For Albasrah net
Iraqi Resistance Report. Monday, 24 November 2003
of the Free Arab Voice.
Monday, 24 November 2003.
Iraqi Sunnis celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the Festival
marking the end of the month-long fast or Ramadan on
Monday even as the Iraqi Resistance continued its
struggle for the independence of Iraq against the
Thousands of Sunni Iraqis gathered for pre-dawn
prayers in the Abu Hanifah mosque in Baghdad as
American helicopter gunships circled overhead
surveying the city after a series of small explosions
early on Monday.
As he left the mosque one worshipper, 'Abd al-Wadud
Dukhi, commented "I don't see this as a holiday. If
the Americans left and a new government were formed
and a regime declared then every day would be a
On Monday the head of pious endowments of the Iraqi
Sunnis, 'Adnan ad-Dulaymi, called for a one-week cease
fire by the Resistance on the occasion of the Eid
al-Fitr. He also called on the occupation to cease
opening fire and pursuing and hunting down Iraqis for
one week at least, so that Iraqis might enjoy the
holiday in peace and security.
In Baghdad's al-Husayn mosque, however, the Imam told
worshippers at the Eid al-Fitr prayers Monday that
support for the resistance is incumbent upon them. He
said that the fervid citizen must not consider himself
to be enjoying a holiday until after the liberation of
Iraq. He called for abandoning sectarian differences
and told worshippers to stand shoulder to shoulder and
to unite the Iraqi ranks.
Because of the Eid holiday, Dr. 'Imad al-'Ani, a
deputy of the Ministry of Electricity said that the
regular no-electricity black out hours would be
reduced for the occasion.
In the field, an American occupation army spokesman
told Agence France Press (AFP) that one American
soldier was wounded in an attack on a convoy in Mosul
on Monday morning. The attack involved the detonation
of an explosive device together with an assault with
light firearms. Iraqi puppet policeman Akram 'Abd
al-Karim said "we heard the sound of an explosion and
then the sound of small arms in the center of Mosul.
We saw an American vehicle on fire but the American
army sealed off the site of the attack very quickly."
In the Zayunah district of Baghdad an explosive device
blew up damaging one American military Humvee as it
passed in a convoy. The American occupation forces
then arrested one Iraqi in retaliation.
Iraqi puppet police official 'Ali 'Amid reported that
an American military convoy came under attack from
anti-tank grenades on one of bridges in Baghdad,
slightly damaging a Humvee. A US military spokesman
said that an explosive device blew up as a convoy was
passing in Baghdad and damaged two Humvees. The
spokesman made no mention of casualties and declined
to confirm whether these were both reports about the
Puppet police commissioner Mundhir Ibrahim said that
the puppet police discovered an unexploded missile in
Abu Nuwas Street that goes along the banks of the
Tigris River. An AFP correspondent said that US
occupation forces cordoned off the area in which the
missile was found.
In Baaqubah, a member of the puppet so-called Civil
Defense organization was stabbed and wounded when he
was attacked by unknown men who called him a traitor.
Muhammad Shihab told AFP "I was going to work in the
Offices of the Governorate when two men who had been
riding a horse cart stopped in front of me. They
asked me if I was in the Civil Defense. I said,
'Yes.' Then one of them said, 'You're a traitor and
I'm going to butcher all of you, one after the other.'
Then he attacked me with the dagger and I covered my
face with my hand," whereupon Shihab pointed to his
Shihab said his colleagues heard his screams and
rushed to his aid. One of the attackers was arrested
but the other got away.
Elsewhere, US occupation Lieutenant Colonell Bill
MacDonald reprorted that American troops killed two
Iraqis in two separate incidents in northern Iraq. In
one case, he said, American occupation forces were
attacked as they were searching a field near Baghdad.
The Americans responded (to the gunfire) and killed an
In another incident, MacDonald said, the soldiers
fired a warning shot near a car that was approaching a
checkpoint in Dur, 150km north of Baghdad. The
soldiers said that when that driver failed to stop
they opened fire on the car, killing one passenger and
wounding the other.
The Iraqi Resistance on Monday blew up an important
gas pipeline in northern Iraq. The resulting fire was
so huge, according to the BBC, that the glow could be
seen in the night sky in the town of Kirkuk, 30km
away. The attack is expected to disrupt production at
Iraq's largest oil refinery, according to occupation
In Kirkuk the North Oil Company (Sharikat Naft
ash-Shimal) told the Agence France Presse (AFP) that
an explosive device caused explosion and fire on the
The attack stopped the flow of gas from Jambur oil
field to a power plant in the town of Bayji. That, in
turn, is likely to result in disruption of oil
production at the refinery in Bayji – the largest
refinery in Iraq – according to the chief of North
Oil's company fire department.
In other news, the first batch of 106 Iraqi puppet
police have completed a course of training in Jordan,
a state which has offered to train 32,000 Iraqi puppet
police over the next two years, according to the BBC.
In Baghdad, the offices of the Dubai-based satellite
TV al-Arabiyah station have been closed by the
occupation authorities for "incitement to murder"
after the station broadcast recorded statements by
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein calling for resistance
to the occupation.
The Australian Foreign Minister, Alexander Downer, on
Monday announced that British occupation forces had
released on Sunday an Australian citizen of Iraqi
decent who had been suspected of supporting the Baath
Party. The man, who was identified by Australian
newspapers as Nuri 'Alwan, 45, was arrested during a
raid by British occupation forces on a house in the
southern Iraqi city of Umm Qasr that they suspected
was a refuge for supporters of Iraqi President Saddam
Downer said that the man works for a British company
in Iraq and was arrested, apparently, by mistake.
The current head of the puppet Interim Governing
Council in Iraq, the Kurdistani National Union Party
leader Jalal Talibani announced that the puppet
council has a comprehensive plan for "fighting
terrorism" as he called it that involves military
measures as well as mobilization of Iraqi citizens.
He told a press conference that the plan involves
military measures as well as self-defense measures on
the part of forces and political parties. He said
that the plan is also to include a broad public and
propaganda campaign against what he called "terror"
that will begin next month with organized
demonstrations from Zakhu in the north to Basra in the
south of Iraq.
Talibani also said that Iran is prepared to grant an
amnesty to a number of the members of the Mujahidi
Khalq Organization, the main armed opposition group
that had been operating out of Iraqi territory against
the Iranian government. There were reports during the
American invasion of Iraq that the Mujahidi Khalq had
assisted or at least agreed not to obstruct the
progress of US invasion forces.
Talibani on Monday also denied reports according to
which he had accused Syria of facilitating the
infiltration of Arab fighters into Iraq. Talibani
proclaimed the strong desire of his Council for good
relations with Damascus.
Meanwhile 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Hakim, a Shiite member of
the puppet so-called Interim Governing Council said
that the presence of foreign forces in Iraq must be on
the basis of a resolution issued by the United Nations
and must have the agreement of the Iraqi people.
Al-Hakim, who heads the Supreme Council of the Islamic
Revolution in Iraq, said that the invasion of foreign
forces was an "exceptional" situation that did damage
to Iraqi sovereignty. He added in a statement for Eid
al-Fitr that the presence and deployment of foreign
forces should be by under United Nations resolutions
and it must have the agreement of the Iraqi side. He
added that the Iraqi people's opinion should be taken
on the matter of the presence and duration of stay of
the foreign forces.
The newly appointed "Iraqi Ambassador" to Washington,
American citizen Rend Francke spoke to AFP and offered
some minor criticisms of US policy in Iraq, saying
that the Americans were still excessively emphasizing
the military side of their role and had disbanded the
Iraqi army too quickly (which left a large number of
people suddenly without an income. She said however
that she thought that the US had recognized its
mistakes and that things now were on the "correct
Meanwhile, one of the American aggressors' closest
allies, Spanish Foreign Minster Ana Palacios said on
Monday that daily life in Baghdad is now worse than it
was in the time of Saddam Hussein because of the lack
Speaking on Spanish television, TVE, Palacios said
that there is a serious security problem in Iraq and
that daily life, in Baghdad in the first place, is
witnessing a time worse than that of Saddam Hussein.
She said that the blame for this lies with the
so-called temporary Coalition authority and the Iraqi
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Tuesday, 25 November 2003.
Tuesday, 25 November 2003.
Al-Jazeera TV's correspondent in Baghdad reports that
the sound of explosions was heard in central Baghdad
Tuesday night as three rockets slammed into living
quarters adjacent to the compound housing the
occupation forces command. There were no reports
concerning the extent of casualties or material
Two missiles hit the 28th April Compund, which is
called the Peace Compound. One of them exploded, the
other failed to explode. The third rocket struck the
Residents of the neighborhood in central Baghdad near
the compound of the American command said that at
least two missiles hit near the place. A huge crater
was left in the road, but there was no indication that
there were any casualties.
A spokesman for the US occupation's 1st Armored
Division, Captain David Gercken, said rockets hit a
bus station, a propane station and an apartment
building, wounding two Iraqis, near - but not in - the
so-called "Green Zone," surrounding the occupied
Republican Palace which the US aggressor forces have
turned into their headquarters.
Around noon on Tuesday two powerful explosions were
heard in Baghdad, but the US occupation forces claimed
that the blasts were the sound of their own forces
Tuesday the US occupation forces announced that two
American occupation troops killed three Iraqis who
were planting a mine on an expressway near
al-Fallujah, 60km west of Baghdad. Two other Iraqis
in the Resistance team escaped.
The al-Busayf district near ar-Ramadi held a funeral
for eight Iraqis killed by the occupation troops
during their campaign of raids, searches, and arrests
two days ago.
In Kirkuk on Tuesday three Iraqis, two of them puppet
policemen, were wounded when a bomb exploded at the
entrance to the Kirkuk Palace Hotel, where
representatives of an American oil company and a
number of Turkish companies as well as foreign
journalists are staying.
Contrary to recent American claims that the Iraqi
Resistance was no longer attacking American occupation
troops, US Colonel William Darley declared Tuesday 25
November 2003, that attacks against US occupation
forces peaked at more than 40 per day about two weeks
ago and have since dropped to about 30 per day - about
the same as in October and well over the number in
August and September. Statements from the Resistance
indicated that they had declared the beginning of
Ramadan a period of escalated struggle against the
occupation. That would coincide with what Darley
described as a "peak" in Resistance attacks.
Meanhwile, American Proconsul Paul Bremer rejected a
call by some Iraqi religious leaders for a one-week
ceasefire on the occasion of the end of Ramadan.
Wednesday, 26 November 2003.
US occupation forces admitted that one American
soldier died in Mosul of wounds received in combat
with the Iraqi Resistance.
Two Americans were wounded in two battles with Iraqi
Resistance forces that occurred late on Wednesday in
Mosul. The American aggressor forces reportedly
killed five Iraqis, including a 12-year-old boy in
those clashes, according to a report by the Agence
France Presse (AFP). Four Iraqi passers by were also
In ar-Ramadi, an American Humvee military vehicle was
damaged by an explosive device planted by the Iraqi
Resistance at the entrance to the city. Al-Jazeera's
correspondent reported that eyewitnesses said that the
incident left a number of American soldiers wounded.
Members of the Iraqi Resistance threatened that they
planned to launch attacks with unconventional weapons
on the occupation forces, according to a report
carried by the Qatari News Agency from Baghdad. An
organization calling itself the Army of the Liberation
of Iraq threatened to launch operations against camps
places of concentration of the American forces. It
therefore warned local people against getting near to
the occupation troops. In a communiqué that was
circulating on a limited scale Wednesday night in
al-A'zamiyah district of Baghdad, the Resistance group
stressed that it would use use types of weapons that
produce large-scale losses. It demanded that Iraqi
citizens working with the occupation forces leave
their jobs immediately.
Resistance fighters in Mosul fired at two shuttle
busses travelling from a US occupation forces compound
but the US military reported no casualties in that
In Mosul US occupation troops killed a girl and
injured three people in a pickup truck that was
approaching US soldiers who had earlier been shot at
in the shuttlebus attack, according to the version of
the incident related by the US aggressors. No weapons
were found in the truck.
On Wednesday witnesses near the village of Sharqat,
north of Baghdad reported sheets of flame and thick
black smoke shooting from a damaged pipeline at Taza,
about 25km south of Kirkuk, not far from Iraq's
largest oil refinery. A spokesman in the North Oil
company said that the fire in a gas pipeline broke out
on Wednesday, but was quickly brought under control
and did not harm the oil pipelines. The Iraqi
Resistance targets the country's oil infrastructure in
order to prevent the occupation from exploiting and
profiting from the nation's national resources.
US occupation troops of the 4th Infantry Division in
Samarra' arrested the wife and daughter of 'Izzat
Ibrahim ad-Duri, Vice Chairman of the Revolution
Command Council of Iraq, a man whom the US believes is
behind many of the Resistance attacks on the
occupation forces. Shortly before the US invasion
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein put 'Izzat Ibrahim in
charge of Iraqi defenses in the north of the country.
In cowboy style, the US occupation put up a reward of
$10 million "for information leading to his capture."
In Baaqubah occupation forces arrested three Iraqis
and confiscated a quantity of weapons in the course of
nighttime raids in one of the city's neighborhoods.
South of Baghdad, occupation forces have launched a
large campaign of raids, searches, and arrests.
Taking part in the repression are 100 soldiers with
armored vehicles and a number of the puppet so-called
Iraqi Civil Defense Force. A US occupation spokesman
said that they had discovered "quantities" of machine
guns and rocket-propelled grenade launchers.
The US Department of Defense announced that Donald
Rumsfeld had issued directives to the United States
Marine Corps to send 3,000 additional individuals to
Iraq amidst signs that the Resistance is intensifying.