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Iraqi Resistance Report: 5-7 February 2004.

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    ================= Begin forwarded message ================= Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 5 February 2004 through Saturday, 7 February 2004.
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 8, 2004
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      Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 5
      February 2004 through Saturday, 7 February 2004.
      Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr,
      member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice. http://

      Thursday, 5 February 2004.

      Iraqi Resistance forces fired mortars at the US
      occupation base at Saddam International Airport near
      Baghdad on Thursday. A US aggressor spokesman
      acknowledged the barrage and said that one US
      occupation soldier had been killed and another wounded
      by one of the four mortar rounds that landed on the

      The mortar barrage took place at about 2:15pm local
      time (11:15am GMT) and struck a logistics base near
      the occupied airport itself. A statement by the US
      occupation forces said the dead and wounded
      individuals had been manning a checkpoint outside the
      airport when they were hit.

      In northern occupied Iraq US occupation forces
      arrested seven members of the puppet police force on
      charges of smuggling information about the movements
      of the aggressor forces on the local roads to the
      Resistance forces. The US occupation forces also
      suspect them of carrying out Resistance attacks and
      planting bombs on the highway linking Kirkuk with

      Staff Captain Hamd al-�Abidi, puppet police director
      in the town of ar-Rashadiyah, 65km south of Kirkuk,
      said he was surprised Thursday morning to find US
      occupation forces surrounding the puppet police
      station and then arresting the seven. One of those
      arrested is an officer, Faras at-Ta�i who was
      responsible for guarding the roads for the US
      occupation forces. The puppet police unit in
      ar-Rashadiyah is subordinate to the puppet police in
      the city of Kirkuk. Al-�Abidi said, that the US
      occupation forces came to him every day during the �Id
      al-Adha holidays to interrogate him about the killing
      of three American occupation soldiers and the reasons
      for the breach in security, and how elements from
      outside the city could manage to plant the bomb that
      killed the soldiers on 31 January. On Monday an
      American convoy returning from the funeral of the
      three dead soldiers were barely able to escape death
      themselves in another attempted road bombing. The US
      occupation troops on Monday instead captured two
      Iraqis who supposedly had planted the bomb and came to
      suspect that the puppet police of Tikrit were
      involved, either directly or indirectly in the

      Al-�Abidi said that the US occupation forces accuse
      the puppet police in ar-Rashadiyah of not doing �their
      duty� and of leaking information on US troop movements
      to the Resistance. Al-�Abidi, however, denied any
      contact with the Resistance. On Wednesday, US
      occupation spokesman Robert Cargie announced that 13
      puppet policemen in the town of �ar-Rashid� near
      Kirkuk would be replaced by puppet so-called civil
      defense forces � a group that the Americans themselves
      directly train.

      Major General of the puppet police force Hamad Mazhar
      has under his command in the province of Salah ad-Din
      about 4,000 puppet policemen, many of whom have been
      arrested on suspicion of being involved in Resistance
      attacks on the US occupation troops.

      The commander of the US 101st Airborne Division
      centered in Mosul in northern Iraq, General David,
      Patrius, said on Thursday that what he called �foreign
      fighters�, by which he meant Arab and international
      anti-imperialist volunteers, were massing in the
      region and posing what he called a �terrorist threat�
      to the American invaders there. He said that the
      volunteers had been regrouping in the area �since

      Shi�ite cleric, Ayat Allah �Ali al-Sistani, survived
      an assassination bid on Thursday when his entourage
      was fired upon in the streets of an-Najaf, a security
      aide said. The incident occurred at 10:00am local
      time, but the aide said that as-Sistani was unhurt.
      Residents of an-Najaf said Sistani was traveling by
      car from his office to his home and stopped to greet
      passersby when his entourage was fired upon by at
      least four armed men. It was not immediately clear
      whether any of as-Sistani's bodyguards were injured.
      Muwaffaq ar-Ruba�i, a leading Shi�ite member of the US
      installed so-called �Interim Governing Council met
      with as-Sistani later on Thursday and said that the
      cleric was well following the attack. "For sure
      (as-Sistani) is safe and in good health," ar-Ruba�i
      told reporters in an-Najaf. Reuters reported that
      as-Sistani�s meeting with ar-Ruba�i, who lived in
      exile in Britain before coming back under the cover of
      the US invasion troops, is part of the cleric's
      behind-the-scenes negotiations with Iraq's so-called
      interim political leaders in the run-up to the US
      propaganda show set for the middle of this year when,
      amidst the continued presence of tens of thousands of
      occupation troops, the aggressors will proclaim that
      �sovereignty� has been returned Iraqis. As-Sistani
      and other Shi�ite clerics have been jockeying for the
      best possible position for themselves when the US
      occupation continues under another name in the second
      part of the year.

      Still evidently frustrated at their inability to
      capture the Deputy Chairman of Iraqi�s Revolution
      Command Council, �Izzat Ibrahim ad-Duri, US occupation
      forces on Wednesday announced that they had captured a
      relative of �Izzat Ibrahim. Lieutenant Colonel Steve
      Russell of the US occupation 4th Infantry Division
      occupying Tikrit said that the American aggressors
      think they will be able to get �useful information�
      out of their new captive. Russell would not say when
      the man was arrested, only saying that he was trading
      in arms.

      Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
      Jordan, Friday, 6 February 2004.

      Friday, 6 February 2004.

      A roadside bomb planted by the Iraqi Resistance
      exploded hours after noon on Friday in Baghdad
      wounding two US occupation soldiers.

      Iraqi Resistance fighters fired mortar rounds at the
      US occupation headquarters in the area of
      al-Iskandaiyah, south of Baghdad on Friday evening
      according to the correspondent of al-Jazeera TV who
      reported that eye witnesses had said that US
      occupation forces cordoned off the area and blocked
      all the roads leading to the base as clouds of smoke
      billowed into the sky in the area.

      Iraqi Resistance forces attacked an American
      occupation checkpoint in Samarra� on Friday. Two
      Iraqis were martyred by US aggressor gunfire attack
      and two others wounded, according to an eyewitness and
      a medical source. Safa� Abu �Abbas, who owns a shop
      near the scene of the attack, said that two persons
      driving a red Japanese car fired an anti-tank rocket
      at the American roadblock but missed their target and
      then escaped. �The Americans returned fire, but only
      managed to kill one pedestrian and another man on a
      motorcycle in addition to wounding two children,� he

      Islam memo carried a report that a Statement had been
      circulated in the city of al-Fallujah on Thursday
      evening that said that two Iraqis had been killed by
      the Resistance because they had been spy masters who
      had informed on residents of the area. Agence France
      Presse (AFP) reported that the Statement proclaimed:
      �People of al-Fallujah, we bring you good news that
      spy masters Sa�dun ash-Shukr and Mustafa az-Zawbi�i
      have been killed because they have informed on
      residents of al-Fallujah.� The Statement was signed
      �the Mujahideen.�

      AFP reported that the families of the two men named in
      the statement confirmed that the killings occurred
      immediately after the two left their homes where cars
      were waiting for them. Men with their faces covered
      inside the cars opened fire upon the two men, killing
      them. The director of the puppet police in the town,
      Brigadier General �Abbud al-�Isawi commented that �we
      have recently begun seeing men in cars with their
      faces covered,� and warned �we will fire on anyone
      with his face covered inside any car.� Al-�Isawi also
      reported �we have begun observing Opal cars
      [reportedly a favorite with the Resistance forces
      because they are common in Iraq] with no license
      plates coming into town.� On Wednesday, medical
      sources and the puppet police had confirmed that a
      member of the local puppet council in al-Fallujah and
      one of his relatives had been wounded in an armed

      Several thousands of Iraqis took to the streets of
      al-Khalidiyah, 8km west of Baghdad, on Friday to
      demand the release of dozens of individuals arrested
      by the US occupation forces in a series of raids
      carried out in the region in recent days.

      The protesters held Friday congregational prayers
      outside the US occupation base in an attempt
      dramatically to press their demand of freedom for the
      arrested citizens.

      US occupation forces were put on an elevated state of
      alert as the demonstrators marched towards the
      invaders� base. The protesters demanded that the
      aggressors halt their indiscriminate and violent raids
      on houses of the population. Recently the US
      occupation forces together with their puppet police
      carried out a massive wave or violent raids in which
      they captured some 100 individuals whom they accuse of
      being �suspected� of having relations with the Iraqi

      Meanwhile the occupation forces have admitted that the
      number of daily operations against the invaders rose
      from 18 to 24 last week.

      In Tikrit US aggressor forces announced that they had
      captured six Iraqis including two individuals who,
      they claim are high ranking members of the network of
      Resistance supporters of Iraqi President Saddam
      Hussein. The captures came amid dawn raids on houses
      early Friday

      Meanwhile, on his way to Munich, Germany, US defense
      secretary Donald Rumsfeld, eager to take the pressure
      off the Bush administration over the rising death toll
      in Iraq, expressed the hope that the
      American-controlled NATO alliance would take on a
      larger roll in Iraq, sacrificing European soldiers for
      US imperial interests. Rumsfeld said that the second
      item on the agenda of the NATO conference he was to
      attend in Munich was Iraq, the first being
      Afghanistan, where NATO forces are already more deeply

      On Friday conflicting stories emerged about the
      reported assassination attempt on the life of Shi�i
      cleric �Ali as-Sistani. While the man responsible for
      as-Sistani�s security told the Agence France Presse
      (AFP) that he �was the victim of an assassination
      attempt on Thursday,� a spokesman for as-Sistani in
      Karbala� denied in a Friday sermon and also in an
      interview with the AFP that the cleric came under

      Shi�i religious leaders called for calm during Friday
      sermons as they denied that as-Sistani had been
      attacked. Shaykh �Abd al-Mahdi al-Karbala�i, a
      religious representative of as-Sistani said that he
      had spoken to as-Sistani himself in an-Najaf and that
      as-Sistani had emphatically and categorially denied
      the report of his attack.

      Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
      Jordan, Saturday, 7 February 2004.

      Saturday, 7 February 2004.

      An American occupation commander has reported that a
      roadside bomb planted by the Iraqi Resistance exploded
      in Baghdad at 3:00 p.m., wounding two US soldiers,
      according to a dispatch by Islam memo.

      Saturday morning Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked
      the US military occupation headquarters in Kirkuk with
      mortars, according to the correspondent for al-Jazeera
      in the city that lies north of Baghdad. The
      correspondent provided no details regarding damage or

      Iraqi Resistance fighters on Saturday morning also
      attacked a puppet police bus with rocket-propelled
      grenades and light weapons in al-Fallujah, wounding
      seven of puppet policemen, according to a report from
      al-Jazeera�s correspondent in ar-Ramadi. Five of the
      wounded men are reported to be extremely gravely
      wounded. Two Iraqi civilians who happened to be in
      the area of the attack were also reportedly wounded.
      According to Puppet police First Lieutenant Ra�d
      Mus�ab, quoted in the New York Post, the Resistance
      attack took place near the offices of the Mayor of
      al-Fallujah. He said that the Resistance attackers
      were able to get away after carrying out their

      Iraqi puppet police reported finding a cache of some
      200 mortar shells in the Qizilyar area north of

      In Baghdad former employees of the Iraqi Ministry of
      Information who lost their jobs after the US invasion
      held a demonstration in front of the headquarters of
      the US occupation regime calling for their rights as
      government employees to be guaranteed by the
      occupation authorities and the puppet so-called
      Interim Governing Council.

      In a statement the demonstrators said that the cut off
      of their pay for four months conflicts with the claims
      of �liberation� and �democracy� raised by the US
      occupation forces. The protesters also called on
      religious authorities, political parties, and lawyers
      to take up their case and put an end to what they
      called the �injustice� that is being done to them.

      Japanese news reports said on Saturday that Tokyo has
      suspended flights of its occupation soldiers to
      US-occupied Saddam International Airport out of fear
      for the safety of the troops, in the wake of an Iraqi
      Resistance mortar attack on the airport this week.
      Japan had planned for sending 200 Japanese Airforce
      personnel and 3 C-130 transport airplanes now in
      Kuwait into Iraq around the middle of February via
      various airports in the occupied country.

      According to Agence France Presse (AFP) the planned
      trips to Baghdad are now pending the outcome of an
      investigation of the mortar attack that took place on
      Thursday and left one American dead and another

      A Spanish government commissioner has declared that if
      Spain is put in charge of the so-called international
      unit serving the US occupation in Iraq on 30 June this
      year, Madrid will need to send an additional 1,000
      Spanish soldiers to join the force of 1,300 already in
      occupied Iraq. Fernando Dies Morino was quoted by the
      Spanish newspaper ABC that it was clear that Poland,
      currently in charge of the force, would not be
      extending its current role as commanding unit of the
      so-called multinational force, and he doubted that the
      NATO alliance as such would take up the task either.
      Spain has reportedly notified its NATO allies that
      Madrid�s position on taking up the role would only be
      clarified after the legislative elections in the
      country slated for 14 March.

      A source in the puppet security administration of Iraq
      has disclosed in a dispatch carried by us.moheet.com
      quoting the Saudi newspaper ash-Sharq al-Awsat that
      they have learned the identity of the martyrdom bomber
      who detonated himself on New Year�s night in front of
      the Nabil Restaurant in the al-Masbah neighborhood of
      al-Karradah in the Iraqi capital. The Saudi paper
      reported that the puppet security source had disclosed
      that the operation was carried out by a Palestinian
      born in Baghdad in 1984 who lived with his family in
      the at-Ta�lim neighborhood adjacent to al-Karakh.
      Puppet security forces have reportedly interrogated
      the father of the martyrdom fighter in the course of
      their investigation of the attack.

      Special Report: US interrogating Iraqi Rocket Forces
      crews who launched missiles at �Israel� in 1991.

      The Jordanian newspaper al-�Arab al-Yawm reports on
      the authority of �Iraqi military sources� that the US
      occupation forces have summoned a number of the Iraqi
      Rocket Forces crews who carried out the 39 missile
      launches against �Israel� in 1991 for questioning.
      The sources told the Jordanian daily that US
      occupation forces have interrogated a number of
      commanders and officers of the Iraqi Rocket Forces
      concerning the potential of those weapons and the
      circumstances surrounding the giving of the orders to
      launch the missiles at selected targets in occupied
      Palestine on 18 January 1991 and on US military bases
      in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar, and al-Bahrayn.

      The Iraqi sources told the Jordanian newspaper that US
      occupation forces have lists of names of the crews and
      units of the Iraqi Rocket Forces as well as where they
      were stationed, their military ranks, and their roles
      in the launch of the missiles against the Zionist
      entity that occupies Palestine.

      The Iraqi sources believe it is likely that �Israel�
      and in particular the Zionist spy agency the Mossad is
      behind the wave of summonses and interrogations of
      officers and crews of the Iraqi Rocket crews with the
      aim of learning the secrets and undisclosed
      information about the Iraqi missile offensive against
      the Zionist entity as well as the locations of some of
      those crews outside of Iraq.

      The sources indicated that the investigations of the
      Rocket Forces crews are focusing on the Iraqi
      scientists who developed the rockets and extended
      their ranges, as well as the places in which they were
      concealed, in addition to how the launchers were
      prepared which fired the missiles. Also among the
      major issues of interest to the US occupation
      interrogators is information on how they were
      maneuvered during the period of the rocket offensive
      against the Zionist entity.

      Al-�Arab al-Yawm noted that the Iraqi Rocket Forces
      were directly subordinate to the President of Iraq,
      Saddam Hussein and took orders only from him. Iraq
      named the missiles in its arsenal al-Husayn,
      al-�Abbas, and Ababil.

      Sources: al-Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
      Jordan, Sunday, 8 February 2004.

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