Fwd: [arab_nationalist] Iraqi Resistance Report: 1 - 3 March 2004.
- Explosions inside the "green zone" that produce no casualties, American
soldiers captured by the Iraqi resistance, and other breaking news
that strangely escaped the mainstream media...
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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 1 March 2004, through=20
Wednesday, 3 March 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu=20
Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.=20=20
Monday, 1 March 2004.
Massive explosion near US occupation headquarters shakes Baghdad.
A massive explosion shook the center of occupied Baghdad. According=20
to an American Associated Press report, the blast took place near the=20
headquarters of the US occupation authority. Immediately after the=20
explosion, helicopters were seen hovering over the so-called "Green=20
Zone" as the American invaders have dubbed the Republican Palace area=20
of the Iraqi capital. There were no immediate reports about=20
casualties or damage caused by the explosion.
Witnesses told the AP that it appeared that the blast was the result=20
of a mortar round fired from the East Bank of the Tigris river that=20
exploded on the West Bank near the so-called "Green Zone." The US=20
command said that it had no knowledge of the explosion.
A later report said that rocket hit the headquarters of the US-led=20
occupation in Baghdad, sparking a major alert. The rocket exploded=20
late Monday in a parking lot within the heavily-fortified "Green=20
Zone," the nerve center of US led operations in Iraq.
Resistance takes 3 Americans prisoner.
Sources close to the Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah report that the=20
Resistance managed to capture three US occupation troops in one of=20
their clashes with the invader forces. An Islamic News Agency=20
dispatch quoted by al-`Arab al-Yawm stated that the prisoners include=20
one US officer and two enlisted men.
Resistance pounds US base in al-Fallujah with rockets.
Iraqi Resistance fighters fired a barrage of rockets at the=20
headquarters of the US occupation forces in the Saddamiyah area of al-
Fallujah. News agencies said that the Resistance fired six missiles=20
from Saddamiyah into the American aggressor headquarters, compelling=20
the US invaders to return fire in an attempt to strike the source of=20
the incoming rockets. Meanwhile US aggressor aircraft circled the=20
skies above the area firing flares in the hope of illuminating the=20
location of the Resistance attackers.
The Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah has escalated its attacks on the=20
invaders in recent days following the US desecration of the Mosque of=20
Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas. Shaykh Khalil Fayyad al-Kubaysi reported that=20
the occupation troops tore up copies of the Qur'an when they=20
ransacked the mosque during their raid.
Sources close to the US aggressors in al-Fallujah report that the=20
Iraqi Resistance in the town is working from time to time to develop=20
its military and field capabilities. This fact makes the suppression=20
of the local Resistance difficult, the US aggressors maintain.
Iraqi Resistance strikes US base in Kirkuk.
Iraqi Resistance forces lobbed mortar shells at the main US base in=20
the area of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on Monday. The US=20
aggressors made no initial public report on any losses or damage=20
caused by the Resistance attack.
The mortar barrage elicited a somewhat panicked US aggressor=20
response, however, as they resorted to sending Apache helicopter=20
gunships on Monday night to fire nine rockets at unspecific targets=20
west of the village of al-`Asriyah located 10km south of the center=20
of Kirkuk. The commander of the puppet police in the area,=20
Lieutenant General Shayrgoh Shakir Hakim, told the news agency WAS=20
that the helicopter attack was in response to the Resistance attack=20
on the base.
US aggressors disarm Resistance bomb in Ba`qubah.
In Ba`qubah, eyewitnesses said that US occupation forces disarmed an=20
Iraqi Resistance bomb that had been planted on a major road south of=20
the city. Witnesses said that the invaders then raided nearby houses=20
in search of "suspects" who might have planted the bomb.
Iraqi Resistance attacks Polish invaders; Poles reply by firing at=20
civilian crowds in Karbala'.
A Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a bus used by Polish occupation=20
forces at a checkpoint near Karbala'. One Polish aggressor was badly=20
wounded in the assault, as were a number of Iraqi puppet police and=20
After the Resistance attack, Polish occupation forces opened=20
indiscriminate gunfire on Iraqi civilians and religious pilgrims in=20
Karbala' who had come for `Ashura' observances.
Resistance attacks Polish headquarters in Karbala'.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked the headquarters of Polish forces=20
in Karbala', triggering a gunbattle that killed one Iraqi puppet=20
policeman, officials said.
Late Monday, a group of gunmen fired rifles at a hotel building=20
housing Polish troops in the holy city of Karbala', but were repulsed=20
by Iraqi puppet police, said Karbala' police spokesman Rahman Mashawi.
US aggressors, Iraqi puppets claim to disarm bombs at civilian sites=20
Major General Turhan Yusuf, the police commander in Kirkuk, claimed=20
that his puppet forces together with US occupation troops disarmed=20
two bombs in the northern Iraqi city. The first bomb was supposedly=20
located in front of a Shi`i Husayniyah (place of worship), and the=20
second in front of an elementary school.
Al-`Arab al-Yawm: new Iran leadership smuggling troops into Iraq.
In a special report by Jihad ar-Rantisi, the Jordanian daily al-`Arab=20
al-Yawm has reported that diplomatic sources have disclosed that=20
there are signs of change in Iran's regional policy in the aftermath=20
of the victory of the conservatives over the reformists in recent=20
parliamentary elections in that country.
The sources tell al-`Arab al-Yawm that the signs of that change have=20
clearly appeared in the way that Tehran is dealing with the Iraqi=20
situation. The sources say that the government of President Khatimi=20
has submitted to pressure by the conservatives to appoint General=20
Hasan Kazim Qummi to oversee Iraqi affairs.
General Qummi is described as a commander of the Iranian=20
Revolutionary Guard and the man in charge of the Army of Jerusalem.=20=20
The sources say that General Qummi has begun large-scale infiltration=20
of his armed men into Iraq in the last two weeks. The Iraqi puppet=20
so-called interim governing council and the US occupation authorities=20
are following these events closely. Puppet authorities are said to=20
be fearful of increased tension in occupied Iraq as a result of=20
Iran's policy change and the influx of the Iranian forces.
Iranian Security officers operating as part of puppet "Iraqi"=20
Recent reports indicate that members of the Iranian security forces=20
have come to dominate the newly-established US-backed Iraqi=20
intelligence service in the southern part of occupied Iraq. The=20
puppet intelligence service was recently set up to combat the rising=20
Iraqi Resistance movement.
According to an Islam memo correspondent in Iraq, the information is=20
based on reports coming back from Sunni Iraqis who were recently=20
captured and held by the intelligence agency. A number of the former=20
prisoners from the al-Hayaniyah neighborhood in an-Nasiriyah affirm=20
that the officers who were interrogating them would converse among=20
themselves in the Persian language.
These reports also indicate the presence of an intelligence agency=20
base near the main bridge in an-Nasiriyah.
The puppet intelligence service was recently formed on the basis of=20
members of the Shi`i Badr Brigade and the Shi`i Da`wah (Propaganda)=20
Party. As is known the Badr Brigade was formed and trained by in=20
Iran and the Da`wah Party is pro-Iranian. Both bodies are=20
represented by leading members on the puppet so-called interim=20
governing council chaired by the US proconsul L. Paul Bremer.
Sources: al-`Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, 2=20
Tuesday, 2 March 2004.
Resistance kills at least one US invader wounds another in Baghdad=20
On Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance fighters threw a grenade into a US=20
occupation army Humvee as it drove down a Baghdad road, killing one=20
1st Armored Division soldier and wounding another. The wounded=20
soldier was taken to a medical facility in critical condition.
Three Americans killed others injured in land mine explosion.
A correspondent for from al-`Arabiyah TV reported that three American=20
soldiers had been killed and a number of others wounded on Tuesday in=20
a land mine explosion on a highway in the northern part of Baghdad.=20=20
An American column was passing by at the time a roadside bomb planted=20
by the Iraqi Resistance exploded damaging a Humvee and a Jeep,=20
according to that report. According to the Islamic News Agency, the=20
US aggressor forces spokesman acknowledged the attack but gave no=20
figures on dead or wounded.
Resistance attacks Kurdish collaborationist leaders.
Iraqi Resistance forces on Tuesday attacked a delegation of the=20
leaders of the Kurdish chauvinist so-called Patriotic Union of=20
Kurdistan (PUK) led by Jalal Talibani, a member of the puppet so-
called Interim Governing Council presided over by US proconsul L.=20
Paul Bremer. Three of the bodyguards of the chauvinist leaders were=20
wounded, one of them critically. The PUK leaders were headed to=20
northern Iraq when the attack took place.
Mamusta Shahu, the PUK representative in Halabjah, said that the=20
leading delegation was attacked after noon on Tuesday north of Mosul,=20
which is 400km north of Baghdad. He added that the automatic weapons=20
attack took place in the al-Arabi neighborhood as the delegation was=20
on its way to Dahuk to attend the funeral of Khalil Ni`mah Duski, the=20
so-called minister of transportation in the regional puppet=20
government of the Kurdish area set up under the aegis of the US=20
occupation. Duski had died on Monday of lung cancer.
Witnesses said that Resistance fighters exchanged gunfire with the=20
body guards of the PUK leaders, resulting in the wounding of three of=20
the guards, on of them critically.
A PUK official who was with the delegation said that local eye=20
witnesses on the scene of the attack said the Iraqi Resistance=20
fighters were driving a blue Opal.
Iraqi Resistance blows up oil pipeline.
Tuesday a large explosion hit an oil pipeline near the northern city=20
of Kirkuk causing a huge fire but no casualties. The blast, which hit=20
the main oil line leading to the Bayji refinery 200km north of=20
Baghdad, caused a huge fire.
Iraqi Resistance fights US raiders at Bayji.
Iraqi Resistance fighters battled US aggressor troops as the invaders=20
were raiding four locations simultaneously in Bayji. The US=20
aggressors claim to have killed three armed Iraqis early Tuesday in=20
raids by the US military in the main oil refinery town of Bayji, a US=20
"Three armed attackers were killed when they confronted US soldiers=20
raiding four locations simultaneously in Bayji," the distribution hub=20
for production from Iraq's northern oilfields, said Master Sergeant=20
Resistance attacks are crippling Iraqi oil output, export.
According to the website us.moheet.com, an Iraqi official working for=20
the US occupation forces has reported that the Iraqi Resistance has=20
crippled oil output and export. The official said that the amounts=20
of product ready for export range only between 1.7 and 1.8 million=20
barrels, amounts that are far below the volume of Iraqi production=20
even under the embargo before the US invasion. At that time Iraqi=20
oil production reached the level of 2.6 million barrels per day. The=20
official said that southern Iraqi oil fields produce three-fourths of=20
the daily output while the north accounts for the remaining quarter.=20=20
He attributed this imbalance to the crippling of the north Iraqi=20
output and of the pipeline that carries the oil to Turkey, in=20
contrast to the lower level of Resistance activity in the south.
The puppet official said that 14,000 men had been detailed to guard=20
Iraqi oil installations against Resistance attacks that at the=20
beginning reached a peak of 47 operations every day.
Iraqi Resistance hits police station in al-Hadithah, on policeman=20
dead, one fighter martyred.
An Iraqi puppet policeman and an assailant were reported killed=20
Tuesday in an attack on a puppet police station in al-Hadithah, 250km=20
west of Baghdad, a police officer said.
"Four armed men stormed the station at around 3:30pm (1230 GMT) to=20
free a relative detained there," said Sarmat Laak.
Iraqi Resistance ambush kills CNN translator/producer, driver, police.
Two Cable News Network (CNN) employees and two Iraqi puppet policemen=20
were killed in an ambush in Iraq on Tuesday. CNN said a=20
translator/producer and a driver were killed when their two-car=20
convoy was returning to Baghdad from an assignment.
Land mine damages al-Jazeera TV car.
Tuesday, a land mine exploded in the Abu Nawas neighborhood of=20
Baghdad, damaging a Humvee used by the Arab television station Al-
Jazeera and lightly wounding several staffers.
Shi`i Muslim Iraqis blame US and Zionists for massive assaults on=20
Simultaneous explosions ripped through crowds of worshippers Tuesday=20
at Shi`ite Muslim shrines in Baghdad and the city of Karbala',=20
killing at least 182 people on `Ashura', perhaps the holiest day of=20
the Shi`ite Muslim calendar, a US invader official said. Some 465=20
others were injured.
The deadly, divisive explosions were reportedly set off in three=20
ways: some bombs were planted and apparently detonated by remote=20
control, some were detonated by individuals who carried the bombs to=20
their targets, while mortar fire accounted for the rest of the blasts.
Three bombers set off their explosives in and around Baghdad's al-
Kazimiyah shrine, killing 58 and wounding 200, Brigadier General Mark=20
Kimmitt told reporters. At least one suicide attacker blew himself up=20
and pre-set explosives went off in Karbala', killing 85 and wounding=20
more than 100, he said. A fourth bomber whose explosives did not=20
detonate was captured at al-Kazimiyah, and four people were arrested=20
in connection to the attack in Karbala', Kimmitt told reporters in=20
The attacks produced a wave of Shi`ite outrage =97 much of it directed=20
at US aggressor troops in the Iraqi capital. US invader soldiers who=20
arrived at al-Kazimiyah were attacked by angry crowds throwing stones=20
and garbage, injuring two Americans.=20
"This is the work of Jews and American occupation forces," a=20
loudspeaker outside al-Kazimiyah blared. Inside, cleric Hasan=20
Tu`aymah told an angry crowd, "We demand to know who did this so that=20
we can avenge our martyrs."=20
Sunni Board of `Ulama' in Iraq condemns `Ashura' bombings.
The Sunni Board of Muslim `Ulama' in Iraq issued a statement sharply=20
condemning the bombing attacks in Karbala' and al-Kaximiyah and=20
saying that the attacks "aim at sowing sectarian fighting (`fitnah=20
ta'ifiyah') at this critical time that Iraq is now going through."
A spokesman for the Board, Muhammad Bashshar Faydi called the=20
blasts "a disaster." In a statement he gave to al-Jazeera.net he=20
blamed the American occupation forces for the attacks. He urged that=20
a time-table for the end of the occupation be brought out at the=20
soonest possible time.
Hasan Nasrallah of Hizballah: only USA stands to gain by the `Ashura'=20
In Lebanon, the leader of Hizb Allah, Hasan Nasrallah said that the=20
United States is the only party that stands to benefit from the=20
attacks in Karbala' and Baghdad. At an `Ashura' meeting in south=20
Beirut he said that whoever was responsible for the bombings, the aim=20
was to stir up infighting among the Muslims. Nasrallah warned=20
Shi`ites against believing claims that try to incite such conflict by=20
portraying Sunnis as the enemies of the Shi`ites.
He denounced the blasts in Karbala' and Baghdad as dangerous and said=20
that they are fraught with repercussions for the future of Iraq and=20
the Muslim world Community.
Lebanese Shi`ite religious leader: USA is stirring up large scale=20
sectarian violence in Iraq to protract its occupation.
Lebanon's highest Shi`ite religious authority, Sayyid Muhammad Husayn=20
Fadlallah has said that "the United States is working to sow large-
scale infighting on the Iraqi stage in order to pave the way for it=20
to prolong its occupation there. Fadlallah said in a speech he gave=20
in honor `Ashura' at the Mosque of the Two Imams that the latest=20
events that have been occurring in Shi`ite Muslim holy places and=20
places of worship and in other, Sunni places of worship in Iraq=20
confirm that there is one instigator of all these actions and that=20
that instigator is striving to stir up sectarian infighting in the=20
Karbala' Puppet police: Iranian held for Karbala' bombings.
Agence France Presse reported that a press spokesman for the Command=20
of the puppet police in Karbala', Rahim Mashawi, stated that "the=20
Iraqi police forces have arrested one of two Iranians suspected of=20
being among the members of the group who participated in carrying out=20
the explosions" that devastated Shi`i holy places on `Ashura'.
Mashawi said that the blasts that occurred in Karbala' were the=20
result of mortar fire launched from north of the city. He said that=20
the "blasts that occurred in Karbala' were the result of the firing=20
of at least six mortar rounds from the al-Hiyabi area north of the=20
city at the tomb of Imam al-`Abbas."
Mashawi added that "Iraqi police in cooperation with responsible=20
Polish forces of the multinational forces stationed in the area=20
closed all exits from the city using a number of helicopters."
US occupation announces it holds 13,144 Iraqi prisoners.
For the first time the US occupation forces have published the number=20
of prisoners it is holding in its network of dungeons and=20
concentration camps throughout the occupied country. A US occupation=20
spokesman, Major Karol Patrick, reported that the total number of US=20
prisoners is 13,144. They are located in nine prison camps, out of a=20
total of 11 camps in the country.
Patrick said that the International Committee of the Red Cross is the=20
body permitted to visit the prisoners and attend to their living=20
conditions and the quality of their medical care.
Correspondents asked what the reason was for the detention of members=20
of the Iraqi Resistance, since international law regards resistance=20
to an occupying power in one's country as a right, and in view of the=20
fact that the United Nations has classified the military forces in=20
Iraq as occupation forces. Patrick answered only that he was not a=20
legal expert and that his mission was only to kill or capture those=20
who attempt to harm the security of the occupation forces or their=20
Patrick acknowledged that there are Iranians among the prisoners held=20
by the occupation forces at the present time, but said he did not=20
have the specific number of Iranian prisoners.
At a press conference in the occupied Palace of Congresses on Monday,=20
US occupation spokesman Patrick said that prisoners held by the=20
occupation forces fall into several different classifications.
Once classification is "terrorist security prisoner". The number of=20
persons in that category is 7,727.
Another classification is "prisoner of war". The occupation now=20
holds only 18 POWs. They were taken prisoner by the invasion forces=20
during the battles that took place in Iraq before 9 April 2003.
There are also "ordinary prisoners" who have been detained for=20
ordinary criminal offenses such as car theft. They number 1,209.
Patrick said that another category of prisoner is the "black list".=20=20
The "black list" consists of those 55 persons whom the invader forces=20
originally listed as their "most wanted" leaders, chief among them=20
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. Patrick said, however, that=20
the "black list" is not a regular classification of prisoners and=20
does not show up in statistical breakdowns of prisoners by=20
classification. Also excluded from prisoner lists are members of the=20
Iranian Mujahidi Khalq organization. Patrick said that it was the US=20
intention to deport those persons to a third country other than Iraq=20
or Iran and that it was possible that Turkey would absorb a large=20
number of them.
Regarding the difficulties experienced by Iraqis trying to find and=20
contact their loved ones in the clutches of the occupation=20
authorities, Patrick said that the occupation forces have intended to=20
gather the prisoners into a few major centers, such as the Abu=20
Ghurayb prison west of Baghdad, in order to make it easier for family=20
members to locate their imprisoned loved ones.
Patrick said that prisoners in the "terrorist security prisoner"=20
category are not at present allowed visits. Visits are permitted=20
only to those in jail for "ordinary crimes."
Patrick acknowledged that some of the prisoners might be the victims=20
of false denunciations or plots but said that such cases would take=20
time to investigate.
Patrick said that there is a program for conditional release that=20
prisoners can avail themselves of. One of the most prominent=20
requirements for taking advantage of that program is for the prisoner=20
to confess that he was involved in the activity for which he was=20
charged and to bring a guardian who will guarantee his pledge not to=20
engage in violence against the aggressor forces. Patrick said that=20
157 persons have been released under guarantee of such guardians,=20
out of a total of 500 prisoners whom US Proconsul Paul Bremer=20
announced could be released two months ago.
Regarding women prisoners, Patrick said there are no more than 16=20
female prisoners, though that figure does not include members of the=20
Mujahidi Khalq organization.
Regarding sexual assaults that some prisoners said US guards had=20
inflicted upon them, Patrick said he doubted such reports. Gareth=20
Bayly, a spokesman for the occupation authorities said that no one=20
has formally presented charges backed up with evidence of such crimes=20
against any American soldiers to the puppet so-called Iraqi ministry=20
Pentagon: 1,000 new US National Guardsmen to spend year 2005 in Iraq.
The Pentagon announced on Tuesday that it had informed about 1,000=20
members of the American National Guard in four US states of the=20
possibility that they would be deployed to occupied Iraq towards the=20
end of 2004 or in early 2005 for a tour of duty that could last for=20
The Guardsmen are associated with units in the states of New York,=20
Louisiana, Idaho, and Tennessee. The announcement confirms that the=20
US Defense Department expects to remain in Iraq through late 2005 at=20
Sources: al-`Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Wednesday,=20
3 March 2004.
Wednesday, 3 March 2004.
Three Iraqi Resistance rockets slammed into the headquarters of the=20
US military occupation forces in Baghdad on Wednesday evening while=20
the US proconsul L. Paul Bremer was preparing to hold a news=20
conference. There was no immediate report of casualties or damage.
The US military occupation press office said that it had no=20
confirmation that five explosions had occurred, but warning sirens=20
wailed near the occupation headquarters.
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that a spokesman for the US=20
invaders said that a missile attack took place on the so-
called "Green Zone" headquarters of the US occupation forces at=20
8:00pm local time (17:00 GMT). The spokesman added that one rocket=20
crashed into the headquarters but said that he had no information=20
regarding casualties or damage.
At the time of the attack, Bremer was prepareing to deliver a=20
statement to journalists inside the heavily-guarded Zone which=20
includes the Presidential Palace. The press conference was delayed=20
by 45 minutes.
Journalists waiting for the press conference in the center of=20
occupied Baghdad heard the thunder of three explosions and said that=20
a number of the US soldiers rushed out of the hall after the blasts.
Mortar attack on US base ruins aggressors' dinner.
US military sources admitted that Iraqi Resistance forces attacked=20
the base of the American occupation 4th Infantry Division in Tikrit=20
on Wednesday. Four mortar shells crashed into the US base, one of=20
them exploding near the mess hall as the invader troops were eating=20
A US general said that the mortar shells were fired from the opposite=20
bank of the Tigris River. He admitted that one of the rounds landed=20
just yards from the mess hall (food hall) which was crowded with=20
soldiers gathered for supper.
Occupation soldiers claimed that shortly after the barrage they saw=20
three Iraqi men running carrying mortars =96 probably those just used=20
in the attack which, US occupation Lieutenant Colonel Steve Russell=20
said was probably launched from a house in a village near Ajil, a=20
town about one mile from Tikrit. Russell is commander of the 4th=20
Infantry Division. The US occupation forces offered no information=20
on the extent of casualties or losses from the attack.
Nighttime Resistance attacks on US troops in Tikrit.
On Tuesday-Wednesday night, Iraqi Resistance forces launched attacks=20
on US occupation postions in Tikrit. On Wednesday, US occupation=20
forces rounded up and arrested a number of Iraqis whom they claim=20
might have been involved in the Resistance attacks.
Resistance attacks US patrol northeast of Ba`qubah.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US occupation patrol in al-Bu=20
Khisah area north east of Ba`qubah. A tank that was in the patrol=20
Another Iraqi Resistance rocket attack on a US patrol in Ba`qubah=20
destroyed one patrol vehicle.
US aggressors blast family of four to death in bedouin tent.
An Iraqi family of four were killed and a fifth was injured on=20
Wednesday in the village of Bayj, located 95km south of Kirkuk when=20
US invaders intentionally blew it apart with gunfire.
The German Press Agency reported that US soldiers today attacked a=20
bedouin tent near the village, opening fire upon it. The US invaders=20
claimed that a person whom they suspect of planting bombs on the=20
Kirkuk-Tikrit highway was inside the tent at the time.
Chief judge and district governor at-Tuz said that the attack=20
left `Abd Mahmud al-`Ubaydi, his wife, and two of their children dead=20
while wounding Yasir al-`Ubaydi, one of their nephews.
Resistance attacks puppet police patrol, wounds two.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a puppet police patrol in al-
Huwayjah, north of Baghdad. Two of the puppet policemen were=20
wounded. Puppet police Lieutenant Colonel `Awwad al-Jabburi told AFP=20
that Resistance fighters fired an RPG at a police patrol in an area=20
of the town wounding two of the puppet policemen. He said that after=20
the attack, gunbattles ensued, but that the Resistance fighters were=20
able to leave the scene unscathed.
Resistance attacks US stooge in Mosul.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked and pursued an Iraqi stooge=20
working as a translator for the US occupation forces in Mosul. A=20
spokesman for the puppet police directorate in Mosul announced that=20
puppet policemen arrested Resistance fighters who had been attacking=20
Rocket hits telephone center.
A rocket struck the al-Ma'mun telephone center in central Baghdad=20
Wednesday morning. One person described as a civilian was killed.
US spying on Iraqis' telephone conversations.
According to a report carried by Quds Press, Iraqis living in the=20
area of al-Anbar in the western part of the country believe that the=20
US forces in their nearby base are monitoring their telephone=20
A number of local residents told Quds Press that the Americans in=20
their bases in the area are spying on their conversations in the=20
hopes of finding out who are members of the Iraqi Resistance.
One Iraqi said that a resident in the city had been arrested after he=20
expressed on the telephone his enthusiasm for the Iraqi Resistance,=20
saying that the Resistance fighters were "the heroes who have been=20
able to wipe the occupation's nose in the mud."
In light of this situation, the city's residents have begun to be=20
extremely cautious while holding telephone conversations. They now=20
no longer talk about the Iraqi resistance on the phone, in fear that=20
the US occupation forces would be snooping on their conversations.
Occupation forces hold Iranians among suspects in `Ashura' bombings.
In the wave of arrests following the `Ashura' bombings on Shi`i=20
religious centers occupation forces report that they have arrested 15=20
persons, four of them Persian speakers believed to be Iranian=20
citizens. Nine of those arrested are in Iraqi puppet police custody,=20
six held by the occupation forces, "including four who speak Persian=20
and we believe they are from Iran."
Al-Qa`idah denies involvement in `Ashura' bombings, blames USA.
A Communiqu=E9 dated 2 March 2004, and signed by the Abu Hafs al-Misri=20
Brigades of al-Qa`idah published by al-Quds al-`Arabi newspaper in=20
London referred to the `Ashura' bombings in Iraq and stated that "we=20
announce today to all the Muslims that we are innocent of this=20
The Communiqu=E9 accused the American forces of involvement in the=20
attacks in order to "sully the reputation of the Mujahideen." The=20
statement said that "the American forces have committed a massacre of=20
innocent Shi`ah in their city Karbala' and Baghdad. The Americans=20
are trying to attribute these acts to the mujahideen of al-Qa'idah=20
who have forced the Americans to taste despair in Iraq and=20
elsewhere. America wants to sully the reputation of the Mujahideen."
The Communiqu=E9 said: "So that our aims may be clear to everyone, we=20
strike the American Crusaders and their allies and we strike the=20
Iraqi puppet police, the tail of America and the stick that America=20
uses to strike the Mujahideen in Iraq. We hit America's stooges in=20
the infidel council, the so-called Governing Council and those in=20
their orbit, both Sunnis and Shi`is."
Occupation claims oil fire put out.
A representative of the Iraqi Oil of the North Company announced=20
Wednesday that firemen have managed to put out the fires that raged=20
after an Iraqi Resistance bomb attack on an oil pipeline north of=20
Sources: al-`Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Thursday, 4=20
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