Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 12 May 2007. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Saturday, 12 May 2007.
· Shi‘i sectarian killing spree continues: 17 bodies of murder victims recovered in Baghdad Saturday.
· US command admits five American troops killed near al-Mahmudiyah Saturday.
Resistance attack kills two puppet troops near al-Hadithah early Saturday.
In a dispatch posted at 6pm Makkah time Saturday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a puppet Iraqi army patrol northwest of al-Hadithah, about 270km northwest of Baghdad on Saturday morning.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that a bomb that had been planted by the side of the road east of the Bani Dahir area northwest of al-Hadithah blew up by a passing patrol of the puppet army at 8am local time Saturday morning.
The explosion directly damaged one of the puppet army Humvees and killed two of the puppet soldiers. Another two of the puppet soldiers were wounded in the attack, according to eyewitnesses quoted by the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq.
After the attack, US forces together with their Iraqi puppet army allies imposed a security cordon around the area for more than an hour and proceeded to raid houses nearby in search of “suspects.” Three local residents were arrested.
Resistance bombards US headquarters in al-Haqlaniyah early Saturday.
In a dispatch posted at 2:24pm Baghdad time Saturday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that the Iraqi Resistance fired three mortar rounds into the US military headquarters in al-Haqlaniyah, a suburb of al-Hadithah, about 270km northwest of Baghdad early Saturday morning.
The AMSI reported local residents as saying that plumes of smoke rose from inside the American-occupied headquarters and explosions could be heard going off inside after the initial mortar barrage.
Shi‘i sectarian killing spree continues: 17 bodies of murder victims recovered in Baghdad Saturday.
In a dispatch posted at 12:15am Makkah time Sunday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the puppet police recovered the bodies of 17 murder victims dumped in various parts of US-occupied Baghdad on Saturday.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the puppet police as saying that most of the victims’ bodies were bound and blindfolded and bore signs of torture in addition to having been shot to death in the head. Torture is the trademark of the Shi‘i sectarian militias and the US-run puppet security forces whose members are largely drawn from those militias.
The bodies were taken to the Forensic Medical Department for identification.
Resistance bomb destroys US armored vehicle in Baghdad’s as-Sayyidiyah Saturday.
In a dispatch posted at 10pm Makkah time Saturday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol in the southwestern Baghdad area of as-Sayyidiyah on Saturday.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the explosion destroyed an American armored vehicle. US forces quickly closed off the entire area around where the attack took place so no information on the nature or extent of US casualties was available.
Resistance bomb destroys US Humvee in Baghdad’s al-Baladiyat district Saturday.
In a dispatch posted at 10pm Makkah time Saturday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol in the al-Baladiyat area of eastern Baghdad on Saturday.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the bomb destroyed a US Humvee, which was observed on fire.
Pro-American Shi‘i sectarian SCIRI changes name to SIIC.
In a dispatch posted at 7:10pm Makkah time Saturday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) headed by ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Hakim, a key Shi‘i sectarian ally of the US occupation forces, announced that it had changed its name, dropping the word “revolution.”
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Shi‘i sectarian leader al-Hakim told a press conference in occupied Baghdad that the organization was now going to call itself the “Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council (SIIC).”
Al-Hakim said that the word “revolution” means a change and that that was what the Council had been striving for since its inception. But, he said, there is now no longer a need for the word “revolution” in the organization’s name, since the Iraqi government of President Saddam Husayn had been overthrown by the American occupation, in which the SCIRI’s armed wing, the 30,000-man Badr Brigades, had taken part alongside the American invaders.
Rida Jawad Taqi, a prominent member of the SIIC told the press that the organization had resolved to change its official name in keeping with its new bylaws and in keeping with the “constitution” written for Iraq by American Jewish law professor Noah Feldman.
Shi‘i sectarian gunmen kill Sunni Shaykh on way to Friday worship.
In a dispatch posted at 7:20pm Makkah time Saturday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Shi‘i sectarian militiamen shot and killed a professor at the University of the Islamic Sciences along with his brother in the al-Mansur neighborhood of western Baghdad.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) as denouncing the.
The AMSI reported that Shi‘i sectarian gunmen shot and killed Sa‘d Jasim, a professor in the University of the Islamic Sciences and his brother Muhammad al-Jasim as they were on their way to Friday congregational prayers on the road that separates the districts of al-Washshash and al-Mansur, near the as-Samarra’i Mosque.
The AMSI denounced the killing in a statement that went on to “remind the occupation, the present government, and the militias that the blood of Iraqis will not flow cheaply and that the day of vengeance for the criminals and murderers will not be long in coming.”
The AMSI issued another statement Saturday in which it denounced the arrest of Shaykh Ahmad Buraysim, a member of the AMSI and the Imam of the al-Bashir Mosque in al-Miqdadiyah, 85km north of Baghdad last Wednesday. Five worshippers in the mosque were arrested along with the shaykh by the Americans and their puppet “Iraqi National Guard” allies. AMSI declared that it was holding the American occupation and the puppet regime responsible for the safety of Shaykh al-Buraysim and the five worshipers and demanded their immediate release.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Puppet police intelligence officer killed in Samarra’.
In a dispatch posted at 3:20pm Baghdad time Saturday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq (AMSI) reported that armed men killed a major in the intelligence division of the puppet police in the city of Samarra’, 120km north of Baghdad.
The AMSI reported a puppet security source as saying that armed men attacked the major at his home. The puppet spokesman said that the attackers killed his daughter and then mortally wounded the major before leaving the house.
US command admits five American troops killed near al-Mahmudiyah Saturday.
In a dispatch posted at 4:19pm Makkah time Saturday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushed a US military unit in an area about 20km west of the town of al-Mahmudiyah (which is located some 25km south of Baghdad).
The American Associated Press (AP) reported that nearby American military units heard explosions from the area where the Resistance attacked, and an unmanned spy plane later observed two burning vehicles, the American communiqué said.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported US military communiqués as saying that the attack left five American troops dead and three more of them missing. Mafkarat al-Islam reported the US military as saying that an intensive search was underway for the three missing American troops.
At the same time, the American occupation authorities refused to say whether the three soldiers listed as “missing” had been killed or captured, only saying that their whereabouts were unknown.
The AP reported a puppet Iraqi army officer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, as saying that American and puppet Iraqi forces were conducting house-to-house searches in the area and had closed all roads leading to al-Mahmudiyah.