Saturday, 29 January 2005
Six Marines killed in battles in Hit.
Six US Marines were killed and five others variously wounded in clashes that broke out Saturday between the Resistance and the 4th Marine Division.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that fighting erupted in the al-Iskan neighborhood, the ‘Abdallah ibn al-Mubarak neighborhood, and the village of az-Zawiyyah east of Hit. The fighting lasted about four hours, from 1pm to 5pm Saturday afternoon. Resistance fighters used light and medium weapons and fired barrages of 62mm and 82mm mortars.
The fighting destroyed two Humvees and disabled a US tank. Six Marines were killed and five more wounded moderately to severely. Witnesses confirmed those losses. Clouds of smoke billowed into the sky from the two Humvees and the back of the tank.
The Brigades of the Legions of the Promise of the Truth (Kata’ib Jahafil al-Wa‘d al-Haqq) posted a communiqué on the Grand Mosque of Hit at 6pm Saturday announcing that it had carried out the attacks in which four Resistance fighters, one of them a fraternal Arab fighter from Kuwait, were martyred.
After the battles, US troops closed all roads and bridges and the city was still sealed off when the correspondent filed his report, posted at 9:45pm Mecca time Saturday night.
Meanwhile, the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the residents of the neighborhoods of as-Sikak, al-Iskan, and ‘Abdallah ibn al-Mubarak gathered up all the ballots that the US forces had distributed and made a big pile out of them and then set them on fire at 6:15pm Saturday, local time, in a demonstration of their rejection of the election farce. The residents of the az-Zawiyyah village did the same.
Resistance bomb destroys US vehicle, killing six American troops near al-Hadithah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US military column that was transporting a number of prisoners to the US ‘Ayn al-Asad base – formerly known as the Iraqi al-Qadisiyah base – near the western city of al-Hadithah..
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that witnesses said that a high explosive bomb exploded at 12:25pm Saturday, totally destroying a US armored vehicle after flipping it upside down. The blast produced a deep crater on the side of the road.
The witnesses said that all the American troops who had been aboard the vehicle were killed. They said that the Americans had to bring in a giant crane to pick up the overturned and wrecked vehicle and that took about two hours. When they finally got into the vehicle, they found all the troops had been killed.
A tribal chief who lives next to the highway told the correspondent that six US troops were killed inside the vehicle and that a number of other American soldiers were wounded as were a number of the Iraqi prisoners who were in the ZiL transport vehicle that was following the stricken armored vehicle.
US occupation forces, for their part, arrested a number of members of the local al-Bu Fahd tribe and members of some other tribes, charging them with facilitating the activity of the Resistance, according to what the father of one of the captured youths told the correspondent.
Al-Qa‘idah battles US forces in al-Fallujah.
In a dispatch posted at 11:45pm Mecca time Saturday night, the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that fierce fighting was still raging in al-Fallujah between US troops and the Resistance organization known as the Base of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers, an organization under al-Qa‘idah.
The correspondent reported that the fighting began in the al-‘Askari neighborhood at about 9pm Saturday night, local time. In about half an hour, the fighting spread to the Second ad-Dubbat neighborhood and intensified in the area near the as-Sumud Sports Club where US forces called in helicopter support and air attacks by F-16 fighter bombers. The aircraft pounded the areas where the Resistance fighters were concentrated. The Resistance, for its part, responded with 120mm mortar rounds and high-explosive rockets, believed to be Grads.
The correspondent reported that the skies of the city were clear at the time of the night prayer, but were, at the time of writing, marked by blotches of yellow. Local residents are unsure as to whether those are some sort of chemical weapon, or simply dust stirred by exchange of bombardments.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported seeing six plumes of thick smoke and flying sparks rising near the as-Sumud sports club. From the thickness of the smoke, I
it is believed that these are stricken UStanks and armored vehicles.
At 10:30pm US forces opened up with heavy machine guns on the Resistance fighters. The Resistance responded with light arms. Four clouds of white smoke were seen rising, one of them over the al-‘Askari neighborhood and the rest over the as-Sumud Sports Club. These are believed coming from houses struck by the US bombardment.
On 23 January 2005, most of the Iraqi Resistance organizations resolved to pull out of al-Fallujah but the Base of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers resolved to return three days ago. Their engagements with the Americans began on the eastern and southern ends of the city.
Resistance bombards US base in ar-Rutbah Saturday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces blasted the main US base in ar-Rutbah in western Iraq near the Jordanian border with 20 Katyusha rockets at about 7:30am Saturday. The rocket blasts set of numerous secondary explosions, as American munitions inside the camp started blowing up. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that plumes of smoke rose thickly into the sky over the facility.
Resistance shoots down US helicopter Friday night.
Resistance forces shot down a US helicopter Friday evening as it was taking off from the US base east of the city at 8:30pm. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the craft fell inside the US facility. Local observers believed it was carrying the bodies of US troops killed in the downing of another helicopter two days earlier, killing 31 Americans.
Resistance destroys seven polling stations, killing seven US troops, 13 puppet police.
A correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in western Iraq’s al-Anbar Province reported that seven election stations were destroyed in the areas of al-Habbaniyah, al-Khalidiyah, ar-Ramadi, Hit, Hadithah, al-Qa’im, and al-Baghdadi in al-Anbar Province on Saturday.
Witnesses told the correspondent that four election stations were attacked by Resistance car bombs, mortar rounds, and explosive devices during the early morning hours of Saturday. Thirteen puppet police and seven US troops were killed in the Resistance attacks. Five Resistance fighters were martyred. Three of those were martyrdom fighters who drove booby-trapped cars into election stations.
Meanwhile, ‘Abd al-Wahid, a puppet administrative official told Mafkarat al-Islam that seven of the total 11 election stations in the province had been destroyed. He expressed his surprise that they had been demolished, noting that the polling stations were nothing but ‘propaganda facades.’ He said, “Nobody in this province is going to go vote.”
Popular disdain for the elections is overwhelming in the province, despite massive use of force by the Americans. On Friday US troops drove around populated areas broadcasting threats against the populace if they failed to take part in the election farce. People understood that Americans’ veiled threat was that they risked having their water and electricity cut off if they failed to vote. The Americans announced that if they did not vote, the US$108 million that has been earmarked for reconstruction in al-Anbar would go elsewhere.
Nevertheless, 33 members of the puppet police announced their resignations on Saturday after receiving warnings from the Resistance. The policemen handed in their weapons to the Resistance organization, the Brigades of Asadallah al-Ghalib ibn Abi Talib, according to a commander in the organization who spoke to Mafkarat al-Islam.
The commander said that the policemen who resigned proclaimed their repentance in front of Resistance members, and provided them with “very useful information.”
US brings in puppet collaborator troops to replace police who resigned en masse.
Mass resignations of puppet policemen in ar-Ramadi prompted US forces to call in two units of the puppet so-called “Iraqi rapid deployment force.” These troops arrived Saturday evening to guard the puppet polling stations that are to be set up during the night, since the Resistance destroyed all the existing ones.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that most of the so-called “Iraqi rapid deployment” troops are members of the Shi‘i chauvinist collaborationist Badr Brigades. Together with them are a few Kurdish Peshmergah collaborationist gunmen.
Resistance pounds al-Habbaniyah base.
Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US base in al-Habbaniyah with fifteen 120mm mortar rounds sending clouds of smoke rising into the sky Saturday morning. US Chinook transport helicopters were seen landing to evacuate the dead and wounded.
Resistance hits US post west of as-Saqlawiyah.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired four 82mm mortar rounds into a US command post west of as-Saqlawiyah at 2pm Saturday, destroying three Humvees and inflicting an undetermined number of casualties.
Resistance drives US forces out of ar-Ramadi Saturday morning.
US forces and their puppets completely withdrew from ar-Ramadi on Saturday at 7am, leaving no puppet administrator in the city. At 6:30 Iraqi Resistance forces had fired thirteen 82mm mortar rounds at the US base in the glass works, setting off secondary explosions of US munitions and sending thick smoke rising into the sky. The Resistance also destroyed all the election stations in the city.
US forces had been guarding one of those stations located at the main police station , but the Resistance razed it to the ground in a bombardment with mortars and four Katyusha rockets. At the time he filed his report at 9:32pm Saturday night Mecca time, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that there were still bodies of American troops, collaborator translators, and puppet election commissioners in the rubble of that building.
At least two American invaders killed in rocket attack on US embassy in Baghdad.
At least two Americans were killed and four more wounded in an Iraqi Resistance rocket attack on the US embassy in the area of the Republican Palace in Baghdad, known to the invaders as the “green zone.”
A spokesman for the US aggressors told the American Associated Press that one of the dead Americans was a “civilian, and the other a sailor. The wounded Americans included two soldiers, on “civilian” and a person of unknown identity.
The US spokesman, who refused to be identified, refused also to provide any more details.
Occupied Baghdad locked down by US, stooge forces on eve of sham “election.”
Hours before voting is set to begin in the election charade that the US-imposed regime is to hold on Sunday 30 January, US forces have turned the occupied Iraqi capital into a barracks, sealed off from the outside world.
Only a very small number of streets in Baghdad are still open to traffic and pedestrians as, according to the Egyptian newspaper al-Ahram, the US and puppet troops have installed massive cement barricades at the entrances and exits from major thoroughfares and even many side streets in the city.
Numerous checkpoints have been set up and Iraqi puppet police are mounting patrols searching cars and demanding IDs from drivers and passengers.
Iraqi citizens, meanwhile, are preparing to spend the time at home. Before the election theatrics begin, they have gone to markets to stock up on provisions and fuel to tide them over a day of unknown events.
Five Poles killed in roadside bombing in al-Hillah.
Five Polish aggressor troops were killed when an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb well concealed under a pile of trash exploded and destroyed their vehicle in al-Hillah at 3:40 in the as-Sikak neighborhood north of al-Hillah on Saturday. The Polish column in which the stricken vehicle was traveling was using loudspeakers to broadcast propaganda in connection with the election farce to be staged on Sunday. Also killed in the blast was an Iraqi collaborator who was broadcasting the election propaganda on behalf of the invaders, according to puppet police captain ‘Ali ‘Abd az-Zahra’.
Local eyewitnesses said that the blast was so strong that it threw bodies of the dead a long distance. Some were found on the other side of the road.