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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 2 April 2008. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.



Wednesday, 2 April 2008.



· US-recruited tribal “Awakening” police murder five men released from prison by by Americans in al-Hadithah area Wednesday.



· US attacks on locked-down Madinat as-Sadr district continue amid media blackout.



· Gunmen ambush peasants aboard bus near ad-Dulu‘iyah early Wednesday, four peasants killed, four people abducted.



· Top Iraqi regime military officials survive assassination attempt in al-Basrah Wednesday.



Al-Anbar Province.

Al-Qa’im.



US forces arrest 22 “Awakening” tribal policemen in al-Qa’im Wednesday.



In a dispatch posted at 4:15pm Baghdad time Wednesday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that US occupation forces in al-Qa’im had arrested 22 members of the “Awakening” tribal police – which was originally recruited by the US to help prop up the occupation regime.

Al-Hadithah.



“Awakening” police kill four men released by Americans from prison camps in al-Haqlaniyah.



In a dispatch posted at 5:15pm Baghdad time Wednesday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that US-recruited “Awakening” tribal policemen in al-Haqlaniyah, a suburb of al-Hadithah, 270km northwest of Baghdad, had killed four men recently released from prison camps by US forces, just hours after they arrived home.



Yaqen reported eyewitnesses in al-Haqlaniyah as saying that the “Awakening” tribal police raided the homes of the four released men in the ash-Shurtah neighborhood of al-Haqlaniyah at dawn on Wednesday. The “Awakening” tribesmen executed all four men in front of their family members.



Two of the victims were brothers and two were cousins. A fifth prisoner who was supposed to be released asked the Americans to let him stay in the prison camp because he had heard of the murders being carried out by the Americans’ tribal allies in his home area. After the murder and mutilation of a prisoner in al-Hadithah on Wednesday (see story below) the total number of released prisoners murdered by the “Awakening” police in the last eight weeks now stood at 13.





US-recruited tribal “Awakening” police kill another prisoner released by Americans in al-Hadithah.



In a dispatch posted at 1:45pm Baghdad time Wednesday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that members of the US-recruited tribal “Awakening” police in the city of al-Hadithah, 270km northwest of Baghdad kidnapped a man who had recently been released by the US occupation forces in the military district of the city. The “Awakening” tribal police killed the former prisoner, mutilated his body and dumped it in the road.



Yaqen reported eyewitnesses who live in al-Hadithah as saying the victim was named ‘Umar ‘Abd al-Jarad al-Ju‘ani and that he was abducted by the “Awakening” when he showed up at their police station, as was legally required, to register his presence. The terms of his “parole” also prohibited al-Ju‘ani from pursuing any work or from leaving al-Hadithah. He was told that if he should violate either ban, all the members of his family and the guarantor of his bond would all be arrested on charges of “terrorism.”



The witnesses said that the Americans had released al-Ju‘ani from their prison just 10 days before his murder. He had been a prisoner for one year.



Al-Ju‘ani’s murder was the ninth killing in al-Hadithah by the tribal “Awakening” police of a prisoner released by the Americans during the last eight weeks. Released prisoners are required to register on a regular basis with the “Awakening” police and therefore are required to expose themselves to the risk of being abducted and murdered. Accordingly, relatives of prisoners being held by the Americans have lately been appealing to the US occupation authorities not to release their loved ones.



Residents of al-Hadithah report that one of the officials in charge of the tribal “Awakening” contingents in al-Anbar Province – ‘Ali al-Hatim ‘Ali as-Sulayman – appeared on satellite television and publicly announced in no uncertain terms that the “Awakening” police would kill anyone released from captivity by the US forces and that they would furthermore confiscate their money.



Baghdad.



Murder spree continues: two more bodies found dumped in Baghdad streets Wednesday.



In a dispatch posted at 9:15pm Baghdad time Wednesday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that two more unidentified bodies were found dumped on the streets of Baghdad on Wednesday.



Gunmen kill three Iraqi Christian women in drive-by shooting in Baghdad Wednesday.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 7:54pm Wednesday evening Beijing time (2:54pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that armed men in an unmarked car opened fire on a car carrying three women in the ‘Arasat al-Hindiyah area of Baghdad’s south-central al-Jadiriyah district.



Xinhua reported a source in the government police as saying that the three women were killed on the spot and that the attackers fled the scene. The source said that the three women victims were Iraqi Christians. The police took their bodies to the Forensic Medicine morgue to be handed over to next of kin.



US attacks on locked-down Madinat as-Sadr district continue amid media blackout.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 7:38pm Wednesday evening Beijing time (2:38pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that American bombardment set fire to a residential apartment in the economically depressed Madinat as-Sadr district of eastern Baghdad.



Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi government police as saying that the authorities still have Madinat as-Sadr, a stronghold of the anti-occupation movement led by young Shi‘i cleric Muqtada as-Sadr, under lockdown with a curfew in force and no one allowed in or out. Accordingly no information was available on the nature or extent of casualties as a result of the on-going American attacks.



Mortar round wounds two in southern Baghdad as regime sources refuse comment on reports of US bombing in Madinat as-Sadr, in violation of cease fire.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 9:12am Wednesday morning Beijing time (4:12am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that mortar shells of unknown origin blasted into two houses in the az-Za‘faraniyah area of southern Baghdad, wounding two people and damaging the two houses.



Xinhua reported the source for that information as refusing to say anything regarding the situation in the Madinat as-Sadr section of eastern Baghdad. Madinat as-Sadr is a stronghold of support for anti-occupation Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr and has remained under government lockdown even though the curfew was lifted in most of the rest of the Iraqi capital. It was widely reported that US warplanes had blasted various places in Madinat as-Sadr, despite the cease-fire that ended the government offensive against the Sadr Movement as of Sunday, 30 March.



Mortar round wounds two in west Baghdad.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 7:38pm Wednesday evening Beijing time (2:38pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a mortar round of unknown origins landed near the railroad in the ad-Dawudi neighborhood of western Baghdad, wounding one Iraqi regime soldier and one civilian.



Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi government police as saying that both men were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.



Three civilians injured in bomb blast in northern Baghdad.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 7:38pm Wednesday evening Beijing time (2:38pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a patrol of the Iraqi government police in the al-Qahirah neighborhood of northern Baghdad.



Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi government police as saying that the blast wounded three civilians who happened to be in the area. One of the patrol vehicles was also damaged.



Three civilians killed in bomb attack in eastern Baghdad Wednesday.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 7:38pm Wednesday evening Beijing time (2:38pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a group of civilians on Square 83 in the at-Talibiyah area of eastern Baghdad on Wednesday.



In an update posted at 7:54pm Beijing time (2:54 in Baghdad), Xinhua reported that the blast had killed three people and wounded 14 more. One of the injured was a correspondent for the privately-owned and independent ad-Diyar satellite TV company, owned by the Iraqi media figure Faysal al-Yasiri, a former media official in the government of President Saddam Hussein.



Murder spree continues: two more torture, murder victims found dumped in Baghdad Tuesday.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 9:12am Wednesday morning Beijing time (4:12am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that Iraqi government police recovered two unidentified bodies in two neighborhoods of Baghdad on Tuesday.



Xinhua reported a source in the government police as saying that police patrols discovered two unidentified bodies, one in ar-Rusafah in eastern Baghdad, and the other in southwestern Baghdad’s al-Karakh area. Both had been tortured and shot.



Salah ad-Din Province.

Tikrit.



US troops kill 11 gunmen believed to belong to al-Qa‘idah west of Tikrit early Wednesday.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 8:24am Thursday morning Beijing time (3:24am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that US forces had killed 11 armed men, some of them non-Iraqi Arabs in a raid west of Tikrit.



Xinhua reported a colonel in the Salah ad-Din Province police who asked not to be identified as saying that a US force carried out a landing in the ‘Ayn al-Furs area, 50km west of Tikrit (which is 180km north of Baghdad) at dawn on Monday, after receiving a tip that there were Arab fighters from outside Iraq operating there.



The colonel said that the Americans fought a limited engagement in the area with men believed to belong to the al-Qa‘idah organization. Eleven of the gunmen were killed, seven of them Arabs from outside Iraq. The bodies of the dead were taken to the American Camp Speicher Forward Base, 15km north of Tikrit. The source said that one US soldier was also wounded in the clash.



The source said that a police detachment went to the scene of the attack later on Wednesday and found blood stains, two destroyed houses, mortar shells, bombs, explosive belts, medium and light weapons, ammunition and military gear in addition to four burned cars and two cars that were still able to run. The police detachment returned to its base in Tikrit at 9pm Wednesday.



Ad-Dulu‘iyah.



Gunmen ambush peasants aboard bus near ad-Dulu‘iyah early Wednesday, kill four, kidnap four.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 6:05pm Wednesday afternoon Beijing time (1:05pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that gunmen belonging to al-Qa‘idah attacked a minibus in which a group of peasants were riding east of the city of ad-Dulu‘iyah, 97km north of Baghdad, on Wednesday morning.



Xinhua reported Major ‘Ala’ al-Jabburi of the government police in the provincial capital of Tikrit as saying that gunmen belonging to al-Qa‘idah ambushed the bus coming from the village of Kubaybah, 10km east of ad-Dulu‘iyah, with eight peasants aboard. The gunmen attacked it from a farm field by the side of the main road in the area. After the bus stopped, the gunmen made the peasants get out of the vehicle at gunpoint and then and shot four of them, killing them on the spot and leaving their bodies by the road.



Al-Jabburi said that the gunmen then took the remaining four people who had been aboard the bus and the vehicle itself and drove off to the north in the direction of the border between the provinces of Salah ad-Din and at-Ta’mim.



Al-Jabburi said that following the murder/kidnapping, government police and local villagers launched raids that netted 20 “suspects.” Security forces imposed a security cordon around the area and began a search for the attackers as ambulances took the bodies of the victims to the Forensic Medicine morgue.



Two days earlier gunmen from al-Qa‘idah killed two government policemen in the nearby village of al-Mashru‘, also east of ad-Dulu‘iyah.



In a dispatch posted at 12:25pm Baghdad time midday Wednesday, the Yaqen News Agency reported a source in the ad-Dulu‘iyah police as saying that among those kidnapped from the bus were the Shaykh of the al-Jannabiyin tribe and his son.



Diyala Province.

Al-Mandali.



Bomb kills three regime security men near Iranian border.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 7:03pm Wednesday evening Beijing time (2:03am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a joint patrol of Iraqi regime troops and police in the Mandali area, a predominantly Kurdish and Shi‘i area near the Iranian border, 100km northeast of Baghdad.



Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior as saying that the blast killed three of the members of the patrol and wounded eight more of them, in addition to destroying two patrol vehicles.



Al-Miqdadiyah.



Bomb kills two Iraqi government policemen near al-Miqdadiyah.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 7:03pm Wednesday evening Beijing time (2:03am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a patrol of government police in the al-Wajihiyah area, near al-Miqdadiyah – which is 85km northeast of Baghdad.



Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior as saying that the blast destroyed a patrol vehicle and killed two of the men in the patrol and wounded three more of them.



Ba‘qubah.



Bombs targeted on houses leave woman dead, man wounded.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 7:03pm Wednesday evening Beijing time (2:03am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that three bombs exploded, one after the other, by three houses in the area of as-Sa‘diyah, 20km west of Ba‘qubah (which is 65km northeast of Baghdad).



Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior as saying that the explosions damaged three houses and left one woman dead and one man wounded.



Ninwa Province.

Al-Mawsil.



Armed men attack checkpoint east of al-Mawsil Tuesday afternoon.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 11:05am Wednesday morning Beijing time (6:05am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that armed men attacked a checkpoint manned by Iraqi government police in the an-Nabi Yunus area east of al-Mawsil, 420km northwest of Baghdad, on Tuesday afternoon.



Xinhua reported Brigadier General Khalid ‘Abd as-Sattar, spokesman for the Operations Command in Ninwa Province as saying that two of the armed attackers were killed and two of the policemen at the checkpoint were wounded in the gun battle. General ‘Abd as-Sattar said that the rest of the gunmen fled when they were met by intense gunfire from the police at the checkpoint.



Kidnapped brother of government official freed in al-Mawsil Tuesday.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 11:05am Wednesday morning Beijing time (6:05am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that Iraqi regime security forces freed the brother of Zuhayr al-Chelebi, the former Human Rights Minister in the American-backed Iraqi regime and current adviser to Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki.



Xinhua reported Operations Commander for Ninwa Province, Brigadier General Khalid ‘Abd as-Sattar, as saying that the security police learned that Tariq al-Chelebi was being held in a house in the Badush area to the west of al-Mawsil, 420km northwest of Baghdad. Al-Chelebi had been abducted by unknown armed men in the west al-Mawsil neighborhood of “17 Tammuz” two days earlier.



General ‘Abd as-Sattar said that the security forces raided the house where al-Chelebi was being held and set him free. The gunmen who had been holding him fled to an unknown destination before the security forces arrived on the scene.



Zuhayr al-Chelebi, whose brother was freed Tuesday, is the Director General of the Iraqi Council of Ministers and an adviser to Prime Minister al-Maliki. He is also charged with supervising the distribution of aid money paid out to families of victims of the violence that occurred recently in al-Mawsil.



At-Ta’mim Province.

Kirkuk.



Officer in police force shot dead in Kirkuk Wednesday evening.



In a dispatch posted at 9:35pm Baghdad time Wednesday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that armed men shot and killed an Iraqi police officer in Kirkuk, 250km north of Baghdad, on Wednesday evening.



Car bomb explodes in Kirkuk, no casualties reported.



In a dispatch posted at 5:44pm Baghdad time Wednesday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a car bomb exploded near the main market in Kirkuk on Wednesday afternoon.



Al-Huwayjah.



Belt bomber kills man in attack on “Awakening” police in al-Huwayjah.



In a dispatch posted at 11:25am Baghdad time Wednesday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a man wearing an explosive belt blew himself up by a commander of the US-recruited “Awakening” police in al-Huwayjah, 200km north of Baghdad on Wednesday.



Ninwa Province.

Al-Mawsil.



Car bomb explodes by Iraqi police patrol in al-Mawsil.



In a dispatch posted at 3:01pm Baghdad time Wednesday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a car bomb parked by the side of a road exploded when a patrol of Iraqi government police passed by in the al-Quds neighborhood of eastern al-Mawsil, 420km northwest of Baghdad on Wednesday.



Al-Ba‘aj.



Two policemen killed in armed attack in al-Ba‘aj.



In a dispatch posted at 7:50pm Baghdad time Wednesday evening, the Yaqen News Agency reported that armed men shot and killed three people on the main street in the town of al-Ba‘aj 130km west of al-Mawsil in northwestern Iraq Wednesday.



Al-Basrah Province.

Al-Basrah.



Top Iraqi regime military officials survive assassination attempt in al-Basrah Wednesday.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 8:14pm Wednesday night Beijing time (3:14pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by the motorcade of Staff Lieutenant General Mawhan al-Furayji, the Commander of Operations in al-Basrah; and Major General Muhammad al-‘Askari, the official spokesman for the Iraqi Defense Ministry. Both officials were carrying out inspections in the al-Qiblah area west of al-Basrah in southern Iraq when the attack occurred.



Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi government police as saying that neither of the generals was wounded in the attack.



Eyewitnesses said that Iraqi regime army forces had cordoned off the al-Qiblah area at 6am local time Wednesday morning and then stormed in, searching for “wanted men” whom they intended to arrest. The raid sparked a clash with local Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen who resisted the assault on the area.



Xinhua noted that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki had left al-Basrah on Tuesday and returned to Baghdad. Al-Maliki had flown in to the British base at al-Basrah Airport on Monday last week to oversee his forces’ offensive against the Jaysh al-Mahdi, which ended in government forces losing territory to the militia and finally accepting a face-saving cease-fire accord brokered by Iran that went into effect on Monday, 31 March.



Reporter for US-based Arabic TV station wounded as clashes erupt near al-Basrah Wednesday.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 7:55pm Wednesday evening Beijing time (2:55pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a sniper shot and wounded a correspondent for the US-based Arabic-language satellite TV station “al-Hurrah” in the province of al-Basrah on Wednesday.



Xinhua reported a source in the media in al-Basrah as saying that the reporter received a bullet wound but was not in serious condition. The source, who asked to remain anonymous, said that Mazin at-Tayyar, the wounded journalist, had been shot in the Kilometer 8 area west of the city of al-Basrah as he accompanied the commander of operations of local government forces on an inspection visit to Iraqi army units stationed in the area where clashes broke out with the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi on Wednesday morning and were continuing as of the time of reporting.



The area was the scene of fierce fighting last week, prior to a cease-fire agreement brokered by Iran that went into force on Monday, 31 March. Since then, however, tension has remained high in the area.


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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 3 April 2008. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.



Thursday, 3 April 2008.



· US troops in civilian dress spark “friendlyfire” battle with Iraqi regime police in al-Hillah, leaving six dead, 15 wounded, many of them civilians.



· Three people killed, one of them a woman, when US helicopter blasts family home of member of Sadr Movement in al-Basrah.



Baghdad.



Three killed in car bombing in Baghdad’s al-Harithiyah district late Thursday morning.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 5:02pm Thursday afternoon Beijing time (1:02pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that an explosives-laden car that had been parked by the side of a road in the west Baghdad district of al-Harithiyah exploded by a passing police patrol at 11:10am, Baghdad time Thursday morning.



Xinhua reported in a dispatch posted at 6:13pm Beijing time (2:13pm in Baghdad) that the casualty count from the car bombing on al-Kindi Street in al-Harithiyah stood at three people dead, one of them a woman, and 10 more injured. Three of the wounded are policemen and on of them was a child.



Bomb on Qahtan Square kills Iraqi regime army soldier early Thursday.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 3:16pm Thursday afternoon Beijing time (11:16am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a patrol of Iraqi army troops on Qahtan Square in the al-Yarmuk area of western Baghdad in the early hours of Thursday.



Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi regime’s Ministry of the Interior as saying that one military vehicle was destroyed, one soldier was killed and three others were wounded.



Bomb wounds medical students in Baghdad’s Qahtan Square Thursday morning.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 3:16pm Thursday afternoon Beijing time (11:16am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a civilian car on Qahtan Square in Baghdad at 7am local time Thursday morning.



Bomb wounds traffic policeman in Baghdad’s al-Mansur district.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 3:16pm Thursday afternoon Beijing time (11:16am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a bomb went off in a booth used by traffic police in west Baghdad’s upscale al-Mansur district.



Two sanitation workers wounded in bomb blast near Technology University.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 3:16pm Thursday afternoon Beijing time (11:16am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a bomb exploded on as-Sina‘ah Street near the Technology University in southeastern Baghdad.



Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi regime’s Ministry of the Interior as saying that the blast damaged nearby shops and stores and injured two sanitation workers who happened to be in the area.



Motor vehicle ban in al-Kazimiyah lifted Thursday morning.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 3:16pm Thursday afternoon Beijing time (11:16am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a ban on motor traffic that had been imposed on the Shi‘i district of al-Kazimiyah in northern Baghdad had been lifted.



Babil Province.

Al-Hillah.



US troops in civilian dress spark “friendlyfire” battle with Iraqi regime police in al-Hillah, leaving six dead, 15 wounded, many of them civilians.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 3:39pm Thursday afternoon Beijing time (11:39am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that US troops attacked Iraqi regime security men by mistake in the city of al-Hillah, 100km south of Baghdad.



Xinhua reported a source in the al-Hillah government police as saying that a US patrol showed up in the al-Jam‘iyah neighborhood of central al-Hillah where the government administration building is located at 3am local time Thursday morning. One of the building guards noticed them and pointed his weapon at them because he took them for gunmen trying to carry out an attack. One of the Americans then opened fire, killing the guard on the spot.



The source said that policemen inside the headquarters nearby rushed out after hearing the gunfire and pointed their guns at the American troops who then opened fire on the police, sparking a firefight. Four of the policemen were killed and nine others wounded in that clash.



In a dispatch posted at 12:52pm Makkah time Thursday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US forces called in helicopter gun ships to provide them air support against the Iraqi policemen with whom they were clashing in al-Hillah on Thursday.



Mafkarat al-Islam reported sources in the Iraqi regime police as saying that the American troops appeared in the al-Jam‘iyah area of al-Hillah dressed in civilian clothing, presumably on some sort of under cover operation.



A spokesman for al-Hillah’s main hospital declared that his facility had received the bodies of six people killed in the clash, four of them policemen. He said that about 15 people had been wounded, half of those civilians.



Mafkarat al-Islam quoted the US military as saying that its forces entered al-Hillah with the intent of capturing a member of the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.



Xinhua reported its source as saying that US forces bombarded the police station in the course of the clash, sending shrapnel flying around the area and wounding two women in their nearby homes. A number of private cars were also destroyed in the US strike on the police headquarters.



The source said that he believed the battle had been unintentional, the mistaken belief by both sides that the other was hostile.



Ninwa Province.

Al-Mawsil.



Truck bomber kills seven civilians in attack on checkpoint west of al-Mawsil Wednesday evening.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 3:13pm Thursday afternoon Beijing time (11:13am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that seven Iraqi civilians were killed and 12 more wounded when a man drove a truck packed with explosives into a checkpoint manned by Iraqi government army troops to the west of al-Mawsil, 420km northwest of Baghdad on Wednesday evening.



Al-Basrah Province.

Al-Basrah.



Three people killed, one of them a woman, when US helicopter blasts family home of member of Sadr Movement in al-Basrah.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 6:02pm Thursday afternoon Beijing time (2:02pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that helicopter gun ships belonging to the American occupation forces attacked a house in western Baghdad, killing three people and wounding six others.



Xinhua reported a source in the security forces of al-Basrah Province as saying that the air raid during Wednesday-Thursday night targeted a house in the al-Qiblah area of western al-Basrah. Three residents in the house, one of them a woman, were killed and six others wounded. All the victims were members of one family the source said.



A Source in the office of the as-Sadr Movement in the city said that the home belonged to a member of the organization.



The US command issued a statement saying that its aircraft had attacked a house being used by “gunmen,” killing one member of “a militia” but denying reports by its allies in the Iraqi government police that any civilians had perished.



For his part, Major General ‘Abd al-Karim Khalaf, the Director of the National Defense Center in the Ministry of the Interior and the official spokesman for the recent offensive in al-Basrah, denied having any knowledge of the attack. The British command in al-Basrah announced that they had word of the attack and would investigate it.


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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 4 April 2008. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.



Friday, 4 April 2008.



· US announces death of pilot in attack in Baghdad Thursday.



· US pours troops into Madinat as-Sadr district of Baghdad starting Thursday afternoon in preparation for offensive of raids and arrests targeting anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen.



· Bomb explodes by US patrol in western Baghdad Thursday.



· Belt bomber attack kills 20 at funeral in as-Sa‘diyah, Diyala Province, Friday morning.



· Casualties reported in US helicopter assault on district in al-Basrah Friday.



Baghdad.



US announces death of pilot in attack in Baghdad Thursday.



In a dispatch posted at 3:33pm Baghdad time Friday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the US military had admitted that an American pilot had been killed when a bomb exploded by a US Marine patrol in Baghdad on Thursday.



US pours troops into Madinat as-Sadr district of Baghdad starting Thursday afternoon in preparation for offensive of raids and arrests targeting anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 9:59am Friday morning Beijing time (5:59am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that US forces increased their presence in the Madinat as-Sadr area of Baghdad – the low-income district that is a major stronghold of the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia. The increasing American presence was reportedly in preparation for a major US drive to carry out searches for weapons and “wanted persons” in the district following the failure of the Iraqi regime’s drive against the Jaysh al-Mahdi last week.



Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi government Interior Ministry as saying that US tanks and other vehicles began to deploy in the neighborhoods of Madinat as-Sadr on Thursday afternoon. The source said that the Americans’ campaigns of searches and arrests had not yet begun and that US forces were still flowing into the area.



Bomb explodes by US patrol in western Baghdad Thursday.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 9:59am Friday morning Beijing time (5:59am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a bomb had exploded by a US patrol near a fuel station in the al-Bayya‘ section of western Baghdad – an area where there are many followers of anti-occupation Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.



Xinhua reported that there was no information on the nature or extent of casualties in the Thursday bombing because US forces immediately closed off the area.



Murder spree continues: two more bodies found dumped in Baghdad Thursday.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 9:59am Friday morning Beijing time (5:59am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that Iraqi police recovered the unidentified bodies of two murder victims that had been dumped in Baghdad streets Thursday. Xinhua reported that the bullet-ridden bodies showed signs of having been tortured.



Diyala Province.

As-Sa‘diyah.



Belt bomber attack kills 20 at funeral in as-Sa‘diyah, Diyala Province, Friday morning.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 3:49pm Friday afternoon Beijing time (11:49am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that an attacker wearing an explosive belt blew himself up at the funeral of an Iraqi government policeman in as-Sa‘diyah, 95km northeast of Baghdad, on Friday morning.



Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi Interior Ministry as saying that a man wearing an explosive belt mingled into a group of mourners in the Hamrin Cemetery who were paying their last respects to a member of the Iraqi government police who had been killed on Thursday. The man then blew himself up in the middle of the crowd.



In a dispatch posted at 4:56pm in Beijing (12:56pm in Baghdad), Xinhua reported Lieutenant Colonel ‘Ali Salim of the Diyala Province police as saying that as of that hour, the toll in the attack was 20 dead, most of them relatives and friends of the deceased, and 30 people wounded.



Lieutenant Colonel Salim said that victims were rushed to hospitals in as-Sa‘diyah and the provincial capital of Ba‘qubah, and that the most severe cases were taken to US military hospitals in the area for treatment.



Ninwa Province.

Al-Mawsil.



Bomb kills policeman in al-Mawsil Thursday.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 9:47am Friday morning Beijing time (5:47am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by an Iraqi police patrol at the Kazim al-Khayyat intersection to the west of al-Mawsil, 420km northwest of Baghdad, on Thursday.



Bomb wounds policeman in al-Mawsil Thursday.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 9:47am Friday morning Beijing time (5:47am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by an Iraqi government police patrol in the al-Wahdah neighborhood in southern al-Mawsil, 420km northwest of Baghdad, on Thursday.



Wounded policeman foils kidnap attempt.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 9:47am Friday morning Beijing time (5:47am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that armed men attempted to abduct a policeman in the al-Yarmuk neighborhood of western al-Mawsil, 420km northwest of Baghdad, on Thursday.



Al-Basrah Province.

Al-Basrah.



Casualties reported in US helicopter assault on district in al-Basrah Friday.



In a dispatch posted at 10:05pm Baghdad time Friday night, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that US helicopter gun ships opened fire on people in al-Basrah on Friday.



The AMSI reported a military spokesman for the British occupation forces in al-Basrah as saying that a US helicopter opened fire on what he dubbed “extremists” in the city in response to a request issued by the US-installed Iraqi regime.



The attack took place in the al-Hayyaniyah district of al-Basrah, an area that was the scene of fighting between the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia and US-backed government forces last week.


Eyewitnesses said that there had been casualties in the attack that damaged a number of houses.



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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 5 April 2008. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.



Saturday, 5 April 2008.



· Iraqi regime Brigadier General shot dead in eastern Baghdad Saturday.



· US forces hold town under lockdown for more than one week, searching, burning, blowing up local residents’ homes.



· Katyusha rockets pound US base near ad-Diwaniyah midday Saturday.



Baghdad.



Iraqi regime Brigadier General shot dead in eastern Baghdad Saturday.



In a dispatch posted at 6:03pm Baghdad time Saturday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that armed men shot and killed a Brigadier General in eastern Baghdad on Saturday.



The AMSI reported a source in the Iraqi Interior Ministry who refused to be identified as saying that armed men unleashed a hail of gunfire on Brigadier General Sa‘di Razuqi as he drove is private car down Muhammad al-Qasim Highway in the eastern Baghdad district of az-Zuyunnah. After killing the general, the attackers left the scene.



Christian priest gunned down in central Baghdad.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 6:22pm Saturday afternoon Beijing time (2:22pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that armed men shot and killed a Christian priest of the Syrian Orthodox sect in the middle of Baghdad at midday Saturday.



Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi police as saying that gunmen sprayed Father Yusuf ‘Adil, pastor of the Mar Butrus (St. Peter) Church in front of his home in Baghdad’s al-Karradah district, killing him on the spot. The gunmen then fled the scene. Security agencies were searching for the killers.



Mortar shells wound civilians in southern Baghdad.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 6:22pm Saturday afternoon Beijing time (2:22pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that two mortar shells landed in a residential area of the ar-Rustamiyah area of southern Baghdad.



Xinhua reported source in the Iraqi police as saying that two civilians were wounded in the attack, the origins of which were unknown. Several homes were also damaged in the explosions.



Bomb aboard passenger bus kills three civilians in eastern Baghdad.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 4:37pm Saturday afternoon Beijing time (12:37pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a bomb that had been left in a plastic bag aboard a passenger bus exploded on eastern Baghdad’s Beirut Square.



Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi police as saying that the blast totally destroyed the bus and killed three civilians and wounded 16 others, three of those severely. Damage was inflicted on nearby shops and cars.



The source said that Iraqi police units and ambulances raced to the scene of the attack to evacuate the victims to a nearby hospital.



Salah ad-Din Province.

Bayji.



US forces hold town under lockdown for more than one week, searching, burning, blowing up local residents’ homes.



In a dispatch posted at 10:03pm Baghdad time Saturday night, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that US forces together with their Iraqi regime allies have been blockading and raiding the small refinery town of as-Siniyah, 15km west of Bayji (which is 200km north of Baghdad) for about a week.



The AMSI reported eyewitnesses as saying that the US troops and their Iraqi regime allies have blockaded as-Siniyah for more than a week and continue to raid and search houses. They have even burned down a number of local dwellings on the pretext that anti-occupation fighters have been resident there.



The Americans search houses that they claim belong to people “wanted” by the US-installed regime. They then set fire to the homes and then blow up the burned building. The witnesses report that no information on the nature or extent of casualties is known because the town has been under lockdown and no information is allowed out.



Residents in contact with the AMSI appealed to the outside world to intervene to break the blockade on their town, and once again allow supplies in to the beleaguered people.



Al-Qadisiyah Province.

Ad-Diwaniyah.



Katyusha rockets pound US base near ad-Diwaniyah midday Saturday.



In a dispatch posted at pm Baghdad time Saturday night, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the US Camp Echo located near ad-Diwaniyah, 180km south of Baghdad came under Katyusha rocket attack on Saturday.



The AMSI reported a source in the Iraqi military who asked to remain anonymous as saying that three Katyusha rockets landed in the area of the American Camp Echo, 2km west of ad-Diwaniyah at midday Saturday. The source said that no casualties were known to have resulted from the bombardment.



The source said that the rockets were fired in the as-Sanniyah area, 15km north of ad-Diwaniyah, an area from which barrages of medium-range rockets are frequently fired at the American base.



Camp Echo houses US and Polish occupation troops and is nominally under Polish Command. Poland, a NATO satellite state of the United States, maintains a contingent of 900 troops serving the US occupiers in Iraq.



Eyewitnesses in the area of the camp said that aircraft were seen prowling the skies above the area after the attack.


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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 6 April 2008. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.



Sunday, 6 April 2008.



· US admits three American troops killed in bombardments of “Green Zone,” US base in Baghdad on Sunday.



· Fire rages through Iraq’s largest wholesale vegetable market as US battles anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in Madinat as-Sadr, Baghdad, Sunday.



· US troops invade Madinat as-Sadr district sparking battle with Jaysh al-Mahdi Sunday.



· Bomb wounds US troops near ash-Sharuqat Sunday evening.



· Three US troops reported killed in bomb attack east of Ba‘qubah Sunday.



Baghdad.



US admits three American troops killed in bombardments of “Green Zone,” US base in Baghdad Sunday.



In a dispatch posted at 12:20pm Makkah time Sunday afternoon (1:20pm in Baghdad), Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the US military had admitted that three of its troops had been killed and 31 wounded in two attacks with rockets and mortars in Baghdad on Sunday.



Mafkarat al-Islam reported a US official as saying that that one of the attacks targeted the top-security “Green Zone” and left two American troops dead and 17 more wounded.



The source said that the second attack targeted a US base elsewhere in the Iraqi capital. One American soldier died and 14 more were wounded in that attack.



Sunday witnessed an American offensive against the Madinat as-Sadr district of Baghdad, a stronghold of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, the armed movement loyal to anti-occupation Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, whose fighters bombarded the “Green Zone” and other facilities extensively in late March during the US-backed offensive against them.



Fire rages through Iraq’s largest wholesale vegetable market as US battles anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in Madinat as-Sadr, Baghdad, Sunday.



In a dispatch posted at 8:05pm Baghdad time Sunday evening, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a large fire broke out in the biggest market for food and vegetables in Iraq, a facility located in the low-income Madinat as-Sadr district of Baghdad that US forces had been attacking on Sunday.



Yaqen reported eyewitnesses as saying that the eruption of the fire followed the sound of explosions and gunfire. Clouds of smoke were seen rising from the area of the wholesale market known as ‘Ulwah Jamilah. The fire began to spread from one storage area to another in the market.



The market is located near “Square 55” in Madinat as-Sadr, where US troops launched an offensive against the Jaysh al-Mahdi beginning late Saturday.



US troops invade Madinat as-Sadr district sparking battle with Jaysh al-Mahdi Sunday.



In a dispatch posted at 12:56pm Baghdad time midday Sunday, the Yaqen News Agency reported that fighting erupted between anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen and US and Iraqi regime forces in the Madinat as-Sadr area of Baghdad on Sunday.



Yaqen reported an eyewitness as saying that during Saturday-Sunday night, the US sent troops, military, vehicles and equipment, along with Iraqi regime troops into a number of neighborhoods of the low-income Madinat as-Sadr area of Baghdad, a stronghold of support for the Muqtada as-Sadr Movement. The penetration took place near the fuel station and “Square 55” in the district and ignited battles between the attacking Americans and the Jaysh al-Mahdi defenders. The witness reported that there had been casualties.



Several main streets in Madinat as-Sadr have been closed to traffic because of the fighting, preventing residents from getting out and going to work.



US snipers have also perched themselves atop buildings where they can shoot at anyone walking in the streets.



The American Associated Press (AP) reported officials at two local hospitals as saying that 20 people had been killed and 52 wounded in the US-led assault on Madinat as-Sadr. The hospital sources, who asked not to be identified did not specify whether the casualties were civilians or fighters and US and Iraqi regime sources produced no information about casualties at all.



An Iraqi regime police officer, who asked not to be identified, was quoted by the AP as saying that one American “Stryker” armored vehicle was damaged in the fighting, but the US claimed to “have no knowledge” of any damage to any US vehicle.



The Iraqi policeman also said that two armored Humvees and two trucks belonging to the US-backed Iraqi regime army had been destroyed in the fighting.



In a dispatch posted at 2:31pm Baghdad time Sunday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a US helicopter gun ship killed nine people in the impoverished Baghdad district known as Madinat as-Sadr on Sunday.



Yaqen reported a source in the US military as asserting that an American helicopter blasted areas of Madinat as-Sadr, killing nine people described as “criminals” – one of the terms used by the US military for the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.



Salah ad-Din Province.

Ash-Sharuqat.



Bomb wounds US troops near ash-Sharuqat Sunday evening.



In a dispatch posted at 7:30pm Baghdad time Sunday evening, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a US Humvee in the area south of ash-Sharuqat, 250km north of Baghdad on Sunday evening.



Yaqen reported a source in the government police as saying that the explosion of a homemade bomb in the area of the chemical fertilizer plant on the road from ash-Sharuqat to Bayji destroyed a US Humvee and wounded several American troops.



The source said that US forces surrounded the area and opened fire indiscriminately on passing cars, severely wounding one civilian who was taken to Bayji General Hospital for treatment. As of the time of reporting, the Americans had made no statement on the incident.



Balad.



Electrical workers abducted Saturday evening.



In a dispatch posted at 2pm Baghdad time Sunday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that seven employees of the Electricity Bureau in Balad, 80km north of Baghdad, had been kidnapped by gunmen while at work in the eastern part of the district on Saturday evening.



Yaqen reported a source in the Balad police as saying that the abduction took place in the area of the village of Tall adh-Dhahab in the Yathrib area. The electricity workers were repairing electric power lines damaged by bad weather.



Yaqen reported a spokesman for the Balad Electric Department as saying that some of the electric workers had been released on Sunday morning, but that the fate of the others remains unclear. The source provided no information as to the party responsible for the abduction.



Diyala Province.

Kan‘an.



Three US troops reported killed in bomb attack east of Ba‘qubah Sunday.



In a dispatch posted at 9:05pm Baghdad time Sunday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a US patrol on a main road in the Kan‘an area, 35km east of Ba‘qubah (which is 65km northeast of Baghdad), on Sunday.



Yaqen reported a source in the US-installed regime in Diyala Province as saying that that three US soldiers were killed in the blast.



For its part, a public relations officer of the US occupation forces announced that one soldier only had been killed in the bombing, but he refused to provide any further details.



An American statement on Friday had admitted the first American death in Iraq in April according to official figures.



Buhriz.



Bomb kills civilian in Buhriz Sunday.



In a dispatch posted at 6:08pm Baghdad time Sunday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a private car on a street in the Abu Khamis area of Buhriz, 60km northeast of Baghdad on Sunday.



Yaqen reported a source in the Iraqi regime security forces as saying that the blast killed one person in the car and wounded four more. The source offered no further details on the incident, other than to say that the victims had been taken to Ba‘qubah General Hospital for treatment.



Babil Province.

Al-Hillah.



Pro-American gunmen burn down cultural center run by Sadr Movement in al-Hillah Sunday.



In a dispatch posted at 1:18pm Baghdad time Sunday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that unknown gunmen burned down a cultural center runby the movement of anti-occupation Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in the city of al-Hillah, 100km south of Baghdad, on Sunday.



Yaqen reported a source in the US-backed regime’s security services as saying that gunmen set fire to the Sadr Movement cultural center in the Muhayzim area of al-Hillah, causing the collapse of large parts of the building. The source said that there were no casualties in the arson, since the building was empty at the time of the assault.



The attack followed a wave of attacks on the offices of US-backed government political parties in the city.



Ninwa Province.

Al-Mawsil.



Busload of college students released after abduction south of al-Mawsil Sunday.



In a dispatch posted at 3:36pm Baghdad time Sunday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a group of college students abducted earlier had been released.



Yaqen reported a source in the US-backed regime in Ninwa Province as saying that the students were set free on Sunday, but did not say whether they had been released by their abductors or as a result of some kind of military or police action.



Earlier, in a dispatch posted at 1:16pm Baghdad time Sunday, Yaqen had reported that gunmen had kidnapped 42 students from al-Mawsil University at a roadblock on Sunday.



Yaqen reported a source in the al-Mawsil police as saying that armed men set up a checkpoint at Mafraq al-Jurn and stopped a bus carrying university students on the road linking Baghdad with al-Mawsil, 420km northwest of the Iraqi capital. The source said that the gunmen forced the students out of the bus at gunpoint and took them off in the direction of the village of al-Jaradhi near Hammam al-‘Alil, about 20km southeast of al-Mawsil.



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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 7 April 2008. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.



Monday, 7 April 2008.



· US bombardment in Baghdad kills nine Iraqi civilians, wounds 31 others Monday afternoon.



· US admits death of soldier in attack in eastern Baghdad Monday.



· US admits two soldiers killed in Baghdad Sunday.



· Murder spree by US-backed “Awakening” tribesmen continues: one more man murdered after being released by American forces from prison camp.



· Eight killed in US air raid Sunday night; Americans deny raid took place.



Al-Anbar Province.

Al-Hadithah.



Murder spree by US-backed “Awakening” tribesmen continues: one more man murdered after being released by American forces from prison camp.



In a dispatch posted at 9:59am Baghdad time Monday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that US-recruited “Awakening” tribal police murdered Sinan Raji al-Alusi a man who had been released from prison a week earlier by US occupation forces. It was the latest in a series of murders of men whom the Americans have released only to be murdered by the Iraqi tribal policemen, one of whose leaders has publicly pledged to kill every man released by his American allies.



Yaqen reported a source in al-Hadithah, 270km northwest of Baghdad, as saying that like all those released from prison Sinan al-Alusi was required to register daily with the “Awakening” police and it was on his way home from one such registration that he was abducted.



The US-backed tribesmen attacked al-Alusi who was riding on his motorcycle near a n old water treatment facility in the city. The tribesmen stopped him and then shot him execution style in the street, where they then left his body. The source said that members of the police had confirmed the killing and the fact that the “Awakening” was behind it. Eyewitnesses said that government police vehicles were among those used by the patrol that executed al-Alusi.



Baghdad.



US bombardment in Baghdad kills nine Iraqi civilians, wounds 31 others Monday afternoon.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 8:34am Tuesday morning Beijing time (4:34am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that 40 Iraqis had been killed or injured in exchanges of mortar fire in eastern Baghdad on Monday afternoon according to an Iraqi regime security source.



Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi Interior Ministry as saying that the US base in ar-Rustamiyah in southern Baghdad was the target of three mortar rounds. The Americans in the base then responded by firing three mortar rounds at the source of the incoming fire. The American shells, however, fell amidst houses in the residential al-Amin neighborhood of eastern Baghdad, killing nine civilians and wounding 31 others.



Four mortar rounds landed in the top security “Green Zone” area of central Baghdad on Monday afternoon. As usual, the Americans released no information on the nature or extent of casualties.



One mortar shell landed in the al-Karradah area opposite the “Green Zone,” wounding two civilians. Another landed in the Iraqi Foreign Ministry car park, damaging three private cars there.



Three other mortar shells landed on the police station in the Madinat as-Sadr area of eastern Baghdad, wounding two policemen.



US admits death of soldier in attack in eastern Baghdad Monday.



In a dispatch posted at 9:25pm Baghdad time Monday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the US military had announced that a bomb had exploded by a US patrol in eastern Baghdad on Monday.



Yaqen reported a US communiqué as saying that after the explosion the US troops came under small arms fire and that one American soldier was killed.



Although the American statement gave no specifics regarding the attack, it is known that the US has been conducting an offensive against the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in eastern Baghdad’s Madinat as-Sadr district.



Bomb wounds policemen in Baghdad’s Zuyunah area early Monday.



In a dispatch posted at 7:01pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a police patrol at the ar-Rabi‘i Junction in Baghdad’s Zuyunah area early on Monday morning.



Mortar shells land in Baghdad’s al-Karradah district midday Monday.



In a dispatch posted at 6:07pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that two mortar rounds landed in Baghdad’s al-Karradah district on Monday.



Mortar shell strikes electric power plant in Madinat as-Sadr.



In a dispatch posted at 6:07pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a mortar shell landed on the Electric power plant on al-Falah Street in east Baghdad’s Madinat as-Sadr area – the target of a US offensive on the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.



Yaqen reported a source in the police as claiming that it was the Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters who had fired mortars at the station. The pro-American source did not explain why they would want to damage a power station in their own area.



US admits two soldiers killed in Baghdad Sunday.



In a dispatch posted at 7:04pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that two more US soldiers had been killed in two incidents in Baghdad.



Salah ad-Din Province.

Tikrit.



Iraqi regime official gunned down in Tikrit.



In a dispatch posted at 10:20pm Baghdad time Monday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that armed men in an Opel and a BMW car opened fire on Dr Majid ‘Alwan Jabbarah al-‘Abbasi, member of the Samarra’ Municipal Council when he was near his home in the city of Tikrit, 120km north of Baghdad.



Ad-Dulu‘iyah.



Americans kill man, his son in raid near ad-Dulu‘iyah early Monday.



In a dispatch posted at 3:11pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that US troops attacked the home of ‘Abbud Hasan Yasin, 65, in the area of ad-Dulu‘iyah, 97km north of Baghdad, killing him and his son early Monday.





Diyala Province.

Buhriz.



Bomb kills one Iraqi regime army soldier in Buhriz Monday.



In a dispatch posted at 4:33pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by an Iraqi regime army patrol in Buhriz, 60km northeast of Baghdad.



Al-Basrah Province.

Al-Basrah.



Bomb wounds high-ranking officers in Iraqi regime army in al-Basrah early Monday.



In a dispatch posted at 10:05pm Baghdad time Monday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by an Iraqi regime army column in al-Basrah, 550km southeast of Baghdad at dawn on Monday.



Eight killed in US air raid Sunday night; Americans deny raid took place.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 4:40pm Monday afternoon Beijing time (12:40pm in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that a source in the Sadr Office in al-Basrah had said that eight members of the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia had been killed in an American air raid to the west of al-Basrah on Sunday night.



Xinhua reported the source, who asked not to be identified, as saying that a US fighter plane blasted a home in the al-Hayyaniyah ar-Rabi‘ah district to the west of al-Basrah on Sunday night. He said that the attack killed eight members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia and that a number of civilians were also wounded in the attack, which completely destroyed the targeted home.



The source said that the victims had all been members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi but added that they were not armed fighters. He also said that there had been no clashes in the area where the American air raid took place.



Residents of the al-Hayyaniyah area confirmed that eight people had died last night in an American air raid. No statement on the killings had been issued by the Anglo-American occupation command as of the time of reporting.



Later, in a dispatch posted at 9:05pm Baghdad time Monday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that sources in the Forensic Medicine Department in al-Basrah had reported that the city morgue had received the bodies of seven people bearing shrapnel wounds on Monday. The Anglo-American occupation command, however, denied that its aircraft, or aircraft flown by the US-backed Iraqi regime, had carried out any bombardments on Sunday night.



Yaqen reported a source in the Forensic Medicine Department as saying that the police from the al-Asdiqa’ neighborhood, 8km north of al-Basrah, brought in the bodies at dawn Monday. The source said he had no further information on the identity of the dead or circumstances of their demise.



An American spokesman said that its aircraft were not responsible for the casualties, claiming that a bomb exploded in a house in the al-Asdiqa’ area late Sunday night.



Bomb targets Major General in Interior Ministry.



In a dispatch posted at 4:01pm Baghdad time Monday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by the motorcade of Major General ‘Abd al-Karim Khalaf, the Director of Operations in the Iraqi Interior Ministry north of al-Basrah on Monday.



Yaqen reported that two of Khalaf’s guards were wounded but the General himself was unharmed.


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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 8 April 2008. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.



Tuesday, 8 April 2008.



· Iraqi National Guard foil attempted murder of another prisoner released by US occupation authorities in Iraq.



· Muqtada as-Sadr hints at possible end of truce if US offensive continues.



· US admits four more deaths of American troops in Iraq.



· Four mortar shells slam into “Green Zone” as US wages offensive against Jaysh al-Mahdi.



· Gunmen kill tribal leader of “Awakening” collaborator police, an in-law of ‘Izzat Ibrahim ad-Duri in al-Khalis.



Al-Anbar Province.

Al-Hadithah.



Iraqi National Guard foil attempted murder of another prisoner released by US occupation authorities in Iraq.



In a dispatch posted at 6:30pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that continuing a series of murders of individuals released by US occupation authorities from prison camps, the “Awakening” tribal police near al-Hadithah kidnapped one more recently release prisoner, but regular Iraqi regime police were able to rescue the victim before he too could be killed.



Yaqen reported members of the Iraqi National Guard as saying that the US-recruited tribal “Awakening” police stopped a car carrying Ayyub Mahdi ‘Abd ar-Rahim az-Zawi and several women near the az-Zawiyah cemetery. Az-Zawi had recently been released by US occupation authorities from one of their prison camps in the country. The “Awakening” policemen took az-Zawi off at gunpoint, leaving the three women who had been with him stranded in the desert.



Alerted by the women, the Iraqi National Guardsmen stopped the “Awakening” policemen’s car at the government checkpoint on the outskirts of al-Hadithah. The women helped them identify the “Awakening” police kidnappers and to rescue the man whom they had abducted. It was learned that all the people in the car with the victim were members of the al-Jaghayifah Tribe – the tribe to which all members of the “Awakening” police in the al-Hadithah area belong.



The sources said that an investigation was still underway as the authorities hope to learn where the tribesmen have been hiding the other released prisoners whom they have abducted in recent weeks. A leader of the tribe had publicly announced that his men would kill any prisoner released by the Americans and about a dozen have in fact been murdered in the al-Hadithah area in recent weeks.



Baghdad.



Muqtada as-Sadr hints at possible end of truce if US offensive continues.



In a dispatch posted at 4:30pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the Shi‘i cleric Muqtada as-Sadr, a leader of the opposition to the US occupation , issued a statement on Tuesday in which he cancelled plans for a demonstration that his Sadr Movement had called. The cancellation was attributed to fear for the lives of the demonstrators in the context of the American armed offensive against the Sadr Movement currently underway, and the efforts of the US-backed regime to arrest and repress Sadr supporters.



Yaqen reported that Muqtada as-Sadr also hinted that the freeze on the activity of his Jaysh al-Mahdi militia – which he had proclaimed last year and extended for six months at the end of February – might be also be cancelled if the American offensive against his movement continues.



Muqtada as-Sadr called on “those Iraqi people who wish to demonstrate against the occupation to postpone their action for the sake of their own safety.” He also warned that he might have to resort to ending the freeze on the Jaysh al-Mahdi’s activity if the drive against his movement continues.



Six Iraqi regime sappers wounded trying to disarm bomb in eastern Baghdad.



In a dispatch posted at 1:08pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded as sappers belonging to the Iraqi regime military were trying to disarm it in eastern Baghdad – an area where US forces have been engaged in an offensive against the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.



US admits four more deaths of American troops in Iraq.



In a dispatch posted at 11:48am Baghdad time Tuesday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the US military had admitted Tuesday that the US admitted that four more American troops had been killed in Iraq since Monday evening.



Four mortar shells slam into “Green Zone” as US wages offensive against Jaysh al-Mahdi.



In a dispatch posted on its Arabic website at 3:39pm Tuesday afternoon Beijing time (11:39am in Baghdad), the Xinhua News Agency reported that four mortar rounds were fired at the top-security “Green Zone” in Baghdad on Tuesday morning.



Xinhua reported a source in the Iraqi Interior Ministry as saying that no information on the nature or extent of US casualties was available. The “Green Zone” was targeted as American forces continued their offensive against the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in the eastern Baghdad district of Madinat as-Sadr.



Salah ad-Din Province.

Tuz Khurmatu.



Bomb wounds 16 in popular market in Tuz Khurmatu.



In a dispatch posted at 12:48pm Baghdad time midday Tuesday, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded in a popular market in Tuz Khurmatu, 250km north of Baghdad on Tuesday.



Yaqen reported a source in the police as saying that 16 people had been injured in the explosion, some of them critically.



Diyala Province.

Balad Ruz.



Bomb aboard minibus kills six women and children near Balad Ruz.



In a dispatch posted at 12:04pm Baghdad time midday Tuesday, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded on a minibus near Balad Ruz, 95km northeast of Baghdad.



Yaqen reported a source in the police as saying that the bomb exploded as the bus was traveling down the main road in the village of ad-Dahalidah near Balad Ruz. The blast killed six people – four children and two women – and wounded five other people – one woman and four children.



Al-Khalis.



Gunmen kill tribal leader of “Awakening” collaborator police, an in-law of ‘Izzat Ibrahim ad-Duri in al-Khalis.



In a dispatch posted at 9:57am Baghdad time Tuesday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that four leaders of the al-‘Ubayd tribe were killed in an armed attack in al-Khalis, 57km north of Baghdad on Monday evening.



Yaqen reported a source in the Iraqi regime security forces as saying that armed men attacked the home of ‘Aziz Muhammad Faraj in the village of at-Tahwil, killing him and three of his sons in addition to wounding four other members of the family.



The source pointed out that Shaykh ‘Aziz Muhammad Faraj was an in-law of Iraqi President ‘Izzat Ibrahim ad-Duri. He was also the Chairman of the American-recruited collaborationist “Awakening” tribal police in at-Tahwilah.



Ninwa Province.

Al-Hadar.



Wife of governor of al-Hadar killed in attack Monday evening.



In a dispatch posted at 2:35pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that unknown armed men attacked the home of the governor of the al-Hadar area, 90km southwest of al-Mawsil.



Rabi‘ah.



Bomb kills one in Rabi‘ah.



In a dispatch posted at 2:17pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded inside a shop in the Industrial Zone of Rabi‘ah, a town near the Syrian border in northwestern Iraq, on Tuesday.


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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 9 April 2008. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.



Wednesday, 9 April 2008.



· Two US soldiers die in Baghdad Tuesday, Wednesday, US announces.



· Mortar shells kill seven civilians, wound 36 more in Madinat as-Sadr as US continues its offensive.



· US admits soldier killed in northeastern Baghdad explosion Tuesday.



Al-Anbar Province.

Al-Hadithah.



Bomb destroys US Humvee near al-Hadithah Wednesday.



In a dispatch posted at 10:05pm Baghdad time Wednesday night, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by a US column on the strategic oil road near the storage area 30km south of al-Hadithah (which is 270km northwest of Baghdad) on Wednesday.



Yaqen reported eyewitnesses as saying that the explosion totally destroyed a Humvee in the American column, killing or wounding all the US troops aboard.



A statement that appeared in markets and other public places in western Iraq several hours later announced that three groups had been responsible for the attack: the Ansar al-Islam, al-Jaysh al-Islami, and a newly formed organization known as Harakat Nusrat al-Muqawamah (“the Movement in Support of the Resistance”). Ansar al-Islam is a Kurdish Islamist organization said to be affiliated with al-Qa‘idah. Al-Jaysh al-Islami has opposed al-Qa‘idah in the past. US helicopters were seen evacuating casualties from the area after the attack.



Yaqen noted that in the days before the Americans succeeded in recruiting Bedouin tribes to the “Awakening” tribal police, US convoys on the strategic oil road were attacked nearly every day. Since the rise of the “Awakening,” however, attacks on Americans in western Iraq have become very rare.



Baghdad.



Two US soldiers die in Baghdad Tuesday, Wednesday, US announces.



In a dispatch posted at 8:35pm Baghdad time Wednesday evening, the Yaqen News Agency reported that a bomb exploded by US troops in the course of their offensive against the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in eastern Baghdad on Tuesday.



Yaqen reported a communiqué issued by the US government as saying that the blast killed one American, the third US soldier to die in Iraq in 24 hours, according to official American statistics, after it was announced that another soldier died of injuries in a “non-combat incident” at dawn Wednesday.



Mortar shells kill seven civilians, wound 36 more in Madinat as-Sadr as US continues its offensive.



In a dispatch posted at pm Baghdad time Wednesday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that mortar shells blasted into houses in the Madinat as-Sadr area of Baghdad where the US is waging an offensive against the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.



The AMSI reported sources in the regime security forces and in hospitals as saying that the shelling left seven people dead, two of them children. Another 36 people were wounded in the attack, believed to have been carried out by the US forces.



A source in the security forces who refused to be identified said that one of the shells landed on a house in the Area 36 of Madinat as-Sadr, killing a father, two of his children, and their neighbor.



The source said that two other shells landed just a few meters from a funeral tent. The explosions of those shells killed three people and wounded 36 more, among them women and children.



US admits soldier killed in northeastern Baghdad explosion Tuesday.



In a dispatch posted at 11:04am Baghdad time Wednesday morning, the Yaqen News Agency reported that the US military had admitted that a bomb exploded by an American military vehicle in northeastern Baghdad on Tuesday.



Yaqen reported a US communiqué as announcing that the blast killed one American soldier.



The US has been carrying out an offensive against the anti-occupation Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in northeastern Baghdad for several days.

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