- The Washington Times - Monday, February 2, 2004

Attacks on U.S. forces and their allies, already numbering dozens a day, are expected to increase ahead of a handover of power to an interim Iraqi administration this summer, U.S. military authorities say.

The warning appeared in a recent incident report listing more than three dozen attacks in a 24-hour period on Jan. 26 and 27. The daily reports are normally restricted to military and security personnel, but a copy was obtained by The Washington Times.

“Anti-coalition forces will exploit increased targets during the upcoming transfer of authority [to an Iraqi interim government] with simple attacks meant to harass coalition forces and gain media attention,” says the introduction to the report.

“The effects of attacks against the coalition will be most acutely felt in terms of public perception of coalition success in Iraq, not in terms of actual impact on the coalition operation.”

The incident report listed the following attacks:

Jan. 27:

• In northern Iraq, U.S. aircraft were attacked with rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) south of Balad at midnight.

• In central Baghdad, an [improvised explosive device (IED)]was found in the Jazitnt Abu Rumyl area of the city. The device consisted of multiple 155mm shells.

• In the west, a convoy was attacked with an IED and small-arms fire in Ar Ramadi at 6 a.m.

Jan. 26:

• A base south of Mosul was targeted with mortar fire at 8 p.m.

• Several suspects were observed emplacing a possible bomb in Mosul at 11:54 p.m.

• A base was attacked with mortar fire half a mile south of Hamman Al Alil (south of Mosul) at 7:45 p.m.

• A patrol was attacked with small-arms fire south of Mosul at 7 p.m.

• A convoy was attacked with an IED and small-arms fire south of Tikrit at 3:30 p.m.

• A convoy was attacked with an IED and small-arms fire in Tikrit at 3:30 p.m.

• A police station in northeast Mosul was targeted with RPGs at 3 p.m.

• A convoy was attacked with small-arms fire in Tikrit at 10 a.m.

• A coalition and Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC) joint combat patrol was attacked with small-arms fire north of Ad Duluyiah (east of Balad) at 9 a.m.

• A bomb was discovered west of Tikrit. It was a 60mm mortar round.

• A bomb was discovered south of Tikrit.

• An assailant attacked a base in Qas Tal airfield with small-arms fire at 11 p.m.

• The Green Zone received rocket fire in the vicinity of Al Karkh at 10:40 p.m. The device was a 127mm rocket.

• ICDC members guarding a gas station were attacked by small-arms fire in the North Qas Tal airfield area of the capital at 10:30 p.m. The suspects fled in a green Opel.

• A patrol came under small-arms fire from a vehicle and building in the Jazitnt Abu Rumyl area at 9.45 p.m.

• A unit was targeted with mortar fire at the oil refinery at the same area at 9:45 p.m.

• A bomb exploded in the Al Kindi neighborhood of Baghdad at 9 p.m. The device was a 157mm mortar round in the median.

• A bomb exploded in the Al Harithyah area at 9 p.m.

• A patrol was attacked with RPG north of Biap at 9 p.m.

• A patrol was attacked with small-arms fire in Salim al Hammabi area at 7 p.m.

• A bomb was discovered in the Al Azamiyah area of Baghdad.

cA bomb was discovered in the Al Marifah area of the city.

• An Iraqi civilian vehicle was attacked with an IED in the Jazitnt Abu Rumyl area of Baghdad.

• A bomb was discovered in the Martyrs Monument area of Baghdad.

• A bomb was discovered in the Shari Al Urdun area of Baghdad. It was a 130mm artillery round, blasting caps and car-alarm detonator.

• A U.S. aircraft reported taking RPG fire northwest of Hit (northwest of Ar Ramadi) at 9 p.m.

• An antitank mine was discovered in Al Asad (south of Hadithah). The bomb was emplaced in a break in the pavement at a highway intersection.

• A unit observed mortar fire from west of Ar Ramadi at 7:30 p.m.

• A patrol was attacked with small-arms fire northwest of Fallujah at 11:30 p.m.

• An air patrol was attacked with an RPG northwest of Hit at 9 p.m.

• A land mine was discovered west of Baghdad.

• A bomb was discovered in Ar Ramadi. It was a 152mm round with a wire running from it.

• An explosion occurred on railroad tracks in Fallujah.

• In the south, the police chief of Karbala’s home was attacked with small-arms fire at 9:30 p.m.

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