of collaborationist SCIRI in Ba‘qubah.
In Ba‘qubah, northwest of Baghdad, an Iraqi Resistance bomb went off near the offices of Iraq's largest Shi‘ite party, the collaborationist so-called Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq, or SCIRI, wounding four people, according to SCIRI spokesman Haitham al-Husayni. The leader of SCIRI, Abd al-‘Aziz al-Hakim, is a member of the puppet so-called Interim Governing Council that serves under US proconsul L. Paul Bremer. The bombings also damaged the building housing the offices of the Iranian-trained Badr Brigades, SCIRI's militia, that took part in the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. The offices are located near Khuraysan River that divides Ba‘qubah in half.
Puppet police official survives assassination bid.
Lieutenant Colonel ‘Abd al-Azal Hazim Haffuzi, press officer for the police directorate of Mosul, survived an assassination attempt when three Resistance fighters opened fire on him. The resulting exchange of gunfire left one of the Resistance attackers martyred, and two others wounded, according to the Iraqi puppet police version of the event.
Iraqi Resistance threat causes evacuation of Governorate building in an-Najaf.
The Iraqi puppet police were compelled to evacuate the Governorate building in an-Najaf after receiving reports that the Iraqi Resistance was planning to attack the site.
Palestine Liberation Front: US murdered Abu al-‘Abbas in prison.
Colleagues of Muhammad ‘Abbas “Abu al-‘Abbas”, the General Secretary of the Palestine Liberation Front whose death in US custody in Iraq was reported on Tuesday, announced on Wednesday that his death was the result of assassination by the US aggressors.
The official account maintained that Abu al-‘Abbas died of a heart attack. But ‘Umar Shibli, the number-two man in the Palestine Liberation Front told Reuters that the Americans subjected Abu al-‘Abbas to a slow death deprived of his freedom in a cell. Shibli pointed out that his arrest and imprisonment was illegal, and said that he was held in bad conditions.
Shibli noted that Abu al-‘Abbas never mentioned being ill in the letters that he sent out almost on a weekly basis to his friends and the leaders of the Palestine Liberation Front. In the letter he sent out last week, Shibli said, Abu al-‘Abbas wrote that he was in good health.
The Palestinian armed organizations have demanded that an international investigation be undertaken in the death of Abu al-‘Abbas, which, inasmuch as it occurred in US custody, was the responsibility of the US aggressors.
In Baghdad, the representative of Yasir ‘Arafat expressed doubts about the American story concerning Abu al-‘Abbas's death. Muhammad Subhi, representative of the Palestine Liberation Organization on Wednesday called for an international commission of inquiry in order to shed light on the circumstances of the death of Abu al-‘Abbas in his American prison cell in occupied Iraq. Subhi accused the US army of murdering the Palestine Liberation Front leader by denying him medicine. “The reasons that the Americans recounted about the circumstances surrounding the death of Abu al-‘Abbas are unconvincing for us.”
A US occupation spokesman who refused to give his name said that an officer in the US navy had been asked to perform an autopsy.
In Beirut, Palestine Liberation Front Politbureau member and the PLF representative in Lebanon, Nazim Yusuf said, “we hold the American government responsible for the assassination of Abu al-‘Abbas. Ten days ago they stopped giving him medicine in the detention center where he was being held, despite the fact that he was suffering from heart problems and high blood pressure.” Yusuf made the statement from the home of Abu al-‘Abbas's widow, Rim Nimr.
The Palestine Liberation Front became famous on 7 October 1985 when four members of the PLF detained the 450 passengers of the Italian cruise liner the Achille Lauro in the Mediterranean Sea for three days.
Meanwhile, Yasir ‘Arafat, head of the Palestine Liberation Organization, offered condolences on the death of the PLF General Secretary, referring to Abu al-‘Abbas as a martyr.
Shibli said that funeral services for Abu al-‘Abbas would be held on Palestinian territory, in Lebanon, and in Iraq, but it was not yet clear where he would be buried, as the decision is pending discussions with Abu al-‘Abbas's widow in Lebanon and with the President of the Palestine Authority Yasir ‘Arafat. The Palestine Liberation Front is trying to arrange for burial in Palestinian territory.
An official statement issued by Hamas denounced the illegal detention of Abu al-‘Abbas, noting that it was particularly wrong “since during the entire time he was in US custody his family was not allowed to visit him or to ensure his health.”
The US aggressors arrested Abu al-‘Abbas on 14 April 2003 and never disclosed where he was imprisoned. After the Palestinian leader's death an American official said that he had been imprisoned “in a certain place in Baghdad,” and then corrected himself, saying “in a certain place in Iraq.”
Puppet police clash with collaborationist militia.
Iraqi puppet police tried Tuesday night to enter a building where a Shi‘ite militia allied to the US aggressors was holding two civilians in the city of an-Nasiriyah, an occupation spokesman said. In a shootout, four Iraqi puppet policemen were killed and two wounded.
The standoff finally ended when Italian security forces stormed the building, rescued the civilians and arrested eight Shi‘ite militia members, the spokesman said. One Italian Carabinieri officer was slightly injured.
The militia, known as Citizens' Security Group, acts as a security force for a number of Shi‘ite political parties serving the US occupation. Such militias, which in some towns try to enforce a brand of Islamic law, often have tense relations with the US-trained Iraqi puppet police force.
US troops beat up Iraqi puppet police.
Three members of the Iraqi puppet police reported that they were beaten by US occupation troops in the city of Tikrit in northern Iraq. A correspondent for al-Jazeera TV reported that the three were guarding an Iraqi bank in the city when the US occupation troops seized six weapons in their possession. US occupation spokesmen denied knowledge of the incident.
Iraqi Resistance pummels Spanish aggressor base.
The Spanish Defense Ministry announced that the Spanish invader forces base in ad-Diwaniyah came under mortar attack on Monday, 8 March 2004. The Spanish ministry said that three Iraqi Resistance mortar shells blasted into the base but claimed that the barrage caused no casualties or damage. According to a Spanish newspaper the three shells exploded outside the western security cordon around the Spanish occupation base. The ministry added that immediately after the Resistance attack the night guards intervened but were unable to find those who fired the mortars.
Collaborationist's apartment blown up.
An apartment in Baghdad was blown up on Wednesday evening. The explosion caused no casualties bud did damage the building. According to al-Jazeera TV, the apartment was owned by a person suspected of collaborating with the US occupation. The owner of the apartment accused forces with connections with the Iraqi government of President Saddam Hussein of responsibility for the attack, admitting that he had friendly relations with the US occupation forces.
“Ayyub al-Afghani” arrested in Baghdad.
Al-Jazeera TV's Baghdad correspondent reported that the US invaders arrested Kamiran Arbili known as Ayyub al-Afghani in Baghdad, and not in Kirkuk as was claimed. The arrested man is reputedly a high-ranking security officer and member of the ruling committee of the al-Ansar al-Islam Organziation, which the US occupation authorities accuse of carrying out numerous explosions and of cooperation with al-Qa‘idah.
Sources: al-‘Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman Jordan, Thursday, 11 March 2004.