Iraq Eyewitness Reports
- Iraq Through the Eyes of Unemebedded, Independent Journalist
Dahr Jamail, one of the few independent, unembedded journalists
reporting in Iraq for months, joins us in our firehouse studio to
discuss the siege of Fallujah, detention of Iraqis, so-called
"reconstruction" and much more. [includes rush transcript]
One of the most enduring images of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse
scandal is the photograph of a prisoner cloaked in black, standing on
a box with wires attached to his outstretched arms.
Now, the man depicted in the photo has reportedly been identified. He
is speaking out on this week's edition of the PBS newsmagazine "Now."
His name is Haj Ali. He was a mayor of a Baghdad suburb and a member
of the ruling Baath Party, when he was snatched off the street in late
2003 and transported to Abu Ghraib, despite denying involvement in the
In the interview, Ali says, "They made me stand on a box with my hands
hooked to wires and shocked me with electricity. It felt like my
eyeballs were coming out of their sockets. I fell, and they put me
back up again for more."
Today is the first anniversary of the publication of the Abu Ghraib
prisoner abuse scandal. We turn now to Iraq.
We turn now to Iraq. An article in the British newspaper the Guardian
titled "This Is Our Guernica" reads:
"In the 1930s the Spanish city of Guernica became a symbol of wanton
murder and destruction. In the 1990s Grozny was cruelly flattened by
the Russians; it still lies in ruins. This decade"s unforgettable
monument to brutality and overkill is Falluja, a text-book case of how
not to handle an insurgency, and a reminder that unpopular occupations
will always degenerate into desperation and atrocity."
Those are the words of journalist Dahr Jamil. He spent many months in
Iraq as one of the only independent, unembedded journalists there. He
published his reports on a blog called DahrJamailIraq.com and was a
regular guest on Democracy Now! He joins us in our firehouse studio today.
AMY GOODMAN: Welcome to Democracy Now!
DAHR JAMAIL: Thanks, Amy.
AMY GOODMAN: It's very good to have you with us. Can you talk more
about this image of the Guernica, and what Iraq and specifically
Fallujah has meant?
DAHR JAMAIL: Fallujah, which was the symbol of the resistance in Iraq
to the U.S. occupation and throughout the Middle East at that point is
now 70% estimated to be bombed to the ground, no water, no
electricity. People who want to go back into that city have to get
retina scans, all ten fingers fingerprinted, then they're issued an ID
card. People inside the city are referring to it as a big jail. It is
a horrendous situation, and we still have hundreds of thousands of
refugees as a result. And the goal of the mission of sieging Fallujah
as announced by the U.S. military was to capture the phantom Zarqawi
and to bring security and stability for the elections, and what's left
is a situation where Fallujah is in shambles, and the resistance has
spread throughout the country.
AMY GOODMAN: Who is doing the retina scans, the fingerprinting?
DAHR JAMAIL: The U.S. military is doing all of this.
AMY GOODMAN:: And how many people are kept out of Fallujah now? How
many people actually live there? How many were there to begin with?
DAHR JAMAIL: The latest estimate is of a city of 350,000 people, that
50,000 now have returned back inside the city.
AMY GOODMAN: And what's happened? Where have the others gone?
DAHR JAMAIL: They are still in refugee camps. There are refugee camps
all around the outskirts of Fallujah, throughout many areas of
Baghdad, even parts of Iraq south of the capital city. They are living
in, of course, horrible conditions. There's running water at some of
these refugee camps, none at others. No electricity. They are
depending primarily on other Iraqis for aid, which is a very difficult
situation, because now we have an estimated 65% unemployment in Iraq.
Basic infrastructure remains in shambles. And this is a community then
that is trying to support over 300,000 refugees at this point.
AMY GOODMAN:: Now that you have come back, what is the contrast or the
difference between what you learn about Iraq when you are here versus
when you are there on the ground?
DAHR JAMAIL: Well, watching the corporate media back here, I see the
disparity between that and what's actually happening on the ground
continue to grow. If we look at corporate media, we're led to believe
that after the January 30 elections, things are better in Iraq. We
have a democracy there. Yes, it's -- there's still a little chaos, but
things are getting better, but that is not the facts at all when we
look at just the numbers. We have still an average of over a soldier a
day dying, ten times that number wounded, infrastructure in shambles,
and things continue to get worse. At least a car bomb a day in Baghdad
and insecurity throughout most of the rest of the country.
AMY GOODMAN: We're talking to Dahr Jamail, unembedded reporter in
Iraq, now back in the United States. We'll come back to talk with him
in a minute.
AMY GOODMAN:Our guest in studio, Dahr Jamail, who runs the blog,
DahrJamailIraq.com, just returned from Iraq, was there for eight
months and reported to us on a somewhat regular basis. You are talking
about Fallujah. What about the use of chemical weapons there? Last
November, you reported the U.S. military has used poison gas and other
non-conventional weapons against civilians in Fallujah. How do you
DAHR JAMAIL: Many of the refugees I interviewed throughout November,
just after the beginning of the siege, and then people who had been
coming out of the city even into December, continued to report the use
of chemical weapons in Fallujah, but really, one of the most important
sources I have for this is an Iraqi doctor that I interviewed on the
outskirts of Fallujah, and he said that he had worked as a medic
during the Iran-Iraq War, he had treated Iraqi soldiers who had been
hit with Iranian chemical weapons, so he knew what these types of
injuries look like. And he said that he had treated people from
Fallujah with the same types of injuries, as well as another Iraqi man
that I had interviewed who went into the city, brought in by U.S.
soldiers to help bury bodies, and that he had seen many bodies that he
believed to have been hit by chemical weapons.
AMY GOODMAN: On March 3, Dr. Khalid ash-Shaykhli of the Iraqi Health
Ministry held a news conference accusing the U.S. of using
internationally banned chemical weapons, including nerve gas, during
the assault. Do you have any more information on that?
DAHR JAMAIL: That report, actually, yes, I have read that and am aware
of that. And it's just further confirmation of the fact that the --
another, related to that what the doctor said that I had interviewed
was that he was willing to go in and try to dig up some of these
bodies that they were forced to bury by the U.S. military there in
Fallujah, because he said that he is 100% certain that these types of
weapons had been used, and he, among so many other people inside the
city, are pleading for an international investigation of the types of
these -- of what illegal weapons were used there, because they are
absolutely certain they were chemical weapons, cluster bombs,
fleshettes, types of napalm and various other weapons, as well.
AMY GOODMAN: Dahr, on your blog, you continually talked about everyday
Iraqis and the kind of obstacles they faced, what it was like just to
live there. Give us that full picture that we so rarely can get.
DAHR JAMAIL: Well, the situation in Iraq is devastating. It's
difficult to be there and see it day in and day out where there's no
security whatsoever. There's complete lawlessness in the capital city
and most other cities. The situation in the hospitals is an ongoing
health care crisis. They're lacking medicines and basic supplies and
things they need. Then we have the refugee situation where people are
all over the city, hundreds of families in various places, trying to
survive. It's really quite -- it's the ongoing refugee situation we
have that -- over 300,000 there. We have rampant fuel crisis going on
where people are waiting one, sometimes two days, to fill the tanks of
their cars. We have the military responding to the security situation
by closing various streets in Baghdad. At least 100 streets are now
closed in the capital city to try to bring some sort of order to the
situation. Gas lines stretching sometimes between six and ten miles.
People waiting between one and two days to fill the tanks of their
cars. Gasoline is being rationed. Even plates one day, odd the next.
People are allowed seven-and-a-half gallons when they fill their
tanks. Electricity in the better parts of Baghdad is about eight
hours. In most places, including up in the north in the Kurdistan
region, we have three hours or less of electricity per day and
infrastructure is in worse shape in all of the main areas than it was
prior to the invasion.
AMY GOODMAN:: We spoke with Giuliani Sgrena the other day, who was
kidnapped in Iraq, and then ultimately as she was getting out, the
U.S. military opened fire on her car, killing the Italian intelligence
official who helped to get her out and wounding her. But just the
danger every day of reporting unembedded for month after month, how
did you do it?
DAHR JAMAIL: Well, the level of anxiety is extremely high. And I would
do my best to fit in. I felt that no security was my security, and
growing a beard and going out, varying the times I go out, and not
advertising the fact that I am an American. And it is a very stressful
situation, but if you are going to work in Iraq as a journalist, you
have to leave your hotel, if you are going to do your job. So, it's an
accepted risk by myself and other colleagues I know who preferred to
operate that way, rather than staying in their hotels or just going to
military press conferences or embedding with the military.
AMY GOODMAN: On this anniversary of the release of the photos, the
Pentagon had had them for months before of the abuse of prisoners at
Abu Ghraib, what was the effect of those photos in Iraq?
DAHR JAMAIL: Well, everyone in Iraq already knew that this sort of
treatment was happening, from almost the beginning of the occupation
and not just in Abu Ghraib, but in military detention facilities
throughout the country. These reports had been coming in for months.
People were very well aware of the fact that there was sexual abuse,
physical violence, death, rape, this sort of a thing happening from
the beginning. But when those photos came out, this confirmation and
having it broadcast to the world just confirmed all of these beliefs
by Iraqis, and it really demolished what credibility may have been
left at that point for the occupation forces. That credibility was
shattered with these photographs. And I want to be real clear that
this situation is ongoing. It's not stopped. Just because the
corporate media decided to show these photos and really talk about
this story for a while, then they decide that, well, there's a few
soldiers that are held responsible. Let's try the bad apples, and this
is going to put the lid back on the situation. But that has not
changed the fact that the number of prisoners in Iraq is increasing.
It has increased dramatically in the last few months. And the type of
treatment going on in the prisons is exactly the same as it was when
those photos were released.
AMY GOODMAN: And where are the prisoners held, when you talk about the
other detention facilities?
DAHR JAMAIL: At so many of the military detention -- military bases,
there are detention facilities. For example, at Baghdad Airport,
there's a large detention facility there. Iraqis in Baghdad call it
Guantanamo Airport. Many other military installations such as one up
near Tikrit, I know specifically that has a good sized detention
facility. But they're really spread all around Iraq, even in many
parts in the south.
AMY GOODMAN: We're talking to Dahr Jamail. And he is just back from
Iraq. There's some interesting news today. Downing Street has
published the Attorney General's full advice on the legality of the
Iraq war after part of it was leaked to the media. In the March 7,
2003, documents -- that was just before the invasion -- Lord Goldsmith
told Tony Blair, a second U.N. resolution was the safest legal course.
Ten days later his advice to Parliament raised no such concerns about
legality. Michael Howard suggested M.P.s had been tricked into voting
for war. Charles Kennedy urged Blair to come clean. Blair defended his
actions. In the advice Lord Goldsmith warned there were a number of
ways in which opponents of war could bring legal action. âWe cannot
be certain they would not succeed,â he said. âAdding a second
resolution might be the way of preventing such legal action
succeeding.â Lord Goldsmith continued, âFinally, I must stress
that the lawfulness of military action depends not only on the
existence of a legal basis, but also on the question of
proportionality.â He added, âIt must be proportionate to the
objective of securing compliance with Iraq's disarmament.â That, a
report from the B.B.C. today. Your response?
DAHR JAMAIL: Well, it's almost a moot point at this point, because it
couldn't be any clearer that this invasion of Iraq and ensuing
occupation have really nothing to do, at least if we go by Bush
administration standards, nothing to do with what is legal, what is
right, what is best for Iraqis, and certainly not what is best for
this country. So, there are no weapons of mass destruction. There's no
links with al Qaeda. There's no terrorist training camps there,
anything like this. And now we have this ongoing occupation with no
end in sight. 14 permanent U.S. military bases there. Four done, ten
more in the works. More money just sailed through the government to
fund that. So, what is the point of even talking about legality at
this point? It's very, very clear that this situation, and the Bush
administration perpetuation of it has -- they really are not concerned
with what's legal and what's right.
AMY GOODMAN: We're talking to Dahr Jamail, just back from Iraq. What
about the elections? What effect did they have on Iraqis? And you're
talking about the situation being very bad right now. Did the
elections improve anything, and do you hold out any hope now that this
government is being constituted?
DAHR JAMAIL: I certainly want the situation in Iraq to improve in any
way possible, because the devastation there is everywhere. It's really
unbearable for Iraqis today, and certainly hope that the elections
would bring about some sort of improvement, but to date, they have
not. They only just very recently actually filled the cabinet
position, so it took them 12 weeks to actually form a government. Now
they have well under a year to attempt to agree and author a
constitution. But the bottom line, I think, how do we judge if the
elections were a success? Not by something -- the fact that something
resembling elections occurred in Iraq, but rather, have they improved
the life of Iraqis and brought about better security, bought about a
solution to the gas crisis, bought about some solution to the 65%
unemployment rate? Things like this, and to date, they have not. To
date, they have -- situations on the ground just continue to
deteriorate, a little by little, each passing day.
AMY GOODMAN: We have the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair, General Richard
Myers saying, in terms of incidents, it's right about where it was a
year ago, talking about the ability of the Iraqi resistance to wage
attacks not diminishing over the past year. The U.S. reporting the
number had decreased shortly before the election, but recent weeks
have seen a surge in violence. Who is the resistance right now?
DAHR JAMAIL: Right now, the resistance is so many groups. It's really
not the best thing to talk about it as one entity. It's really
comprised of so many different groups. It definitely started out as
mostly ex-military, Bremer essentially created the resistance when he
disbanded the military and Ba'athists. But at this point it, it's more
and more average Iraqis, people who have had family members killed and
humiliated by occupation forces. It's not 100% Sunni. There are now
some Shia members in it. And as far as foreign fighters, it's a very,
very low percentage of those who are actually involved within the
AMY GOODMAN: Last week we had a debate between Naomi Klein and Erik
Gustafson who was an Iraq war vet from ten years ago, Naomi Klein, the
well-known author, writer, journalist, about whether the troops should
withdraw immediately the U.S. troops, the so-called coalition troops.
What effect do you think that would have?
DAHR JAMAIL: I think it would begin a process of Iraq becoming a truly
sovereign nation. I think it would bring lesser casualties to the
Iraqi people, because the U.S. military is the leading cause of death
and suffering right now in Iraq. The majority of the deaths in Iraq
under the occupation are at the hands of the U.S. military, primarily
by U.S. warplanes dropping bombs on people's homes and neighborhoods.
So, that would stop. That would help the situation on the ground. That
would bring greater stability to the situation there. There would
certainly be chaos. It would certainly -- the instability would
continue, but I think talk of the U.S. pullout canât occur without
including the fact that all of the contracts on the ground there for
the reconstruction would have to be reopened to bidding, giving Iraqi
concerns first priority. They know how to rebuild their country. They
have already done this. And they're not being allowed to do so at this
time. And then, of course, full compensation paid to Iraqis who have
suffered during the occupation.
AMY GOODMAN: Do people have a sense that that will happen?
DAHR JAMAIL: No. People are -- it's quite clear at this point, because
people who voted that I interviewed did vote because they felt it was
going to bring about an end to the occupation. And it's very clear at
this point especially that this government has no intention of forcing
the U.S. to put a timetable for withdrawal, so really it still looks
as though there's no end in sight.
AMY GOODMAN: Do you plan, Dahr, to return to Iraq?
DAHR JAMAIL: I do plan to return. I am not entirely certain exactly as
to when, but I will go back.
AMY GOODMAN: Well, I want to thank you very much for joining us, as
people follow the news now, from here in the United States. This
weekend, May 1, there are also going to be a number of protests moving
in on the 60th anniversary of the dropping of the bombs in Hiroshima,
protesting war in New York in Central Park. There's going to be a
march from the U.N. to Central Park. What do you think it's important
for people to understand?
DAHR JAMAIL: That this administration has no intention of withdrawing
from Iraq, and the only way that this is going to happen is if they
are forced to withdraw, because they're certainly not going to do it
on their own volition.
AMY GOODMAN: Dahr Jamail, just back from Iraq. His website is
DahrJamailIraq.com < http://www.dahrjamailiraq.com/ >. And we will
also link to it at democracynow.org. And you spell it
DahrJamailIraq.com, since so many people call and write to us and ask,
"How do we find that site?" Thank you.
DAHR JAMAIL: Thank you. Amy.
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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 1 May 2005
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial
board, the Free Arab Voice. http://www.freearabvoice.org
Seventeen Americans killed in Saturday night fighting in al-Qaâim,
puppet spokesman admits.
Fighting that broke out Saturday night in al-Qa'im between Iraqi
Resistance forces and US occupation troops in the city on the Syrian
border left 17 US troops dead and five more wounded.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported informed
sources in the Iraqi puppet military as saying that the fighting also
left three US Humvees destroyed and two Bradley armored vehicles disabled.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Qa'im met with
Lieutenant Colonel Hamzah al-Jawwari of the joint operations command
in the city who confirmed the casualty toll of 17 Americans dead and
five more wounded in addition to the vehicles destroyed.
The Lieutenant Colonel also claimed that the US forces had taken 21
Resistance fighters prisoner and killed more than 25 Resistance
fighters in the combat itself that lasted from about 9pm Saturday
night until midnight.
But the Resistance denied those claims of the puppet spokesman, saying
that it had killed more than 17 US troops and wounded dozens more,
while mosques in the city observed mourning for five members of the
Resistance, one of them a fraternal Arab fighter, a youth with Yemeni
For its part the Resistance organization, the Base Qaâidah of the
Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers, which is led by Jordanian Islamic
militant Abu Mus'ab az-Zarqawi, issued a communique on Sunday, a copy
of which was obtained by the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam, in
which it said that its fighters had attained their objectives in the
fighting Saturday night, and threatened that the battle was only the
beginning o the end of the US occupation of Iraq.
Resistance kills 21 US troops, shoots down Apache helicopter in
Saturday night fighting dubbed the Battle of the Free People of Iraq.
In the course of fighting that raged in ar-Ramadi on Saturday night
between US aggressor troops and the Iraqi Resistance, Resistance
forces shot down one US Apache helicopter over the city.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported sources in the Iraqi
Resistance as saying that they fired a Strela rocket that struck the
helicopter directly and blew it up in the air.
Other fighting in the city left more than 21 US troops dead and
destroyed a US armored vehicle and two Humvees, according to the same
Meanwhile, ar-Ramadi Mosque at the dawn prayer announced over its
loudspeakers that three members of the Iraqi Resistance had been
martyred in fighting Saturday to the south of the city.
For its part the First Army of Muhammad Resistance organization issued
a communique, a copy of which was obtained by the Mafkarat al-Islam
correspondent, in which the group took responsibility for the shooting
down of the US helicopter and the fighting on Saturday which the
organization called the "Battle of the Free People of Iraq."
Resistance sharpshooter kills US Marine in al-Khalidiyah Sunday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance sharpshooter killed one US soldier in
al-Khalidiyah, west of al-Fallujah on Sunday morning. The
correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Khalidiyah reported an
official source in the puppet police as saying that one American
Marine had been killed by a sharpshooter's bullet. The sharpshooter
had been positioned atop a high building in the city where he fired a
shot that struck the American Marine in the temple, killing him instantly.
For its part, the US military admitted the attack in a communique
issued on Sunday morning.
Resistance bombards US al-Habbaniyah base Sunday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces pounded the US base - called "as-Saqr the
Falcon Base" in al-Habbaniyah with six mortar shells at 3pm Sunday
afternoon local time. Residents of the nearby al-Fallahat area who
witnessed the attack said that six explosions shook the area and sent
plumes of smoke rising over the facility. Afterwards, helicopters were
seen flying at low altitude over the base and the vicinity, searching
for the Resistance attackers, but with no success.
Situation deteriorates after US siege for one week cuts off water,
food, electricity from population.
US forces backed by puppet so-called "Iraqi national guards" continue
to blockade the town of al-Haqlaniyah in al-Anbar Province where they
have been now for one week, according to a report by a Mafkarat
al-Islam correspondent in Iraq.
Witnesses report that the humanitarian and sanitary situation in the
city is badly deteriorating, as western and Iraqi puppet media ignore
the situation and keep silent.
Witnesses said that the US forces deliberately have cut off all
electricity and water supplies from the encircled town, and have
prevented the residents from entering or leaving. Movement inside the
town has stopped and the markets closed down, further preventing the
supply of food to the population. Occupation forces and their stooges
closed shops, wrecked their contents, and stole money and valuables.
Witnesses report that the health situation is bad as people cannot get
out to hospitals except with great difficulty. Schools have closed
even though it is final exam time for the end of the year.
The residents say that the occupation troops even invaded the mosques
where they smashed doors and wrecked the contents in addition to
violating their sanctity. Many residents have also been arrested in a
campaign of searches and raids carried out by the Americans and their
US siege of al-Karmah in second day.
US occupation forces imposed a total blockade on the town of
al-Karmah, west of Baghdad on Saturday, 30 April closing all entrances
and exits. Since then no one had been allowed in or out â" other than
the US aggressor troops how have launched a broad campaign of raids
throughout all the city's neighborhoods.
A correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Iraq reported witnesses from
the city as saying that it has become extremely difficult to move
about, since the city is cut off from the outside world by a large
deployment of US forces along all major arteries. The city's daily
life has been paralyzed and residents find themselves in an unenviable
The US siege of al-Krmah is part of a series of campaigns of
lock-downs and raids that the US has launched in many places in the
country, including al-Haqlaniyah and Abu Ghurayb.
Resistance car bomber kills 11 US troops in base in ar-Rustamiyah in
Baghdad early Sunday.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden car
into a US base in ar-Rustamiyah, south of Baghdad at about 7am local
time Sunday morning.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam who arrived on the scene
shortly thereafter said that sources in the puppet police and Iraqi
puppet army said that the Resistance fighter stormed through the main
gate of the American base, set up in what was the Iraqi Military
Academy before the American occupation. The attacker drove towards a
grouop of US soldiers and detonated his vehicle among them despite the
heavy gunfire that they directed at his onrushing car.
The Iraqi puppet security sources told Mafkarat al-Islam that the
result of the bombing was that 11 US troops were killed and a number
more were wounded.
Resistance organization proclaims start of new campaign in Iraq.
The Resistance organization, the Base Qa'idah of the Jihad in the Land
of the Two Rivers issued a communique saying that what it called the
Battles of the Martyr Muhammad Jasim Abu al-Harith al-'Isawi had
begun. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Baghdad obtained a
copy of the communique, which was posted on mosque doors in the
occupied Iraqi capital and in other provinces, indicating that the
group, led by Jordanian Islamic activist Abu Mus'ab az-Zarqawi had
distributed it very widely.
The communique called on Iraqi civilians to stay away from American
forces and military columns, and also to steer clear of gatherings of
Iraqi puppet so-called "national guards"
The communique praised the organization's Resistance fighters and said
that "yesterday there were the battles of the Martyr, the Lion of the
Land of the Two Rivers Abu Anas ash-Shami, then the commander and
martyr by the grace of God the Exalted, Umar Hadid, and today we
declare the start of the battles of the Lion of the Oneness of God,
Abu al-Harith al-'Isawi in all regions of Iraq. And we will wage our
battles until the cross disappears from the land of Iraq."
The correspondent reported that Iraqi puppet security forces and the
US occupation troops issued a general call to arms after finding
copies of that communique throughout the country. The Americans and
their stooges have therefore deployed throughout the streets and lanes
of Baghdad and other cities in occupied Iraq.
Resistance martyrdom car bomber kills nine US troops Sunday morning in
In a dispatch posted at 10:45am Sunday morning Mecca time Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that a short while before an Iraqi Resistance car
bomb exploded by a column of US Humvees at the western entrance to the
southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah. The correspondent in ad-Durah
reported witnesses as saying that the blast destroyed two Humvees and
killed nine US troops instantly.
The correspondent received confirmation of that report from a first
lieutenant in the puppet police of ad-Durah - who asked not to be
The Resistance organization the Base Qa'idah of the Jihad in the Land
of the Two Rivers announced its responsibility for the attack that
took place at 9am Sunday morning, local time. The communique said that
a Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-packed car into the
US column sowing death and destruction among the invaders.
Resistance car bomb kills four US troops in Abu Ghurayb.
In a dispatch posted at 1:45pm Mecca time Sunday afternoon, the
correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Abu Ghurayb reported that four
US troops were killed and two more wounded when an Iraqi Resistance
car bomb exploded at 1pm, local time by a passing column of American
Witnesses told the correspondent that the car bomb was parked by the
side of the old road that links Abu Ghurayb with al-Fallujah and that
it explodes when a column of five armored vehicles and two Humvees was
passing, destroying one armored vehicle.
Board of Muslim "Ulama" denounces puppet police murder of Sunni Shaykh
in Diyala Province on Friday.
The Board of Muslim "Ulama", the highest religious authority for Sunni
Muslims in Iraq issued a statement denouncing the Iraqi puppet police
for assassinating Shaykh 'Abd ar-Razzaq Rashid ad-Dulaymi in Diyala
Province on Friday.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses as saying that on Friday, the
puppet police had encircled the al-Aqsa Mosque in the al-Katun area of
the province where he was the imam and preacher. Shaykh ad-Dulaymi
entered, delivered the sermon and led the congregational prayer
service, undeterred by the fact that the mosque had been surrounded by
security men and that there were spies among the congregation as well.
When the service ended the heavily armed security forces rushed the
mosque, but Shaykh ad-Dulaymi came out to them, and addressed them,
saying, "If you want to take me, then come and get me." Thus
challenged, the security forces fell back. A short while later,
however, fearful that the security forces might attack and kill and
wound the worshippers still inside the mosque, the Shaykh went out to
the security forces to turn himself over to them to prevent them from
harming or killing any of the worshippers. When he got close to one of
their cars, the puppet security men opened fire on him.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that numerous
eyewitnesses said that the puppet police fired on the Shaykh again and
he fell to the ground unconscious. Afterwards, the puppet security
forces tried to claim that the Shaykh had killed himself.
In its statement, issued Saturday, the Board of Muslim "Ulama" said
that the puppet police had killed Shaykh ad-Dulaymi and then falsely
claimed that he had killed himself. The Board noted that this latest
police murder appeared to open a new page in dangerous excesses and
violations of the rights and freedom of the Iraqi people. The Board
held the puppet regime responsible for the killing and for the abuse
and torture inflicted on prisoners in the occupied country's prisons.
"Dozens" of US dead and wounded in lethal Resistance rocket attack on
US base early Sunday.
Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US base in al-Yusufiyah, south
of Baghdad, Sunday morning. The American base occupies what were
previously storage areas of the Iraqi Army prior to the US invasion of
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Yusufiyah reported
witnesses as saying that at 5:30am Sunday morning the Resistance fired
more than 16 rockets into the US base, inflicting great damage inside
Captain Karim Khamis of the puppet army who works on the base said
that the attack inflicted heavy casualties of "dozens" of Americans.
"We entered the base," he told Mafkarat al-Islam, "after receiving
orders from the puppet "ministry of defense" to see the extent of the
casualties and to render assistance. We found that there had been
great destruction and there were dozens of dead and wounded."
The buildings inside the base that were destroyed in the Resistance
rocket attack were high enough so that local residents could see them
behind the walls of the facility. But after the attack, most parts of
those buildings had been destroyed.
In his dispatch posted at 10:11am Sunday morning Mecca time the
correspondent reported that US forces were still lifting rubble and
digging out bodies of troops who appeared to have been killed in their
sleep during the bombardment.
Resistance martyrdom car bomber kills six US troops in al-Mahmudiyah
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-packed Honda
car into a column of six US personnel carriers on the highway in
al-Mahmudiyah, southeast of Baghdad at 4pm local time Sunday
afternoon. Residents of the city told Mafkarat al-Islam that the car
accelerated to high speed and slammed into the front of the US column
where it exploded, totally destroying one of the personnel carriers
and killing six US troops and wounding three more.
Three US troops killed in Sunday morning roadside bomb attack.
In a dispatch posted at 11:40am Sunday morning Mecca time, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported witnesses as saying that an Iraqi Resistance
roadside bomb exploded by a US foot patrol in the al-Mu'allimin
neighborhood of Ba'qubah, killing three US troops and seriously
wounding a fourth. US forces completely encircled the area of the
attack, closing the street leading to the road where the bomb went
off. The Americans evacuated their dead and wounded in a Humvee to the
US base west of Ba'qubah.
Three US troops killed in roadside car bombing in Diyala Sunday.
In a bulletin posted at 5:20pm Mecca time Sunday afternoon, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a
column of four US armored vehicles in the city of Diyala, northeast of
Baghdad. Witnesses in the city reported that the Toyta Supra car bomb
was parked by the side of the main road in the al-Amir neighborhood in
the middle of the city. It blew up by the US armored column,
destroying one armored vehicle and killing three US troops and
wounding two more.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance roadside bomb kills two US troops in ad-Dulu'iyah Sunday
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded by a US patrol on a side
road in the town of ad-Dulu'iyah at 3pm Sunday afternoon, local time.
The blast destroyed one Humvee and killed two US troops and wounded
two more, Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the local puppet
police as saying.
US arrests Tikrit woman claiming she prepared car bombs for
Resistance. Tribes threaten retaliation against Americans for holding her.
US forces on Saturday arrested an Iraqi woman who lives in Tikrit
along with three of her brothers from their home in the al-Arba'in
neighborhood in the city. A correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam
reported witnesses as saying that US troops brought more than 10
armored vehicles into the neighborhood and closed the road on which
the woman, who is 40 years of age, lives with her three younger brothers.
The Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that on
Sunday the Americans acknowledged the arrest, justifying it by saying
that she is accused of preparing booby-trapped cars along with her
brothers in their house and providing them to martyrdom fighters so
that they can carry out operations against the US occupation troops.
Relatives and neighbors of the woman denied the American claims
categorically in an interview with the Mafkarat al-Islam
correspondent. The Iraqi tribes in Tikrit, for their part warned that
"a real disaster" as they put it will befall the occupation forces,
meaning that they will join the Resistance, if the Americans continue
to hold the woman.
Resistance blasts US al-Ghazlani base late Sunday morning.
In a bulletin posted at 11:05am Mecca time Sunday morning, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that at that moment the Iraqi Resistance was
pounding the US al-Ghazlani base - the largest American base in
northern Iraq - with mortar shells and Katyusha rockets.
The correspondent in Mosul reported that sirens could be heard wailing
inside the base as he wrote his report, and that at that moment more
than 20 rockets and shells had blasted into the American facility, all
of them striking within the base. At the time of writing it was
impossible to determine the extent of US losses or even to contact any
puppet officials in relation to the on-going bombardment.
Resistance roadside bomb kills three US troops in Mosul Sunday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a joint US-Iraqi puppet force
patrol in the city of Mosul on Sunday afternoon. A source in the Iraqi
puppet forces told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city
that the bomb was planted by the side of the main road in the
al-Hudaba' neighborhood in the middle of the city and that it blew up
as the joint patrol was passing at 3pm local time Sunday afternoon.
The blast destroyed one US Humvee and set a puppet force pickup
ablaze. Three US troops were killed and three more of them wounded.
One Iraqi puppet soldier also died in the attack.
Resistance martyrdom car bomber blasts funeral of traitor collaborator.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in the northern Iraqi city of
Tall 'Afar on Sunday killing at least 25 persons and wounding 50 more
attending the funeral of a Kurdish collaborator executed by the Iraqi
Resistance on Saturday.
A spokesman for the Kurdish chauvinist collaborationist so-called
Kurdistan Democratic Party said that the blast targeted the funeral of
a Kurdish collaborator official in northern Iraq, according to a BBC
report. The collaborator spokesman said that a Resistance martyrdom
fighter drove into the crowd attending the funeral of the Kurdish
collaborator who was liquidated on Saturday in a Resistance attack.
The collaborator spokesman said that US forces and Iraqi puppet forces
together with ambulances raced to the scene of Sunday's car bombing to
haul out bodies and help the wounded. He said, however, that
Resistance fighters had closed the road and that gunfire broke out in
a battle with Resistance fighters.
Sunnis of al-Basrah denounce arrests of community members.
The Sunnis of al-Basrah issued a statement on Sunday denouncing the
arrest of 46 members of their community by puppet authorities. Most of
those arrested were from the Abu al-Khasib area of the southern Iraqi
Iraqi puppet so-called "national guards" and puppet police arrested
Shaykh Kamal Faysal as-Salim, the first supervisor of education in
al-Basrah Province and a member of the Board of Muslim "Ulama"
Scholars, the highest Sunni religious authority in Iraq, at 12
midnight Saturday-Sunday night, in one of the latest such arrests of
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