Fwd: [arab_nationalist] Iraqi Resistance Report: 22-24 April 2004.
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> Subject: [arab_nationalist] Iraqi Resistance Report: 22-24 April
> Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 22 April 2004 through
> Saturday, 24 April 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu
> Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
> Thursday, 22 April 2004.
> US aggressor commander gives Resistance "a matter of days" to turn in
> heavy weapons.
> The US commander of forces besieging al-Fallujah announced on
> Thursday that the Resistance forces have only a matter of days, not
> weeks, to turn in heavy weapons, in accordance with the cease fire
> agreement concluded earlier in the week. US forces already violated
> that agreement by slowing the return of residents to their homes in
> the city. The US commander also warned that his forces would resume
> offensive operations against the besieged city.
> US suspends return of families to al-Fallujah.
> Reports from al-Fallujah indicate that the return of residents of al-
> Fallujah to their homes has been suspended since the battle between
> Resistance forces and US aggressors that took part on Wednesday. US
> armored reinforcements have been spotted near al-Fallujah.
> US soldier admitted killed in Baghdad.
> According to London radio, the US army announced on Thursday that one
> American soldier was killed in a roadside bomb attack in the north of
> Baghdad. No further details were immediately available.
> Iraqi Resistance fires mortars at Kirkuk airport.
> Kirkuk airport in northern Iraq came under mortar attack early on
> Thursday morning. US forces have transformed Kirkuk airport into
> their regional headquarters. Middle East News Agency reported that
> American officials in Kirkuk gave out no information regarding
> casualties or damage resulting from the Resistance attack.
> Dutch aggressor camp comes under mortar attack.
> Japanese Defense Ministry officials reported that a mortar shell
> landed near a camp of Dutch aggressor forces early on Thursday in
> southern Iraq. The mortar attack reportedly left no casualties.
> Rockets fired at aggressor headquarters in as-Samawah.
> Japan's Kyodo news agency reported that three rockets were fired
> early on Thursday near the temporary office of the occupation forces
> in as-Samawah.
> South African mercenary killed.
> Iraqi eyewitnesses reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters with their
> faces covered opened fire on Thursday on two foreigners in the
> northern part of the Iraqi capital, leaving one of them dead and the
> other wounded. Iraqi puppet police sources first said that the dead
> foreigner was a French journalist working in Baghdad and that the man
> who was wounded was the journalist's interpreter. The Associated
> Press reported that the attack took place near al-A`zamiyah, an area
> where the US aggressors say that the Iraqi Resistance is active.
> A later report claimed that the foreigner was Spanish.
> It was finally established that he was a mercenary from South Africa.
> Honduran aggressor base comes under mortar attack.
> The Honduran aggressor forces said on Thursday that one of their
> bases in the city of an-Najaf was attacked on Wednesday night but
> that no material damage or casualties resulted from the Resistance
> attack. The Hondurans claimed that four mortar shells hit the area
> outside their base.
> Two Swiss hostages released.
> An official in the Swiss embassy in Baghdad said that two Swiss
> citizens who had been taken hostage in southern Iraq were released on
> Thursday. The two hostages, a man and his wife were working for a
> non-governmental organization and were kidnapped on Tuesday under
> obscure circumstances.
> A Thousand Jordanians in occupation's prisons in Iraq.
> Official Jordanian sources have disclosed that there are 1,000
> Jordanian citizens in prison in occupied Iraq, held by the US
> occupation forces. In an announcement published on Thursday in ad-
> Dustur newspaper the parliamentary Committee For Public Freedom in
> Jordan was requesting that the Jordanian Foreign Ministry address the
> US proconsul of Iraq L. Paul Bremer about the issue.
> Iraqi Resistance rockets three oil pipelines sending them up in
> Informed Iraqi sources said on Thursday that three oil pipelines had
> been set ablaze in northern Iraq. The pipelines, which transport oil
> from Iraqi wells to the ad-Durah refinery in Baghdad burst into
> flames as a result of being struck by Iraqi Resistance rockets,
> according to eyewitnesses quoted by al-Jazeera TV. The fire was set
> near the ath-Tharthar area which lies south of the city of Samarra'.
> US General: one in ten puppet policemen works for the Resistance.
> US general Martin Dempsey of the 1st Armored Division said that many
> members of the Iraqi puppet police had been operating against the US
> aggressors. Speaking via satellite to the American Press Association
> in Washington, Dempsey said that one in ten Iraqi puppet policemen
> was working with the Iraqi Resistance against the US occupation.
> Dempsey admitted that operations by US forces on Iraqi soil had come
> to a difficult and complicated point.
> Dempsey said that 40 percent of the members of the puppet police had
> left the force because, he said, of threats from the Resistance. He
> insisted, though, that half of the men whom the US had trained were
> still operating in a disciplined fashion.
> Two German specialists in "fighting `terrorism'" killed near al-
> The German interior minister announced on Thursday that he believes
> that two German citizens who are specialists in what they
> call "fighting terrorism" were killed when their convoy taking taking
> them from Jordan to Baghdad came under Resistance attack near al-
> Fallujah two weeks ago.
> Siemens, General Electric flee Iraq in face of Resistance attacks.
> The rising Resistance struggle in Iraq has compelled the German
> Siemens company and General Electric to leave Iraq. Siemens
> concluded its work in Iraq after the German Foreign Ministry warned
> that country's citizens against being in Iraq on 12 April 2004.
> Siemens had been working on installing electric power plants in
> Iraq. The withdrawal of Siemens employees is a blow to the US
> Friday, 23 April 2004.
> Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah publishes communiqu� denouncing the
> cease-fire "inspired by Satan."
> A communiqu� issued in the name of "The Iraqi Resistance in al-
> Fallujah" was distributed on Friday in front of the Mosque of Ibn
> Taymiyah after noontime congregational prayers. The communiqu�
> strongly denounced the Islamic Party of Iraq led by member of the
> puppet so-called interim governing council Muhsin `Abd al-Hamid, for
> the role it played in announcing the cease fire agreement in al-
> Fallujah, which the communiqu� called "a cease-fire agreement derived
> from Satanic inspiration."
> According to al-Jazeera TV, the Resistance communiqu� said, "the so-
> called Islamic Party used this idea of a cease-fire, which it derived
> from the inspiration of Satan, to sow confusion in the ranks of the
> Mujahideen. It gave the enemy an opportunity to get its breath back
> and reactivate itself, after having been in the grasp of the
> Mujahideen. It has been able to build barricades to protect itself
> [thanks to the cease-fire]."
> The communiqu� went on to say that, "the balance in al-Fallujah
> tilted in favor of the enemy, after it had been leaning in our
> favor." The document asked: "doesn't this party know that the
> infidels recognize no agreements or charters?"
> The communiqu� confirmed that the Resistance had inflicted grave
> losses on the occupation and that "the American enemy lied when it
> reported its losses, as it is its usual habit to lie."
> US preparing for "decisive" battle at al-Fallujah.
> The US military commanders preparing US Marine invaders for an
> assault on al-Fallujah expect violent resistance from the city's
> defenders. The US commanders say that the battle will be decisive
> for the future of Iraq. US Colonel John Colman spoke to al-Jazeera
> TV and said that he expects all of al-Fallujah � Islamists, Arab
> volunteers, local volunteers � to forcibly resist their aggression.
> Al-Fallujah: aggressors prevent refugees from returning home.
> US occupation troops continue to violate their cease fire agreement
> in al-Fallujah as they continued preventing families who had left the
> besieged city from returning home. The Iraqi Red Crescent began
> setting up a camp in al-Karradah neighborhood in Baghdad to give
> shelter to the refugees from al-Fallujah.
> US puppets try to fudge death figures for al-Fallujah siege.
> Earlier in the day the puppet so-called health minister in occupied
> Iraq Khudayr `Abbas claimed that only 271 persons had been killed and
> 800 others wounded since the beginning of the siege of al-Fallujah.
> Hospital sources in al-Fallujah itself already in the previous week
> had reported that the number of dead in al-Fallujah had topped more
> than 500, based on their count of the actual bodies.
> Iraqi Resistance bomb wounds three aggressors, damages US vehicle in
> ar-Ramadi area.
> Al-Jazeera's correspondent in ar-Ramadi reports that a military
> vehicle was disabled in the al-Madiq district, 30km east of ar-
> Ramadi, when an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb detonated as a US
> convoy was passing. Three US aggressor troops were injured in the
> Friday attack. The US aggressors closed off the area and started
> raiding nearby homes.
> US aggressors raid mosque near ar-Ramadi after Friday prayers.
> Al-Jazeera TV reported from ar-Ramadi on Friday evening that US
> occupation troops had raided the Mosque of Sahib ar-Rumi in al-
> Malamihah village east of ar-Ramadi after Friday congregational
> During the raid, the American invader troops arrested all the
> worshippers inside the mosque and raided houses neighboring the
> mosque. The Shaykh of the al-BuDhiyab tribe was also arrested as
> well as all those who were found in the area.
> Explosions rock area around Saddam International Airport outside
> Al-`Arabiyah satellite TV station reported shortly after 6:00pm
> Baghdad time on Friday that the explosions could be heard coming from
> the area around Saddam International Airport outside of Baghdad. Al-
> `Arabiyah initially had no further details on the blasts.
> Resistance fires rocket at US "Green Zone" in Baghdad.
> Iraqi Resistance fighters fired a rocket at the so-called Green Zone
> where the US aggressor forces have their headquarters in occupied
> Iraq. According to the Qatari News Agency QANA, there were no
> immediate announcements regarding casualties or damage.
> US soldier killed by Resistance bomb in Samarra'.
> An Iraqi Resistance bomb detonated as a US military convoy was
> passing by in the city of Samarra', 100k north of Baghdad, killing
> one US occupation soldier, according to an announcement by the US
> occupation command.
> The statement, as reported by Agence France Presse (AFP) said that
> the dead soldier belonged to the 1st Infantry Division.
> Resistance mortar barrage targets British aggressor HDQ.
> Iraqi Resistance fighters fired three mortar rounds at the
> headquarters of British aggressor forces in the city of al-Basrah,
> according to the press office of the British occupation which claimed
> that the attack caused no damage or casualties.
> Ukrainian occupation base struck by explosions.
> At least 10 explosions shook the Ukrainian aggressor base west of the
> city of al-Kut south of Baghdad. Al-Jazeera TV reported on Friday
> that the source of the blasts, as well as what casualties and damage
> they might have caused, was still unknown.
> Resistance attack leaves three puppet policemen wounded in Ba`qubah.
> An officer in the puppet police announced that four persons,
> including three puppet policemen, were wounded in an Iraqi Resistance
> attack on a puppet police patrol in Ba`qubah, 50km north east of
> Baghdad, on Friday. The officer, Khalid Shakir, told Agence France
> Presse (AFP) that the patrol came under a hail of bullets from
> Resistance fighters who were riding in a car in al-Mafraq District in
> the city. The puppet policemen returned fire but the Resistance
> fighters were able to leave the scene after firing a rocket-propelled
> grenade at the puppet police patrol car.
> Bulgarian occupation soldier killed in Karbala'.
> The Bulgarian Defense Ministry announced on Friday that a Bulgarian
> aggressor soldier had been shot to death in Karbala'. The soldier
> reportedly died of a head wound.
> Polish aggressor soldier killed in Karbala' battles.
> Al-Jazeera TV reported the Polish occupation forces as stating that a
> Polish aggressor soldier was killed during violent clashes that
> erupted between the occupation troops and members of Shi`ite
> religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr's Jaysh al-Mahdi militia. The al-
> Jazeera correspondent in Karbala' reports that various types of light
> arms were used in the battles that let a number of wounded on both
> A source in the Iraqi puppet police in Karbala' said that two
> military vehicles were destroyed in the battles in which Bulgarian
> and Polish aggressor troops battled Iraqis. Iraqi medical sources
> stated that 10 persons were wounded in the clashes � five of them
> members of Jaysh al-Mahdi, one an Iranian pilgrim to the Shi`ite holy
> places in Karbala', and four Iraqi civilians.
> The so-called "multinational brigade" of aggressor soldiers � which
> is led by Poland and includes troops from Bulgaria, Latvia, and
> Lithuania and serves the United States � announced that one of their
> convoys was attacked just before midnight Thursday near the
> governorate building in Karbala'. The convoy returned fire and
> requested reinforcements to "secure the area."
> Al-Jazeera's correspondent reports that the battles broke out
> apparently after an occupation aircraft distributed leaflets over a
> two-day period calling on the Shi`ite fighters to turn in their
> weapons and withdraw from public buildings.
> Muqtada as-Sadr calls for continued Shi`ite resistance to occupation.
> Muqtada as-Sadr threatened to launch martyrdom operations against the
> US occupation forces if they enter the Shi`ite holy cities. In his
> Friday sermon in al-Kufah, as-Sadr called on his followers to
> continue their resistance against the occupation forces.
> Attacks on occupation base between al-Kufah and an-Najaf.
> In an-Najaf, al-Jazeera's correspondent writes that the joint
> headquarters of US, Spanish, and Salvadoran aggressor forces located
> between al-Kufah and an-Najaf came under a mortar barrage on Thursday
> night. The sounds of battle could also be heard coming from the
> area, but there were no reports of casualties among the occupation
> Costa Rican aggressor soldier killed in Iraq.
> A Costa Rican aggressor soldier was killed on Tuesday in Iraq
> according to the Associated Press quoting the newspaper Extra. The
> soldier, Leroy Hariz Kelly who joined the US military three years ago
> was killed in an "accident" while driving on the road from Baghdad to
> Kuwait in the company of two other US invader troops. According to
> the report, the troops drove into a sand storm and they crashed their
> vehicle into another car.
> US helicopter pilots study airborne assassination techniques
> in "Israel."
> Sources in the American occupation in Iraq have learned that US
> General Ricardo Sanchez, commander of US occupation forces in Iraq,
> has received approval from General John Abizaid, commander of the
> Central Command to kill Shi`ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.
> Two of Sanchez's commanders have reportedly been dispatched to the
> Pentagon to finalize a plan for the killing.
> The plan includes several points including the launch of a large-
> scale military operation against the Shi`ite holy cities to eliminate
> Jaysh al-Mahdi. Under the plan, Iraqi puppet policemen are to try to
> evacuate women, children, and the elderly, after which US military
> aircraft are to pound the cities until all members of the Jaysh al-
> Mahdi militia are eliminated, according to a report carried by the
> Bahraini newspaper Akhbar al-Khalij.
> In light of the plan, the US Defense Department determined to take
> advantage of Zionist expertise in assassinating Palestinian
> Resistance leaders and public figures with an eye to copying such
> techniques in Iraq. The newspaper reports that Washington has
> dispatched 200 American pilots from American bases in Iraq to the
> Zionist Entity ("Israel") to train in airborne assassination
> techniques. The pilots are expected to return to Iraq next week.
> US plan to storm al-Fallujah crushed by Iraqi Resistance.
> Akhbar al-Khalij also reported that the US aggressor forces, under
> direct orders from US President Bush, recently tried to carry out a
> plan code named "The Last Strike" that involved sending thousands of
> Marine troops, commandos, and tanks to storm al-Fallujah from the
> west. The plan failed miserably, however, when Iraqi Resistance
> forces ambushed infiltrating US troops. A force of 2,500 American
> aggressors coming in from the west found themselves surrounded by
> Resistance gunfire that left dozens of them dead and compelled them
> to retreat.
> Saturday, 24 April 2004.
> Iraqi Resistance martyrdom boats blast aggressor naval boats. Two US
> invader sailors dead.
> Iraqi puppet authorities closed down the oil terminal at al-Basrah
> port on Saturday after explosives laden boats piloted by Iraqi
> Resistance martyrdom fighters carried out attacks that wrecked havoc
> with the occupation naval forces at the port.
> Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighters piloted three dhows, or small
> boats, close to two major oil terminals in Arabian Gulf waters about
> 100 miles from Iraq's main port, Umm Qasr, and exploded when US
> aggressor naval craft tried to intercept them. A US Navy craft was
> flipped by the blast, killing two American sailors and injuring five
> others, the US military said.
> A communiqu� issued by the US Fifth Fleet, headquartered in Bahrain,
> said that the US Naval aggressor personnel were killed and
> wounded "as a result of three simultaneous naval attacks in the
> Arabian Gulf."
> A spokesman for the British aggressor forces announced on Saturday an
> occupation warship became suspicious of one of the dhows approaching
> the oil terminal. When aggressor troops boarded the dhow, it
> exploded with all aboard. Twenty minutes later another sea-borne
> attack took place.
> Meanwhile, according to the British spokesman, another dhow exploded
> near a ship that was docked and loading oil in al-Basrah. The
> British Defence Ministry said that the attacks caused no damage to
> the seaport or the ship.
> For its part the Oil of the South company announced that two Iraqi
> Resistance speedboats attacked al-Bakr and Khur al-`Amid oil
> exporting terminals in the port.
> Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah destroy two armored vehicles.
> Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a US aggressor convoy in the al-
> Jurayfi of the northern part of al-Fallujah after sunset Saturday
> night. Two US armored vehicles were destroyed, killing all who were
> aboard the vehicles. The armored vehicles were blown up by RPG-7
> rockets. According to Mafkarat al-Islam's reporter in al-Fallujah,
> each US tank usually carries 12 men. Two of those are the crewmen,
> the other 10 are to deploy from the armored vehicle on foot when a
> position is taken, the armored vehicle being their protection during
> the operation to take the position.
> Tank destroyed in attempted US incursion into al-Jawlan neighborhood
> of al-Fallujah.
> The Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah set an American tank ablaze in
> Jawlan neighborhood of besieged al-Fallujah on Saturday afternoon.
> None of the men aboard the vehicle came out and so may be presumed
> dead. The vehicle was destroyed with rockets when it attempted to
> break into al-Jawlan together with a detachment of other tanks.
> Iraqi Resistance kills five US Marine invaders in attempted attack on
> Mafkarat al-Islam's correspondent in al-Fallujah reported late on
> Saturday that five US Marine invaders were killed when their
> detachment tried to storm an-Nizal neighborhood in besieged al-
> Fallujah. The US aggressors were shot dead by Iraqi Resistance
> Resistance fighters destroy huge US battle tank in al-Fallujah, kill
> 12 Marines.
> Mafkarat al-Islam's correspondent in al-Fallujah has reported that on
> Saturday morning the Iraqi Resistance in the besieged city destroyed
> a camouflage tank in the industrial district of the city. US
> aggressor troops tried in vain to retrieve the tank from the scene of
> the battle, but the Resistance fighters were able to drive off the US
> attackers, killing 12 American Marine invaders in the process � a
> victory that elicited calls of Allahu akbar! (God is greatest!) from
> the populace.
> This is the first time that the Resistance has been able to destroy a
> tank of this type, known for its unusual power. US aggressors have
> come to rely upon it in all their attempts to drive Resistance
> fighters into open terrain where snipers � some of them American, but
> most of them belonging to the Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah � can
> kill them.
> Eyewitness accounts from people in the neighborhood differ as to how
> the tank was destroyed. Some say that what destroyed the tank was a
> land mine so large that it shook the buildings around the scene of
> the blast. Other say that two rockets struck the tank simultaneously
> and in the same spot.
> Iraqi Resistance pounds US Marine positions around al-Fallujah with
> mortars all night.
> In a report posted at 16:26 Mecca time, Mafkarart al-Islam's
> correspondent in al-Fallujah reported that the Iraqi Resistance
> fighters in the city had fired mortars � which they had appropriated
> from the US forces � at the district behind the Industrial Zone where
> the US Marine invaders are concentrated. According to local people's
> accounts, the mortar shells were fired from ad-Dubbat neighborhood
> from 2:00am until the call to the dawn prayer rang out over the
> besieged city some three hours later. Local residents are amazed at
> these Resistance mortar attacks on the aggressor forces, particularly
> since the American response to the shelling was reportedly "very
> weak," a fact that they take as reflective of the general state of
> the US besieging forces.
> US Marines prevent al-Fallujah families from returning home.
> US Marine aggressors besieging al-Fallujah confirmed that they
> received orders on Saturday to prevent al-Fallujah families who want
> to return home from doing so. Marine officer Joe Cotrino told Agence
> France Presse (AFP) that about 50 or 60 families were allowed to
> return home on Friday, but on Saturday only members of the puppet
> police force and so-called civil defense forces were allowed into the
> besieged city. The officer did not try to justify the orders, which
> came as the cease fire was largely still in place in the city. He
> said that there had only been sporadic gunfire in the city during the
> previous 24 hours.
> US curtails use of Apache helicopters after Resistance downs six near
> The increasing rate of Iraqi Resistance attacks on US aggressor
> aircraft has compelled the US command to halt most flights of the
> Apache helicopter and in particular to order the pilots to avoid
> hovering in one place. The US aggressors have been compelled to
> resort to using other helicopters because the Apaches have proven too
> easy for Iraqi Resistance fighters to shoot down. According to
> Mafkarat al-Islam's correspondent, more than six US helicopters have
> been shot down in just a few days in the area of al-Fallujah.
> US admits one Marine death from near al-Fallujah.
> A spokesman for the US occupation of Iraq announced on Saturday that
> one US Marine invader died on Thursday as a result of wounds received
> in battles a week earlier in the area of al-Fallujah.
> Iraqi parents name their daughters Fallujah.
> As Iraqis seek new ways to express their enthusiasm and support for
> the fierce Resistance that al-Fallujah has been putting up to the
> aggressor, hospitals in Baghdad are now reporting that many parents
> of new born children are naming their girls Fallujah, in honor of the
> defiant city.
> Hitherto, Fallujah has never been registered as a personal name, and
> it has only been since the siege that Iraqis have begun to honor
> their daughters with the name of the city that rubbed the aggressors'
> noses in the mud. (Note: Fallujah is grammatically a feminine noun
> in Arabic. This is why parents are reported as choosing the name
> for their daughters, specifically.)
> Twelve Iraqi civilians dead, 22 injured in "mistaken" American
> shelling of agricultural area near al-Fallujah.
> Twelve Iraqi civilians were killed and 22 others injured in American
> shelling of an-Nu`aymiyah area near al-Fallujah on Friday night,
> according to al-`Arabiyah satellite TV station. Al-`Arabiyah
> reported that US occupation forces took the wounded to an unknown
> location after apologizing for the US bombardment. The US forces
> claimed that they had shelled the agricultural fields of an-
> Nu`aymiyah on the premise that there might be Resistance fighters in
> the predominantly agricultural area.
> Board of Muslim `Ulama': US is violating cease fire in al-Fallujah.
> The Board of Muslim `Ulama' accused the US aggressor forces of
> breaking the cease fire agreement in a provocative way that suggests
> that the invaders are not interested in attaining peace. The
> accusation came in a statement issued by the Board, which represents
> Sunni religious leaders in Iraq.
> Iraqi Resistance rockets kill five US soldiers, occupation admits.
> Iraqi Resistance fighters fired a barrage of rockets at a US military
> base north of Baghdad at dawn on Saturday, killing five American
> occupation troops and wounding six others, a US official admitted.
> Two 57mm rockets slammed into the US base in at-Taji, according to
> Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Sam Hudspath. The base in at-Taji is
> now occupied by the US 1st Cavalry Division.
> Resistance roadside bomb injures US troops in Ba`qubah.
> An Iraqi Resistance explosive device detonated as a US occupation
> patrol was passing by in the city of Ba`qubah, crippling an American
> military vehicle and wounding all aboard according to the Egyptian
> Middle East News Agency.
> Two Americans killed, one wounded in Resistance attack in al-Kut.
> Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported early Saturday afternoon Baghdad
> time that two Americans were killed and a third wounded when the
> Iraqi Resistance targeted a US patrol in the southern Iraqi city of
> Resistance bomb targets US patrol near Kirkuk airport.
> An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded Saturday as a US patrol was passing
> along the road to Kirkuk airport, now occupied by US troops as their
> regional headquarters in northern Iraq, according to a report carried
> by al-Jazeera TV.
> Iraqi collaborators shot and killed by Resistance.
> An Iraqi woman working as a translator for the US military was shot
> and killed by the Iraqi Resistance along with her husband as they
> drove to a US base, a hospital official said.
> Iraqi Resistance car bomb explodes near US base in Tikrit.
> An Iraqi Resistance car bomb, apparently set off by a martyrdom
> attacker, exploded near a US base on a downtown street in the
> northern city of Tikrit early on Saturday morning. The local
> commander of the Iraqi puppet police in Tikrit said that four
> policemen were killed and 16 persons injured in the blast, 12 of
> those puppet policemen.
> Three bodies were seen in the blackened wreckage of a car, which the
> puppet police commander said was a taxi cab of Brazilian make.
> Witnesses said they believed the blast targeted a convoy of Iraqi
> officials heading to the mayor's office in the city.
> US to take over from Spanish, Honduran, and Dominican Republic
> Spanish news media reported that the Deputy Polish Minister of
> Defense said on Friday that units of the American military will take
> over the tasks that Spanish, Honduran, and Dominican Republican
> forces had been doing in occupied Iraq. The Polish deputy minister
> told the Spanish magazine ABC that the US forces would be replacing
> the departing Spaniards and others within ninety days in the
> provinces of al-Qadisiyah and an-Najaf.
> Polish troops battle Jaysh al-Mahdi in Karbala'.
> Polish aggressor troops clashed overnight with Shi`ite militiamen in
> the city of Karbala', killing five, a spokesman for the
> occupation "multinational force" that works for the US occupation
> "Sadr City" residents battle US aggressor troops in Baghdad.
> Supporters of Shi`ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr battled US
> troops in so-called Sadr City, a district in eastern Baghdad on
> Saturday. The clashes erupted when US forces launched raids against
> suspected militiamen. US sources said that "one or two" Iraqis were
> killed in the fighting.
> Three Iraqi girls were badly burned when a shell exploded in their
> bedroom as they slept after US forces began to open fire on the
> neighborhood, setting fire to a number of cars. The blazes then
> spread to nearby houses.
> Medical sources told al-Jazeera satellite TV that 11 Iraqis were
> killed and nearly 30 others wounded in three powerful explosions that
> shook the neighborhood. Eyewitnesses reported that rockets crashed
> into a crowded market in the neighborhood.
> Blast in al-Haswah district of Baghdad kills 14 Iraqis, wounds 12
> Later, around mid-afternoon on Saturday, al-Jazeera TV reported that
> 14 Iraqis had been killed and 12 others wounded in an explosion in
> Haswah district in the southern part of Baghdad.
> Bangkok orders commander of Thai aggressors to withraw from Iraq if
> security situation "worsens."
> The Thai Minister of Defense has stated that Thailand's government
> had instructed the commander of Thai aggressor troops in Iraq that he
> must give an order to withdraw from the country if the security
> situation continues to "deteriorate."
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