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|18/08/04||Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 16 August 2004 through Wednesday, 18 August 2004|
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice
Monday, 16 August 2004.
Resistance shoots down helicopter south of al-Fallujah.
Iraqi Resistance forces shot down a US Apache helicopter Monday afternoon south of the city of al-Fallujah according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. The reporter wrote that at about 4:00pm Monday as the helicopter was flying over the region located between the area south of al-Jubayl neighborhood in al-Fallujah and the north of al-‘Amiriyah, the chopper passed over a clump of date palms. The Resistance used the opportunity to fire a C4K rocket at the helicopter, bringing it down instantly.
Eyewitnesses resident in the area reported that the helicopter had been shot down and that two persons who had been aboard were killed. Afterward an American Chinook helicopter arrived that carried off the wreckage of the Apache at sunset.
On Sunday 15 August, al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that the Resistance had shot down another Apache helicopter in the same area.
Five US troops killed in Resistance bombing in al-Karmah.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded on a road in the city of al-Karmah, destroying one US Humvee and killing all five American troops aboard.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the blast occurred at 2:30pm Monday afternoon on an earthen road near the ath-Tharthar inlet of the Tigris River. The Resistance planted the bomb along the road and as the Humvee was passing, the bomb went off directly under the vehicle, tossing it into the river where it sank in deep water, killing all aboard.
US divers later recovered the bodies of the dead soldiers from the river at about 3:30pm, all came out of the water dead.
Another Resistance bomb destroys US Humvee in al-Karmah Monday evening.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Humvee in the city of al-Karmah according to another report posted at 11:30pm Monday by the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. The correspondent wrote that the bomb struck the vehicle directly but that the extent of casualties as a result of the blast was not clear, because US troops sealed off the area shortly after the incident. The Humvee had been a part of an American military column.
Resistance attack in al-Basrah leaves nine British troops dead.
Iraqi Resistance forces killed nine British soldiers and wounded five others in a concentrated attack with mortars and rocket-propelled grenades on a British military emplacement in the as-Sa‘i neighborhood in the southern city of al-Basrah.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the attack took place at about 4:30am Mecca time and left several Humvees destroyed and burning.
The attack appeared to have been carefully and well planned to coincide with the presence of the vehicles full of British occupation troops preparing to move out on patrols of the city. The local Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent was told by an Iraqi puppet security source that the British military had acknowledged that there were indeed no fewer than nine dead and five wounded in that particular Resistance attack.
More attacks on British troops in al-Basrah reported.
British troops have come under various types of attack, including mortar bombardments and rocket attacks as well. The al-Basrah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance attacked a British patrol on al-Jaza’ir street in the city, and that another Resistance attack struck British forces near the al-Khurah meeting place near the Educational Hospital.
The large concentrations of puppet police and British troops in those areas made an accurate account of British casualties impossible, however.
The Resistance launched a large-scale attack on az-Zubayr Street on a British patrol, leaving heavy losses in materiel and men. Two Humvees were destroyed in the ambush.
Eyewitnesses reported that they saw fire blazing at the scene of the attack which showed clear signs of a violent ambush.
Resistance blows up British helicopter parked in al-Basrah.
A detachment of Iraqi Resistance fighters destroyed a British helicopter that was parked at a location on the edge of the Shatt al-‘Arab waterway in al-Basrah from which it would observe movements of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that in the attack, which took place at about 3:15am Monday morning Mecca time, the Resistance fired four RPG7 rocket-propelled grenades at the helicopter, destroying it.
Resistance kills head of US-formed “national guard” troops in Samarra’.
A spokesman for the Iraqi puppet police announced that the Iraqi Resistance had killed Captain Ihsan as-Saji, the commander of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” in the city of Samarra’ on Monday.
Reuters quoted puppet police Captain Mahmud Khalaf as saying that four of Captain Ihsan as-Saji’s body guards were also killed in the Resistance attack.
The city of Samarra’ has been the target of US bombardment in recent days. On Monday the US renewed its air raids on the city, wounding nine Iraqis, according to hospital sources.
US cordons off headquarters of Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ in Baghdad.
US aggressor troops on Monday imposed a tight blockade around the Umm al-Qura Mosque in occupied Baghdad, the headquarters of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ organization. American troops prevented anyone from leaving or entering the building. At least five US military vehicles were parked around the building.
Ahmad ‘Abd al-Ghafur as-Samarra’i, a member of the Board told the Qatari news agency that the US troops told the Mosque guard that they have orders to close off and search the mosque on the pretext of their having come under armed attack from the area where the mosque is located. as-Samarra’i expressed that the move is ill-intentioned and that it comes as an attempt to harm the mosque headquarters of the ‘Ulama’ board.
Heavy nighttime fighting rages in Hayfa street area of Baghdad.
In a report posted at 12:24am Tuesday, 17 August Mecca time, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the fighting between US forces and the Iraqi Resistance on Hayfa Street in Baghdad that began after the night-time prayers was still continuing as he wrote. The correspondent reported that the US forces had brought about 40 tanks and 200 men to the long thoroughfare, and the Iraqi Resistance from various locations had begun shelling the Americans with mortars. There was no information on the extent of US losses available to the correspondent at that time. But explosions of mortar shells and other sounds of gunfire continued at the time of writing.
On Sunday the same street had been the scene of heavy fighting that left dozens of occupation troops and Resistance fighters dead in battles that raged near the bridge leading to Bab al-Mu‘azzam. Seven Nissan vehicles belonging to the Iraqi puppet police were burned and more than 50 Iraqi puppet troops killed, as were more than 10 Americans. A US armored vehicle and a Humvee were set ablaze in the Sunday fighting as well.
The area of Hayfa street is under intense US pressure because of the curfew imposed there and in some other areas of the Iraqi capital. In the Hayfa street area and the area known as ash-Shaykh Ma‘ruf the curfew lasts for 20 hours per day.
Early morning blasts shake Baghdad.
A series of explosions shook Baghdad early Monday morning. Reuters reported that the blasts did not appear to come from the area of the US-sponsored “Iraqi congress.”
US takes losses in heavy battle with Jaysh al-Mahdi in Madinat as-Sadr area of Baghdad Monday afternoon.
Heavy fighting between the Jaysh al-Mahdi and US aggressor troops raged on Monday from afternoon until just before sunset in the so-called Madinat as-Sadr area of Baghdad. The battle left one tank and five US Humvees destroyed and one other tank knocked out of commission.
The fighting was so intense and the US troops, as usual, pulled out their casualties so quickly that the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam was unable to ascertain the extent of US losses. The five Humvees and one tank all sustained direct hits, however, which resulted in their total destruction.
US military admits three American troops killed in an-Najaf battles.
A spokesman for the US military in Iraq admitted on Monday morning that thee American Marines had been killed in the Iraqi city of an-Najaf on Sunday in fighting with the Jaysh al-Mahdi. An earlier announcement carried by the American Associated Press referred to the US admitting the death of two soldiers in an-Najaf.
Three powerful blasts strike US installations north of Baghdad Monday night.
The town of at-Tarimiyah, north of Baghdad, was shaken by three powerful explosions Monday night that targeted US posts in the city. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at 9:00pm Monday night the three loud blasts struck US military positions setting fires in the positions and prompting US helicopters to gather in large numbers to hover over the area.
In his report posted at 11:35pm Mecca time, the correspondent wrote that the fires were still blazing but that the extent of US casualties was unknown.
Resistance pounds four US bases in at-Taji with powerful Grad rockets.
In one of the largest Resistance attacks on a US occupation in Iraq, the Resistance struck four US bases in at-Taji with 10 powerful Grad rockets after sunset on Monday, inflicting heavy damage on the bases. Fires blazed inside and were still burning when the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam filed his report at 10:00pm Mecca time.
The correspondent wrote that four giant Chinook transport helicopters were observed transporting the dead and wounded out of the bases, an operation that was still underway as the correspondent filed his report hours later in a sure indication of the extent of the losses inflicted by the attack.
The four at-Taji bases serve as support bases for the major US installation at Saddam International Airport.
Resistance attacks US column, makes off with four American supply trucks, kills at least six US troops north of Baghdad Monday night.
In an unusual operation Iraqi Resistance forces destroyed one US supply truck laden with provisions for the American troops and drove away four other trucks loaded with food supplies intended for US troops.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at 10:15pm Monday evening, the Resistance attacked a column of US troops that was passing along the at-Taji road, north of the city, at the at-Tarimiyah crossroads northeast of at-Taji. The five-truck US column was loaded with food and provisions for American troops. Five or six Humvees accompanied the truck convoy, one at the head of the column and five at the rear.
As the column passed by, the Resistance opened up with rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and the five Humvees at the rear of the column immediately fled, leaving the lead Humvee and the five trucks to the Resistance. Eyewitnesses reported that two of the five truck drivers were killed – all US military personnel. The Humvee was set ablaze and four soldiers who were aboard it were killed as the vehicle was completely destroyed. The fire spread from the Humvee to the first truck in the convoy, but the Resistance took the four remaining trucks as war booty, driving them to an unknown destination.
Jaysh al-Mahdi sets oil well alight near al-‘Amarah.
A spokesman for the Iraqi puppet regime said on Monday that the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia had set fire to an oil well in the south of Iraq. The spokesaman told Reuters that the well that was targeted by the attack lies in an oil field near the city of al-‘Amarah. The announcement sent the price of Brent Crude oil to its highest level in the international markets: $44.10 per barrel.
Muqtada as-Sadr agrees to meet representative of US-sponsored “Iraqi congress.”
A member of the US-sponsored “Iraqi congress” announced on Monday that Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr had agreed to meet a delegation from the “congress” to discuss the initiative proposed by the meeting for ending the crisis in an-Najaf.
The “congress” had called on as-Sadr to turn the Jaysh al-Mahdi into a political party and to leave the area without any show of weapons, handing it over to the US-installed puppet “Iraqi government.”
Tuesday, 17 August 2004.
Six US troops killed on the outskirts of Baghdad Tuesday morning.
At least six US troops were killed on Tuesday morning in the al-Yusufiyah area on the outskirts of Baghdad, when Iraqi Resistance bombs went off under two Humvees. A source in the Iraqi puppet police told the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast, which occurred at 9:00am Tuesday killed at least six US soldiers and wounded four others who were aboard the two vehicles.
US air raid targets civilians at southern end of al-Fallujah Tuesday afternoon.
US aircraft carried out a raid on several civilian houses in the al-Jubayl area located at the southern extremity of the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood of al-Fallujah in the late afternoon Tuesday. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the American bombing was done in an indiscriminate manner and lasted for 10 minutes. The American air raid inflicted material damage but the extent of human casualties was unclear when the correspondent filed his report at 8:15pm Mecca time Tuesday.
Resistance rockets a house near as-Saqlawiyah as a spy and his American operators hold a meeting.
According to a report by the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, at noon on Tuesday a known agent of the US aggressors held a meeting with his American superiors at a farm in the Abu Sudayrah rural area in the region of as-Saqlawiyah in order to give them information on the activities of the resistance in the area. But the Resistance itself was observing the developments and fired three rockets at the house while the meeting was in session, striking the building directly and setting it ablaze.
The correspondent writes that it is the habit of the agents of the occupation to hold their meetings in places such as these houses in the middle of farming areas, far from the eyes of the people. But, in this case, it was not far enough for the Americans and their agents.
At least seven US troops were killed and one Humvee blown up and destroyed when it Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under them in as-Saqlawiyah. According to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, as a US patrol was passing the area at about 10:00am Tuesday, a series of Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded by the column which was a mix of Humvees and soldiers on foot. Seven US troops were killed and one Humvee destroyed in the attack.
Resistance mounts series of strikes at US “green zone” headquarters in Baghdad Tuesday.
Iraqi Resistance forces carried out a series of attacks on the US aggressor headquarters in the occupied Republican Palace in Baghdad – which they have dubbed the “green zone.” According to a report by a correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, the Resistance attacked the “green zone” with Katyusha rockets and mortars at 11:00am Tuesday morning in an attempt to further complicate the US-sponsored meeting of the so-called “Iraqi congress” being held under tight security in the area. The correspondent writes that the attendance at the congress was notably smaller than on the previous day, with more than half the hall empty, as even US-sponsored guests fail to attend out of fear of Resistance attacks or a reluctance to serve as obvious stooges of the US occupation.
Resistance battles US troops in Samarra’ Tuesday.
Close and heavy combat raged in the city of Samarra’ north of Baghdad on Tuesday between US aggressor troops and the Iraqi Resistance. The fighting lasted at least 20 minutes and inflicted heavy losses on the US materiel according to eyewitnesses who spoke to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
The correspondent notes that the American aggressors have intensified their pressure on the city of Samarra’ to try to force the Resistance fighters in the city to leave. The US offensive follows a series of powerful and painful Resistance attacks on US invader troops in the city.
On Monday US aggressor troops circulated a threat to increase pressure on the city residents if they did not expel the Resistance fighters from the city.
Resistance attacks Italian patrol with mortars in an-Nasiriyah.
Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushed an Italian invader patrol in an-Nasiriyah early Tuesday morning. According to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, the Iraqi Resistance fighters fired three mortar shells at the main public road in the ash-Shumukh neighborhood of the city. Intermittent clashes continued in the area between the Resistance and Italian aggressors.
The Jaysh al-Mahdi also clashed with occupation troops on az-Zaytun street near an aggressor command post.
Resistance land mine destroys Italian aggressor Jeep, wounding five Italian troops near an-Nasiriyah.
At 4:00am Tuesday morning a powerful Iraqi Resistance land mine exploded under an Italian aggressor patrol moving along the road to the Imam ‘Ali base southwest of the city of an-Nasiriyah, according to a report by the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
The correspondent reported that one Jeep in the patrol was totally destroyed in the blast, and five Italian invaders who were in the patrol were wounded or possibly killed, though their exact fate is unclear.
The correspondent reported that a witness observed two other Jeeps in the Italian patrol carried away the casualties.
Large explosion shakes downtown Baghdad.
A massive explosion shook Baghdad on Tuesday morning. Reuters reported eyewitnesses as saying that the blast rocked a commercial street in the center of the city leaving numerous dead and wounded. Medical sources reported at least 7 dead and 42 wounded. Iraqi puppet police announced that a rocket landed in a crowded market, causing the blast.
Intense fighting rages Tuesday afternoon in Wadi as-Salam Cemetery in an-Najaf.
The Wadi as-Salam Cemetery in an-Najaf was the scene of extremely fierce fighting on Tuesday between US aggressor troops and members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia. Battle raged from 3:00pm to 6:00pm in the cemetery area. US aircraft heavily pounded the cemetery and the surrounding area with concentrated fire of bombs and rockets, leaving numerous local civilians dead and wounding others in varying degrees.
According to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, a Reuters correspondent is among the wounded, as he was struck by flying shrapnel.
Jaysh al-Mahdi seize al-Hillah Prison from Poles, free 600 Resistance fighter prisoners.
Jaysh al-Mahdi forces in al-Hillah set free 600 Resistance fighters from the al-Hillah Prison on Tuesday, a facility in run by the Polish aggressor forces, and the second largest prison in Iraq after Abu Ghurayb.
According to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, the Jaysh al-Mahdi attacked the prison and took 20 Poles prisoner. At the time the correspondent’s report was posted – 12:00midnight Tuesday-Wednesday, the fate of the 20 Poles remained unknown, but some sources spoke of negotiations under way to secure their release.
Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen attacked a detachment of US-backed so-called “Iraqi national guardsmen” – the so-called “Scorpion” detachment and took their commander, a captain, prisoner, along with a number of his officers. Jaysh al-Mahdi also took possession of all their supplies and equipment.
On Friday a Polish spokesman had admitted that hundreds of Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen had surrounded a group of 20 Polish troops in al-Hillah.
Jaysh al-Mahdi mines explode killing or wounding Polish aggressors on Monday near Karbala’.
A convoy of Polish aggressor troop cars struck an Iraqi Resistance mine near Karbala’ on Monday, the third attack on Polish invaders in 24 hours. The explosion inflicted casualtines among the Polish troops, according to the Spanish Europa Press. The Resistance had fired on Polish aggressor troops twice on Sunday.
The same source reported that Polish aggressor troops and Iraqi stooge police arrested on Sunday eight persons in the Karbala’ area on suspicion that they were planning attacks on the occupation forces. They claim to have found quantities of explosives and weapons at the time of the arrest together with leaflets issued by the Jaysh al-Mahdi.
Jaysh al-Mahdi believed to have captured Iraqi puppet “intelligence officer” Usamah ‘Abd al-Jabbar.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that armed men believed to belong to the Jaysh al-ahdi militia loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, kidnapped an officer in the US-installed “Iraq intelligence agency” by the name of Usamah ‘Abd al-Jabbar. It is believed that his capture came in response to the US assault underway against an-Najaf.
A video was broadcast on Monday showing masked men calling themselves the Squadrons Defending Holy Places with a captive. Although the tape was unaccompanied by sound, al-Jazeera reported that the captive was an officer who was captured in reply to the assault on an-Najaf.
British claim one soldier killed in al-Basrah battles with Jaysh al-Mahdi.
A spokesman for the British Defence Ministry reported Tuesday that one British soldier was killed as British troops fought battles in al-Basrah with the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.
Speaking earlier, according to the BBC, British aggressor spokesman Major Ian Clooney in al-Basrah said that the militia attacked as night fell Tuesday.
The BBC reported that the latest fighting follows the roadside bombing of three British “civilian” vehicles in al-Basrah. A UK forces spokesman confirmed three vehicles were damaged and said there were no reports of injuries.
British lost three men in al-Basrah, Mafkarat al-Islam reports.
According to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, at least three British soldiers were killed in battles in the city of al-Basrah that raged at noon Tuesday between the British and Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen.
Two British intelligence service vehicles were destroyed and one Jeep set ablaze. All those aboard – a total of three persons – were killed according to eyewitnesses who spoke to the correspondent.
One civilian and six others were killed and three civilian vehicles were destroyed in the course of the battle, he reported. British forces acknowledged that battles took place but admitted only one soldier killed and three “British civilian vehicles” – i.e., vehicles used by British mercenaries or spies were destroyed. Mafkarat al-Islam noted that the British sources were failing to provide information on the drivers of the so-called “British civilian” vehicles, only saying that they belonged to a “foreign company,” an indication in itself, Mafkarat al-Islam maintained, that they were intelligence operatives.
Wednesday, 18 August 2004.
Resistance scores direct hits on US snipers in building in ar-Ramadi after sunset Wednesday.
The Iraqi Resistance fired four rockets at the building housing the al-Anbar Agriculture Department in ar-Ramadi after sunset on Wednesday, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. The rockets scored direct hits on the building but the extent of casualties among the US forces who occupy the building was unavailable.
US forces have stationed snipers on the fifth floor of the five-story building. A group of reconnaissance and surveillance troops are also located in the building from where the invader troops cover access to the US base in the nearby Republican Palace in ar-Ramadi.
Resistance pounds US base in as-Saqlawiyah with heavy rockets.
Powerful Grad rockets slammed into the US base located in the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood of as-Saqlawiyah in an Iraqi Resistance attack carried out on Wednesday, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. In a report posted at 11:25pm Mecca time, the correspondent wrote that the extent of US losses in men and materiel was as yet unknown.
Muqtada as-Sadr reportedly agrees to leave Imam ‘Ali mosque in an-Najaf and lay down arms.
Sources close to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr have announced that he has agreed to demands of the US-appointed puppet regime in Baghdad to lay down arms and leave the Mosque of the Imam ‘Ali in an-Najaf. He has also reportedly agreed to dissolve the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in favor of leading the struggle on the political level.
Shaykh Mahmud as-Sudani, a spokesman for as-Sadr, told Reuters on Wednesday that as-Sadr had agreed to leave the Mosque. He could not confirm however that the Shi‘i religious leader had in fact sent a message to the US-sponsored so-called “Iraqi congress” to this effect.
Earlier a representative in the US-sponsored body had claimed that Muqtada as-Sadr had agreed to end the uprising in an-Najaf and a letter was read purporting to be from the Shi‘i leader in which he said he agreed to the conditions laid down by the US-sponsored body, including departure from the Mosque of ‘Ali in an-Najaf.
Resistance rockets US East at-Taji base Wednesday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked the US East at-Taji base with rockets on Wednesday morning according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. Eyewitnesses recounted to the correspondent how black smoke rose over the base, indicating that the rockets had struck US materiel directly.
Resistance kills 15 Americans, destroys six tank trucks in convoy near at-Taji.
The Iraqi Resistance attacked a convoy of tank trucks bringing fuel to the US occupation forces at four bases in the area of at-Taji at noon on Wednesday. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the convoy was made up of 12 tankers and six Humvees – two at the front of the column, and four following in the rear. As the convoy approached the Resistance fighters’ hiding place, they ambushed it, firing C5K rockets at the vehicles, blowing up six of the tank trucks and killing six drivers.
The Humvees that were bringing up the rear of the column fled, speeding away and leaving the two Humvees at the van easy prey to the Resistance men. The vehicles were totally destroyed.
A source in the puppet security forces in at-Taji told the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent that nine US soldiers were killed in the two Humvees. A tenth American soldier was listed as missing, according to the source, but the US side did not know whether he had been captured by the Resistance or simply taken off and killed away from the main scene of the battle.
Resistance wounds American, Poles in mortar barrage on Polish base in Babil.
A spokesman for the General Staff of the Polish aggressor army stated on Wednesday that at least six mortar shells crashed into the Polish invader military base in Babil, central Iraq. He claimed, however, that no one was killed in the Resistance attack, but that two Polish aggressor troops were slightly wounded, one in the forearm and the other in his leg.
Private TVN24 reported that one American aggressor was also wounded slightly in the same Resistance mortar barrage. The television broadcast scenes of a man wounded in the leg being taken to hospital. The station reported that “the largest mortar attack targeting the Polish base in Babil had taken place, lasting more than 10 minutes during which 10 or 12 mortar shells were fired.
Agence France Presse (AFP) quoted the Polish spokesman as saying that the Polish aggressors replied to the Resistance mortar barrage quickly. Attacks on Polish invader troops have increased in recent days.
Collaborationist tribal leader liquidated by Iraqi Resistance near Abu Ghurayb.
The Shaykh of the al-Bu‘Amir tribes in the Abu Ghurayb area was assassinated Wednesday morning by the Iraqi Resistance. According to a report carried by Quds Press, witnesses reported that Fadil ash-Shibli was killed when Resistance fighters ambushed him, firing five bullets into his head.
Residents of the area told Quds Press that Shaykh ash-Shibli had received death threats because of his relations with the US occupation, telling him that he would be assassinated if he did not break off his relations with the US occupation. Ash-Shibli, they said, had played a major role in informing on the Resistance fighters and had far ranging relations with the occupation forces. The local people believed that it was ash-Shibli’s activity in this regard that caused his killing.
US, Britain each admit one of their aggressor troops killed.
US aggressor forces admitted early Wednesday that one Marine invader was killed in combat “in al-Anbar Province.” They provided no further details.
The British Ministry of War meanwhile announced that one British soldier had been killed in battles in al-Basrah between the Jaysh al-Mahdi and the British occupation.
Iraqi journalist working for German TV killed near al-Fallujah Tuesday.
The organization Journalists without Borders announced on Wednesday that an Iraqi journalist working with the German ZDF television company was killed on Tuesday. Mahmud Hamid ‘Abbas, 32, was killed in al-Fallujah Tuesday afternoon on the road between Baghdad and al-Fallujah. He was able to contact his company briefly just before his death, the organization reported