Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 8 May 2005 and Monday, 9 May 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free
Sunday, 8 May 2005.
Civil disobedience campaign targets US occupation in ar-Ramadi.
Sunday was the second day of a civil disobedience campaign in the western Iraqi city of ar-Ramadi for which religious leaders had called in sermons on Friday to protest the continued US occupation of Iraq. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that the protests were prompted by continuous provocations on the part of the invader troops and their stooges, and their continued campaigns of arrests of local residents. The local people in ar-Ramadi said that there were so many people being held by the Americans that the city now was like a Guantánamo in Iraq, in reference to the notorious prison camp that the US has established on an American military base in the occupied Guantánamo region, where American jailers literally operate outside the law of the United States and that of the rest of the world as well.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in ar-Ramadi reported that al-Anbar University had frequently been raided by US occupation troops who have ramdomly arrested numerous university students, none of whom have been charged with any “offense.”
Ar-Ramadi Hospital has also frequently been raided by US forces, searching for “wanted” individuals among the patients. In the course of such raids, the Americans smashed equipment and apparatus, and blasted down doors in the hospital, infuriating local people.
Schools and government offices remain closed in occupied ar-Ramadi, bringing much of the normal life in the city to a halt.
Resistance attack leaves four Mossad agents, four American “civilians” dead in Hit.
In a dispatch posted on Monday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters on Sunday attacked two cars of foreigners dressed in civilian clothes in the area of Hit.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam quoted a source in the puppet so-called “shock force” as saying that Resistance fighters, armed with pipe rockets and anti-personnel rocket-propelled grenades attacked two black GMC vehicles after they came out of the American ‘Ayn al-Asad base in Hit. The Resistance fighters destroyed the two GMC cars and killed nine foreigners.
The Iraqi Resistance organization known as the Islamic Army in Iraq announced that the target vehicles were carrying Zionist Mossad agents and American employees of a “security” company of the sort supplying mercenaries to the US occupation command. US military spokesmen acknowledged the Sunday attack, but said that the dead were “foreign contractors” of “various nationalities.”
The communiqué issued by the Islamic Army in Iraq said that the identity papers they captured in the attack confirmed that four of the dead were Zionist Mossad agents, four others were Americans, and one was an Australian.
Resistance bomb kills four US troops midday Sunday.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the Abu Ghurayb area of Baghdad Sunday, destroying one US military vehicle and killing four American troops. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the bomb went off in the Abu Munaysir area at 1:30pm local time, destroying a Humvee and killing the four men.
Local witnesses told the correspondent that the bomb had been planted near the Abu Munaysir Bridge and that it went off when a column of seven US Humvees passed by.
US forces removed the bodies and the wreckage from the scene after shutting down the highway, forcing local traffic to take a dirt road nearby instead – a road where there are frequent Resistance attacks on the occupation troops.
Resistance bomb kills US soldier in ad-Durah Sunday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a column of US trucks on the highway in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 4pm Sunday afternoon, local time. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local residents as saying that the bomb was planted by the side of the highway. They said that the explosion set one American truck ablaze, killing one US soldier and wounding a second.
Resistance fighters eliminate puppet ministry official.
Iraqi Resistance forces liquidated a high-ranking official in the puppet so-called “ministry of transport and communications” in an attack on him in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah.
A source in the puppet “ministry” reported that three masked Resistance fighters on Sunday morning killed the General Director for plan implementation at the puppet “ministry” – Zawbi‘ Yasin Khudayr al-Mu‘ayni. According to al-Jazeera satellite TV.
The source, who refused to be identified, added that the Resistance fighters opened fire with machine guns on al-Mu‘ayni’s car as he was on his way to work, killing him and his driver Ahmad Jasim Muhammad. The attackers then left the scene unscathed.
Puppet troops shoot up mosque arrest imam in Baghdad.
Iraqi puppet so-called “national guards” raided the Duyuf ar-Rahman Mosque in the al-Baladiyat area of Baghdad. The puppet soldiers opened fire inside the mosque and then arrested shaykh ‘Ata Mahdi al-Majma‘i, the imam and preacher in the place of worship. A statement issued by the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’, a copy of which was obtained by Mafkarat al-Islam, said that the puppet guards used foul language to insult and demean Shaykh ‘Ata who is also a member of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ [Scholars], the highest Sunni religious authority in occupied Iraq.
Aide to pro-American Shi‘i cleric shot dead.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the town of as-Suwayrah, south of Baghdad, reported Sunday that ‘Ali Rida, a deputy of the pro-American Shi‘i religious authority ‘Ali as-Sistani was shot to death as he was leaving his home to go to a nearby Shi‘i Husayniyah place of worship. US and puppet forces surrounded the scene after the attack for which no party had at the time of reporting claimed responsibility.
Two Polish soldiers die in Resistance bombing.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded next to a Polish foot patrol in the vegetable market in al-Hillah, south of Baghdad on Sunday. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Hillah reported Captain Sa‘dun as-Salami of the Iraqi puppet army said that the explosion killed two Polish occupation soldiers and wounded four more. In addition, he said, five Iraqis were also wounded in varying degrees.
After the blast Polish aggressor troops surrounded the area and launched a campaign of raids in the vegetable market and the shops in it but found nothing.
Resistance bombards US checkpoint in Ba‘qubah early Sunday.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired six mortar rounds at a US checkpoint in Ba‘qubah, east of Baghdad Sunday morning. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Ba ‘qubah reported that the US checkpoint, that the invaders had set up in front of the ar-Razi General Hospital, was hit by the heavy caliber mortar shells at 8am Sunday morning local time, causing heavy damage to the position.
Witnesses told the correspondent that the bombardment killed and wounded several US troops. American helicopters rushed to the checkpoint and evacuated the casualties. After the attack US forces, as usual, closed all roads leading to the scene of the attack and also carried out several air sorties over the city.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance car bomber kills six US troops in Bayji.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter driving an explosives-laden car drove into a column of six US troop transports in Bayji on Sunday and blew up. The explosion destroyed one American troop carrier and disabled a second, killing five US soldiers and wounding six more, Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the Iraqi puppet military as saying.
Resistance bomb kills four US troops in Mosul.
A high-explosive Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in Mosul at 6pm Sunday afternoon. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported local residents as saying that the bomb destroyed one Humvee, killing four American troops.
After the blast, US forces completely encircled the area and called in an Apache helicopter to evacuate the bodies of the dead. The US forces admitted that the attack occurred, something new for them. The correspondent reported that the Americans were virtually compelled to admit the attack, since it took place in a crowded area where it was common knowledge. The US report claimed that two US troops were killed and two more wounded in the attack. Witnesses, however, said that four American soldiers were killed and that their wrecked vehicle remained ablaze for some time.
Resistance car bomb kills five US troops in Mosul Sunday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb
exploded by a column of six US military vehicles on the main road in the
al-Islah az-Zira‘i neighborhood of Mosul at 10am Sunday morning, local
time. The car bomb, which was parked by the side of the street at the
time of the blast destroyed one armored vehicle and killed five US
troops and wounded two more. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam
reported that after the blast US forces launched a campaign of raids and
searches in the neighborhood, arresting three local civilians.
Monday, 9 May 2005.
Battle of al-Qa’im erupts. US besieges, blasts civilians trapped in defiant city.
US lays siege to al-Qa’im Monday morning.
In a dispatch posted at 11:35am Mecca time Monday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US forces had surrounded the city of al-Qa’im on the border with Syria. American forces gathered on all four sides of the city and closed all roads to and from al-Qa’im.
Fighting breaks out as US tries to storm al-Qa’im Monday afternoon.
In a dispatch posted at 3pm Mecca time Monday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while before armed clashes had broken out between the Iraqi Resistance and US occupation troops on the outskirts of the city of al-Qa’im. The correspondent in the city reported that the battles were still underway at the time of writing along the eastern approaches to the city as a force of US troops, armored vehicles, tanks, and helicopters tried to storm al-Qa’im.
Resistance downs Apache helicopter Monday afternoon.
In a bulletin posted at 3:55pm Mecca time Monday afternoon, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Qa’im reported that a short while before the Iraqi Resistance had shot down a US Apache helicopter that was firing at Iraqi Resistance fighters battling US troops attempting to storm into the city.
The correspondent reported witnesses as saying that the Resistance fired a Strela anti-aircraft rocket, directly hitting the helicopter. At the time of reporting, the correspondent wrote that the helicopter was on fire, sending up clouds of smoke.
Heavy fighting as US bombards al-Qa’im Hospital, American aircraft attack ambulances, “dozens” of civilians reported dead and wounded in indiscriminate US bombardment.
In a dispatch posted at 5:57pm Mecca time Monday afternoon, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Qa’im reported that fighting was still raging between Resistance forces and attacking US Marines. American forces mounted an indiscriminate bombardment of the city, blasting civilian houses and inflicting dozens of injuries and deaths among the city’s civilian population.
The correspondent reported that US forces had shelled al-Qa’im Hospital, a report confirmed by Dr. Hamdi al-Alusi, the Hospital Director, who told Mafkarat al-Islam that the American shelling had killed or wounded dozens of innocent women, children, and elderly persons. He added that the situation in the city was now a disaster, after the Americans had cut all exits from the city and imposed a state of siege. The water supply network was no longer functioning, Dr. al-Alusi noted, nor was there any electricity and the people were living in a tragic situation. Not content with that, American warplanes were deliberately firing at ambulances, Dr. al-Alusi noted.
Witnesses confirmed to Mafkarat al-Islam that the American forces were preventing families resident in the city from leaving al-Qa’im.
Local citizens appealed to all decent people and the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ [Scholars] to intervene immediately to halt the massacre that US Marines were perpetrating against the people of al-Qa’im.
For their part, the Americans justified their indiscriminate assault on the civilian population of al-Qa’im, saying that they were trying to wipe out the “hide outs” of Arab fraternal volunteer Resistance fighters and to secure control of the border with Syria in order to prevent the infiltration of fighters into Iraq. The Americans admitted that they had given the green light to extensive operations in al-Anbar Province.
In a dispatch posted at 6:15pm Mecca time Monday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported the BBC as saying that the US occupation had claimed that American forces attacking al-Qa’im and surrounding areas had killed 75 Resistance fighters in the previous 24 hours.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam noted that the fighting at that hour was centered on the northern and eastern parts of al-Qa’im and surrounding areas – in particular, the areas where the villages of ar-Rummanah and al-Karabilah are located, noting that the Americans were using warplanes, helicopters, and armor as well as various other weapons systems in their massive assault on the city.
Fighting escalates as day wears on. Resistance in control of 65 percent of al-Qa’im.
In a dispatch posted at 7:22pm Mecca time Monday night, the al-Qa’im correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that fighting around the city, which began around midday, was continuing to escalate at that hour. After the Resistance shot down an American helicopter (see report above) the fighting actually intensified.
In the course of the battle, US Marine attackers fell back some three kilometers outside the city limits to the north in an attempt to draw the Resistance forces out into open country where US aircraft could attack them easily. The Resistance forces held their positions, however.
A short while before filing his report, the correspondent obtained an announcement by the Base [Qa‘idah] of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers, led by Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi, which reported that their organization had destroyed five various US vehicles east of the city, killing 26 American Marines.
In order to get a more comprehensive view of the battle, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam met with a commander of the Iraqi Resistance in al-Qa’im, who said that the Resistance was in control of 65 percent of the city and that the occupation forces had retreated along three different fronts away from the city.
The Resistance group First Army of Muhammad issued a warning all Resistance groups that the battle was intended as a war of attrition by the US occupation forces aimed at wearing down the Resistance, killing off their men and exhausting their supplies and ammunition. But the First Army of Muhammad went on to say, “In any case, however, we are fully aware of this issue and will behave accordingly.”
Three correspondents for Mafkarat al-Islam were deployed in the city of al-Qa’im at the time of reporting, to facilitate their covering developments from three parts of the city.
Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ condemns “barbaric and inexcusable” US assault on al-Qa’im as American “state terrorism.”
In a statement issued by the General Secretariat of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ [Scholars], the highest Sunni religious authority in occupied Iraq, the Board condemned the American attack on al-Qa’im and the nearby villages of ar-Rummanah and al-Karabilah. The Board warned the Americans against continuing on this course of “inexcusable attacks.”
The Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ denounced American “state terrorism” against the cities and people of Iraq. It warned that continuing on the course such “barbaric and unjustified attacks” would only increase the power, steadfastness, and anger of the Iraqi people against the occupation and its supporters.
Resistance bombards US base west of ar-Ramadi Monday night.
Iraqi Resistance forces mounted a rocket attack on the US base west of Baghdad. Witnesses told the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance fired five Grad rockets into the American base set up in the headquarters of the Eighth Brigade west of the city of ar-Ramadi at 9pm Monday night.
Resistance sharp shooter kills two US soldiers Monday night in ar-Ramadi.
Two US soldiers were killed in the as-Sufiyah area west of ar-Ramadi. Residents of the area reported that an Iraqi Resistance sharp shooter opened fire on the Americans at about 7pm Monday night, local time, killing them.
General Strike, protests sweep al-Anbar province early Monday as US prepares assaults on several major cities.
Early on Monday a general strike and demonstrations swept the al-Anbar Province cities of Hit, ‘Anah, al-Qa’im, as-Saqlawiyah, al-Habbaniyah, and al-Fallujah in solidarity with the city of ar-Ramadi.
Correspondents of Mafkarat al-Islam in those cities reported that normal life there was nearly absent with shops, stores, and government offices all closed. Taxi drivers also observed the general strike as did vegetable sellers. Vital services also closed, including hospitals, the water department, and the electricity department, bringing activity in the cities to an unusual low.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Hit met with a local tribal leader, who asked that his name not be revealed, who said that the strike would go on for a long time. He said “we don’t care if our shops and offices have to be closed for a long time. If our country is lost nothing else matters.”
A source in the Iraqi puppet police told Mafkarat al-Islam that US forces on Monday morning went to a number of tribal leaders in al-Anbar Province to negotiate with them with a view to ending the general strikes.
Resistance bomb in al-Fallujah leaves four US troops dead Monday evening.
In a dispatch posted at 7:45pm Mecca time Monday night, the al-Fallujah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while before an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by an American patrol in the city. An officer in the Iraqi puppet army, who asked not to be identified, told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast, which occurred in the area between the two bridges near the liquid gas station in the western part of al-Fallujah, destroyed one Humvee and killed four US troops and wounded a fifth. The source added that one of the dead Americans was an officer.
The correspondent reported that the Iraqi puppet army source refused to be identified because the American military had specifically warned the puppet Iraqi forces not to talk to the media about American losses in Resistance attacks.
At the time of writing, American forces were still encircling the area where the attack took place.
Resistance bomb in Abu Ghurayb kills three US soldiers.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol as it was passing through the Abu Ghurayb area west of Baghdad at 11am local time Monday morning. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported sources in the Iraqi puppet police as saying that the bomb exploded next to a column of US vehicles proceeding down as-Samilat Road in the north of Abu Ghurayb. The sources said that the blast destroyed one American armored vehicle and killed three US troops and wounded two more. After the attack, US forces encircled the area and prevented anyone approaching.
US military dismisses four Iraqi puppet army officers for telling the media about US losses.
A US military spokesman in the Palace of Congresses (“Convention Center”) in the Republican Palace area of Baghdad – known to the Americans as the “green zone” – announced on Monday that The US had decided to dismiss four Iraqi puppet army officers, one of them with the rank of colonel, for giving what they called “false information” about the extent of US losses to the press.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported from the “green zone” that the officers were charged with disclosing information on US losses in the battles around al-Qa’im and Tall ‘Afar to news media and internet websites.
US admits Iraqi Resistance strength back at last year’s high levels.
The US occupation regime in Iraq on Monday admitted that the Iraqi Resistance had returned to the same strength level it enjoyed a year ago, specifically, before the US offensive against al-Fallujah.
The admission came in a press conference held by several US military officers in the Palace of Congresses (“Convention Center”) in the area of the Republican Palace in Baghdad, the US headquarters known to the invaders as the “green zone.”
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported US General Steve Carol as telling the press conference that the rate of Resistance attacks had “very greatly increased,” with more than 640 attacks carried out in April.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance bombards US base north of Baghdad Monday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired 14 mortar rounds into the US occupation headquarters in the city of ad-Dulu‘iyah, north of Baghdad, at 9am Monday morning local time.
The barrage set fires blazing in the camp and sent plumes of dense smoke rising over the facility. A source in the local puppet Iraqi military forces, who asked to remain anonymous told Mafkarat al-Islam that the barrage killed and wounded a number of US troops in the base. The correspondent himself saw American helicopters landing in the base to evacuate casualties after the attack.
US seals off Tall ‘Afar, threatens to storm city if residents refuse to hand over their weapons to the Americans.
In a dispatch posted at 2:55pm Mecca time Monday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while before, US forces had imposed a blockade on the city of Tall ‘Afar in northern Iraq. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Tall ‘Afar reported that US forces with more than 100 various types of vehicles backed by helicopters sealed off the city on all four sides, preventing local people from entering or leaving.
The Americans dropped leaflets warning the population that the US was planning to storm the city shortly if they did not turn over their weapons to the invader troops.
Iraqi sharp shooter kills two US troops in an-Najaf early Monday.
In a dispatch posted at 9:35am Monday Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier two US troops were shot dead by an Iraqi sharpshooter in an-Najaf, believed to be a member of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious figure Muqtada as-Sadr.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in an-Najar reported a source in the puppet police as saying that the two American soldiers were killed when a sharpshooter atop a building near the al-Kufah Mosque opened fire on them as they walked in a foot patrol in the middle of the old part of town. US forces encircled the mosque and climbed up the minaret but found nothing. At the time of reporting, US troops still were still encircling the area.
Sectarian puppet “national guards” torch houses of two Sunni residents of Abu al-Khasib.
In a dispatch posted at 9:10am Monday morning Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” troops attacked two houses in the Abu al-Khasib area near the southern Iraqi city of al-Basrah at 11:30 local time, setting them on fire. One of the houses belonged to the imam of the Jallab Mosque in Abu al-Khasib, the other to a religious Sunni individual.
Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the puppet guards closed the main streets in the area and then raided and set fire to the two houses. Local residents called the fire department but an official in the Abu al-Khasib fire department told them that they had been told not to put out fires in those two houses.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the imam who owned the first of the torched houses had earlier been arrested and imprisoned for six months by the US occupation as a result of a false denunciation. The use of arson for sectarian reasons against the Sunni population, however, has been unknown in the area for dozens of years.
At about the same time as the puppet “national guards” were burning down the two Sunni houses, other “national guards” rounded up and arrested five persons in the Jaykur area of Abu al-Khasib.