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Iraqi Resistance Report for Monday, 8 December 2003 through
Wednesday, 10 December 2003. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad
Abu Nasr, member, editorial board The Free Arab Voice.

Monday, 8 December 2003.

The Iraqi Resistance killed one American occupation soldier on Monday
when fighters opened fire from a speeding car in the northern Iraqi
city of Mosul, according to US sources. Brigadier General Mark
Kimmit told a Baghdad press conference that four Iraqis opened fire
from a speeding car, hitting a US occupation soldier and killing him.

Earlier the 101st Airborne Division in Mosul had announced that the
soldier had been wounded.

Two other American occupation troops were wounded in gunfire as they
were organizing lines up columns in front of a fuel station,
according to the station manager.

Akram 'Abd al-Karim Muhammad, 45, said, "we heard shooting and came
out to find two American soldiers lying on the ground covered in
blood. The other American soldiers prevented us from approaching.
They took them away in a Humvee."

A worker in the station who refused to give his name said "a man
opened fire on the soldiers with a Russian gun from a moon roof in a
green BMW [as it passed by] and then fled."

In other news, a south Korean diplomat told Agence France Presse
(AFP) that 51 south Korean technicians and electrical engineers left
occupied Iraq on Monday following the killing of two of their
compatriots in a Resistance attack on 30 November. The killings have
sparked heightened controversy in south Korea, an American satellite
country in Northeast Asia. Currently the Seoul regime has posted 400
south Korean soldiers to occupied Iraq in service of US interests,
but last month the south Korean President Ro Mu Hyun announced that
he was exploring the possibility of sending 3,000 south Korean troops
to occupied Iraq.

In Korea the National Democratic Front of south Korea (NDFSK) issued
a statement on 5 December concerning the shooting of the south Korean
technicians in Iraq. The Korean Central News Agency reported on
December 8 that the NDFSK stated:

"It goes without saying that the U.S. and the south
Korean "government" authorities, yielding to its pressure, are to
blame for the incident." The NDFSK bitterly denounced the
authorities in Seoul for "driving young Koreans to death."

The NDFSK dismissed the troop dispatch to Iraq as a challenge to
justice and peace of the world, an anti-national criminal act and
despicable pro-U.S. flunkeyist treachery, the Korean Central News
Agency reported.

Supporting the U.S. in its occupation of Iraq is little short of
favoring its policy of war of aggression against the north [of
Korea], the statement noted, calling on all the people to conduct a
nationwide struggle to resolutely reject the U.S. pressure for the
troop dispatch to Iraq and decisively foil the authorities' move to
send additional troops there.

Meanwhile on the streets in Korea the struggle against the troop
dispatch continued, reflecting the effectiveness of the Iraqi
Resistance strategy and the rise in anti-imperialist sentiment in
south Korea. The Korean Central News Agency reported popular rallies
to oppose the additional troop dispatch to Iraq and denounce
the "government" authorities' unreasonable suppression were
simultaneously held in over 70 areas including Seoul, Pusan, Kwangju
on Dec. 6 with at least 80,000 people attending, according to KBS of
south Korea. That day the "National People's Solidarity" comprising
37 civic and social organizations held a people's rally in front of
the Seoul City Office.

The rally was attended by members of different organizations and
civilians at least, 5,000 in all. Also present there were members
affiliated to the "National Alliance of the Poor" who had a rally
against the forcible eviction of roadside vendors in the area along
the River Chonggye on the same day.

Its participants strongly demanded the authorities withdraw the
decision on the additional troop dispatch to Iraq and stop the
suppression of the labour movement, etc.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh closed down its embassy in Baghdad and sent its
diplomatic staff to Amman, Jordan, following threats received via e-
mail that their embassy was going to be blown up. Riyad ar-Rahman,
Bangladesh Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, said that the
country's ambassador, Sarwar Husayn Mulla and the employees of the
embassy moved to Jordan on Saturday for security reasons. He added
that the embassy had been closed temporarily and that its affairs
were being run out of Amman.

Foreign Ministry staff said that the embassy was abandoned after a
warning was received via e-mail that Iraqi Resistance fighters were
going to blow it up.

Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, 9
December 2003. http://www.kcna.co.jp

Tuesday, 9 December 2003.

The Iraqi Resistance intensified its attacks Tuesday on US occupation
forces in the so-called Sunni Triangle inflicting losses in men and
materiel.

In three qualitative operations, one each in Mosul, al-Fallujah, and
Baghdad, the Resistance made the position of the occupation that much
more difficult and complex.

Tuesday, an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom bomber blew up a car packed
with explosives at the gates of a military barracks, injuring 59
American occupation troops and six Iraqi civilians, the Associated
Press reported. The attack at the army base occurred at 4:45 a.m.
local time when a car drove to the gate of the base in Tall 'Afir, 30
miles west of the northern city of Mosul. Guards at the gate and in a
watchtower opened fire on the vehicle and moments later it blew up,
leaving a large crater at the gate's entryway.

An American military spokesman claimed that the injuries inflicted by
the blast were not serious. Informed sources told the Jordanian
daily al-Arab al-Yawm, however, that a large number of the wounded
were severely injured, suffering broken bones and copious loss of
blood, forcing the American occupation forces to transport them to
medical facilities in Baghdad, Mosul, and in some cases Germany.

US occupation forces prevented the news media from approaching the
site of the blast. One American occupation officer said that an
explosives-laden car passed through a checkpoint without stopping
whereupon the US soldiers opened fire on the vehicle that stopped at
the gate and exploded. The occupation officer estimated the weight
of the bomb to have been 455kg, and said that the force of the blast
left a large crater.

Other sources reported that ten American military vehicles were
destroyed in the explosion.

Later Tuesday, another martyrdom bomber blew himself up outside a US
occupation Army compound near Baghdad, lightly injuring two soldiers,
according to the US military.

Hours earlier in the day, three US occupation soldiers died in what
was described as a road accident in central Iraq. It was reported
that their military vehicle plunged into a water channel.
Eyewitnesses quoted in al-Arab al-Yawm said that a rocket struck the
American vehicle throwing it in the water and killing all aboard.

According to the American official version, three occupation soldiers
were killed and one was injured in that attack in which a bridge over
a water channel collapsed under a US occupation vehicle dropping it
into the water. A military spokesman, Colonel Bill MacDonald said
that the attack had actually happened late on Monday night, east of
the city of ad-Dal'iyah, 90km north of Baghdad. He said that a
bridge collapsed plunging the vehicle and its passengers into the
water and stressing that it was only a traffic mishap.

Iraqi Resistance fighters brought down an American occupation
helicopter on Tuesday with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) but US
military spokesmen said the craft was able to make a "controlled
landing." The American spokesman, who refused to be identified, said
he had no details on casualties, but said that the OH-58 Kiowa spy
helicopter was hit at 2:30 p.m. Later an American spokesman said
that the helicopter pilot had been wounded.

'Umar 'Ali, an Associated Press (AP) reporter, said two helicopters
were flying in formation near the al-Fallujah, about 30 miles west of
Baghdad, when one was hit by a grenade fired from the ground.

It went down immediately in an open field, 'Ali said. The aircraft
appeared structurally intact, but smoke was billowing from it.

Two other helicopters with red crosses painted on the sides landed
nearby a few minutes later, he said.

Akram Saleh, a Reuters photographer, said he saw the aircraft in the
field on fire.

Eyewitnesses reported seeing the helicopter struck by a missile.

The AP reported that the Kiowa class of helicopter, a small
observation and reconnaissance helicopter commonly seen in the skies
over Iraq's cities, carries one pilot and as many as four passengers.

In another incident, three civilians died and others were wounded
when a Sunni mosque in Baghdad was rocketed. US occupation
Lieutenant Colonel Frank German said that the blast apparently
occurred shortly after the dawn prayer inside the Ahbab al-Mustafa
Mosque in the center of Baghdad. The American said he had no details
as to casualties.

Ahmad 'Abdallah, a resident in the area, said that a blast shook the
mosque at about 6:45am. "I went up to the roof of my house and three
minutes later I heard a second explosion. There was blood all over
the place in the mosque."

German said that when the Americans arrived on the scene, the fire
had been put out. They therefore set up a "secure zone" and started
an investigation. Yet all he could say was that an explosion had
occurred in the mosque.

The League of 'Ulama' of Religion in Iraq – an organization of Sunni
religious leaders – issued a statement that said that Sunni mosques
and those who pray in them are coming under attacks throughout Iraq
by. The statement said that "known elements" were undertaking the
attacks on the "false grounds" that the Sunnis "supported the
previous regime."

Hundreds of Shiites demonstrated in Baghdad on Tuesday protesting the
death of a Shiite religious leader at the hands of the Americans on
Friday. The demonstrators gathered in front of the Palestine Hotel,
which is frequented by reporters, where they waved black, green and
Iraqi flags and pictures of the Imam of the Mosque of ar-Rahman in as-
Sadr City Shaykh 'Abd ar-Razzaq al-Lami and pictures of the remains
of his car which an American tank crushed.

The Imam's brother, Jasem al-Lami said that an American tank crushed
the Imam's car killing the 64-year old Shiite religious leader inside.

Meanwhile in al-Khalidiyah, west of al-Fallujah, some 300 people
demonstrated against American provocations and demanding the release
of their neighbors and relatives in US occupation custody. The
demonstrators, some of whom wore headbands emblazoned with the
Islamic credo "There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of
God" waved Iraqi flags in a march that started at al-Khalidiyah
mosque. Demonstrators carried placards denouncing the local American-
appointed municipal council and demanding that it be changed. One
sign read "expel the hypocrites and opportunists from al-Khalidiyah's
municipal council." The marchers stopped at the crossroads leading
to al-Habbaniyah airbase, occupied by the US invading forces. They
sent a five-man delegation to the base to present a petition listing
their demands, including a halt to provocative American patrols, an
end to indiscriminate firing of live ammunition, and release of the
citizens and neighbors of the city.

Meanwhile American Proconsul Paul Bremer's puppet so-called "Interim
governing council" chose a Shiite woman dentist to replace 'Aqilah al-
Hashimi, the assassinated member of what has been called the Council
of No Accounts.

The Council also announced its readiness to expel the Mujahidi Khalq
Iranian dissident organization from Iraq. News reports indicated
that it was intended to hand members of the organization over to the
Iranian authorities.

Doctors at America's Walter Reed Medical Hospital report that about
100 US occupation soldiers have contracted leshmaniosis, a skin
disease, from Iraqi desert flies. Spokesman Jim Stueve said the
hospital had already treated 70 afflicted soldiers and expected many
more. The US military said that there were some cases of the disease
in the 1991 30-nation aggression against Iraq but that there are many
more now. The disease, which is sometimes disfiguring, requires some
ten days of treatment. Stueve said, "If you get there early, it's
very curable."

In other news, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's Cabinet on
Tuesday approved a plan to send about 1,000 soldiers to help America
with its faltering occupation of Iraq. This is to be Japan's biggest
overseas troop deployment since the period of Japanese fascist
aggression in World War II.


Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Wednesday 10
December 2003.
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Wednesday, 10 December 2003.

Two US occupation soldiers were killed and four wounded in separate
Resistance attacks Wednesday in the northern city of Mosul, the
American military said. American troops in another northern city
arrested five Iraqi policemen and 24 others suspected of ties to the
Resistance.

In the first attack, Resistance fighters fired on occupation troops
guarding a gasoline station, killing one and injuring another, said a
spokesman for the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. The US
occupation troops returned fire and killed one assailant, according
to the American spokesman.

But witnesses said the Resistance attackers escaped, and that US
troops opened fire on passing cars, killing a driver.

Witnesses identified the driver as a member of the Patriotic Union of
Kurdistan, or PUK, a major pro-American political party. The PUK's
Mosul headquarters is across the street from the gas station.

An Associated Press reporter saw bloodstains at the spot where
witnesses said the soldiers had stood, and a bullet-riddled and
bloodstained car said to belong to the PUK member.

Later a US occupation army spokesman, Major Hugh Keat of the 101st
Airborne Division, offered a version of the events that absolved the
Americans of responsibility for the death of their Kurdish chauvinist
ally. Major Keat claimed that "two cars passed along the street
shooting at both sides of the road. They fired at the headquarters
of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and at the gasoline station on
the opposite side of the street and then fled."

A Kurdish leader in Mosul said only that a Kurdish official was
killed by gunfire as he was leaving the offices of the party near the
gasoline station.

A few hours later, Resistance fighters detonated a handmade roadside
bomb and opened fire on a US military convoy, killing one occupation
soldier and wounding three others, the spokesman said on condition of
anonymity. The attack reportedly took place on the east bank of the
Tigris River.

Residents said other occupation troops on the convoy responded to the
attack by shooting in the streets, killing a 19-year-old man and
injuring his mother and father. Residents said the family lived close
to the site of the ambush, which occurred on a busy road near a US
occupation military compound.

Later in the day Lieutenant Neal Forbes of the 502nd Battalion
acknowledged yet another Resistance attack when he announced
that "two attacks occurred on Wednesday targeting two gasoline
stations, while a third attack targeted a military convoy that was
passing near a gasoline station." Forbes admitted that the US
occupation forces had trouble guarding fixed points like gasoline
stations because, simply by being stationary, the troops turn into
targets for the Resistance. "We prefer to keep moving rather than
remain in one place," he told the press.

A spokesman for the US occupation 4th Division reported that an Iraqi
citizen attacked a position occupied by US forces in the city of
Baaqubah. The spokesman said that the Iraqi approached the gate of
the US base and when he was denied entry, he detonated an explosive
belt wounding two American soldiers who were guarding the base.

Also on Wednesday, the US military admitted what was common knowledge
the day before when it announced that the emergency landing of a US
helicopter near al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad, was likely the result
of ground fire by the Resistance.

In another Resistance attack on the occupation's aircraft, US
officials admitted that the Iraqi Resistance struck a US Air Force C-
17 transport plane with a surface- to-air missile, forcing the
crippled plane to return to Baghdad. A senior Pentagon official,
speaking on condition of anonymity, made the admission. In Baghdad,
military spokeswoman Captain Carrie Clear said the plane reported an
engine explosion on takeoff and that one of the 16 people on board
was slightly injured by the blast.

Occupation forces closed down occupied Saddam International Airport
after the shooting down of the transport by a shoulder-fired Strela
SAM-7 missile.

Eyewitnesses told the Jordanian daily al-Arab al-Yawm that one
missile flew like an arrow at the plane which it struck, igniting a
fire that forced the pilot to make an emergency return to the airport
just after taking off.

After the attack, US occupation forces sealed off the villages
surrounding the airport, slapped a curfew on them, and then began
house to house raids and searches on the residents in the area. As
is usual in the aftermath of Resistance attacks, the aggressor troops
made numerous arrests of civilians in the hope that some would
provide information about the Resistance to the occupation forces.

In the third attack on US aircraft in 24 hours, a missile fired by
the Iraqi Resistance struck an American occupation Apache helicopter
in the air over Mosul, setting it ablaze and forcing it down. An
eyewitness told al-Arab al-Yawm newspaper that a missile struck the
front of the helicopter causing it to crash to earth, probably
killing or at least injuring all aboard. The witness said that
occupation forces cordoned off the area and prevented residents of
the area from approaching the crash scene. An American occupation
spokesman claimed that the helicopter crew came through the attack
unhurt.

The Salvadoran Defense Ministry announced that forces from El
Salvador in Iraq, based near the city of an-Najaf, 160km south of
Baghdad, came under barrage of five mortar rounds. The Salvadoran
Ministry claimed that there were no casualties.

Meanwhile, the chief of the puppet police in the Bayji area 'Abd al-
Karim Hasan al-Jabburi, said that six bombs had been discovered and
disarmed on the road leading to the Tall al-Ward American military
base.

Early Wednesday, US occupation troops and Iraqi puppet police in the
oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk arrested 29 people, including five
policemen, who were suspected of ties to the former regime of Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein, according to 'Adnan Muhammad Saleh, a city
puppet police officer. Saleh said the policemen were suspected of
passing intelligence to the Resistance.

In the course of raids early Wednesday morning in another northern
Iraqi city, Mosul, US occupation troops stormed into the house of a
senior officer of the Resistance group Saddam's Fedayeen and shot and
killed him, his neighbors said.

The US aggressor army confirmed there were raids early Wednesday in
Mosul but refused to comment on the reported death of Colonel Ghanem
Abd al-Ghani Sultan az-Zaydi.

Two neighbors of az-Zaydi, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said
US occupation troops stormed his one-story house in Mosul's central
neighborhood of al-Sukkar about 4 a.m. and shooting was heard later.
Helicopters took part in the operation, the neighbors said. The gate
of az-Zaydi's house was locked Wednesday afternoon. There were
several bullet holes in the gate. A black banner nearby read: "The
heroic martyr Colonel Ghanem Abd al-Ghani Sultan az-Zaydi was
martyred during a blatant aggression by American forces at his house
on 10/12/2003."

Captain Brian Cope, a spokesman for the American 2nd Brigade of the
101st Airborne Division, refused to comment on az-Zaydi's death,
confirming only that the army carried out raids Wednesday against "35
separate targets" in Mosul. Cope, whose brigade occupies Mosul, said
dozens of people were captured in the raids including suspected
members of Saddam's Fedayeen and other people loyal to the Iraqi
government.

In Baghdad on Wednesday, 3,000 funeral marchers mourned three men
killed in a bombing of a Sunni mosque a day earlier. The mosque's
imam, Faruq Khamis, accused Shiite Muslim extremists of carrying out
the attack. "Prominent Shiite clerics are urged to deter those
politically motivated groups so that the unity of Muslims in this
country can be preserved," Khamis told the mourners.

Such attacks are consistent with a trend in the strategy of the
American occupation forces to provoke sectarian violence in Iraq.
The Baath Party in a statement issued on 5 December 2003, noted that
America's inability to pacify Iraq had led Washington to "come close
to proposing a plan to partition [Iraq] as a way out of the crisis."
The recent American announcement that Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah
and pro-Iranian militia of the so-called "Supreme Council for the
Islamic Revolution in Iraq" (SCIRI) would be joining US forces in
repressing the Sunni population, were clearly aimed at inciting
sectarian conflict. Zionist Neo-Conservative Leslie H. Gelb's
article in the New York Times entitled "The Three State Solution" (25
November 2003) served to proclaim and rationalize such a strategy as
far as US ruling circles are concerned. Attacks such as the one on
the Baghdad mosque, and other steps along such divisive lines are
likely to increase together with Washington's frustration.

Also in keeping with that sectarian policy was the announcement by
the puppet so-called "Interim Governing Council" that it was going to
establish a "war crimes tribunal" to prosecute top members of the
Iraqi regime. Two people who attended the meeting said that the
puppet officials planned to establish the tribunal Wednesday.
Western news reports have linked the planned "war crimes tribunal" to
the exhumation of graves of those killed in the Iranian-provoked
sectarian violence that followed the 30-nation aggression in the
spring of 1991, thereby disclosing that this project too is aimed at
provoking conflicts among Iraq's religious and ethnic communities.
US occupation authorities are holding several dozen top Baath Party
and Iraqi government officials who could be "tried" under the new
measure.

American imperialist Defense Department officials acknowledged a
major disappointment on Wednesday in their plans to set up an Iraqi
puppet army to take on some of the US occupation force's jobs and to
die in place of Americans. One-third of the Iraqis whom the
Americans had trained for their puppet army have quit, Pentagon
officials announced.

Some 250 out of a 700-man battalion have quit in recent weeks before
the unit's scheduled start of military operations this month.

"We are aware that a third ... has apparently resigned and we are
looking into that in order to ensure that we can recruit and retain
high-quality people for a new Iraqi army," said Lieutenant Colonel
James Cassella, a Pentagon spokesman to the Associated Press (AP).

An AP report noted that the battalion was highly celebrated when the
newly retrained soldiers, marching to the beat of a US Army band,
completed a nine-week basic training course in early October, and
passed in review before America's Proconsul in occupied Iraq, L. Paul
Bremer.

The new units were to initially take on largely passive defense
duties - such as border security and manning road checkpoints.
Officials have been working for weeks to speed up the training of
Iraqi puppet soldiers and police in the face of the accelerating pace
of Resistance attacks.

Recruitment of the puppet troops is done by US occupation authorities
and the training is provided by "civilian instructors", mostly ex-US
military men, from the American defense contractor Vinnell
Corporation, officials told the AP.

In another development on Wednesday, Iraq-based members of the
Iranian opposition group, the Mujahidi Khalq, denounced a decision by
Iraq's US-appointed puppet council to expel them from the country by
the end of the year. In a statement released at the group's camp
northeast of Baghdad, the group said the decision favored Iran's
efforts to establish a "satellite theocratic dictatorship in Iraq."
Members of the Mujahidi Khalq should be out of Iraq by the end of the
year and the group's offices in Iraq will be closed, the puppet so-
called Interim Governing Council said. A reporter who visited the
group's Baghdad office on Wednesday found it occupied by squatters
who said the militia had abandoned it.

The Mujahidi Khalq have battled Iran's theocratic regime since the
late 1970s. In 1999, it was added to the US State Department's
official list of "terrorist organizations." As the Associated Press
notes, over the years, the US government has maintained an ambiguous
posture toward the group, even allowing it and an associated
organization, the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran,
to maintain offices in Washington. In August, however, the State
Department shut down both groups' offices, earning rare praise from
Iran.

Finally, in an indication of how effectively the western media
conceal the reality of the deteriorating US position in occupied Iraq
from the American populace, a new opinion poll indicated that US
popular support for the aggressive war has slightly increased in the
last few weeks.

Some 59 percent of respondents to the December 5-7 poll said the
situation in Iraq was worth going to war over, up from 56 percent
November 16. And 55 percent said they approved of Bush's handling of
his position, up from 50 percent in mid-November, according to the
USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll of 1,004 adults.

The American newspaper USA Today cited analysts suggesting that the
rise in support could be attributed to Bush's surprise Thanksgiving
holiday visit to troops in Iraq and the reduced reports of US deaths
within the past two weeks. "The Thanksgiving trip had a powerful
effect," Karlyn Bowman, a polling analyst for the right-wing American
Enterprise Institute think tank, told USA Today. "Seeing the troops'
reaction to the president reminded Americans of their commitment and
might have encouraged them to support him." The Bush trip - in which
he sneaked into Baghdad for 150 minutes and posed for cameras while
holding a plastic turkey, only to leave the occupied Iraqi capital
without setting foot outside the occupied airport - apparently gave
the Administration a hefty boost in the opinion poles. Easily swayed
by slick images and clever packaging, some 79 percent of the
Americans surveyed said Bush's Iraq trip was a good idea, and two in
three Democrats concurred. Fifty-four percent felt that he made the
visit to show troops his support, while 37 percent felt his purpose
was purely political.

Forty-eight percent of registered voters said they would vote to re-
elect Bush next year, up from 46 percent in October. The poll has a
three-percentage-point margin of error.

Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Thursday, 11
December 2003.
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