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Enlarged Iraqi Resistance Report 13-19 Nov. 2003

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    ================= Begin forwarded message ================= Enlarged Iraqi Resistance Report for Thursday 13 November 2003 through Wednesday, 19 November 2003.
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 22, 2003
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      Enlarged 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
      witnesses.

      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
      OPERATION.

      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
      JEEP.

      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:
      http://www.al-moharer.net/mohhtm/baath_statement155.htm),
      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
      Wednesday.

      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
      strikes.

      "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
      occupation forces.

      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.
      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20031119/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq&cid=540&ncid=716
      http://www.islammemo.cc/news/one_news.asp?IDnews=18026



      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
      HUMVEE.

      An American military communiqu� stated that one
      American soldier was killed when an explosion struck
      his military convoy as it proceeded through the region
      of Balad.

      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 communiqu� 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
      outside.

      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
      western outskirts.

      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 charg� 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."

      Special Report

      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
      entirety.

      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
      place.

      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
      Baghdad,

      '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
      Baghdad,

      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
      position.

      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
      Sunnis.)


      Sources:
      Al-Arab al-Yawm, daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan,
      Wednesday, 19 November 2003.
      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20031118/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq&cid=540&ncid=716
      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20031119/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq&cid=540&ncid=716



      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
      Fedayeen militia.

      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
      these houses.

      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
      sweeps.

      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
      the Resistance.

      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
      explosions.

      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
      BURN.


      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
      crash.

      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
      as saying.

      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
      saying.

      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
      Korea."

      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
      dispatch."


      Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
      Jordan, Tuesday 18 November 2003. al-Arab al-Yawm
      daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Thursday 20 November
      2003.
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      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
      2003.

      The following is the BBC translation of the full audio
      message (with a few corrections from FAV)

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3275883.stm

      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
      has.

      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
      cannot.

      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
      support.

      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
      city.

      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
      mistakes.

      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
      PERSONS.

      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
      men."

      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
      Monday.

      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
      Saudi Arabia.

      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.
      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/3275883.stm
      http://www.islammemo.cc/news/one_news.asp?IDNews=17895
      http://us.moheet.com/asp/cunt_show.asp?lol=1135170
      http://us.moheet.com/asp/cunt_show.asp?lol=1135157
      http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20031117/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq&cid=540&ncid=716

      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
      choppers.

      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
      fire.

      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
      together.

      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
      MOSUL.

      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 INCLU<br/><br/>(Message over 64 KB, truncated)
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