For Albasrah net
Iraqi Resistance Report for Thursday 13 November 2003 through Wednesday, 19 November 2003.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr,
member, editorial board of the Free Arab Voice.
Material drawn from the document Hasad al-Muqawamah
al-'Iraqiyah [Harvest of the Iraqi Resistance] which
is issued by the Resistance forces themselves is IN
ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. The remaining material was taken
from publishednewspapers and websites.
THE IRAQI CITES OF BAGHDAD, TIKRIT, BAAQUBAH, AD-DUR,
AL-FALLUJAH, MOSUL, SAMARRA', AND KIRKUK, AS DISTINCT
FROM OTHER EUPHRATES CITIES FOR FOUR DAYS AND UNTIL
TODAY HAVE WITNESSED A REAL WAR IN WHICH ALL FORMS OF
DESTRUCTIVE AND GENOCIDAL WEAPONRY HAVE BEEN USED,
BEGINNING WITH HEAVY MORTARS, TANKS, KATYUSHA ROCKETS,
SATELLITE-GUIDED SURFACE TO SURFACE MISSILES, F-16 AND
F-18 AIRPLANES, APACHE HELICOPTERS, ETC.
AMMUNITION WHICH IS BANNED UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW HAS
BEEN EXTENSIVELY USED, INCLUDING CLUSTER AND
FRAGMENTATION BOMBS (10km), VACUUM BOMBS, PROJECTILES
STUFFED WITH DEPLEATED URANIUM, ETC.
WHILE THE AMERIAN OCCUPATION FORCES, SINCE LAST NIGHT
HAVE BOMBARDED NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE IRAQI CAPITAL
BAGHDAD, AND DESTROYED HOUSES OVER THE HEADS OF THEIR
RESIDENTS, THE REST OF IRAQ'S CITIES, IN PARTICULAR
TIKRIT, BAAQUBAH, AD-DUR, KIKUK, MOSUL, HAVE FOR SIX
DAYS BEEN LIVING THROUGH CONCENTRATED BOMBING FROM
AIRCRAFT, GUIDED MISSILE AND HELICOPTER GUNSHIP
ATTACKS, TARGETING RESIDENTIAL AREAS IN THESE CITIES.
UNTIL NOW MORE THAN 2,000 CHILDREN, ELDERLY PERSONS,
AND WOMEN HAVE FALLEN AS VICTIMS UNDER THESE ATTACKS.
THIS AMERICAN NAZI METHODOLOGY THAT TARGETS UNARMED
RESIDENTS FOLLOWS ITS FAILURE IN COMBATING THE
ESCALATING OPERATIONS OF THE MUJAHIDEEN. THE NEW
METHODOLOGY WENT INTO EFFECT AFTER THE ARRIVAL OF
ABOUT 1,000 ZIONIST OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS WHO WERE
DEPLOYED IN VARIOUS AREAS OF BAGHDAD, TIKRIT, AD-DUR,
AL-FALLUJAH, SAMARRA', BAAQUBAH, MOSUL, AND ALONG THE
SYRIAN BORDER. THEY ARE SUPPORTED BY MORE THAN 500
TURKISH TROOPS. SOURCES SAY THAT THIS METHODOLOGY –
THE DESTRUCTION OF HOUSES OVER THE HEADS OF THEIR
RESIDENTS, AND THE COLLECTIVE PUNISHMENT, THAT IS
CURRENTLY BEING PRACTICED IN AIR AND ROCKET
BOMBARDMENT ON NEIGHBORHOODS AND CITIES, IS A METHOD
SIMILAR TO THAT USED BY THE ZIONIST FORCES IN OCCUPIED
PALESTINE. THIS IS CONFIRMATION THAT ZIONIST OFFICERS
ARE CURRENTLY SUPERVISING THESE FASCIST OPERATIONS
THAT ARE BEING CARRIED OUT IN IRAQI CITIES THAT HAVE
RESISTED THE ENTRY OF AMERICAN AGGRESSOR FORCES.
EVENTS HAVE ALSO CONFIRMED THE FIRM RESILIANCE OF THE
RESISTANCE, THE EXTENT OF ITS ACTIVITY, AND THE
QUALITATIVE LEVEL OF ITS OPERATIONS, OF WHICH THE
REUTERS NEWS AGENCY SAID THAT "THEY CARRY OUT AT LEAST
30 ATTACKS DAILY AGAINST THE AMERICAN, BRITISH,
ZIONIST, AND SPANISH OCCUPATION TROOPS AND THEIR
HANGERS ON." THE MUJAHIDEEN OF THE RESISTANCE HAVE
BEEN ABLE TO DOWN THREE HELICOPTERS DURING A FOUR-DAY
PERIOD DURING THIS WEEK. THE NEWS MEDIA AFFIRM THAT
THE BLACKOUT ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE RESISTANCE,
DESPITE ITS INTENSITY AND HARSHNESS, HAS NOT BEEN ABLE
ENTIRELY TO OBSCURE THE NEWS, SUCH AS THAT OF THESE
QUALITATIVE OPERATIONS THAT HAVE LED THE OCCUPATION
FORCES INTO A DARK TUNNEL.
THE HEROIC RESISTANCE, AS WE SAID IN OUR PREVIOUS
REVIEW OF RESISTANCE ACTIVITY, IS ENTERING A NEW
QUALITATIVE STAGE IN THE PEOPLE'S WAR AGAINST THE
OCCUPATION. IT IS TAKING ITS FIRST STEPS TO CLOSE THE
CITIES IN THE FACE OF THE AGGRESSOR OCCUPIERS AND
THEIR LACKEYS. THE FACT THAT THE OCCUPATION FORCES
HAVE RESORTED TO THE METHODS OF BOMBING CITIES IN THIS
WAY IS ONLY PROOF OF THE EFFECTIVE POWER OF THE
RESISTANCE AND THE SUCCESS, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, OF
ITS DIVINELY SUPPORTED LINE.
BELOW WE PRESENT SUCH NEWS AS WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO
OBTAIN OF THE RESISTANCE GARNERED FROM COMMUNIQUES OF
THE RESISTANCE AND LIBERATION COMMAND DURING THE
PERIOD FROM 13 TO 19 NOVEMBER 2003.
Wednesday, 19 November 2003.
Resistance forces fired on a US occupation supply
convoy north of Samarra' on Wednesday, witnesses said.
American troops returning fire killed two Iraqis,
including a teenager, the witnesses said. Although
the US occupation forces would not confirm these
reports, AP reported that the sounds of gunfire could
be heard during a telephone conversation with
A roadside bomb went off in the southern city of Basra
as a British civilian convoy was passing by, damaging
a vehicle, British spokesman Major Hisham Halawi said.
AN ATTACK ON A BRITISH PATROL IN BASRA WAS CLAIMED BY
A FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF AL-HUSAYN. THE ASSAULT
LEFT THREE BRITISH OCCUPATION SOLDIERS WOUNDED, ONE OF
THEM SERIOUSLY, AND ONE LANDROVER DESTROYED. AFTER
THE OPERATION HELICOPTERS WERE SEEN HOVERING OVER THE
AREA SEARCHING FOR THE FIGHTERS WHO CARRIED OUT THE
A FORMATION OF THE ARMY OF JERUSALEM WAS ABLE TO DRAW
AN AMERICAN PATROL INTO AN AMBUSH WITH MINES IN THE
AREA OF AD-DUR. THE ATTACK THAT FOLLOWED THE
DETONATION OF THE EXPLOSIVES UNDER THE WHEELS OF THE
PATROL VEHICLES KILLED FOUR OCCUPATION TROOPS AND
WOUNDE THREE OTHERS IN ADDITION TO DESTROYING A
HUMVEE, AN ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER, AND A MILITARY
ON THE MAIN PUBLIC ROAD IN MOSUL A FORMATION OF THE
BRIGADES OF THE BAATH ATTACKED AN AMERICAN MILITARY
PATROL KILLING THREE AND WOUNDING TWO, IN ADDITION TO
DESTROYING A HUMVEE AND AN ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRRIER.
Iraqi Resistance fighters assassinated a local puppet
official in the southern town of Diwaniyah, puppet
authorities said Wednesday. Hammud Kadhim, the
so-called Education Ministry's director general in
Diwaniyah province, was gunned down Tuesday, a puppet
ministry spokesman in the capital said. The Iraqi
Resistance has warned they will assassinate Iraqis
collaborating with occupation authorities.
American occupation officials confirmed that they had
destroyed the house of 'Izzat Ibrahim, Vice President
of the Iraqi Revolutionay Council whom they accuse of
being behind some of the attacks on the US occupation
troops. It was unclear if Ibrahim or anyone else was
in his house, located near Tikrit when it was
destroyed by satellite-guided missiles.
Eyewitnesses reported that at least six persons were
arrested by the American occupation troops in the
Kurdish area around al-Fallujah. The arrests took
place in the course of house-to-house raids and
searches that US troops began to carry out early on
Wednesday. Salah Hasan Farhan said "the American
forces, who were accompanied by helicpters hovering
overhead, raided the house of a member of the Baath
Party leadership Mu'ayyad Anwar Muhammad Mashuh
al-Jumayli, only they didn't find him so they arrested
his father, Anwar Muhammad Mashuh al-Jumayli (80 years
old) who is one of the active al-Jumayli tribal
shaykhs, as well as his brohter Ma'an who is director
of the al-Karmah Middle School, and his son 'Abd
al-Qader. The American forces then arrested my
father, Hasan Farhan Saleh al-Jumayli, who is 70, and
my brother Falah, 35, who work as farmers. Thye also
arrested Ibrahim Sarhid al-Jumayli, 60, together with
two of his sons, and all of them are farmers." He
said that the Americans also arrested other persons,
all of them of the Jumayla tribe.
The Australian Ministry of Defence disclosed on
Wednesday that the reason that Australian forces left
the Qirtajah Hotel two weeks ago until further notice,
was that they had received a threat that the hotel in
which Australian forces were living would be blown up.
According to the News Interactive network, officials
of the Australian Defence Ministry said "we acted
immediately, taking our soldiers and the employees out
to more secure places, in our desire to be far from
the headquarters of aid agencies and western media
outlets which are the most targeted."
The spokesman for the Australian Foreign Ministry,
Kevin Rod, had written that the Prime Minister, John
Howard is urging a review of the security of the
Australians in Iraq after they were place on the list
of those wanted by the Iraqi Resistance.
The Associated Press reported on Wednesday that the
Arabic-language newspaper al-Hayat published parts of
a statement signed by the Arab Baath Socialist Party
declaring that armed resistance would continue despite
plans by the US-led coalition and chief administrator
L. Paul Bremer to accelerate the transfer of power to
compliant Iraqis chosen by the Americans.
Selections from the statement appeared Wednesday in
the Web edition of the London-based newspaper
Al-Hayat, said the new US imperialist timetable for
handing over sovereignty "will not influence the
nature of the confrontation and its course set forth
by the Iraqi resistance." "Those who occupy Iraq, be
it through multinational forces under whatever
arrangements, will be treated as occupiers that should
be legal targets for resistance," the statement said.
Al-Hayat said it received the Baath Party statement by
e-mail, and that the statement said that the
resistance is being mounted by former members of the
Republican Guard, Special Republican Guard, Saddam's
Fedayeen militia and "noble Arab volunteers," the
statement said. It added that "The political and
strategic program of the Iraqi resistance, led by the
Arab Baath Socialist Party, has defined its aim ... to
liberate Iraq and dismiss the occupying forces."
Both the Associated Press and al-Hayat, a newspaper
known for its links to the Saudi regime, reported on
this Baath Party statement as if it were one of the
latest developments over night. In fact the full
text, rather than excerpts, of the 17 November
statement from the Baath Party already appeared in the
Arabic language newspaper al-Moharer two days before
al-Hayat published it as a new news item, i.e., on 17
November (where Arabic readers can find it at:
a copy of which was forwarded to the Arab Nationalist
List (group) on that same day, where it appeared as
messge No. 15469.
It is doubtless significant that the western sources
felt the need to delay publication and then severely
cut the text of this document issued by an important
voice of the Iraqi Resistance.
Meanwhile, in Iraq, the US occupation Air Force in
Iraq used some of the largest weapons in its inventory
to attack targets in the central part of the country
in an escalating offensive against suspected
strongholds of the Resistance, the US military said
A pair of 2,000-pound satellite-guided bombs were
dropped late Tuesday near Baaqubah, northeast of
Baghdad, on "camps suspected to have been used for
bomb-making," said Major Gordon Tate, a spokesman for
the 4th Infantry Division. Near the northern city of
Kirkuk, fighter-bombers dropped 1,000-pound bombs on
what Tate called "terrorist targets," but he offered
no further details. It was unclear whether the
airstrikes caused any casualties, Tate said.
According to the occupation military, the bombings are
part of Operation Iron Hammer, the new aggressive
tactic described as initiating preemptive attacks
against the Resistance before they strike.
In recent days, US occupation forces have used heavy
artillery, battle tanks, attack helicopters, F-16
fighter-bombers and AC-130 gunships to pound targets
throughout central Iraq, including Tikrit, Baaqubah
and al-Fallujah. The show of force came in response to
the rising tide of Resistance activity and a
significant increase in the number of casualties among
the occupation forces since Nov. 1.
According to an Associated Press report, however,
Iraqi residents expressed bewilderment at the
offensive and the choice of targets in territory fully
controlled by occupation forces, and said there was no
sign of any Resistance activity in the area before the
"They (the Americans) called on us from the tanks to
stay at home because they were going to hit targets
and they also said: 'If you want to watch our show you
can go to the rooftops,'" Hamziyah 'Ali, a housewife
living near the plant, said Wednesday.
"But me and my children spent the night shaking. We do
not want to be their targets. Yesterday, they hit the
factory and open fields which have not been used by
any resistance members."
Still, a top US occupation commander insisted that
what he called "coalition forces" would use
"overwhelming combat power when it's necessary."
"We are going to take the fight to the enemy using
everything in our arsenal necessary to win this
fight," Major General Charles H. Swannack Jr. said
Tuesday, according to the AP.
In Tikrit, home town of Iraqi President Saddam
Hussein, huge explosions were heard from the edge of
town late Tuesday as troops from the 4th Infantry
Division fired mortars on areas allegedly used by the
Resistance to launch mortar and rocket attacks against
Fifty-five targets were struck overnight with mortar
and artillery fire, and by infantry raids supported by
Bradley armored vehicles, an American military
spokesman said Wednesday. Targets included an
abandoned bunker that was part of former Iraqi
military defenses south of the town and a farming area
to the north.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Thursday, 20 November 2003.
Tuesday, 18 November 2003.
The Iraqi Resistance fought fierce battles on Tuesday
with American occupation forces in the very center of
Baghdad and in the outlying areas. The Resistance
fired missiles at the aggressor forces while the
Americans used warplanes, helicopters, tanks, and
heavy field artillery against positions it believed
were being used by the Resistance.
Eyewitnesses reported that a series of explosions
shook the Iraqi capital which then turned into an
intense exchange of artillery and rocket fire. News
reports stated that some elements of the Iraqi
Resistance coming from outlying areas of the city
attempted to break through into the "Green Zone," that
is, the grounds of the Republican Palace where the US
occupation forces have their headquarters. Open
battles erupted between occupation forces and the
Resistance detachments, in which the Americans
resorted to the use of airplanes and heavy artillery.
The battles left Baghdad shrouded in total darkness
and cold as the electric power in the capital had been
knocked out three days before. The battles were still
raging at midnight, Wednesday morning.
The occupation forces maintained that the explosions
were all attributable to the continuation of their
so-called Iron Hammer operation being carried out by
the 1st Armored Division, but they gave no details.
SADDAM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, THE MAIN CENTER OF
CONCENTRATION OF THE OCCUPATION FORCES WAS SUBJECTED
TO AN INTENSE ARTILLERY AND ROCKET BARRAGE FOR MORE
THAN HALF AN HOUR, THE SOUND OF THE LARGE EXPLOSIONS
FROM WHICH COULD BE HEARD LONG DISTANCES FROM THE
AIRPORT. TONGUES OF FLAME AND SMOKE COULD BE SEEN
RISING FROM SEVERAL LOCATIONS WITHIN THE AIRPORT, AS
HELICOPTERS CIRCLED OVERHEAD IN A VAIN ATTEMPT TO
PINPOINT THE SOURCE OF THE GUNFIRE.
A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH PLANTED AN
EXPLOSIVE DEVICE IN THE PATH OF AN AMERICAN MILITARY
PATROL IN THE AD-DURAH REGION. THE REMOTE CONTROLLED
BLASTS LEFT ONE AMERICAN SOLDIER DEAD AND DESTROYED A
An American military communiqué stated that one
American soldier was killed when an explosion struck
his military convoy as it proceeded through the region
A FORMATION OF THE ARMY OF JERUSALEM LAUNCHED AN
ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN MILITARY COLUMN IN THE DISTRICT
OF BALAD LEAVING THREE OCCUPATION SOLDIERS DEAD, FOUR
OTHERS WOUNDED, AND DESTROYING A TANK, AN ARMORED
PERSONNEL CARRIER AND A TRUCK.
A FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF AL-HUSAYN TOOK
RESPONSIBILITY FOR AN ATTACK ON A BRITISH MILITARY
PATROL THAT LEFT TWO BRITISH SOLDIERS WOUNDED, ONE OF
THEM SERIOUSLY, AND DESTROYED A LANDROVER.
Another communiqué from the occupation forces stated
that another American had died of "non-hostile"gunshot
wounds he received in Baghdad.
In Mosul, two occupation soldiers on a foot patrol
were wounded when a bomb exploded near them on Tuesday
in the early morning, the military said.
A source in the Iraqi puppet police announced that two
puppet policemen and a translator working for the
American occupation forces were wounded in two
separate attacks on Tuesday evening in Mosul.
A source said that unknown persons driving a car
opened fire on the Sumer police station but escaped
when the station's guards opened return fire. Then a
second car passed by at high speed and one of the
passengers lobbed a hand grenade at the police station
wounding two policemen who were standing guard
American forces showed up after the attack, set up a
road block near the police station and started to
search all passing cars.
Dr. Muhammad Shaker 'AbdAllah, who supervises the
treatment of the two puppet policemen at ar-Razi
General Hospital, said "the two policemen had gunshot
wounds and wounds from shrapnel from a bomb. Their
injuries are serious. They underwent operations to
remove the shrapnel."
Another source in the puppet police said that a
translator who works with the American occupation
forces was shot three times by unknown assailants when
he stepped out of one of the Mosul hotels which is
used by the Americans as their headquarters.
Jasem Qasem Muhammad, who works as a hotel guard, said
"at about sunset, unknown persons fired three shots at
him and then fled." He added that the American forces
took the wounded translator to the hospital.
Puppet police on Wednesday said that two puppet
policemen were wounded the day before when assailants
tossed a grenade at a police station in the northern
city of Mosul.
US aggressor aircraft and tanks blasted trees and
abandoned buildings along a road north of Baghdad to
deny Resistance fighters cover for rocket attacks.
American fighter jets pounded suspected positions of
the Iraqi Resistance on Tuesday in the largest
reported bombardment of guerrillas in central Iraq
since President Bush proclaimed the "end of major
combat" on the 1st of May, the US military said. The
US occupation military have reacted brutally to the
rising tide of Resistance activity particularly in
central and northern Iraq.
Tuesday night, US occupation forces again targeted an
abandoned dye factory in southern Baghdad that was hit
twice last week by artillery and airstrikes. Aerial
attacks also were reported on orchards and empty
farmland surrounding the military base on Baghdad's
Occupation forces poured a hail of fire for more than
an hour on an area near Tikrit in a display of force,
according to an American military spokesman. Members
of the 4th Division fired a mortar barrage for over an
hour lighting up the night skies of Tikrit.
Near Baaqubah, northeast of Baghdad, US aggressor jets
and Apache helicopter gunships blasted "abandoned"
buildings, walls and trees along a road where attacks
have been so common that troops nicknamed it "RPG
Alley" after the rocket-propelled grenades used by
Resistance fighters. Fighter-bombers dropped two 500
pound bombs and battle tanks fired their 120mm guns at
suspected ambush sites.
In Kirkuk the puppet police reported that attackers
fired missiles at the city, probably aiming for the
airport that is used by the American occupation
troops. The puppet police, however, said that the
attacks caused only light damage.
An officer in the police by the name of Iyad Fu'ad
siad that two rockets landed in an open area near the
airport but caused no damage or casualties. He said
that a third rocket fell on a small agricultural plot
shattering window glass.
The Japanese chargé d’affaires, Tsukasa Omura
announced that unknown persons had opened fire near
the Japanese embassy in Baghdad at midnight. No
casualties or damage was caused by the attack. The
embassy guards returned fire. Omura said "we do not
know if any of the attackers were wounded because the
incident occurred in the darkness and they were able
to get away. We also don't know if they were
targeting the embassy or if they were thieves aiming
at the stores in the neighborhood."
Al-Arab Al-Yawm's correspondent Ahmad Sabri reports
from Baghdad that sources close to the so-called
Interim Governing Council of Iraq have told al-Arab
al-Yawm in Baghdad that the new US strategy in Iraq
which Paul Bremer brought back to the Council members
from Washington has not yet been revealed in its
The reliable sources say that there are clauses in the
agreement that are to remain secret until an
appropriate time comes for their publication.
The sources revealed that the most important of these
secret clauses in the document – which the Council
announced after meeting Bremer at the beginning of
this week – provide for the establishment of at least
six military bases in different parts of Iraq in which
American forces will be concentrated on a permanent
basis in order to guarantee a continued American and
British presence in accordance with the strategy that
brought their fleets to these hot waters in the first
The sources say that a number of strategic positions
have been chosen with precision in various parts of
Iraq to be the locations of American and British bases
during the second phase of the Anglo-American
occupation of Iraq.
The sources revealed the names of these bases and the
planned positions for permanent deployment. They are:
Al-Habbaniyah airbase near the city of al-Fallujah,
65km west of Baghdad,
Ash-Sha'biyah airbase in Basra, 600km south of
'Ali ibn Abi Taleb airbase on the outskirts of the
city of an-Nasiriyah, 400km south of Baghdad,
al-Walid airbase about 330km north west of Baghdad,
al-Ghazlani Camp in the city of Mosul, 400km north of
A permanent deployment of forces in the east of Iraq
in what is known as the Hamrin mountain range that
extends from Diyala Pronvice, 60km east of Baghdad,
and borders on Iran and extends to the oil-rich city
of Kirkuk, 260km north of Baghdad.
The sources explained the choice of these locations
for permanent Anglo-American deployment by saying that
they cover most of the territory of Iraq, and are
linked to the Iraqi borders in all four directions,
giving them strategic importance in defining the
future course of the "new" Iraq. The choice of these
locations is also linked to the aim of deterring
neighbors of Iraq who might attempt to threaten Iraqi
territory in the future.
Observers say that the choice of these positions
discloses the American perspective regarding the
future of the country. This perspective is that they
must, through their presence in Iraq, control the keys
to movement in virtually all directions while
maintaining a high level of flexibility of action
throughout the Arab region as a whole. This
geographical deployment will, without doubt, secure
those objectives of the occupation forces. In
addition, the plan provides for reliance on air bases
of the utmost importance in Iraq – a new focal point
for American strategy in the "Middle East" region.
Although the American administration is still afraid
openly to announce these planned measures that provide
for a permanent military deployment in Iraq, leaks in
the press indicate that a number of intelligence
organizations traveled through Iraqi territory and did
field surveys in great detail noting the strong and
weak points of dozens of military positions and
airbases scattered throughout the country.
According to these leaks, American military and
intelligence specialists settled their sights on the
six locations and bases mentioned above.
In order for these deployments to be permanent and not
subject to any possible political upheavals in Iraq,
(acccording to the secret provisions in the agreement
between Bremer and the Interim Governing Council) the
expanded Governing Council and the government based on
that council will at the middle of next year call on
the United States and Britain to keep a portion of
their forces in Iraq to preserve what has come to be
known as security and stability in Iraq.
According to corresponding sources, the subject of
American and British forces remaining permanently in
Iraq has aroused two opposing responses from within
the current so-called Governing Council. The first
rejects the idea of an American withdrawal on the
grounds that the security and political situation are
not suitable for a withdrawal at the present time.
Ahmad Chelebi, the President of the Iraqi National
Congress, is the chief proponent of this position.
Others on the council demand that the American forces
accelerate their departure from Iraq and hand control
of the country's security over to Iraqi individuals,
now that the Americans and British have successfully
completed their basic task. Muhsin 'Abd al-Hamid, the
General Secretary of the Iraqi Islamic Group, 'Adnan
al-Bajah Ji, President of the Group of Independent
Democrats, and Jalal at-Talibani, leader of the
Kurdistani National Union are in favor of this
Some Iraqi sources expect that the Interim Iraqi
Government, which is expected to be declared next
June, will request, immediately after taking office,
some as yet undetermined countries to send military
forces to Iraq to take over tasks being done by the
American forces now.
Some Iraqi officials and also some American quarters
believe that the request will be presented to a number
of Arab and Islamic countries, other than the
countries that neighbor Iraq (due to the intense
opposition that the Kurdish parties in the Council
would evince to any such invitation going to Turkey,
while the Sunni Islamic circles are expected to oppose
the entry of any Iranian forces into Iraq, out of fear
that they would strengthen the activities of the
Shiites who are pushing to take over some mosques and
Sunni religious institutions in the country,
marginalizing the highly skilled and experienced
Al-Arab al-Yawm, daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan,
Wednesday, 19 November 2003.
Monday, 17 November 2003.
The American occupation forces appear to have lost
their sense of balance as they embarked on massive
barbaric attacks on the civilian residents of Baghdad
and Tikrit over the night from Sunday to Monday. A
massive show of occupation force took place as US
aggressor troops raided and searched residential
quarters, reducing block after block to a campaign of
ransacking and destruction of homes. Women and
children were terrified by the occupation forces who
opened fire for no reason at all. Helicopter gunships
thundered in low over houses and the heads of thei
residents. The whole massive operation was aimed at
sowing terror, panic, and fear among the Iraqis who
appear to support the fierce Resistance that is being
mounted against the occupation.
The US aggressor forces stated that they had arrested
a man whom they called a "commander" and two fighters
in the Resistance, in addition to 50 other persons in
raids west and north of the Iraqi capital. The
occupation statement maintained that Kazem Muhammad
Fares, who is also known as Abu Kahf, a former officer
in the Iraqi special forces and a leader in Saddam's
Occupation forces used helicopter gunships in an
attack on Monday on an area of farm houses in the
al-Bu'ajayl region east of Tikrit. The US helicopters
fired twenty rockets at the area of the farmhouses on
the grounds that the rockets which are fired at the
American base in the area were being launched from
In Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit, US aggressor
forces on Monday killed six alleged Resistance
fighters in the course of their wave of attacks under
the claim that they are searching for a former deputy
of the Iraqi President believed to be orchestrating
the attacks. They continued attacking suspected
Resistance positions late Monday with mortar and tank
fire, US occupation military officials said. Sporadic
explosions could be heard reverberating across Tikrit
overnight Monday-Tuesday but there were no immediate
reports of casualties.
On Monday, the US occupation forces reported that six
Resistance fighters were killed in gunbattles and 99
suspects were reportedly detained in a series of
Commentators in Baghdad have observed that the latest
behavior of the occupation troops has only increased
popular resentment among the civilians against the
Americans. The brutal and chaotic US raids have today
heightened popular backing and support for the men of
In the face of this offensive on the civilian
population by the US aggressor troops, the Iraqi
Resistance has continued to reign painful blows on the
occupation troops. On Monday the US Army acknowledged
that two soldiers had been killed and two others
wounded in two separate attacks near the town of
Balad, 100km north of Baghdad.
A FORMATION OF SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN ANNOUNCED ITS
RESPONSIBILITY FOR AN ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN MILITARY
PATROL ON THE OUTSKIRTS OF THE VILLAGE OF BALAD. THE
ATTACK LEFT TWO AMERICAN SOLDIERS DEAD AND WOUNDED ONE
OTHER, IN ADDITION TO DESTROYING A HUMVEE.
The two soldiers were killed when Resistance fighters
opened fire with machine guns and rocket-propelled
grenades (RPGs) on an American military convoy.
In the other attack reported by the US occupation
forces, one American soldier was killed when an
explosive device planted in a road blew up, just a few
kilometers from the scene of the other attack.
US forces reported that near the city of Mosul four
attacks took place during Sunday-Monday night,
wounding an occupation soldier in one of the
MOSUL HOTEL, CURRENTLY DESIGNATED AS THE HEADQUARTERS
OF THE AMERICAN FORCES COMMAND, WAS SUBJECTED TO
ROCKET AND ARTILLERY BARRAGE BY A FORMATION OF THE
ARMY OF JERUSALEM. THE ATTAK DESTROYED A TANK THAT
HAD BEEN IN FRONT OF THE HOTEL, KILLED AN OFFICER AND
WOUNDED FIVE SOLDIERS. A PART OF THE HOTEL'S FACADE
WAS ALSO DESTROYED.
A spokesman for the American occupation army,
Brigadier General Mark Kemet, said in a Baghdad press
conference that he had new proof to show that the
Iraqi Vice President 'Izzat Ibrahim ad-Duri was
personally involved in a number of the attacks that
have killed American soldiers.
Meanwhile the Iraqi Resistance succeeded in preventing
the occupation forces from exporting Iraqi oil to
their benefit. An oil pipeline was blown up in
northern Iraq cutting the flow of oil to Turkey. The
oil and gas pipe exploded some 225km north of Baghdad
near the Bayji refinery Sunday night. The blast was
caused by a bomb and the fire was reportedly still
blazing hours after the attack.
IN LINE WITH DENYING THE AMERICAN AGGRESSOR FORCES THE
ABILITY TO EXPLOIT THE OIL RESOURCES OF IRAQ, A
FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF AL-FARUQ BLEW UP AN OIL
PIPELINE RUNNING BETWEEEN THE BAYJI REFINERY AND
KIRKUK. THE OPERATION DESTROYED IMPORTANT PARTS AND
JOINTS IN THE PIPELINE, IN WHICH FIRE CONTINUED TO
Rockets slammed into a building complex that houses
the Iraqi Central Bank and a number of other banks and
financial institutions on Sunday evening in central
Baghdad. On Monday, employees were kept out of the
banks until a missile inside could be disarmed.
Iraqi eyewitnesses reported that an American
helicopter was downed in the area of al-Busayf south
of Mosul in an area overlooking Mosul airport, the
Mosul headquarters of the American occupation forces.
Al-Arabiyah satellite TV station reported that no
news had been received concerning casualties in the
IN THE AL-BUSAYFIYAH DISTRICT IN MOSUL A FORMATION OF
SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN SHOT DOWN A BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER,
THE THIRD THIS WEEK. THE OPERATION DESTROYED THE
AIRCRAFT AND KILLED ITS CREW, CONSISTING OF TWO PILOTS
IN ADDITION TO FOUR SOLDIERS AND AN OFFICER. THE
OCCUPATION COMMAND ACKNOWLEDGED THIS AND EXPRESSED
THEIR REACTION BY BOMBING AND ROCKETING THE CITIES OF
TIKRIT AND AL-FALLUJAH.
Nearly every night explosions can be heard in the
Iraqi capital directed at the General Headquarters of
the American occupation command and police stations.
Iraqi puppet police asserted on Monday that they had
discovered a ton of explosives in wooden boxes placed
near an oil pipeline that passes near one of the
biggest concentrations of oil fields in Kirkuk and
Jambur in the north of the country.
Police Captain Dardar 'Abd Allah said that local
residents of Shamsiyah alerted the police to the
presence of strange boxes, each about two cubic meters
in size. He said "at the scene we also discovered a
vehicle in which was a Katyusha rocket launcher and
five rockets ready to fire."
The occupation forces' problems were not limited to
fighting the Resistance however. Iraqi puppet police,
men appointed by the US occupation regime, continued
their protests and demonstrations as well as their
complaining over the fact that their salaries had not
been paid, and that they were derisory. Hundreds of
puppet policemen blocked a main thoroughfare in
Baghdad in front of the so-called Interim Governing
Council office in protest over the deterioration of
their standard of living.
In other matters, occupation authorities have
frequently pointed to the gradual restoration of power
supplies in the aftermath of the war as a benchmark of
their paltry "success" in "rebuilding Iraq."
But those efforts suffered a major setback when the
grid supplying the capital from powerplants in the
north collapsed on Saturday.
As a result, much of Baghdad has been left with only
brief, 10-15 minute periods of electricity during the
last three days.
The occupation and its puppet administrators have
offered conflicting explanations for the power outage
– both of them eager to exclude the possibility that
the Resistance was responsible.
US occupation administrators said the outages were a
result of maintenance work on the national grid. But
Iraqi puppet government officials said they were
caused by the collapse of steel pylons carrying
high-tension lines after heavy rains and high winds in
the north of the country.
For the Iraqis, however, it is another sign of the
inability of the occupation to provide even a
semblance of normal life in what was once one of the
Third World's most advanced countries. As aggressor
troops spread death, destruction, and mass arrests in
the country, obviously their priorities lie elsewhere
than with the welfare of the Iraqi people. "We cannot
cook, there is no water, and it is very cold without
heating at night," said Leyla Najim, a librarian
working in central Baghdad. "The children cannot do
their homework in the dark," an AP dispatch quoted her
In an important political development, the Iranian
reformist president Muhammad Khatemi has extended
recognition of the so-called Interim Governing
Council, the puppet authority installed by the US
occupation forces in Baghdad. Khatemi described the
Council as "able, together with the Iraqi people, to
guide the affairs of Iraq and to take the measures
that will lead it to independence."
This statement appeared in an official announcement
broadcast by the Iranian Student News Agency after
Khatemi met in Tehran with the current president of
the Iraqi puppet council, Kurdish leader Jalal
at-Talibani and his accompanying delegation that
included 11 members of the council and seven so-called
ministers in the puppet administration, including the
"foreign minister," Hushiyar Zibari.
In a blow to Iraq's US-led occupation administration,
officials on Monday announced the resignation of an
Italian coalition official, who accused the occupation
authorities of incompetence. "The provisional
authority simply doesn't work," the Italian daily
Corriere della Sera quoted Marco Calamai, a special
counselor of the Coalition Provisional Authority, as
saying. "It's neither fish nor fowl. Reconstruction
projects that were promised and financed have had
practically no results," an AP dispatch quoted him as
In Washington, President Bush said Monday the United
States will not pull out of Iraq when a provisional
government is established by July 1.
In Korea the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)
reported an article run in the Sunday edition of the
official Party newspaper Rodong Sinmun under the title
"US should stop forcing south Korea to dispatch troops
[to Iraq]." Popular resentment against the south
Korean government's decision to send 3,000 troops to
aid the US in Iraq is growing. The north Korean
paper, tapping this resentment, pointed out that US
pressure had succeeded in getting the south Korean
authorities to upgrade their troop commitment to
occupied Iraq from non-combat personnel to combat
troops. The KCNA dispatch, which denounced the move
and the sending of Korean troops to Iraq in general,
and called on south Koreans to resist the mobilization
of Korean troops to join the US occupation of Iraq
read as follows:
"Pyongyang, November 16 (KCNA) -- The United States
should immediately stop forcing south Korea to
dispatch troops to Iraq. Rodong Sinmun says this in a
signed commentary today.
"Recalling that the south Korean authorities are
abruptly tending toward the dispatch of combat troops
from the dispatch of non-combatants, the commentary
attributes it to the U.S. pressure.
"It was proved by the fact that the south Korean
authorities untimely changed their stand after the
consultation in the United States, the commentary
says, and goes on: The troop dispatch to Iraq is to
satisfy the aggressive interests of the United States
from A to Z.
The young people of the Korean nation can not be
recklessly victimized for only U.S. interests.
"It is also attributable to the south Korean
authorities. As they are not firm in the stand of
defending the interests of the people, the U.S. is
acting like a 'metropolitan state.'
"The south Korean authorities should withdraw the
decision on troop dispatch as early as possible,
mindful that their moves to keep 'alliance' with the
U.S. at the risk of the lives of young people are
harmful to the dignity and interests of the nation.
"The south Korean people should frustrate the pressure
for troop dispatch through all-people anti-U.S.
resistance and reject the U.S. interference in south
The previous day, 15 November 2003, another official
north Korean newspaper, Minju Joson, also denounced
the sending of south Korean troops to Iraq:
"The additional troop dispatch to Iraq is not in the
interests of south Korea but is aimed to help the U.S.
achieve its strategic purpose. The issue now sparking
a great furor in south Korea surfaced entirely due to
the U.S. unilateral demand and pressure. It is against
the will of the south Korean people or authorities.
"By hurling south Korean troops into Iraq as bullet
shields in a proxy war of aggression the U.S. seeks to
realize its brigandish ambition for aggression with
ease while minimizing the loss and damage to the U.S.
"The lives of young Koreans can never be risked to
meet the strategic interests of the U.S., the
commentary says, contending that the national dignity
and interests and the lives of the nation's beloved
sons entirely hinge on the south Koreans' struggle
against the U.S. pressure for additional troop
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Tuesday 18 November 2003. al-Arab al-Yawm
daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Thursday 20 November
Iraqi Resistance Report for Thursday, 13 November 2003
through Sunday, 16 November 2003.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr,
member Free Arab Voice Editorial Board.
Sunday, 16 November 2003.
The Arab satellite network al-Arabiyah broadcast on
Sunday an audio tape of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein
recorded in mid-Ramadan, i.e., around 10 November
The following is the BBC translation of the full audio
message (with a few corrections from FAV)
In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.
Say: "Nothing will happen to us except what God has
decreed for us: He is our protector", and in God let
the believers put their trust.
Say: "Can you expect for us (any fate) other than one
of two glorious things - Martyrdom or victory? But we
can expect for you either that God will send His
punishment from Himself, or by our hands. So wait,
expectant, we too will wait with you. [Qur'an verses]
O great people, God willing; O magnanimous mujahideen,
lovers of martyrdom, and God's loved ones; O
magnanimous men of our Armed Forces wherever you hold
on tightly to the weapons of the valiant resistance; O
magnanimous men and glorious women in the field of
resistance and raising the roaring voice of right
against the criminals and weakness. I am addressing
you all regardless of all your job titles and ranks,
and wherever the slogan in the name of God, Iraq, and
the nation under the banner of God is great and come
to join the jihad is shouted.
May God's peace, mercy, and blessings be upon you. May
you enjoy many happy returns of the day. May God bless
your Ramadan and the Id that follows it. May your
fasting be accepted, God willing.
Our martyrs are in paradise while the dead of the
louts and our other enemies are in hell. O God, make
this month of Ramadan the prelude to and foundation of
victory as it was during the great Battle of Badr [a
Muslim victory that took place in the month of Ramadan
during the lifetime of the Prophet Muhammad], in the
era of the vanguards of Arabs and Muslims who were
honoured by faith in you.
Brothers and sons! Before the US-Zionist-British
aggression, and that of those who allied with them
against Iraq, we said that the evil alliance can harm
Iraq, and that it can kill, destroy and plunder, but
at the same time, it can expose the true nature of
America and Zionism and their slogans, through which
they deceived those who were deceived in the world or
succumbed for a significant period of time.
We said with deeply grounded faith, since we had been
mujahideen among you for dozens of years, that the
alliance of the vicious would never be able to occupy
Iraq or to reduce it to a colony.
They themselves said what you heard from them at the
time. They imagined and they made others imagine too
that they are going on a picnic to occupy Iraq and
destroy what they called weapons of mass destruction.
Their lie focused on this as an initial cover for
their big crime after the crime they had perpetrated
when they planted Zionism in the Arab homeland.
What are they now saying and what is the truth? Now
they - and other voices in the world - are saying the
same thing that we told them before the aggression,
namely that Iraq is free of the weapons they claim it
Iraq will also be immune to their evil intentions to
colonize it, settle their armies in it, and dominate
it, God willing. The evil ones have placed themselves
in the same dead end that the almighty wanted to place
them for some reason that Almighty God can see but we
Their devil made them believe this [that they can
occupy Iraq]. This is why the liar of the United
States and the liar of Britain [i.e., Bush and Blair]
have been taking turns in playing roles and making
tours of the world to beg for money, forces, and
Some states have responded shyly to them out of fear
or out of coveting something. Thus, they sent a few
hundred soldiers to Iraq or donated a few hundred
million dollars. They are chased by the curse of God
and the people. Some states have declined to give them
anything. To the latter, we say that we and our people
appreciate their stands.
The failing ones do not know or they might know that
the land and fire of great Iraq, which God has
honoured by faith, jihad, and valiant resistance, will
devour hundreds of thousands of soldiers without being
able to achieve their plans or hopes.
Here is the confession coming anew from the servants
of Zionism - the liars of the black house [the White
House]. The confession admits the reality that the
agents they brought, after their tanks and armies
entered the land of Iraq, as scabby dogs that
accompany or follow the caravan, do not have the
minimum weight or influence on the great, honest, and
faithful Iraqi people. Furthermore, not one of them
can even walk on the streets of Baghdad or any Iraqi
They began to study their failure and their envoys
toured Arab countries in search of what they call
advice on Iraq. We tell them and the others: Iraq is
part of its nation, and when the circumstances are
ripe, it plays a vanguard role or a vivid part of the
vanguards of this nation. Iraq is made up - if one may
use the expression - of a special chemical structure
the solution for which cannot be arrived at by anyone
other than its sons or the competent faithful sons of
its Arab nation if they honestly consult and
co-operate with honest and sincere Iraqi brethren.
Those criminals, who harbour aggression and evil,
should resort to politics in order to correct the
mistake, or even the heinous great crime, so that the
great sons of Iraq who managed its affairs and led it
to progress from a backward situation when many Iraqis
were barefoot - they led Iraq high to where God wanted
it to be in all walks of life and achieved great,
qualitative, broad, and comprehensive progress despite
all attempts by the evil ones through imposing wars
and sieges that accompanied the march in all
circumstances and at all times - the sincere sons of
Iraq should return by the free will of the people to
manage the affairs of the country anew.
The people have tested them for decades, and the
people know them. The people are well aware of their
successes and failings. The most important thing our
people know about them is that they love their people
and work for their people's sake. Our people also know
that they are serious in everything they do or say and
that they do not work for themselves. The people know
that they are loyal and dedicated even if they commit
All of this should happen when the soldiers of
aggression and occupation are outside Iraq and when
any illegitimate foreign presence is no longer there
in Iraq, as was the situation in Iraq before. This is
the solution, and there is no other solution.
If the tyrants find this difficult, let them try more
months and a longer period of time. They will only
claim the lives of more people, destroy and loot, but
they will never gain anything other than failure.
Along with their failure, the lives of more Americans
and Britons and others will be claimed.
Thinking that the Iraqis might be deluded if the
foreigner replaces the names of his old agents with
new agents, even if some used to assume ranking
positions in our march - may God forbid - is a wrong
belief. This will not deceive the Iraqis. The Iraqis
cannot be deluded by this.
Those who are brought by the armies of the foreigner
and are decided by a non-free Iraqi will are like the
foreigner. Therefore, resisting them and the
foreigner, and even before the foreigner armies, is a
religious, national and human duty.
There is no other way for the invaders but to leave
the country, the land of Iraq, the homeland of Arabs
and Muslims, cursed and frustrated.
Keep pressure on them, O mujahideen. By God, the road
to jihad and resistance is the best path for God, for
man, and for history. It is the only way to ensure the
evacuation of the tyrannical enemy forces from our
country and restore full freedom and full sovereignty
for our people over their land and in their homeland.
God is greatest! God is greatest! Long live Iraq! Long
live Iraq! Long live our glorious Arab nation! Long
live Palestine, free and Arab from the [Mediterranean]
sea to the [Jordan] River!
God is greatest! Glory and loftiness be to the
martyrs. God is greatest! Let the lowly be accursed.
[dated] the blessed month of Ramadan, 1424 hijri, the
equivalent of November 2003.
After the broadcast of the audio message from the
Iraqi President, five violent explosions shook central
Baghdad. Eyewitnesses said that the blasts were
directed against the headquarters of the American
occupation forces in the so-called "Green Square."
American occupation soldiers said that the explosions
caused no casualties.
Later on Sunday evening at about 9:00pm, a powerful
blast shook Baghdad. The Saudi Press Agency, WAS, said
that the explosion took place near the Interior
Ministry building in the eastern part of the Iraqi
capital. Columns of smoke were seen rising from the
place. American military helicopters were observed in
the air after the blast.
A correspondent for al-Jazeera said that he heard the
sound of five successive explosions, which he believed
came from near the Interior Ministry.
AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL CAME UNDER ATTACK IN FRONT
OF THE MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR IN BAGHDAD.
RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ATTACK WAS CLAIMED BY A
FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF AL-FARUQ. THE ATTACK, IN
WHICH ROCKET-PROPELLED GRENADES, AUTOMATIC WEAPONS,
AND HAND GRENADES WERE USED, LEFT ONE AMERICAN SOLDIER
DEAD, TWO LACKEYS INJURED, AND DESTROYED A HUMVEE AND
A POLICE CAR IN ADDITION TO WOUNDING THREE OTHER
This nighttime explosion was the second to rock the
Iraqi capital on Sunday. The first occurred during
the evening in central Baghdad near the headquarters
of the American occupation authority.
A spokesman for the American occupation forces said
that they had fired a guided missile at a position
which they claimed was being used by the Iraqi
Resistance in northern Iraq. This was the first time
since the US declared an end to its invasion of Iraq
on 1 May 2003, that the Americans reported using a
guided missile in combat.
A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH TOOK CREDIT
FOR AN ATTACK THAT TARGETED AN AMERICAN PATROL NEAR
THE POLICE STATION OF KIKUK. ACCORDING TO THE
BRIGADES' COMMUNIQUE, THE ATTACK LEFT ONE AMERICAN
SOLDIER DEAD AND FOUR OTHERS INJURED IN ADDITION TO
DESTROYING A HUMVEE AND A PUPPET POLICE CAR.
Lieutenant Colonel Bill MacDonald said that a tactical
missile was fired around noon on Sunday at an Iraqi
Army training camp 25km west of Kirkuk. He maintained
that the missile hit its target, but said that it was
still impossible to say whether the attack caused any
casualties or to determine the extent of the damage it
may have caused.
The guided missile was fired from at-Taji, 20km north
of Baghdad on a target located 220km further north.
A FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF AL-HUSAYN TOOK CREDIT FOR
A ROCKET AND ARTILLERY BARRAGE LAUNCHED ON THE
HEADQUARTERS OF BRITISH FORCES IN BASRA. THE
COMMUNIQUE SAID THAT THE HEADQUARTERS WAS SUBJECTED TO
AN INTENSE ROCKET AND ARTILLERY BARRAGE THAT SET FIRES
IN A NUMBER OF PLACES AND BUILDINGS IN THE AREA.
CLOUDS OF SMOKE WERE OBSERVED RISING FROM VARIOUS
QUARTERS OF THE SQUARE IN THE HEADQUARTERS. THE
OCCUPATION FORCES THAT ACKNOWLEDGED THE ATTACK AS
USUAL DID NOT DISCLOSE INFORMATION ON LOSSES IN
MATERIEL OR MANPOWER THAT THE ATTACK HAD CAUSED.
AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL WAS ATTACKED NEAR SADDAM
INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. THE ASSAULT, CLAIMED BY A
FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH, LEFT TWO
AMERICAN SOLDIERS DEAD, THREE OTHERS WOUNDED, AND
DESTROYED A HUMVEE AND AN ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER.
A FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF AL-HUSAYN CLAIMED CREDIT
FOR AN ATTACK ON A BRITISH MILITARY PATROL NEAR THE
BUILDING OF THE BASRA GOVERNORATE. THE ATTACK
DESTROYED A LANDROVER AND WOUNDED FOUR BRITISH
SOLDIERS, TWO OF THEM SERIOUSLY.
AN AMERICANMILITARY PATROL WAS ATTACKED IN AL-FALLUJAH
BY A FORMATION OF THE ARMY OF JERUSALEM. THE ASSAULT
LEFT TWO AMERICAN SOLDIERS DEAD AND A THIRD WOUNDED.
ONE HUMVEE WAS DESTROYED AND ANOTHER CRIPPLED.
IN SAMARRA' A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH
ANNOUNCED ITS RESPONSIBILITY FOR AN ATTACK ON AN
AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL IN FRONT OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
BASRA THAT LEFT ONE SOLDIER DEAD ONE OTHER INJURED AND
DESTROYED A HUMVEE.
Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated on Sunday in central
Baghdad protesting the fact that their wages and
salaries had not been paid for six months, despite the
repeated promises made by the Iraqi puppet authorities
and the occupation authorities. The protesters said
that since they had not been paid there was no reason
why they should observe their commitments under the
agreements that promised them pay. Iraqi puppet
police closed the roads leading to the gathering of
demonstrators and American armored vehicles then
showed up in the area and cordoned it off, closing all
routes to and from the area of the demonstration.
The deputy governor of the city of Kirkuk in northern
Iraq, Isma'il Ahmad Rajab al-Hadidi, announced that he
and his driver had been wounded on Sunday, in an
assassination attempt carried out by "unknown armed
In Baghdad, US aggressor troops, backed by armored
vehicles and helicopters, moved into the Sunni Muslim
neighborhood of A'zamiyah, sealing off a 20-block area
and searching 450 houses over seven hours. They
confiscated 30 Kalashnikovs, about a dozen shotguns
and 10 pistols, according to US officers.
Soldiers detained 21 people for "illegal weapons
possession," although all were expected to be released
The raids in A'zamiyah, angered many residents. "Of
course everybody has weapons. We have all been robbed.
We were afraid of the Iraqis and now we're afraid of
the Americans," said Samir al-Hadith, an engineer from
In Tikrit, American aggressor troops shelled positions
that they said had been used to fire mortars and a
rocket at American forces earlier in the day,
Lieutenant Colonel Steve Russell said.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Monday 17 November 2003.
Saturday, 15 November 2003.
A FORMATION OF THE REPUBLICAN GUARD ANNOUNCED THAT IT
HAD DOWNED TWO BLACK HAWK HELICOPTERS IN MOSUL. ONE
OF THE AIRCRAFT FELL ON THE AL-KHAMIS BRIDGE, THE
OTHER ON ONE OF THE HOUSES IN THE AS-SIHHAH
NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE CITY OF MOSUL. THE COURAGEOUS AND
QUALITATIVE OPERATION LEFT 19 AMERICAN OFFICERS AND
MEN DEAD AND INJURED NINE OTHERS IN ADDITION TO
DESTROYING THE TWO HELICOPTERS COMPLETELY.
The US occupation forces announced that 17 soldiers
were killed in the crash of two Black Hawk helicopters
in the northern city of Mosul, five others were
injured and one remained unaccounted for. The death
toll from the two Black Hawks equaled that which the
occupation forces admitted in the downing of a Chinook
helicopter on 2 November by the Iraqi Resistance near
al-Fallujah. Seventeen eventually were reported to
have died from that attack.
A statement by the US occupation command said one
helicopter was carrying a quick reaction force and the
other ferried soldiers on a transport mission in
northern Iraq. The statement did not give the cause
of the crash, although some soldiers at the scene said
at least one of the Black Hawks may have been hit by
ground fire. Witnesses said the two Black Hawks
collided in mid-air and came down in a residential
area of western Mosul. The US military said the crash
of the aircraft occurred at about 6:30pm local time.
Ignoring the eyewitness testimony of their own
soldiers the US military announced that "the cause of
the incidents are under investigation," and added "we
will not speculate on the cause of these crashes."
The statement said the site was secured by US
occupation troops, Iraqi puppet police, and
firefighters. The aircraft came from the American
101st Airborne Division based originally at Fort
Campbell, Kentucky, USA.
Al-Arab al-Yawm's Baghdad correspondent Ahmad Sabri
reported in the Sunday issue of the Amman newspaper
that American occupation forces imposed a curfew on
Mosul after the downing of the two American Black Hawk
helicopters there. US occupation forces deployed
extensively throughout the city and set up check
points where they were doing searches of those
entering or leaving the city. A large scale campaign
of raids began as the aggressor forces hunted for the
Resistance fighters who brought down the American
Sabri reported that witnesses who reside in the
as-Sihhah neighborhood, which lies adjacent to Mosul's
fifth bridge, told him via telephone that they heard
two large explosions just after the nightime darkness
had completely settled in on the city.
The witnesses said that about four helicopters were
circling in the skies of Mosul when they saw four
shoulder fired Strela SAM missiles fired at the US
aircraft, two of which were struck.
The witnesses reported that the first helicopter was
hit in its tail section and caught fire before falling
to earth while the second missile struck the rear
section of the second helicopter which also caught
One witness said that after the first helicopter was
hit, it began to swerve back and forth as it fell and
struck the other helicopter, bringing both to earth
The two remaining helicopters that were in the air
over Mosul at the time were unscathed.
Asked by al-Arab al-Yawm about the number of killed
and wounded aboard the craft, the witness said that a
large number of soldiers were among the killed and
injured. He said that the US occupation forces
cordoned off a ring around the site of the crash and
began pulling out dead and wounded who were evacuated
by helicopters that landed at the crash site.
The witness reported that American forces and members
of the puppet police force had been on high alert and
at the ready before the downing of the two
helicopters, which were flying in the skies of Mosul
in the first place to search for Resistance fighters.
The helicopters were evidently on their way to attack
suspected Resistance positions as a part of the Iron
Hammer operation currently waged by occupation forces
against the Resistance.
A FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF AL-FARUQ DEALT WITH AN
AGENT OF AMERICAN INTELLIGENCE WHO WORKED AT THE
HEADQUARTERS OF THE AMERICAN FORCES IN MOSUL. THEY
WERE ABLE TO KILL HIM NEAR THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING OF
In Baghdad the US occupation forces said that one
soldier was killed and two others injured on Saturday
in the latest bomb attack to take place in the rising
wave of bombings being carried out by the Resistance
fighters against occupation forces.
A US military spokeswoman said that the attackers used
an improvised explosive device, a term the US military
uses for bombs planted on or near roads that target US
foot patrols. The spokeswoman said that she had no
further details about the time, location, or
circumstances of the attack.
THE REPUBLICAN PALACE IN BAGHDAD, USED AS THE
HEADQUARTERS OF THE OCCUPATION FORCES, WAS ATTACKED IN
A ROCKET AND ARTILLERY BARRAGE, CREDIT FOR WHICH WAS
CLAIMED BY A FORMATION OF THE REPUBLICAN GUARD. THE
BARRAGE DESTROYED A NUMBER OF FACILITIES IN THE PALACE
AND SET FIRES IN VARIOUS PLACES INCLUDING ROOMS AND
OPEN SQUARES. CLOUDS OF SMOKE AND TONGUES OF FLAME
ROSE FROM THE PALACE, OBSCURING THE SO-CALLED GREEN
ZONE. HELICOPTERS, AMBULANCES, AND FIRE TRUCKS RUSHED
TO THE AREA WHICH IS SURROUNDED BY CAMPS OF THE
Al-Jazeera reported, however, that numerous witnesses
confirmed that a large number of occupation soldiers
were wounded in the attack on the convoy of US
vehicles that took place in the Tunis neighborhood in
A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH TOOK CREDIT
FOR AN ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN MILITARY COLUMN IN THE
TUNIS NEIGHBORHOOD IN BAGHDAD THAT LEFT TWO AMERICAN
SOLDIERS DEAD AND THREE OTHERS WOUNDED. A HUMVEE WAS
The US occupation authorities say that they face about
30 Resistance attacks per day in Iraq. In the last
three days, US forces have carried out a wave of
attacks using air strikes under the code name Iron
Hammer in an attempt to destroy buildings that the
occupation forces claim are used by the Resistance.
In al-Fallujah, an eyewitness reported that one
American soldier was wounded on Saturday in an
explosion as his column was passing west of Baghdad.
Worker Ahmad 'Ali Husayn, 28 years old, said "an
American soldier was wounded and the car he was
driving was damaged." Husayn explained that the
column consisted of six vehicles. The attack occurred
on the expressway between Baghdad and ar-Ramadi, 10km
from al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad.
A US military spokesman responded to an Agence France
Presse (AFP) question about the attack said that he
had no information about it.
In Kirkuk, 225km north of Baghdad, an officer in the
puppet police that three policemen were wounded
Saturday morning in a Katyusha attack on their
headquarters in northern Iraq. Husayn Hasan 'Alawi,
an officer in the al-'Urubah police station told the
AFP "three policemen were wounded, two of them
seriously when one Katyusha rocket hit the entrance of
the police station and another the road leading to
it." He added that the rockets were fired from
outside the city.
On 22 October 2003, al-'Urubah police station, which
lies east of Kirkuk, detained 'Ali Muhammad 'Ali, 35,
a man whom they call the suspected "master mind" of a
number of attacks on the occupation troops and the
puppet police in the Kirkuk area. The suspect was
turned over to the US occupation forces who took him
to their base at Kirkuk airport. The puppet police
still are searching for four persons whom they suspect
of being his partners.
For several weeks the oil city of Kirkuk has witnessed
a series of repeated attacks on American bases and
puppet police stations in which explosives, mortar
shells, rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) anti-tank
weapons, and Katyushas were used.
In Baghdad an explosion was heard after noon on
Saturday and witnesses described a cloud of black
smoke that was seen rising from near the National
An American military spokesman said that he heard the
sound of the blast, but said "at the present time it
is not possible to say exactly what the nature of the
explosion was or where exactly it occurred."
A large explosion struck the headquarters of the
Turkish company Ekfen that prepares food for the
American occupation forces in the American military
base in Mosul, northern Iraq.
The Egyptian Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported
that the explosion, whose cause was unknown, injured a
number of American soldiers and Turkish workers. MENA
said that the injured were immediately taken to the
military hospital in Mosul.
A FORMATION OF SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN CLAIMED CREDIT FOR AN
ATTACK ON A MILITARY BASE NEAR TIKRIT IN WHICH AN
INTENSE ROCKET AND ARTILLERY BARRAGE WAS MOUNTED.
THE ASSAULT KILLED FOUR OCCUPATION TROOPS AND WOUNDED
FIVE OTHERS. A TANK AND AN ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER
WERE DESTROYED AND FIRE WAS IGNITED IN SEVERAL PLACES
IN THE CAMP.
Five Iraqis, all members of one family, died as
martyrs in Tikrit when an American container train
exploded in the south of that city.
The US continued its wave of arrests, detaining 18
Iraqis in Kirkuk, 67 in Mosul and a similar number in
al-Anbar Province. An Iraqi translator and his son
were killed in front of their home in Mosul. The
translator had received a number of threats from
Resistance fighters telling him to stop his
cooperation with the occupation, but he did not
On the political level, Kurdish leader and current
head of the puppet so-called Interim Governing
Council, Jalal Talibani has announced a timetable for
the transfer of power to Iraqi puppets. The timetable
was agreed upon when the Council met with Paul Bremer,
US Proconsul of Iraq, who was just back from receiving
instructions from Washington. The timetable made no
mention of a date for the end of the US occupation of
Iraq. Talibani said that the timetable provided for
creating a provisional Iraqi government before June
2004 and the holding of elections before the end of
2005. A basic law to govern the administration of the
US-occupied country for the "transition period" was,
according to the timetable, to be ready before the end
of February 2004.
Reuters reports that Iraqi farmers have been told by
US occupation troops that if they do not provide
information on the Resistance, the US forces will blow
up their homes.
Reuters filed the report from Abu Ghurayb, near
Seven farmers told Reuters that US soldiers, who are
mounting a new crackdown against insurgents, have been
pressuring them to help hunt down fighters.
"They came here and they told us to help them catch
resistance fighters or their planes would destroy our
homes and we would be arrested," said Ahmed Mohammad,
30. "I am a farmer, not a policeman. What can I do?"
Ground and air units also struck locations near Abu
Ghraib prison on the capital’s western outskirts.
Guerrillas often fire mortars at US troops guarding
the sprawling prison. "They fire from everywhere. It
used to be every night but now there are fewer strikes
because we brought in 300 more soldiers here," said an
Nearby farmers said they are paying the price for a
conflict that shows no signs of abating.
Mahmud Ahmad held pieces of shrapnel from eight US
mortars, seething with anger over the US-led
occupation. "They just threaten us. They are not
looking for guerrillas they are just provoking
Iraqis," he said.
Other farmers pointed to craters left in fields as
mortars crashed, rocking the small community of 50.
They said the US strategy of getting tougher with
guerrillas, said to be Saddam loyalists or foreign
militants, would only backfire.
The Americans can never win against the resistance
because all Iraqis want them out. How can you catch
all Iraqis?" said Jasem Mahmud, in the Reuters
dispatch, carried in al-Arab al-Yawm in Arabic and in
English in the Pakistani newspaper Jang.
A Portuguese journalist who had been abducted by armed
men in southern Iraq was released Saturday after 36
hours of being held, sometimes in the trunk of a car.
Carlos Raleiras, a journalist with Lisbon-based radio
TSF, told the station by mobile phone he was set free
at a roadside. "I wasn't harmed at all," he said.
Raleiras was abducted Friday when a convoy of
Portuguese journalists was attacked by armed men
shortly after entering Iraq from Kuwait. One reporter
with a Portuguese television channel was shot in the
leg, while seven other Portuguese journalists escaped
Raleiras told TSF nine gunmen were involved in his
abduction. He said he was kept for several hours
Saturday in the trunk of a car and was moved around
several houses during his abduction. The journalists
had been traveling to Basra to report on Portuguese
police who just arrived in the country to join the
Anglo-American aggressor forces occupying Iraq.
Portugal sent 128 police officers to Iraq on
Wednesday. They were sent to Basra instead of
an-Nasiriyah, as initially planned, after a bombing
attack at the Italian paramilitary base in
an-Nasiriyah killed more than two dozen people.
British occupation forces, who control southern Iraq
and Basra, had been negotiating for Raleiras' release,
according to TSF. The Ministry of Defense in London
confirmed British troops were searching for him.
Prime Minister Jose Durao Barroso, on an official
visit to Bolivia, welcomed the journalist's release
but refused to say whether a ransom was paid.
"Everything was done in accordance with essential
principles, through our British friends," Durao
Barroso was quoted as saying by the Portuguese news
agency Lusa. The journalists were from television
station S.I.C., state television Radiotelevisao
Portuguesa, private channel TVI, TSF, radio station
Renascenca and daily paper Publico.
Al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Sunday
16 November 2003.
Friday, 14 November 2003.
A FORMATION OF SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN CLAIMED CREDIT FOR AN
ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN MILITARY COLUMN ON THE PUBLIC
HIGHWAY BETWEEN SAMARRA' AND TIKRIT, NORTH OF THE
CAPITAL, BAGHDAD. THE ATTACK KILLED FOUR OCCUPATION
SOLDIERS, WOUNDED THREE OTHERS, AND DESTROYED A TANK,
TWO HUMVEES, AND A PERSONNEL CARRIER.
AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL CAME UNDER ATTACK ON THE
BAGHDAD – SADDAM AIRPORT ROAD. THE ASSAULT WAS
CLAIMED BY A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF AL-HUSAYN
AND LEFT ONE AMERICAN DEAD, THREE OTHERS INJURED, AND
DESTROYED A HUMVEE AND A MILITARY JEEP.
IN MOSUL AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL WAS ATTACKED,
RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHICH WAS CLAIMED BY A FORMATION OF
THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH. THE ASSAULT LEFT ONE
AMERICAN SOLDIER DEAD, TWO OTHERS INJURED AND ONE
A SNIPER UNIT OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH WAS ABLE TO
KILL ONE AGENT OF THE AMERICAN CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE
AGENCY (OF AMERICAN NATIONALITY) IN THE AL-'AMERIYAH
DISTRICT OF CENTRAL BAGHDAD.
One occupation soldier belonging to the 1st Armored
Division was killed Friday and two others were wounded
in a roadside bombing in central Baghdad, the US
In Baghdad's northwestern neighborhood of al-Khadrah,
a roadside bomb blew up Friday as US occupation troops
tried to defuse it, causing three casualties among the
soldiers, a witness said. The witness, Ahmad Muhammad,
did not know if the three soldiers were killed or
wounded, and the US military had no immediate comment.
Later an American occupation officer said that the
bomb in al-Khadrah in south Baghdad Friday morning
exploded and wounded two occupation troops.
After the blast, occupation troops blocked the road
for about an hour and called through loudspeakers for
Iraqis to help them capture those who planted the
bomb. They also handed out leaflets offering a $10,000
reward to anybody with information about Resistance
fighters. Witnesses said helicopters took the wounded
away. Television pictures showed pools of blood in
the street and broken glass from windows shattered in
A witnesses said that an American soldier was wounded
in an explosion that struck the convoy in which he was
riding along the main street in al-Fallujah.
Arkan Hamad Latif, an officer in the puppet police,
told Agence France Presse (AFP) that two occupation
soldiers were wounded in the explosion of a booby
trapped truck as a convoy passed through the village
of ar-Rabidah about 35km south of Kirkuk on the road
to Tikrit. US occupation troops backed by helicopters
carried out searches in the villages south and west of
One Iraqi guard was killed in an explosion of a booby
trapped truck near an elementary school in the center
of Kirkuk. The puppet police said that 2kg bomb was
deactivated near another school in the city.
A spokesman for the 101st Airborne Division said that
three occupation soldiers were wounded in the
explosion of a bomb as their convoy passed through the
center of Mosul.
The Ukranian Ministry of Defense announced that one
Ukrainian soldier who was a part of the Polish-led
international detachment was killed as he was checking
a part of a weapon. Sergeant Sergey Suslov was killed
in al-'Aziziyah, in eastern Iraq were 1,650 Ukrainian
occupation troops are deployed under Polish command.
A UNIT OF THE FORCES OF AL-HUSAYN ATTACKED A UKRAINIAN
PATROL AND KILLED ONE UKRAINIAN SOLDIER, AND WOUNDED
FOUR OTHERS IN ADDITION TO DESTROYING A PERSONNEL
Resistance fighters opened fire on jeeps carrying
Portuguese journalists in southern Iraq on Friday,
wounding a woman reporter in the leg, news reports
said. Another reporter went missing and was reported
abducted by the Resistance fighters.
Six Portuguese journalists were traveling in a convoy
of three jeeps from the Kuwaiti border to Basra when
they came under attack, Lisbon-based radio TSF
reported. They had no military escort.
On an open stretch of road, two vehicles containing
five armed men pulled up alongside the convoy and
began shooting, one of the journalists - Sofia Lorena
of the newspaper Publico - told S.I.C. television by
satellite telephone. The front two jeeps managed to
flee and reach Basra but the third attempted to turn
around when it was captured, she said.
Maria Joao Ruela, an S.I.C reporter, was shot and
wounded in the leg, TSF said.
A TSF reporter in the convoy, Carlos Raleiras, went
missing. He was later contacted on his satellite phone
by the Portuguese news agency Lusa.
"I've been kidnapped. It's a very confused situation.
I can't talk now," Raleiras told the agency. Raleiras
was not wounded in the attack, the other reporters
The journalists were heading to Basra where Portuguese
police are deploying to join up with British
Portugal sent 128 police officers to Iraq as planned
Wednesday, but rerouted them to Basra instead of
an-Nasiriyah, where a bombing attack at the Italian
paramilitary occupation troops base killed more than
two dozen people.
The journalists were from S.I.C., state television
Radiotelevisao Portuguesa, private channel TVI, TSF,
radio station Renascenca, and daily paper Publico.
An Apache helicopter of the US occupation forces
killed seven people suspected of preparing a rocket
attack on a US base near Tikrit, the military said
Friday. The occupation spokesman later said that they
had found hundreds of rockets and missiles at the
Occupation troops from the 101st Airborne Division
also captured 14 of what they called "suspected
terrorists," including eight who belonged to a Mosul
cell whose leader is suspected of plotting to
assassinate a top official of the occupation military
authorities, the military said.
In a separate incident, three suspects were arrested
for "conducting attacks on U.S. forces," the military
On Friday evening US aggressor aircraft struck at
targets close to Baghdad airport in the third
successive night of what they call "Operation Iron
Hammer," an American drive to root out Resistance
fighters and attack their positions in the occupied
Eyewitnesses reported several explosions around the
airport, in the southwest of the city, after dark
Friday, as US planes and helicopters flew overhead.
The operation follows a series of Resistance mortar
and rocket attacks on the headquarters of the US
occupation administration in central Baghdad.
Distant explosions could be heard after sundown in
central Baghdad Friday evening, and the 1st Armored
Division said they were part of "pre-emptive mortar
fire" against Resistance fighters' positions. A
division spokesman said aircraft were launched to
carry out some of the strikes. He would not specify
the targets but said the operation was ongoing late
Parallel with reports that the Bush administration,
alarmed at the rapid increase in the extent and
strengh of the Iraqi Resistance, plans to make a show
of "giving more power to Iraqis" (the Iraqis, that is,
whom Washington hand-picks to veil their continued
occupation of Iraq), it was announced on Friday that
the US will add several hundred staff members to its
forward headquarters in Doha, Qatar.
The American Central Command, based in Tampa, Florida,
USA has continually maintained more than a hundred
staff members in Qatar since the base was established
in late 2002. Staffing has ebbed and flowed dependent
upon operations and exercises. The increase in
staffing in Doha exposes the
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm, daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Saturday, 15 November 2003.
Thursday, 13 November 2003.
Two US occupation troops were killed and three others
wounded in Samarra', 110km north of Baghdad, when a
bomb went off as a convoy passed by Thursday night,
the US military acknowledged on Friday.
A FORMATION OF THE ARMY OF JERUSALEM CLAIMED CREDIT
FOR AN ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN MILITARY POSITION ON THE
OUTSKIRTS OF THE CITY OF SAMARRA'. THE ATTACK LEFT
TWO AMERICAN SOLDIERS DEAD, AND FIVE OTHERS INJURED.
ONE TANK WAS DESTROYED, SERIOUS DAMAGE WAS INFLICTED
ON THE FRONT GATE OF THE POSITION AND A NUMBER OF ITS
A FORMATION OF THE REPUBLICAN GUARD TOOK CREDIT FOR AN
ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN MILITARY GUARD IN THE AREA OF
AD-DURAH, IN THE CAPITAL, BAGHDAD. THE ATTACK, WHICH
WAS ACCOMPANIED BY A ROCKET BARRAGE, LEFT FIVE
OCCUPATION SOLDIERS DEAD, THREE OTHERS INJURED, AND
DESTROYED TWO TANKS, AN ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER, AND
AN AMMUNITION DUMP THAT CONTINUED TO EXPLODE FOR
A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH CARRIED OUT
AN AMBUSH USING AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE THAT THEY HAD
PLANTED IN THE PATH OF AN AMERICAN PATROL IN
AL-KHALIDIYAH. THE REMOTE-CONTROLLED BLAST KILLED ONE
AMERICAN SOLDIER AND INJURED FOUR OTHERS. A HUMVEE
AND A PERSONNEL CARRIER WERE DESTROYED.
AN ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN TRANSPORTIN THE AL-IS-HAQI
DISTRICT NEAR THE CITY OF TIKRIT WAS CLAIMED BY A
FORMATION OF SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN AND LEFT TWO AMERICAN
SOLDIERS DEAD, FOUR OTHERS INJURED AND DESTROYED A
TANK, A HUMVEE, AND PERSONNEL TRANSPORT.
Iraqi Resistance forces killed a US civilian
contractor and injured another north of Baghdad. The
Resistance attacked a convoy of vehicles Thursday
afternoon near Balad, 45 miles north of Baghdad,
according to a report on Friday by the occupation
troops' spokesman, who added that the victims were not
identified pending notification of relatives. Private
US contractors are working in a wide variety of tasks
in Iraq - helping rebuild infrastructure and train
Iraqi police and officials, as well as taking military
roles, such as guards.
The Iraqi puppet police and eyewitnesses report that
three Americans were wounded on Thursday in Kirkuk and
al-Fallujah. Puppet police Commander 'Adnan Muhammad
Saber said that two Americans were wounded when an
explosive device blew up as their convoy of five
vehicles and a small truck was passing through the
center of Kirkuk.
The blast destroyed the truck. The passengers in the
vehicle were taken to a hospital inside the Kirkuk
An eyewitness, meanwhile, reports that one American
soldier was wounded in the main street in the city of
al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad when an explosion struck
his convoy and damaged the vehicle in which he was
riding. US occupation forces initially maintained
that they have no information about these two attacks.
But on Friday, the US occupation announced that three
American paratroopers were wounded, one seriously,
late Thursday by a rocket attack near al-Fallujah.
AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL WAS ATTAKCED AT THE
ENTRANCE TO THE CITY OF AL-FALLUJAH. THE ASSAULT WAS
CLAIMED BY A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF AL-FARUQ,
AND LEFT ONE SOLDIER DEAD AND TWO OTHERS WOUNDED. A
HUMVEE AND A MILITARY JEEP WERE DESTROYED.
Three occupation soldiers were reported "slightly
wounded" when an improvised explosive device went off
near their convoy Thursday afternoon in the northern
Iraqi city of Mosul, the US military claimed.
On Thursday, the American occupation forces ordered
the closing of the 14 July bridge, one of the main
bridges in Baghdad crossing the Tigris River. The
closing came three weeks after it had been reopened to
traffic. A spokesman for the occupation forces said
that "after the latest attacks, we are closing the 14
July Bridge until further notice."
The spokesman said "the bridge will be reopened when
we arrest or kill those responsible for the attacks.
We hope that the bridge will not remain closed for a
The bridge, which leads to the main entrance of the
Presidential Compound, which the occupation forces
have taken as their headquarters, was reopened on 25
October after it had been closed for seven months for
repairs necessitated by the US aggression.
After the bridge was reopened, a number of Katyusha
rockets were fired at the ar-Rashid Hotel which is one
of the most heavily guarded structure in the Iraqi
Capital and is located near the bridge. Since that
time the occupation forces' headquarters compound has
been the target of numerous mortar attacks.
Iraqi Resistance forces targeted an American Apache
military helicopter on Thursday with small arms fire,
after which US occupation troops arrested 11 Iraqis,
according to a spokesman for the occupation
Lieutenant Bill MacDonald of the 4th Infantry Division
said that the AH-64 helicopter was fired on early on
Thursday morning by light arms near the city of Bayji,
225km north of Baghdad. The US officer gave no
further details as to whether the helicopter was
struck. Members of the helicopter crew saw someone
who was firing at them get into his car and head for a
home which soldiers of the division later searched and
in which they arrested 11 persons.
One American occupation soldier was killed and another
injured in an explosion that took place in the center
of Baghdad on Wednesday, according to a US military
spokesman. The two soldiers belonged to the 1st
Armored Division and were both wounded when their
patrol was passing through central Baghdad, east of
the Tigris River and an explosive device blew up under
their Humvee. The US spokesman said that one of the
two later died on Wednesday night from the wounds he
American occupation forces launched three ground and
air assaults in the city of Baghdad late on Thursday.
The actions were reportedly aimed at putting down
Resistance groups which had been attacking the
occupation forces. An American military spokesman
said on Thursday that the assaults were part of a new
American plan code named Iron Hammer to put down Iraqi
Resistance. The occupation forces said they attacked
and reportedly destroyed an old headquarters building
of the Republican Guard in the ar-Rashid area, which
the aggressor troops say was used by the Resistance to
launch attacks. "Our unit has been taking fire from
this building for several days so that's why we
attacked," a US occupation officer said.
The number of casualties on either side in the
Thursday night offensive has not been disclosed.
Operations were expected to continue through the
night, according to the American CNN Television
Network. In Washington the Defense Department
confirmed the attacks that had begun on Wednesday.
The US offensive follows a series of attacks launched
by the Iraqi Resistance and warnings in a top secret
CIA report that the Resistance is likely to grow
On Friday, 13 November, the US military reported that
on Thursday near the town of Husayba close to the
Syrian border, US occupation forces destroyed a
three-story building which they claimed was used by
Resistance fighters as a staging area for attacks and
storage of ammunition. American F-16 jets dropped two
JDAM satellite-guided bombs on the target late
Thursday, the military said.
US aggressor aircraft also hit targets in Baghdad
Wednesday, and killed two men the American military
said had been trying to fire mortars.
In the wake of the martyrdom attack by resistance
forces on Italian occupation troops in an-Nasiriyah,
Japan said Thursday it was delaying a decision on
sending troops to Iraq, delivering a new setback to US
imperialist hopes for easing the pressure on its
The regime in south Korea also said it would limit its
contribution to the occupation forces to a maximum of
3,000 troops. South Korean regime officials said
Friday that Seoul had ordered its 464 soldiers in
southern Iraq to suspend their operations outside
coalition bases. The decision by south Korean
authorities to succumb to US pressure and send Koreans
to Iraq met with massive protest in the North Asian
country. Seoul's order to its troops in Iraq not to
venture outside their bases is clearly an attempt to
prevent a Resistance attack from killing or wounding
south Koreans, something that could spark a powerful
reaction from the already discontented population.
Meanwhile, Denmark rejected a push to increase the
numbers of its 410-member occupation force.
On Thursday, armed men briefly detained three
Portuguese journalists on a road near Basra and
reportedly robbed one of them before US occupation
Armed men in jeeps had intercepted the journalists'
vehicles, one carrying a reporter and a photographer
from daily Jornal de Noticias and the other with a
reporter from state radio Radiodifusao Portuguesa, as
they approached Basra. The reporters were reportedly
on their way to cover the deployment of the Portuguese
occupation troops who are joining the occupation
forces of the British aggressors in southern Iraq.