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Iraqi Resistance Report: 1-4 February 2004.

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    ================= Begin forwarded message ================= Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 1 February 2004 through Wednesday, 4 February 2004.
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 4, 2004
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      Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 1
      February 2004 through Wednesday, 4 February 2004.
      Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr,
      member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice. http://

      Sunday, 1 February 2004. �Id al-Adha.

      One US occupation soldier was killed and 12 others
      wounded on Sunday evening in a rocket attack on an
      American base in the area of Balad, 75km from Baghdad.
      A US military occupation spokesman said that at least
      seven Iraqi Resistance rockets were fired on the base.
      The wounded were taken to a field hospital belonging
      to the unit, the 4th Infantry Division. The spokesman
      said that two of those wounded in the attack are in
      critical condition, but five received only light
      wounds and the rest were treated and released,
      according to the US statement. The US aggressor
      spokesman said that an American helicopter gunship
      responded to the attack by firing at what was believed
      to be the source of the rockets. Later US occupation
      troops rounded up 12 Iraqi men and four women.

      Elsewhere in Iraq, one US occupation soldier was
      killed Sunday and two others hurt when their Humvee
      overturned near the town of Hadithah, according to the
      US occupation authorities.

      Also on Sunday the British Ministry of Defence
      announced that one British occupation soldier
      functioning as part of the 35th Engineers Battalion
      stationed in al-Basrah had been killed on Saturday.
      Islam memo quoted the US propaganda radio station
      Radio Sawa as saying that the British announcement
      gave no further details of the death apart from
      observing that the soldier�s death was related to the
      nature of engineering work.

      In another delayed death announcement, the US
      occupation announced Sunday that one American soldier
      had died on Saturday of wounds received several days
      ago in a roadside bomb blast west of Baghdad. A US
      military occupation statement quoted by Reuters, said
      that the soldier, who was attached to a special force
      was wounded on Tuesday, 27 January 2004, in a powerful
      Resistance attack.

      Two Iraqi Resistance martyrdom bombers struck the
      Irbil offices of two collaborationist Kurdish
      chauvinist parties in near-simultaneous attacks Sunday
      in an attack marking the Islamic Feast of Sacrifice
      �Id al-Adha. At least 57 people were killed and more
      than 235 were wounded, officials said. One
      collaborationist Kurdish �minister� in the
      US-installed and US-run puppet �interim government�
      said the death toll could top 100.

      The Iraqi Resistance martyrdom attacks at the Irbil
      offices of the chauvinist so-called Kurdistan
      Democratic Party (KDP, which is led by Mas�ud
      al-Barzani) and the chauvinist Patriotic Union of
      Kurdistan (PUK, which is led by Jalal at-Talibani)
      occurred as party leaders were receiving hundreds of
      visitors to mark the start of the four-day Muslim
      holiday, �Id al-Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice. Iraqi
      officials in the US-controlled regime said that some
      of the top Kurdish chauvinist leaders were greeting
      people when the attacker approached them and detonated
      the explosives strapped around his body. The second
      attack took place at about the same time in the PUK
      office across town, PUK spokesman Kazim �Ali said.
      Several people were killed and injured in the PUK
      attack, he said. Irbil houses the Kurdish so-called
      parliament. Under US-imperial aerial protection since
      1991, and then under the US occupation since the
      spring of 2003, Iraqi Kurdish chauvinist parties, have
      �ruled� a Switzerland-sized swath of northern Iraq on
      behalf of western interests. Talibani and Barzani both
      sit on the US-appointed puppet so-called Interim
      Governing Council presided over by L. Paul Bremer, US
      Proconsul of Iraq.

      The dead included the puppet governor of the region,
      ministers in the local puppet administration and
      several senior officials, Muhammad Ihsan, the
      so-called �minister for human rights� for the Kurdish
      chauvinist regional government, told The Associated
      Press. "There are a tremendous number of injured,"
      Ihsan said, adding that the targeted sites were the
      parties' branch offices, about eight miles apart.

      The high ranking dead include Irbil puppet governor
      Akram Mintik, puppet deputy prime minister Sami �Abd
      ar-Rahman, puppet minister of council of ministers
      affairs Shawkat Shaykh Yazdin, and puppet agriculture
      minister Sa�d �Abdullah who is also a politbureau
      member of the KDP, Ihsan said. Al-Jazeera TV�s
      correspondent said that Shakhwan �Abbas, the man in
      charge of the Irbil branch of the PUK was also among
      the dead.

      A state of emergency was declared in the Kurdish area,
      and doctors have been asked to return from vacation.
      An urgent appeal has been issued to residents to
      donate blood.

      Irbil city morgue director Tawana Karim told the AP
      that 57 bodies had been brought to the morgue and
      "figures are increasing." At least 235 people were
      admitted to the city's three hospitals with injuries,
      medical sources said. "These figures are estimates but
      I believe about 60 people were killed at the PUK and
      about 80 at the KDP.

      "On the first day of the �Id we receive people and
      well wishers and that's why security wasn't as tight
      as during the rest of the days. They (the Iraqi
      Resistance) took advantage of this."

      The attack also was believed to have been the first in
      which the martyrdom fighters wired bombs to themselves
      and detonated them while on foot, akin to the suicide
      attacks by Palestinian fedayeen in occupied Palestine.
      There have been a multitude of martydom car bombings
      in Iraq.

      Abu Ghurayb, site of a US-run concentration camp, east
      of the city of al-Fallujah came under Iraqi Resistance
      mortar attack on Sunday. Eye witnesses said that they
      heard six explosions and saw clouds of smoke rising
      from inside the prison compound after a number of
      mortar rounds crashed into the area, aimed at the US
      occupation troops stationed there.

      The witnesses, quote by the Qatari news agency Qana,
      said that the American occupation troops returned fire
      and that the exchange of fire continued for some time.
      The witnesses reported that as a result of the
      exchange of shells, a number of cars driving on the
      highway were damaged.

      An Iraqi puppet police official announced Sunday that
      an Iraqi Resistance attack on a puppet police patrol
      in Kirkuk, 255km north of Baghdad, left four puppet
      policemen wounded. Puppet police Colonel Khattar
      �Abdallah �Arif said that Resistance fighters had
      thrown a hand grenade at a puppet police patrol in the
      al-�Urubah neighborhood in the east of Kirkuk.

      On Sunday, about 20 Iraqis were killed in an explosion
      at a munitions dump in the Polish-controlled
      south-central region of the country, according to a
      spokesman for Polish occupation forces. The blast
      occurred after midnight in the desert about 112 miles
      southwest of Karbala� after Iraqis broke into the
      munitions storage site, Polish military occupation
      spokesman Colonel Robert Strzelecki told the Polish
      news agency PAP. Strzelecki said it was unclear what
      caused the blast. The dump, formerly used by the Army
      of the Republic of Iraq, before the US invasion,
      consists of about 100 bunkers spread over a wide area
      and contained munitions such as artillery shells and
      rockets, he told PAP.

      Late on Saturday a two blasts ripped into the
      predominantly Palestinian residential neighborhood of
      al-Baladiyat in Baghdad. The first blast, (reported
      in the Iraqi Resistance Report for 29 through 31
      January 2004) killed four Palestinian refugees and one
      Iraqi visitor and wounded five others, witnesses said.

      Later a second blast in the same neighborhood took the
      life of one more Palestinian. Relatives said one man
      died on the way to hospital from shrapnel wounds
      sustained in the explosion. "We heard the blast and
      saw that the deceased was missing," said �Ali Muzan.
      "He died on the way to the hospital."

      Residents of the neighborhood of al-Baladiyat on
      Sunday carried the bodies of the four Palestinians in
      coffins draped in Palestinian flags from a mosque to
      their homes before taking them to a cemetery for
      burial. Some young men in the funeral procession fired
      rifles in the air, a traditional Arab gesture.
      Although it was not known who fired the mortar, angry
      mourners blamed the United States.

      Many women in the procession sobbed. Men chanted
      "Allahu Akbar!", or "God is Greatest!", "America is
      the enemy of God!" and "A martyr is God's beloved!"
      Two of the dead - Ihsan Husayn, 40, and his son, Ahmad
      Husayn, 18 - were hit in the head by shrapnel that
      went through the windows of their apartment, said the
      elder Husayn's sister, Fatimah Husayn. A third victim
      was 18-year-old Sami �Abbas, said his mother Zahriyah
      �Abd ar-Rahman. The identities of the other two people
      killed were not immediately known.

      Early on Sunday, US undersecretary of defense, Paul
      Wolfowitz, a notorious neo-conservative and Zionist
      whose sister lives in occupied Palestine, arrived on a
      previously secret trip to Iraq. The US official, a
      major architect of US-Zionist aggression on the Arab
      Nation, arrived by plane from Germany where he had
      been visiting US servicemen due to be deployed here in
      a major troop rotation that poses security headaches
      for the American military. The Pentagon claims that
      the biggest turnover since World War II will reduce
      the US troop presence in Iraq by spring 2004 to
      105,000 from 130,000. On the other hand, many
      logistical, supply, and other functions of the US
      military are being transferred to �civilian�
      contractors who will, in effect allow the combat
      strength of the aggressor forces to stay high, or
      perhaps even increase.

      It was said that Wolfowitz would join US occupation
      troops in watching television coverage of the American
      commercial sporting event, the American football
      �superbowl.� The location and details of Wolfowitz's
      itinerary were kept secret by the invader forces out
      of fear of the relentless and powerful Iraqi
      Resistance. During Wolfowitz's last visit to Baghdad
      in October, Resistance fighters fired rockets at the
      hotel where he was staying, killing one US occupation
      soldier and wounding more than 15 people.

      In keeping with the changes that US occupation forces
      are planning in an attempt to reduce their losses in
      dead and wounded, officials in the occupation said on
      Sunday that the US was planning to reduce its visible
      presence in the city of Baghdad in coming months as
      they move to the perimeter of the city, leaving
      responsibility for security in the occupied Iraqi
      capital to puppet security forces trained and run by
      the American invaders. This type of deployment, also
      followed by Zionist occupation forces in Palestine,
      facilitates continued control of the city and ready
      access to it, but reduces opportunities for Resistance
      fighters to attack within the urban setting where
      people and buildings provide support and cover for

      US occupation forces are subjected to daily Iraqi
      Resistance attacks and the large and visible US
      headquarters in the Republican Palace, renamed the
      �Green Zone� by the invaders, has frequently been a
      target of mortar and rocket attacks. To try to escape
      this relentless pressure from the Resistance, US
      Brigadier General Martin Dempsey, commander of the 1st
      Armored Division, said that his division was building
      six base camps on the outskirts of Baghdad to which
      they plan to move the 1st Cavalry �so that when our
      successors came in behind us they would be on the
      outside [of Baghdad] looking in. We were very much on
      the inside looking out,� Brigadier General Martin
      Dempsey, commander of the 1st Armored Division, spoke
      to reporters together with visiting aggressor Paul

      Dempsey said that when he took command in July there
      were 60 base camps through the city. "It comes along
      with sandbags, concrete barriers, concertina [barbed]
      wire, and it just causes a lot of disruption that we
      are beyond now," he said. "So we'll be on the
      perimeter of the city."

      Currently there are 24 base camps in Baghdad, a number
      which is to fall to eight by May. Two of those camps
      are still to be in the so-called Green Zone,
      headquarters area of the US occupation, which is under
      heavy fortification, protection, and guard.


      Monday, 2 February 2004.

      The number of dead from Sunday�s martyrdom attacks on
      the two Kurdish chauvinist collaboration party
      headquarters in Irbil rose on Monday to 67 as several
      of the approximately 200 injured persons died of their
      wounds, according to new findings announced by medical

      The director of Irbil Hospital, Muzaffar Habib told
      Agence France Presse (AFP) that 58 corpses were
      brought to the hospital. Two persons died while under
      treatment in the hospital raising that total to 60.
      Meanwhile the Director of the University Hospital in
      Irbil, Dr. Salah �Abdallah, for his part said, �we
      received 51 wounded, of whom seven died today, Monday

      Honduras� defense minister Federico Baribi announced
      Monday that Tegucigalpa will be replacing its forces
      in Iraq, starting today, 2 February 2004. Honduran
      troops are being rotated at the same time that
      Washington is rotating its much larger occupation
      force in occupied Iraq. Islammemo quoted an Associated
      Press dispatch as saying that Baribi announced that
      the first contingent of 185 Honduran troops who had
      been carried out patrols in an-Najaf streets would
      arrive home on Monday, having departed Iraq on Friday
      after having spent six months serving the United
      States occupation of Iraq. The remaining 238 Honduran
      troops are to go home to their Central American
      country in the next two weeks. A new brigade is
      scheduled to arrive in Baghdad in the current week.
      The Honduran base in the city of an-Najaf has been
      struck twice by mortar shells, but occupation
      authorities claim that no casualties resulted from
      those attacks. Four Honduran troops have been
      reported wounded, however, in other incidents.

      Dutch diplomatic sources report that they expect the
      Netherlands� diplomats attached to the Dutch embassy
      in Baghdad to continue working in the occupied Iraqi
      capital for the present. They will not, however, be
      working out of their own embassy building because it
      sustained heavy damage in a rocket attack last week.
      Holland Radio reported that the embassy building is
      still sealed and no information has been released
      regarding the investigation surrounding the attack. A
      Dutch newspaper, the NRC Handelsblad, reported
      Saturday on the authority of an unnamed embassy source
      that all the embassy staff left the building before
      the attack because they received a warning one hour
      prior to the rocket barrage, giving them time to

      The Iraqi puppet police announced on Monday that US
      occupation forces and the puppet police had arrested
      five Iraqis, three of whom were suspected of
      involvement in the explosion on Saturday that left
      three US occupation soldiers dead near Kirkuk.

      Special Report: al-Jazeera interviews Imam of Abu
      Hanifah Mosque in Baghdad.

      Shaykh Ahmad Hasan at-Tah, prominent member of the
      Board of Muslim �Ulama� of Iraq and of the Council of
      Islamic Juridical Consultation (Majlis al-Ifta�)
      praised efforts by Sunni and Shi�i religious leaders
      to strengthen the unity of the Iraqi people in
      confrontation with calls for sectarian dissention and
      violence. Their joint support for national unity has
      had a positive effect on the street, the Shaykh told
      al-Jazeera in an interview, and has prevented the
      situation from getting out of control in the current
      difficult conditions.

      At-Tah, who is also Imam of the Abu Hanifah Mosque in
      Baghdad, one of the most important Sunni mosques in
      the Iraqi capital, said that there are those who are
      trying to shake the Iraqi people�s unity in the ranks.
      �Reliable witnesses have seen an American soldier
      paste a portrait of former Iraqi President Saddam
      Hussein over a portrait of [the Shiite] Imam as-Sadr
      in al-Jihad neighborhood. This is an action that can
      have dangerous repercussions in terms of stirring up
      confessionalist conflict.�

      In his interview with Al-Jazeera.net, the Shaykh
      rejected the idea that religious leaders were
      responsible for sectarian violence and terror,
      stressing that: �The violent people are those who
      attack and occupy the country. The terrorist is the
      person who ravages the sanctity of homes, who
      handcuffs men, and steals people�s belongings.� He
      said that most of the occupation troops steal jewelry
      and any other valuable items they find during house
      raids. �This has become a commonplace that everybody
      talks about.�

      The Shaykh said that international law grants people
      the right to defend their land and to expel an
      occupier. �Therefore the �Ulama� [Islamic religious
      leaders] call on the citizens of Iraq to defend
      themselves, their honor, and their wealth, with
      whatever means are available. There is no law on
      earth that prohibits people from doing that.�

      In answer to the charge that mosques have become a
      venue for political appeals, Shaykh at-Tah said that
      Islam is a way of life that does not differentiate
      between politics, law, and personal status. Therefore
      it is not appropriate for mosques to ignore such
      things. He said that this charge is made by
      secularists who are trying to use every possible means
      to force Islam out of people�s lives, in particular
      out of government, and to limit it just to performing

      The Shaykh pointed out that the mosques played a
      pioneering role in guarding national unity, in calming
      the people and in preventing many of them from getting
      out of hand after the fall of the former regime and
      the entry of the occupation forces and the collapse of
      security as a result of the disappearance of central

      He said that the Board of �Ulama�, despite its limited
      resources, has great authoritative moral influence
      among the Sunnis, and it has striven to reduce
      difficulties for people. It encourages people of good
      will to form welfare associations, and these have
      played a big role in alleviating human suffering for a
      large number of Iraqis.

      Shaykh Ahmad at-Tah pointed out that before he became
      a member of the General Secretariat of the Board of
      �Ulama�, he was a vice president of a welfare
      association outside the capital Baghdad where he
      served 16,000 persons.

      Shaykh at-Tah called on Iraqis to reconcile and stand
      in one rank against the occupier, �for it is by unity
      that Iraqis can defy the occupation.�


      Tuesday, 3 February 2004.

      A spokesman for the US occupation announced that one
      American occupation soldier was killed and one other
      wounded Tuesday evening when an Iraqi Resistance bomb
      exploded on a road in the village of al-Iskandariyah
      35 miles south of Baghdad.

      Iraqi Resistance forces fired two rockets at
      US-occupied Saddam International Airport near Baghdad
      at 6:15am local time, according to the American
      military occupation. The US invaders said that there
      were no casualties as a result of the Resistance
      attack but offered no information on possible damage
      that the rockets might have caused. The US invaders
      have turned Saddam International Airport into one of
      their major bases in the greater Baghdad area.

      A US aggressor spokesman who did not give his name
      said that the rockets were launched from a densely
      populated area of the capital. He said that the US
      occupation command sent military forces to comb the
      area, but that helicopters could not take off due to
      thick fog hanging over the airport. He gave no
      further information.

      In Kirkuk, 255km north of Baghdad, the Iraqi
      Resistance fired Katyusha rockets at an American
      occupation base. The attack came shortly after
      visiting aggressor, the US deputy secretary of defense
      Paul Wolfowitz held a meeting with Kurdish, Turkoman,
      and Arab collaborationist leaders from the region.
      The Iraqi puppet police attempted to apprehend the
      Resistance fighters who fired the rockets but they
      shot an Iraqi civilian to death instead.

      The Iraqi Resistance forces also attacked an Iraqi
      puppet police station in Kirkuk, killing one puppet
      policeman and wounding two other puppets and one

      A spokesman for the Iraqi puppet police in the city of
      Karbala� reported on Tuesday that three puppet
      policemen were killed on Monday night in an Iraqi
      Resistance attack near the city. Rahman Mishawi said
      that the Resistance fighters, riding in a red BMW
      opened fire on a puppet police pickup truck in an area
      30km north of Karbala�. He confirmed that the three
      puppet policemen were killed and that the gunfire
      caused the pickup to burst into flame when the bullets
      struck the fuel tank.

      There has been an attempt on the life of Iraqi puppet
      police Brigadier General �Abbas al-Husayni, commander
      of Iraqi puppet police in the city of Karbala�. Iraqi
      Resistance forces opened fire on his motorcade as it
      was heading to the city of an-Najaf. According to
      Qana, the Qatari news agency, al-Husayni survived the
      attack, but three of his bodyguards were killed.

      The Iraqi puppet police have announced that the US
      occupation forces failed in an attempt on Tuesday to
      arrest the Vice Chairman of the Iraqi Revolution
      Command Council �Izzat Ibrahim ad-Duri, in an
      operation they carried out in Mosul, 370km north of
      Baghdad. Puppet police Lieutenant Haqqi Isma�il
      al-Hamadani reported that the US aggressors raided the
      house of Shaykh Jum�ah ad-Duwwar in the as-Sumud
      neighborhood west of Mosul. Shaykh ad-Duwwar was able
      to elude the aggressor forces by escaping through a
      back door, but the invaders captured two of the
      Shaykh�s sons instead. US occupation forces did not
      confirm this report.

      US occupation forces captured two Iraqis in Tikrit
      after finding an explosive device on the road that an
      American occupation convoy was about to take. The
      commander of the 1st Armored Division in Iraq, Martin
      Dempsey, said that the Iraqi puppet police had
      arrested two persons � one of whom they believe to be
      Iranian, the other Afghani � who were attempting to
      put a bomb on a road.

      In Kirkuk the Iraqi puppet police arrested for local
      men on the charge that they opened fire at a
      checkpoint in the city, killing a puppet policeman and
      wounding three other people, according to the
      provincial puppet police commander, Lieutenant General
      of the puppet police Shayrgo Shakir Hakim who spoke to
      Agence France Presse (AFP). Hakim said that two of
      the men were from Kirkuk and the other two from
      Tikrit. After their arrest, he said, they confessed
      to firing at the checkpoint. Hakim said that three of
      the men were members of the Arab Ba�th Socialist Party
      and one of Saddam�s Fedayeen. On Monday one puppet
      policeman was killed and two others wounded along with
      a passer by.

      On Tuesday a Japanese government Boeing 747 took off
      from an air field on the Japanese island of Hokkaido
      en route for US-occupied Iraq carrying the first
      contingent of a reported 600 Japanese aggressor
      infantry. The Japanese occupation troops are to serve
      the United States by helping to try to suppress the
      Iraqi people�s liberation struggle. They are to be
      stationed in the southern part of occupied Iraq in the
      area of as-Samawah. The full contingent is expected
      to be in place before the end of March.

      The first contingent of Japanese aggressor troops
      includes 90 military engineers and doctors. It is to
      remain for some days in Kuwait to overcome jet lag and
      acclimatize before moving out to as-Samawah where
      since 19 January a group of 40 Japanese advance guard
      reconnaisance forces have been preparing the quarters
      for the rest of the unit.

      Meanwhile a spokesman for the Honduran Ministry of
      Defense, Lieutenant Colonel Rafael Morino, announded
      that the first contingent of 180 Honduran occupation
      soldiers has departed for Iraq on an airplane
      chartered by the US occupation. The full complement
      of Honduran soldiers is to total 370, including 11
      women. They are to replace the 1st Honduran Brigade
      that has been deployed in occupied Iraq since August
      2003 serving the United States in repressing the Iraqi
      people�s liberation struggle. The Honduran
      replacements are to be a component in the so-called
      multinational troops, a unit made up of troops from
      Honduras, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, and
      Spain under US invader command.

      The death toll in the weekend double martyrdom
      bombings in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil climbed
      to 101, according to a statement by the US occupation
      issued on Tuesday.

      Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
      Jordan, Wednesday, 4 February 2004.

      Wednesday, 4 February 2004.

      An Iraqi Resistance explosive device detonated at
      9:15am local time Wednesday as a British occupation
      patrol was passing along a road near the airport of
      the city of al-Basrah. The occupied airport is one of
      three main British aggressor bases in the area. The
      occupation forces reported the bombing but claimed
      there were no casualties. British occupation forces
      sealed off the area after the attack.

      Iraqi Resistance fighters opened fire with mortars on
      US invaders near the western Iraqi town of ar-Ramadi.
      The US occupation troops responded with high explosive
      artillery fire, which wounded two Iraqi civilians. A
      spokesman for the US military occupation reported the
      incident Wednesday and added that five houses and two
      vehicles were also damaged, but refused to confirm
      whether the casualties were wounded by American fire
      or mortar shrapnel.

      US occupation forces killed a nine-year-old Iraqi boy
      and wounded his mother on Tuesday near Kirkuk
      according to the American aggressor commander in the
      area, Colonel William Mayville, who claimed that the
      killing was an �accident.�

      The US officer said during a meeting with the
      commander of puppet police in the area, Major General
      Shayrgo Shakir Hakim and the deputy governor Isma�il
      al-Hadidi, �it was a mistake when our forces in Kirkuk
      fired a mortar on areas lying 10 kilometers south of
      Kirkuk. We believed that they were �terrorist

      Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that during the
      meeting the US occupation officer added that �one of
      the shells fell by mistake near a family killing the
      boy and wounding his mother and brother.� He said,
      �an investigation has been opened and will hold the
      soldiers who launched the mortar shells responsible.�
      He said �I have authorized Isma�il al-Hadidi and Major
      General Shayrgo to visit the family to convey our
      apologies and to give them US$2,500 for the killing of
      the child and US$1,500 for those who were wounded.�

      In Madrid, the Spanish Defense Ministry has announced
      the death of Major Gonzalo Perez Garcia, security
      chief for the Spanish-Latin American Plus Ultra
      brigade in the US-led occupation, who was wounded in
      the head in an Iraqi Resistance attack on 22 January
      2004. Perez (42) was flown back to Spain unconscious
      after the attack. There he was admitted to a military
      hospital where his condition rapidly deteriorated on
      Wednesday. Spanish surgeons had been unable to remove
      the bullet from Perez�s brain who was never able to
      regain consciousness.

      Sources in the al-Basrah Governorate have revealed a
      big financial scandal in a large branch of an occupied
      Iraqi bank. The sources say that about 500 million
      counterfeit Iraqi dinars have been substituted for
      genuine currency during the change of currency from
      the pre-invasion Iraqi currency to the occupation
      currency � a switchover that was accomplished by 15

      Islammemo reports that the BBC correspondent in
      al-Basrah says that the matter is currently being
      investigated, particularly inasmuch as it has been
      learned that persons close to one of the members of
      the US-puppet so-called Interim Governing Council of
      Iraq and influential persons in the puppet so-called
      milistry of finance were involved in the scandal.

      Message posted on the al-Basrah website:
      By Dr. Fadel Badran.

      On week ago the heroic Resistance attacked an American
      convoy on the road to al-Hillah, thinking that the
      number of American troop transport vehicles was small.
      But after dealing with the target and overcoming it,
      there immediately appeared new and larger vehicles.
      At first the Resistance fighters believed that they
      had fallen into a trap but with the help of the
      Almighty, they overcame one of the vehicles that was
      carrying munitions and it exploded on the whole rest
      of the convoy. The proud Iraqi fighters finished off
      the remaining enemy personnel as they scurried from
      the vehicles.

      But the matter did not end there. The Resistance
      fighters followed up on the results of their barrage
      on an American camp set up in a phosphate factory near

      And here comes something really new!

      Thanks to God they discovered dozens of dead American
      thugs who had been buried in graves that had not been
      completely covered. They were left naked so that
      there would be no sign or insignia on them to indicate
      that they were American thugs.

      All that we ask is that the US press be informed of
      this so that they might go to the place and check it
      out for themselves. The people of the area know the
      place. It�s the chemical materials factory that was a
      camp for the American thugs near al-Musayyib.

      Allahu Akbar!


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