Wednesday, 19 January 2005.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in the al-‘Ummal neighborhood of ar-Ramadi as a US column was passing at 10:40am Wednesday morning. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb exploded by a Humvee, killing three US troops and wounding one other seriously.
The correspondent wrote that US forces were using a new technique to deal with bombs, sending a robotic device ahead of the column to detect land mines. Apparently, however, it failed in this instance, since today there was a robot preceding the US column as it advanced towards the city but it did not detect the bomb. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent wrote that the failure of the American robot was probably due to the Resistance using new and advanced methods for planting land mines and moveable bombs.
Brother and eyewitness tells the story: Resistance martyrdom fighter blows himself up killing four American troops in al-Qa’im Wednesday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter blew himself up amidst a group of US soldiers inside a government building in the city of al-Qa’im on the border with Syria Wednesday afternoon.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported local eyewitnesses as saying that the attack occurred at 4pm Wednesday, local time and left four US troops dead and 10 more American soldiers lightly and moderately wounded.
Tuesday was a bloody day of fighting between US forces and the Iraqi Resistance but Wednesday began with the US forces announcing what they called an “amnesty for fighters and gunmen.” US forces offered sums of money to anyone who would hand in a weapon. US$1,000 was offered for anyone handing in an anti-tank rocket launcher, US$1,500 to anyone handing in a Strela rocket, US$500 or more to anyone handing in bombs or land mines, depending on the yield of the explosive.
The correspondent reported that the Americans also offered US$250 for any type of submachine gun that was handed in. US$100 was the price for a hand grenade. US$10,000 was the price for a mortar, particularly since the Resistance fires mortars at the US bases on a daily basis. The Americans also set specific prices for the ammunition for each of these weapons.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent noted that by setting such attractive prices for weapons, the Americans were trying to exploit the grinding poverty in which the local people of al-Qa’im live, particularly those who fight in the Resistance and their families.
The Americans opened a center for the handover of weapons inside a government building and they hoped that the townspeople would be rushing to take advantage of their “generous offer.”
But the Resistance had a surprise in store for the Americans. A martyrdom fighter wearing an explosive belt and armed with an RPG7 anti-tank rocket launcher stormed into the building, blew himself up, and killed four Americans in the process.
Later, at the Martyrs’ Cemetery in the center of al-Qa’im, the brother of the martyr spoke to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. “My brother tricked the occupation troops into thinking that he was the first person to come in and sell his weapons. That’s how he got inside with them. I was watching. Then he blew himself up in front of the inside door to the building when US troops had gathered around him to examine the rocket launcher that he was carrying, or maybe they had doubts about him, I don’t know for sure.”
The brother of the martyr went on, “There were more than 10 troops gathered around him. Really, I don’t know how many of them died and how many were wounded. But I saw them all lying on the floor.”
The correspondent noted that this account was confirmed to him by a member of the local puppet police.
The martyr’s brother finished his story saying, “The American occupation forces left that building about three hours after the explosion, after they had loaded up their corpses and taken them away. They looked like little children, with their desperate steps. Then we rushed into the building to find my brother who had been blown into charred remains from his head to the bottom of his feet – except for his chest.” The martyr’s brother swore that his brother’s chest was uncut because he had learned the Qur’an by heart. “Praise be to God,” the brother told the correspondent, “my brother has been granted martyrdom. We are not like those other cowardly Iraqis who sold their arms – really their honor – to the infidel occupiers.”
The martyr’s brother told the correspondent that this was not the first such incident in his family. He had another brother who was a martyrdom fighter and gave his life in a martyrdom attack more than a year ago.
Iraqi Resistance shoots down huge US Chinook helicopter west of Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces shot down a US Chinook transport helicopter in the village of Jubbah north of the city of Hadithah, 17km west of Baghdad.
Witnesses in the village told Mafkarat al-Islam that the huge helicopter was flying over the village at a low altitude together with two Apache helicopters that were there to provided cover as it approached the base that the American invaders have named ‘Ayn al-Asad (known formerly as al-Qadisiyah).
As it passed over the village at 8:30am Resistance fighters in the al-Qal‘ah (Citadel) area fired a SAM7 missile at the Chinook, totally blowing it up and killing all aboard. The witnesses could not specify the number of casualties, but one village policeman told the correspondent that 30 US troops were killed in the attack and that four Resistance fighters who fired the rocket were killed when one of the Apache helicopters fired a rocket at the launcher used to fire the SAM7. Shaykh Abu Sayf of the Jihadi Brigades of the 1920 Revolution confirmed that fact when he told Mafkarat al-Islam: “The operation to shoot down the aircraft was done by us with a SAM& rocket and four of the fighters were killed in the operation.”
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam personally saw the wreckage of the helicopter and took eights shots of the craft and took four pictures of dead US soldiers lying on the ground 200 meters from where the helicopter crashed. But US occupation troops encircled the area and prohibited journalists from taking pictures. The troops seized the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent’s personal camera and took out its contents and then broke it. The American troops did the same thing to six journalists among them a photographer working for Agence France Presse (AFP).
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam added that the American soldiers threatened to arrest the French correspondent if he didn’t leave the area. When the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent left the area, six bodies of Americans were hanging in the tops of palm trees and floating in the Euphrates River. The Chinook helicopter is one of the most massive US helicopters, able to carry three vehicles.
Deadly Resistance car bombs target Australian official’s motorcade near the Australian embassy, puppet police station in Baghdad, other targets early Wednesday.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by the Australian embassy in the al-Karradah area of Baghdad near the two-story bridge. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast took place at 9:30am Wednesday and that the target was a motorcade that was bringing an official to work in the Australian embassy.
The blast destroyed two GMC command cars and disabled a third vehicle. Nine personal guards were killed in the attack, all of them guards of the targeted Australian official. The explosion was so powerful that it damaged neighboring houses as well. Three Iraqi puppet policemen who were on guard at the embassy were also killed.
The correspondent reported that so far there had been no word on whether the targeted Australian official had been killed or not.
Earlier, Reuters reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded near the Australian embassy in Baghdad. Reuters said that puppet police sources and witnesses reported that an attacker driving an explosives-laden car approached the Australian embassy in downtown Baghdad and blew up, killing at least one person and wounding seven more.
Reuters later reported that the organization Base [Qa‘idah] of the Organization of Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers run by Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi had claimed responsibility for the bombing at the Australian embassy.
Car bombing at front gates to US al-Muthanna airbase in Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter detonated an explosives-laden car at a US checkpoint at the entrance to al-Muthanna airbase in Baghdad. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the attack took place at the point where one crosses through the concrete barriers and into the base at 8:15am Wednesday. Four US troops were killed and two more wounded. Eight puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” were killed and six more of them wounded in the attack.
Car bombing targets puppet police in Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded at the puppet police station in the al-‘Alawiyah area north of Baghdad at 9:30am Wednesday, killing nine puppet police and wounding 19 others.
Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb in Abu Ghurayb.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated a roadside bomb in the village of az-Zaydan in the Abu Ghurayb area at 7:15am Wednesday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing three US troops. US forces then opened fire indiscriminately at houses and passers by, killing five innocent Iraqi civilians.
Resistance fighters execute collaborator gunmen.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles liquidated three members of the collaborationist Badr Brigades in a 1995 Opel on az-Zaytun street in Abu Ghurayb at 2:30pm Wednesday.
Resistance bombing in as-Suwayrah.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in as-Suwayrah, south of Baghdad, at 11:30am Wednesday, destroying a US Humvee and killing four US troops. US forces took one hour to haul away the wrecked Humvee.
Resistance attacks US convoy in ar-Ridwaniyah Wednesday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing rockets attacked US forces in the Third Bridge area of ar-Ridwaniyah at 2:30pm Wednesday, destroying a US military truck carrying supplies and small ZiL truck loaded with equipment for the US occupation forces. Witnesses said that four US troops were killed in the attack. Afterwards American forces encircled the area and sealed it off while they spent two hour and a quarter hours hauling away their wreckage.
Fighting in al-Karakh.
Fighting broke out on Hayfa Street, in al-Fahhamah, and al-Mushahadah in Baghdad’s al-Karakh District between Iraqi Resistance forces and puppet “national guards” at about 10:15am Wednesday. Resistance fighters hurling hand grenades killed three puppet guards. One Resistance fighter was severely wounded by an American sniper.
Fighting on Airport Road in Baghdad.
Fierce fighting broke out between the Iraqi Resistance, armed with rockets and BKC machine guns, and US troops near the Ibn Taymiyah Mosque on Airport Road at 9:15am Wednesday. One US Humvee was destroyed and a Bradley armored vehicle disabled. Seven US troops were killed and four more seriously wounded. Three Iraqi Resistance fighters were martyred.
Resistance ambushes US column in al-Ishaqi.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated bombs under a US column in the al-Ishaqi area north of at-Taji at about 1:45pm Wednesday, and then opened fire with rockets, destroying two civilian trucks loaded with supplies for the US occupation troops. Two US troops were killed in the attack.
Resistance attacks column in Sadr al-Qanat area.
Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed a US column on the highway in the Sadr al-Qanat area north of Baghdad at about 4pm Wednesday, destroying a Humvee and a civilian truck carrying supplies. Five US troops were killed and a sixth wounded.
US-backed Baghdad regime suspected of cutting off water, food, electricity to try to force people to vote in sham “election.”
Baghdad residents greeted the Eid al-Adha holiday with rising anger against the US-installed puppet government, after passing several days without running water. Without warning the drinking water supply had been cut off a couple days earlier. Local people noted that a shut off of the water supply was unprecedented, something that did not even happen at the most critical times during the American war against their country.
The water shortage crisis was thus now added to the electricity shortage as one of the “services” provided by the American occupation regime, and many, particularly in Sunni areas, saw the crisis as a part of the ‘Allawi regime’s effort to force people to take part in the election farce planned for 30 January.
Haydar Shakir Mahmud, who owns a house with a well, told al-Quds al-‘Arabi newspaper that people have been flocking to visit him for three days now to ask for water. Like many Iraqis, Mahmud dug the well and put a small pump atop it shortly before the US aggression in spring 2003, fearful that the American attack might knock out the water supply.
Mahmud warns the people who get water from his well that it’s not drinkable, since it hasn’t been sterilized, and tells them to boil it before using it, or else they might contract diseases.
The puppet head of the Baghdad provincial assembly Muhammad Baqir as-Suhayl acknowledged that his department has received many complaints about the lack of water, saying that they are forwarded to the appropriate departments.
Many see the water shortage as an effort by the US-backed regime to force people to vote in the sham “elections” being pushed by the Americans for 30 January in an effort to throw a veneer of “democratic legitimacy” over their occupation.
Local residents were reported by Mafkarat al-Islam as saying that the US-installed regime had cut off electricity and water supplies to several places where there is a Sunni majority, as a “preliminary threat” in response to their refusal to take part in the election farce.
Residents told Mafkarat al-Islam that in addition, the regime had begun denying food ration cards to the populace who reject the sham “election.” They have stolen money and also carried out evictions of populations not going along with the farce.
In addition, US soldiers and puppet troops from time to time open fire randomly on houses, claiming that they are searching for “hidden ‘terrorists’,” and storm into people’s homes in the middle of the night.
Resistance liquidates collaborator gunman in al-Hurriyah ad-Dabbash area of Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles and assassinated a member of the collaborationist Badr Brigades as he came out of his house in the al-Hurriyah ad-Dabbash area in Baghdad at about 9am Wednesday.
Al-Latifiyah – al-Iskandariayh – al-Yusufiyah.
Massive Iraqi Resistance car bombings target puppet forces in al-Latifiyah and al-Iskandariyah.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded at a puppet “national guard” check point on the main road in al-Latifiyah at 7:30am Wednesday. Eye witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast destroyed a Nissan pickup belonging to the puppet guard and killed 14 Iraqi puppet troops.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded at an Iraqi puppet police check point near the Baratah Mosque in al-Latifiyah at 11:15am Wednesday, destroying four Land Cruisers belonging to the puppet police and killing 13 puppet policemen. Seven more were wounded. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the puppet police who were the target of the attack had gathered to carry out searches and change duty shifts. Four passers by were also killed in the attack and several private cars were set ablaze.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden car into a joint US-puppet “national guard” check point south of al-Latifiyah in the al-Iskandariyah area and blew it up at 4:15pm Wednesday afternoon. Witnesses said that the blast destroyed one American Bradley armored vehicle and two Humvees as well as a Nissan pickup belonging to the puppet guards. Nine US troops and 12 puppet “national guards” were killed in the attack.
Resistance ambushes US column in al-Jannabiyin Wednesday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated several bombs under a US column in the al-Jannabiyin area near al-Latifiyah at about 3:10pm Wednesday and then opened fire with rockets and BKC machine guns. Three Humvees were destroyed and one Bradley armored vehicle was damaged. Ten US troops were killed and four other Ameican soldiers seriously wounded. US forces then opened fire indiscriminately on neighboring houses and then arrested 27 local residents.
Bomb attack in al-Yusufiyah Wednesday evening.
Two Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs exploded in the al-Qasr al-Awsat area of al-Yusufiyah at 5:30pm Wednesday, killing three US troops and seriously wounding two more. US forces opened fire indiscriminately on neighboring houses seriously wounding three civilians.
Resistance bomb attack in Tikrit.
Several Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs exploded in the Salah ad-Din area at the entrance to the city of Tikrit at about 12:14pm Wednesday, destroying a Humvee and a military truck loaded with supplies and killing four US troops and seriously wounding two more. US forces then sealed off the area and searched for Resistance fighters, arresting eight persons.
Resistance pounds US camp with deadly mortar bombardment.
Iraqi Resistance forces mounted a barrage against the US base in Samarra’, north of Baghdad, setting off massive fires within the compound.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the city reported that the Resistance fired about 40 mortar rounds against the US base, set up in a former presidential palace at 5am Wednesday morning. The bombardment set massive fires that raged until 10am. The sound of secondary explosions within the camp could be heard going off after the end of the barrage. The correspondent reported that he saw five huge Chinook helicopters evacuating dead and wounded from the base towards Baghdad.
Translators working for the Americans inside the base told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Americans were talking about 73 US dead and wounded in the bombardment, among them 17 officers, one of them a captain who was on an inspection visit.
In a communiqué circulated in mosques in the Wednesday morning, the Brigades of Asadallah al-Ghalib declared their responsibility for the attack, which they called “a present to the people of Iraq on the Eid al-Adha holiday.”
Resistance bomb in al-Basrah kills British soldier.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated a bomb in the middle of the dirt road under a British military column in eastern al-Basrah at 1:15pm Wednesday, witnesses reported to Mafkarat al-Islam. The blast, which occurred on the road leading to the al-‘Ashshsar district, disabled a British armored vehicle and left one British soldier dead and three more wounded. One witness said he saw fire burning in parts of the armored vehicle.
Local al-Basrah television which is under British forces supervision claimed that the blast caused no damage or injuries. This story was contradicted, howver, by a puppet official in the local municipal council who told the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent, “the blast killed one British soldier and wounded three more.”
Resistance assassinates prominent member of ‘Allawi’s party.
A prominent member of puppet so-called “prime minister” Iyyad ‘Allawi’s political party the “national accord” was assassinated Wednesday morning in al-Basrah. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance attacked the official near the al-‘Abayikah Mosque in the al-Jazayir area of the city.
Resistance bombardments throughout Iraq.
From 3am to 10:30am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces subjected the US camp at Saddam International Airport to an intensive pounding, firing more than twenty-five 120mm mortar rounds, five Grad rockets, and 11 Katyusha rockets into the US occupied facility. Clouds of smoke rose over the compound and US medical helicopters wre seen landing and taking off from the airport three times.
At about 9:30am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets into the US Sukkaniya base in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah, sending smoke into the sky.
At about 10:30am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired 14 Katyusha rockets and 120mm mortar rounds into the US camp occupying the military academy in Baghdad’s ar-Rustamiyah area.
At about 11am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the US al-Bakr base in the Balad area north of Baghdad.