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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 7 September 2007.  Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice. 

 

Friday, 7 September 2007.

 

·       Resistance blows up two more bridges on the International Highway in al-Anbar Province Friday morning.

 

·       Sectarian murder spree continues: eight more bodies found dumped around Baghdad Friday.

 

·       US admits four Marines killed in al-Anbar Province Thursday.

 

·       Resistance bombs destroy American Humvee in southern Baghdad suburb Friday.

 

·       Resistance bomb attack leaves three Americans dead in Ninwa Province Thursday, US acknowledges.

 

·       Eight Iraqi Resistance groups announce formation of unified front.

 

·       Al-Qa‘idah gunmen attack Iraqi Resistance fighters in ad-Dulu‘iyah following expulsion of al-Qa‘idah in insurrection by local residents.

 

·       Iranian artillery bombards border regions south of Kurdish zone for the first time.  Residents in Khanaqin area flee their homes. Massive fires rage in border region following Iranian attacks.

 

·       Four American troops reported killed in al-Hillah Friday afternoon; US “denies any knowledge of the incident.”

 

Al-Anbar Province.

Ar-Ramadi.

 

Resistance blows up two more bridges on the International Highway in al-Anbar Province Friday morning.

 

In a dispatch posted at 7:49pm Baghdad time Friday morning, the Aswat al-‘Iraq news agency, which was set up by Reuters and the U.N. Development Agency, reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters blew up two bridges on the International Highway near the Kilometer 160 area west of ar-Ramadi (which is located 110km west of Baghdad) on Friday.

 

Aswat al-‘Iraq reported a source in the puppet police force that is charged with guarding the International Highway as saying that the Resistance planted bombs on the bridges and blew them up on Friday morning.

 

The source, who asked not to be identified, said that the attack came one day after a “Conference on Rebuilding al-Anbar” discussed rebuilding the province’s bridges, power stations and water purification plants – all of which have been destroyed during the years of the American occupation.  That conference was held under collaborationist Iraqi “Vice presidents” Tariq al-Hashimi and ‘Adil ‘Abd al-Mahdi, deputy puppet “Prime Minister Barham Salih, and a number of puppet “Ministers” in the American-installed government. Also presiding over that conference were the US Ambassador, Ryan Crocker, and a number of American Senators.  It was announced that the sum of US$84 million had been earmarked for the puppet authorities in the province and another $50 million as “compensation” to be given out to families that have suffered during the American occupation.

 

The source said that with the sabotage of these latest two bridges, the number of bridges that have been blown up on the highway in al-Anbar Province this year now stands at five.

 

The Kilometer 160 area is located in the desert areas of western al-Anbar, 270km west of Baghdad.

 

Baghdad.

 

Sectarian murder spree continues: eight more bodies found dumped around Baghdad Friday.

 

In a dispatch posted at 10:07pm Baghdad time Friday night, the Aswat al-‘Iraq news agency, which was set up by Reuters and the U.N. Development Agency, reported that the puppet police recovered the bodies of eight more victims of sectarian murder that had been dumped in various parts of Baghdad during the previous 24 hours.

 

Aswat al-‘Iraq reported a source in the puppet “Interior Ministry,” who asked to remain anonymous, as saying that all the victims had been shot to death.

 

US forces abduct woman in pre-dawn raid in Baghdad district.

 

In a dispatch posted at 3:26pm Baghdad time Friday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that US occupation troops accompanied by their local puppet army allies carried out a raid on the al-Yarmuk area of Baghdad at 2am Friday morning.

 

The AMSI reported that the US troops and their allies arrested a local woman in the course of their raid, Bushra Kharbat Zubar al-Ghariri.

 

Resistance bombs destroy American Humvee in southern Baghdad suburb Friday.

 

In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 7:20pm Friday evening Beijing time, the Xinhua News Agency reported that two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded by a US patrol near a parking lot on the outskirts of the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at midday Friday.  The blast destroyed an American Humvee that was in the patrol.

 

Xinhua reported a source in the puppet police who asked to remain anonymous as saying that the Americans quickly closed off the area where the attack occurred in order to prevent information on the nature or extent of US casualties from leaking out.  The explosions took place at a time when the city was under a four-hour midday curfew.

 

US admits four Marines killed in al-Anbar Province Thursday.

 

In a dispatch posted at12:14pam Makkah time midday Friday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the US military had announced that Iraqi Resistance fighters had killed four American Marines somewhere in al-Anbar Province.

 

Mafkarat al-Islam reported the American statement as saying that the four Marines died in combat on Thursday, but in keeping with the US policy of concealing facts regarding American losses in Iraq, the statement offered no further details as to where in the 138,501 square kilometers of al-Anbar the men died or under what circumstances the combat took place.


Resistance bomb attack leaves three Americans dead in Ninwa Province Thursday, US admits.

 

In a dispatch posted at 12:12pm Baghdad time midday Friday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the US military had announced that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a patrol somewhere in the northern province of Ninwa on Thursday.

 

The AMSI reported the Americans as announcing only that the three dead soldiers were part of a so-called “Task Force Lighting” that was operating somewhere in the 37,323 square kilometers of Ninwa Province.  In keeping with the US practice of concealing facts regarding American casualties in Iraq, no further information on the circumstances of the attack was disclosed.

 

Eight Iraqi Resistance groups announce formation of unified front.

 

In a dispatch posted at 11:39am Makkah time Friday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that eight Iraqi Resistance organizations had come together to form a new umbrella group called the Front for Jihad and Change, according to an announcement on the Internet signed by representatives of the groups.

 

Mafkarat al-Islam reported the announcement as saying that “Front work is a demand of Islamic law and a necessity in the coming stage which requires a strategic program that assures that efforts be properly made use of.”

 

The declaration announcing the formation of the new front was signed by the Brigades of the 1920 Revolution, the Army of the Rashideen, the Army of the Muslimeen, the Islamic Movement of Mujahideen of Iraq, the Saraya of the army of ar-Rahman, the Saraya ad-Da‘wah wa-ar-Ribat, the at-Tamkeen Brigades, and the Brigades of Muhammad al-Fatih.

 

On Wednesday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) issued an appeal to the Resistance groups to unite, to adopt a program for their work, and to prepare for the stage after the end of the US occupation.  The AMSI warned that the occupation might
”leave by the door, but then climb back in through the window” through its use of local stooges and accordingly urged the Resistance to adopt a unified program of action to forestall such an eventuality.

 

The announcement of the formation of the Front for Jihad and Change appeared to coincide with the perspective expressed in the AMSI message.

 

One day before their assassination by US-installed puppet regime, imprisoned Iraqi leaders ask to see families before they are killed.

 

In a dispatch posted on its website Friday, Quds Press reported that ‘Ali Hasan al-Majid; the Iraqi Defense Minister Sultan Hashim Ahmad; and the Chief of Staff of the Iraqi Army Husayn Rashid – all three under death sentences from the American-installed “court” that and sentenced to die on Saturday, 8 September, have requested to see their families before they are killed.

 

Lawyer Badi‘ ‘Arif  ‘Izzat, who represents all three Iraqi officials – who were captured by the US occupation forces and then brought before an American orchestrated show “trial” – said that over the telephone they requested the opportunity to see their families before they are put to death.

 

Speaking over US-run Radio Sawa, ‘Izzat protested the death sentences, noting that they would be carried out without the signature of the President of the Republic and without the three being allowed to see their families.  He told the American-run Arabic-language station that a half hour before going on the air, the three men contacted him to request to see their families.

 

‘Izzat noted that the executions will be illegal without the signature of the President under Iraqi law which regards any execution without presidential signature to be an illegal act of murder.

 

In a dispatch posted at 7:59pm Baghdad time Friday evening, the Aswat al-‘Iraq news agency, which was set up by Reuters and the U.N. Development Agency, reported that the US-appointed Iraqi “President” Jalal Talibani was not going to sign the execution orders for Sultan Hashim, the Iraqi Defense Minister because he had “reservations” about the execution of Iraqi officers.

 

Aswat al-‘Iraq reported that Talibani told a press conference that the orders would be brought to the puppet “Presidential Council” for ratification, but that he had reservations about the sentences, particularly that of Sultan Hashim.  Talibani also denied the reports that the three officials were going to be executed on Saturday.

 

Salah ad-Din Province.

Ad-Dulu‘iyah.

 

Al-Qa‘idah gunmen attack Iraqi Resistance fighters in ad-Dulu‘iyah following expulsion of al-Qa‘idah in insurrection by local residents.

 

In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 8:10pm Friday night Beijing time, the Xinhua News Agency reported that a gang of al-Qa‘idah fighters attacked a detachment of the Islamic Army – an Iraqi Resistance organization – in a garden in eastern ad-Dulu‘iyah, about 90km north of Baghdad, after midday prayers on Friday.

 

Xinhua reported Major ‘Ali Farhan of the ad-Dulu‘iyah puppet police as saying that light and medium machine guns were used in the battle in which two fighters were killed and two more of them wounded.  After the battle, the al-Qa‘idah gunmen fled eastwards into the neighboring province of Diyala.

 

Xinhua reported that until recently ad-Dulu‘iyah had been a center of the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq,” a name under which al-Qa‘idah operates in the country.  Local residents rose in rebellion against al-Qa‘idah, however, and drove the sectarian gunmen out of the city.  The townspeople then required any member of al-Qa‘idah to declare himself dissociated from the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq” and post that declaration on the door of one of the local mosques if he wanted to remain in ad-Dulu‘iyah.

 

Diyala Province.

Khanaqin.

 

Iranian artillery bombards border regions south of Kurdish zone for the first time.  Residents in Khanaqin area flee their homes. Fires rage in stricken areas.

 

In a dispatch posted at 12:05pm Baghdad time midday Friday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that for the first time Iranian artillery had shelled areas of Iraq south of the predominantly Kurdish region, this time attacking regions around Khanaqin, 180km northeast of Baghdad near the Iranian border.

 

The AMSI reported sources in the city’s puppet security services as saying: “Iranian artillery shelled the area of Bimaw near Khanaqin last night.”  The sources added that the barrage destroyed a number of residential houses and inflicted damage on extensive areas of agricultural land.  “Large numbers of citizens are leaving the their homes in the region in order to save their lives.”

 

In a dispatch posted at 7:19pm Baghdad time Friday afternoon, the Aswat al-‘Iraq news agency, which was set up by Reuters and the U.N. Development Agency, reported that fires had been ignited by the Iranian artillery shelling of border areas near Khanaqin.

 

Aswat al-‘Iraq reported a source in the puppet police as saying Friday that the fires were raging in the Bayzal Mountains area in the Bimaw area following the Iranian attacks.

 

The source said that the Iranians pounded the border area on Thursday evening and early Friday morning with intensive artillery barrages, sparking large fires in the area.

 

For more than a month, Iranian artillery has been pounding Iraq’s border regions despite pleas by the American-installed regime in Baghdad to stop.  Up until Thursday night, however, the Iranian attacks have targeted predominantly Kurdish areas on the pretext that Kurdish nationalist fighters were using Iraqi territory as a haven from which they could launch attacks into Iran.  Casualties and damage have resulted from those attacks.  Now it appears that Iran is extending the scope of its border bombardments southward into the non-Kurdish regions of Iraq.

 

Babil Province.

Al-Hillah.

 

Four American troops reported killed in al-Hillah Friday afternoon; US “denies any knowledge of the incident.”

 

In a dispatch posted at 11:11pm Baghdad time Friday night, the Aswat al-‘Iraq news agency, which was set up by Reuters and the U.N. Development Agency, reported that an official source in the Babil Province puppet police announced that four American troops had been killed when a bomb went off by their patrol in northern al-Hillah, 100km south of Baghdad.  The US military, however, denied any knowledge of the incident.

 

Aswat al-‘Iraq reported an official source in the puppet police force in Babil Province – who asked not to be identified – as saying that a bomb exploded in the tunnel area near the railroad in northern al-Hillah at 5:30pm local time Friday afternoon.  He said that the blast killed four US troops.

 

The source offered no further details on the incident except to add that a Humvee was also burned up in the explosion.

 

For their part, however, the press coordinator at the joint information center run by the American occupation forces claimed to have no knowledge of the attack.  Spokesman Najih Hammud told Aswat al-‘Iraq by telephone: “we have no information about the incident.”

 

Aswat al-‘Iraq noted that the US military had already admitted Friday that seven Americans had been killed in Iraq (see stories above).

 

Al-Musayyib.

 

US forces bombard village area near al-Musayyib, killing civilian.

 

In a dispatch posted at 12:12pm Baghdad time midday Friday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that US occupation forces struck the area of al-Bu Jasim to the north of al-Musayyib, about 70km south of Baghdad on Thursday night.

 

The AMSI reported a source in the al-Musayyib puppet police as saying that the American attack damaged several houses and killed one civilian resident of the area.  The source said that the American bombardment of the civilian village area was how the US forces responded to a missile attack on their “Camp Kalsu,” which is located in that area.

 

Ninwa Province.

Al-Mawsil.

 

Resistance fighters kill three puppet policemen in al-Mawsil.

 

In a dispatch posted at 8:57pm Baghdad time Friday night, the Aswat al-‘Iraq news agency, which was set up by Reuters and the U.N. Development Agency, reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushed a puppet police patrol in eastern al-Mawsil, 405km north of Baghdad.

 

Aswat al-‘Iraq reported Brigadier General ‘Abd al-Karim al-Jabburi, the director of the Office of Operations of the puppet police for Ninwa Province as saying that Resistance men in an Opel car oepend fire on a puppet police foot patrol in the al-Ba‘th neighborhood of eastern al-Mawsil.  Three of the puppet policemen were killed and the Resistance men withdrew from the scene as the puppet police opened fire on them.

 

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