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|04/08/04||Resistance battles American aggressors, puppet police in Mosul|
The correspondent of al-Jazeera satellite TV in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul,400 km north of Baghdad, reported around noon on Wednesday that fighting was going on in the city between the Resistance and Iraqi puppet police in the neighborhoods of an-Najjar and al-Ghazlani in the southwest of the city and that the sound of explosions could be heard coming from those areas.
Nighttime reports from al-Jazeera said that 12 Iraqis were killed in the fighting and 38 others wounded. Dr. Wa'il Shith of Medical City Hospital in Mosul said that his facility had received 12 dead bodies and 26 wounded persons, most of them civilians wounded as a result of the fighting taking place in the city.
Dr. ëAbd ar-Rahman al-ëAbidi of Mosul General Hospital said that his institution had received 12 injured persons, and described their wounds as ranging from moderate to serious.
Iraqi puppet police closed five bridges over the Tigris River that divide the city into two parts, preventing all traffic – pedestrians as well as vehicles – from crossing. Some 50 explosions of mortar shells and rocket-propelled grenades were heard as well as the sound of machine gun fire from the right bank of the river, in the southwestern part of town.
Puppet police officer Wa'il Ismaëil Ahmad reported that the Resistance demanded that shopkeepers close their stores so that they would not be hurt in the fighting. He said that another group of Resistance fighters drove around in a car distributing weapons to the populace and urged them to fight the Americans. He said that the Resistance fighters sent the puppet police a message saying that they would not attack the puppet police if the police remained neutral. 'They told us,' officer Ahmad said, 'that they only wanted to fight the American soldiers.'
Al-Jazeera reported that the fighting began near the al-Karamah puppet police station on the left bank of the Tigris in Mosul, then expanded to the neighborhoods of al-Ghazlani, an-Nabi Shith, ash-Shaykh Fathi, an-Najjar, and the areas of al-Yarmuk, Wadi Hajar, and New Mosul.
The fighting was preceded by the explosion of a bomb that was tossed on an American patrol made up of four armored vehicles. The blast crippled one of the vehicles and wounded a number of US troops.
Iraqi Resistance launches series of attacks on US troops in Baghdad.
The Iraqi Resistance struck a series of powerful blows against US aggressor troops in Baghdad on Wednesday, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
An explosion shook the western Baghdad district of al-ëAmiriyah at about3 :00pm local time on Wednesday afternoon. The blast struck the local military flying club compound, an area that the US occupation troops and their Iraqi stooge forces have turned into one of their centers.
Eyewitnesses reported that the Resistance attacked an American aggressor column with rockets and light arms on the expressway leading to the al-ëAdl neighborhood in al-ëAmiriyah. That incident occurred at10 : 05 Tuesday night, local time. The witnesses say the attack resulted in no casualties.
A powerful explosion shook the building that formerly served as the headquarters of the Iraqi Intelligence Service but now is a center occupied by the US military in the central Baghdad district of al-Aëzamiyah at 5:15pm Wednesday.
Puppet police chief of al-Yarmuk in Baghdad assassinated by Resistance bomb.
A correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported on Wednesday afternoon that a top commander in the Iraqi puppet police had been killed Wednesday morning. The puppet police chief of the al-Yarmuk area of Baghdad was killed when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as his car was passing along a road in the al-Jihad neighborhood of the occupied Iraqi capital. The correspondent reported eyewitnesses as saying that the puppet police chief was killed instantly at the scene of the bombing.
Resistance fires mortars at US headquarters in Baghdad early Wednesday morning.
Baghdad awoke on Wednesday to a series of explosions that, according to Reuters, were centered around the so-called 'green zone' where the US occupation and its puppet 'Iraqi interim government' have their headquarters in the Republican Palace.
According to the Iraqi puppet police, the Resistance fired two mortar shells at the area of the 'green zone' causing the explosions that shook the city. The US propaganda spokesman said that one of the blasts occurred at about7 :00am local time.
Governor or al-Anbar city resigns after Resistance frees his sons.
The governor of al-Anbar City, 110 km west of Bagdhdad, tendered his resignation on Wednesday after three of his sons were released. The three had been kidnapped several days previous by an Iraqi Resistance organization.
On Wednesday, 28 July 2004, Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked the home of the al-Anbar governor in al-Anbar city and kidnapped three of his sons. Iraqi puppet police sources reported that the kidnappers got through all the security obstacles and captured the sons of ëAbd al-Karim ar-Rawi.
The sources noted that the Resistance also set fire to and destroyed the governor's house after capturing the sons,
Muqtada as-Sadr followers take 18 puppet police hostage in an-Najaf.
In response to the arrest of the head of Shiëi Religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr's office in Karbala', Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen on Tuesday took 18 officers in the puppet police capitve in an-Najaf. The American Associated Press (AP) quoted an official in the puppet police in an-Najaf as saying that the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Muqtada as-Sadr, had taken 18 puppet policemen and two police cars hotstage. He added 'they are waiting for instructions from [as-Sadr's leadership in] Baghdad as to whether they should fight or negotiate.'
The AP quoted as-Sadr's spokesman Ahmad ash-Shaybani as saying that the puppet police had recently been waging campaigns of raids and searches to arrest leaders of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia. He indicated that the situation was growing explosive and called on the puppet police to cooperate with the Jaysh al-Mahdi and release its prisoners, without mentioning the 18 captives now in the hands of the Jaysh al-Mahdi.
Earlier, US forces backed by armored vehicles completely surrounded Muqtada as-Sadr's house in the eastern part of an-Najaf. News agencies have reported armed clashes between supporters of Muqtada as-Sadr and US troops in the city. (See Iraqi Resistance Report, 31 July 2004, 'Head of Muqtada as-Sadr office in Karbala' arrested in US raid.')
US arrests police official, raid police station in ar-Ramadi.
US invader troops arrested an officer in the American-sponsored Iraqi police in the city of ar-Ramadi. An officer in the force said that in the early hours of Wednesday, US forces arrested Lieutenant Colonel ëImad Sulayman Falih, one of the ar-Ramadi police officials.
The Saudi News Agency WAS reported the officer as saying that Lieutenant Colonel Falih was arrested at his home in the center of the city, but he gave no further details.
Meanwhile an officer in the police in ar-Ramadi reported that early on Wednesday American occupation troops also encircled the al-Faruq police station and launched a search of the facility that lasted for more than an hour, looking for 'heavy weapons.' The officer added that the American troops made all the police officers who happened to be in the station at the time stay in one of the rooms in the building during their search.
US troops have long regarded their own puppet police forces in the areas west of Baghdad as largely sympathetic with the Iraqi Resistance, particularly since the US siege of al-Fallujah in the spring, where policemen joined the Resistance in battling US troops.
Two Turkish hostages freed after company agrees to stop supplying US occupation.
The Group of Monotheism and Jihad, said to be led by Abu Musëab az-Zarqawi, has announced the release of two Turkish truck drivers it had been holding hostage, after the Turkish company for which they work pledged not to ship supplies to US occupation forces in Iraq. The statement came in a video from the group aired on al-Jazeera satellite TV.
Iranians arrested in Karbala' for involvement in assassinations, bombings in Iraq.
Sources in the puppet police in the city of Karbala' reported on Wednesday that four Iranian citizens have been arrested on charges of carrying out assassinations and bombings in Iraq. Rahman Mashawi, spokesman for the puppet police, said, 'the four Iranians were arrested in the course of a broad operation undertaken by the city [puppet] police to track down undocumented aliens who have entered the country illegally.'
Agence France Presse (AFP) quoted Mashawi as saying, 'under interrogation the Iranians confessed to being involved in planning and carrying out terrorist activities in Iraq. They confessed to belonging to foreign organizations that carry out assassinations, murders, and bombings in Iraqi cities.'
Recently the US-appointed so-called 'Iraqi minister of defense' has accused Iran of interfering in Iraq's internal affairs and said he considered Iran to be Iraq's No. 1 enemy.
President of Court trying Saddam Hussein charged with involvement in murder.
Informed Iraqi sources have told Quds Press that Salim Chelebi, the president of the kangaroo court 'trying' Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and nephew of US CIA agent and convicted embezzler Ahmad Chelebi, is suspected of being involved in the murder of a highly placed employee in the puppet 'finance ministry' in the so-called 'interim government.' The sources say that Salim Chelebi threatened Haytham Fadil, a director in the 'finance ministry' in charge of preparing a report on the Iraqi government's finances, including those seized by the so-called 'Iraqi National Congress' – the collaborationist front led by Salim's uncle Ahmad Chelebi.
The sources say that Salim Chelebi threatened Haytham Fadil after another 'finance ministry' employee leaked information about Fadil's report to Salim Chelebi. Angry at what he had heard, Chelebi threatened Fadil, who, in turn, told his wife of the threat from Salim Chelebi. He also photocopied the report that he had prepared and put it in a safe place. It was also presented to the president of the criminal court in Baghdad.
On 28 May 2004, Fadil was murdered. Since that time the murderer has not been found.
Ahmad Chelebi's 'Iraqi National Congress' seized a large number of Iraqi government buildings after the US occupation. It also took over many large factories and presses, formerly run by the Baath Party newspaper ath-Thawrah.