For Albasrah net
Iraqi Resistance Report, Thursday, 20 November 2003 through Sunday, 23 November 2003.
Translated and/or compiled by
Muhammad Abu Nasr, member Free Arab Voice
Thursday, 20 November 2003.
The Iraqi Resistance carried out a number of attacks
against the American occupation, inflicting casualties
and material losses. Meanwhile the occupation forces
continued their raids and repression, blowing up
houses and arresting Iraqi citizens in their attempt
to put down the rising tide of resistance and
intimidate its supporters.
A spokesman for the US occupation forces said that one
American soldier was killed and two others injured on
Thursday when an explosion struck their military
convoy near the city of ar-Ramadi, west of Baghdad.
According to the US spokesman, the Resistance fighters
detonated an explosive device as the occupation convoy
passed on a road east of the city.
Elsewhere, witnesses reported that an explosives-laden
car exploded in the town of ar-Ramadi, damaging the
office of the puppet Interim Governing Council that
was appointed by the aggressor forces. This was part
of a series of attacks on the occupation forces and
their collaborators in the town on Wednesday night.
Reports about losses from the blast are conflicting,
but a hospital official said that seven were killed in
the attack that occurred at 10:00pm local time. A
puppet policeman said he saw six bodies.
A spokesman for the US occupation army confirmed that
an explosion of an explosives-laden car had occurred
in ar-Ramadi, 100km west of Baghdad, but gave no
further details. Witnesses said that they believe the
attack to have been due to a human bomb.
One resident who lives near the building that was
targeted by the blast said "a car came speeding up
loaded with explosives and the driver blew himself up
inside the car."
In another attack, eye witnesses said that Mahmud
Jarju', a tribal leader known for collaborating with
was shot to death on Wednesday night.
The son of the chief of the puppet police of the
region, Jadan al-'Alwani, was wounded in an attack on
his house with automatic weapons and a handgrenade.
Medical sources report that two Iraqis were killed and
12 other injured when a booby-trapped car exploded on
the night of Wednesday-Thursday in front of the house
of a tribal leader of ar-Ramadi.
Doctors in ar-Ramadi Hospital said that two relatives
of the shaykh, 'Amer 'Abd al-Jabbar 'Ali Sulayman,
head of ad-Daylam, one of the largest tribes in the
province of al-Anbar were killed in a blast that also
took the lives of 12 other Iraqis.
Hundreds of fully armed members of ad-Daylam assembled
in ar-Ramadi for the funeral of their relatives.
The US occupation forces said that on Wednesday they
had foiled four attacks in the city of ar-Ramadi and
killed eight Iraqi attackers.
The occupation forces claimed that they found a bomb
on the main communications tower in Baghdad, whereupon
they closed off the entire area. An American military
officer on the scene said that a hand-made bomb was
discovered on the communications tower which is
located in the al-Mansur residential neighborhood.
A correspondent for the AFP heard the sound of an
explosion in the area which might have been the sound
of the bomb being detonated by American sappers,
although US officials refused to say whether the bomb
had been detonated by experts or whether it had gone
off, and they likewise gave no information regarding
damage or casualties.
The communications center lies near the tower which
received sever damage during the American aggressor
air raids during their invasion in the spring, but the
occupation is endeavoring to establish alternative
telephone exchanges in order to re-establish telephone
connections in Iraq.
The security cordon thrown up by the occupation forces
around the area in which they discovered the bomb led
to large scale traffic and pedestrian congestion in
that area of Baghdad.
In Karbala' in southern Iraq, at least four mortar
shells were fired into the camp of Thai occupation
troops Thursday, officials in Bangkok announced on
Friday. The officials reported no casualties.
The US occupation claimed on Thursday that it thwarted
a Resistance attack by arresting two men in Tikrit on
suspicion that they were planning to launch surfact to
air missiles at an occupation aircraft. Lieutenant
Colonel Steven Russel said that the US occupation
forces had received information that the two were
planning missile attacks and said that they were
apprehended on Wednesday night. The aggressor forces
are still searching for a third man. He said that no
weapons were found, but the US forces are continuing
their searches in Tikrit, 180km north of Baghdad.
Explosions have been shaking Tikrit since Sunday as
the US 4th Infantry continues its offensive, using
artillery and air strikes, in an effort to destroy
positions used by the Resistance.
A powerful bomb apparently hidden in a pickup truck
exploded Thursday at the offices of a
US-collaborationist Kurdish political party in this
northern oil center, killing five people and wounding
40, according to an Associated Press (AP) dispatch,
which added that children were among the casualties.
A report from the French news agency, AFP specified
that a school mistress and two pupils were among the
The explosion threw up a cloud of black smoke and
shook buildings throughout the city, the BBC reported.
The explosion in Kirkuk occurred at about 10:30am,
said Jalal Jawhar, an official with the so-called
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), a party that is
cooperating with the US occupation. The PUK supports
American efforts in occupied Iraq, and its chief Jalal
Talabani, now holds the rotating chairmanship of the
US-installed puppet Iraqi Governing Council. The US
government maintains that the Islamist organization
Ansar al-Islam, which is believed to be based in the
largely Kurdish areas of northern Iraq and which is
part of the Resistance against the US occupation, has
ties to al-Qa'ida.
The explosion shattered windows and damaged doors at
the two-story, yellow-and-green building and blew out
the windows of the nearby radio and television
A security guard in Kirkuk, Asad Ahmad, told the
Associated Press that he saw the pickup truck moving
before the blast but he was unsure if the driver was
inside when it exploded. Jawhar said security had been
bolstered around the building because of intelligence
reports that an attack was likely.
Some US officials suspect Ansar al-Islam is working
with forces supporting Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
Echoing the rhetoric of his American superiors, the
PUK's Jawhar told the AP: "We think that Islamic
terrorist groups and remnants of the Saddam (Hussein)
regime are behind the attack," he said. "They are
coordinating between them." No group initially
claimed responsibility for the attack in Kirkuk.
It was the second car bombing in as many days
targeting Iraqis who cooperate with the US-led
occupation. Mayor 'Abd ar-Rahman Mustafa said "all
indications point" to a martydom attack, because one
unidentified body could be the driver.
The blast happened at about the same time as deadly
bombings in Istanbul, Turkey, where the London-based
HSBC bank and the British consulate were the targets.
The twin attacks - blamed on al-Qa'ida - coincided
with President Bush's state visit to London.
Elsewhere, a pro-US politician was assassinated in the
southern city of Basra.
An early morning attack on the Jordanian Embassy in
Baghdad left an Iraqi security guard dead. Two
unidentified men opened fire before dawn Thursday
outside the new Jordanian Embassy, killing an Iraqi
security guard, police said. Iraqi police officer
Hatem Abd al-Karim said witnesses told police that two
attackers opened fire and fled at about 5:00am.
The Jordanians moved to the new chancellery after an
Aug. 7 car bombing killed 19 people at their former
On Wednesday, American troops killed 10 Iraqis in
Samarra', 60 miles north of Baghdad, after Resistance
forces attacked a coalition convoy according to
Lieutenant Colonel William MacDonald. Two Resistance
fighters died as martyrs in the initial exchange of
fire. Eight were killed when Resistance fighters
attacked US aggressor reinforcements, who returned
fire with M-1A1 Abrams tanks and an Apache helicopter,
MacDonald maintained. Iraqi witnesses said some of
the dead were civilians caught in the crossfire.
The Assyrian Democratic Movement in Basra said its
member on the municipal council, Sargun Nanu Murado,
was abducted Tuesday and that his body was found
Wednesday. The group, which claims to speak for Iraq's
Assyrian minority, also is on the 25-seat puppet
The assassination is the second this week of people
working with coalition authorities in southern Iraq.
In the town of Diwaniyah, gunmen killed an education
ministry official on Tuesday.
An American occupation general said Wednesday the
United States stepped up its offensive against
suspected Resistance targets to intimidate the
guerrillas. "We felt that the enemy had begun to act
with a little more impunity than we want him to have,"
said Brigadier General Martin Dempsey, whose troops
are responsible for security in Baghdad.
The US forces announced in a statement that they had
arrested an Iraqi woman and her six children whom they
suspect of forming an "independent cell" of the
Resistance in al-Fallujah.
The statement said that the occupation forces arrested
the woman, Kurdiya Turki 'Ali, on Wednesday, calling
her a "leader of a cell" together with her six
children, members of the cell that was active against
US forces. The arrests took place in the course of
mass raids being carried out by the aggressor forces
The American statement said that the family was
planning "to attack and sabotage the activities of the
coalition." It said that they were also suspected of
coordinating an attack on a civil motorcade near
al-Fallujah that led to the killing of contractors
working with the puppet government. An American
spokesman said that the two victims were Americans.
He said that the motorcade was attacked with
explosives, but did not specify the date of the
The American announcement said that the family had
been taken in "for questioning" and that "Military
Policewomen" were guarding the mother. The American
statement did not mention the ages of the arrested
US officers said that 161 people "suspected of
anti-coalition activities" were detained Wednesday in
northern Iraq by the 101st Airborne Division.
Detainees included a member of Ansar al-Islam, the
The aggressive offensive by US occupation troops comes
in response to the rising tide of Resistance activity
that has yielded a sharp increase in the number of
casualties among aggressor troops and their
collaborators. According to US admissions, about 70
occupation soldiers have died in November, just short
of the toll in April, when 73 Americans died prior to
US President Bush's declaration that "major combat" In
Iraq was over as of the 1st of May.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Friday, 21 November 2003.
Friday, 21 November 2003.
Two Amercian occupation troops were killed and two
others wounded in the Baghdad area. One was killed in
an explosion of a booby trap north of Baghdad.
Another was killed and two injured in a grenade attack
in Western Baghdad.
One occupation military communiqué said that an
American soldier had died of wounds he received in an
explosion north of Baghad.
Another report issued by the US occupation forces said
that a soldier belonging to the 4th Infantry Division,
was wounded when his unit was on patrol and their
vehicle detonated an explosive device in the town of
al-Ghalibiyah 15km west of the city of Baaqubah.
In the city of Irbil in northern Iraq, security souces
said that an explosion occurred outside the office of
a British-headquartered agency that specializes in the
removal of land mines on Friday evening. There were
no immediate reports of casualties.
A security officer at the scene in Irbil said that a
truck loaded with gas was destroyed in the blast that
took place near the Mine Action group. There are
conflicting reports about the cause of the explosion.
More than a dozen rockets fired from donkey carts
blasted into Iraq's Oil Ministry and two major hotels
in downtown Baghdad on Friday morning in what the
American Associated Press called "brazen coordinated
strikes at some of Baghdad's most heavily protected
'civilian' sites that defied a US crackdown."
Explosions shook Iraq’s oil ministry on Friday
morning, witnesses said, and thick black smoke poured
from the heavily guarded compound. Five fire trucks
arrived almost immediately and moved about the
ministry extinguishing the fire that had broken out on
the fifth floor, while US occupation troops kept
'Imad Ahmad, a retired civil servant who lives near
the ministry building, said he heard five explosions
at about 7:30am local time.
The attack occurred just minutes after at least three
rockets were fired into the Palestine and Sheraton
hotels in downtown Baghdad where many US workers and
foreign journalists are staying. A BBC dispatch
reported that "two rocket-propelled grenades appear to
have been fired at the Palestine Hotel and blasts were
also heard at the Sheraton Hotel nearby," for a total
of four rockets.
At least one person was wounded at the Palestine
Hotel, the BBC initially said, on the basis of the
correspondent's having seen a man carried away
bleeding. Other than that injured person who was
witnessed by a foreign correspondent, the occupation
authorities claim that there were no casualties in
either the Palestine or Sheraton Hotel, or in the Oil
Reports reaching the Jordanian newspaper al-Arab
al-Yawm said that three persons at least were injured
in the Palestine Hotel.
The lack of casualties at the Oil Ministry was
probably no surprise to Resistance Fighters as the
building was closed on Friday for the Muslim day of
The attacks sent the message that the heaviest
possible American crackdown on the Resistance was
unable to thwart attacks on even the most "secure"
sites in the heart of the Iraqi capital. The AP noted
that the two hotels "are among the best-protected in
Baghdad, with several security checkpoints on the
approaches, blast barriers on surrounding streets, and
US armored personnel carriers stationed outside."
A BBC correspondent who was staying in the Sheraton
reported that a rocket-launcher was found nearby on a
donkey cart, and said that it seemed that the
projectiles fired at the two hotels were launched from
that donkey cart. Jo Floto, who was in his room at
the time of the attack said the blasts occurred around
7:30am on Friday.
The cart, found on Sa'dun street, carried a rocket
launcher with a capacity to fire 30 rockets, according
to Iraqi puppet police first lieutenant 'Amar Arshad.
Although the AP reported that it was "unclear" how
many rockets were fired at the two hotels, it noted
that five rockets remained in the 30-rocket launcher
Later, BBC correspondent Peter Biles, who was in the
Sheraton at the time of the Resistance attack, wrote a
description of the assault which he said was
"terrifying." He also noted that the hotels were
heavily protected: "A ring of three-and-a-half metre
(ten foot) high concrete blast walls is designed to
prevent suicide car bomb attacks. There are also US
soldiers with armoured fighting vehicles, endless
rolls of razor wire and security checks for anyone
entering the area."
Colonel Peter Mansoor of the US 1st Armored Division
said that both attacks occurred at about 7:20 am. He
said that at least eight rockets were launched at the
Oil Ministry but claimed that only two of them
detonated and that "no major damage was done to the
In a measure of the reliability of US military
spokesmen, the AP noted that although Mansoor claimed
that only one rocket hit the Palestine Hotel, at least
five rocket holes could be seen on the eighth, 15th
and 16th floors of the 18-story building. The AP
reported that "another" rocket hit the Sheraton.
Two other rocket launchers mounted on donkey carts
were found within hours, one 30 meters from the
Italian Embassy and another near the Academy of Fine
Arts both in the Waziriyah neighborhood north of
Iraqi puppet police and US occupation troops were
observed securing those weapons that apparently had
not been fired. American occupation troops then set
out to search all donkey carts in nearby streets.
One blast took down the roof of the hotel's atrium,
showering the foyer with Perspex and glass. The BBC
report said, however, "nobody seemed to have been
On the Palestine Hotel, 100m away, an impact was
clearly visible on the 16th floor. The BBC
correspondent saw one man being brought out of the
Palestine Hotel with serious blast injuries –
apparently from flying glass.
The Associated Press interviewed a man who gave his
name as Ziyad, a 25-year old Iraqi who was staying at
the Palestine Hotel with his bride on their wedding
night and was two doors down from one of the areas hit
on the 15th floor. "We were sleeping whenwe heard the
sound of a rocket," he said. "This is our wedding
The Resistance attacks on the most tightly guarded and
heavily protected sites in downtown Baghdad have come
at the height of the US aggressors' so-called
Operation Iron Hammer, a large counterinsurgency
offensive against the Resistance throughout Iraq.
In Baghdad on Friday evening, four persons were killed
and 20 others injured when a hand grenade was thrown
at a liquor store in the south of the Iraqi capital.
US occupation forces destroyed a house in the town of
al-Khalidiyah in western Iraq on the grounds that it
was being used by Resistance fighters. A member of
the family of 11 persons who were thereby rendered
homeless, said that while they were breaking their
fast just after sunset, an American military
helicopter fired a rocket that burst through their
roof. Everyone immediately jumped out of the house
through the windows but were unhurt.
The US occupation forces reported Friday that they had
arrested 131 Iraqis, including one whom they first
wounded, in the course of their intensive raids over
the 24 previous hours west of Baghdadin the areas of
ar-Ramadi and al-Fallujah. The US also claimed in a
statement to have confiscated large quantities of
weapons, ammunition, and explosives, in addition to
taking large amounts of money, portable telephones and
wireless sets, as well as forged identity papers.
The US aggressor statement said that the American 82nd
Airborne Division wounded "a hostile element" and
arrested 78 others during three of its operations.
Thirty-seven other Iraqis were reported arrested by
the 1st Battalion of the 504th Airborne Infantry
Brigade in one raid.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm, daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Saturday 22 November 2003.
Saturday, 22 November 2003.
An American occupation military spokesman reported on
Saturday that one American had died apparently from
drowning when his car fell into a canal in Iraq.
Elsewhere, al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper in Amman
reported that three Iraqis were wounded in a rocket
attack on a heavily guarded building belonging to the
company Naft ash-Shimal (Oil of the North), according
to announcements by a company official and the puppet
police. The company official who wished to remain
anonymous told the AFP that three Iraqis were wounded
in an attack. Officer in the puppet police Salam
Jalal said that two rockets slammed into the Cultural
and Social Club belonging to the oil company at the
time of night time prayers. The Cultural and Social
Club is used as a restaurant by Americans and
employees of the company KBR (Kellog, Brown and Root).
KBR is a branch of the American Haliburton Group
which is active in oil-related activities in Iraq.
The Club is located inside an area protected by a
security agency made up of Iraqis trained by a private
South African company.
On Sunday the Associated Press filed a report on
apparently the same incident, saying, however, that
three American civilian contractors working for the
occupation were wounded in an explosion in the
northern oil center Kirkuk. The AP said that although
the first reports said the blast was from a mortar,
Lieutenant Colonel Matt Croke said officials later
concluded it was a bomb. The blast occurred overnight
Saturday-Sunday on the compound of the National Oil
Company. Three American employees of the US firm
Kellogg Brown & Root suffered facial cuts from flying
glass, Croke said, according to the AP.
Much bigger attacks were mounted by Iraqi Resistance
martyrdom attackers on Saturday when they detonated
bomb-packed vehicles just before 8:00am Saturday at
police stations in two towns, killing at least 18
people, and wounded more than 50.
The Resistance mounted attacks on the police stations
in Khan Bani Sa'd (50km northeast of Baghdad) and
nearby Baaqubah occurred within a half hour of each
other and came after US imperialist intelligence
reports warned of an upsurge in attacks near the end
of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which comes to a
close in a few days.
In Khan Bani Sa'd, a market town on the northeastern
outskirts of Baghdad, 10 people were killed, including
six policemen, three civilians and the vehicle's
driver, according to US occupation Captain Ryan
McCormick of the 4th Infantry Division. Iraqi puppet
police said one of the dead was a 5-year-old girl. Ten
people were wounded, McCormick said.
McCormick said a puppet police guard fired on the
approaching vehicle but could not stop the blast. He
said there were no US or other occupation troop
"I was standing at the gate of the station, washing my
car, when I saw a Chevrolet Caprice speed toward the
gate," puppet police Sergeant 'Aqil Suhayl, who was
wounded in the Khan Bani Sa'd attack told the
Associated Press. "I heard a loud explosion. I found
myself under the car. I got out quickly and ran toward
the street and then lost consciousness." The attack
occurred at about 7:30am local time.
An Agence France Presse correspondent on the scene
said that the Resistance attack left a large hole in
the wall of the building. The local hospital was
overwhelmed by the casualties.
"We received so many body parts it's difficult to know
how many died," doctor Taleb Husayn at-Tamimi told the
In Baaqubah, about 15km north of Khan Bani Sa'd, three
policemen and the driver were killed in the second
bombing that rocked the main police station in the
city about ten minutes after the attack on Khan Bani
Sa'd. One policeman was listed as missing, puppet
police Lieutenant. Wisam Ahmad said. Puppet officials
said at least 10 civilians were hurt, according to an
AP report. Altogether, seven were reported killed in
Baaqubah, including five puppet policeman and two
civilians, according to the Jordanian newspaper
The hospital in Baaqubah was already treating
casualties from the attack on Khan Bani Sa'd when
victims from the second bombing started to come in.
Puppet police Sergeant 'Ammar Ahmad said he saw a
white Nissan Land Cruiser approach the police station
at normal speed. As the driver approached the gate,
police signaled him to stop but instead he detonated
"There was a driver inside the car," Ahmad said.
There have been five vehicle bombings in Iraq since
Wednesday, mostly targeting Iraqi collaborators with
In Baghdad, a civilian cargo plane was forced to land
with its wing ablaze, apparently hit by a
shoulder-launched missile. The Resistance attack
forced at least two air carriers to cancel flights in
and out of the occupied Iraqi capital.
The plane, an Airbus A300 with three crew members
aboard, flown by the Belgium-based delivery company
DHL, was trailing thick smoke and missing part of its
wingtip as it made an emergency landing at the
occupied Saddam International Airport. A military
source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the
plane was struck by a Strela SAM-7 surface-to-air
The crew had declared an "in-flight emergency"
according to US military spokesman Colonel Byron
Resistance fighters have used such shoulder-launched
weapons to shoot down military helicopters in central
Iraq. The military said it was still investigating the
cause of the fire. In the past, planes have been
targeted – but, according to the US military not hit -
by rockets as they went in and out of Baghdad airport,
a main hub for US occupation forces and humanitarian
supplies, the military said.
The DHL plane had been headed from Baghdad to Bahrain,
with three crewmembers on board, when it turned around
to make an emergency landing at the Iraqi capital's
international airport, said Xavier De Buck, a DHL
spokesman in Brussels, Belgium.
The US military and DHL said the cause of the fire was
still being investigated. But a military source said
the plane had been struck by a Strela SAM-7 missile,
and the damage appeared consistent with effects of
such an explosion. A photograph taken from the ground
showed flames at the spot where the ailerons and flaps
meet on the left wing's trailing edge.
After the emergency landing, DHL canceled its next
flight into Baghdad, De Buck said. The delivery
company has been making two or three flights a day
into Baghdad since June.
The occupied Saddam International Airport, which has
been turned into a base for US occupation forces, has
not been fully reopened to commercial flights, but
civilian freight carriers operate there. The only
commercial airline serving Baghdad, Royal Jordanian,
said it would suspend flights for three days, but did
not give a reason. AirServ, a South African
organization that flies mainly aid workers, said it
would continue flights to Baghdad.
An Iraqi puppet police colonel in charge of protecting
oil installations was assassinated by the Iraqi
Resistance in northern Iraq, part of what appeared to
be an insurgent campaign against US-appointed security
forces. Colonel Abd as-Salam Qanbar, who was in
charge of a police force in the northern city of
Mosul, was fatally shot Saturday evening while heading
towards a mosque, a spokesman for the US occupation
Qanbar had been appointed to his post by the Chief of
puppet police in Mosul, Muhammad Burhawi in
coordination with the occupation forces.
The Saturday attacks came one day after the US
Ambassador to the United Nations, John Negroponte,
pled with in the Security Council for more countries
to send troops to join the multi-national occupation
detachment and die for the American occupation of
Iraq. Negroponte admitted that security in Iraq was
still a "major preoccupation" for the occupation
Offering its own support to the aggressors, Human
Rights Watch in New York made a statement criticizing
the Resistance (whom it referred to only as
"insurgents" in a statement quoted by the AP, in
keeping with the most recent rules laid down for the
US media) for attacking Iraqi "civilians" perceived to
be collaborating with the US-led occupation. "All
Iraqi civilians are protected by the Geneva
Conventions," Joe Stork, an official with the "human
rights watchdog," said in New York. "It doesn't matter
whether they sympathize with the US occupation or the
insurgents," Stork maintained.
The Human Rights Watch Statement went on to claim that
such attacks amount to "war crimes," and cited such
examples as the assassinations of 'Aqilah al-Hashimi
who served on the Proconsul Paul Bremer's puppet
Interim Council; Sargun Muradu, an Assyrian Christian
representative on the puppet council in Basra also
appointed under the aegis of the occupation; Muhan
Jaber ash-Shuwayli and Isma'il Yusuf, two judges who
were presiding in cases trying Baath Party members;
and Fares Abd ar-Razzaq al-Asam, deputy mayor of
Baghdad appointed by the American occupation.
Stork's statement on behalf of Human Rights Watch
ignored the obvious fact that the point at issue was
not the private opinions of the individuals concerned
but their active collaboration with the occupation
military which is engaged in the repression of all
rights to Iraqi self-determination.
(In a similar vein, prior to the US invasion, Stork of
Human Rights Watch worked to undermine opposition to
the impending war by proclaiming that "solidarity with
the Iraqi people" meant not so much opposition to war
as opposition to the Iraqi government. This line
bolstered the US Administration's absurd claims to be
targeting "only the Iraqi regime and not the Iraqi
people." Stork asserted in a January 2003 article in
The Progressive that the planned American invasion was
"a war many ordinary Iraqis have said they look
In Tehran the chargé d'affaires of the Islamic
Republic of Iraq in Baghdad told Iranian Television
that nine Iranians who had been in Anglo-American
custody in Umm Qasr, southern Iraq had been released.
'Ali Rida Haqiqiyan said that the Iranians were
released in two waves, of six and of three each and
that they had arrived at the Iranian mission in
Baghdad after being released on Friday.
Haqiqiyan declined to confirm reports to the effect
that all Iranian prisoners in Iraq had been freed.
According to the Iranian chargé d'affaires the total
number of Iranian prisoners in Iraq is 56. Haqiqiyan
maintains that they all entered Iraq in order to make
pilgrimages to Shiite shrines in the country but were
arrested due to their having no identity papers on
The Jordanian paper al-Arab al-Yawm reported that
Iranian public opinion has been extremely concerned
over the fate of those prisoners and the conditions to
which they are being subjected in prison at the hands
of the British and especially the Americans. The
release of the nine prisoners on Friday took place
after a recent visit by Jalal Talibani, current
president of the puppet Interim Governing Council, to
Talibani himself had requested the release of 45
Iranians, a list of whose names he said he had at the
beginning of November. He also raised the issue of
Iranians claimed to be missing in Iraq.
According to al-Arab al-Yawm, it is believed that the
majority of the incarcerated Iranians are Shiite
pilgrims, but the flow of pilgrims who have been
secretly crossing the borders since the occupation of
Baghdad has increased doubts on the part of the
occupation forces to the point that there have been
repeated accusations that Iran is trying to undermine
the stability of Iraq.
Meanwhile, an article in the New York Times quoted an
American Army officer as saying that the US military
expect to 100,000 US troops to remain in Iraq until
early in the year 2006. (New York Times article
In other diplomatic news, the New York Times reported
that Iraq's puppet "leaders" on the puppet Iraqi
Governing Council had chosen an American citizen to
serve as Iraqi ambassador to the United States.
The appointment of Rend Rahim Francke, 54, director of
the so-called Iraq Foundation which she helped create
in 1991 is a long time lobbyist in Washington for
increased American support for subversive anti-Iraqi
Though born in Iraq, Francke only spent "some" of her
childhood in the country and has not lived in Iraq
since the 1970s. A US citizen since 1987, her Iraqi
citizenship is in fact in some doubt since her Iraqi
passport had not been renewed since that time.
Francke comes from a globalist bourgeois background.
After attending boarding schools in England and
studying at Cambridge and the Sorbonne, Francke worked
as a banker and currency trader in Lebanon, Bahrain,
but mainly London and the United States. According to
the New York Times, The Iraq Foundation was Francke's
"first plunge into political activism after a life in
business and finance."
Sunday, 23 November 2003.
In a bloody day for the US occupation in Iraq, the US
military admitted that five American soldiers were
killed on Sunday and three others wounded.
Resistance fighters slit the throats of two American
occupation soldiers who were stuck in a traffic jam in
the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday, witnesses
said. Al-Arab al-Yawm newspaper in Amman reported
that witnesses saw Resistance fighters spray a convoy
of three occupation vehicles with bullets in a
neighborhood in Mosul. One witness told the newspaper
that two of the vehicles continued on their way, but
the third was damaged and crashed into a wall. The
attackers then approached the wrecked vehicle took off
the soldiers' helmets and bulletproof vests and then
slit their throats, something that the US military
According to an Associated Press report, the corpses
of the two male soldiers could be seen lying in the
street next to their vehicle in Mosul's Ras al-Jadda
district with their throats cut. A crowd swarmed the
scene, looting the soldiers' vehicle and pummeling
their bodies, witnesses said.
Baha' Jasem, a teenager, said the soldiers' vehicle
crashed into a wall after the soldiers were killed.
Several dozen passers-by then descended on the
wreckage, looting the car of weapons and the soldiers'
backpacks. After the soldiers' bodies fell into the
street, the crowd pummeled them with concrete blocks,
The US occupation military command in Baghdad first
said it had no information on the incident, and at a
news conference a US military official refused to
discuss the circumstances surrounding the deaths of
the two soldiers in Mosul. "It is our policy that we
do not go into specific details on injuries sustained
by soldiers," said Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, the
US military deputy director for operations. "We're not
going to get ghoulish about this."
Then later the US denied that the soldiers' throats
had been slit, claiming instead that the occupation
troops had simply been shot. A spokesman for the
occupation issued a story saying: "Two soldiers from
the 101st Airborne Division were killed shortly after
midday in west Mosul ...they were shot while en route
from one compound to another." After the US military
spokesman made that statement the Associated Press
report was changed to include the sentence: "Several
witnesses also said the soldiers were shot during the
attack in the Ras al-Jadda district, though earlier
reports by witnesses said assailants slit the
The witnesses said that US occupation troops
immediately surrounded the vehicle after the killing
and mass attack on the vehicle and began interrogating
Iraqis in the area.
Another US occupation soldier was killed and two
others injured on Sunday in a roadside bombing in
Baaqubah, northeast of Baghdad. According to US
military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Bill MacDonald,
the soldier, from the 4th Infantry Division was killed
and two others wounded when their convoy hit an
"improvised explosive device" in the road. He added
that the incident happened at about 7:40am local time
(04:40 GMT). The attack came only a day after car
bomb rocked the city's main police station, killing
seven policemen and two civilians, a US military
According to the occupation forces, two American
soldiers died and a third was injured when their
American military vehicle crashed near Saddam
In In Samarra', north of Baghdad, Iraqi puppet police
reported that Resistance forces fired four
rocket-propelled grenades at the American military
garrison at the northern entrance to the city.
Thereafter, the police said, six US aggressor Apache
helicopter gunships blasted marshland near by, killing
an Iraqi passer-by in their air attack.
The killings occurred after US occupation helicopter
gunships struck targets in central Iraq on Sunday,
according to other witnesses. In Samarra', north of
Baghdad, Iraqi puppet police said
The Iraqi chief of puppet police in Latifiyah, about
20 miles south of Baghdad, and two officers were
killed Sunday when the car they were riding in was
attacked by small-arms fire, according to Brigadier
General Mark Kimmitt, the US military deputy director
Unknown persons assassinated a leading member of the
Baath Party in Mosul, Yunus Suwadi when he was on his
way to pre-dawn prayers. After shooting the
unfortunate, the killers ran over him with their car
to make sure he was dead. The killers then escaped in
the pre-dawn darkness which prevented anyone from
identifying them or their car.
Pro-American Kurdish forces announced that they had
arrested three Turks whom they accused of being behind
the bombing of a Kurdish Party building. The second
in command of the Kurdish National Union Party said
that the arrested Turks carried Turkish passports and
had satellite telephones in their possession.
Australia's foreign minister, Alexander Downer,
announced Sunday that his government suspects that an
Australian citizen, suspected of being a supporter of
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, was arrested by
British forces in Iraq. Downer said that the
Australian prisoner who is 45 years of age works with
an international company and was arrested on Friday
after a raid on his house where a number of supporters
of the Iraqi president were meeting.
Downer said that the British will look into the case
of the Australian on Tuesday and that until now there
was insufficient information regarding the charges to
be made against him.
In a victory for the Resistance, the occupation
authorities on Sunday made the decision to halt civil
aviation to and from Saddam International Airport
after Saturday's attack on a DHL airplane that forced
the craft to turn around and make an emergency landing
after being struck by a Strela surface-to-air missile.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Monday, 24