Report for events of Tuesday, 15 March
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board,
the Free Arab Voice
Tuesday, 15 March 2005.
Americans blast family of five to death in their home in al-Qa’im.
In a dispatch posted at 10:45am Tuesday morning Mecca time Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that US forces bombarded the house of an Iraqi family in
western al-Qa’im on the Syrian border Tuesday morning, killing five
children, three women, and two men. The local correspondent of Mafkarat
al-Islam, who went to the demolished house after the American attack
reported that the US invaders bombarded the house after the Iraqi
Resistance fired four Grad rockets from nearby.
Local people buried the family, which was wiped out in the American
attack, amidst pledges to avenge this latest US atrocity before the sun
goes down today, Tuesday.
For its part, the Iraqi Resistance published a statement to the local
people explaining that the house was attacked by the Americans. They said
that it was part of the approached used by the Jews who occupy Palestine
to try to sow hatred of the Resistance in the hearts of the people by
randomly attacking civilian targets after Resistance attacks on the
occupation. They attack houses after Resistance attacks in the hope that
the people will respond by saying, “if it weren’t for the Resistance,
there would be no attacks on the houses,” forgetting that the occupation
itself is the source of the problems.
In its statement the Resistance pledged to carry out armed attacks away
from the city and to make the desert and places remote from houses the
battlefield with the US occupation, so as to reduce the number of
civilians killed by the murderous invaders. The statement, issued by the
Squadrons of the Mujahideen, pledged that revenge on the Americans would
be carried out before sunset Tuesday.
Resistance pounds US headquarters in al-Qa’im at midday Tuesday.
In a dispatch posted at 1:20pm Mecca time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that a short while before, Iraqi Resistance forces had
unleashed a powerful rocket and mortar barrage on the US headquarters set
up in the old Customs Department in al-Qa’im on the border with Syria.
Witnesses reported that dense clouds of smoke billowed from the
American-occupied facility as explosions rocked the area. At the time of
reporting, US artillery was massively and violently returning fire at what
they believed to be the source of the Iraqi resistance barrage.
The correspondent wrote that the US invaders were aiming their fire at the
banks of the Euphrates River where there are uninhabited date palm groves
that could afford cover for Resistance fighters.
Resistance bomb in al-Qa’im kills three Americans as US forces begin to
seal off the whole city and fighters mobilize for battle Tuesday
In a dispatch posted at 2:30pm Tuesday afternoon Mecca time, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that a short while earlier an Iraqi Resistance bomb
exploded in the path of a US military patrol in downtown al-Qa’im on the
border with Syria. Witnesses reported that the blast on al-Qassabin Road
destroyed a Humvee and killed three US troops.
At the time of writing American forces had begun to encircle the city on
all sides in order to seal it off. The correspondent noted that the Iraqi
Resistance had used mosque loudspeakers to proclaim a total mobilization
of all members of Resistance fighting detachments in preparation for a
confrontation with the invaders.
Resistance blast in animal pen kills nine US troops Tuesday morning.
In a dispatch posted at 11:59am Mecca time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces had blown up a livestock
pen in an agricultural area near al-Karmah, which is located 8km east of
al-Fallujah, Tuesday morning, killing nine US troops.
The correspondent, who reached the scene of the attack about an hour after
it occurred, reported that the Resistance had mined a livestock pen in one
of the local farms with TNT and bombs since they were aware that US forces
were coming to carry out a search of the area at dawn Tuesday. When they
arrived, they were met with the explosion that killed nine of them and
wounded three more.
A member of the Iraqi Resistance told the correspondent “the US forces
began searching and raiding over the whole area, so we decided to mine the
pen with bombs because we knew beforehand that they wouldn’t pass it by
without searching it.”
He went on, “and in fact, thanks be to God, what we had wanted did indeed
happen. After we took all the livestock out of the pen and booby trapped
it with more than 100kg of high-explosives, the blast went off at 8am this
morning. Nine US troops were killed and three more wounded when the pen,
which was made of iron posts and roofed over with old steel sheets, blew
up and taught them a new lesson in carrying out searches.”
The correspondent reported that after the Americans evacuated the bodies
of their dead and wounded, they left the area without finishing the
searches that they originally came to carry out.
Eighteen Americans killed, more than 20 wounded in Resistance bombardment
of sleeping quarters on al-Habbaniyah base.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired ten 120mm mortar rounds into the main US
base in al-Habbaniyah, 80km west of Baghdad at 2pm Tuesday afternoon local
time. Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the barrage killed 18 US troops and
wounded more than 20.
A member of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” reported that one
reason why the casualty toll in the bombardment was relatively high was
that most of the Resistance rockets blasted into housing units in which
the US troops sleep and relax.
Double Resistance bombing leaves 12 US Marines dead in Baghdad’s al-‘Amil
In a dispatch posted at 10:55am Mecca time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that two Iraqi Resistance bombs had exploded in the
al-‘Amil neighborhood of western Baghdad on Tuesday morning.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported an official source in the neighborhood puppet
police as saying that the first bomb exploded by a US military column made
up of several vehicles. That blast destroyed a Humvee and killed five
American troops. The second bomb was planted by the side of the road and
when a US Black Hawk helicopter landed to evacuate the dead from the first
bombing, the second bomb went off killing seven of the American rescue
team from the helicopter. Thus the total number of American Marines killed
in the double bombing was 12.
The puppet police source added that the helicopter was also seriously
damaged in the blast and has been unable to take off from the blast scene.
The correspondent reported that at the time of writing, American troops
had completely encircled the blast site and the helicopter and were
preventing all journalists from approaching or taking pictures.
Guard from Saddam Hussein’s prison dies in hail of Resistance gunfire.
In a dispatch posted at 7:10pm Mecca time Tuesday evening, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters had shot and killed Jasim
Mannati, a guard at the prison holding Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in
the al-Bayya‘ district in western Baghdad. Another person who was with
Mannati was also killed in the attack.
A source in the puppet police who was on the scene after the attack told
Mafkarat al-Islam that Jasim Mannati was the person who appeared on
television screens holding Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in handcuffs and
chains and often appeared behind the imprisoned Iraqi leader.
Witnesses said that five men armed with medium-weight machineguns unloaded
a hail of bullets on Mannati for three full minutes, leaving him and his
companion, who was wearing a puppet police uniform, dead.
Resistance bomb kills six US troops in al-Ghazaliyah late Tuesday
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded west of Baghdad on Tuesday morning,
destroying an American military vehicle and killing and wounding 10 US
troops witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam. The witnesses said that the bomb
exploded as a column of two American armored vehicles and four Humvees
passed near a fuel station in the al-Ghazaliyah neighborhood west of
Baghdad at 11:30am local time.
The blast destroyed one armored vehicle, killing six troops and wounding
four more, one of them seriously. Workers at the nearby fuel station said
that the US forces had encircled the whole area and closed the streets
leading in their direction. American helicopters had landed to evacuate
the dead and wounded, they added.
Seven Americans killed in martyrdom truck bombing in al-Latifiyah Tuesday
In a dispatch posted at 11:05 am Mecca time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a US
column of four armored vehicles in al-Latifiyah, south of Baghdad. The
attack took place in what Americans have dubbed the “triangle of death
area” due to the numerous Resistance attacks that take place there.
The blast destroyed one US Bradley armored vehicle and killed seven
American troops and mortally wounded two more.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the city reported witnesses and a
traffic warden on the street as saying that an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom
fighter drove a white pickup loaded with tomatoes (as camouflage) into the
US column in downtown al-Latifiyah. The road on which the attack took
place is frequently used by local farmers to bring vegetables to the
nearby market, so the truck aroused no suspicions.
After the blast, US forces completely closed off the area and three
helicopters were brought in to evacuate the bodies.
US soldier killed in al-Yusufiyah bombing.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military column in al-Yusufiyah,
south of Baghdad at 8:30am Tuesday morning, local time, disabling a Humvee
and killing one US soldier and wounding two more.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam said that local witnesses reported
that the Resistance had planted a bomb by the side of one of the main
roads south of the Iraqi capital. The bomb exploded when a US column
passed by, inflicting the destruction and casualties.
The Resistance organization Salafi Squardons of al-Madinah al-Munawwarah
announced its responsibility for the attack in a communiqué, a copy of
which was received by Mafkarat al-Islam.
Three US troops killed in roadside bombing east of Ba‘qubah midday
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a passing US military column made up
of four Humvees in the Jalula’ area, 30km east of Ba‘qubah (which is 70km
north of Baghdad) at 12 noon local time Tuesday. The correspondent of
Mafkarat al-Islam in Ba‘qubah reported that the blast destroyed a Humvee
and killed three US troops and moderately wounded a fourth. A source in
the puppet police in the city said that the explosion came from a roadside
The correspondent witnessed US forces sealing off the scene of the blast.
They then launched a wave of arrests, taking 14 local youths (including
one who was mentally retarded) into captivity.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance pounds US base near Samarra’ with Grad rockets late Tuesday
Iraqi Resistance forces unleashed a Grad rocket barrage on the US base
west of Samarra’, north of Baghdad, at about 11am Tuesday morning local
time. Residents of the area around the base told Mafkarat al-Islam that
they heard nine violent explosions shake the American facility followed by
secondary explosions as US munitions began going off. The correspondent
saw plumes of smoke rising over the base as helicopters flew over the
facility at low altitude.
Resistance barrage on US base at Bayji blows up fuel storage, inflicts
heavy damage, casualties.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired nine rockets into the US base in Bayji north
of Baghdad at about 4pm Tuesday afternoon. The correspondent of Mafkarat
al-Islam there reported a member of the puppet so-called facilities
protection force said that the nine Resistance rockets blasted into the US
base. He said that 40 US troops were killed or injured in the barrage.
Four of the rockets struck a fuel storage depot for US military vehicles
inside the camp, totally blowing up the whole depot in a huge blast that
resulted in large numbers of casualties.
The correspondent reported seeing dense clouds of smoke and rising into
the sky over the stricken facility in which fires could be clearly seen
raging extensively, their flames rising high into the air.
More than 10 US helicopters could be seen flying around over the American
An American fighter aircraft returned fire at what the US forces believed
to be the source of the bombardment, firing three rockets whose explosions
shook the whole city. The American counter attack, though loud, produced
no casualties, however, neither among the Resistance nor among local
Heavy fighting lights up Tuesday night near Balad.
In a dispatch posted at 8:18pm Mecca time Tuesday night, Mafkarat al-Islam
reported that fierce fighting was raging between Iraqi Resistance forces
and US occupation troops backed up by Iraqi puppet forces on the banks of
the Tigris River west of Balad. The Americans also enjoyed the protection
of their helicopters and gunships on the Tigris.
The correspondent wrote that more than 70 Iraqi Resistance fighters were
battling a group of over 500 US occupation troops gathered together along
with their vehicles, helicopters, and fighter planes. The Americans were
intensively bombarding a Resistance position for about 10 minutes when the
correspondent filed his report.
The Resistance, for its part, was responding to the American fire with
light and medium-weight weapons, firing bazookas, mortars, Grad, Katyusha,
and Tariq rockets as well as home-made missiles at the US troops.
The correspondent described the scene at the time, saying that the
Resistance had destroyed more than six US Humvees, three armored vehicles,
and one tank. They had killed a “large number” of US Marines, but had also
taken a “not inconsiderable” number casualties themselves, particularly as
a result of US F-16 and F-18 aircraft attacks on their positions.
Loudspeakers on minarets were broadcasting prayers and supplications to
God to bring victory to the Resistance fighters. The smell of gunpowder
suffused the whole area where night was turned into day by the heavy
gunfire of both sides. The correspondent denied reports by some local
residents that US Marines had fled from the battle, confirming that they
were still there engaged in the battle.
Resistance shoots down two US helicopters in Battle of Balad, as
city pours out to fight the American invaders. . .
In a dispatch posted at 8:25pm Mecca time Tuesday night, the Mafkarat
al-Islam correspondent in Balad reported that Iraqi Resistance forces had
shot down two US helicopters as fighting continued to rage in the city.
The first helicopter, an Apache, was struck by a Resistance C5K rocket in
the air setting it ablaze. The second helicopter was destroyed by Iraqi
Resistance ground fire. The correspondent was unable to determine the
exact type of weapon used to down the second helicopter, but was able to
confirm that the American crew had been killed instantly.
Meanwhile significant numbers of Iraqi Resistance fighters have been
coming into the city to join the battle against the US invaders after an
appeal was issued by a local mosque calling of all fighters and local
people to join the fight. The correspondent wrote that not a man in the
city remains but that he has picked up a weapon to go out and fight the
invaders. The reporter noted that he even saw four middle-aged women
heading out into the battle, one of them accompanied by her son.
With fresh fighters coming in, the balance in the fight was beginning to
turn in favor of the Resistance, the correspondent wrote, particularly
after some of the Resistance fighters were able to draw the Marines into
an area near the banks of the Tigris that is too rough, rocky, and narrow
to allow the American vehicles to maneuver with any facility.
Enlisting puppet police as bodyguards didn’t help: Kurdish chauvinist
party leader assassinated in Kirkuk.
In a dispatch posted at 11:38am Mecca time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that the Iraqi Resistance had attacked a local chief of
the Kurdish collaborationist chauvinist Kurdistan Democratic Party - which
is led by Jalal Talibani - in Kirkuk on Tuesday morning.
The attack killed the Kurdish chauvinist party leader and one of his body
guards as well as five local puppet policemen.
Witnesses at the scene of the attack told Mafkarat al-Islam that four
Resistance fighters attacked the car carrying Kakah Nuzad, the local
chauvinist Kurdish party chief in the city, killing him, his guard and
five puppet police. The Resistance had threatened the chauvinist leader
previously and pledged to assassinate him because of his attacks on the
Resistance and his service to the occupation.
The statement that contained a threat to the chauvinist official was
issued in Kirkuk four days prior to the assassination. The threat prompted
Nuzad to turn local puppet police into his body guards wherever he went.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US and Iraqi puppet forces surrounded the
scene of the assassination and began checking identities and searching the
area but found nothing related to the attack.
Resistance bomb kills five Peshmergah gunmen in Irbil Tuesday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistnace bomb exploded by a Jeep belonging to the
collaborationist Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah militia in the northern
Iraqi city of Irbil on Tuesday afternoon. The correspondent for Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that the blast, which took place at 4:30pm Tuesday
afternoon, local time, destroyed the Jeep and killed five Peshmergah
A member of the Peshmergah told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb had been
planted by the side of the road leading to the Sayrman neighborhood in the
middle of the city. He said that among the five Peshmergah members killed,
was the officer of the patrol.