Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 17 April 2004 and Sunday, 18 April 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Saturday, 17 April 2004.
The US shelling and bombing of al-Fallujah, now encircled and besieged for two weeks, targeted houses and other buildings in the city, killing nine and wounding 11 on Friday. Gunfire largely quieted down over Friday, night, however, and the relative quiet continued into Saturday. Relatively normal traffic returned to the streets of the city according to al-Jazeera. Loudspeakers on mosques began calling workers in the city’s essential services, such as water and electricity, back to work.
Representatives of al-Fallujah held direct negotiations with the occupation forces on Friday and the talks were scheduled to resume on Monday. According to al-Jazeera, on Friday the US side demanded that the Iraqis hand over the Arab volunteer fighters and those Iraqis who support them. On Saturday, however, the talks had yielded an agreement for US aggressor forces to pull back from around the western entrance to the city near al-Fallujah hospital building and a medical committee is working to prepare the hospital to resume its medical services.
Meanwhile the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ warned that a civil disobedience campaign would be launched in Baghdad in protest against the American siege of al-Fallujah. Shaykh ‘Abd as-Salam al-Kubaysi, a member of the board, said that the occupation forces had begun to dig trenches in various parts of the city, indicating that they are planning a long stay.
Resistance assault on US outpost at al-Qa’im.
The US occupation headquarters at the customs station of al-Qa’im, on the Iraqi-Syrian border was attacked by the Iraqi Resistance on Saturday. The Resistance fired a barrage of mortar rounds at the headquarters during the morning hours. Witnesses saw rockets streaking towards the US compound. But there were no reports of casualites.
Al-Jazeera’s correspondent in al-Qa’im said that a thick cloud of smoke could be seen rising from the American headquarters. Gunfire broke out after the attack between the Resistance and American occupation forces backed by helicopter gunships. Meanwhile the streets of al-Qa’im emptied of all but Resistance fighters, their faces covered in masks or kuffiyehs.
Powerful blast shakes Baghdad.
A powerful explosion echoed through the streets of the Iraqi capital on Saturday morning, followed by an intense exchange of gunfire in al-Karradah neighborhood. One Iraqi puppet policeman was wounded.
On Friday-Saturday night US aggressor troops raided the area around a mosque near al-Firdaws Square in downtown Baghdad and arrested two persons. The invaders set up roadblocks around the mosque using military vehicles to cut it off from the surrounding area. The aggressor troops did not storm the mosque itself, however.
Resistance attack kills four American troops in eastern Baghdad.
At least four American soldiers were killed and a number of others wounded when a US aggressor patrol was attacked on Saturday morning by Iraqi Resistance forces firing rocket-propelled grenades as they passed through al-Kamaliyah area in the eastern part of the Iraqi capital. Eyewitnesses told the Saudi News Agency WAS that the Resistance fighters also fired automatic weapons in their attack that destroyed an American Humvee, which was set ablaze in the assault.
US soldier dies of wounds received near an-Najaf on Friday.
One American soldier died of wounds received in a Resistance attack that took place in southern Iraq according to a report broadcast by al-Jazeera TV. The official spokesman of the occupation forces in Iraq, Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, told a press conference that the soldier died of wounds he received in battle with Shi‘ite Iraqi fighters near the city of an-Najaf on Friday. Kimmitt said that the soldier had been wounded when his patrol was attacked near the Euphrates River.
US invaders close two highways around Baghdad for “repairs” of Resistance attack damage.
US aggressor troops closed down sections of two highways leading in and out of Baghdad on Saturday evening, ostensibly to repair damage done by the increasing number of roadside bombs.
Two Japanese hostages who had been held for over a week by Iraqi Resistance forces were released on Saturday and turned over to the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ at the Umm al-Qura Mosque in the Iraqi capital, where the Japanese consul met them. A charge d’affairs of the Japanese embassy in the Iraqi capital thanked the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ for their efforts to solve the Japanese hostage crisis.
The situation in al-Kufah and an-Najaf.
Qays al-Khaz‘ali, spokesman for the between Shi‘ite Religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, announced late on Saturday that a military confrontation between Jaysh al-Mahdi, (“The Army of the Mahdi”) militia and the American aggressors had become an imminent possibility. In a statement reported by al-Jazeera TV, al-Khaz‘ali said that the American side had broken off talks aimed at averting an armed clash between the two sides.
“We expect that the American forces will attack the city of an-Najaf at any moment,” he said, adding that the attack would amount to “zero hour for the launch of a massive popular revolution.”
Gunfire could be heard from the north east of the city, an area known as Bahr an-Najaf, where some 2,500 US aggressor forces are encamped. The American invaders seek to disarm the Jaysh al-Mahdi, and the US troops have been ordered to kill or capture between Shi‘ite Religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.
Tension remains high in al-Kufah, southern Iraq, after clashes between Shi‘ite Religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr’s Jaysh al-Mahdi (Army of the Mahdi) militia and the US occupation troops in the Umm ‘Abbasiyat area north of the city. On Friday Muqtada as-Sadr told supporters he had no intention of dissolving the Jaysh al-Mahdi, and called instead for bringing to trial all those who had beaten Iraqis to death.
Muqtada as-Sadr received a measure of support from other Shi‘ite religious authorities in Iraq, who described the US demand that Muqtada as-Sadr be handed over to them as a demand that was deliberately aimed at scuttling the negotiations. Shi‘ite leaders also warned the US against storming the Shi‘ite holy cities of an-Najaf and Karbala’, threatening to take up arms in defense of civilians.
Iraqi puppet policemen killed in Karbala’ Saturday morning.
Three Iraqi puppet policemen were shot to death near the Karbala’ Mosque according to Agence France Presse (AFP) Dr. Salih al-Hasanawi in al-Husayn Hospital confirmed the death of the puppet policemen. Resistance fighters approached their patrol and opened fire upon them. Al-Karbala’ Mosque is a center for the activity of Muqtada as-Sadr.
Private security companies want mercenaries to have access to heavy weapons.
Private military companies, so-called “security consultants” employed to guard foreign contractors working for the American occupation of Iraq are requesting to be allowed to carry more powerful weapons after the deaths recently of numerous mercenaries at the hands of the Iraqi Resistance.
According to a report in the British Guardian newspaper, the security firms feel that their needs are accorded lower priority by the US military than are the needs of the regular troops.
Iraqi puppet troops have reported that the US occupation forces in the country have arrested 200 Iraqi puppet paramilitary forces who refused to take part in the American attack on al-Fallujah. The Americans have refused to confirm whether these personnel have been imprisoned. But men of the 36th Division of Iraqi puppet forces, headquartered in Bahgdad told Reuters that their commanders were taken last week at night to al-Fallujah. ‘Ali ash-Shammari told Reuters that the Americans ordered the Iraqis to attack the city but they were taken aback, asking “how can Iraqis be expected to fight Iraqis?” and all as a group refused to carry out the order. Ash-Shammari said that many of the Iraqi commanders didn’t even know that they were being taken to al-Fallujah at the time, and only learned where they were upon arrival. He said that the recalcitrant puppet troops were first kept in tents on an American base on the outskirts of al-Fallujah. They were fed only one meal a day. Ash-Shammari said that he and many of his companions in the unit fled, but that 200 are still detained in the American camp.
The 36th Division is made up of former soldiers of the Army of the Republic of Iraq and Kurdish Peshmergah militia. Bukhtiyar Salih, a Kurd, said that the “harsh treatment” the Americans were meting out deterred him from wanting to fight. “They are bombing th city with warplanes and using cluster bombs. I can’t be a part of this.”
Mortar attack kills Sudanese man in Baghdad.
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that a Sudanese man was killed when a mortar round exploded near two hotels in downtown Baghdad in which security guards working for the US occupation regularly reside.
Sunday, 18 April 2004.
Fighting erupts on Syrian border.
US Marine invaders backed by helicopter gunships battled hundreds of Iraqi Resistance fighters Sunday near the Syrian border, where an ambush killed five Marine aggressors. At least 10 Iraqis, including the city puppet police chief, have been killed in two days of fighting, a hospital official said.
According to Marine intelligence as reported by the American Associated Press, nearly 300 Iraqi Resistance fighters from the al-Fallujah and ar-Ramadi areas, some 150 miles to the east, launched the offensive in an outpost next to al-Husaybah.
The Resistance fighters first set off a roadside bomb to lure Marines out of their base, and then fired 24 mortars as the Marine invaders responded to the first attack, a St. Louis Post-Dispatch correspondent reported.
Five Marine aggressors were killed in the initial ambush and nine more were wounded, according to the “embedded” journalist from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. US Military spokesmen in Baghdad had no information on the reported Marine deaths.
Ten Iraqis were killed and 30 wounded — a mixture of Resistance fighters and civilian bystanders, said Hamid al-Alusi, a doctor at the hospital in the nearby city of al-Qa’im. Some civilians were shot by Marine snipers as they stepped outside to use outdoor toilets behind their houses, the doctor told the Arab television station al-‘Arabiyah.
Al-Husaybah’s puppet police director ‘Imad al-Mahlawi was one of those killed by American snipers, according to a man who identified himself as al-Mahlawi's cousin, ‘Adil ‘Izz ad-Din, al-‘Arabiya reported.
Member of the Islamic Party of Iraq, Hajim al-Hasani, announced on Sunday that progress had been made in talks between the US occupation forces and the represetative s of the people of al-Fallujah. An agreement had been reached, he said, on opening the old bridge in the city that leads to the General Hospital, and the Americans had agreed to reduce the hours of curfew in the parts of the city they control so that it will now begin at 9:00pm. He also said that police forces and so-called civil defense forces would be allowed back to their jobs if heavy weapons were turned over to their police stations. The citizens of al-Fallujah had pressed for local police and so-called civil defense forces to be entrusted with security in al-Fallujah, rather than US invader troops.
Iraqi Resistance organizations pledge to respond to Zionist assassination of Dr. ‘Abd al-‘Aziz ar-Rantisi.
The Iraqi Resistance pledged on Sunday to carry out an earthshaking operation in response to the assassination of Dr. ‘Abd al-‘Aziz ar-Rantisi, leader of the Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas in Gaza on 17 April 2004. According to a report carried by QudsPress, quoting a source close to the Iraqi Resistance, the assassination of Dr. ar-Rantisi will not go unpunished. The source added “just as the Resistance was been able to shake the earth under the feet of the invaders after the assassination of the martyr Shaykh Ahmad Yasin, we today pledge to the Muslims throughout the earth that we will reply with an appropriate response to the assassination of Dr. ar-Rantisi, and that by the grace of God the Resistance will be highly esteemed by the Muslims as a result.”
“Yes,” said the statement, “We are working for God and for the liberation of our country. We do not recognize vengeance, but in giving tit for tat. However they treat our leaders, we must treat them likewise, striking back as they have struck and giving them a double measure into the bargain. All the blood of offspring of Zion does not equal one drop of the blood of a Muslim. But by the grace of God, our response will bring a sense of relief.” The statement pledged that “The Brigades of the Martyr Ahmad Yasin and the Brigades of the Martyr ‘Abd al-‘Aziz ar-Rantisi will be volcanoes, torching the earth under the feet of the invaders.”
US encircles residential neighborhood in ‘Amiriyat al-Fallujah.
Al-Jazeera TV reported from al-Fallujah that US occupation forces are encircling the residential district in ‘Amiriyat al-Fallujah, 20km south of al-Fallujah city. The American aggressors are demanding through loudspeakers that residents hand over persons whom they describe as “terrorists.”
About 80,000 people live in ‘Amiriyat al-Fallujah.
Late on Saturday the US military acknowledged that one US soldier was killed and two others wounded when an anti-tank mine exploded in Tikrit on Friday.
Three American aggressors killed in Resistance ambush near ad-Diwaniyah.
Al-Jazeera TV media reported on Sunday that three US aggressor troops were killed in southern Iraq when their convoy was ambushed by Iraqi Resistance fighters near the city of ad-Diwaniyah on Saturday night.
One US soldier officially admitted killed in an-Anbar Province Saturday.
One US invader was killed on Saturday in al-Anbar Province (where al-Fallujah is locted) according to an announcement by the US military.
Iraqi Resistance kills US occupation soldier in Baghdad.
A US aggressor soldier was killed Saturday morning when a roadside bomb exploded near a military convoy, the US military said. The soldier was from Task Force Baghdad, which is made up mostly of troops from the 1st Cavalry Division.
US aggressor troops, mercenaries wounded.
Two US mercenaries or some other type of “civilian contractors” and one soldier were wounded in an Iraqi Resistance rocket attackon Friday, the US military announced only on Sunday, claiming that two Iraqi civilians were also killed in the Resistance assault.
Foreign contractors fleeing Iraq.
More than 1,500 foreign engineers and contractors have fled Iraq for fear of being abducted or killed by the Iraqi Resistance, Iraqi puppet so-called housing minister Bayan Baqir said Sunday in a report carried by the American Associated Press.
US aggressors close roads where they suffer from Resistance attacks.
Overwhelmed by Iraqi Resistance attacks, the US military occupation announced Sunday it closed off the main highway from Baghdad to the Jordanian border, the scene of heavy fighting at the western entrance to Baghdad as well as near al-Fallujah and ar-Ramadi further down the road. For days, Resistance forces along the route have been attacking convoys and kidnapping foreigners — including an American soldier and civilian.
The invader military also shut down a stretch of the main highway north to Turkey, starting at the entrance to Baghdad extending to the town of Balad 42 miles north. Also closed was a 90-mile section of the main southern highway connecting Baghdad with al-Basrah and Kuwait.
Iraqi Resistance attack on convoy kills two drivers south of Kirkuk.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a truck convoy south of Kirkuk, killing two truck drivers, according to puppet police Captain Hamd al-‘Abidi who spoke to Agence France Presse (AFP). The attack took place on Sunday on the road linking Kirkuk with Tikrit. Al-‘Abidi said that the Resistance forces used rocket-propelled grenades and small arms in the attack.
Spanish PM orders Spanish invader troops out of Iraq “as soon as possible” as Spanish base comes under Resistance attack in Iraq.
Incoming Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Sunday that he had ordered Spanish troops withdrawn from Iraq as soon as possible.
Later in the day, a spokesman for the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said that the new Spanish Foreign Minister had told his Egyptian counter part, Ahmad Mahir, by telephone on Sunday that the withdrawal of Spanish aggressor forces from Iraq would take place within 15 days. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that the Spanish Foreign Minister was eager for Egypt to be the first country, after the United States, which had already been informed, to learn of the Spanish intention in this regard.
Meanwhile, Spanish media sources reported that a spokesman for the Spanish military base in ad-Diwaniyah in which most of the Spanish aggressor troops in Iraq are encamped, has come under Iraqi Resistance mortar attacks that last “most of the night” on recent nights. The spokesman said that the Resistance fighters fire “two or three or four” mortar rounds during the night, that, he claimed fall outside the camp. Then the Resistance fighters move off.
On Saturday night, however, Iraqi Resistance fighters clashed with Spanish invader troops.
The Spanish spokesman said that on Sunday the situation in an-Najaf was “more peaceful” than in previous days.
Resistance attacks Dutch aggressor troops in as-Samawah.
The Dutch military reported on Sunday that Dutch aggressor forces exchanged gunfire with Iraqi Resistance forces in the southern city of as-Samawah where Dutch and Japanese occupation troops are stationed. According to the Dutch military, one Iraqi was wounded in the battle and taken to a Dutch field hospital. The Dutch spokesman refused to say where the engagement took place, but claimed that it was not near the Dutch military camp or headquarters in the city.
Resistance attacks in al-‘Amarah, wounds two British invaders.
Two British aggressor soldiers were injured Saturday when their convoy came under fire in the southern town of al-‘Amarah, but their injuries were not life-threatening, the British defense ministry said Sunday.
A spokesman for Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr said in an-Najaf on Sunday that as-Sadr had declared a cease fire for two days between his Jaysh al-Mahdi militia and the US aggressors. Qays al-Khaz‘ali told a press conference that fighters in the Jaysh al-Mahdi would halt all military operations inside and around an-Najaf to mark the occasion of the anniversary of the death of the Prophet Muhammad on Monday and Tuesday. But al-Khaz‘ali said in a threatening tone that the Americans were escalating the tension with the Jaysh al-Mahdi.