For Albasrah net
Iraqi Resistance Report For
Thursday, 30 October 2003 through Wednesday, 5 November 2003.
Compiled and/or translated by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial
board of the Free Arab Voice.
Including reports from Resistance organizations on their operations
as supplied in the bulletin Hasad al-Muqawamah al-Iraqiyah [Harvest
of the Iraqi Resistance] from 30 October to 5 November 2003, and
Note: information taken from the Iraqi Resistance Sources is typed
ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. Material in lower case is taken from Arab and
foreign published media reports.
Wednesday, 5 November 2003.
Three violent explosions shook the General Headquarters of the
American occupation forces in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on
Wednesday. Iraqi puppet policeman Muhammad Mahmud told Agence France
Presse (AFP) "we were out on patrol when we heard the roar of
explosions coming from inside the General Headquarters of the
The puppet police and US occupation forces closed off the area of the
Headquarters as helicopters hovered above the building, according to
an AFP correspondent who observed clouds of smoke rising over it.
Five Americans were reported wounded and three Iraqis killed when
Resistance fighters attacked three US military convoys in the Mosul
area on Wednesday with rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and roadside
bombs, according to hospital officials quoted by the Associated Press.
AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL WAS ATTACKED OUTSIDE THE NINWA PROVINCIAL
OFFICES [IN MOSUL] IN NORTHERN IRAQ IN AN ASSAULT FOR WHICH A
DETACHMENT OF THE FORCES OF AL-FARUQ TOOK CREDIT. TWO AMERICAN
SOLDIERS WERE KILLED AND THREE OTHERS WOUNDED. AN ARMORED PERSONNEL
CARRIER WAS DESTROYED.
One American soldier belonging to the 1st Armored Division died on
Wednesday of a gunshot he received at a roadblock in the Iraqi
capital. The media section of the occupation forces said that the
death was under investigation.
Iraqi puppet police reported that two American soldiers were injured
on Wednesday when their armored Humvee collided with a Turkish truck
in the vicinity of Mosul on the Mosul-Dahuk road. The driver, an
American female soldier, reportedly received serious wounds in her
legs, while the male soldier who was a passenger sitting next to her
in the vehicle suffered only minor injuries.
In Samarra', al-Bakr military base, which the US occupation troops
are using as their local headquarters, came under mortar attack.
A FORMATION OF SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN HAS TAKEN CREDIT FOR AN AMBUSH IN
WHICH BOMBS WERE PLANTED IN THE PATH OF AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL
ON THE MAIN ROAD IN THE CITY OF SAMARRA'. THE REMOTE-CONTROLLED
DETONATION OF THE EXPLOSIONS AND THE ACCOMPANYING ASSAULT WITH RPGs
LEFT THREE OCCUPATION TROOPS DEAD, WOUNDED ANOTHER, AND DESTROYED A
HUMVEE AND AN ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER.
An American military convoy came under attack from unidentified
persons near the village of al-Muhammadi in the area of the city of
Hit, west of Baghdad.
A FORMATION OF THE ARMY OF JERUSALEM MOUNTED AN ATTACK ON ANAMERICAN
MILITARY CONVOY IN THE AREA OF AL-MUHAMMADI NEAR THE CENTER OF HIT
REGION. THE ATTACK LEFT THREE OCCUPATION SOLDIERS DEAD AND ONE
WOUNDED. A TANK, A HUMVEE, AND A TROOP TRANSPORT VEHICLE WERE
THE ATTACK WAS FOLLOWED BY A MASS DEMONSTRATION IN THE REGIONAL
CAPITAL WHICH CHANTED LONG LIFE TO THE MUJAHID SADDAM HUSSEIN, AND
DEMANDED THE EVACUATION OF THE COLONIALISTS AND THEIR TRAITOROUS
In al-Mafraq Captain Hatem Sultan, an officer in the puppet police
station reported that "a mortar shell was fired at the police station
from a distance of 500 meters. It landed on the edge of one of the
walls and ricocheted far away." He said that policemen then searched
in vain for the person who had launched the mortar shell. Sultan
said that the mortar shell did nothing but break the glass in a
neighboring house as the police station lies at the end of a large,
unlit open square.
IN AL-MANSUR DISTRICT IN BAGHDAD A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE
BAATH ATTACKED AN AMERICAN PATROL KILLING ONE AMERICAN SOLDIER AND
WOUNDING THREE OTHERS. A MILITARY JEEP WAS DESTROYED.
Witnesses reported that two Iraqi women were wounded in Kirkuk
Wednesday morning in two attacks that targeted political parties.
Puppet police reported that a bomb exploded at the home of
Jamilah 'Abbas, former president of the Union of Iraqi Women, an
organization affiliated with the Arab Baath Socialist Party.
Police Colonel Burhan at-Ta'ib said "she and her daughter were
injured. She was the target of the attack because she had been a
high official in the Baath Party."
Meanwhile a Katyusha rocket was fired at the headquarters of a
Kurdish cultural society near offices of the Kurdistani Democratic
Party which is led by Mas'ud Barizani. Ahmad Takana, a member of the
society said that the façade of the building had been damaged.
said "we can't really accuse anybody but I think that coming days
will see attacks on the Kurdish organizations." The Kurdish society
publishes a weekly and a monthly newspaper.
According to spokesmen for the occupation troops, US forces belonging
to the 82nd Airborne Division claim to have captured two former Iraqi
Army generals (whom they failed to identify) in an early morning raid
on Wednesday in al-Fallujah.
In another search, the occupation forces claim to have turned up a
large amount of munitions including mortar shells and machine gun
The Council of Shaykhs [Sunni religious leaders] of Iraq demanded the
release of the General Secretary of the organization, Shaykh Ra'd al-
Hamdani, whom the occupation forces arrested at the end of July on
the charge of possession of weapons. Al-Hamdani's brother denies the
charge made against the Shaykh, saying that the weapons in question
had been left behind by the Iraqi Army.
Meanwhile, the governor of an-Najaf declared an open general strike
yesterday to protest the state of security in the city. The strike
announcement followed a meeting he held with the US occupation
command in the wake of the assassination of one of the judges in the
city. The governor's strike call also demands that security
authority being transferred to the Iraqis, and that the municipal
authorities be given full powers and that a purge be carried out of
all members of the Baath party from all administrative offices.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm, daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Thursday,
Tuesday, 4 November 2003.
One American soldier was killed and two others wounded on Tuesday in
a roadside bombing in Baghdad. A female spokesman for the occupation
troops said that a soldier belonging to the 1st Armored Division was
killed and two others wounded when their vehicle ran over a mine in
Al-Jazeera TV's correspondent in Baghdad reported that a series of
powerful explosions shook the city late on Tuesday night. An Iraqi
guard near the scene of the blasts said that he heard three
explosions from inside the main compound of the US occupation forces.
THE "AD-DURAH" AMERICAN MILITARY CAMP, IN THE CENTER OF BAGHDAD,
ASSAULTED IN A JOINT ATTACK MOUNTED BY FORMATIONS OF THE REPUBLICAN
GUARD AND SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN. THE ATTACK THAT INVOLVED THE FIRING OF
MISSILES AND A VIOLENT ARTILLERY BOMBARDMENT SHOOK THE IRAQI
CAPITAL. INFORMATION MEDIA REPORTED THE DEATH OF MORE THAN FOUR
OCCUPATION SOLDIERS AS WELL AS THE WOUNDING OF AN UNKNOWN NUMBER OF
THE AGGRESSORS. TWO TANKS THAT WERE IN FRONT OF THE GATE OF THE BASE
WERE DESTROYED. FIRES BURST OUT IN MANY PLACES WITHIN THE BASE WHOSE
OPEN SQUARE WAS FILLED WITH CLOUDS OF SMOKE. REPEATED EXPLOSIONS
CONTINUED INSIDE THE BASE FOR MORE THAN HALF AN HOUR.
AT THE SAME TIME AND FOR THE SECOND TIME IN A WEEK, THE REPUBLICAN
PALACE IN WHICH ARE LOCATED THE CENTRAL OFFICES OF THE COMMAND OF THE
OCCUPATION FORCES AND THE AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION OF PAUL BREMER AND
HIS ADVISERS, AIDS AND SECRETARIES, CAME UNDER A VIOLENT ROCKET AND
ARTILLERY BARRAGE THAT SCORED DIRECT HITS. TONGUES OF FIRE AND
CLOUDS OF SMOKE ROSE FROM THROUGHOUT THE PLACE AFTER ITS POUNDING BY
THE RESISTANCE. SATELLITE TV STATIONS RELAYED PICTURES TAKEN FROM
GREAT DISTANCE OF THE BUILDINGS UNDER ATTACK INASMUCH AS THE TWO
AREAS ARE ENTIRELY CLOSED OFF AND UNAPPROACHABLE. NEVERTHELESS, THE
RESISTANCE FIGHTERS WERE ABLE TO APPROACH THE US POSITIONS TO
DEMONSTRATE THAT INDEED THIS IS THE "WEEK OF THE RESISTANCE"
NO PLACE IN IRAQ IS BEYOND THEIR REACH.
Witnesses said that at least five explosions reverberated throughout
in various parts of Baghdad, all emanating from the area on the west
bank of the Tigris river where the US occupation has its headquarters
in the "Green Square." Smoke could be scene billowing from
one position in the compound located in central Baghdad. The
Pentagon acknowledged that three Americans had been wounded in the
attack that journalists attributed to missiles crashing into the
American compound. "There were three explosions. Four persons were
wounded from the coalition; one was treated on the scene and the
other three taken to the 28th Combat Support Hospital," said US
Lieutenant Colonel Jim Cassella, a spokesman for the Pentagon.
Cassella told Reuters that he was unsure as to whether the wounded
were civilian or military, inasmuch as the blasts occurred within the
large "Green Square" that contains the former Republican Palace
now houses US military basing and the headquarters of so-called
Coalition Provisional Authority headed by US proconsul Paul Bremer.
Cassella said "the blasts occurred outside of the CPA compound.
was not clear where the attacks were launched from, but we suspect it
was with mortars or perhaps missiles."
IN THE AREA OF AZ-ZAYDIYAH IN BAGHDAD, AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL
WAS ATTACKED BY A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH KILLING ONE
AMERICAN SOLDIER, WOUNDING ANOTHER, AND DESTROYING A HUMVEE.
In Mosul in northern Iraq, Resistance fighters opened fire on the
Mosul Hotel which houses US occupation forces with small arms and
rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) on Tuesday. American sources
claimed there were no casualties. Three of the grenades hit the
building, two others detonated in the compound. Al-Jazeera reported
that the five grenades slammed into the area after noon. A spokesman
for the Iraqi puppet police said that after the attack, US occupation
forces and Iraqi police sealed off all roads leading to the hotel as
helicopters hovered overhead. The spokesman said that an
investigation into the question of where the missiles were fired was
A DETACHMENT OF THE REPUBLICAN GUARDS HAS ANNOUNCED THAT IT BOMBARDED
THE MOSUL HOTEL IN THE CITY OF MOSUL, RESIDENCE AND HEADQUARTERS OF
THE AMERICAN FORCES IN THE PROVINCE. THE BOMBARDMENT, THAT DESTROYED
LARGE PARTS OF THE FA?ADE OF THE BUILDING, LEFT EIGHT AMERICAN
OFFICERS INJURED, THREE OF THEM SERIOUSLY.
In al-Khalidiyah Resistance fighters ambushed a US aggressor patrol
on Tuesday with RPGs. The US military did not report casualties.
Meanwhile, an American military convoy was attacked by rockets in the
al-Jazirah district, west of the city of Samarra'.
THE ARMY OF JERUSALEM HAS CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY FOR AN ATTACK ON AN
AMERICAN MILITARY POSITION IN THE AL-JAZIRAH AREA OF SAMARRA'. THE
ATTACK WAS ACCOMPANIED BY A MISSILE AND ARTILLERY BARRAGE AND LEFT
THREE OCCUPATION TROOPS DEAD, AND FOUR OTHERS WOUNDED. A TANK, A
HUMVEE, AND AN ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER WERE DESTROYED.
In the city of Baaqubah, near Baghdad, occupation forces raided a
number of homes and arrested two persons whom they suspected of
involvement in an incident four days previous in which an American
tank was disabled and four American troops who had been aboard were
killed. The American raiding party seized a number of weapons.
A FORMATION OF SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN TOOK CREDIT FOR AN ATTACK ON AN
AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL IN THE CITY OF TIKRIT THAT LEFT THREE
OCCUPATION TROOPS DEAD AND ONE OTHER WOUNDED, AND DESTROYED A TANK
AND AN ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER.
A FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF AL-FARUQ HAVE TAKEN RESPONSIBILITY FOR
AN ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN MILITARY CONVOY AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CITY
OF SAMARRA' THAT KILLED TWO OCCUPATION TROOPS, WOUNDED FIVE OTHERS –
TWO OF THEM VERY SERIOUSLY – AND DESTROYED A TANK, A HUMVEE, AND
TROOP TRANSPORT VEHCILE.
Britain's Defence Ministry announced that a British soldier belonging
to the British Royal Marines had been killed in hostile gunfire in
Iraq on Friday, 31 October.
The Armed Forces of Estonia announced on Tuesday that four Estonian
soldiers who are operating as a part of an infantry unit in Baghdad,
were wounded in a hand grenade attack in the Iraqi capital at the end
of last week. A communiqué issued by the Estonian military said
the 15 members of a foot patrol in the area of Abu Ghurayb came under
attack on Sunday when three hand grenades were thrown at them. The
Estonians fired at their attackers but were unable to capture any.
Peter Tali, spokesman for the Estonian military said that the
injuries of the soldiers were not serious, and that they are expected
to resume their work within ten days. "Our unit will continue its
work as usual," he said.
Spain announced, meanwhile, that while its embassy in Baghdad would
remain open, most of the 29 staff members were to be withdrawn from
the war-torn capital "for security reasons", leaving only
staff behind. Madrid's announcement follows decisions by Bulgaria
and the Netherlands in late October to move their embassy staff to
Amman, Jordan, due to the intensity of the urban guerrilla war
underway in occupied Baghdad.
Overnight a puppet police station was attacked also in Mosul.
Al-Jazeera reported that unknown persons assassinated the Deputy
Chairman of the Appeals Court in the city of Mosul. Unidentified
persons fired a hail of bullets at Judge Isma'il Yusuf Sadeq, 60,
just as he emerged from his home, killing him. A witness reported
that a car with tinted windows suddenly stopped in front of the
judge's house. Armed men got out and opened fire on Yusuf who was
struck by several bullets in his chest and side. The family of Judge
Yusuf said they did not know the reason for the assassination. Some
judges who had ties to the Baath Party were dismissed after the
American occupation of the country, but Yusuf continued in his post.
Meanwhile the Iraqi puppet police and medical sources are quoted as
reporting that an Iraqi judge had been killed and one of his
relatives wounded in Kirkuk by American military gunfire. A security
officer working for Kirkuk General Hospital said that the "American
soldiers were lying in wait to ambush attackers in the city when they
opened fire on a car in which Judge Husayn Ahmad Shihab, 38, was
being riding while one of the judge's relatives, 'Ata' Allah Khalaf,
35, was at the wheel." Mahmud Nuzat, who is in charge of the
Department of Surgery in the hospital said the judge "was killed
two bullets in the head while his relative received three bullet
wounds in the abdomen and shoulder. He underwent two surgical
Khalaf, who said he was "unaware of any American soldiers between
houses," reported that "they opened fire on us just a little
In other news, an Iraqi court has sentenced the former governor of
Najaf Abu Haydar 'Abd al-Mun'im to 14 years in prison after he was
convicted of kidnapping the children of his political rival. The US
occupation forces had appointed 'Abd al-Mun'im as governor of an-
Najaf after they seized control of the country from President Saddam
Hussein. Later, however, the US forces arrested 'Abd al-Mun'im on
suspicion of committing crimes of kidnapping, keeping hostages, and
'Abd al-Mun'im was convicted of holding three children of his
political rival from April through June 26, the date on which he was
arrested. He was also convicted of destroying a Finance Ministry
document that prohibited him from withdrawing money from government
bank accounts and of keeping funds that were taken from a prisoner
after he had been released.
Elsewhere, eyewitnesses told Agence France Presse (AFP) that American
soldiers showed up at Baaqubah General Hospital on Tuesday morning
with the body of an Iraqi who had been killed by a gunshot to the
abdomen. Nu'man Saleh, 40, and an employee with the hospital's
Information Section that "at exactly 6:30 local time, American
arrived in six jeeps. The soldiers took a black bag containing the
body of an Iraqi out of one of the jeeps and threw it on the floor in
the morgue. Then they left" the place.
Saleh added that "the doctors in the Forensic Medicine Department
the hospital found that the bag contained the body of an Iraqi
citizen named Karim Jasem Mahmud al-'Azzawi, 42, who was killed by a
gunshot that appeared to be American." Saleh said, "the doctors
waiting for the family of the deceased to come looking for him in the
hopes that they might then learn the circumstances of his killing."
He also said he had seen "six prisoners with their heads in black
bags in one of the [American] vehicles."
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, from Amman, Jordan,
Wednesday, 5 November 2003. Al-Jazeera website:
Monday, 3 November 2003.
A US occupation soldier with the 4th Infantry Division was reported
killed and another wounded in the explosion of a makeshift bomb near
Tikrit, according to the US military.
A FORMATION OF SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN ATTACKED AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL
IN THE CITY OF TIKRIT. THE ASSAULT LEFT TWO AMERICANS DEAD AND FOUR
OTHERS WOUNDED AND DESTROYED A TANK AND AN ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER.
Powerful explosions shook the Iraqi capital Baghdad on Monday as the
Iraqi Resistance targeted the Headquarters of the American occupation
forces in the city with bombings and then launched a mortar barrage
on the American Administrative Headquarters, where the offices of
Proconsul Paul Bremer are located, in the former Republican Palace,
now called the Green Square.
After the mortar assault on the US governor's palace, which was
launched from the west bank of the Tigris River, Iraqi eyewitnesses
observed extensive deployment of US occupation troops in the Green
Square. Journalists reported obvious activity by US military
helicopters in the skies over the area, as they searched for the
attackers or their traces.
A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH ATTACKED A CHECKPOINT IN ABU
GHURAYB USING RPGs, HAND GRENADES, AND AUTOMATIC WEAPONS. THE ATTACK
LEFT TWO OCCUPATION SOLDIERS DEAD, WOUNDED FOUR OTHERS, AND DESTROYED
A TANK, A HUMVEE, AND AN ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER.
IN BAGHDAD A FORMATION OF THE BAATH PLANTED AN EXPLOSIVE DEVICE IN
THE PATH OF AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL NEAR AN-NUSUR SQUARE. THE
REMOTE CONTROLLED DETONATION OF THE DEVICE KILLED ONE AMERICAN
SOLDIER, WOUNDED THREE OTHERS, AND DESTROYED A HUMVEE.
AN AMERICAN MILITARY POSITION IN THE DISTRICT OF KARRADAT MARYAM IN
THE CENTER OF BAGHDAD WAS SUBJECTED TO VIOLENT ROCKET ATTACK IN AN
ASSAULT CLAIMED BY A DETACHMENT OF THE REPUBLICAN GUARD. EYE
WITNESSES SAID THAT THE ATTACK RESULTED IN THE DEATH OF SIX
OCCUPATION SOLDIERS, AND THE WOUNDING OF AN UNKNOWN NUMBER OF OTHRS.
IT ALSO SET THE FACILITIES IN THE EMPLACEMENT ABLAZE.
Mosul airport, which is also used by the US occupation forces as a
regional headquarters, likewise came under attack from anti-tank
weapons. After the attack, the US troops closed off all approaches
to Mosul airport as helicopters flew off to search for the Resistance
fighters. Eyewitnesses reported that the attackers fired the anti-
tank rockets at the US emplacement as they drove past in a car.
One American soldier was wounded Monday in an attack on a convoy
110km north of Baghdad in which small arms and grenades were used,
eyewitnesses reported. Matar Mahmud, a farmer, said that an American
military convoy was attacked with small arms and a grenade as it
passed by on the expressway. He said that one American was wounded
in the assault. Taxi driver 'Ali Nassar said he heard the sound of
gunfire followed by the roar of a powerful explosion and then saw the
soldiers taking away a wounded soldier.
AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL WAS ATTACKED AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CITY
OF BALAD IN AN ATTACK CLAIMED BY A FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF AL-
FARUQ. THAT ASSAULT LEFT TWO AMERICAN SOLDIERS DEAD, WOUNDED ONE
OTHER, AND DESTROYED AN ARMORED VEHICLE AND A TROOP TRANSPORT VEHICLE.
A late-hour mortar attack on the town of Kirkuk in northern Iraq
killed two and wounded six. Residents reported that three mortar
shells landed in a residential neighborhood where young people were
meeting. The local physician confirmed that two persons had died.
Four Iraqis were martyred on Monday in clashes with the US aggressor
troops in al-Fallujah and Abu Ghurayb.
Witnesses reported that an 11-year old Iraqi boy was killed when he
was caught in crossfire between American aggressor troops and Iraqi
Resistance fighters. The boy was buried today amidst the chanting of
Islamic slogans in a funeral in which 400 Iraqis took part.
Three Iraqis were injured in Karbala' when a bomb exploded in that
city near a hotel in the center of the city. One of the wounded men
is reportedly in critical condition. Witnesses said that the façade
of the hotel was seriously damaged. Later news reports indicated
that one Iraqi had died as a result of the blast.
American aggressor troops launched a wave of searches and arrests in
the city of al-Fallujah following at least two deadly attacks in the
area of the city on Sunday.
Ten Iraqis, including three officers in the former Iraqi Army, were
arrested in a wave of arrests carried out by US aggressor forces in
the city of al-Fallujah on the night of Sunday to Monday, according
to members of their families. 'Ammar Saleh, whose father and brother
were arrested said "the soldiers came at 1:00 am and said over
loudspeakers that they were going to search the houses of the
neighborhood of ad-Dubbat ('the officers')." Saleh said that the
Americans had a list of names of persons whom they wanted to arrest.
Fatemah 'Isa said "they blew up the door of the house with a bomb,
they busted the windows with their rifle butts, the tossed everything
that was in the drawers and knocked the furniture all over." The
three men in her family were also arrested. She said that the troops
also stole seven million Iraqi dinars, the equivalent of over
Members of the Ibrahim family accused the American troops of doing
the same thing in their home. Wahidah Ibrahim said "they arrested
three men and stole 25 million dinars (US$10,000) and took our
idenity cards." Witnesses said that the aggressor troops also
confiscated their weapons and took the municipal licenses for the
weapons as well.
Occupation troops searched the area where the American Chinook
transport helicopter was downed on Sunday, killing an admitted 16 US
troops. One villager, Jamal Abed, 22, reported that US aggressor
troops came to his house on Monday morning and told him, through a
translator, "if American forces are subjected to fire, they will
fire on every house in the area." The statement reflected the
apparent policy of US troops to respond to any attack by firing
indiscriminately in every direction in the vicinity.
Also on Monday morning, the Chairman of the Court of the City of an-
Najaf and the Chairman of the Special Investigative Committees
charged with passing sentences on Baath Party members, Muhan Jabr ash-
Shuayli, was kidnapped and assassinated. Public
Prosecutor 'Aref 'Aziz, said that he and ash-Shuwayli were both
kidnapped from in front of ash-Shuwayli's home. 'Aziz told the press
later that the unknown kidnappers took them to the desert where they
took ash-Shuwayli out of the car and fired two bullets into his head,
killing him instantly. 'Aziz reported that one of the kidappers told
ash-Shuwayli just before killing him, "Saddam ordered that you
The kidnappers told 'Aziz "this matter does not concern you,"
The Court and Special Investigative Committees of which Muhan Jabr
ash-Shuayli was in charge were the only such body in Iraq and had
received some 400 cases. The court had ordered the arrest of 160
Baathists, of whom 50 had been arrested.
During the night the mayor of an-Najaf, Shaykh Khaled an-Nu'mani was
the object of an assassination attempt. An-Nu'mani told the press
that during the night three armed men fired weapons at his house,
whereupon an-Nu'mani's bodyguards returned fire. Two persons have
been arrested in connection with the attack. One of those accused is
reportedly an Egyptian by the name of Rabi' al-Misri who was a long-
time resident of an-Najaf.
Meanwhile On Monday a spokesman for the occupation authorities said
that a puppet official in charge of al-Karakh district in Baghdad who
had been appointed by the occupation authorities, was assassinated on
Sunday evening near his home.
Thomas Baisle, spokesman for the occupation troops, said that the
Chairman of the Council of al-Karakh District, Mustafa Zaydan al-
Khalifah, was shot to death near his home on Hayfa Street in central
Baghdad. The occupation spokesman said that Zaydan, 47, had been
walking by himself when two attackers in a passing car with no
license plates fired on him and fled.
Al-Karakh District lies within the Area of al-Karakh, the biggest
area in the Iraqi capital. On 28 October Fares 'Abd ar-Razzaq, chief
of the Municipal Council of Baghdad who had also been appointed by
the occupation authorities was also assassinated.
Medical and security sources told the press that one Iraqi was killed
and 15 others injured on Monday in an explosion that targeted an
official in an area near Baaqubah in Diyala Province, 60km northeast
Puppet police stated that the blast occurred as the motorcade of the
Deputy Governor of the area, 'Aql Hamed, was passing through the area
of the Sa'd Military Camp. Hamed was unhurt. Among those wounded in
the explosion was one puppet policeman and four members of the
occupation-appointed "civil defense" organization.
The formation of an organization called the Army of Partisans of the
Sunnah was announced in a statement issued by the leadership of the
organization, a copy of which was delivered to the London-based
Arabic-language newspaper al-Quds al-Arabi.
The statement said "Jihad in Iraq has become an obligation incumbent
on each and every Muslim now that the infidel enemy has assaulted the
Land of Islam." The statement also included a number of fatwas
(Islamic legal opinions issued by an Islamic legal authority) stating
that it was forbidden for any Muslim to work in any institution run
by the occupation, including the police and the army. The fatwa said
that anyone who takes up work with the occupation, including work as
a translator or interpreter, or anyone who gives direct or indirect
services to the occupation, is to be regarded as an apostate from
Islam. The punishment for apostasy in traditional Islamic law is
The statement said that "a group of mujahideen, religious scholars,
people with political expertise, seasoned military men, and people
who have a background in running the Islamic doctrinal struggle
against the people of disbelief brought together a number of separate
jihadi detachments and groupings that had been working in the field
from the north to the south to form a tremendous army under one
command ['imarah'] which will lay down a practical program, that is
not imported but reflects a clear vision of the situation on the
ground and that is based on the teachings of upright Islamic law as
contained in the Book [i.e., al-Qur'an], the pure Sunnah [i.e.,
practice of the Prophet Muhammad], and the guidance of the learned
from among the upright Islamic forefathers, in order to maintain a
policy in accordance with Islamic law, and not an undisciplined
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, 4
November 2003: al-Quds al-Arabi daily newspaper, London, Tuesday, 4
Sunday, 2 November 2003.
Iraq's resistance strikes hard bringing down a 10-ton transport
helicopter and simultaneously ambushing a US patrol in al-Fallujah,
killing at least 19 Americans.
A FORMATION OF SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN HAS SHOT DOWN AN AMERICAN CHINOOK
TRANSPORT HELICOPTER WITH MORE THAN FIFTY AMERICAN OFFICERS AND MEN
ABOARD IN THE AREA OF AL-BU 'ISA IN 'AMERIYAH, AL-FALLUJAH. IN
ADDITION TO DESTROYING AND BURNING THE AIRCRAFT, THE ATTACK KILLED
MORE THAN TWENTY OFFICERS AND MEN AND WOUNDED MORE THAN TWENTY
OTHERS, MOST OF THEM VERY SERIOUSLY. UNTIL THE TIME THE RESISTANCE
COMMUNIQUE WAS ISSUED THE OCCUPATION FORCES HAD ACKNOWLEDGED THE
DEATH OF ONLY 16 OF THEIR PERSONNEL. BUT EYE WITNESSES, WHO RESIDED
IN THE AREA OF THE ATTACK AND WHO WERE THE FIRST TO WITNESS THE
OPERATION, STATED THAT THE HELICOPTER WENT UP LIKE ONE HUGE TORCH IN
THE AIR AND THEREFORE THE SURVIVAL OF ANYONE ABOARD – WHO NUMBERED
MORE THAN FIFTY – WOULD HAVE BEEN UNLIKELY.
Crowning what US proconsul in Iraq, Paul Bremer called a "tough
in the occupation army's counterrevolutionary war against the Iraqi
Resistance, Iraqi fighters fired a shoulder-launched anti-aircraft
missile to bring down a US Chinook helicopter, killing 16 occupation
troops, according to an Associated Press report. The reports
indicated that another 20 occupation troops were wounded in the
bloodiest single attack reported thus far in Iraq's War of Resistance.
Some reports maintained that the helicopter was one of two that took
off from US-occupied Saddam International Airport carrying US troops
away for a stint of rest and relaxation (R&R) in Germany and the
United States. Another report said the two helicopters had taken off
from the occupied Iraqi airbase of al-Habbaniyah.
An Iraqi missile blasted into one of the choppers at about 9:00 am
local time on Sunday 2 November 2003. The Chinook burst into flame
and crashed into cornfields near the village of Hasai, about 5km
south of the Resistance hot spot of al-Fallujah. The Associated
Press reported that the other helicopter hovered over the site of the
attack and then set down in an apparent effort to put out the fires
that engulfed the wreckage. Six Black Hawk helicopters soon arrived
at the scene and dozens of occupation soldiers swarmed over the
site. Two hours after the attack, injured were still being evacuated
from the crash scene.
Muhammad al-'Isawi, a farmer who witnessed the attack, said that
victims were scattered 500 meters away from the crash site.
Villagers on the scene proudly showed off pieces of the wreckage to
arriving reporters. One resident who would not reveal his name told
western reporters: "This was a new lesson from the Resistance,
lesson to the greedy aggressors. They'll never be safe until they
get out of our country."
Witnesses said they saw two missiles fired from a palm grove at the
84-foot long, 10-ton heavy transport helicopter, the largest that the
US has so far admitted to have been downed in Iraq's anti-colonial
struggle. Eye witnesses told a correspondent for the Jordanian
newspaper al-Arab al-Yawm that they saw a missile fly like an arrow
straight at one of the helicopters, which, on impact burst into a
ball of flame in the air. The missiles flashed towards the US
aircraft from behind as would be expected with the Surface-to-Air
Missile (SAM) known as SAM-7 or, in Russian, "Strela" ("Arrow").
Iraqi military reportedly had a stock of the Soviet-built weapons.
Iraqi technicians had reportedly managed to extend the range of the
Strela to approximately six kilometers – sufficient for bringing
According to the Associated Press, on Friday, 31 October, the
Occupation Command had announced that it was expanding the home leave
program for troops in Iraq, to fly more soldiers out of the region
each day and take them to US airports. On Sunday the US military
stated that the daily flow of soldiers amounted to 480, up from the
earlier figure of 280. The troops are ferried by helicopter out of
Iraq to a transit facility in occupied Kuwait.
American forces kept journalists away from the crash site on Sunday
and forced photographers who had managed to get pictures to destroy
Other Americans were killed as well on Sunday. At virtually the same
instant that Resistance fighters brought down the helicopter,
elsewhere in al-Fallujah, witnesses said, an explosion struck one
vehicle in a US military convoy. The Iraqi witnesses said they saw
four dead Americans as a result, but occupation authorities refused
to confirm that report. The US command then admitted that four
Americans had been wounded in the attack in al-Fallujah, and later
acknowledged that two American civilians working for the US Army
Corps of Engineers had died in the assault.
JUST TWO HOURS AFTER THE DOWNING OF THE HELICOPTER AN AMERICAN
MILITARY PATROL WAS ATTACKED WITH HAND GRENADES IN THE CITY OF AL-
FALLUJAH IN AN ASSAULT THAT HAS BEEN CLAIMED BY A FORMATION OF
SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN. THE ATTACK LEFT FOUR OCCUPATION SOLDIERS DEAD AND
TWO OTHERS INJURED IN ADDITION TO DESTROYING A HUMVEE AND A TROOP
A FORMATION OF THE ARMY OF JERUSALEM HAS TAKEN CREDIT FOR AN AMBUSH
IT LAUNCHED ON AN AMERICAN CONVOY OUTSIDE THE CITY OF AL-FALLUJAH
WHERE AN EXPLOSIVE HAD BEEN PLANTED. THE ATTACK LEFT THREE
OCCUPATION SOLDIERS DEAD, INJURED SIX OTHERS, AND DESTROYED A TANK A
HUMVEE, AND A TROOP TRANSPORT VEHICLE.
In a separate incident, the occupation command admitted that one
soldier belonging to the 1st Armored Division was killed just after
midnight on Sunday morning when a home made bomb detonated as his
vehicle passed on its way to respond to another attack.
Occupation troops clashed with local people in Abu Ghurayb, west of
Baghdad on Sunday and witnesses reported casualties among Iraqi
citizens and the US aggressor troops. As usual, the American side
refused to confirm such reports.
AN AMERICAN FOOT PATROL WAS ATACKED WITH HAND GRENADES NEAR THE ABU
GHURAYB FOOD MARKET, LEAVING THREE OCCUPATION TROOPS DEAD AND
INJURING TWO OTHERS. AFTER THE OPERATION, A 9-YEAR-OLD IRAQI GIRL
DIED A MARTYR UNDER THE TREADS OF AN AMERICAN TANK THAT HAD ARRIVED
TO HELP THE US PATROL.
The latest clashes erupted when US troops arrived Sunday morning at
the Abu Ghurayb market. The occupation forces reportedly ordered the
citizens to disperse from the marketplace and take down religious
stickers from walls in the area. A hand grenade was thrown at the
aggressor troops and the Americans as usual opened fire
indiscriminately at the crowd.
The Associated Press said that Iraqi witnesses early reported "three
or four" dead Americans in the clashes and "six or seven Iraqis"
A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH HAS TAKEN RESPONSIBILITY FOR
AN ATTACK ON A US PATROL IN THE POLICE DISTRICT IN THE CENTER OF
BAGHDAD THAT LEFT ONE AMERICAN SOLDIER DEAD, AND THREE INJURED, AND
DAMAGED A HUMVEE.
A RESISTANCE DETACHMENT TOOK CREDIT FOR AN EXPLOSION ON AN OIL
PIPELINE BETWEEN THE FIJI FIELD AND THE AD-DURAH REFINERY IN BAGHDAD,
IN THE COURSE OF THE EFFORT TO DENY THE OCCUPATION FORCES THE ABILITY
TO STEAL AND USE IRAQI OIL IN THE FULFILMENT OF THEIR PLANS IN THE
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Monday, 3
Saturday, 1 November 2003.
Three Americans were killed and two others wounded on Saturday as a
land mine exploded under their passing vehicles on the road to the
city of Mosul in northern Iraq. Iraqi puppet police reported the
incident. Although the US 101st Airborne Division admitted two
Americans had been killed, the Iraqi police maintained that three
American military personnel had been killed in the attack.
A FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF AL-HUSAYN HAS TAKEN CREDIT FOR AN ATTACK
ON AN AMERICAN PATROL IN THE CITY OF MOSUL THAT LEFT ONE AMERICAN
SOLDIER DEAD, WOUNDED TWO OTHERS, AND DESTROYED A MILITARY JEEP.
On Sunday media reports stated that five more Americans were killed
on Saturday in the city of Hit after their armored patrol vehicles
hit a land mine. Al-Arabiyah satellite TV network reported that an
American military vehicle had been destroyed in an attack. Witnesses
said that five Americans were killed and four others wounded in the
A DETACHMENT OF THE REPUBLICAN GUARD TOOK CREDIT FOR AN ATTACK ON AN
AMERICAN CONVOY IN THE CITY OF HIT THAT LEFT FIVE OCCUPATION SOLDIERS
DEAD AND INJURED THREE OTHERS IN ADDITION TO DESTROYING A TANK, A
TROOP TRANSPORT VEHICLE, AND A TRUCK THAT WAS CARRYING MILITARY
SUPPLIES AND PROVISIONS FOR.
Meanwhile leaflets circulating in occupied Iraq called for a Day of
Resistance to protest the US occupation. The leaflets also called
for a three-day general strike to begin in Saturday.
A DETACHMENT OF THE ARMY OF JERUSALEM AMBUSHED AN AMERICAN OCCUPATION
PATROL USING PLANTED EXPLOSIVES AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE CITY OF AL-
FALLUJAH. THE ATTACK AND THE DETONATION OF THE EXPLOSIVES LEFT SIX
OCCUPATION TROOPS DEAD, INJURED FOUR OTHERS, AND DESTROYED A HUMVEE,
AND A TROOP TRANSPORT VEHICLE.
According to Agence France Press (AFP), the city was unusually quiet
as many parents, in some cases at the urging of school principals,
kept their children home from schools and as many office workers
employed by international agencies also stayed home. Most schools in
the Iraqi capital were empty, and shopping areas that are usually
bustling on Saturday (the beginning of the week in Iraq) were largely
empty and quiet.
Cigarette vendor Lu'ay Adib, 19, said that his two sisters had been
kept home from school "because of threats of attacks" by the
resistance. He said that he, too, was afraid but needed to work.
Mosul was the scene of attacks on two puppet police patrols that left
four policemen wounded. The first attack was actually late on Friday
evening when three policemen were wounded when their pickup truck was
attacked. The second attack, which left a policeman seriously
wounded occurred on Saturday.
IN IMPLEMENTATION OF WARNINGS FROM THE RESISTANCE TO ANYONE
COOPERATING WITH THE OCCUPATION FORCES, DETACHMENTS OF THE RESISTANCE
SHELLED A POLICE HEADQUARTERS IN MOSUL WITHOUT AIMING AT PERSONS.
AFTER THE ATTACK, THE RESISTANCE DISTRIBUTED ONCE AGAIN FLIERS
THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE CITY THAT REPEATED THEIR WARNING TO PERSONS OR
GROUPS THAT COOPERATE OR WORK WITH THE OCCUPATION FORCES. TRAITORS
TO THE HOMELAND AND THE PEOPLE WOULD NOT BE DEALT WITH EASILY OR
Mortar shells landed at a school near Baaqubah, which is close to a
US military emplacement. The school, which was empty at the time,
except for a doorman who was uninjured, has been hit on several
occasions due to its proximity to the occupation soldiers' position.
Puppet police in an-Najaf announced that on Saturday they discovered
ten Katyusha rockets nearly ready for firing which had been put in
place during the night. They lacked only the firing mechanism and
were likely intended to be fired at a US military post in a former
Iraqi Army training base.
Meanwhile the Bayji Oil Company admitted that an oil pipeline had
been set alight by an explosion caused by sabotage to one of the
company's pipelines. Witnesses had reported that an explosion shook
the area during the night.
AS PART OF THE TASK OF PREVENGINT THE OCCUPATION TROOPS FROM STEALING
AND USING IRAQ'S OIL, A RESISTANCE DETACHMENT BLEW UP AND DESTROYED
PART OF AN OIL PIPELINE OUTSIDE BAYJI TO STOP THE FLOW OF OIL OVER
IRAQI TERRITORY TO THE PORT OF CAYHAN IN TURKEY. THE OPERATION
DESTROYED A LARGE PART OF THE PIPELINE AND HALTED FLOW OF OIL WHICH
HAD JUST RESUMED HOURS BEFORE AFTER DAMAGE CAUSED BY AN EXPLOSION THE
PREVIOUS WEEK HAD BEEN REPAIRED.
An Associated Press dispatch reported that the rate of Resistance
attacks is now up to an average of 33 every day.
Friday, 31 October 2003.
The Anglo-American occupation command in Iraq has admitted that one
US soldier belonging to the 82nd Airborne Division was killed and
four others wounded in a bombing in al-Khalidiyah.
A FORMATION OF THE ARMY OF JERUSALEM HAS TAKEN CREDIT FOR AN AMBUSH
ON AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL IN THE AREA OF AL-KHALIDIYAH, WEST OF
BAGHDAD. ONE AMERICAN WAS KILLED, FOUR OTHERS INJURED, AND A HUMVEE
Two American soldiers were wounded, and three Iraqi civilians and an
Iraqi puppet policeman were killed in a hand grenade attack in the
market in Abu Ghurayb, west of Baghdad. Occupation forces spokesman
Leftenant Joseph Harrison said "our troops were attacked before
noon. Two grenades were thrown at us. There was an explosion that
could have resulted from a home made explosive."
A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH HAS TAKEN CREDIT FOR AN
ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN OCCUPATION PATROL IN THE AREA OF ABU GHURAYB IN
WHICH CITIZENS OF THE AREA TOOK PART. THE ATTACK LEFT THREE
OCCUPATION SOLDIERS DEAD, FOUR OTHERS WOUNDED, DESTROYED ONE HUMVEE,
SET A JEEP ABLAZE AND LEFT FIVE IRAQI CITIZENS INJURED.
Immediately thereafter, the Americans began patrols of the area in
search of the attackers. Shopkeeper Nabil 'Abbas said "an American
tank crushed a car, killing an eight-year-old child who was inside.
The father began to shout 'Allahu akbar!' and people coming out of
the mosque began to gather around him. The people began to throw
stones at the American troops and the policemen. Demonstrators took
to the streets carrying portraits of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
They set tires on fire and threw flames at the Americans." The
occupation troops replied by firing at the protesters.
'Abbas Jasem, a male nurse, said "the American troops fired
indiscriminately at the demonstrators. They killed three Iraqi
civilians and injured ten persons." Hasan 'Imad 'Abd Allah, 63,
that the American troops "opened fire on the demonstrators, killing
three people and wounding many more."
A gunshot fired by the demonstrators had previously killed a puppet
policeman, according to a commander of the Iraqi puppet police, Musa
Lazem, who said "the police tried to contain the demonstrators
then they opened fire and killed a policeman."
Another shopkeeper said "the Iraqi police were beating us, but
of them didn't get out of here alive. There are still charred bodies
in the little shops that caught fire."
An American officer said that the demonstrators "attacked the
station, using bombs and rocket propelled grenades."
The American occupation forces closed off the Abu Ghurayb market and
the main road leading to it. A Humvee closed off a parallel road
leading to the scene of the incident. Residents of the area could
not leave without being searched. The American occupation forces
also searched the ar-Rahman Mosque, the point from which the
A female correspondent of the Agence France Press (AFP) reported on
Friday that American forces and Iraqi puppet police closed off the
area in which the Baghdad Sheraton Hotel is located – a hotel
which a large number of westerners resided. The area was closed in
light of rumors that there was a car packed with explosives in the
One member of the American 1st Armored Division who preferred to
remain anonymous said "we found a suspicious car and sealed off
area to provide security for everyone. We are inspecting it to see
whether it is booby trapped or not." Another American soldier
said "two dogs smelled suspicious materials in the car and we are
investigating it. These dogs usually find evidence of explosives,
chemical products, and gum." In this case, however, the car was
packed with explosives.
The owner of the car said that he had bought the vehicle only two
days before. American troops led him away for investigation. Iraqi
puppet police cordoned off Abu Nuwas Street, the thoroughfare leading
to Palestine Hotel and the Sheraton – the two hotels being just
meters from each other.
THE AREA OF THE REPUBLICAN PALACE, NOW USED BY THE US OCCUPATION AS
HEADQUARTERS, WAS SUBJECTED TO MISSILE AND ARTILLERY ATTACK BY A
FORMATION OF THE REPUBLICAN GUARD THAT DISTURBED THE SLEEP OF THE
AMERICAN AGGRESSORS IN THAT SUPPOSEDLY SEALED OFF AREA. SMOKE ROSE
FROM FIRES THAT COULD BE OBSERVED INSIDE THE COMPOUND. REPEATED
EXPLOSIONS WERE ALSO HEARD FROM THE AREA OF THE ATTACK AFTER THE
Elswhere, eyewitnesses told AFP that a bomb exploded under a bridge
in New Baghdad, south of the Iraqi capital, when an American military
convoy passed over it. They said, however, that the blast caused no
damage or casualties. Tamer Yader, 29, a construction worker, said "I
heard the blast of an explosion but the four American vehicles did
not stop. There was no damage and I didn't see any victims." Qarar
Nuri, 18, said the convoy "continued on its way at high speed.
didn't stop and wasn't damaged."
A DETACHMENT OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH PLANTED A BOMB IN THE PATH
OF AN AMERICAN OCCUPATION TROOP PATROL IN THE AREA OF AD-DURAH IN THE
IRAQI CAPITAL. THE EXPLOSION OF THE BOMB UNDER THE WHEELS OF
AMERICAN MILITARY VEHICLES LEFT ONE SOLDIER KILLED, WOUNDED ANOTHER,
AND DESTROYED A HUMVEE.
A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH HAS TAKEN CREDIT FOR AN RPG
ATTACK ON AN AMERICAN MILITARY PATROL IN THE AS-SALEHIYAH DISTRICT OF
BAGHDAD. THE ATTACK LEFT ONE OCCUPATION SOLDIER DEAD, THREE OTHERS
INJURED, AND DESTROYED A HUMVEE.
Al-Jazeera reported on the authority of eye witnesses that a bomb
exploded in the city of al-Hit, 150km west of Baghdad, damaging a
bridge that American occupation forces regularly drive over.
A DETACHEMENT OF THE AL-FARUQ BRIGADES HAS TAKEN CREDIT FOR
DESTROYING A BRIDGE USED BY THE AMERICAN FORCES IN THE CITY OF HIT.
A member of the Iraqi civil defense force said that one person was
killed in bloody confrontations between demonstrators and puppet
policemen around the town of al-Fallujah which was then attacked.
A physician in al-Fallujah Hospital, Dr. Muhammad Adham told AFP "one
Iraqi was killed and another injured. The incident occurred after a
bomb exploded in the town assembly, which caused the angry residents
to gather to protest the repeated incidents in this area."
A member of the civil defense forces, Ahmad Khalil ar-Rawi, said "a
fight broke out, the police opened fire and killed one of the
residents." Ar-Rawi said that the residents had gathered to express
their anger at the bombings and attacks that are launched daily
against the municipality. They wanted city services moved to another
place, far removed from residential areas.
After the shooting, ar-Rawi reported, the residents returned "to
their homes to get their weapons and then they attacked the
municipality building." They fired on the puppet policemen who
guarding the municipality building using assault weapons and anti-
tank weapons. The police responded with gunfire. The gunbattle
raged for about an hour.
Al-Jazeera reported that puppet police cars were set ablaze by the
The police were compelled under gunfire to withdraw from the
municipality which was then occupied by the demonstrators. Some of
them then began to plunder the building, carrying out armchairs,
tables, and television sets.
American occupation forces moved in 20 armored vehicles and cars to
close off the area and deployed dozens of occupation troops in the
area, forcing a large number of worshippers in the mosque near the
municipalty building to remain in the mosque after prayers. Many of
them could be heard calling for a cease fire to allow them to get out.
Later, al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that armed men had launched
an attack with anti-tank weapons and rockets on American forces in al-
Ghulan district of al-Fallujah. The assault caused the targeted
building to burst into flame as the occupation forces opened intense
gunfire on the attackers and as US military helicopters hovered
overhead. American casualties are unknown.
A FORMATION OF SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN HAS TAKEN CREDIT FOR AN ATTACK ON
AMERICAN PATROL IN FRONT OF THE GOVERNMENT OFFICE IN THE CITY OF AL-
FALLUJAH. THE ATTACK LEFT THREE AMERICAN AGGRESSORS DEAD, TWO OTHERS
WOUNDED, AND DESTROYED ONE HUMVEE AND A MILITARY JEEP.
In Baaqubah, medical sources reported that two Iraqis had been killed
when a land mine intended for the American occupation forces exploded
apparently under their car as they drove to an hunting area.
Husayn 'Ali who works in Baaqubah General Hospital said "the two
deceased were civilians in their twenties. They were from Baghdad
and were headed for the Dalli 'Abbas in their pick up to go hunting,
when a land mine exploded under the truck and killed them
instantly." 'Ali said that the mine had been planted in the road
that the area was a dangerous one because it is "near American
military camps" where such incidents kill innocent people.
Dalli 'Abbas, which lies 60km north of Baaqubah is rich in wild
animals, in particular gazelles and birds and is a favorite hunting
spot for Iraqis.
In Baaqubah, witnesses said that an Iraqi farmer was killed on Friday
by the American occupation forces and his brother arrested when he
tried to collect his brother's corpse. The son of the arrested man,
who had accompanied his father, said that the deceased, Ziyad Ya
Sin 'Abbas, was irrigating his field when the American occupation
troops shot him. Ya Sin 'Umar 'Abbas said "they shot my uncle and
immediately hid in the grass before going home to tell my father."
witness, Ayman 'Abbas, who is a student, said "the Americans thought
that Ziyad's activities looked suspicious because he was standing in
his field and observing them. So they shot him with a machine gun."
Ya Sin 'Umar 'Abbas said that his father Samer Ya Sin 'Abbas tried
take the body of his brother out of the field and the American
soldiers arrested him.
In Baghdad, thousands of Iraqis demonstrated after Friday prayers for
the release of 30 imams who have been in American custody for some
Meanwhile an explosion was heard near the headquarters of the General
Command of the Anglo-American Coalition in Baghdad according to the
AFP. White smoke was seen rising from the "Green Zone" the
given to the area around the former Republican Palace now controlled
by the occupation troops. An American spokesman said "we heard
blast of an explosion but we really don't know what happened."
Meanwhile the New York Times wrote on Friday that top American
officials believe that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is possibly
playing a vital role in coordinating and guiding the attacks now
being carried out on American occupation forces in Iraq.
A correspondent for the AFP reported Friday that American occupation
forces had cordoned off the village of al-'Ujah, home of Saddam
Hussein, on Friday in order to do an accounting of the adult
residents in order to prevent supporters of the Iraqi president from
hiding in the village.
The AFP reported that members of the 4th Infantry Division cordoned
off al-'Ujah in the area of Tikrit on the night of Thursday-Friday.
Leftenant Colonel Steven Russell said that the operation would help
the occupation forces keep better track of all those who enter and
leave al-'Ujah. He said that the number of residents of the village
is believed to be about 3,500.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily, Amman, Jordan, Saturday, 1 November
2003; al-Jazeera TV network:
Thursday, 30 October 2003.
For the fifth day running in this turbulent Ramadan, the Iraqi
Resistance has persisted in its attacks on the US occupation forces
and their local lackeys at an intensified rate. A series of
effective attacks were launched on Thursday killing at least one
American and leaving extensive destruction of materiel.
IRAQI RESISTANCE SOURCES CITE A TOTAL OF 23 AMERICANS KILLED ON 30
In addition, Hushiyar Zibari the "foreign minister" in the
puppet "Interim Government" was the target of an abortive
assassination attempt. A bomb planted in a garden adjacent to his
office exploded, damaging his offices, but Zibari was not present at
the time of the blast.
In one of Thursday's successful guerrilla attacks, a train carrying
supplies and equipment for the Americans was attacked near al-
Fallujah. The engineer driving the train fled when four train cars
were crippled by an explosion, whereupon Iraqi citizens fell on the
train and seized its contents as booty.
Agence France Press (AFP) reported that a bomb exploded as the supply
train was about seven kilometers from the entrance to the city of al-
Fallujah, 50km west of Baghdad, causing a fire. Four containers burst
into flame. There were no reports of casualties.
An American helicopter hovered over the scene of the explosion but
American military presence could be seen on the ground.
A FORMATION OF THE ARMY OF JERUSALEM PLANTED A BOMB ON THE RAIL LINE
BETWEEN BAAQUBAH AND AR-RAMADI AS PART OF A PLAN TO AMBUSH A TRAIN
LOADED WITH SUPPLIES AND PROVISIONS FOR THE AMERICAN FORCES. THE
EXPLOSIVES WERE DETONATED BY REMOTE CONTROL. THE BLAST KILLED THREE
AMERICANS, AND WOUNDED EIGHT OTHERS, INCLUDING THREE IRAQIS. FOUR
CONTAINER CARS ON THE TRAIN WERE DESTROYED, TWO OTHERS SET ABLAIZE.
Baghdad shook to more powerful explosions that killed one Iraqi and
wounded eight other persons. According to the Iraqi puppet police,
one explosion in central Baghdad caused two buildings to burst in to
flame. As firemen worked to put out the blaze, another explosion
rocked the area. Puppet police Lieutenant Husayn Hassan told the
press at the scene as the fires still raged that one person had been
killed and eight injured.
A FORMATION OF THE FORCES OF JERUSALEM HAS TAKEN CREDIT FOR AN ATTACK
ON A PATROL OF THE US OCCUPATION TROOPS AT THE 14 RAMADAN BRIDGE IN
THE CENTER OF BAGHDAD THAT LEFT ONE US OCCUPATION SOLDIER DEAD AND
DESTROYED A TROOP TRANSPORT VEHICLE.
An American tank closed the entrance to the scene of the explosions
in ar-Rashid District as firemen continued to fight the fire.
Karimah Hamzah, an employee with the Municipal Council who lives next
to the burning buildings said that the explosion shook the structures
so violently that it seemed they might fall. The US forces were
summoned as soon as the fire broke out. At that point there was no
word on the cause of the explosions. Husam Jijan, who runs a
restaurant nearby said "nobody knows if it was a bomb or a booby
trapped car." He added however, that the explosion was larger that
one that might result from an exploding gas canister.
The site of the explosion was a printing shop and there was some
speculation that the explosion might have been for personal reasons.
The area is full of shops, most of which are usually empty at night.
Al-Jazeera's correspondent in Baghdad reported that two American
military positions were subjected to separate mortar attacks north of
the Iraqi capital. Kafr Qasim camp and a camp lying near the Citadel
were the targets of those attacks, both lie near the city of Samrra'.
A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH TOOK CREDIT FOR TWO SEPARATE
ATTACKS ON TWO AMERICAN MILITARY POSITIONS IN THE CITY OF SAMARRA'.
ONE OF THE ATTACKS STRUCK THE AMERICAN KAFR QASEM CAMP AND LEFT FOUR
AMERICAN OCCUPATION SOLDIERS DEAD AND WOUNDED FIVE OTHERS, IN
ADDITION TO DESTROYING ONE TANK, ONE ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER AND A
FUEL STORAGE TANK
THE SECOND OF THE ATTACKS STRUCK THE AMERICAN CAMP AT AL-QAL'AH AND
LEFT SIX AMERICAN OCCUPATION SOLDIERS DEAD AND THREE OTHERS INJURED,
IN ADDITION TO DESTROYING TWO TANKS, TWO HUMVEES, AN ARMORED
PERSONNEL CARRIER. THE ATTACK ALSO SET A NUMBER OF THE CAMP'S
Three Iraqis were injured Wednesday night when mortar shells fell on
Baaqubah, 60km northeast of Baghdad, AFP reported on the authority of
the three injured people who spoke from their hospital beds. The
first mortar shell landed in a residential district injuring two
civilians, Muhammad Mahdi and Muntasir 'Abd al-Wahhab. A second
shell struck a parking lot nearby wounding a third civilian. The
nearest American occupation facility is at least one kilometer away
from the area where the mortar shells impacted. There are frequent
attacks on American installations in Baaqubah, a part of the Sunni
Triangle where support for Saddam Hussein is most intense.
Three Katyusha rockets fell on the Mosul airport, which is being used
as an American airbase.
A puppet police station in Mosul was also target of automatic weapons
fire. Unidentified individuals opened fire from a moving vehicle on
the police station in al-Majmu'ah district in the city. Puppet
policemen returned fire according to Muhammad Hazem, aresident of the
area. The car, however, got away as an American helicopter hovered
in the air overhead.
Meanwhile in the same city, a bomb exploded under an American column
as it traveled on the city's main road in Qasr al-Mitran district,
according to eyewitness Sayf Samir, 30, who spoke to AFP. The blast
reportedly caused no casualties and no damage. American forces
cordoned off the area where they found another bomb a few meters from
Elsewhere in the area, al-Jazeera TV quoted eyewitnesses as saying
that an American military vehicle was struck by rocket propelled
grenades in the area of al-Jawsaq, south west of Mosul, causing
injuries to the American troops.
One American Humvee vehicle was destroyed in an explosion in
Baghdad. An Iraqi puppet policeman told AFP that a bomb went off as
an American convoy was riding through the center of Baghdad. The
blast damaged one Humvee. Policeman Muhannad Salman said that the
vehicle was struck in the Salam neighborhood, near the old al-
Muthanna airport. He made no mention of casualties. An AFP
correspondent reported seeing smoke rising from the scene of the
A FORMATION OF THE BRIGADES OF THE BAATH TOOK CREDIT FOR AN ATTACK
AN AMERICAN PATROL NEAR THE POLICE AREA IN BAGHDAD. THE ATTACK LEFT
ONE AMERICAN OCCUPATION SOLDIER DEAD, WOUNDED ANOTHER, AND DESTROYED
The Iraqi puppet police announced that it foiled an attempted grenade
attack on the police station that lies near the General Headquarters
of the Anglo-American Coalition troops in Baghdad. Lieutenant
Najm 'Abd al-Wahed told AFP that members of the puppet police
detained a man who was trying to throw a grenade on the police
station in as-Sahehiyah in central Baghdad. American forces closed
off the road leading to the building which is surrounded by barbed
wire, according to the AFP.
'Abd al-Wahed said that the attacker came from al-Fallujah, 50km west
of Baghdad where there are daily attacks on the American occupation
A spokesman for the Polish forces operating in service to the
American occupation in Iraq, Andrei Wiatrowski said that mortar
shells were fired at Polish troops near Karbala' on Wednesday, but
caused no casualties. Comandant Wiatrowski said in a statement
broadcast by Polish public radio that the attack occurred 35km from
Karbala'. The Polish troops returned fire and immediately left the
area. He added that Polish police had opened an investigation into
the attack. The identity of the attackers remains unknown.
Poland announced on Thursday that its forces will remain deployed in
Iraq until an Iraqi administration to take the place of the Interim
Governing Council takes over.
Poland has sent 2,350 soldiers to Iraq in a force that has been
joined by troops from Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Spain, the Ukraine, the
Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua.
A FORMATION OF SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN HAS TAKEN CREDIT FOR AN ATTACK ON
PATROL OF THE US OCCUPATION TROOPS IN THE AREA OF ABU GHURAYB, WEST
OF BAGHDAD, THAT LEFT THREE AMERICANS DEAD AND ONE OTHER INJURED AND
DESTROYED A HUMVEE AND A TROOP TRANSPORT VEHICLE.
Al-Jazeera TV has said that eyewitnesses reported that American
forces backed up by armored vehicles and cars raided a house in Abu
Ghurayb, west of Baghdad. The Americans arrested ten Iraqis who had
been inside the building.
The US command reported that troops of the 4th Infantry Division
raided the city of Baaqubah and arrested five individuals in the
course of their search for people whom they accuse of preparing
A DETACHMENT OF SADDAM'S FEDAYEEN HAS TAKEN CREDIT FOR AN ATTACK ON
AN AMERICAN PATROL IN THE CITY OF AL-QA'IM, NEAR THE SYRIAN BORDER,
THAT LEFT TWO AMERICAN SOLDIERS DEAD, ONE OTHER WOUNDED, AND
DESTROYED A HUMVEE AND AN ARMORED PERSONNEL CARRIER.
The US Department of Defense announced for its part that it believes
that the Deputy Chairman of the Revolution Command Council, 'Izzat
Ibrahim ad-Duri, is coordinating attacks by non-Iraqi fighters and
supporters of President Saddam Hussein against the American
Al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Friday, 31 October
al-Jazeera TV http://www.aljazeera.net/news/arabic/2003/10/10-31-1.htm