Report for events of Thursday, 13 January
2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial
board The Free Arab Voice.
ar-Ramadi – al-Anbar Province.
Attack in ar-Ramadi Thursday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces in ar-Ramadi attacked US troops at 3pm Thursday,
destroying two Humvees and killing six American soldiers and wounding two
Resistance ambush in as-Sabihat area.
Iraqi Resistance forces armed with rockets and bazookas and taking cover
behind concrete barriers placed at the outskirts of town by the Americans,
attacked a US column by the wooden bridge in the as-Sabihat area.
Witnesses reported that one of the Resistance fighters was martyred in the
attack and another wounded. The Americans called in helicopters to carry
away the bodies of their soldiers from the scene, the exact number of
which was unknown.
A fierce battle between Iraqi Resistance forces and US occupation troops
raged for 20 minutes Thursday evening in Hit. The local correspondent of
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at about 5:45pm Thursday, local time, a
battle broke out on the strategic road in the al-Bu Haiyiyat area.
Resistance fighters fired BKC machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades,
bazookas, and C5K rockets. The battle ended at about 7:05pm, with six
Humvees totally burnt and more than 15 American soldiers dead. The
Resistance fighters seized 11 US weapons.
The correspondent reported witnesses as saying that a US column fell into
a trap set by the Resistance. Resistance fighters had concealed themselves
atop hills and rises in the area overlooking the road along which the
Americans were traveling. The Resistance fighters made use of the
commanding heights when they ambushed the Americans below.
In his report, posted at 8:55pm Mecca time, the correspondent reported
that fires were still burning in the wrecked US vehicles and the bodies of
the dead Americans were still strewn about the road, while some others
were smoldering inside the flaming wrecked vehicles.
Resistance sources said that four Resistance fighters were martyred in the
attack, one of them a fraternal Arab fighter. They were killed when a US
helicopter fired a rocket at their position as they were leaving the
battlefield after the end of the fighting.
Resistance shoots down unmanned US spy plane in Hit.
Iraqi Resistance forces shot down an unmanned US reconnaissance plane over
Hit at 4am Thursday. The craft crashed in the az-Zawiyah area east of the
city. An armed Resistance detachment claimed responsibility for the
downing of the craft, saying that it was shot down using a 37mm
anti-aircraft gun. The group, which did not disclose its name, pledged to
prevent all US aircraft from now on from using the local airspace.
Delegation from al-Fallujah delivers memorandum to UN representatives
about US crimes in their city.
A delegation of residents of the Iraqi city of al-Fallujah has submitted a
memorandum to the General Secretary of the United Nations, Kofi Annan that
consists of two reports. The first report details crimes committed by the
US occupation forces in the city between 7 November and 30 December 2004.
The second is concerned with the situation of refugees from the city, who
were driven from their homes by the US offensive on the city that began in
The delegation, which handed over their memorandum to the United Nations
office in Amman, Jordan, consisted of representatives of the Board of
Muslim ‘Ulama’ Scholars, the General Assembly of tribal Shaykhs of
al-Fallujah, the Consultative council of al-Fallujah, the General
Secretariat for Ifta’ religious legal opinion and Education in
al-Fallujah, the Center for Study of Democracy and Human Rights, and a
number of institutions of civil society in the city.
The Jordanian newspaper al-‘Arab al-Yawm reported that the memorandum
demanded the withdrawal of US occupation forces and the puppet “national
guard” from the city, the release of all prisoners from al-Fallujah.
The memorandum also demanded that international humanitarian agencies
under the supervision and direction of the United Nations be more
effective and comprehensive in their treatment of the affairs of the
refugees and the supervision of their return home, that it bring in
psychological doctors to treat those traumatized psychologically by their
It demanded that the United Nations, the International Red Cross, and the
Iraqi Red Crescent Society supervise the return of the refugees to their
The delegation also called for speeding up the formation of international
fact finding committees independent of the US occupation to look into
matters there and to bring war criminals before international courts. It
also called for postponing elections until a time table had been announced
and US forces withdrawn from Iraq, in order to assure their legitimacy.
Resistance bombards US camp in al-Qa’im.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired nine 120mm mortar rounds into the US base
known as 22A in the area of al-Qa’im in al-Anbar Province on the Syrian
border at 6am Thursday. The intensity of the blasts produced by the
bombardment woke up the whole city, Mafkarat al-Islam reported. Thick
smoke enveloped the area as sirens wailed.
Resistance attacks in Abu Ghurayb area.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the Kharnabat area of Abu
Ghurayb on Thursday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing four
US troops. American forces encircled the area after the attack and hauled
away the wrecked vehicle an hour after the blast.
Heavy Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs exploded on the Old Road in Abu
Ghurayb at about 10:30am, setting a Bradley armored vehicle and a Humvee
ablaze and killing five US troops and seriously wounding three more.
Resistance attacks in ar-Ridwaniyah.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the middle of a dirt road in the
al-Qatta‘ area of ar-Ridwaniyah at 8am Thursday, destroying an Abrams tank
and killing all aboard, according to witnesses.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the Duwaylibah area of
ar-Ridwaniyahat about 9:45am Thursday, destroying a small ZiL truck loaded
with troops. Eleven US soldiers died in the attack and five more were
seriously injured, some of them losing limbs, according to witnesses. US
troops then arrested 27 individuals who happened to be in the area.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the al-Karaghul area of ar-Ridwaniyah
at about 4pm Thursday, destroying a Humvee and killing three US troops.
Resistance attack in as-Suwayrah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol in as-Suwayrah at about
8:30am Thursday, and then Resistance fighters fired rockets at the
Americans. The attack destroyed a Humvee and a civilian truck loaded with
provisions. Six US troops were killed. Two passers by also died when the
US troops responded by opening fire indiscriminately.
Resistance attack in al-Hurriyah ad-Dawli‘i.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the al-Hurriyah ad-Dawli‘i area of
Baghdad at about 7:30am Thursday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and
killing two US troops and seriously wounding a third. US forces encircled
the area and opened fire indiscriminately on cars, killing two persons.
Within two hours the Americans had hauled away the wreckage of the
CIA agents reported killed in ambush.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb planted by the trunk of a palm tree on Airport
Road in the area between the neighborhoods of al-‘Amiriyah and al-Furat at
about 12:30pm Thursday, destroying a GMC command car and killing four
members of the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) who were aboard
it. US occupation troops closed the roads leading to the area for more
than two and a half hours, during which time they hauled away the
Resistance fighters kill US snipers and disable Bradley on Hayfa
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with rockets disabled a Bradley armored
vehicle on Hayfa Street in Baghdad’s al-Karakh District at about 2pm
Thursday, killing one US soldier. At the same time, Resistance fighters
armed with BKC machine guns killed three US snipers as they came down from
one of the buildings on the street. Thus a total of four US troops were
killed in those attacks. Three other American troops were wounded.
Fire bomb attack on Humvee.
An Iraqi Resistance fighter hurled a gasoline bomb at a Humvee near the
tunnel in the Bab ash-Sharqi area of Baghdad at about 2:15pm Thursday,
burning three US soldiers. One of them continued to burn inside the
Humvee, while the other two suffered first-degree burns. The Humvee
remained burning for three hours, local witnesses reported.
Resistance attack in Sadr al-Qanat.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a US patrol on the highway in the Sadr
al-Qanat area north of Baghdad at about 4:30pm Thursday, destroying a
military truck loaded with supplies and a Humvee, and killing three US
troops and seriously wounding two more.
Resistance bomb destroys truck in ash-Sha‘b district.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the ash-Sha‘b district of Baghdad at
about 4:15pm Thursday, destroying a civilian truck loaded with provisions
and killing one US soldier and wounding a second.
Iraqi Resistance attacks in ad-Durah on Thursday.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with rocket-propelled grenades and BKC
machine guns ambushed a US column in the ‘Arab Jabbur area of the southern
Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 11am Thursday, destroying two Bradley
armored vehicles and three Humvees and killing 17 US troops, among them an
officer. Five more American soldiers were severly wounded. Afterwards, US
forces sealed off the area and opened fire indiscriminately on houses and
fields and arrested 58 local residents, including two women and 13
children between the ages of 13 and 15.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb concealed in garbage by the side of a road
exploded near the refinery in ad-Durah at about 1:30pm Thursday,
destroying a Humvee and killing three US soldiers and severely wounding a
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the Hur Rajab area of ad-Durah at
about 2:10pm Thursday, destroying a command Humvee and killing all aboard,
one of them being an officer. US forces then encircled the area with
armored vehicles and troops and arrested nine residents of the
Also in Hur Rajab, Iraqi Resistance forces armed with BKC machine guns
shot down an unmanned US reconnaissance airplane. Once hit, the aircraft
crashed into a field at about 4:30pm Thursday.
Resistance ambush in Salman Bak.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with rockets ambushed a US column in
Salman Bak at about 9am Thursday, destroying two US military trucks and a
Humvee and killing five American soldiers and seriously wounding two more.
Resistance attacks in the at-Taji area.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the al-Mushahadah area of
at-Taji, north of Baghdad at 7am Thursday, destroying an Abrams tank and
killing three US troops. An American force surrounded the area and opened
fire indiscriminately, striking four local people. They then arrested
eight others in the area.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the al-Mushahadah area near the river
at about 3:30pm Thursday, destroying a Humvee and killing four US troops.
American forces then opened fire indiscriminately on homes in the area and
seriously wounded two local civilians.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in Hur al-Basha in at-Taji at about
4pm Thursday, disabling an Abrams tank and killing one US soldier and
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded at the at-Tarimiyah crossing in
al-Mushahadah at about 5:15pm Thursday evening, destroying a Bradley
armored vehicle and two civilian trucks in addition to killing seven US
troops. The Americans then opened fire indiscriminately, severely wounding
six local civilians.
Resistance ambush in al-Ishaqi.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with BKC machine guns and
rockete-propelled grenades attacked a US column in al-Ishaqi, north of
at-Taji at about 12:15pm Thursday, destroying two military trucks and
killing four US troops.
Resistance attacks on puppet “national guard” troops in Baghdad.
Three Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and
riding in an Opel car shot and killed two members of the puppet “national
guard” in the al-Jihad neighborhood of Baghdad at about 2:20pm Thursday
Iraqi Resistance fighters hurled hand grenades at puppet “national guard”
troops in the al-Mushahadah and al-Fahhamah area of Baghdad’s al-Karakh
district at about 4pm Thursday, killing four puppet guards.
In pre-dawn raids: US troops steal money, valuables and arrest
residents in al-‘Amiriyah.
US occupation forces together with puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard”
troops carried out a campaign of raids and arrests of a number of homes
and offices in the al-‘Amiriyah area of south Baghdad on Thursday. The
correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that American forces and
puppet guards raided the Maktab al-Huda real estate office on
al-Munazzamah Street in al-‘Amiriyah ata bout 2am Thursday morning.
Witnesses said that US troops blasted the door of the office open with
hand grenades then stormed into the building from which they stole 8
million Iraqi dinars and US$5,000, in addition to some valuables.
After that, the Americans and their stooges raided neighboring houses,
arresting three persons and stealing money and any household valuables
they found in the homes, Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent reported.
Resistance abducts Turkish profiteer collaborating with US forces.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported on Thursday that Iraqi Resistance
fighters had attacked a hotel in Baghdad Thursday morning, killing six
Iraqi persons and abducted a Turkish profiteer working for the American
US arrests Sunni religious leader in Baghdad.
The Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ Scholars confirmed on Thursday that US
occupation forces had arrested one of its members when they raided his
house in Baghdad Wednesday-Thursday night. Shaykh ‘Umar Raghib Zaydan told
Reuters that US forces attacked the house of Shaykh Ahmad al-Jabburi
during the night. They searched the home, and when they found nothing,
they arrested al-Jabburi.
Zaydan added that al-Jabburi is a professor at the Islamic University and
an imam of the mosque north of Baghdad. Zaydan added that the Americans
have more than 50 members of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ in custody.
Zaydan said that these arrests are part of a US effort to pressure the
Board to change its position on the election farce that Washington has
slated to take place in Iraq on 30 January. The Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’
opposes elections under occupation. Zaydan said that the Board would not
be changing its stand on the elections.
“President” of south Korea: Korean occupation troops to stay in Iraq as
long as US wants.
The “president” of south Korea, Roh Moo-hyun, on Thursday announced that
the duration of stay for his regime’s occupation troops would be until the
goals set by the United States are attained, Reuters reported.
South Korea has been occupied by US forces since 1945 and is itself under
the thumb of Washington. In keeping with its subservient role, the small
state has sent the third largest force of occupation troops to Iraq after
those of the United States and Britain – some 3,600 men by official count.
The statement by the “leader” of south Korea on Thursday is another
indication that south Korean decisions on matters of state are in fact
made in Washington.
Two aides to pro-American religious leader assassinated by Resistance.
A high-ranking member of the entourage of pro-American Shi‘i religious
authority Ayatallah ‘Ali as-Sistani announced on Thursday that Iraqi
Resistance fighters had killed two aides of as-Sistani. Reuters reported
that Muhammad al-Mada’in along with his son and four body guards were
killed in Salman Bak, south of Baghdad, on Wednesday.
Another aide to as-Sistani who worked in as-Sistani’s office in an-Najaf
was also found dead, but his identity was not immediately disclosed.
As-Sistani is one of the chief supporters of the US-backed sham election
slated for 30 January.
Al-Latifiyah – al-Yusufiyah – al-Iskandariyah.
Deadly car bombing blasts American-puppet-guard checkpoint in
An Iraqi Resistanc car bomb exploded at a joint US-puppet “national guard”
checkpoint in al-Latifiyah at about 4:20pm Thursday afternoon, destroying
a Humvee and killing six US soldiers and nine puppet guards.
Resistance bombing in al-Latifiyah.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in al-Latifiyah at about 8am Thursday,
destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and a Humvee and killing seven US
troops. American forces then encircled the area with their vehicles and
within two and a half hours hauled away the wreckage.
Resistance bomb attack in al-Jannabiyyin.
Several heavy Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs exploded in the
al-Jannabiyyin area of al-Latifiyah at about 1:20pm Thursday, destroying
one Bradley armored vehicle and disabling a second. Five US troops were
killed and three more were seriously wounded.
Resistance attack targets US troops, Iraqi puppets in as-Sayyid
A Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs exploded in the as-Sayyid ‘Abdallah area
west of al-Latifiyah at about 3:15pm Thursday, destroying a US Humvee and
a pickup truck belonging to the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard.”
Four US troops and seven puppet guards were killed in the attack.
US troops kill local residents of al-Iskandariyah after Resistance
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in al-Iskandariyah at about
12:40pm Thursday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing two US
troops and seriously wounding two more. US occupation troops then opened
fire indiscriminately on surrounding houses and shops, killing three local
people and seriously wounding seven more.
battles in as-Sayyidiyah.
Fighting erupted near the Darwish Restaurant in as-Sayyidiyah at about
10pm Wednesday night between Resistnace forces on one side and US troops
and puppet police on the other. The fighting left a US Bradley armored
vehicle, a US Humvee, and two Land Cruisers belonging to the puppet police
destroyed and eight US soldiers and 13 puppet policemen dead. Five Iraqi
Resistance fighters were killed in the battle as well. A civilian car was
also burned, but it is not know whether that vehicle belonged to the
Resistance fighters or to local civilians.
At about 10:15pm clashes broke out in the ad-Durah crossing area of
as-Sayyidiyah, between Resistance fighters on the one hand, and the
Americans, puppet police, and puppet “national guards,” on the other. A US
Humvee and two Land Cruisers belonging to the puppet police and a pickup
belonging to the puppet guards were destroyed. Three US soldiers, seven
puppet guards, and four puppet police were killed. Two Resistance fighters
were martyred in the engagement. US forces opened fire indiscriminately
around the area, inflicting minor damage.
Deadly Resistance attack on Polish aggressors followed by arrest of
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in a sewer opening in the middle of a
street in the southern city of al-Hillah at 11am Thursday, destroying a
Polish military vehicle and killing two Polish aggressor troops and
seriously wounding three more.
An officer in the puppet police in the city confirmed for Mafkarat
al-Islam the report of the killing of the two Poles. Other Polish invader
troops encircled the scene of the attack for four hours. They then left
the area after arresting a Sunni religious scholar, claiming that he had
some sort of connection with the ambush.
The correspondent reported that when the Poles went to arrest the scholar,
the latter defended himself and demanded that they show cause for charging
and arresting him. But one of the Polish aggressor officers responded,
“you all are the reason for the trouble” and then hurled vulgar verbal
assaults at the scholar, calling him a “Wahhabi” and mocked his religious
The correspondent reported that this is not the first time that Sunni
citizens in the city have been arrested by the occupation and its stooges
after Resistance attacks.
Resistance sharpshooter kills British soldier.
An Iraqi Resistance sharp shooter shot and killed a British occupation
soldier in the southern Iraqi city of al-Basrah. Witnesses told Mafkarat
al-Islam that the attack took place at 1pm Thursday, local time, and that
the Iraqi sharp shooter fired at the British soldier who was standing with
a group of his fellows at a check point outside the Bulat ash-Shuhada’
school on al-Jaysh ash-Sha‘bi Street in downtown al-Basrah.
Eyewitnesses on the scene reported that the soldier had been shot in the
face and that he died instantly.
British soldiers then drove away all the journalists who had gathered on
the scene. The British troops then claimed that the dead man was an Iraqi
and that he had been killed by “terrorists.”
bombardments across Iraq on Thursday.
At about 8:15am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 120mm mortar
rounds into the US al-Bakr base in Balad, north of Baghdad, sending plumes
of smoke rising into the sky from within the camp.
At about 9:30am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five Katyusha
rockets into the US Sukkaniya base in the area of the south Baghdad suburb
of ad-Durah, sending clouds of smoke billowing into the sky over the
At about 10am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three 82mm mortar
rounds and four Katyusha rockets into the puppet so-called “Iraqi ministry
of petroleum” on Palestine Street in Baghdad, damaging the building and
sending smoke rising into the sky.
At about 10:30am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five Katyusha
rockets into the puppet so-called “Iraqi interior ministry” on Palestine
Street in Baghdad, damaging the building and sending smoke rising into the
At about 11:30pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Grad
rockets into the area where the US occupation has its headquarters in the
Republican Palace, known to the invaders as “the green zone,” sending
clouds of smoke rising into the sky. Three US medical helicopters were
observed landing and taking off from the facility.
At about 2:30pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven 120mm mortar
rounds into the US base at Saddam International Airport, sending clouds of
smoke rising into the sky.
At about 3:10pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four 120mm mortar
rounds into the US base in what formerly was the headquarters of the Iraqi
chiefs of staff in al-‘Amiriyah south of Baghdad. Clouds of smoke rose
over the facility after the bombardment.
At about 5:30pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 82mm mortar
rounds into the US Sukkaniya base in the area of the south Baghdad suburb
of ad-Durah, sending clouds of smoke billowing into the sky over the
Al-‘Arab al-Yawm, daily newspaper. 13 January 2005.