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Iraqi Resistance Report for Thursday, 11 December 2003
through Sunday, 14 December 2003. Translated and/or
compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board
of the Free Arab Voice.

Thursday, 11 December 2003.

One American occupation soldier was killed and 14
others wounded when three martyrdom attackers driving
a furniture truck blew themselves up at the gates of a
US occupation army base in ar-Ramadi, 100km west of
Baghdad, on Thursday.

All day Thursday the US military refused to provide
information on casualties resulting from the attack
and only late in the evening produced the official
tally of one dead and 14 injured.

The three martyrdom attackers were also killed.

A spokeswoman for the occupation forces said that the
Resistance attack occurred at the 82nd Airborne
Division base at about 1:30pm

Three wounded soldiers were evacuated from the
headquarters of the 82nd Airborne Division west of
Baghdad to a combat hospital and the other 11 wounded
were treated and returned to duty, the US occupation
forces reported.

Thursday, the American military reported one US
occupation soldier drowned and another was missing
after a patrol boat accident on the Tigris River in
Baghdad. "The soldiers were conducting routine
patrols on the Tigris River when one of the soldiers
fell overboard, and the other soldier jumped in to
save him," the US imperial Central Command said in a
statement. The incident occurred Wednesday, and the
drowned soldier from the Army's 1st Armored Division
was found Thursday morning, the statement said.

Agence France Presse reported that in Baghdad, two
journalists from the US weekly newsmagazine Time and
two American soldiers were wounded by a grenade
explosion while on a military patrol in Baghdad, a
military spokesman revealed on Thursday. "They were
participating in a patrol in the 1/AD [i.e., 1st
Armored Division] area in Baghdad along with two other
soldiers," he told a press briefing on Thursday. "An
individual threw a grenade into the Humvee." One of
the journalists was seriously hurt and the other
slightly in the A'zamiya area of north Baghdad at
about 10:00 pm (1900 GMT) on Wednesday, according to
the spokesman. Both men were to be transferred to a
hospital in Germany.

Time senior correspondent Michael Weisskopf and
contributing photographer James Nachtwey were
traveling with a US occupation army patrol in Baghdad
on Wednesday night when the attack occurred, a
statement from Time managing editor Jim Kelly said.
A military spokesman said they were with a unit of the
Army's 1st Armored Division.

In response to the rising tide of Resistance struggle,
US occupation forces staged raids and searches in the
cities of al-Fallujah and Tikrit. The occupiers meted
out harsh treatment to local civilians arresting
dozens who were taken off to interrogation sessions.
Women and children were terrorized as the Americans
fired automatic weapons into the doors of houses to
break them down, and then ransacked the homes as
helicopter gunships hovered menacingly overhead and
warplanes broke the sound barrier and fired missiles
around the area being raided in an effort to spread
panic. Residents of al-Fallujah were quoted by the
Jordanian daily al-Arab al-Yawm as saying that the
behavior of the occupation forces was unbearable and
unacceptable, noting that the atmosphere in the city
was now tense in the extreme. One said that the
situation in al-Fallujah is now like the calm before a
storm.

In Tikrit, occupation forces claimed to have arrested
three commanders in the Saddam's Fedayeen Resistance
organization and to have confiscated large quantities
of weapons and explosives during a campaign of raids
and searches in the city where again the population
was terrorized and various forms of intimidation were
employed by the aggressor occupation forces against
unarmed civilians including women and children.

In Baaqubah US occupation forces together with puppet
police raided a number of buildings and arrested 16
men. Twenty-eight AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifles
were seized as well as what was described as
"bomb-making materials."

Shortly after these raids a hand grenade was thrown
from one of the houses wounding an American occupation
soldier. After the attack the aggressor troops
returned and arrested two individuals.

Ghazi at-Talabani, director of the puppet Northern
Field Protection Force, which guards oil pipelines in
northern Iraq on behalf of the occupation forces, said
an explosion set a pipeline ablaze, forcing officials
to halt the flow. He said the pipeline links the
Bayji refinery in northern Iraq with the ad-Dura
refinery near Baghdad.

An official of the US occupation forces, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said a pipeline between Bayji
and ad-Dura was sabotaged late Tuesday or early
Wednesday. It was unclear, the Associated Press
reported, whether the official was referring to the
same incident.

Iraqi Resistance forces wounded two members of the
Iraqi puppet so-called Civil Defence Force Thursday in
separate attacks in the Baaqubah region, 60km
northeast of Baghdad, an occupation security source
and one of the victims said.

Mohammed Shannan, 35, suffered bullet wounds in the
stomach and leg in a drive-by shooting at 8:00 am
(0500 GMT) as he was leaving his house, puppet police
Lieutenant Shaker Mahmud said. The incident occurred
20km west of Baaqubah, he added.

In Baaqubah itself, 'Uday Subhi told AFP he was
wounded in the foot when a grenade thrown by
Resistance fighters exploded. The incident followed
search operations in which he took part in the Tahrir
residential quarter in the centre of town.

In Samarra', north of Baghdad, two members of the
puppet so-called Civil Defense Corps were shot and
killed overnight while on patrol, witnesses said
Thursday.

The American newspaper The Washington Post reported on
Thursday that the United States Central Intelligence
Agency (CIA) is working to set up an Iraqi
intelligence service to spy on groups and individuals
inside Iraq that are targeting US occupation troops
and collaborators. The paper quoted unidentified
American officials as saying that the CIA plans to set
up the new service with help from Jordan. Two members
of an Iraqi exile group are at CIA headquarters in
Virginia this week to work out details of the new
program, the Post said.

The Washington Post story said that Iraqi puppet
"Interior Minister" Nouri Badran, whom it described as
a secular Shiite Muslim, has been selected to be the
initial head of the service. Badran has collaborated
with the CIA over the past decade to incite coups
against the Iraqi government of President Saddam
Hussein. Badran and fellow Iraqi exile Ayad Alawi
hope to recruit former officials of the Saddam Hussein
regime for the service, an approach opposed by some
Pentagon officials and Ahmed Chalabi, head of the
Iraqi National Congress, the Post said.

As the Iraqi Resistance Report noted among the events
of Wednesday, 10 December 2003, one US Apache
helicopter was shot down by the Iraqi Resistance near
Mosul. The Associated Press on Thursday published
reports that shed light on how the occupation military
seek to cover up their loses in Iraq by labeling them
as "accidents" and "malfunctions."

Although, as the Iraqi Resistance Report noted, an
eyewitness told the Jordanian paper al-Arab al-Yawm
that the helicopter was brought down by a missile, the
AP reported that initially an American "military
spokesman had insisted that the helicopter was forced
to crash land Wednesday because of mechanical failure
and that the uninjured crew reported no ground fire.
But a commander later said that he didn't know whether
ground fire brought down the 101st Airborne Division
helicopter. The Apache came down near a highway south
of Mosul, Iraq's third-largest city. Troops guarding
the site Thursday morning said the chopper had been
hit by enemy fire. They asked not to be identified."
(See AP report:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=2&u=/ap/20031211/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_953)


Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Friday, 12 December 2003.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&u=/afp/20031211/wl_mideast_afp/iraq_us_031211112930&e=5
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=564&ncid=564&e=46&u=/nm/20031211/ts_nm/iraq_intelligence_cia_dc_4
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=2&u=/ap/20031211/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_953
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/afp/20031211/wl_mideast_afp/iraq_attack_media_031211155844
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20031211/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_journalists_wounded_2


Friday, 12 December 2003.

The Iraqi Resistance fired a salvo of mortar shells at
the headquarters of the occupation troops shortly
after midnight on Friday morning in the first attack
against the US occupiers' seat of power since the
Americans mounted a massive counteroffensive against
the Resistance last month.

Loud explosions boomed through central Baghdad and
sirens wailed in the compound housing the headquarters
of the US-led occupation forces. Smoke rose inside the
compound, known as the "Green Zone." A spokeswoman
for the occupation forces, speaking on condition of
anonymity, said US officials were aware of explosions
but did not know the location.

A spokesman for the occupation forces said he heard
three explosions. "I heard what appeared to be
incoming mortar rounds," Charles Krohn, a U.S. defense
spokesman, said by telephone from his room inside the
Green Zone. "I was shaken and I heard a couple of
thumps. I felt the vibrations." The Green Zone is
surrounded by 2-meter high concrete walls.

Residents in the city reported hearing four explosions
and saw at least two columns of smoke rising from near
the building of the American command on the west bank
of the Tigris River. News agencies reported that four
mortar rounds landed on the headquarters causing
damage to some of the buildings. Two American
occupation troops were wounded by shrapnel from the
mortar shells according to a statement by one US
military spokesperson. A military spokeswoman
maintained however that the injuries were slight and
none was life threatening.

Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated a bomb alongside a
US military occupation convoy west of Baghdad on
Friday, killing one soldier and wounding two others,
the military said. The bomb attack occurred at 6:30
a.m. in ar-Ramadi, about 60 miles west of the Iraqi
capital, the US imperial Central Command said. One of
the injured soldiers was evacuated to a combat
hospital and died of his wounds. His name, and the
names of the wounded, were withheld pending
notification of next of kin.

Separately, another soldier died in Baghdad from what
was described as a "non-hostile" gunshot wound.

Two Polish occupation troops were wounded on Friday in
an explosion on the road to al-Hillah, a few
kilometers north of the city. The vehicle in which
they were traveling was destroyed. A second bomb
exploded a few hours later and a few kilometers away,
but according to an occupation spokesman, that blast
which detonated between two Polish military vehicles
only inflicted damaged on the vehicles.

The bomb, reportedly made from a land mine, exploded
on the outskirts of the city of Mahawil as a 19-person
Polish convoy drove by on Friday. Warrant Officer
Tomasz Kloc was seriously wounded in the stomach and
was evacuated to Baghdad. Sergeant Boguslaw Wasik
suffered less severe injuries and received treatment
at the scene according to Polish Major General Andrzej
Tyszkiewicz who spoke to Poland's TVN24.

One Iraqi puppet policeman was killed and another
injured, as were two civilians, when an explosive
device detonated on the road to al-Haswah, south of
Baghdad. It appears that the blast was aimed at an
American military patrol, as there was a US convoy 200
meters from the scene of the explosion. An Iraqi
puppet policeman, Bashshar Karim Khalaf told Agence
France Presse (AFP) that the blast occurred on a route
regularly used by the US occupation forces.

In the village of Bayiji, near Kirkuk, an official in
the puppet police announced that the occupation forces
on Friday disarmed four bombs just one kilometer from
an American military base in the area.

A witness reported to the AFP that one man was
arrested on Friday while trying to plant a bomb at
al-Musawi Shiite mosque in a busy section of central
Baghdad. The mosque guard who asked not to be
identified said that two men who accompanied the man
who tried to plant the bomb managed to escape.

Meanwhile Sunni and Shiite religious leaders in their
sermons on Friday tried to head off sectarian violence
that had become more significant lately with a number
of attacks on Sunni or Shiite mosques in the country,
following a more open US interest in the prospect of
partitioning the country along religious and ethnic
lines. The religious leaders called on their
followers to use restraint and accused the occupation
forces of being behind the exacerbation of violence
among Muslims and of encouraging sectarian, extremist,
and hostile attitudes. Sunni and Shiite religious
leaders also held a meeting on Friday to discuss ways
to halt the worsening sectarian situation.

Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Saturday 13 December 2003.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20031212/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq&cid=540&ncid=716
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=514&e=1&u=/ap/20031211/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_explosions_6
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20031213/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq&cid=540&ncid=716


Saturday, 13 December 2003.

Islam Memo reports that the information media carry a
story that an American armored vehicle was destroyed
Saturday when an American occupation patrol came under
attack by the Iraqi Resistance who used
rocket-propelled grenades in the as-Sabhani area of
the Iraqi city of al-Hadithah.

The sources told the Saudi News Agency WAS that US
occupation forces evacuated their wounded from the
attack, and that a number of Iraqi citizens kept
pieces of the destroyed armored vehicle as trophies.

Meanwhile, members of an Iraqi family suffered wounds
and broken bones when their car was smashed by an
American occupation tank on the main highway leading
to the city of al-Hadithah.

US occupation forces claim to have shot and killed an
Iraqi youth late on Saturday night after he shot at
the Americans from a speeding car. A second
individual, the driver of the car, said that neither
of them had shot at the Americans but were firing an
AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifle into the air as part
of a celebration of a wedding.

The occupation troops told journalists who arrived on
the scene before the Americans imposed a curfew in the
area that the deceased was a young man in his early
twenties and that he was struck by four bullets in the
head.

An Iraqi puppet policeman, charged with enforcing the
rationing of gasoline as decreed by the puppet Iraqi
oil ministry, opened fire Saturday on a taxi cab
driver in Baaqubah, hitting him in the head according
to the victim, Salman Najras. The incident occurred
in front of a gasoline station when the driver was
arguing with one of the gasoline sellers about the
black-market price of a can of gasoline. At that
point the puppet policeman approached and found the
argument to be "suspicious." Seeing the puppet
policeman approaching, Salman Najras immediately took
off in his taxi, at which point the puppet policeman
fired at him, wounding him in the head. Najras said
that he would undergo surgery on Monday for the
removal of the bullet.

Puppet police lieutenant Haydar Ahmad told journalists
that he had not received any instructions about
opening fire on those who disobey.

Iraqi puppet authorities decided on Wednesday to begin
a campaign against the sale of gasoline on the black
market in order to try to reduce the shortfall in
supply of petroleum products.

In Tblisi, capital of the former Soviet Republic of
Georgia, the American ambassador, Richard Miles
announced that the new government of Georgia would be
sending 500 additional soldiers to Iraq at the
beginning of summer to join the special unit of forces
that now numbers 70 members and includes medical
doctors and mine removal specialists.

The American ambassador told a group of Georgian
military personnel who had just completed a course of
training with American military advisers that 200
Georgian soldiers would soon be going to Iraq while
the remainder would head there at the beginning of
summer.

At present the Tblisi government pays between US$400
and US$600 as a monthly salary to the soldiers
currently stationed in occupied Iraq, while the United
States picks up the tab for the cost of uniforms,
supplies and expenses of the Georgian soldiers.

Presumably it is this financial arrangement – together
with the dependent state of the Georgian regime – that
led to the surreal situation in which Georgian
military men were informed of their intended
deployments abroad, not by their Georgian commanders
nor by representatives of their Georgian government,
but by the American ambassador, who evidently has more
information and outranks the local military and
civilian officials.

Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Sunday, 14 December 2003.
http://www.islammemo.cc/news/one_news.asp?IDnews=19815

Sunday, 14 December 2003.

Al-Jazeera TV has reported that Baghdad was shaken by
three explosions on Sunday. A puppet police source
said that one of the blasts was not the result of
explosives, but of a truck loaded with barrels of fuel
that came under gunfire.

Al-Jazeera's correspondent reports that the explosions
occurred when a fuel truck was fired upon in the
al-Karradah neighborhood near the al-'Alwiyah
exchange. Witnesses said that an explosives-laden car
exploded Sunday evening in front of the Palestine
Hotel in the center of the occupied Iraqi capital.
The US occupation forces released no information
regarding casualties in the attacks.

Also following the announcement of the capture of
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, anti-imperialist
Resistance fighters in US-occupied Kuwait ambushed two
American military convoys, leaving several of the
aggressor troops wounded.

An occupation spokesman said that one American
occupation soldier was killed when an explosive device
went off as he was trying to disarm it. This occurred
just hours after Washington confirmed claims that
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had been taken
prisoner.

An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom bomber apparently
detonated explosives in a car outside a puppet police
station Sunday morning in al-Khalidiyah, 80km west of
Baghdad, killing at least 17 people and wounding 33
more, the US occupation forces said.

Al-Jazeera reported that witnesses said that
ambulances rushed to the scene to evacuate vicims to
ar-Ramadi Hospital, 100km west of Baghdad.

Although no American occupation forces were reportedly
hurt in the attack, US aggressor forces rushed to the
scene and imposed a military cordon around the area.
Occupation helicopters were seen hovering overhead in
the air.

A statement by al-Jama'ah al-Islamiyah (the Islamic
Group) in Iraq reports that 45 of the supporters of
the Kurdish Islamist group were arrested by occupation
authorities in Baghdad on Tuesday evening. Four of
those arrested were members of the Group's leading
Council (Shura) who were in Baghdad intending to meet
the current head of the puppet so-called Interim
Governing Council 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Hakim.

The statement also said that among those arrested were
male and female students using the headquarters as a
temporary residence while they looked for regular
housing to rent.

Desperate for some "good news" in their floundering
war against the Iraqi people and the rising tide of
Iraqi Resistance, the US occupation forces announced
on Sunday that they had captured Iraqi President
Saddam Hussein. Reports by the occupation forces in
the past about capturing and killing Iraqi leaders
have been unreliable, but even assuming this report to
be accurate, it changes nothing as regards the
objective situation of imperialist-Zionist occupation
of Iraq and the Iraqi people's resistance to it. So
long as the occupation continues, the resistance will
grow.

Al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper in Amman reported that
media reports indicated that one of the Iraqis
captured a few days ago by US aggressor forces in
al-Huwayjah gave out, in the course of interrogation,
information that helped the occupation troops capture
the Iraqi President. Other reports said that it was
one of Saddam Hussein's relatives who, while
undergoing interrogation, gave information to the
occupation forces on the Iraqi President's
whereabouts. According to this report, the aggressor
troops bargained with the relative, promising that he
could stay alive and that he would be transported out
of Iraq in return for enabling the Americans to get to
where the Iraqi President was.

A select American aggressor force of 600 troops
encircled an isolated farm in the town of ad-Duwar
near Tikrit and after a search of the area the
occupation troops found the Iraqi President in an
underground hiding place. US imperialist sources
indicated that the so-called Task Force 121, which has
recently reportedly received training from the Zionist
occupation regime in Palestine, was a part of the
elite force that captured the Iraqi President. One of
the planners of the operations in which Task Force 121
has been involved is American Lieutenant General
William "Jerry" Boykin, an individual who gained some
notoriety for identifying Muslims with Satan in public
meetings with American church groups. (For
information on Task Force 121, see the British
Guardian newspaper for 9 December 2003:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1102940,00.html)

News reports also say that Kurdish chauvinist
Peshmergah militiamen aided the American aggressors in
carrying out the operation to trap the Iraqi
President. It was therefore Jalal at-Talibani, head
of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, one of the
leading Kurdish chauvinist collaborationist
organizations, who rushed to announce the capture of
Saddam Hussein, and it was the Iranian news agency
that first carried the story.

Press reports also said that when four members of the
US-appointed puppet so-called "Interim Governing
Council" were led in to identify the Iraqi President,
Saddam Hussein told them that he had been "a just but
firm ruler at the same time," and that he was not
sorry about what he had done.

The American monopoly CBS News reported that its
correspondent in Tikrit had learned from US military
sources that the Iraqi President was no longer in
Iraq. US occupation commander General Ricardo Sanchez
announced that Saddam Hussein had been taken to a
"secure place."

A source in the American-appointed puppet police
forece in Kirkuk reported that four Iraqis were killed
and more than 60 wounded, 10 of them severely, when
traitors in that northern city fired weapons into the
air in celebration of the fact that invading aggressor
troops had captured the Iraqi President. The puppet
police spokesman said that the injured victims are
receiving treatment in Kirkuk hospitals.

The puppet police spokesman said that fights also
broke out in the city when "a group attacked a number
of Kurds who were celebrating the arrest in their own
special way, demanding that they stop their
celebration immediately." The puppet police spokesman
said that the number of dead and injured from such
"celebration" was likely to increase because in
addition to small arms, the traitorous "celebrants"
were also firing off rocket-propelled grenades and
heavy weapons.

Demonstrators in Kirkuk took to the streets to demand
the release of the head of a tribe who was arrested by
occupation forces in mid-November on suspicion that he
had provided a refuge for the Iraqi Vice President
'Izzat Ibrahim.

The dean of the al-Huwayjah Province Technical
Institute said that US occupation forces arrested 11
individuals on the campus early Sunday morning. Dean
Mahjub YaSin Muhammad told Agence France Presse (AFP)
that an American force of more than 30 soldiers
"raided our Technical Institute and arrested 11
persons about whom they had suspicions. Among those
arrested are nine guards and two of the Institute's
students." Dean Muhammad said "this operation is a
dangerous precedent. How can you arrest students on a
university campus?"

Meanwhile, the Polish Defense Minister, whose forces
are serving the American occupation troops in occupied
Iraq as a part of the so-called multinational forces
reported that those multinational forces – which are
under Polish command – raised the level of alert for
their troops in anticipation of an escalation in
Resistance attacks after the capture of the Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein. The Polish minister said
that there are fears of "reactions based on hate" that
might target the occupation forces.


Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Monday 15 December 2003.
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/iraq_saddam
http://www.aljazeera.net/news/arabic/2003/12/12-14-10.htm
http://www.aljazeera.net/news/arabic/2003/12/12-14-21.htm
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1102940,00.html