Iraqi Resistance Report, 8-10 December 2003.
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Iraqi Resistance Report for Monday, 8 December 2003
through Wednesday, 10 December 2003. Translated
and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member,
editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Monday, 8 December 2003.
The Iraqi Resistance killed one American occupation
soldier on Monday when fighters opened fire from a
speeding car in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul,
according to US sources. Brigadier General Mark
Kimmit told a Baghdad press conference that four
Iraqis opened fire from a speeding car, hitting a US
occupation soldier and killing him.
Earlier the 101st Airborne Division in Mosul had
announced that the soldier had been wounded.
Two other American occupation troops were wounded in
gunfire as they were organizing lines up columns in
front of a fuel station, according to the station
Akram 'Abd al-Karim Muhammad, 45, said, "we heard
shooting and came out to find two American soldiers
lying on the ground covered in blood. The other
American soldiers prevented us from approaching. They
took them away in a Humvee."
A worker in the station who refused to give his name
said "a man opened fire on the soldiers with a Russian
gun from a moon roof in a green BMW [as it passed by]
and then fled."
In other news, a south Korean diplomat told Agence
France Presse (AFP) that 51 south Korean technicians
and electrical engineers left occupied Iraq on Monday
following the killing of two of their compatriots in a
Resistance attack on 30 November. The killings have
sparked heightened controversy in south Korea, an
American satellite country in Northeast Asia.
Currently the Seoul regime has posted 400 south Korean
soldiers to occupied Iraq in service of US interests,
but last month the south Korean President Ro Mu Hyun
announced that he was exploring the possibility of
sending 3,000 south Korean troops to occupied Iraq.
In Korea the National Democratic Front of south Korea
(NDFSK) issued a statement on 5 December concerning
the shooting of the south Korean technicians in Iraq.
The Korean Central News Agency reported on December 8
that the NDFSK stated:
"It goes without saying that the U.S. and the south
Korean "government" authorities, yielding to its
pressure, are to blame for the incident." The NDFSK
bitterly denounced the authorities in Seoul for
"driving young Koreans to death."
The NDFSK dismissed the troop dispatch to Iraq as a
challenge to justice and peace of the world, an
anti-national criminal act and despicable pro-U.S.
flunkeyist treachery, the Korean Central News Agency
Supporting the U.S. in its occupation of Iraq is
little short of favoring its policy of war of
aggression against the north [of Korea], the statement
noted, calling on all the people to conduct a
nationwide struggle to resolutely reject the U.S.
pressure for the troop dispatch to Iraq and decisively
foil the authorities' move to send additional troops
Meanwhile on the streets in Korea the struggle against
the troop dispatch continued, reflecting the
effectiveness of the Iraqi Resistance strategy and the
rise in anti-imperialist sentiment in south Korea.
The Korean Central News Agency reported popular
rallies to oppose the additional troop dispatch to
Iraq and denounce the "government" authorities'
unreasonable suppression were simultaneously held in
over 70 areas including Seoul, Pusan, Kwangju on Dec.
6 with at least 80,000 people attending, according to
KBS of south Korea. That day the "National People's
Solidarity" comprising 37 civic and social
organizations held a people's rally in front of the
Seoul City Office.
The rally was attended by members of different
organizations and civilians at least, 5,000 in all.
Also present there were members affiliated to the
"National Alliance of the Poor" who had a rally
against the forcible eviction of roadside vendors in
the area along the River Chonggye on the same day.
Its participants strongly demanded the authorities
withdraw the decision on the additional troop dispatch
to Iraq and stop the suppression of the labour
Meanwhile, Bangladesh closed down its embassy in
Baghdad and sent its diplomatic staff to Amman,
Jordan, following threats received via e-mail that
their embassy was going to be blown up. Riyad
ar-Rahman, Bangladesh Minister of State for Foreign
Affairs, said that the country's ambassador, Sarwar
Husayn Mulla and the employees of the embassy moved to
Jordan on Saturday for security reasons. He added
that the embassy had been closed temporarily and that
its affairs were being run out of Amman.
Foreign Ministry staff said that the embassy was
abandoned after a warning was received via e-mail that
Iraqi Resistance fighters were going to blow it up.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Tuesday, 9 December 2003.
Tuesday, 9 December 2003.
The Iraqi Resistance intensified its attacks Tuesday
on US occupation forces in the so-called Sunni
Triangle inflicting losses in men and materiel.
In three qualitative operations, one each in Mosul,
al-Fallujah, and Baghdad, the Resistance made the
position of the occupation that much more difficult
Tuesday, an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom bomber blew up
a car packed with explosives at the gates of a
military barracks, injuring 59 American occupation
troops and six Iraqi civilians, the Associated Press
reported. The attack at the army base occurred at 4:45
a.m. local time when a car drove to the gate of the
base in Tall 'Afir, 30 miles west of the northern city
of Mosul. Guards at the gate and in a watchtower
opened fire on the vehicle and moments later it blew
up, leaving a large crater at the gate's entryway.
An American military spokesman claimed that the
injuries inflicted by the blast were not serious.
Informed sources told the Jordanian daily al-Arab
al-Yawm, however, that a large number of the wounded
were severely injured, suffering broken bones and
copious loss of blood, forcing the American occupation
forces to transport them to medical facilities in
Baghdad, Mosul, and in some cases Germany.
US occupation forces prevented the news media from
approaching the site of the blast. One American
occupation officer said that an explosives-laden car
passed through a checkpoint without stopping whereupon
the US soldiers opened fire on the vehicle that
stopped at the gate and exploded. The occupation
officer estimated the weight of the bomb to have been
455kg, and said that the force of the blast left a
Other sources reported that ten American military
vehicles were destroyed in the explosion.
Later Tuesday, another martyrdom bomber blew himself
up outside a US occupation Army compound near Baghdad,
lightly injuring two soldiers, according to the US
Hours earlier in the day, three US occupation soldiers
died in what was described as a road accident in
central Iraq. It was reported that their military
vehicle plunged into a water channel. Eyewitnesses
quoted in al-Arab al-Yawm said that a rocket struck
the American vehicle throwing it in the water and
killing all aboard.
According to the American official version, three
occupation soldiers were killed and one was injured in
that attack in which a bridge over a water channel
collapsed under a US occupation vehicle dropping it
into the water. A military spokesman, Colonel Bill
MacDonald said that the attack had actually happened
late on Monday night, east of the city of ad-Dal'iyah,
90km north of Baghdad. He said that a bridge
collapsed plunging the vehicle and its passengers into
the water and stressing that it was only a traffic
Iraqi Resistance fighters brought down an American
occupation helicopter on Tuesday with a
rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) but US military
spokesmen said the craft was able to make a
"controlled landing." The American spokesman, who
refused to be identified, said he had no details on
casualties, but said that the OH-58 Kiowa spy
helicopter was hit at 2:30 p.m. Later an American
spokesman said that the helicopter pilot had been
'Umar 'Ali, an Associated Press (AP) reporter, said
two helicopters were flying in formation near the
al-Fallujah, about 30 miles west of Baghdad, when one
was hit by a grenade fired from the ground.
It went down immediately in an open field, 'Ali said.
The aircraft appeared structurally intact, but smoke
was billowing from it.
Two other helicopters with red crosses painted on the
sides landed nearby a few minutes later, he said.
Akram Saleh, a Reuters photographer, said he saw the
aircraft in the field on fire.
Eyewitnesses reported seeing the helicopter struck by
The AP reported that the Kiowa class of helicopter, a
small observation and reconnaissance helicopter
commonly seen in the skies over Iraq's cities, carries
one pilot and as many as four passengers.
In another incident, three civilians died and others
were wounded when a Sunni mosque in Baghdad was
rocketed. US occupation Lieutenant Colonel Frank
German said that the blast apparently occurred shortly
after the dawn prayer inside the Ahbab al-Mustafa
Mosque in the center of Baghdad. The American said he
had no details as to casualties.
Ahmad 'Abdallah, a resident in the area, said that a
blast shook the mosque at about 6:45am. "I went up to
the roof of my house and three minutes later I heard a
second explosion. There was blood all over the place
in the mosque."
German said that when the Americans arrived on the
scene, the fire had been put out. They therefore set
up a "secure zone" and started an investigation. Yet
all he could say was that an explosion had occurred in
The League of 'Ulama' of Religion in Iraq � an
organization of Sunni religious leaders � issued a
statement that said that Sunni mosques and those who
pray in them are coming under attacks throughout Iraq
by. The statement said that "known elements" were
undertaking the attacks on the "false grounds" that
the Sunnis "supported the previous regime."
Hundreds of Shiites demonstrated in Baghdad on Tuesday
protesting the death of a Shiite religious leader at
the hands of the Americans on Friday. The
demonstrators gathered in front of the Palestine
Hotel, which is frequented by reporters, where they
waved black, green and Iraqi flags and pictures of the
Imam of the Mosque of ar-Rahman in as-Sadr City Shaykh
'Abd ar-Razzaq al-Lami and pictures of the remains of
his car which an American tank crushed.
The Imam's brother, Jasem al-Lami said that an
American tank crushed the Imam's car killing the
64-year old Shiite religious leader inside.
Meanwhile in al-Khalidiyah, west of al-Fallujah, some
300 people demonstrated against American provocations
and demanding the release of their neighbors and
relatives in US occupation custody. The
demonstrators, some of whom wore headbands emblazoned
with the Islamic credo "There is no god but God,
Muhammad is the messenger of God" waved Iraqi flags in
a march that started at al-Khalidiyah mosque.
Demonstrators carried placards denouncing the local
American-appointed municipal council and demanding
that it be changed. One sign read "expel the
hypocrites and opportunists from al-Khalidiyah's
municipal council." The marchers stopped at the
crossroads leading to al-Habbaniyah airbase, occupied
by the US invading forces. They sent a five-man
delegation to the base to present a petition listing
their demands, including a halt to provocative
American patrols, an end to indiscriminate firing of
live ammunition, and release of the citizens and
neighbors of the city.
Meanwhile American Proconsul Paul Bremer's puppet
so-called "Interim governing council" chose a Shiite
woman dentist to replace 'Aqilah al-Hashimi, the
assassinated member of what has been called the
Council of No Accounts.
The Council also announced its readiness to expel the
Mujahidi Khalq Iranian dissident organization from
Iraq. News reports indicated that it was intended to
hand members of the organization over to the Iranian
Doctors at America's Walter Reed Medical Hospital
report that about 100 US occupation soldiers have
contracted leshmaniosis, a skin disease, from Iraqi
desert flies. Spokesman Jim Stueve said the hospital
had already treated 70 afflicted soldiers and expected
many more. The US military said that there were some
cases of the disease in the 1991 30-nation aggression
against Iraq but that there are many more now. The
disease, which is sometimes disfiguring, requires some
ten days of treatment. Stueve said, "If you get there
early, it's very curable."
In other news, Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro
Koizumi's Cabinet on Tuesday approved a plan to send
about 1,000 soldiers to help America with its
faltering occupation of Iraq. This is to be Japan's
biggest overseas troop deployment since the period of
Japanese fascist aggression in World War II.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Wednesday 10 December 2003.
Wednesday, 10 December 2003.
Two US occupation soldiers were killed and four
wounded in separate Resistance attacks Wednesday in
the northern city of Mosul, the American military
said. American troops in another northern city
arrested five Iraqi policemen and 24 others suspected
of ties to the Resistance.
In the first attack, Resistance fighters fired on
occupation troops guarding a gasoline station, killing
one and injuring another, said a spokesman for the
U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. The US
occupation troops returned fire and killed one
assailant, according to the American spokesman.
But witnesses said the Resistance attackers escaped,
and that US troops opened fire on passing cars,
killing a driver.
Witnesses identified the driver as a member of the
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, or PUK, a major
pro-American political party. The PUK's Mosul
headquarters is across the street from the gas
An Associated Press reporter saw bloodstains at the
spot where witnesses said the soldiers had stood, and
a bullet-riddled and bloodstained car said to belong
to the PUK member.
Later a US occupation army spokesman, Major Hugh Keat
of the 101st Airborne Division, offered a version of
the events that absolved the Americans of
responsibility for the death of their Kurdish
chauvinist ally. Major Keat claimed that "two cars
passed along the street shooting at both sides of the
road. They fired at the headquarters of the Patriotic
Union of Kurdistan and at the gasoline station on the
opposite side of the street and then fled."
A Kurdish leader in Mosul said only that a Kurdish
official was killed by gunfire as he was leaving the
offices of the party near the gasoline station.
A few hours later, Resistance fighters detonated a
handmade roadside bomb and opened fire on a US
military convoy, killing one occupation soldier and
wounding three others, the spokesman said on condition
of anonymity. The attack reportedly took place on the
east bank of the Tigris River.
Residents said other occupation troops on the convoy
responded to the attack by shooting in the streets,
killing a 19-year-old man and injuring his mother and
father. Residents said the family lived close to the
site of the ambush, which occurred on a busy road near
a US occupation military compound.
Later in the day Lieutenant Neal Forbes of the 502nd
Battalion acknowledged yet another Resistance attack
when he announced that "two attacks occurred on
Wednesday targeting two gasoline stations, while a
third attack targeted a military convoy that was
passing near a gasoline station." Forbes admitted
that the US occupation forces had trouble guarding
fixed points like gasoline stations because, simply by
being stationary, the troops turn into targets for the
Resistance. "We prefer to keep moving rather than
remain in one place," he told the press.
A spokesman for the US occupation 4th Division
reported that an Iraqi citizen attacked a position
occupied by US forces in the city of Baaqubah. The
spokesman said that the Iraqi approached the gate of
the US base and when he was denied entry, he detonated
an explosive belt wounding two American soldiers who
were guarding the base.
Also on Wednesday, the US military admitted what was
common knowledge the day before when it announced that
the emergency landing of a US helicopter near
al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad, was likely the result of
ground fire by the Resistance.
In another Resistance attack on the occupation's
aircraft, US officials admitted that the Iraqi
Resistance struck a US Air Force C-17 transport plane
with a surface- to-air missile, forcing the crippled
plane to return to Baghdad. A senior Pentagon
official, speaking on condition of anonymity, made the
admission. In Baghdad, military spokeswoman Captain
Carrie Clear said the plane reported an engine
explosion on takeoff and that one of the 16 people on
board was slightly injured by the blast.
Occupation forces closed down occupied Saddam
International Airport after the shooting down of the
transport by a shoulder-fired Strela SAM-7 missile.
Eyewitnesses told the Jordanian daily al-Arab al-Yawm
that one missile flew like an arrow at the plane which
it struck, igniting a fire that forced the pilot to
make an emergency return to the airport just after
After the attack, US occupation forces sealed off the
villages surrounding the airport, slapped a curfew on
them, and then began house to house raids and searches
on the residents in the area. As is usual in the
aftermath of Resistance attacks, the aggressor troops
made numerous arrests of civilians in the hope that
some would provide information about the Resistance to
the occupation forces.
In the third attack on US aircraft in 24 hours, a
missile fired by the Iraqi Resistance struck an
American occupation Apache helicopter in the air over
Mosul, setting it ablaze and forcing it down. An
eyewitness told al-Arab al-Yawm newspaper that a
missile struck the front of the helicopter causing it
to crash to earth, probably killing or at least
injuring all aboard. The witness said that occupation
forces cordoned off the area and prevented residents
of the area from approaching the crash scene. An
American occupation spokesman claimed that the
helicopter crew came through the attack unhurt.
The Salvadoran Defense Ministry announced that forces
from El Salvador in Iraq, based near the city of
an-Najaf, 160km south of Baghdad, came under barrage
of five mortar rounds. The Salvadoran Ministry
claimed that there were no casualties.
Meanwhile, the chief of the puppet police in the Bayji
area 'Abd al-Karim Hasan al-Jabburi, said that six
bombs had been discovered and disarmed on the road
leading to the Tall al-Ward American military base.
Early Wednesday, US occupation troops and Iraqi puppet
police in the oil-rich northern city of Kirkuk
arrested 29 people, including five policemen, who were
suspected of ties to the former regime of Iraqi
President Saddam Hussein, according to 'Adnan Muhammad
Saleh, a city puppet police officer. Saleh said the
policemen were suspected of passing intelligence to
In the course of raids early Wednesday morning in
another northern Iraqi city, Mosul, US occupation
troops stormed into the house of a senior officer of
the Resistance group Saddam's Fedayeen and shot and
killed him, his neighbors said.
The US aggressor army confirmed there were raids early
Wednesday in Mosul but refused to comment on the
reported death of Colonel Ghanem Abd al-Ghani Sultan
Two neighbors of az-Zaydi, who spoke on condition of
anonymity, said US occupation troops stormed his
one-story house in Mosul's central neighborhood of
al-Sukkar about 4 a.m. and shooting was heard later.
Helicopters took part in the operation, the neighbors
said. The gate of az-Zaydi's house was locked
Wednesday afternoon. There were several bullet holes
in the gate. A black banner nearby read: "The heroic
martyr Colonel Ghanem Abd al-Ghani Sultan az-Zaydi was
martyred during a blatant aggression by American
forces at his house on 10/12/2003."
Captain Brian Cope, a spokesman for the American 2nd
Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, refused to
comment on az-Zaydi's death, confirming only that the
army carried out raids Wednesday against "35 separate
targets" in Mosul. Cope, whose brigade occupies Mosul,
said dozens of people were captured in the raids
including suspected members of Saddam's Fedayeen and
other people loyal to the Iraqi government.
In Baghdad on Wednesday, 3,000 funeral marchers
mourned three men killed in a bombing of a Sunni
mosque a day earlier. The mosque's imam, Faruq Khamis,
accused Shiite Muslim extremists of carrying out the
attack. "Prominent Shiite clerics are urged to deter
those politically motivated groups so that the unity
of Muslims in this country can be preserved," Khamis
told the mourners.
Such attacks are consistent with a trend in the
strategy of the American occupation forces to provoke
sectarian violence in Iraq. The Baath Party in a
statement issued on 5 December 2003, noted that
America's inability to pacify Iraq had led Washington
to "come close to proposing a plan to partition [Iraq]
as a way out of the crisis." The recent American
announcement that Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah and
pro-Iranian militia of the so-called "Supreme Council
for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq" (SCIRI) would be
joining US forces in repressing the Sunni population,
were clearly aimed at inciting sectarian conflict.
Zionist Neo-Conservative Leslie H. Gelb's article in
the New York Times entitled "The Three State Solution"
(25 November 2003) served to proclaim and rationalize
such a strategy as far as US ruling circles are
concerned. Attacks such as the one on the Baghdad
mosque, and other steps along such divisive lines are
likely to increase together with Washington's
Also in keeping with that sectarian policy was the
announcement by the puppet so-called "Interim
Governing Council" that it was going to establish a
"war crimes tribunal" to prosecute top members of the
Iraqi regime. Two people who attended the meeting
said that the puppet officials planned to establish
the tribunal Wednesday. Western news reports have
linked the planned "war crimes tribunal" to the
exhumation of graves of those killed in the
Iranian-provoked sectarian violence that followed the
30-nation aggression in the spring of 1991, thereby
disclosing that this project too is aimed at provoking
conflicts among Iraq's religious and ethnic
communities. US occupation authorities are holding
several dozen top Baath Party and Iraqi government
officials who could be "tried" under the new measure.
American imperialist Defense Department officials
acknowledged a major disappointment on Wednesday in
their plans to set up an Iraqi puppet army to take on
some of the US occupation force's jobs and to die in
place of Americans. One-third of the Iraqis whom the
Americans had trained for their puppet army have quit,
Pentagon officials announced.
Some 250 out of a 700-man battalion have quit in
recent weeks before the unit's scheduled start of
military operations this month.
"We are aware that a third ... has apparently resigned
and we are looking into that in order to ensure that
we can recruit and retain high-quality people for a
new Iraqi army," said Lieutenant Colonel James
Cassella, a Pentagon spokesman to the Associated Press
An AP report noted that the battalion was highly
celebrated when the newly retrained soldiers, marching
to the beat of a US Army band, completed a nine-week
basic training course in early October, and passed in
review before America's Proconsul in occupied Iraq, L.
The new units were to initially take on largely
passive defense duties - such as border security and
manning road checkpoints. Officials have been working
for weeks to speed up the training of Iraqi puppet
soldiers and police in the face of the accelerating
pace of Resistance attacks.
Recruitment of the puppet troops is done by US
occupation authorities and the training is provided by
"civilian instructors", mostly ex-US military men,
from the American defense contractor Vinnell
Corporation, officials told the AP.
In another development on Wednesday, Iraq-based
members of the Iranian opposition group, the Mujahidi
Khalq, denounced a decision by Iraq's US-appointed
puppet council to expel them from the country by the
end of the year. In a statement released at the
group's camp northeast of Baghdad, the group said the
decision favored Iran's efforts to establish a
"satellite theocratic dictatorship in Iraq." Members
of the Mujahidi Khalq should be out of Iraq by the end
of the year and the group's offices in Iraq will be
closed, the puppet so-called Interim Governing Council
said. A reporter who visited the group's Baghdad
office on Wednesday found it occupied by squatters who
said the militia had abandoned it.
The Mujahidi Khalq have battled Iran's theocratic
regime since the late 1970s. In 1999, it was added to
the US State Department's official list of "terrorist
organizations." As the Associated Press notes, over
the years, the US government has maintained an
ambiguous posture toward the group, even allowing it
and an associated organization, the Paris-based
National Council of Resistance of Iran, to maintain
offices in Washington. In August, however, the State
Department shut down both groups' offices, earning
rare praise from Iran.
Finally, in an indication of how effectively the
western media conceal the reality of the deteriorating
US position in occupied Iraq from the American
populace, a new opinion poll indicated that US popular
support for the aggressive war has slightly increased
in the last few weeks.
Some 59 percent of respondents to the December 5-7
poll said the situation in Iraq was worth going to war
over, up from 56 percent November 16. And 55 percent
said they approved of Bush's handling of his position,
up from 50 percent in mid-November, according to the
USA Today/CNN/Gallup poll of 1,004 adults.
The American newspaper USA Today cited analysts
suggesting that the rise in support could be
attributed to Bush's surprise Thanksgiving holiday
visit to troops in Iraq and the reduced reports of US
deaths within the past two weeks. "The Thanksgiving
trip had a powerful effect," Karlyn Bowman, a polling
analyst for the right-wing American Enterprise
Institute think tank, told USA Today. "Seeing the
troops' reaction to the president reminded Americans
of their commitment and might have encouraged them to
support him." The Bush trip - in which he sneaked
into Baghdad for 150 minutes and posed for cameras
while holding a plastic turkey, only to leave the
occupied Iraqi capital without setting foot outside
the occupied airport - apparently gave the
Administration a hefty boost in the opinion poles.
Easily swayed by slick images and clever packaging,
some 79 percent of the Americans surveyed said Bush's
Iraq trip was a good idea, and two in three Democrats
concurred. Fifty-four percent felt that he made the
visit to show troops his support, while 37 percent
felt his purpose was purely political.
Forty-eight percent of registered voters said they
would vote to re-elect Bush next year, up from 46
percent in October. The poll has a
three-percentage-point margin of error.
Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Thursday, 11 December 2003.
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