[Marxism] Iraqi Resistance video shows strike on DHL cargo jet in Iraq

David Quarter davidquarter at sympatico.ca
Tue Nov 25 21:08:02 MST 2003

Forward from mart.

News from the hell, chaos and ever-deepening *QUAGMIRE*
of U.S Occupied Iraq for Tuesday, November 25, 2003

1)  Iraqi Resistance video shows strike on DHL cargo jet in Iraq

2) U.S Occupation troops ambushed in Mosul, I wounded

3) Homemade bombs, 600,000 tons of missing ordinance
    prove deadly for Occupation troops.

4) Nightly rocket blasts rock Baghdad (again)

5) 'CARE -Australia' aid groups pulls out of Iraq. Blames
    Occupation forces for inability to provide security

6) Low tech Iraqi Resistance weapon! "Donkeys of Mass Destruction"
    wreak havoc and kick Occupation ass!

* Note from mart*
After viewing this amazing video earlier today, brazenly taped right under
the noses of U.S Occupation forces, by the way, and showing  Iraqi
Resistance fighters actually firing at and hitting the DHL cargo jet over
Baghdad, on CNN Television news - I went to their website (www.cnn.com) to
find and post the link to this video - and surprise, surprise  -it wasn't
there! It's seems that maybe this was video was too much for CNN and their
Pentagon "buddies" and they pulled it from their website!  Not only is the
video not there, there is now,  no mention of this news story whatsoever! So
much for truth and the myth of the free, fair and objective media.


Video shows strike on DHL cargo jet in Iraq
Agence France Presse
Baghdad, November 25

A video showing a masked militant firing the missile that hit a DHL civilian
cargo jet over Baghdad, setting its engine ablaze in the first successful
hit on a plane of the seven-month-old insurgency, was delivered to a French
journalist and shown to AFP.

The six-minute-long footage, received by Sara Daniel, correspondent of
Paris-based weekly Le Nouvel Observateur, on Monday shows 10 militants, with
their faces concealed by chequered keffiyeh headdresses or white scarves,
carrying out the attack from scrubland south of the capital.

The shoulder-launched missile is seen shooting up into the sky after being
fired by one of the cell and then homing in on the Airbus-300 freighter.

The vapour trail makes a sharp U-turn as the missile homes in on the
infra-red or radio signals from the scheduled Baghdad to Dubai courier

The militants are then seen making their get-away in a car. The 11th who
presumably shot the footage films his own lap in his haste to get into the

After a break, the video resumes with footage of the stricken airliner
diving back down to Baghdad airport, in clearly amateur footage shot through
electricity lines.

The men, clad in flowing black abayas or camouflage fatigues, carry
rocket-propelled grenade launchers or Klashnikovs as well as two portable
missile launchers.

Only one missile is seen fired.


Fort Francis Times
U.S. soldiers ambushed with roadside bomb
November 24, 2003

By Mariam Fam
MOSUL, Iraq (AP)

Gunmen ambushed U.S. soldiers on patrol with a roadside bomb, then opened
fire on them in Mosul today, wounding one, as fears grew the anti-coalition
insurgency was spreading north a day after two American soldiers were killed
here and their bodies mauled.

 In the capital, Baghdad, the Iraqi Governing Council pledged renewed
efforts to fight "terrorism" and warned Middle Eastern broadcasters to avoid
reports that incite violence.

Near the northern city of Kirkuk, an oil pipeline was on fire today. Adel
al-Qazzaz, manager of the Northern Oil Company, said he believed the cause
was sabotage.

Insurgents repeatedly have targeted pipelines, and sabotage of oil
infrastructure has become a major problem for the U.S.-run coalition.

In the Mosul attack, gunmen activated a roadside bomb and then opened fire
on the convoy, wounding a soldier, the military said. The Americans
responded with a barrage of fire, a witness said.

Residents said U.S. troops immediately cordoned the area in Hay al-Dobat
neighbourhood. "I heard a strong explosion [and] saw the Americans randomly
shooting in all directions," said Omar Hamed.

Also today, an Iraqi Sunni Muslim religious leader called on U.S. forces and
resistance groups to observe a one-week ceasefire to allow the Iraqis to
celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan,
media reports said.

Adnan al-Duleimi, the head of Iraq's Sunni endowments, appealed to
guerrillas to cease operations for a week and also called coalition troops
to stop raiding houses and chasing locals.

His comments were broadcast by Arab satellite channels.

But there were fears the insurgency was spreading northward from its
original stronghold in the so-called "Sunni Triangle," located in central
Iraq north and west of Baghdad.

Yesterday, gunmen in Mosul shot two American soldiers driving through the
centre of this city 400 km north of Baghdad, sending their vehicle crashing
into a wall.

About a dozen swarming teenagers dragged the men from the wreckage and beat
them with concrete blocks, witnesses said.

"One of the soldiers was shot under the chin and the bullet came out of his
head. I saw the hole in his helmet. The other was shot in the throat," said
Bahaa Jassim.

Earlier reports said the soldiers' throats had been slit. Some people looted
the vehicle of weapons, CDs, and a backpack, Jassim said.

The frenzy recalled the October, 1993 scene in Somalia, when people dragged
the bodies of U.S. soldiers killed in fighting with warlords through the


The Dallas Morning News
Posted on Tue, Nov. 25, 2003

Homemade bombs make Iraq deadlier for soldiers

DALLAS - (KRT) - Iraq's mean streets have become even more dangerous because
of homemade bombs that are easy to make, easy to conceal - and deadly.

"Improvised explosive devices," as they are called by the military, are the
preferred weapon for many Iraqi insurgents who cannot compete with the
superior firepower and technology of U.S. forces. U.S. service members may
never see who detonates a bomb by wire or remote control; the perpetrators
may be miles away if a pressure switch is used to activate the devices.

Military officials say that U.S. forces increasingly are encountering the
homemade bombs, and that the devices are taking a toll. Since President Bush
declared major combat operations over on May 1, at least 60 U.S. service
members have been killed in incidents involving homemade bombs, including
one Sunday.

"The attacks have become more stand-off," said Maj. Gen. Raymond Odierno,
commander of the 4th Infantry Division, in a recent teleconference.

"They try to avoid direct contact. . What we have seen is more mortar
attacks and more . improvised explosives," he said.

The raw materials for making the explosive devices are abundant in Iraq.
Massive quantities of munitions were stored in military facilities. And
weapons caches are still being discovered in abandoned homes, remote fields
or buried in containers. One Army demolition expert has estimated that
roughly 600,000 tons of ordnance is still on the ground in Iraq.

Just one buried container located by 4th Infantry Division soldiers earlier
this year was filled with more than three dozen assault rifles and
submachine guns, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and rounds,
surface-to-air missile launchers, a substantial quantity of ammunition,
45,000 sticks of dynamite, 11 improvised explosive devices and 80,000 feet
of detonation cord.

On Friday, 16 Iraqis were caught trying to plant improvised devices;
soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division obtained information that led them
to a large weapons cache that included 28 prepared IEDs.

On a larger scale, truck and car bombs have been used in a number of
high-profile attacks. In August, a truck filled with military munitions
devastated the United Nations' headquarters in Baghdad, killing the top U.N.
official in Iraq and 16 others. More recently, truck bombs killed more than
two dozen Italian peacekeepers and Iraqis earlier this month in the southern
city of An Nasiriyah.

There is, however, a notable distinction between these incidents - typically
suicide attacks - and placing a roadside improvised explosive device,
possibly while unobserved and not facing certain death.


In the early stages of the intervention in Iraq, U.S. forces often
concentrated on destroying the weapons that most likely might be used
against them in guerrilla attacks, such as assault rifles and
rocket-propelled grenades.

"You wouldn't believe how much explosives we saw out there. . We did
everything we could to blow what we could," said Senior Chief Petty Officer
Leo Arambula, 43, of San Antonio, who serves with the Navy's Explosive
Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 6 at Naval Station Ingleside. "You had to be
selective because there was just so much stuff out there."

Destroying all of it, he said, could take years.

Many who served with combat forces that pushed into Iraq were surprised that
they encountered relatively few land mines, booby-traps and other explosive
devices. Over the summer, however, Iraqi insurgents increasingly turned to
improvised explosive devices as a way to inflict casualties, as the
frequency and sophistication of attacks on U.S. forces resistance increased.

Arambula, who was in Iraq during combat operations and shortly afterward,
said that Iraqi insurgents pilfer the munitions and use them to make
improvised bombs.

Artillery shells and mortar rounds can be rigged to go off when U.S.
vehicles go by; dynamite or plastic explosives are used to make other bombs.

And a homemade device may be something no more complicated than a pipe bomb:
an explosive charge, perhaps even the propellant from an artillery shell,
packed into a container with scrap iron, nails and screws, or ball bearings
that spew out as lethal projectiles.

"They come in all shapes and forms," said Petty Officer 1st Class Michael
Richardson, 32, of Conroe, Texas, who serves with a detachment of the EOD
unit at Ingleside.

"It's all up to the imagination of whoever's building them."

U.S. service members driving through Iraq on patrols or convoys are taking
steps to reduce the risk. They may vary their routes and scan the roadside,
looking for anything out of the ordinary. But one problem with homemade
bombs is that they often don't look like anything unusual.

"You're trying to look, but you just can't see everything," said Richardson.
"You always have that thought in the back of your mind: `Is today going to
be my day or not?' "

The bombs may be hidden in piles of trash or the carcasses of road kill, or
even inside a soda can.

"It doesn't take that much to hide one," said Richardson. "You can bury it;
you can put it behind a guard rail. You can put it under trash. And these
are all things they were doing."

Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, recently noted
that with some IEDs, "all that is required is someone with a paper bag or a
plastic bag to drop it as a walk-by."

When a homemade bomb is spotted, it may be the bait in a trap. Iraqi
insurgents sometimes set up ambushes targeting U.S. service members who are
sent to investigate and disable an IED.

Insurgents may also capitalize on the confusion that follows a bomb blast by
attacking a stricken convoy or patrol with rocket-propelled grenades and
small arms fire.

Maj. Gen. Odierno said he would like to see a technology developed that
would allow soldiers to jam or explode the bombs from a distance.

In a recent letter to Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., the ranking Democrat on the
House Armed Services Committee, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz
wrote that the Pentagon needs to "aggressively pursue any and all new
systems and technologies that will enhance security to our forces in the

Some military analysts and combat veterans suggest that focusing more on the
people who are making and using homemade bombs is more likely to produce

"With the kind of low-tech stuff we're facing now, if your intelligence is
any good, you begin to get inside the enemy's mind," said Kenneth Allard, a
retired Army colonel and defense analyst with the Center for Strategic and
International Studies. "You begin to read what he's doing, what he's up to -
and, by the way, while you're doing that, you're consistently killing him.
I'm not seeing that now."

Getting more cell phones and satellite phones to the troops on the ground,
Allard suggested, is one step in the right direction.

Commanders at every level, he said, need to have better communications. And
intelligence officers need to be able to talk with Iraqis who are willing to
provide information on the insurgents who are attacking U.S. forces, but
don't necessarily want their neighbors to know what they're doing.

Andrew Bacevich, a Vietnam veteran and retired Army colonel who now serves
as director of Boston University's Center for International Relations, said
the United States finds itself dealing with a level of resistance that was
not anticipated by senior political leaders and some military officials.

"The fact that the enemy is proving to be resourceful and that the enemy
seems to have good intelligence, that the enemy is showing the capacity to
learn and exploit American vulnerabilities, I think, is a great surprise as
far as the administration is concerned," he said.

Bacevich said that if he could change one thing to address the dangers
confronting U.S. forces in Iraq, it would be "to correct our deficiencies in
tactical intelligence."

The use of homemade bombs, by guerrilla forces, against a stronger and
better-equipped enemy, is not without precedent.

British troops dealt with them for many years as religious and cultural
differences played out in Northern Ireland; Israeli soldiers in the West
Bank and Gaza Strip do now. During the Vietnam War, Viet Cong insurgents
sometimes would transform dud U.S. artillery rounds or aerial bombs into
what today would be described as IEDs.

"If you're in a guerrilla war, these things are going to happen, but we
haven't had a lot of direct experience with guerrilla war since Vietnam,"
Bacevich said. "And, indeed, we've tended to view those kinds of wars as
toxic. . Now we find ourselves required to do it, so there's a lot of
learning and catching up that's going on."


(Dallas Morning News correspondent Richard Whittle in Washington contributed
to this report.)

Reuters UK
Blasts hit Baghdad
Tue 25 November, 2003 18:05

By Andrew Marshall

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Loud blasts have echoed across Baghdad after dark and
loudspeakers at the headquarters of the U.S.-led administration ordered
personnel to take cover as an attack was under way.

"Attack. Take cover. This is not a test," the loudspeaker announcements
said, as sirens wailed at the coalition compound in one of Saddam Hussein's
former palace complexes on the west bank of the Tigris river in central

The compound has come under mortar and rocket fire several times this month,
prompting intensified U.S. military operations against guerrilla targets in

Residents of a central Baghdad neighbourhood near the compound said at least
two rockets had landed nearby. A large crater had been blown in the middle
of one road, but there were no signs anybody had been wounded.

A top U.S. general said earlier on Tuesday that tougher U.S. tactics had
halved the number of attacks on his forces in Iraq in the past two weeks,
but that assaults on Iraqis had surged.

General John Abizaid, head of U.S. Central Command, was speaking a day after
Iraq's interim authority submitted a timetable for self-rule and asked the
U.N. Security Council for a new resolution that would end the U.S.-led
occupation in June.

Abizaid said U.S. forces had stepped up operations to counter a rise in
insurgent activity over the past 60 days.

"These offensive actions in the past two weeks have actually driven down
attacks on coalition forces...I would say the attacks are down by about
half," he told a news conference.

"But unfortunately we have found that attacks against Iraqis have
increased," he added.

U.S. administrator Paul Bremer predicted more violence. "We have to
anticipate that there will continue to be a level of terrorism in this
country in the months ahead," he said.


Security on the ground was intense as troops remained on alert for attacks
during the Muslim Eid al-Fitr holiday which marks the end of the holy month
of Ramadan, after weekend killings of U.S. soldiers and two suicide bombings
on police stations that killed 17 Iraqis.

Bremer and the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Governing Council unveiled a plan 10
days ago to restore Iraqi sovereignty in June, reversing earlier U.S.
insistence that a new constitution and elections should precede any transfer
of power.

"The principal reason for this agreement was an effort to reconcile
different positions: an Iraqi desire to directly elect delegates to a
constitutional convention and the coalition's desire to give Iraqis
sovereignty at an early date," Bremer said, adding there would be talks with
the Governing Council about security arrangements after sovereignty was

"It is our anticipation that the (transitional) Iraqi government...will want
to have coalition forces here," he said.

In a letter to the U.N. Security Council on Monday, Jalal Talabani,
president of the Iraqi council, said a provisional legislative body would be
chosen by May 31. This would elect a provisional sovereign government by the
end of June.

Then "the Coalition Provisional Authority will be dissolved and the
occupation...will end", Talabani's letter said.

A new Iraqi constitution would be drafted by March 15, 2005, and then
presented to Iraqis in a referendum. A new government would be elected by
the end of the year, the letter said.


Guerrillas fighting the occupation have killed 183 U.S. troops since
Washington declared major combat over on May 1, according to the latest
Pentagon figures.

Washington blames the attacks on insurgents loyal to Saddam and foreign
Muslim militants.

The United States has about 130,000 troops in Iraq, but some Congressmen say
more are needed to curb the insurgency. Abizaid, however, said there were
enough troops on the ground.

Asked whether U.S.-led forces were facing a coordinated guerrilla campaign,
Abizaid said there were a number of cells operating countrywide, mainly in
urban areas.

"There is some indication of regional coordination between the cells. We
haven't really seen what I would call levels of national coordination,
although that remains unknown," he said.


Nov. 34, 2003;
Australian aid group quits Iraq after rocket attack

CANBERRA, Nov. 24 - Australian aid group CARE Australia has become the
latest international non-government organisation to pull its foreign staff
out of Iraq following a rocket attack on its Baghdad headquarters and death

 The move comes amid a mass exodus of foreign aid workers from Iraq to
escape a wave of suicide attacks and lawlessness, leaving Iraqi staff to try
to run humanitarian programmes.

 A suicide truck bomb killed 22 people at the United Nations' Baghdad
headquarters in August and 12 people died when the International Committee
of the Red Cross was bombed last month.

 ''Many of the non-government organisations are now considering their
options because it's become a very difficult place to be,'' CARE Australia's
chief executive Robert Glasser told Reuters.

Glasser said three rocket propelled grenades were fired at CARE's Baghdad
office at midnight last Friday, with one missing the target but two hitting
the roof and causing minor damage.

 After the attack, CARE received a written death threat from a group calling
itself the Iraqi Resistance, warning that it would attack the organisation's
offices and staff again.

The threat was reported to have warned the ''deadline for all such places,
hotels, houses, oil companies will be the third and last day of Eid''
referring to the feast that ends the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and starts
in most Gulf states on November 25.

Glasser said CARE's six foreign staff had been withdrawn from Iraq and moved
to neighbouring Jordan, while CARE had closed its Baghdad office for a week,
telling 70 local staff to stay home.


''The attack happened at midnight when the building was empty so fortunately
no one was injured, but it was a very serious attack and we have to put the
safety and security of our staff first,'' said Glasser.

''The office is now closed for a week, but we are considering all options,
which could mean reducing our operations there or possibly suspending

CARE's withdrawal follows similar moves by the United Nations, Red Cross,
Oxfam, Save the Children, Caritas, and Medecins Sans Frontieres who have
withdrawn most foreign staff from Baghdad and slashed numbers elsewhere in

Charles Heatly, a spokesman for the U.S.-led administration in Iraq, said
the attack on CARE followed a pattern in which remnants of Saddam Hussein's
regime sought to stop progress.

He said about 30 non-government organisations (NGOs) and other groups
remained although some of the largest ones had left.

''Some NGOs believe it is very important that as the terrorists are clearly
targeting them, they must respond by remaining here,'' Heatly told
Australian Broadcasting Corp radio from Baghdad.

''Others feel that the security environment is too dangerous for them and
that's really a decision for each organisation.''

 Glasser said CARE's decision to close the office was sad, with CARE the
only international non-government organisation (NGO), besides the U.N. and
the Red Cross, to maintain a continuous presence in Iraq since the Gulf War
in 1991.

 CARE currently has about 20 projects in Iraq, with a total value of US$25
million, to repair water and sanitation systems, provide health education
and repair hospitals and health centres.


Nov. 25, 2003,

Donkeys of Mass Destruction
By: William Rivers Pitt - 11/24/03

 About a month into the Iraq invasion, Congress set aside $79 billion in
funds for the military. Recently, Bush requested another $87 billion because
the occupation was dragging on far longer, and was costing more in men and
materiel, than the rosy pre-war forecasts had indicated. In total, this
comes to $166 billion spent on Iraq by the Bush administration.

The actual numbers, while difficult to ascertain, are certain to be
significantly higher. Yale University economist William D. Nordhaus has
crunched the numbers, and states that the cost of this Iraq invasion exceeds
the inflation-adjusted costs of the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the
Mexican War, the Civil War, the Spanish American War and the Persian Gulf
War combined.

Why did we do this? We did this because George W. Bush and the members of
his administration argued, day after day, week after week, month after
month, that Iraq was in possession of massive stores of mass destruction
weapons that would be delivered to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda for use
against the United States.

The total amount of weapons held by Iraq, according to the administration,
is described on a WhiteHouse.gov webpage entitled 'Disarm Saddam Hussein'.
According to this page, Iraq possessed 26,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000
liters of botulinum toxin, 1,000,000 pounds of sarin, mustard and VX gas,
30,000 munitions to deliver these agents, plus mobile biological weapons
labs, uranium from Niger to produce nuclear bombs, along with deep and
abiding al Qaeda connections.

"Simply stated," said Dick Cheney on August 26 2002, "there is no doubt that
Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction."

"We know for a fact that there are weapons there," said Ari Fleischer on
January 9 2003.

"There is no doubt," said General Tommy Franks on March 22 2003, "that the
regime of Saddam Hussein possesses weapons of mass destruction."

"We know where they are," said Don Rumsfeld on March 30 2003, later denying
to the press that he ever said such a thing. "They are in the area around
Tikrit and Baghdad."

"We have sources that tell us," said George W. Bush on February 8 2003,
"that Saddam Hussein recently authorized Iraqi field commanders to use
chemical weapons."

"Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt,"
continued Bush on March 17 2003, "that the Iraq regime continues to possess
and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised."

In his February 5 2003 speech to the United Nations, Secretary of State
Colin Powell warned of the "sinister nexus between Iraq and the Al Qaeda
terrorist network."

George W. Bush, on March 18, had delivered a letter to Congress explicitly
indicating that an attack on Iraq was an attack upon those who perpetrated
September 11. Paragraph two reads, "The use of armed force against Iraq is
consistent with the United States and other countries continuing to take the
necessary actions against international terrorists and terrorist
organizations, including those nations, organizations or persons who
planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred
on September 11, 2001."

On May 1 2003, when he announced the end of "major combat operations," Bush
proclaimed, "We've removed an ally of Al Qaeda."

It is now the 24th of November. Some 9,000 American soldiers have been
wounded in Iraq, according to an official Pentagon count. Well over 400
American soldiers have died. The occupation itself has almost completely
bogged down. Even the 'safe' areas in northern Iraq have seen a startling
upsurge in violence. The two Blackhawks recently downed, to the tune of 17
Americans killed, were attacked in northern Iraq. Two soldiers had their
throats cut in northern Iraq today, with a third killed by a bomb outside

The uranium claims were based on crudely forged documents, the mobile labs
were weather balloon launching platforms sold to Iraq by the British in the
1980s, the al Qaeda claims are utterly impossible to establish as true, any
connection between Iraq and September 11 was publicly denied by George W.
Bush himself recently, and the mass destruction weapons are utterly and
completely absent. Despite the fact that Iraq lacks any aspect of the
formidable arsenal described by the Bush administration, fighters against
the American occupation have managed to slay and maim our troops with sharp
and deadly accuracy.

How? How are people without the vast amounts of money, weapons and training
enjoyed by American forces succeeding in killing and wounding so many of our
soldiers? The answer lies in the same two ingredients that brought defeat to
America on bicycles and oxen and human backs down the length of the Ho Chi
Mihn Trail: Ingenuity and will.

The Palestine Hotel and the Iraq Oil Ministry building came under rocket
attack last week. The missiles were not fired by Iraqi men, but from the
backs of donkey carts. The fuses to remotely launch these missiles were
fashioned out of car batteries. The missiles struck home, gravely wounding a
civilian employee of the American petroleum company Halliburton.

Halliburton had fashioned huge siege walls to protect the Palestine Hotel,
an interesting fact in and of itself. One is forced to wonder exactly how a
company whose purpose is to pull oil out of the ground came to be so adept
at preparing military-style defenses. More interesting, though, is the fact
that those defenses were defeated by donkeys. Not anthrax, not botulinum
toxin, not VX gas, not with any of the 30,000 munitions Bush claims Iraq
possessed, not with a nuclear bomb fashioned with material from Niger, and
not with the help of Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. Halliburton was attacked
by pack mules.

Americans continue to die, the cost of this invasion continues to skyrocket,
and all of the dire threats we were told of do not, in any way, exist. In
short, the donkeys are kicking our ass.

 William Rivers Pitt is a teacher from Boston, MA. He is a New York Times
and international best-selling author of three books - "War On Iraq,"
available from Context Books, "The Greatest Sedition is Silence," available
from Pluto Press, and "Our Flag, Too: The Paradox of Patriotism," available
from Context Books. William is a contributing writer for Liberal Slant. He
is on the writing staff at www.truthout.com where this article was also
published at: http://www.truthout.org/docs_03/112403A.shtml on November
24th. You can E-mail William at: w_pitt at hotmail.com

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