Fwd: [arab_nationalist] Iraqi Resistance Report: 8 - 9 May 2004.
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> Subject: [arab_nationalist] Iraqi Resistance Report: 8 - 9 May 2004.
> Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 8 May 2004 and
> Sunday, 9 May 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr,
> member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
> Saturday, 8 May 2004.
> One US soldier killed, another wounded in Resistance mortar attack in
> The US military reported that one American aggressor soldier was
> killed and another wounded in an attack on a US base in northern Iraq
> on Saturday. The American statement said that the casualties were
> the result of an Iraqi Resistance mortar attack in the city of Mosul,
> according to Reuters.
> US invaders pull out of the area beyond the residential neighborhood
> west of al-Jawlan in al-Fallujah.
> US aggressor forces completed their withdrawal at around 4:00pm on
> Saturday afternoon from beyond the residential neighborhood west of
> al-Jawlan neighborhood in al-Fallujah. The local police took the
> place of the retreating Americans, who left behind only two tanks and
> four Humvees and about 30 soldiers according to the count made by the
> correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah.
> The American aggressors have vacated, thereby, their temporary base
> in the residential area, leaving no other bases in the vicinity of
> Fallujah other than that in the agricultural area northwest of the
> Meanwhile, large US aircraft prowl the skies over the city. Mafkarat
> al-Islam's correspondent was unable to determine their specific make,
> whether they were B-52s or something else. The correspondent did
> see, however, a large column of American tanks heading towards
> Baghdad along the al-Fallujah-Baghdad highway.
> Only one US checkpoint remains north of the al-`Askari neighborhood
> where US aggressor troops inspect the identity papers and register
> the names of all those who leave al-Fallujah. As a result, al-
> Fallujah residents simply leave the city via roads to the south,
> east, and west, lest the Americans make use of the names somehow or
> arrest the people passing through their checkpoint.
> Two Polish aggressor soldiers killed in Iraq.
> The Polish Defense Ministry announced on Saturday that two Polish
> aggressor troops were killed and two others wounded in occupied Iraq
> on Saturday.
> One of the Polish invaders was killed as a result of a land mine.
> According to Reuters, the Polish soldier died in hospital of wounds
> inflicted by a mine that exploded near the town of Baldat al-Imam.
> Earlier on Saturday, a Polish aggressor soldier was killed in
> Karbala' according to a report carried by Reuters. Marek Krajewski
> died when his military vehicle collided with an Iraqi truck and fell
> from a bridge, according to the Polish Defense Ministry. Two other
> Polish aggressors were wounded slightly in the crash.
> Poland, a satellite of the United States, has a contingent officially
> numbered at 2,400 troops and it is in command of the so-called
> multinational occupation forces in south-central Iraq. Its military
> base is in Karbala'.
> Founding Congress of Iraqi Congress for Opposing the US Occupation
> held in Baghdad.
> Occupied Baghdad has witnessed the first, founding conference of the
> Iraqi National Congress for Resisting the American Occupation. The
> conferees demanded the end of the occupation as they attempted to
> establish a political wing of the armed Resistance effort in the
> More than 500 persons took part in the conference, representing a
> number of parties, religious bodies, and tribes, according to al-
> Jazeera TV. Dr. Muthanna Harith ad-Darri of the Board of
> Muslim `Ulama' told the conferees in the preparatory committee
> that "more than 30 Islamic and patriotic forces are taking part in
> the Congress, in addition to trade unions, human rights
> organizations, and university professors. Ad-Darri said that the
> conference was the culmination of eight months of work and the result
> of many meetings held by Islamic and Arab Nationalist forces
> throughout Iraq. Another part of the preparation for the meeting was
> the visit paid by a delegation of the future Congress participants to
> several Arab countries.
> US troops surround Muqtada as-Sadr's offices in Baghdad and arrest
> US aggressor forces on Saturday raided the offices of Shi`i religious
> leader Muqtada as-Sadr in Baghdad and arrested `Amir al-Husayni, the
> director of the office, and three of his staff members amidst the
> widespread protest of as-Sadr's supporters, according to al-Jazeera
> For a brief period, American tanks and armored vehicles surrounded
> the offices of Shi`i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in a Baghdad
> neighborhood on Saturday in an effort to increase pressure on him.
> Witnesses said that at least two tanks took up positions near his
> offices in so-called Madinat as-Sadr. The sound of gunfire was heard
> in the area and US helicopter gunships prowled the skies above. Some
> reported that the American forces raided the offices but this could
> not immediately be confirmed. Less than one hour later, the US
> aggressor troops withdrew.
> Six British troops wounded in al-Basrah and al-`Amarah.
> Six British aggressor soldiers were wounded on Saturday in battles
> with Jaysh al-Mahdi, the militial loyal to Shi`i religious leader
> Muqtada as-Sadr in the cities of al-Basrah and al-`Amarah according
> to Agence France Presse (AFP).
> Three British soldiers were wounded in al-Basrah, 550km south of
> Baghdad, according to John Arnold, commander of a British unit.
> Earlier, Arnold had announced that two British invader soldiers had
> been wounded, then later he announced that three more British troops
> had been wounded in al-`Amarah, 160km northeast of al-Basrah.
> Muqtada as-Sadr calls general strike in al-Basrah.
> Shi`i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr announced that a general
> strike had been declared Saturday in the city of al-Basrah in protest
> against the US attacks on an-Najaf and Karbala', according to a
> report carried by Egypt's Middle East News Agency.
> Muqtada as-Sadr's representative: 3 British troops killed by Jaysh
> Mahdi in al-Basrah.
> The representative of Shi`i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in al-
> Basrah, `Abd as-Sattar al-Bahadli, announced that three British
> aggressor troops had been killed on Saturday in clashes with the
> Jaysh al-Mahdi in al-Basrah.
> Jaysh al-Mahdi, British aggressors clash in al-Basrah, al-`Amarah.
> Six British aggressor troops wounded.
> Violent clashes were reported early Saturday morning in al-Basrah
> between the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi`i religious leader
> Muqtada as-Sadr and the occupation troops, according to al-`Arabiyah
> satellite TV.
> A British military spokesman said that they were "ware"
> of "disturbances" in al-Basrah, adding that large numbers of people,
> some carrying weapons, had gathered in the center of the city. This
> is the first time that clashes have been reported on this scale in
> The battles in al-Basrah and in al-`Amarah began in the early hours
> of Saturday with Jaysh al-Mahdi attacks on British convoys. The
> British aggressors strengthened their presence in the two cities in
> response. But in al-Basrah, Jaysh al-Mahdi forces rushed to seize
> control of the north of the city and on a major road in the south
> west of the city. Battles then broke out in the center and northwest
> of al-Basrah.
> At about 6:00am Jaysh al-Mahdi forces fired rocket-propelled grenades
> at a British patrol in the center of al-Basrah. Later Jaysh al-Mahdi
> militiamen fired automatic weapons at another British aggressor
> patrol near a building that formerly housed military intelligence
> headquarters in the northwest of the city. The shooting, however,
> only lasted a few minutes.
> Eyewitnesses told Reuters that hundreds of Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen
> took to the streets of the city armed with automatic weapons and
> rocket-propelled grenade launchers (RPGs). The Jaysh al-Mahdi was
> able to seize control of parts of the city and set up checkpoints in
> the streets.
> "Israel" supplies fuel to US aggressors in Iraq, over the head of the
> puppet "Iraqi Ministry of Petroleum."
> The official spokesman for the puppet Iraqi "ministry of
> petroleum," `Asim Jihad, has confirmed that an "Israeli" company is
> presently supplying the US occupation forces in Iraq with fuel.
> According to al-Khalij newspaper, Jihad claimed, "that does not mean
> that the ministry has contracted with "Israeli" companies; the
> ministry of petroleum has not contracted with any "Israeli" company
> in the oil sphere," he said defensively.
> Al-Khalij reported that the agreement signed between the occupation
> forces and the "Israeli" company is "outside the jurisdiction and
> control" of the puppet "Iraqi ministry of petroleum." Jihad
> indicated that the puppet ministry has no authority to void or halt
> the contract.
> Recent news reports have indicated an increase in Zionist activity in
> Iraq, in particular in the northern parts of the country where
> Zionist enterprises are buying land at exorbitant prices. Some
> reports have spoken of Zionist plans to settle Jews in the area. In
> addition the Mossad has been active throughout the country in
> assassinating Iraqi scientists and intellectuals.
> US said to endorse plan for "Kurdistan National Army" as part of
> Iraqi partition plan.
> The Kurdish newspaper Maru, published in as-Sulaymaniyah, revealed on
> Friday that the US occupation in Iraq had agreed to the formation of
> a so-called Kurdistan National Army in northern Iraq. According to
> the report, it would be a part of a local united Kurdish
> administration in northern Iraq.
> According to Egypt's Middle East News Agency, the newspaper stated
> that the announcement of the formation of the Kurdistan Army would
> take place as soon as the stage of unification is completed, bringing
> together the two local Kurdish administrations - one headquartered in
> Irbil and the other in as-Sulaymaniyah, one loyal to Mas`ud Barizani
> and the other to Jalal Talibani. According to Maru, the "Kurdistan
> National Army" will be made up of the Peshmergah militias of the
> chauvinist so-called Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and Kurdistan
> Democratic Party.
> Obviously the establishment of a separate "Kurdistani Army" would be
> a major step in the direction of splitting up Iraq along ethnic lines
> as advocated by certain members of the US administration who have
> written publicly in support of a "three-state" partition
> or "federation" of Iraq into Kurdish, Sunni, and Shi`i states.
> Sunday, 9 May 2004.
> US aggressors, Iraqi Resistance clash in `Amiriyat al-Fallujah just
> after midnight Monday morning.
> Iraqi Resistance forces have clashed with US aggressor troops
> in `Amiriyat al-Fallujah, south of the city of al-Fallujah, an area
> separated from the city of al-Fallujah by the Euphrates River.
> The fighting lasted half an hour during which time the US invaders
> fired tank cannon and mortars at the Resistance, while the Resistance
> fired mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. The fighting lasted
> from 12:15am until 12:45am and then it diminished but did not
> entirely disappear. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-
> Fallujah wrote in a report posted at 1:01am, Mecca time, Monday, 10
> May 2004 that the people of al-Fallujah can still hear the sounds of
> intermittent artillery rounds going off.
> `Amiriyat al-Fallujah is a southern suburb of al-Fallujah in which
> the Bu`Isa tribes, famous for their courage and boldness, reside.
> So-called Islamic Party tries to drive wedge between Resistance and
> tribal leaders in al-Fallujah.
> The so-called Iraqi Islamic Party, which participates in the puppet
> so-called interim governing council chaired by the US proconsul L.
> Paul Bremer, began on Sunday to apply intense pressure on the Iraqi
> Resistance forces in al-Fallujah as it raised several imaginary
> security issues as excuses for allowing the US aggressor forces to
> enter al-Fallujah in order to carry out "joint patrols" with the
> local police forces.
> The American aggressors had originally said that they would enter al-
> Fallujah in joint patrols with local policemen beginning on 10 May.
> Then the US side backed off from that and said that it would enter
> and take part in joint patrols in the city beginning on 20 May. Then
> in a meeting held on Saturday, the Americans agreed to put off the
> date for their entry into al-Fallujah until later, with no date
> specified. Then on Sunday morning another meeting was held where the
> American side said that they would start joint patrols on 29 May.
> Everything changed, however, after noon on Sunday when the Islamic
> Party announced that the US aggressors would enter al-Fallujah on
> Monday, 10 May, claiming that this would give the people of al-
> Fallujah a sense of "security and calm," as it would supposedly show
> the people of the city that the Americans were true to their
> The so-called Islamic Party also claimed that the American role in
> the patrols would reassure the people of al-Fallujah that the US
> forces would not be carrying out any major operations against them,
> since, it noted, the United States possesses nuclear weapons and
> smart bomb technology. At a meeting with local representatives and
> Resistance leaders, the so-called Islamic Party � which had played a
> role in negotiating the cease-fire with the American side earlier �
> gave those attending the feeling that the party was making
> insinuations and tacitly threatening the Resistance and the al-
> Fallujah representatives.
> Mafkarat al-Islam's correspondent writes that it appears that the so-
> called Islamic Party had partially achieved its aim, as it seems to
> have persuaded the chiefs of tribes to pressure the Resistance
> fighters to go along.
> The text of the cease-fire agreement reached between the city
> representatives and the US aggressors, with the mediation of the so-
> called Islamic Party, provides for joint US-local police patrols of
> 20 persons to patrol al-Fallujah in symbolic form and to remain
> symbolically for 15 minutes. Under the provisions of the accord, the
> Americans were to enter the city, and pass to the site of the
> governorate of al-Fallujah on a major street in the city and also to
> the local police headquarters.
> The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reports that
> the city's residents are furious with what the so-called Islamic
> Party did in the previous rounds of negotiations. During those
> talks, the party attempted to split the ranks of the city by driving
> a wedge between the Resistance fighters and the tribal chiefs.
> The Resistance fighters have shown their anger over the attempts by
> the so-called Islamic Party to split the ranks and to try to rob the
> Resistance of its victory by raising imaginary security fears. The
> matter has gone so far that one of the Resistance fighters accused
> the so-called Islamic party of trying to save the face of the
> American aggressors in order to obtain political gains from the
> Americans for itself in Iraq.
> For its part, the so-called Islamic Party claims to be trying to
> protect the US forces when they go into al-Fallujah so that there
> might be no repeat of what happened to four American mercenaries who
> were killed and their bodies disfigured. The Party claimed that
> unenviable results would follow any such recurrence of those attacks.
> The people of al-Fallujah, according to Mafkarat al-Islam's
> correspondent, have no faith in the cease-fire agreement, even though
> most of the Americans' heavy equipment has been pulled out. The
> popular distrust of the so-called cease-fire is in part due to the
> proximity of al-Habbaniyah, a major base taken over by the US
> aggressors as their local headquarters. Al-Habbaniyah has become the
> jump off point for US forces whenever they might chose to attack to
> the West. A number of US vehicles remain in the agricultural
> district in the northeast � a base that was already located there
> before the siege of al-Fallujah.
> US aggressor troops once again encircle al-Fallujah and cut all roads
> leading to the defiant city.
> US aggressor troops have encircled the city of al-Fallujah on all
> sides and have closed off all entrances to the city. Mafkarat al-
> Islam's correspondent in the city reports that the imams of mosques
> have called on the Resistance fighters to head to the edges of the
> city to defend it.
> The position of the Resistance is now far better than it was
> previously, according to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the
> city. Not only have the Resistance fighters acquired considerable
> experience in fighting the US invaders, but the people of the city
> have gained faith in the Resistance and the Resistance fighters'
> ability. Mafkarat al-Islam's correspondent has sat with residents
> and heads of families in the city all of whom now say that they agree
> that the days when they would leave the city in the face of an
> American attack were gone. After the Resistance fighters had
> demonstrated their heroism, everyone had resolved to stay and defend
> the city themselves should it come under renewed attack.
> The correspondent writes that it is unclear whether the latest
> American encirclement is the beginning of another offensive or not.
> It is also possible that it is a move to protect the American first
> American units said to be scheduled to join a joint patrol with local
> police on Monday.
> The latest American deployment began after noon on Sunday in the
> northern area when the first group of US aggressors set out for the
> al-Ba`rin park north of al-Fallujah. Mafkarat al-Islam's
> correspondent witnessed five Humvees, each one of which appeared to
> be protected by a shield of the type affixed to small trucks to
> enable them to carry the largest possible number of troops and in
> order to facilitate a rapid deployment. The US aggressor troops used
> no heavy armored vehicles nor any heavy equipment in their deployment
> beginning Sunday afternoon. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent
> writes, however, that he saw about 12 American tanks gathered in the
> southern parts of al-Fallujah.
> Bomb blast kills puppet policemen in Baghdad.
> At least seven persons, including three puppet policemen, were killed
> and 13 others wounded when a bomb exploded in one of the crowded
> markets in downtown Baghdad on Sunday. Witnesses reported that some
> of the dead were reduced to shattered body parts as a result of the
> power of the blast. The witnesses said that an American convoy was
> passing near the scene of the blast just prior to the explosion. US
> occupation forces completely sealed off the area after the blast.
> The wounded were taken by ambulance to hospitals.
> Several American casualties reported from Resistance bomb blast east
> of ar-Ramadi.
> Al-Jazeera TV has reported that eyewitnesses in ar-Ramadi are saying
> that a number of Americans were wounded or possibly killed when an
> Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded east of that city. The blast also put
> an American troop transport vehicle out of commission. Occupation
> forces detonated another bomb that they found in the vicinity when
> they combed the area after the blast.
> Resistance bomb in al-Basrah injures British invader troops.
> Al-Jazeera TV's correspondent in al-Basrah reports that an Iraqi
> Resistance bomb went off in that southern city as a British
> occupation patrol was passing. The blast wounded several British
> troops in Kornish al-`Ashshar near the Teaching Hospital. Witnesses
> reported that the explosion damaged a British military vehicle.
> British invader troops closed off the area immediately after the
> Resistance blast rocks Four Seasons Hotel in Baghdad.
> A powerful explosion shook the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown Baghdad
> on Sunday night. Eight foreigners were reported wounded. It is
> believed that at least some of the casualties were American. Al-
> Jazeera TV reported eyewitnesses as saying that US occupation troops
> closed off the area of the attack, blocking the roads leading to the
> hotel. No further details about the attack were immediately
> Al-Jazeera TV's correspondent in Baghdad reported late on Sunday that
> several powerful explosions had been heard coming from the so-called
> Madinat as-Sadr area of the Iraqi capital. The correspondent quoted
> eyewitnesses as saying that battles were then raging between Jaysh
> Mahdi militiamen and US aggressor troops in the district.
> Similar battles were reported earlier on Sunday as well. (See below.)
> US troops battle Jaysh al-Mahdi in Baghdad.
> Eyewitnesses have reported that violent battles were going on late on
> Sunday afternoon between US aggressor forces and the Jaysh al-Mahdi
> militia in various parts of the Baghdad district nicknamed Madinat
> Sadr. An intense exchange of gunfire can be heard, the witnesses
> Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that a battle with light arms had
> broken out between US troops concentrated around the puppet police
> station at the entrance to Madinat as-Sadr in the eastern part of
> Baghdad and the Jaysh al-Mahdi.
> Madinat as-Sadr was tense following the arrest of the director of
> Muqtada as-Sadr's office in Baghdad. US tanks concentrated at the
> entrance to Madinat as-Sadr as supporters of the Shi`i religious
> leader srew burning tires about the streets.
> Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen gathered near the Muqtada as-Sadr office
> after the arrest Saturday evening of `Amir al-Husayni, the director
> of that office. The Americans arrived in 20 military transports to
> attack the office where they arrested al-Husayni and four of his
> staff members.
> As-Sayyid Kamal, an official in Jaysh al-Mahdi, said that an exchange
> of gunfire took place between the US military and as-Sadr's militia,
> as a result of which Iraqis were killed and wounded.
> British helicopters shell as-Sadiq neighborhood in al-Basrah.
> Eye witnesses report that British helicopters have been shelling as-
> Sadiq neighborhood inal-Basrah in southern Iraq according to al-
> Jazeera TV. The witnesses reported that the attacks left four Iraqi
> civilians dead, including one eight-year-old girl, and one 60-year-
> old man. The attack caused widespread destruction of houses in the
> neighborhood and in adjacent neighborhoods.
> Al-Jazeera's correspondent in the city reported that the signs of
> destruction were clearly visible in as-Sadiq neighborhood, the signs
> of a violent air bombardment. A spokesman for the British occupation
> troops, however, denied that British helicopters had shelled the
> neighborhood � denying the eyewitness testimony of residents.
> Iraqi puppet judge assassinated in al-Hillah.
> Iraqi puppet police sources have stated that an Iraqi judge was
> assassinated by the Iraqi Resistance in the town of al-Hillah, 80km
> south of Baghdad. `Ali Husayn, an officer in the Iraqi puppet police
> said that Haytham at-Tatlawi was shot to death in an attack as he was
> eating lunch in the center of al-Hillah. Huwayn reportedly said that
> at-Tatlawi had received numerous threats that he would be killed if
> he persisted in investigating "crimes" that the Iraqi police claims
> some of al-Hillah's residents have committed against members of the
> puppet security services.
> Puppet police colonel assassinated in Ba`qubah.
> Eyewitnesses and hospital sources have reported that Iraqi Resistance
> fighters assassinated a high official in the puppet police in the
> city of Ba`qubah on Sunday. The witnesses report that Resistance
> fighters opened fire on Colonel `Ali al'Azzawi in the central market
> in Ba`qubah, 65km northeast of Baghdad. One passerby was reportedly
> wounded. The Resistance fighters left the scene unscathed. Al-
> `Azzawi reportedly died immediately after reaching the hospital.
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