Iraqi Resistance Report: 12-14 February 2004.
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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 12
February 2004, through Saturday, 14 February 2004.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr,
member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice. http://
Thursday, 12 February 2004.
Bold Resistance Attack in al-Fallujah sends US Central
Command Chief Abizaid fleeing for his life, as US
troops kill two Iraqi civilans.
Iraqi Resistance forces carried out a bold attempt on
the life of the chief of the US imperialist Central
Command, General John Abizaid, on Thursday in the city
of al-Fallujah, west of occupied Baghdad. Abizaid is
in charge of all US aggressor forces, plans and
operations throughout the entire Arab region. Arab
satellite TV stations and the Agence France Presse
reported that Abizaid survived the daring Resistance
No Americans were reportedly hurt, but a local police
official said two Iraqis were killed by the Americans
in the shooting that followed the Resistance assault.
Eyewitnesses said the Iraqis died as US invader troops
indiscriminately sprayed the area with gunfire after
the attack on the US commander. It is standard
practice for US troops to respond to an attack by
firing randomly in every direction, frequently leaving
dead and injured Iraqis as a result.
Later the US occupation forces announced that Abizaid,
the general in command of the US aggressor troops, had
survived a rocket attack. Brigadier General Mark
Kimmit told a press conference that at 1:30pm local
time in al-Fallujah General Abizaid and General
Charles Swannack (commander of the 82nd Airborne
division) were visiting a local group of Iraqi puppet
so-called civil defense forces when three rockets were
fired on their convoy from the rooftop of nearby
The American Associated Press news agency wrote that
just moments after a convoy carrying Abizaid and his
party pulled inside the cinderblock walls at the
headquarters of the Iraqi puppet civil defense forces
in this city west of Baghdad, an explosion rang out.
Seconds later, two more explosions were heard near the
rear of the compound, and US aggressor soldiers
responded with a barrage of rifle and machine gun
Several Resistance fighters had launched three
rocket-propelled grenades. The US invaders claimed
that another Resistance fighter pelted the party of
occupation troops with small arms fire from a nearby
mosque. US aggressor troops be opened fire with great
intensity in response to the attack. The gun battle
lasted about six minutes.
American occupation forces sealed off the roads
leading to the scene of the bold Resistance operation
as US helicopter gunships lurked over the area.
The correspondent for al-Jazeera TV in Iraq reported
that after the headquarters of the American-recruited
so-called civil defense forces was struck by three
missiles, US occupation forces and their stooge police
force exchanged fire with the Resistance fighters for
about six minutes. After Abizaid left in a convoy of
Humvee utility vehicles, soldiers of the US 82nd
Airborne's 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment asked
members of the Iraqi puppet security force to clear
the mosque. But they refused.
Al-Jazeera reported that the occupation forces
attacked the mosque near the scene of the Resistance
operation, believing that the Resistance fighters were
taking refuge there, but the aggressors found nothing
in the mosque after they stormed into the sacred
precincts of the house of worship.
Stunned by the bold attack, Abizaid and Swannack
canceled plans to walk into the city and instead
scurried back to the relative safety of a US military
occupation base near by. Later Abizaid flew away to
Qatar where the American empire maintains a sprawling
headquarters for its aggressive operations throughout
the entire eastern Arab region.
A defense official in Washington, speaking on
condition of anonymity, said it was likely that the
Iraqi Resistance had received inside information,
tipping them off about the presence of the senior
After the attack news spread that two Iraqis had been
killed by the US troops� rampant gunfire. Iraqi
puppet police said the car in which the slain Iraqis
were riding was riddled with bullet holes, apparently
from a heavy-caliber machine gun. �We heard from a
citizen that someone was killed in a car,� al-Fallujah
police Lieutenant �Umar �Ali said. �We sent our
patrols to the site of the incident. When we arrived
there, we saw American forces. They took the two dead,
put them in a vehicle and left.� One al-Fallujah man,
who would not give his name, said the Americans fired
indiscriminately. �This is a crime that Americans are
doing such things to the people,� he told Associated
Press Television News. �They attack them. This is
because they are scared. They just attack
On Saturday 14 February the al-Hayat L. B. C.
television station broadcast parts of a video in which
a man with his face covered took credit for the attack
on Abizaid in the name of an organization known as
al-Mutawakkilun. The speaker on the video said that
intelligence information had told them that Abizaid
would arrive earlier than scheduled on Thursday during
his visit to al-Fallujah. The spokesman on the video
used a hand-drawn map to explain how that attack was
carried out from three directions and said that
rockets and machine guns were used and that Abizaid
changed course as a result of the attack. The
spokesman said that Abizaid, whom he described as one
of the biggest infidel figures in America and the
Nimrud of the age, threw himself into a ruined
building and that God did not ordain for him to die on
that day. The speaker said �we congratulate President
Bush on the survival of his brave son Abizaid who
screamed like a child while he was in the ruined
building.� He said that that piece of information had
been reported by one of the men who is a thoroughly
reliable source. Al-Hayat TV commented that Arab
fighters are among the members of al-Mutawakkilun, an
organization which is supposedly led by a man from
Resistance bomb in Abu Ghurayb kills one, wounds two
One US occupation soldier was killed and two others
wounded when an Iraqi Resistance bomb detonated under
an American patrol in Abu Ghurayb, west of Baghdad on
Thursday night according to a report on al-Jazeera TV
on Friday. A US occupation spokesman said that the
soldiers belonged to the 16th Brigade of the US
Two American troops dead, one wounded in Resistance
attack west of Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance explosive device detonated as US
occupation forces were passing through an area west of
Baghdad at 9:30 Wednesday night. Two US occupation
soldiers of the 1st Armored Division were killed and
one other wounded. The US military spokeswoman who
reported the attack said that the attack was still
Iraqi Resistance fires eight rockets at US occupation
Iraqi Resistance forces fired eight rockets at a US
base in Baghdad on Thursday destroying three military
vehicles and leaving three American invaders wounded,
according to General Mark Kimmit the US military
occupation deputy operations chief in the Iraqi
Two Iraqi puppet policemen killed in ar-Ramadi.
Iraqi Resistance fighters fired machine guns at an
Iraqi puppet police check point on Wednesday-Thursday
night at the western approach to the city of
ar-Ramadi. Two Iraqi police and one person listed as a
civilian were reported killed in the engagement.
Explosion wounds four Americans in ar-Ramadi.
A Resistance bomb near the building of the provincial
offices in ar-Ramadi set fire to an American
�civilian� car and wounded four passengers in the
Iraqi Resistance greets Japanese invaders with mortar
In as-Samawah, southern Iraq, the Resistance fired a
mortar shell at base housing Japanese occupation
forces in the city on Thursday morning. It was the
first Resistance attack on Japanese aggressor forces
since their arrival in Iraq in service to the US
occupation. The attack left no reported casualties
but inflicted what was described as �light damage� to
A spokesman for the Japanese aggressors said that the
mortar was fired from a street near the main
intersection in the center of as-Samawah.
Land mine explodes in as-Sulaymaniyah.
On Wednesday night a land mine reportedly exploded in
the center of the northern Iraqi city of
as-Sulaymaniyah. There were no casualties reported by
the local puppet security directorate.
The collaborationist security forces then managed to
defuse two other land mines planted in the center of
the occupied city.
US occupation troops kill Iraqi at Kirkuk checkpoint.
According to a report on al-Jazeera TV, an Iraqi
puppet police official in the northern city of Kirkuk
reported that US occupation forces shot and killed an
Iraqi citizen late on Thursday night as he passed a
checkpoint in the city but failed to stop.
The regional puppet police commander in Kirkuk, Rahim
Awi, said on Friday that Alan Azad Khurshid was
driving his BMW car towards his shop adjacent to the
Kirkuk Palace Hotel. He passed the barbed wire
barricade set up by the US occupation forces but
failed to stop. The US invaders had taken up ambush
positions on the roof of the building belonging to
al-Faw General Contracting Company near the hotel.
The troops opened fire on Khurshid�s car and killed
him instantly and seriously wounded Muhammad �Abdallah
al-Kurdi, who was a passenger in Khurshid�s car.
Liquor stores bombed in Baghdad.
Bombs exploded in three liquor stores in central
Baghdad on Wednesday morning causing considerable
material damage to the establishments. An eye witness
reported that the three stores, which are located near
one another in the proximity of the University of
Technology on as-Sina�ah Street in Baghdad, were
bombed at 5:00am. The Kuwaiti newspaper al-Watan,
which carried the story, reported the witness as
saying that the blasts severely damaged the liquor
stores and also shops in adjacent buildings.
A number of liquor stores in Baghdad and the provinces
have been the target of armed attacks since the
occupation of the country by the US.
US forces arrest 17 puppet policemen for passing
information to the Resistance.
In Kirkuk the commander of the city�s force of
US-recruited stooge police, Major General Turhan
Yusuf, announced that US occupation forces had
arrested 17 of the policemen. They were taken into US
custody on the charge of passing information about the
movements of the American forces in the region to the
Iraqi Resistance. Three of those arrested are
officers in the US-recruited force.
The arrests came in the wake of an Iraqi Resistance
strike on an American occupation patrol in
al-Huwayjah, 35km west of Kirkuk, on Wednesday that
left three US aggressors wounded. Yusuf said that the
arrested men were based in the police station in the
town of ar-Riyad, which he described as �a hot region
that regularly witnesses attacks on the American
forces and bombs planted
Reports of an explosion in Baghdad.
Five persons were seriously injured on Thursday in an
explosion in a repair shop for fuel-powered heaters in
Baghdad, according to a report by Arab satellite
television stations and the Agence France Presse
(AFP). The blast occurred in al-Washash area in
Sources: al-�Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Friday, 13 February 2004.
Al-�Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan,
Saturday, 14 February 2004.
Friday, 13 February 2004.
British occupation soldier killed.
The British Ministry of Defence announced Friday that
a British invader was killed in what it called a
�traffic accident� at a base in the south of occupied
Iraq. The soldier, a 29-year old auto mechanic, was
reportedly killed at a supply based in ash-Shaybah, an
airstrip on the outskirts of the city of al-Basrah. A
British spokesman said the death was not the result of
hostile action but was only an accident on the base.
Iraqi Resistance wages machine gun battle with US
troops in Kirkuk.
US occupation forces claimed on Friday that they had
killed an Iraqi Resistance fighter and wounded one
other at a checkpoint in the city of Kirkuk.
The Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that the US
occupation announced that �troops of its 4th Infantry
Division were at a checkpoint in Kirkuk when the
drivers of two cars tried to avoid the inspection
point and drove at high speed towards the roadblock.�
The US spokesman said �one of the two cars stopped and
those inside began firing machine guns at the soldiers
who returned fire, killing an Iraqi and wounding
The official US spokesman did not provide any further
details as to what happened to the second car,
claiming only that none of the US personnel were
Resistance fighters gun down puppet policeman in
A propaganda officer in the Mosul puppet police, �Abd
al-Azal Haffuzi, told the Agence France Presse (AFP)
that an officer in the local police force that works
for the US occupation was killed on Friday by the
Iraqi Resistance as he stood in front of a commercial
shop in the center of Mosul. Haffuzi said that a car
carrying the Resistance fighters sped past the puppet
policeman and fired three shots at him, striking him
in the head and chest. The Resistance fighters
Ahmad Rajab, a doctor of forensic medicine in Mosul
General Hospital, said that the policeman was struck
once in the head and twice in the chest and that he
was dead before he was brought to the hospital.
Puppet police shoot fellow policeman in Kirkuk.
Puppet police Major General Turhan Yusuf, who commands
the police forces working for the US occupation in the
northern city of Kirkuk, announced that members of the
puppet police shot and seriously wounded another
member of the American-recruited forces on Friday
morning as his car passed the provincial government
office building. He said that the emergency police
did not recognize their fellow puppet policeman Ahmad
Hajim ad-Duri, who works in the city immigration
directorate and so they shot him. Yusuf offered no
further explanation for the shooting incident.
US confidential report: Resistance attacks skyrocket
The British newspaper the Financial Times reported
that a confidential report prepared by the US-led
administration in Iraq says that the attacks by the
Iraqi Resistance have escalated sharply. The
Financial Times quotes the report as saying: �January
has the highest rate of violence since September 2003.
The violence continues despite the expansion of the
Iraqi security services and increased arrests by
coalition forces in December and January.�
The British newspaper noted that the confidential
report prepared by the US occupation authorities
�diverges with public statements by US officials who
claim that security in the country is improving.�
The report said �high-intensity attacks involving
mortars and explosives grew by 103 per cent from 316
in December to 642 in January.�
It noted that the number of what it called �non-life
threatening attacks� � a category that includes
�drive-by shootings and rock-throwing,� soared by 186
per cent. Up from 182 attacks in December.
(Most residents of countries at peace regard drive-by
shootings as life-threatening incidents, but
apparently the criteria applied by the US occupation
The confidential report said that there are now an
average of eight Resistance attacks every day just in
Baghdad alone, twice as many as the figure of four a
day in September. There are now a total of 11 attacks
on coalition aircraft.
The report said that there was a �danger of
Balkanization� in the country as a result of communal
and ethnic violence between Sunnis, Shi�ites; Arabs,
and Kurds � a phenomenon encouraged by the US policy
of divide and rule. But it noted that attacks on
military targets, which had seen two months of
decline, are now rising even faster than those on
civilians, soaring in January by almost 200 percent.
Sources: al-�Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman,
Jordan, Saturday, 14 Februrary 2004.
Saturday, 14 February 2004.
Iraqi Resistance mounts daring raid on US
concentration camp in al-Fallujah.
87 Prisoners freed. Dozens of stooge security forces
dead or wounded.
Iraqi Resistance fighters shouting �Allahu akbar!�
("God is greatest!") launched a bold daylight assault
Saturday on an Iraqi puppet police station and a
concentration camp in al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad,
meeting little resistance as they gunned down puppet
policemen and freed prisoners in a battle that killed
21 people, puppet police said. Most of the dead were
puppet police. Of the 33 wounded, 25 were puppet
policemen, said �Adil �Ali, the local hospital's
deputy director. Daid Hamid of the puppet so-called
civil defense forces claimed that no members of that
force were killed or wounded.
Later in the day Lieutenant General Ahmad Kazim
Ibrahim of the Iraqi puppet interior ministry said
that 17 Iraqi puppet policemen and �civilians� had
been killed in the attack. He indicated that four
Resistance fighters had been martyred in the attacks
on what he designated as the al-Fallujah police
station and the Municipal Government of al-Fallujah.
Ibrahim told a press conference in al-Fallujah that 87
prisoners had been able to escape the police station
in the course of the Resistance attack.
The same concentration camp compound was attacked two
days earlier by Resistance fighters just as the top US
commander in the Arab East, General John Abizaid, was
visiting the site in al-Fallujah. Abizaid got out of
that attack unharmed and fled the country hours later.
A shop owner across the street from the prison camp
said that he and his neighbors had been told by the
Resistance not to open Saturday morning because an
attack was imminent.
About 25 attackers, some with their faces covered,
surrounded the police station and stormed the
building, going from room to room and throwing hand
grenades, survivors said. The few puppet police
present at the time had only small weapons.
"I only had a pistol with me," said Kamil �Allawi, a
police lieutenant. "Right away I fell on the ground
and blood was gushing out of my left leg."
At the same time, another group of attackers, shouting
Allahu akbar! ("God is greatest") and "There is no god
but Allah," opened fire with rocket-propelled grenades
and heavy machine guns on the nearby, heavily
protected compound of the puppet so-called Iraqi civil
defense forces. Puppet security forces, firing from
the concrete and sand barricades in front of the
compound, battled the Resistance fighters for a
half-hour in the streets.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Jalal Sabri said 21 people
were killed, almost all puppet policemen.
Although Sabri said that two of the four dead
Resistance fighters carried Lebanese passports, later
in the day Lieutenant General Ahmad Kazim Ibrahim of
the Iraqi puppet interior ministry �clarified� the
matter by saying that one of the martyred Resistance
fighters carried Iraqi citizenship papers indicating
that he had been born in Beirut, Lebanon. The
remaining Resistance fighters escaped after freeing 87
An officer working with the US-recruited �defence
force� Daid Hamid, claimed that the Resistance
probably wanted to free three suspected Resistance
fighters who were prisoners in the camp � two Kuwaitis
and one Lebanese. They had been captured by the
pro-US forces earlier in the week and transferred to
the puppet police. Sabri claimed that there were no
other Resistance fighters among the prisoners,
insisting that they were all common criminals.
Hamid called the attack �well organized,� saying some
Resistance fighters pinned down the so-called defense
forces while others stormed the puppet police
concentration camp where they freed the prisoners.
The American Associated Press commented that �the
brazen raid - on the heels of the Abizaid attack -
raised questions about the preparedness of some Iraqi
police and defense units to take on security duties as
the US administration wants.�
At a press conference in al-Fallujah later in the day,
Lieutenant General Ahmad Kazim Ibrahim of the Iraqi
puppet interior ministry claimed that the puppet
police had captured two of the Resistance fighters and
killed four others who were driving a car without
Two of the bodies taken to al-Fallujah General
Hospital appeared to be martyred Resistance fighters.
They were dressed in black T-shirts and baggy pants
with hand grenades in the pockets, said Muhammad
Ibrahim, a hospital administrator. One had belt of
machine gun ammunition.
Katyusha strike on US forces in al-Huwayjah.
News reports quoted by Islammemo say that the Iraqi
Resistance fired Katyusha rockets at about 10:00am
local time on Saturday morning at the US occupation
headquarters in the town of al-Huwayjah, 50km west of
the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.
According to the report carried in al-Bayan newspaper
the extent of casualties and/or damage had not been
reported. Shortly thereafter the aggressor forces
reportedly discovered six other missiles ready to
launch and aimed at the American base.
Body of drowned US occupation soldier fished from
On Saturday, a US occupation spokesman announced that
the body of an American occupation soldier had been
recovered from the waters of the Tigris River on
Friday afternoon. The spokesman claimed that the
soldier�s boat had sunk in the Tigris several days
before when he was in the company of three Iraqis.
Al-Jazeera TV reported that the Iraqi puppet police
had fished the bodies of two Iraqi passengers of the
sunken boat out of the water, while the third Iraqi, a
puppet policeman, was able to swim to safety.
On 11 February, US occupation forces also fished out
of the water the bodies of two American officers whose
helicopter had crashed into the Tigris on an earlier
Anti-occupation demonstrations in Abu Ghurayb.
Also on Saturday, demonstrations broke out in the
Baghdad suburb of Abu Ghurayb, where hundreds of angry
Iraqis demonstrated against US invaders� raids and
searches of their homes. Carrying placards that read
"Today Demonstrations, Tomorrow Explosions,"
protesters gathered near a giant American-run
concentration camp there and demanded the release of
thousands of Iraqi prisoners.
The protesters, many of them relatives and friends of
prisoners in the camp also demanded the end of the US
occupation of Iraq. They threatened to engage in
Resistance attacks instead of peaceful demonstrations
if the prisoners are not released.
Puppet police shoot three Iraqis in as-Suwayrah.
In as-Suwayrah, 30 miles southeast of Baghdad, Iraqi
puppet police shot and wounded three armed men in a
pickup truck on Friday, and after searching the truck
discovered it was wired with a bomb, said the
provincial US-employed police chief Brigadier General
US aggressors blow up houses near Syrian border.
In al-Qa�im on the Syrian border eyewitnesses report
that US occupation forces have destroyed three homes
belonging to Iraqis on the pretext that someone had
fired shots at them from the houses. Local people
said that the US invaders cleared out the residents of
the houses before blowing them up, and then bulldozing
the rubble to the ground. Blowing up and bulldozing
homes is a tactic regularly used by the Zionist
occupation forces in Palestine.
Al-Huwayjah police chief dismissed for contacts with
In Kirkuk the commander of the puppet police force in
the city announced that the Provincial puppet regime
had dismissed the puppet police chief in the town of
al-Huwayjah, Lieutenant Colonel �Abdallah al-Jabburi,
and eight of his aides on the charge that they
maintained connections with Ba�th Party cells in the
The government of the Netherlands has given the green
light to send a brigade of an additional 108 Dutch
troops to occupied Iraq, raising the number of Dutch
occupation forces to 1,260. The occupation troops
from the Netherlands have been based mostly in
southern Iraq where they arrived in service to the US
master of NATO last August.
A story in the US newspaper the Seattle Post says that
the main purpose of the new brigade of Dutch troops is
to train the Iraqi puppet forces. The repeated
humiliations suffered by the Iraqi puppet forces in
recent days � the Thursday assault on General Abizaid,
the repeated arrests of puppet policemen as agents of
the Resistance, and Saturday�s successful raid on the
concentration camp in al-Fallujah � show that the
Dutch troops face an impossible task as the Iraqi
people reject the occupation and all collaborators.
US finances Nicaragua�s continued service to American
occupation of Iraq.
In another sign of Washington�s desperation to build
up the occupation forces in Iraq, the Nicaraguan
government went back on an earlier statement that it
had no funds to replace the 115-man Nicaraguan
occupation brigade in Iraq with another unit.
According to the Associated Press in Managua,
government information sources have announced that the
United States has �left the door open� to Nicaragua�s
continuing presence in occupied Iraq � in other words
the United States is helping Managua to pay for the
replacement of the one exhausted brigade, when its
tour of duty expires, with another.
Red Cross says US has given permission to visit Iraqi
President in prison.
On Saturday, the international Red Cross said it had
at last been given permission by US occupation
authorities to see Iraqi President Saddam Husein, but
added no date has been set. The organization requested
permission to visit the Iraqi leader soon after he was
reportedly captured by the American invaders on
December 13 and the United States declared him a
prisoner of war.
In al-�Ammarah local puppet police officials have
announced the arrest of the Resistance fighters who
last year executed the member of the puppet so-called
Interim Governing Council �Aqilah al-Hashimi. The
spokesman for the puppet police said that they were
detained �as they were planning to kill another member
of the Council� namely, �Abd al-Karim Muhammadawi.
The puppet police spokesman claimed that the five
Resistance fighters said they had received their
orders from a member of the Command of the Arab Ba�th
Socialist Party who provided them considerable
material assistance as well.
British newspaper reveals: US forces drowned Iraqi
youth for fun.
According to a report in the British newspaper the
Independent, US occupation forces took Samarra�
residentst Zaydun Fadil and his cousin Marwan Fadil to
a remote spot on the shore of the Tigris River on 3
January this year and ordered them into the water at
gunpoint. When they refused the aggressors forced
them in. Zaydun, who could not swim, drowned. His
cousin survived to tell the story. According to the
�Zaydun and Marwan were returning to their home town
of Samarra� from Baghdad with goods to sell in the
back of their pick-up truck: paving stones, clocks and
watches. It was a trip they had made many times.
�The road south to Baghdad is dangerous because the
large numbers of American convoys travelling on it are
targeted by insurgents, but Zaydun needed the money
for his forthcoming wedding.
�They arrived late, close to curfew, and were stopped
by an American patrol. After searching the pick-up
truck the Americans let the cousins go. But then,
according to Marwan, one of the American armoured
vehicles followed them, stopped them a second time and
ordered the cousins into the back of their vehicle. It
was then, Marwan said, that the five soldiers drove
him and Zaydun to a deserted spot on the banks of the
Tigris, near a dam outside Samarra, and ordered them
into the river.
�There was a powerful current because water was being
let out of the dam, and at first the two young men
�The soldiers then pointed their guns at the two men,
Marwan alleged, and pushed them into the river.
Marwan, who can swim, managed to reach a tree trunk.
Zaydun did not get that far. His family did not find
his body until 12 days later.
�When they found the pair's abandoned truck, it and
the goods inside had been crushed. The family has
photographs of the damage. The truck looked as if it
had been driven over by a heavy vehicle, and the
family accuses the Americans of deliberately driving
an armoured vehicle over it, though there are no
witnesses to support this.
�It is by no means clear that Zaydun Fadil was
intended to die. It is possible he was the victim of
an elaborate punishment designed to humiliate the two
young men - a punishment that went horribly wrong.
Marwan alleged the American soldiers were laughing as
they pushed them into the river.�
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