For Albasrah net

Iraqi Resistance Report for Thursday, 4 December 2003
through Sunday, 7 December 2003. Translated and/or
compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member Free Arab Voice
editorial board.

Thursday, 4 December 2003.

The Iraqi Resistance continued its operations against
American occupation forces and their collaborators in
the puppet police on Thursday, inflicting losses in
men and materiel.

One American occupation soldier was killed on Thursday
in Baghdad when an American armored transport vehicle
was blown up in south Baghdad. Witnesses reported
thick columns of smoke and flame rising from the
stricken vehicle. Occupation forces blocked roads
leading to the area of the attack.

An American occupation soldier who did not want to be
identified said "an armored personnel carrier (APC) is
on fire after it was hit apparently by an explosive
device. It is off the road." An AFP reporter
witnessed the smoke rising from the scene from a
distance and said that the APC was blown about 10
meters from the main road into a field.

An American occupation communiqué reported that the
First Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division was
attacked by RPG fire and light weapons north west of
al-Khalidiyah near ar-Ramadi. The US aggressors used
artillery to respond, as a result of which it claims
to have killed one Resistance fighter and arrested
eight others.

Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a puppet police
station in central Iraq on Thursday, wounding six
people. Two rockets struck the ar-Ramadi Police
Directorate, 100km west of Baghdad, as officers
gathered inside to receive their monthly salaries,
said Major Samir Habib. Two puppet policemen and four
civilians were wounded, he said.

The Jordanian paper al-Arab al-Yawm reported that
"severe damage" had been inflicted on the building.

Eyewitness Lu'ay 'Abd al-Karim, 27, told Agence France
Presse (AFP) that "four hand grenades were thrown and
then there was machine gun fire directed at the police
station. The policemen returned fire."

US Occupation forces on Thursday kept up their daily
raids against suspected rebel strongholds, including
an overnight raid in Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's
hometown of Tikrit that netted several illegal
weapons. The American aggressors also raided towns in
the northern areas of Mosul and Kirkuk, arresting
dozens of citizens but failing to arrest the leading
Iraqis for whom they said they were searching.

US aggressor forces announce that they had killed two
Iraqi "suspects" and arrested 63 others during the
last 24 hours in the area of ar-Ramadi, west of
Baghdad. US occupation forces also confiscated some
light arms, ammunition, and military uniforms as well
as unspecified sums of money in US dollars and Iraqi
dinars from their victims in the raids.

In a move that reflects the insoluble problems they
face in their battle with the Resistance, the American
occupation announced that it would enlist the help of
Kurdish and Shiite militias in battling the Iraqi
Resistance. Prior to this the occupation troops had
called on those militias to disarm and disband. With
the rise of the Resistance and in the face of sinking
American troop morale, and in an effort to put a check
on their casualties the occupation authorities have
now reversed themselves and are resorting to seeking
help from these sectarian and divisive militias, in
effect banking on a policy of ethnic and religious
"divide and rule."

Under this sectarian plan, Baghdad is to be surrounded
by a force of 850 men of the Kurdish chauvinist
Peshmergah and the Iranian-backed Badr Forces under
the Party known as the Supreme Council of the Islamic
Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). These men are to work
with US Special Forces under a unified command

In a separate move the Czech Republic announced on
Thursday that it was pulling out its military hospital
from Basra, replacing it with 80 security men. Spain,
for its part, announced that it had reduced its
diplomatic staff in Iraq to four, whereas it had
numbered about 12.

The south Korean organization called People's Action
against Troop Dispatch has called for a total
withdrawal of the Seoul regime's order to dispatch an
additional contingent of troops to serve the American
occupation in Iraq. It referred to the official
claims to be interested in sending a so-called
"non-combat" detachment as "meaningless." A news
report from Democratic Korea's Korean Central News
Agency reads as follows:

"Pyongyang, December 4 (KCNA) -- The People's Action
against the Troop Dispatch of south Korea reportedly
called a press conference on December 1 in demand of
immediate withdrawal of the decision on additional
troop dispatch to Iraq. A press release read out by
Jong Kwang Hun, permanent representative of the
"National People's Solidarity", said that two clerks
of a south Korean company were killed and two others
severely wounded by a shooting incident in Iraq on
November 30.

"The incident more clearly proves that for its
decision on additional troop dispatch the 'government'
has become the target of the Iraqi people's grudge and
indignation and is coldly treated by the international
community, the press release stressed.

"Speakers said that it was already anticipated that
owing to the decision on additional troop dispatch
south Korea would be a target of the Iraqi people's
struggle. They demanded that the authorities stop the
meaningless debate on combatants or non-combatants and
withdraw the decision on troop dispatch at once."

Also in Korea, the Secretariat of the Committee for
the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland issued a
statement denouncing the plan of the Seoul regime to
sent troops to serve the US occupation, linking the
struggle against that move with the struggle to free
the southern part of Korea from US military occupation
too. The following is the text of the Korean Central
News Agency dispatch:

"Pyongyang, December 4 (KCNA) -- The Secretariat of
the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the
Fatherland in information bulletin No. 853 released on
Dec. 3 refers to south Koreans shot dead in Iraq
recently. This was a judgment on the United States by
Iraqis and a stern warning to its followers, it says.
Recalling the "message of sympathy" sent by Bush on
Dec. 1 to south Korea in this connection, the bulletin
notes: It revealed his sinister intention to prevent
the development of the campaign against troop dispatch
to Iraq in south Korea into an anti-U.S. struggle and
keep the south Korean authorities from backing down on
its stand for troop dispatch.

"This case clearly shows once again how much price the
submission to the U.S. demand for troop dispatch to
Iraq will cost, warns the bulletin, adding: South
Korea must send no more dear sons of the nation as
bullet-shields for the U.S."

An official source in the Kurdistani National Union
party led by the collaborator Jalal Talibani announced
that one of the party's offices in Mosul was attacked
by gunfire late on Thursday seriously wounded one
member of the Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah guard.

Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Friday, 5 December 2003. al-Arab al-Yawm daily
newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Saturday, 6 December 2003.

Friday, 5 December 2003.

One American occupation soldier and four Iraqis were
killed and 13 others, two of them US occupation
soldiers, were injured when a bomb blast struck a US
convoy near a mosque in Baghdad on Friday, according
to eyewitness accounts and officials in the Iraqi
puppet police.

The occupation soldier was traveling in a
three-vehicle convoy when a roadside bomb exploded
nearby, the US military said in a statement. A
spokesman had initially denied reports of American

Most of the civilian casualties were passengers on a
bus that was badly damaged in the blast near the
Samari mosque in the New Baghdad section of the

US occupation troops cordoned off part of the main
highway after a fire destroyed an armored personnel
carrier in Mishada, 20 miles north of the capital. US
Captain Brian Ridley claimed that the fire was caused
by a faulty heater, which caused ammunition inside the
vehicle to explode. No casualties were reported, he

The Danish news agency Ritzu announced on Saturday
that on Friday a column of Danish police came under
Resistance attack when a bomb exploded as their convoy
was passing a point near Basra in southern Iraq.
According to the Danish news agency, there were no

Several police sources said, however, that they were
forced to abandon their vehicle at the scene of the
attack. The Danish Foreign Minister Per Steinmueller,
condemned the attack asserting that there had been no
casualties. The attack came at a time when six Danis
Parliamentary delegates were in Iraq to inquire into
the performance of the 400-man Danish unit whose
stated mission is to train Iraqi puppet police.

Meanwhile US occupation forces have announced a new
program to push ahead with the use of new occupation
currency. In keeping with the huckstering, mercenary
mentality that prevails among the globalists, they
imagine that the Iraqi Resistance attacks are funded
with Iraqi dinars printed under Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein, and since they claim that the Iraqi
Resistance attacks are being carried out entirely by
"hired attackers," they look to the imposition of
occupation currency to put an end to the Resistance by
cutting off the only motivation that the Resistance
fighters would have. The absurdity of such claims are
likely to become clear to the occupation and its
supporters in the near future.

Baath Party Statement warns of US Attempts to Seek
International Cover for their Occupation and of
Looming American and Zionist Plans to Partition Iraq.
It Warns that the Iraqi Resistance will Frustrate All
Such Plans.

On 5 December 2003 the Arab Baath Socialist Party of
Iraq issued a Political Statement entitled "The
Accelerated Deepening of the Occupation's Political
and Security Crisis." It pointed to "two factors
governed by a dialectical relationship that negatively
affects" American decision making, "while it has a
positive effect, on the other hand, on the armed
national Iraqi Resistance and its political

The first of these factors is the armed Iraqi national
Resistance, and the second factor is the "limited
amount of time allotted to the American
Administration." The second factor adversely affects
how the United States deals with the Resistance.

Further delineating the features of the second factor,
the Baathi document stated that the US Administration
has used up a whole year in which it has been able
virtually to do nothing with respect to a list of
activities that it was expected to undertake according
to the neo-Conservative agenda.

The US Administration has built its foreign policy
upon a reactive basis, or at least it appears to be
so, the document observed, with "fighting terrorism"
at its core, thereby dividing the countries of the
world into those that are with the US and those that
are against it, defining the latter as an axis of
evil, with the Iraqi leadership being the main target
among the so-called axis of evil countries.

The first step in this reactive policy was the
American invasion of Afghanistan, something that fit
in with a western-centric outlook.

The US decision to attack Iraq and overthrow its
government was actually in the air before the Bush
administration took office, and was visible through
the Clinton Administration's drive for tougher
sanctions on Iraq and the like, giving the aggression
launched by Bush an aura of acceptability in the
Washington establishment.
But although these factors led to the US aggression
against Iraq, the factor of the Iraqi Resistance is
not governed by Washington and is frustrating
America's plans.

Given that reality, the armed Iraqi national
Resistance warned that:

"As a result of the American political crisis arising
from the military failure that it is going through on
the battlefield with the armed patriotic Iraqi
Resistance, political and military roles and
specializations on the opposing, American, side are
undergoing interchanges, as is normal in situations
where a military command (a ministry of defense and
its branches in the armed forces) fails to attain the
goals set for it by its political leadership.
Therefor the political branch of the camp of the
occupation has begun to appeal to organizations,
countries, and military allies, calling on them to
play a role in support of the United States and the
occupation forces allied with it in confrontation with
the armed patriotic Iraqi Resistance. This is being
carried on under slogans and signboards such as 'the
international fight against terrorism', or support and
participation in the 'reconstruction of Iraq' or
'bringing peace and security' to the country. Colin
Powell's speech yesterday to the NATO alliance and
Rumsfeld's endorsement of that, which is a retreat
from his former position, must be seen in that light."

But the Baath Party document clearly gave notice that
in spite of such efforts to provide an international
or humanitarian camouflage to the US occupation:

"The armed patriotic Iraqi Resistance and its
political command, in accordance with its political
program and its strategy, and in accordance with how
it now is fighting, will treat all forces that land on
the soil of Iraq, regardless of whatever arrangement
or whatever slogan or signboard may cover their
presence, as forces of the occupation."

The Baathi document noted that the failures in Iraq
and the growing problems in the US have pushed the
occupation authorities in the direction of "proposing
a plan for the partition of Iraq as a way out of their
crisis." The document stated that although the US had
found some agents inside Iraq and in the Arab region
ready to buy in to such a self-destructive scheme, the
Iraqi Resistance and its political leadership "will
overturn those proffered goods and wipe out the
hucksters selling them. It will isolate their buyers
and force them to come face to face with the fatal
hard conclusions" that stem from their course of

A Newspaper in North Korea ridiculed south Korean
supporters of sending troops to aid US occupation of
Pyongyang, December 5 (KCNA) -- The fact-finding group
made up of south Korean "national assemblymen" was
reported to have called a press conference recently
upon its return home from Iraq. At the conference it
asserted that "the situation in Iraq was safer than
anticipated" and "Iraqis were in the mood of welcoming
south Koreans." In this regard Minju Joson today says
in a signed commentary:
On November 30, a few days after the press conference
members of the south Korean "Omu Electrical Company"
in Iraq were attacked by Iraqi resistance forces.
The attack on the members of the south Korean
electrical company was gainsaying what was stated by
"national assemblymen" at the "press conference," the
Iraqi people's bitterness towards south Korea is
clearly evidenced by the fact that after the south
Korean authorities' decision on the additional
dispatch of combat forces to Iraq, a staff member of
the south Korean "embassy" there was abducted by Iraqi
resistance forces and it is deluged with threatening
phone messages and letters.
The account of the "press conference" held by the
"National Assembly" fact-finding group of south Korea
and the report presented by it are now rebuffed by
public circles of south Korea for misrepresenting the
reality in Iraq.
Not only the south Koreans but the Iraqis are opposed
to south Korea's additional troop dispatch to Iraq.
This dispatch is an act of infringing upon the dignity
and sovereignty of the south Korean people and
offering young south Koreans as bullet-shields for the
U.S. imperialists.

Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm, daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Saturday, 6 December 2003. Al-Arab al-Yawm,
daily newspaper, Amman, Jorday, Sunday, 7 December

Saturday, 6 December 2003.

On the northern outskirts of Samarra' an explosive
device on Saturday evening derailed eight of 20
carriages on a train heading from Baghdad to Mosul,
said 'Abd an-Nasir 'Abd ar-Rahman, a railway official
as quoted Sunday by the Associated Press. No injuries
were reported, he said, adding that train service
between the capital and Mosul will be disrupted for
five days, 'Abd ar-Rahman. On Sunday, Iraqi police and
two American tanks were at the scene. Bottles of
water, apparently part of the train's cargo, were
scattered around the derailed carriages.

A spokesman for the so-called international division
that serves the US occupation in Iraq said that a
Hungarian column in central Iraq came under gunfire
from the Iraqi Resistance on Saturday, but that no one
was killed or injured.

A spokesman who preferred to remain anonymous, said
that the attack came around midnight when the
Hungarian column was passing north of Samarra' on its
way to the multi-national division base in al-Hillah.

The anonymous spokesman said that the Hungarians
"returned fire and continued on their way, and no one
was killed or wounded"

One officer in the puppet police force was stabbed to
death in Kirkuk on Saturday by an Iraqi Resistance
fighter who eluded the occupation authorities

Brigadier General Turhan Yusuf of the puppet police in
the city said that Lieutenant Ahmad Walid, 22 years
old, was stabbed in the neck on Workers' Square (Sahat
al-'Ummal) in the historic al-Quryah neighborhood.
The officer belonged to the puppet police commission
in his home neighborhood, an area populated chiefly by

An investigation into the incident was initiated which
occurred at a time when the area of the attack – which
lies between the headquarters of the two Kurdish
chauvinist parties, the Kurdistani Democratic Party
and the Kurdistani National Union - was crowded. Both
Kurdish chauvinist headquarters have large contingents
of guards posted around their complexes.

Elsewhere, an eye witness reported that the former
director of security in Baghdad, Major General Khalaf
al-Alusi was killed yesterday in his home. The
witness, Wisam 'Aydan, who works in the house of the
deceased in the Yarmuk neighborhood in the Iraqi
capital said that four attackers opened fire on
General al-Alusi, 50 years old.

The deceased's brother Ra'd 'Abd al-Karim said from
the hospital to which the general's body was taken
confirmed the report about four attackers and added
that "he was killed immediately" and the attackers

General al-Alusi was responsible for security in the
area of Baghdad west of the Tigris River.

The Iraqi Resistance launched a mortar attack at the
puppet so-called Iraqi Civil Defense Forces in
al-Ghaziyah, northeast of Baghdad, injuring one member
of the organization, according to a member of the
In an-Najaf, 180km south of Baghdad, a bomb was found
at the entrance to the main training center for the
puppet police. It was disarmed, according to an
officer in the puppet police force. The bomb was
found hidden in a box and letters threatening US and
Spanish occupation forces as well as the Supreme
Council of the Islamic Revolution (a pro-Iranian party
collaborating with the occupation) with death were
also found.

American Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld visited
Iraq secretly and called for speeding up the training
and deployment of Iraqi traitor forces to take
pressure off the US occupation troops and to reduce
their casualty figures. Rumsfeld arrived in Baghdad
from Kirkuk on a trip in which his arrival was masked
by a squadron of helicopters.

Although Rumsfeld yabbered about "returning
sovereignty to the Iraqi people" during his
surreptitious visit to the US-occupied country,
American proconsul L. Paul Bremer made it clear that
even after "sovereignty" was returned to Iraqis, the
US occupation troops would still remain in the
country. Bremer thus further shed light on the US
leadership's bizarre concept of "sovereignty."

Sources: Al-Arab al-Yawm, daily newspaper, Amman,
Jorday, Sunday, 7 December 2003.

Sunday, 7 December 2003.

One American occupation soldier was killed and two
others wounded on Sunday when the Iraqi Resistance
attacked a US military patrol in the center of the
northern city of Mosul. Their Humvee was also

According to US occupation spokesman, Master Sergeant
Kelly Tyler, the Resistance detonated a roadside bomb
as an American convoy passed through Mosul around

"I heard an explosion and came running toward the site
of the attack and saw three soldiers, one of them
covered with blood," Baha' Husayn, a student who lives
in the neighborhood told the Associated Press. Husayn
said Iraqi puppet policemen rushed out of a police
station about 200 meters from the site of the
explosion and cordoned off the area until US
occupation troops arrived.

Two additional American soldiers were killed and three
others wounded when the Iraqi Resistance mounted an
attack with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades
(RPGs) in the area of ad-Durah in Baghdad. Their
Humvee was also destroyed.

On Sunday, the Agence France Presse (AFP) published an
interview with an Iraqi tribal shaykh who supports the
Iraqi government of Saddam Hussein and who said that
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is personally directing
the Resistance against the US occupation troops, eight
months after they entered the Iraqi capital.

"Saddam Hussein is in good health and living in the
west of Iraq," said the man who is involved in the
struggle and calls himself only Abu Muhammad.

"The Iraqi president is commanding the military
operations against the American forces," he said

An AFP journalist was introduced to the tribal leader
by a Baath nationalist politician working to set up a
new political front to support the resistance.

The politician said Saddam presided over a meeting of
"dozens of Baath party cadres" in ar-Ramadi at iftar,
the meal ending the daily dawn-to-dusk fast during
Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.

Another source confirmed that Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein had chaired that secret meeting.

A dissident Baath figure confirmed the secret meeting
saying it took place on November 8, the same day
General John Abizaid, Centcom commanding officer,
gathered tribal leaders in ar-Ramadi to try to work
out how to halt anti-coalition attacks.

Abu Muhammad disclosed that he met Saddam who, he
said, pays unannounced visits to Iraqis. "There is no
risk to him in the west because people are defending
him and will never betray him," the tribal leader

Washington is offering a 25-million-dollar reward for
information leading to the capture of the former
president who was overthrown in April. US occupation
forces have concentrated their hunt for Saddam Hussein
on Tikrit, the ex-president's northern hometown and
support base, and the Sunni belt north and west of the

Asked about the role of Vice President 'Izzat Ibrahim
ad-Duri for whom the US occupation recently launched a
massive raid in northern Iraq, Abu Muhammad said that
Ibrahim is "very ill and needs to have regular blood
transfusions." Ibrahim was reported in the past by
western media to be suffering from Leukemia.

Abu Muhammad emphasized that the military operations
against the occupation are "a continuation of the
state of war by other means . . . we have moved from a
regular army and government institutions into a
guerrilla war." He said, "The war will end either
with the surrender, the cease fire, or the withdrawal
of the aggressor. The Iraqi command has not declared
an end to the state of war and Bush only declared, on
the first of May, the end of large-scale military
operations." Abu Muhammad explained that the command
"does not issue centralized orders. It simply gives
instructions and leaves it to those who carry them out
to draw their conclusions." He said that the
instructions from the Iraqi President provide for
"fighting anything that strengthens the occupation" be
they foreigners or Iraqis.

Abu Muhammad said "we have done and we do
consciousness raising work using pamphlets and
appeals. We understand that there are economic
motivations on people but there are priorities: the
goal is the liberation of Iraq and this is something
that is priceless."

Asked about the explosion that took place on Friday
near the as-Samarra'i Mosque in Baghdad in which an
American occupation soldier was killed along with four
Iraqis, Abu Muhammad said "Where are we supposed to
strike the Americans? They aren't going to build
private roads for themselves. Yes, we feel pain when
this happens but there are priorities and a proper
perspective must be maintained."

The Baathi official designated the area where military
operations are carried out as including the provinces
of Baghdad, al-Anbar (in the west), Diyala, Salah
ad-Din, Kirkuk, and Mosul (in the north). He stressed
that the Resistance to the occupation is until now
"purely Iraqi, one-hundred percent, with no funding or
support from outside," both as regards the continuing
war being waged under Iraqi President Saddam Hussein,
or the Islamist operations, or operations being
carried out by patriotic Baathists who do not follow
Saddam Hussein, maintaining that the number of Arab
volunteers is "very tiny." He added, however, "in the
future, we don't know. At a later stage [the
struggle] might take on other dimensions with outside
forces providing their support."

American occupation commander Ricardo Sanchez said in
Iraq on Sunday that attacks by the Iraqi Resistance
were going to intensify in coming months, both in
terms of their intensity and the scope of their

Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm, daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Monday, 8 December 2003.