Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 21 November 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
The most peaceful day in weeks passes Sunday as Resistance retains control of southern al-Fallujah.
In a dispatch posted at 10:40pm Mecca time Sunday night, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Fallujah reported that until 9pm local time Sunday night calm had prevailed in the city during the day after the fighting that raged during the night quieted down around dawn.
No US aircraft were observed flying over the city, nor did the American forces bombard any neighborhoods of the city, not from the air, nor by mortar or tank fire as has been a regular occurrence since the offensive on the city began.
The correspondent added that Sunday was probably the calmest of any of the days that the city has enjoyed for more than two weeks.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondents in as-Saqlawiyah and al-‘Amiriyah observed the US military formations, and noted that they remained in place and stationary.
The correspondents in their Sunday night reports noted that Resistance fighters outside the city had fired no rockets at the US forces since Sunday morning.
US forces currently occupy positions behind the highway south of al-Fallujah, and the Resistance is in control of the industrial zone and the ash-Shuhada’, al-Jubayl, an-Nazal, and al-‘Askari neighborhoods in the southern and eastern parts of the city. There is no US presence in those areas.
The US forces are present, however, behind the highway east of al-Fallujah, now occupying the positions they formerly held before the US offensive began three weeks ago.
Fierce fighting all through Saturday-Sunday night.
Fighting broke out Saturday night on all approaches to the city of al-Fallujah and lasted until dawn Sunday morning. In a dispatch posted at 1:08pm Sunday afternoon Mecca time, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Fallujah reported that after intermittent fighting during the day Saturday, but after 10pm continuous battle erupted that lasted until sunrise.
US aircraft this time did not join in the bombardment of Resistance positions. American forces shelled the city with mortars and tanks, and the Resistance fiercely returned fire, striking the American staff south of al-Fallujah with 15 Grad rockets, after which flames could be seen over seven heavy vehicles. After dawn fighting died down into skirmishes.
In stunning move: Resistance fighters break into al-Fallujah to bring supplies to city’s defenders.
In a qualitatively new development, Iraqi Resistance fighters outside of al-Fallujah broke through the US ring around the city on Saturday afternoon to bring supplies and raise the morale of the defenders of the city.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported that a large group of Resistance fighters advanced towards al-Fallujah from al-Azraqiyah, a village west of the city. Crying Allahu Akbar! (God is greatest!) – a call that could be heard in many parts of the city itself – the fighters advanced into the old city of al-Fallujah, then moved to the al-Jawlan neighborhood, then went to the train station, then proceeded to the as-Sakani neighborhood and after that left the city, going on to the north.
The break in and drive through the city lasted just over two hours, beginning at 3:30pm Saturday and ending at 5:45pm. The Resistance fighters who broke through US lines to get into the city brought new types of supplies to the defenders of the city, the nature of which was not disclosed to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent.
The correspondent wrote that American forces in and around the city fell back before the large-scale Resistance break through. Some of the US troops fell back into the ad-Dubbat neighborhood from the area of the breakthrough, others fell back to the northwest of the al-Jawlan neighborhood.
The fact that the Americans retreated in the face of the attack came as a surprise, and was attributed to the speed of the Resistance breakthrough and the fragility of the US ring around the city. The US only weakly engaged the Resistance fighters in the old city of al-Fallujah and in the al-Jumhuriyah neighborhood in the northwest of the city. It was somewhat stronger, however, in the al-Jawlan neighborhood, but there was no fighting at all in the area of the train station and in the as-Sakani neighborhood.
The operation reflected the exhaustion and weakness that have afflicted the US Marines as a result of the constant operations of the Iraqi Resistance in and around al-Fallujah. Some six days ago Mafkarat al-Islam quoted a Resistance leader as saying that something very important was expected to happen in the Battle of al-Fallujah in the next day or so, and it appears that the breakthrough was this major development, although it was delayed due to the difficult military situation in the city.
Resistance downs US Chinook helicopter with up to 50 US troops aboard over the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood.
Iraqi Resistance fighters in al-Fallujah shot down a US Chinook helicopter that was carrying a large number of US troops, estimated by some Resistance sources to number 50. Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Fallujah reported that the helicopter was shot down by Resistance fighters who fired a Strela missile at the helicopter over the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood of southeastern al-Fallujah late Saturday night.
The correspondent added that immediately after the crash of the laden helicopter, Resistance fighters rushed to pound it with numerous anti-personnel RPG7 rockets, making sure that the helicopter was totally destroyed and killing all aboard. No one aboard the vehicle escaped.
Resistance car bombing in Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb driven by a martyrdom attacker exploded at an American control point on Airport Road between the al-Furat and al-Jihad neighborhoods in the south of Baghdad at about 3:10pm. Two Humvees and a Bradley armored vehicle were destroyed, and another Bradley and Humvee were disabled. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported at least 13 US troops killed in the attack. A 1987 Brazilian civilian car was also damaged, killing two persons aboard it.
Firece fighting south of Baghdad Sunday afternoon.
Extremely fierce fighting erupted in the area between al-Latifiyah and al-Mahmudiyah south of Baghdad at around 1:30pm Sunday. Resistance fighters fired RPG7 and C5K rockets and BKC automatic weapons and hurled hand grenades at US and puppet so-called “national guard” forces. Local eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that 18 US troops and 25 puppet “national guardsmen” were killed. Nine Iraqi Resistance fighters were martyred and more than 10 were seriously wounded.
Afterwards, US forces opened fire indiscriminately in every direction around the area, killing 15 Iraqi civilians and wounding more than 25 others.
Four Marines reported killed in ambush west of Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing rocket-propelled grenades attacked a column of US troops on the strategic road in the al-Baghdadi area that leads to the al-Asad base, destroying two civilian trucks transporting supplies to US forces. Four US Marines were killed aboard the trucks.
Evening attack in al-Khadra’.
At about 6pm Sunday Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets attacked a US patrol in the al-Khadra’ area, destroying an armored personnel carrier and killing five US troops aboard it.
Resistance attack in al-Jadiriyah.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked the US headquarters in the al-Jadiriyah area of Baghdad with three 68mm C5K rockets. US forces attacked neighborhing houses indiscriminately, damaging several but not causing any deaths.
Resistance shoots down Chinook helicopter near Saddam International Airport.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing a C5K rocket shot down a US Chinook helicopter over the al-Makasib area in the south of Baghdad. The attack took place at about 4:30pm Sunday. The helicopter caught fire in the air and crashed before it could enter the airspace over Saddam International Airport.
At 10:15am Sunday Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushed a US patrol in the al-Ishaqi area north of Baghdad destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing four US troops.
Attack in at-Taji.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked a US patrol in the city of at-Taji north of Baghdad, destroying a Humvee and killing three US troops at 10:30am Sunday.
Unmanned spy plane downed.
Iraqi Resistance fighters shot down an unmanned US spy plane over the al-Mushahadah area north of Baghdad at 1pm Sunday.
Resistance action in ad-Durah Sunday.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on the highway in ad-Durah south of Baghdad at 2:45pm Sunday, destroying a Humvee and killing two and wounding three US troops.
Two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded together under a US Bradley armored vehicle in the ‘Arab Jabbur area of ad-Durah on the southern outskirts of Baghdad at 11am Sunday morning, destroying the Bradley and killing all aboard it according to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent. Five bodies were seen being extracted from the demolished vehicle.
Ambush on truck in al-‘Amiriyah leaves two US troops dead.
Two US troops were killed when Iraqi Resistance fighter firing RPG7 rockets destroyed a civilian truck loaded with prefabricated housing at 11:30am Sunday on the highway in the al-‘Amiriyah area.
Members of Iraqi puppet forces killed.
At about 4pm Sunday Iraqi Resistance forces stopped a taxi as it was driving onto Hayfa Street in Baghdad, pulled out a member of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” and killed him.
At about 6:30pm Sunday, Iraqi Resistance fighters in a car opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles on a puppet police car on the at-Tijari street in the as-Sayyidiyah area south of Baghdad, killing two puppet policemen and wounding two others.
Attacks in ar-Rashidiyah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb destroyed a US armored vehicle on the main road in the ar-Rashidiyah area on the outskirts of Baghdad, killing three US troops who were aboard it. The attack took place at 12:15pm Sunday.
At about 12:45pm in the park area of ar-Rashidiyah, a US Humvee was destroyed by the explosion of an Iraqi Resistance bomb, killing three US troops.
Massive car bomb takes heavy toll of US troops on bridge over Euphrates River.
A very powerful Iraqi Resistance car bomb, apparently loaded with a large quantity of TNT exploded as two US troop transport vehicles were crossing a bridge that passes over the Euphrates River between the cities of ar-Ridwaniyah and ad-Duwalibah at about 9:30am Sunday. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the area reported that the two transports were loaded with some 30 US troops and that the car bomb killed at least 25 of them.
Attacks in al-Ghazaliyah.
At about 5:30pm Sunday, a heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in al-Ghazaliyah under a US column, after which Resistance fighters opened fire with RPG7 rockets, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing four US troops.
At about 1pm Sunday Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets attacked a US column on the highway passing through al-Ghazaliyah, destroying a supply truck and a Humvee and killing four US troops.
Bomb attack kills two US troops in as-Sayyidiyah.
At about 9am Sunday morning an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on the highway in as-Sayyidiyah south of Baghdad, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing two US troops.
Resistance attack in Salman Bak.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Humvee in the Salman Bak area southeast of Baghdad at 8:30am Sunday, destroying the vehicle and killing two and wounding two other US troops.
Fighting in al-A‘zamiyah.
Fierce fighting broke out in al-A‘zamiyah in Baghdad at 3pm Sunday near the US-occupied former headquarters of the Iraqi security service. Resistance fighters fired RPG7 and C5K rockets and BKC automatic weapons. Two Humvees were destroyed, two armored vehicles were disabled, and nine US troops were killed. Two of the US troops were killed by Iraqi sharpshooters when they emerged from one of the two armored vehicles. One Resistance fighter was also martyred.
Puppet forces raid houses in Baghdad, arrest children.
Puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” troops carried out a campaign of raids and arrests in the areas of al-Mushahadah, ar-Rahmaniyah, and al-Fahhamah and on Hayfa Street in Baghdad’s al-Karakh district Sunday, arresting a large number of local residents, including children no older than 13 and 14 years.
Eyewitnesses reported that the puppet troops also stole money and gold jewelry from homes they raided, and opened fire at many other peaceful houses.
Blast kills five US troops.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in a dirt road near the Old Diyala Bridge in the northeast of Baghdad at exactly 4:30pm Sunday, killing five US troops and wounding two more when two Humvees were destroyed.
Action in as-Suwayrah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and destroyed a US Humvee in as-Suwayrah, south of Baghdad at about 9am, killing three US troops aboard it.
Attacks in Abu Ghurayb.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on the highway in Abu Ghurayb at 4pm Sunday, destroying one Humvee, disabling a second, and killing three US troops and wounding two more.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 and C5K rockets attacked US troops on the Old Road near Khad Sarri west of Abu Ghurayb at about 2:30pm Sunday, destroying two US Bradley armored vehicles and killing seven and wounding three other US troops.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a truck with Kuwaiti license plates as it was on its way on the highway in the Abu Ghurayb area west of Baghdad at 8am Sunday. The Resistance took the driver, an African in appearance, prisoner, and then destroyed the truck.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on the highway in the al-Kharnabat area of Abu Ghurayb killing two US soldiers in a military truck at 9am Sunday morning.
Argentine newspaper confirms Resistance data on American casualties in al-Fallujah.
The Argentine newspaper IAR Noticias published a story datelined 20 November 2004 and entitled, “¿Cuántos soldados norteamericanos murieron en Faluya?” (“How many North American soldiers have died in al-Fallujah?” that refutes US claims that only 51 American troops had been killed in the combat there and finds that the figures cited by the Iraqi Resistance of 400 American dead and 140 Iraqis killed to be the more accurate figure.
Action in al-Latifiyah Sunday.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US column in the al-Janibayn area of al-Latifiyah, after which Resistance fighters opened fire on the US troops with RPG7 rockets, destroying one military fuel truck and killing three US troops. Two others were seriously wounded.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Attacks plague US troops.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the al-Jarrad area of Salah ad-Din Province destroying a Humvee and killing one US soldier and a driver aboard it at 12:30pm Sunday.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the az-Zuba‘i area of Salah ad-Din Province destroying a Humvee and killing and/or wounding three US troops aboard it at about 1:15pm Sunday.
Kirkuk and the north.
Resistance attacks leave six oil wells ablaze west of Kirkuk.
Iraqi puppet security sources reported that a new oil well was attacked on Sunday by Iraqi Resistance forces in the north of the country, bringing the number of blazing oil wells that firefighters are trying to cope with to six.
The new well is located in the al-Khabbazah oil field west of the city of Kirkuk. Iraqi Resistance forces struck five other wells last week and a colonel in the puppet security service told Agence France Presse (APF) that fire fighters are still trying to extinguish the blazes there.
Resistance fighters attack Turkish trucks near Bayji.
Iraqi Reistsance forces opened fire on two Turkish trucks in the al-Mukhawwal area of Bayji, 200km north of Baghdad, killing their drivers.
Resistance bombing in at-Tarimiyah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as a truck was passing through the at-Tarimiyah area north of Baghdad at about 5pm Sunday, killing a person aboard the vehicle.
Salah ad-Din Province – Balad.
Resistance attack leaves two Turkish truck drivers dead.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked two trucks loaded with provisions for US troops in the Balad area at 4pm Sunday, killing two Turkish truck drivers.
Resistance chemical attack on al-Bakr base in retaliation for American chemical warfare in al-Fallujah.
At about 8:15am Iraqi Resistance forces fired four rockets at the US al-Bakr base. According to Mafkarat al-Islam the warheads contained a chemical agent that inflicted casualties among the more than 2,500 US troops posted at that base, which serves as a supply point for US forces in the north, northeast and northwest of the country. Sources inside the base reported that the rockets released a white substance affecting areas north and east of the base where American troops were making ready for a drive to Mosul.
Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters reportedly carried away the American dead and wounded from 8:30am until 11:30am. US forces set up a red line around the area of the attack.
Afterwards US forces sprayed a liquid like water around the area affected by the chemical agent.
Bombardments throughout Iraq on Sunday.
At about 7am Sunday Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad with four Katyusha rockets.
The joint US-Iraqi “national guard” base in the at-Taji area was bombarded by eight 120mm mortar rounds at about 7am Sunday.
The US base at Saddam International Airport was bombarded by Iraqi Resistance forces at 7:30am Sunday with six Katyusha rockets.
The US base at Saddam International Airport was bombarded by Iraqi Resistance forces at 8:30am Sunday with five 120mm mortar rounds.
At 9am the Iraqi Resistance struck the British base at al-Mahawil north of al-Hillah with five 82mm mortar rounds.
At about 12:30pm Sunday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets into the US camp in the former Iraqi Meat Company in the ‘Uwayrij area south of Baghdad.
At 1pm Sunday the Iraqi Resistance struck the US base in the northern part of Tikrit with a Grad rocket.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad at about 3pm Saturday.
At about 3:30pm Sunday Iraqi Resistance forces fired nine 82mm mortar rounds into the British base in al-Mahawil.
Iraqi resistance forces at 5:30pm fired five 82mm mortar rounds and two Katyusha rockets into the US airbase in al-Muthanna in Baghdad.
At about 7pm Iraqi Resistance forces attacked the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace area on Baghdad – known to the invaders as the “green zone” – firing two Katyusha rockets into the facility.
At 8pm Sunday the Iraqi Resistance fired three Grad rockets into Saddam International Airport.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad at about 9:30pm Saturday.