Iraqi Resistance Report for Monday, 12 January 2004
through Wednesday, 14 January 2004. Translated and/or
compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board
the Free Arab Voice.
Monday, 12 January 2004.
Monday witnessed a number of clashes between the Iraqi
Resistance and the occupation forces as well as
demonstrations against the occupation in several
One American occupation soldier died and two others
were wounded when a bomb exploded near their convoy in
Iraq on Monday, the US military occupation has said.
The attack occurred in the center of the capital,
Baghdad. In a statement, the US army said the
occupation soldiers were attached to the 1st Armored
Division. "One 1st Armored Division soldier was killed
and two were wounded when their convoy was attacked by
an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) at 1000 (0700GMT)
Monday in central Baghdad," a US military occupation
Large explosions rocked central Baghdad later in the
day, but occupation officials reported no casualties.
In those Resistance attacks later on Monday blasts, US
occupation and Iraqi puppet security officials said at
least two mortar shells exploded near the Baghdad
Hotel in the center of the occupied capital. At least
one round exploded in the Tigris River and the other
exploded on the riverbank, US aggressor troops
claimed. There were no casualties, the Americans
In ar-Ramadi Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated a
roadside bomb and then attacked a joint American
occupation and puppet so-called civil defense corps
patrol with machine guns and rocket-propelled
grenades. In response, American aggressors opened
fire indiscriminately at houses and the neighborhood
generally, killing one Iraqi and wounding six others.
Local residents said two Iraqis were killed when the
Americans opened fire indiscriminately after the
'Umar Muhammad 'Ali who was at the scene told Agence
France Presse (AFP) that an explosive device went off
as the occupation patrol passed through the center of
ar-Ramadi, damaging an occupation vehicle. 'Ali added
that when eight vehicles belonging to the occupation
forces and the puppet reservist so-called civil
defense force arrived on the scene, the Resistance
fighters opened fire on them with automatic weapons
and RPGs. During the exchange of fire that lasted
about 15 minutes, one Iraqi passerby was killed and
six others were wounded. The American occupation
forces captured three or four persons, among them one
of the attackers, 'Ali said.
A puppet policeman said that the American occupation
soldiers attacked them, violently kicking them and
then binding their hands in spite of the fact that
they were the Americans' own puppet policemen and
Witnesses said that an Iraqi farmer was seriously
wounded in the explosion of a land mine that had been
planted by the side of a road leading to his farm.
Six Iraqi Resistance fighters were martyred by
occupation gunfire near Samarra' in an attack that the
US occupation forces claimed was an attempt by what
they described as "an armed gang" trying "to steal oil
from a pipeline" south of Samarra', 60 miles north of
Baghdad. According to the military occupation account
provided by spokesman Master Sergeant Robert Cargie,
aggressor troops led to the scene by an informant late
Sunday found 40 men armed with AK-47 assault rifles in
10 to 15 vehicles at the pipeline. Armed with M-16
rifles and 125mm cannons mounted on Bradley fighting
vehicles, the US aggressor troops shot and killed
seven of the men in a gunfight. The remaining people
escaped. Three fuel trucks and one transport truck
were destroyed during the clash, Cargie added. No
further details were available. In the past, US
occupation spokesmen have tried to present Resistance
attacks as simple criminal attempts to rob banks and
Eyewitnesses told AFP that American aggressor forces
on Monday arrested the wife of an Iraqi suspected of
involvement in the Resistance in al-Fallujah. The
arrest came when occupation forces raided the
suspected Resistance fighter's home. The man himself,
Saber Turki, 35, was not home, so the aggressors took
his wife instead.
'Abd an-Naser Mahmud, a resident of al-Jawlan
neighborhood, told AFP that the occupation forces
surrounded the house with 13 military jeeps and then
raided the building. Mahmud said that the American
occupation forces told the residents of the
neighborhood that they were taking Saber Turki's wife
and that Saber Turki himself had to turn himself in if
he wants to get his wife freed. Mahmud said that the
unfortunate thing was that Turki had only been married
to the woman for five days.
In the Iraqi city of al-Kut, Ukrainian occupation
troops serving the United States fired into the air
Monday to disperse hundreds of Iraqis in a violent
demonstration for jobs and food as a second southern
Shiite Muslim city was rocked by unrest — a barometer
of rising frustration with the US occupation in a
region of Iraq that the occupation liked to consider
"friendly" to the Americans.
Unrest started in al-Kut, 95 miles southeast of
Baghdad, when about 400 protesters marched for a third
straight day on a government building to demand jobs.
According to Iraqi puppet police reports, someone in
the crowd threw a grenade at police and Ukrainian
occupation soldiers guarding the building, injuring
four Iraqi puppet policemen and one Ukrainian.
According to puppet police Lieutenant Zafer Wedad the
Ukrainian occupation troops then fired in the air to
disperse the crowd, injuring one protester. He said
the demonstrators hurled bricks at the building and
trashed a post office in the city.
Al-Jazeera reported from al-Kut that two Ukrainian
occupation soldiers were wounded along with five
Iraqis, including four puppet policemen, in clashes
between Ukrainian forces and their puppet police
stooges on one side, and the Iraqi demonstrators
demanding jobs on the other. Al-Jazeera quoted the
deputy commander of the Ukrainian occupation forces in
al-Kut as saying that his forces opened fire after two
hand grenades were tossed in the direction of his
troops who were guarding the building of the
Al-Jazeera's correspondent pointed out that the
Ukrainian occupation forces captured an al-Jazeera
cameraman in the city and confiscated his camera and
all the video cassettes he had with him. The
cameraman is now being investigated in spite of the
fact that he has been covering events in al-Kut for
For the fifth straight day al-'Amarah witnessed
demonstrations of unemployed demanding work. They
assembled outside the governorate building around
which the British occupation forces had beefed up
their guard. British armored vehicles were drawn up
around the now largely vacant building. All the
puppet officials and puppet policemen had already quit
the building, however, out of fear of the daily
confrontations that have so far claimed six Iraqi
lives and left eight other persons injured by
occupation and puppet police gunfire.
On Monday, however, there were no reported clashes,
though the demonstrations were forcibly broken up.
British occupation forces closed a bridge near the
governorate building, and increased their patrols of
the area. British occupation helicopters buzzed the
scene over head constantly beginning at dawn, and
sharpshooters took up positions on a bridge under
construction on the Tigris River near the governorate.
Demonstrators claimed that three relatives of
al-Muhammadawi, a member of the puppet so-called
Interim Governing Council, including the provincial
governor Riyad al-Muhammadawi, were directly involved
in the shootings of the past days.
Demonstrators broke up to reassemble elsewhere to form
a march to the headquarters of the anti-disturbance
forces, but they were again broken up again by puppet
police forces who fired into the air and arrested two
of the protesters.
In Baghdad, dozens of employees of the Iraqi national
airways demonstrated demanding the resumption of
airline services on the usual routes and demanding
also that the occupation forces leave Saddam
International Airport. Airline employees of various
specializations – pilots, technicians, engineers –
gathered in front of the headquarters of the
occupation authority, which has occupied the former
Palace of Congresses in the center of Baghdad. The
airline employees demanded to be sent back to work and
chanted "No to foreign airlines!", "Long live Iraqi
Captain 'Ala' ad-Din 'Abd al-Hamid told the AFP "we
have suffered a lot, and we have already presented
proposals for the future of Iraqi Airlines but nothing
has come of it. We want to take back the airport to
finish the work there, to prepare ourselves, and to
serve our country. The company is our national carrier
and we must have our presence." 'Abd al-Hamid asked
"why are they making agreements with foreign airlines
to carry Iraqi pilgrims to Mecca? Why can't we
perform this task which we always used to do
perfectly? Why are they ignoring us?"
Another man said: "they claim that there's no security
for the resumption of airline service, but if that is
true, how come their planes take off from the airport?
All the foreign planes are flying, just not Iraqi
Pilot 'Abd al-Khaliq Karim said that the Iraqi Airline
Company's cadre of about 2,400 people – pilots,
engineers, and other employees – are all unemployed at
the present time.
Danish and British occupation forces captured an
official in the Arab Baath Socialist Party who they
claim was part of a Resistance cell in the south of
the occupied country, according to a statement made by
a Danish occupation spokesman.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Tuesday 13 January 2004.a
Tuesday, 13 January 2004.
Iraqi Resistance forces shot down an American
occupation Apache attack helicopter Tuesday, the third
downed in less than two weeks, but US aggressor
sources claimed that the crew escaped unharmed. An
American AH-64 helicopter gunship was shot down near
the town of al-Habbaniyah, in a western region near
where a medevac helicopter was downed a week earlier,
killing all nine soldiers on board. A Kiowa Warrior
helicopter was shot down in the area on Jan. 2,
killing the pilot. This time the US aggressors
claimed that the AH-64's two-person crew was unhurt.
US military occupation forces secured the area,
military spokesman Colonel William Darley said. "It
was apparently downed by enemy fire," he said.
Al-Jazeera's correspondent on the scene reported that
eyewitnesses said they saw two occupation helicopters
hovering in the area and that a rocket flew up from
the area and struck one of the helicopters. The
aircraft caught fire and crashed. Witnesses said they
did not see anyone aboard the craft and that the
American reinforcements that showed up an hour after
the crash did not bring ambulances or carry away
In Tikrit on Tuesday the correspondent of al-Jazeera
TV reported that an American military patrol was
attacked by the Iraqi Resistance who detonated a
roadside bomb on the expressway south of the city.
The explosion crippled one US military vehicle. There
have been no reports regarding possible losses in dead
or wounded occupation troops.
Near Samarra' on Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance fighters
opened fire on US aggressor troops. The US military
occupation claimed its soldiers killed eight Iraqis
after their patrol came under fire outside Samarra' on
Tuesday. The Resistance attack occurred while the
invaders were on a vehicle patrol. Eight cars driving
past the convoy opened fire on the occupation
soldiers, who returned fire, killing eight Iraqis,
said spokeswoman Major Josslyn Aberle in occupied
Tikrit. She said one Resistance fighter was wounded
and two vehicles were destroyed. The remaining six
cars were seized and their 26 occupants arrested, she
An American occupation soldier from the 101st Airborne
Division died late Tuesday in what the aggressor
spokesmen claimed Wednesday was a "non-hostile
incident" in northern Iraq.
In ar-Ramadi, Iraqi Resistance fighters in a car fired
at a puppet police, killing a puppet policeman and a
civilian bystander, according to puppet police major
'Adel 'Abd al-Karim.
Medical sources in al-Fallujah Hospital reported that
at least three Iraqis were killed and five others
wounded seriously when US occupation forces opened
fire on them.
American occupation sources in the area said that they
were fired upon by the Iraqi Resistance as they
observed a demonstration of several hundred local
peoplecalled by religious leaders in the city who were
protesting the behavior of the American occupation
forces and the increasing number of arrests of
citizens, including women. The demonstrators accused
the American military occupation of carrying out armed
attacks upon women. Demonstrators chanted "Bush, you
coward!" after US aggressor troops detained a young
17-year old woman while searching for a patriot, Saber
Turki. The woman, who relatives acknowledged was
handled only by female occupation soldiers, was
released after several hours questioning.
The protesters dispersed by noon. American aggressor
reports indicated that the demonstration dispersed
peacefully and without incident, but the three dead
and five wounded Iraqis indicate that the Americans
Maher Turki, brother of the arrested woman's husband,
said the aggressor troops were looking for another of
his brothers in the hope that he would inform on
Khamis Sirhan, reported leader of the Arab Baath
Socialist Party in al-Fallujah. Saber Turki was not
at home when the American aggressors raided his house,
so the invader forces took his wife instead and
demanded that Turki turn himself in if he wanted her
released. But rising public protests pressured the
aggressor troops to release the woman.
US occupation sources said that they surrounded the
demonstration after they came under fire. The
demonstrators chanted condemnation of the American
actions and demanded the release of arrested people.
Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated a roadside bomb
against US occupation forces in Baghdad on Monday.
After the attack, US aggressor forces opened fire in
revenge on a random car and killed the driver and a
10-year old boy, according to relatives. The roadside
bomb went off near the checkpoint, hitting a US
occupation Humvee and killing a soldier. Soliders in
another Humvee started shooting, hitting a car
carrying the civilian family, said Wijdan 'Abd
al-Wahhab, aunt of the slain boy.
The boy, 10-year-old Mustafa Jamal Shaikhli, and the
family driver, identified only as Haydar, were killed,
'Abdal-Wahhab said. Mustafa's 30-year-old mother and
another aunt were seriously wounded, she said. Also in
the car were the slain boy's 8-year-old son and
6-year-old daughter, who suffered minor cuts. "The
Americans have ruined an innocent family, children and
women," 'Abd al-Wahhab said, distraught and weeping at
the hospital. "They didn't even bother to look back at
them after shooting them."
She said the family is fed up with the situation and
wants to "leave Iraq because of the Americans and the
(U.S.-installed) Governing Council." The US military
occupation as usual did not confirm any of the
civilian casualties. The Associated Press noted that
the shooting at the checkpoint was "the latest in a
growing number of cases of civilians being shot by
U.S. soldiers nearing the end of their tour before a
massive rotation begins next month."
Clashes resumed Tuesday in al-Kut between protesters
and Ukrainian occupation troops, with sporadic gunfire
heard at the western edge of the city, a day after the
Ukrainian aggressors fired bullets in the air to
control a rebellion by hundreds of people demanding
food and jobs. Demonstrators threw percussion bombs
at the building that houses the governorate of al-Kut
and broke through several of the barricades that the
Ukrainian aggressor forces had erected around it. The
Ukrainian occupation forces then opened fire into the
air to try to disperse the protesters.
In the northern city of Kirkuk, two hand grenades were
hurled inside a meeting of Arab tribal leaders and
American military occupation administrators. There
were no injuries in the blast, but US occupation
troops fired at the assailants, wounding three people,
police Major Turhan 'Abd ar-Rahman Yusuf said.
Also in Kirkuk, an operation of the US occupation
troops, who brought along their Iraqi puppet stooges,
captured 26 people, whom they claimed to be members of
the Iraqi government, Iraqi puppet police Colonel
Sarhad Qader reported.
Wednesday, 14 January 2004.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in front of a
puppet police station in Baaqoubah, 60km north of
Baghdad. Puppet police said three people, including
the driver, were killed. A later report in the
Jordanian daily al-Arab al-Yawm for Thursday said that
the car, a green Toyota, was detonated by remote
The US military occupation put the death toll at five.
About 50 people were injured. All the victims were
Iraqis. Puppet police Colonel Salam 'Umar, who is
chief of the local police directorate, said the
explosives-laden car tried to enter the walled
compound of a one-story puppet police station at about
8:20 a.m., and exploded when guards opened fire on it.
The blast martyred the bomber and killed two
bystanders, besides damaging the wall and shattering
windows at the station and shops across the street, he
said. A doctor in Baaqubah General Hospital said that
at least 15 of 31injured were puppet police.
Witnesses said that a number of vehicles and police
cars were destroyed in the blast and that the façade
of the police station was destroyed. A spokesman for
the Iraqi puppet police said that the puppet police
guards had failed to prevent the car penetrating into
a secure area, allowing the driver to reach the
entrance to the police directorate.
Salam 'Umar said that the car used in the bomb attack
was registered in Baghdad and was owned by a woman who
lives in al-Karradah district in the Iraqi capital.
He did not say whether the car had been reported
US occupation forces showed up at the scene of the
attack after the blast and cordoned off the area.
Three truck drivers were killed when Iraqi Resistance
fighters attacked their trucks on the road between
Tikrit and Samarra', as they were bringing goods and
supplies to the American occupation forces. Iraqi
puppet police sources said that the dead drivers were
two Pakistani citizens and one Turk. The bodies of
the dead aliens were taken to Tikrit General Hospital,
according to Lieutenant Colonel Makki Muhammad Mustafa
of the Samarra' puppet police. Mustafa said "the
three trucks were bringing supplies to the American
forces concentrated in the environs of the city."
American occupation forces were injured in the attack
on a convoy that was bringing in military materiel.
In ar-Ramadi, west of Baghdad, US occupation troops
captured Khamis Sirhan al-Muhammad, a former regional
Baath Party chairman and militia commander who was No.
54 on the list of 55 most-wanted figures on the
American imperialist hit list, the military occupation
said Wednesday. Al-Muhammad was arrested Sunday,
Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt said. He called
Al-Muhammad "an enabler" for many attacks against the
aggressors, but refused to discuss details of the
arrest. The US occupation's search for Khamis Sirhan
al-Muhammad had supposedly been the reason for a
controversial search and arrest of a 17-year old bride
in al-Fallujah on Monday, though now the Americans
claim that al-Muhammad was already in their hands by
US invader forces carried out a pre-dawn raid against
family members of the Vice-Chairman of the Iraqi
Revolution Command Council 'Abd al-'Aziz ad-Duri,
reportedly capturing four of the Vice-Chairman's
nephews. Forty aggressor soldiers from the 720th
Military Police Battalion based in Fort Hood, Texas,
USA, raided two houses in a dimly lit neighborhood of
Samarra' after a tip. In one house, they claimed that
they captured one of the targeted nephews and his two
brothers. The second nephew was seized at a nearby
home, they said. The two "main targets" are believed
to be in close touch with their uncle the Vice
President and finding safe houses for him, US
occupation Lieutenant Colonel David J. Poirier said.
"They have information they can provide to us . . .
that would be extremely important," he said. All four
were taken to a concentration camp in Tikrit at the
4th Infantry Division based inside an occupied Iraqi
state palace. The Vice-Chairman's wife and daughter
were arrested by invader troops on 26 November 2003
and remain imprisoned.
A joint force of American occupation forces and
collaborationist Iraqi puppet police arrested six
persons, including one woman, who were reportedly
preparing an explosive device in Mosul. The
occupation forces said the six Resistance fighters
were arrested in the al-Ghabat district when some of
them were planting the bomb while others kept lookout
on the main road frequented by US occupation forces
but also used by the Iraqi public.
US occupation forces arrested seven members of their
own Iraqi puppet police in the city of Kirkuk on the
suspicion that they were carrying information to the
Iraqi Resistance, helping the Resistance to carry out
operations against the occupation and its stooges in
the local puppet police. All those puppet policemen
arrested are of Arab nationality. They were taken to
the local airport where the US occupation forces have
their headquarters and will be interrogated there,
according to Major General Turhan Yusuf of the local
Muhammad TaHa al-Husayni, a spokesman for the Shiite
religious leader AyatAllah 'Ali as-Sistani told a
group of students in al-Kufah that his leader
as-Sistani wants the resistance in Iraq to be only of
a non-violent type. "As-Sayyid as-Sistani believes
that the resistance should be peaceful," he told the
group of engineering students at the local college.
He said that as-Sistani opposes armed resistance to
the occupation because, as he claimed, that would
"harm the interests of the people."
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Thursday, 15 January 2004.