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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 21 August 2007. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Tuesday, 21 August 2007.
・ Mass grave of 300 victims of al-Qa‘idah discovered near al-Fallujah, highlighting role of al-Qa‘idah in wrecking Resistance activity in al-Anbar Province.
・ Shi‘i sectarian torture, murder spree continues: 14 more victims found dumped in Baghdad Tuesday.
・ Resistance batters “Green Zone” with rockets midday Tuesday.
・ US occupation troops ransack at-Tarimiyah Health Center, kidnap patient.
・ US troops open fire on demonstrators in al-Khalis Tuesday, killing six.
・ Shi‘i sectarian militias attack house, killing nine members of one family − all women and children.
Mass grave of 300 victims of al-Qa‘idah discovered near al-Fallujah, highlighting role of al-Qa‘idah in wrecking Resistance activity in al-Anbar Province.
In a dispatch posted at 7:53pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Aswat al-‘Iraq news agency, which was set up by Reuters and the U.N. Development Agency, reported that the puppet police had discovered a mass grave of local civilians in the village of Zawbi‘, south of al-Fallujah, which is 60km west of Baghdad.
Aswat al-‘Iraq reported an officer in the al-Fallujah puppet police who asked not to be identified as saying that 300 bodies showing signs of torture and death by gunshot were found buried in one house in the village. The source said that puppet policemen found the mass grave several days ago but the policemen initially failed to report the discovery.
The source said that a number of the bodies had been identified and all belonged to civilians, including men, women, and children killed at the hands of the al-Qa‘idah in Iraq organization. Some of the bodies had been defaced and many were difficult to identify due to the degree of decomposition.
Al-Qa‘idah was present in the village for several months earlier in 2007, during which time it waged a campaign of terror against Iraqi Resistance organizations and their supporters, demanding that all Iraqis support only the so-called “Islamic State of Iraq.” In an effort to compel the population and supporters of the Iraqi Resistance to support al-Qa‘idah, the organization declared all those who refused to back its “Islamic State” to be apostates who were to be killed and whose property could be confiscated by the al-Qa‘idah fighters.
Al-Qa‘idah’s massacres of civilians and Iraqi Resistance fighters committed by al-Qa‘idah enabled the US occupation and the puppet regime to impose their puppet “al-Anbar Salvation Council” police in the area, dealing a severe blow to the Iraqi Resistance in the province that once was the headquarters of the Resistance.
Al-Qa‘idah’s continued ready use of large amounts of money in mobilization and attacks around Iraq has led many Iraqis to suspect that Iranian agents have heavily infiltrated the Sunni sectarian fundamentalist organization, inasmuch as Iran, the United States, and al-Qa‘idah − as well as the Zionist state in occupied Palestine − all endorse the partition of Iraq on sectarian lines, in contrast to the Iraqi Resistance which insists on the preservation of Iraqi territorial unity.
Shi‘i sectarian torture, murder spree continues: 14 more victims found dumped in Baghdad Tuesday.
In a dispatch posted at 9:10am Baghdad time Tuesday morning, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the puppet police had recovered the bodies of 14 more victims of sectarian murder that had been dumped in various parts of Baghdad.
The AMSI reported a source in the puppet police as saying that most of the bodies bore signs of torture − a trademark of the Shi‘i sectarian militias and the US-backed security forces most of whose members are drawn from those sectarian militias.
Resistance batters “Green Zone” with rockets midday Tuesday.
In a dispatch posted on its website Tuesday, Quds Press reported that the top security area around the Republican Palace in central Baghdad − the district dubbed the “Green Zone” by the Americans − was the target of a rocket attack at midday Tuesday.
A source in the puppet police told Quds Press that several rockets landed in the “Green Zone” sending clouds of black smoke billowing into the sky.
Salah ad-Din Province.
US occupation troops ransack at-Tarimiyah Health Center, kidnap patient.
In a dispatch posted at 12:35pm Baghdad time midday Tuesday, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that US occupation forces stormed into the local Health Center in at-Tarimiyah district, 30km north of Baghdad, breaking down the door and smashing furniture on Monday evening. The Americans then abducted one of the patients.
The AMSI reported eyewitnesses as saying that US troops with air support from helicopter gun ships over head, raided the at-Tarimiyah Health Center, ransacking the facility and taking away one of the patients.
The at-Tarimiyah Heath Center is the only medical facility in the area but, as AMSI noted, it has to take care of hundreds of patients because of the violent and chaotic situation in Baghdad and its environs under US occupation.
US troops open fire on demonstrators in al-Khalis Tuesday, killing six.
In a dispatch posted at 2:58pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Aswat al-‘Iraq news agency, which was set up by Reuters and the U.N. Development Agency, reported that US forces opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators in al-Khalis, 57km north of Baghdad, on Tuesday, killing six civilians and wounding five more.
Aswat al-‘Iraq reported one local witness as saying that the Americans opened fire indiscriminately at the demonstrators in an attempt to break up the crowd after the protestors had begun to clash with the Americans.
As of the time of reporting, the US side had made no statement or explanation of the matter.
Since Sunday hundreds of residents of al-Khalis have been demonstrating in front of the district government building for improved services in the city. Residents also complain that their town has repeatedly come under mortar and Katyusha rocket attack and that the puppet regime has put the “protection” of the roads in the area under the command of an individual who is accused of belonging to one of the militias.
Shi‘i sectarian militias attack house, killing nine members of one family − all women and children.
In a dispatch posted on its website Tuesday, Quds Press reported that the puppet police in Babil Province, south of Baghdad reported that Shi‘i sectarian militias had attacked a home in the Muwaylihah area near al-Iskandariyah, 40km south of Baghdad, killing nine members of one family and wounding two more. All the victims were women and children.
The sources reported that Shi‘i sectarian gunmen firing wildly attacked the home of members of the al-Jannabat Tribe, killing nine and wounding two. Three women and a six-month-old girl as well as a 12-year-old boy are among the dead.
Quds Press noted that this was not the first time the Shi‘i sectarian militias had attacked residential areas in their effort to throw people out of their homes. They have already driven hundreds of families in Baghdad and other parts of Iraq out of their homes in their effort to “cleanse” vast swathes of the country of Sunnis in preparation for the partition of the country envisioned by plans drawn up by Zionist and American think tanks.
Efforts to split Iraq along religious and ethnic lines are part of the plans that US and Zionist politicians have long been cultivating with a view to fragmenting the Arab region.
The idea of “the dissolution of Iraq into a Shi‘ite state, a Sunni state and the separation of the Kurdish part” was voiced by veteran Zionist military correspondent Ze’ev Schiff in Ha'aretz on 2 June 1982 and was a part of the divide-and-rule strategy laid out by Zionist writer Oded Yinon in his “Strategy for Israel in the 1980s,” published in Kivunim (Directions), A Journal for Judaism and Zionism, published by the World Zionist Organization in occupied Jerusalem in February 1982. (It was translated by the late anti-Zionist writer and activist Israel Shahak and is widely available.)
The idea of splitting the Shi‘ah in Iraq from the rest of the country was a cornerstone of the neo-Conservative strategy laid out in “A Clean Break” a paper drawn up by American Zionist government officials Richard Perle, Douglas Feith, David Wurmser, and Paul Wolfowitz in 1996 for the then Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Then in 2000 the neo-Conservative Project for a New American Century wrote Rebuilding America’s Defenses on the basis of the “Clean Break.”
The American version of the strategy for a partition of Iraq appeared in the article “The Three-State Solution” published in The New York Times on 25 November 2003 by Leslie Gelb (President Emeritus of the US Council on Foreign Relations). The same idea was reiterated, this time with “bi-partisan support” in the article by Gelb and US Democratic Senator Joseph Biden in “Unity through Autonomy in Iraq,” in The New York Times on 1 May 2006.
Then on 8 October 2006 the London Sunday Times reported that the partition of Iraq along religious and ethnic lines was one of the suggestions that the Baker-Hamilton commission was advancing.
US “Camp Echo” targeted by Katyusha rockets as Shi‘i sectarian gangs battle each other for dominance in southern Iraq.
In a dispatch posted at 12:17pm Baghdad time Tuesday morning, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the US military camp “Echo” in ad-Diwaniyah, 180km south of Baghdad, came under Katyusha rocket bombardment on Tuesday morning.
The AMSI reported a source in the American-backed regime’s security forces as saying that six Katyusha rockets blasted into the US-occupied camp at 5:30am local time before sunrise Tuesday morning. The source said that the barrage caused material damage to the American facility and that US helicopters prowled the areas over the city at very low altitude searching for the attackers.
No casualties were reported in the attack, which the Americans neither confirmed nor denied.
Ad-Diwaniyah has in recent months been the scene of fierce turf wars between rival Shi‘i sectarian fundamentalist factions where the puppet security forces are largely composed of members of the Badr Brigades who have enlisted American help in fighting their rivals the Jaysh al-Mahdi as they vie for domination of southern Iraq in the run-up to the reduction of US occupation forces in Iraq.
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