Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 26 December 2004, and Monday, 27 December 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Sunday, 26 December 2004.
Seven hundred civilian bodies recovered from al-Fallujah ruins to date; 504 of them women and children.
Dr. Tamir Salih al-‘Ani, who is in charge of the morgue in al-Fallujah General Hospital has reported that emergency teams in al-Fallujah Hospital have recovered 700 bodies of Iraqis from the ruins of houses destroyed in the course of the US aggressors’ offensive on the city. Dr. Salih confirmed that among the 700 bodies were 504 bodies of women and children. The rest are the bodies of elderly and middle aged men.
Dr. Salih explained that the bodies were dug out from the ruins on the streets of al-Fallujah, recovered from rooftops, and dug out of gardens. Many of the dead perished in barbarous ways, their bodies burned by American chemical weapons. A number of others had been stabbed. The body of one woman showed that she had been bayoneted in her thigh, chest, and head.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent reported that these findings were the result of work done in just six of al-Fallujah’s neighborhoods. There are in all 27 residential neighborhoods in the city. The death toll is thus constantly rising as there are still large numbers of reports of buried bodies on which the medical teams have not yet had a chance to follow up.
Resistance ambushes US column south of al-Fallujah.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US column on a dirt road leading to some date palm groves in the Zawbi‘ area, 30km south of al-Fallujah at 9:30am Sunday. The attack totally destroyed an Abrams tank and a Humvee. Nine Americans were killed and two more injured.
Heavy fighting in western al-Qa’im.
Fierce fighting broke out in al-Qa’im on the Syrian border at 8am and lasted until 11am local time Sunday between the Resistance and US occupation troops. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the fighting raged in the al-‘Ubaydi neighborhood of the western part of the city near the western Customs Department offices, and left 19 US military vehicles ablaze: as well as five tanks, two Humvees and personnel carriers that were transporting American troops to the US base west of the city. The Resistance also shot down a Cobra helicopter in the center of the city as it was on its way to rescue the US column that was under attack.
Puppet police sources told the witnesses that 49 American troops had been killed as a result of the fighting, since the troop transport vehicles were full of men when they were destroyed.
The witnesses said that 34 Resistance fighters were martyred in the fighting. Some 90 to 120 Resistance fighters took part in the attack. They swooped down on the American troops, taking advantage of the fact that the area was free of passersby and civilian cars. The area is known for its rough, hilly terrain. The Americans had set up towers to keep watch over their forces as they passed through the area, but today, Resistance fighters attacked the towers and destroyed three of them. The puppet police reported that nine American troops were killed in the Resistance attacks on the observation towers.
Resistance mortar barrage on US base in al-Qa’im.
Iraqi Resistance forces pounded the US headquarters in al-Qa’im from the north and south at 1pm Sunday, setting blazes inside the camp that still burned when the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent submitted his report posted at 8:25pm Sunday night Mecca time. US aircraft also were still prowling the skies and attempting to extinguish the fires whose smoke filled the skies.
Resistance bomb attack in ar-Ridwaniyah.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded beside a US column in ar-Ridwaniyah at 6am local time Sunday morning, destroying two Humvees and killing six US troops aboard them, according to eyewitnesses cited by Mafkarat al-Islam.
Puppet police commander assassinated in Baghdad.
A source in the puppet police announced that Resistance fighters had liquidated a prominent commander of the puppet police in an armed attack Sunday southwest of Baghdad.
Colonel Sa‘d ‘Abd ar-Razzaq of the puppet police said that Colonel Yasin Ibrahim Jawad was on his way to work at 8am Sunday when Resistance fighters in a white Opal car opened fire on his car in southwest Baghdad’s al-Bayya‘ neighborhood. The puppet police colonel Jawad was killed and two of his bodyguards wounded.
Dr. Nadiyah Khalid, a physician at al-Yarmuk Hospital in Baghdad reported that one of the wounded men is in extremely grave condition. She said that the hospital received three bodies with wounds, one of them dead on arrival, one in grave condition and the third in moderate condition.
Video of resistance attack on “high-ranking US officer” broadcast on al-Jazeera.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV broadcast a video tape made by a Resistance group called the Brigades of Islamic Rage – ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab Squadron, that showed a fighter preparing the bomb, that was apparently large inside a donkey cart. The video showed two masked fighters driving the donkey cart on a farm road in the at-Tarimiyah area north of Baghdad, a road used by US military vehicles. Later it showed the bomb exploding and destroying a US Humvee in the area. The statement that accompanied the video said that the target was a high ranking US officer and that the attack took place at 3:59pm Friday.
Ba‘qubah – Diyala Province.
Battle in Bahraz.
Fierce fighting erupted in the Commercial City [al-Madinah at-Tijariyah] section of Bahraz, 30km north of Ba ‘qubah in Diyala Province on Sunday morning. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the battles broke out at 6am local time and left 27 US vehicles on fire.
Resistance forces used pipe rocket launchers and rocket-propelled grenades, as well as various machine guns. Resistance car bombs also were employed in an attack on one of the US tanks. The correspondent reported seeing a US tank on fire throughout the entire nearly four-hour period of time when the battle raged.
Fighting ended when US aircraft raided the area in which the Resistance fighters had entrenched themselves. The correspondent reported that the Resistance withdrew from their strongpoint under the US aerial bombing, leaving behind 61 US dead and 47 Americans wounded. The Brigades of the Martyr Ahmad Yasin Resistance organization declared that it lost 24 of its fighters in the battle, and 14 rocket launchers either destroyed or seized by the Americans.
The fighting also blasted open the southern approach to the city after it had been closed by the Americans for seven days.
Resitance ambushes puppet governor’s motorcade in Ba‘qubah.
Iraqi Resistance forces in Ba‘qubah attacked the motorcade of puppet governor ‘Abdallah ar-Rashid at 2pm Sunday as it was heading towards the governorate building. Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent reported that the attack left four body guards of the puppet official dead. One of the Resistance attackers was also killed. Some sources in the Iraqi puppet police said that the governor was wounded in the attack.
Puppet official abducted near Mosul.
Resistance forces abducted the puppet official in charge of the district of ash-Sharqat in Mosul Province, Muhammad al-‘Ayni at 8am Sunday as he was leaving his home to go to work. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that the official’s body guard did not fire a shot after the Resistance attackers asked him not to get involved, threatening to kill him.
Al-‘Ayni had received several warnings previously, threatening him if he did not abandon service ‘as a tail to the occupation’ as their warnings phrased it. But in response, al-‘Ayni ordered raids on the homes of families of Resistance fighters and arrested many of their relatives.
Resistance assassinates translator collaborators who failed to heed warnings to quit their jobs.
An Iraqi translator collaborator and his wife, also a collaborator translator, were assassinated in the Sumar neighborhood of Mosul at 9am Sunday morning. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported tha the Resistance had previously sent numerous warnings to all the translators and contractors working with the American occupation, telling them to leave their jobs and giving them a grace period of seven days in which to do so. That grace period ended Sunday morning.
Seven collaborator translators several days ago announced that they were quitting their work with the Americans, but the couple killed on Sunday failed to quit their jobs and were therefore killed.
Resistance rocket attacks avenge religious leader’s murder by US forces.
US forces stormed into the home of the professor of Islamic sciences and Islamist activist Dr. Mahfuz al-Qazzaz in Mosul’s al-Asatidhah neighborhood and shot him to death in a hail of bullets. A medical report issued by the Main Hospital of Mosul listed the cause of death as direct bullet wounds to the head. Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in Mosul reported that local people attribute the assassination of Dr. al-Qazzaz to his insistence that it was obligatory for people to fight the US occupation, and the fact that he regarded anyone collaborating with the American invaders as an infidel.
In response to the murder of Dr. al-Qazzaz, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Resistance forces carried out a major attack from 1pm to 4pm Sunday on several occupation positions, firing off fifty-four 120mm mortar rounds, as well at Grad and Tariq rockets. Explosions could be heard and flame could be seen inside the US al-Ghazlani camp in northern Mosul.
Resistance attack on US column in Mosul.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US column in the al-Masarif neighborhood east of Mosul at 3pm Sunday, killing three US troops and wounding one more who was burned by gasoline by passers by who chanted: “You burned our library; we will burn your hearts!”] – a reference to the US burning of the Islamic Teaching Library in al-Fallujah. The remainder of the column fled before the Resistance attack, leaving their beleaguered colleagues to fend for themselves in the street.
Resistance group plays video of Mosul martyrdom attack.
The Resistance organization Jaysh Ansar as-Sunnah (The Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah [Prophet Muhammad’s Practice]) broadcast a video showing the martyrdom attack on the US military camp in Mosul that took place on Tuesday, killing a reported 160 US troops. The video, broadcast on the organization’s website showed the blast which occurred when a truck driven by a martyrdom fighter rammed into the lunchroom on the base.
Tirkrit - Salah ad-Din Province.
Massive Resistance bombardment of US “southern base” in Bayji.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired forty-three 120mm mortar rounds into the so-called “southern US base” Bayji, north of Tikrit, setting massive fires inside the base. Terrorstricken US troops rushed out of the camp into the areas surrounding the facility where they remained until the end of the Resistance bombardment, which lasted from 4pm until 5:15pm Sunday.
Monday, 27 December 2004.
Women join men to fight with Resistance against US forces in al-Qa’im. Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent wounded in leg.
Iraqi Resistance forces battled US occupation troops in al-Qa’im on Monday. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that about 80 US soldiers had been killed and that the Resistance had destroyed nine US Humvees and four tanks as well as shooting down a US Black Hawk helicopter in the course of the fighting early Monday morning.
US forces sealed off the city at 6am Monday closing the main exits and entrances to al-Qa’im locking people inside the city and permitting no one else to leave. Fierce fighting broke out at the western approach to the city, lasting about two hours. The Resistance organization at-Tawhid wa-al-Jihad announced that it had battled some 70 US troops in the battle.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Qa’im reported that the US troops fled the battlefield, running in every direction, making it easy for the Resistance to kill 14 of them in addition to the 70 killed in the battle itself. In his dispatch posted at 9:14pm Monday night, the correspondent said that US troops still encircled the entire city, but that the Resistance continued to control the inside of the city.
Meanwhile, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that 13 women have come out to join the men in fighting the US occupation forces in the city. The Brigades of the Partisans of the West fired more than 100 mortar rounds on US troop concentrations to the east and the south of al-Qa’im.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam came under fire as he covered the battle in al-Qa’im when an American sniper 200 meters away who clearly saw that the correspondent was a journalist (since he was carrying cameras with him) shot at him and struck him in his right thigh. The correspondent is now recuperating in the ar-Ra’is Hospital in the city. The director of the hospital told Mafkarat al-Islam that the wound was a light one and that he would probably be able to leave the hospital after a week.
Fighting later in the day in al-Qa’im.
Fighting erupted between the Resistance and US occupation forces backed by puppet “national guards” in al-Qa’im on the Syrian border. The battles, which lasted a full hour, were described as very intense. They followed an Iraqi Resistance ambush of a US-puppet guard column in which bombs exploded on both sides of a road. After that Resistance fighters firing RPG7 and C5K rockets attacked the column. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the attack left nine US troops dead and two others captured by the Resistance. Five puppet guards were killed as well.
Resistance bombards US camp near al-Qa’im.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked the US base in al-Qa’im on the Syrian border from the north and south with mortar rounds at about 1pm Monday, setting massive fires burning inside the facility. The fires were still blazing when the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the area submitted his report, posted at 8:45pm Monday night Mecca time. The ‘Ayn as-Sahra’ al-Gharbiyah camp was the one attacked and the correspondent reported that US aircraft were attempting to put out the flames as smoke covered the sky over the facility into the night.
Resistance abducts puppet guards Sunday night.
An officer in the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” announced on Monday that some 20 members of the puppet guard had been abducted by Resistance fighters in the west of Iraq. The officer who wished to remain anonymous told Reuters that 21 puppet guards were kidnapped as they returned in a bus across the desert to their base in al-Qa’im on the border with Syria. Eyewitness reported that cars stopped the bus on the highway Sunday night and took the puppet guards away.
Bayji – Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance blows up oil pipeline to Turkey for third straight week.
Iraqi Resistance fighters blew up an oil pipeline through which the Oil of the North company exports crude north to Turkey. This was the third straight week during which Iraqi oil exports have been cut by the Resistance who are determined to prevent US occupation forces from profiteering from the natural resources of Iraq.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the blast took place in the Bayji area at about 7am Monday. The explosion ignited fires that blazed for four hours, until 11am. The oil pipeline extends from the oil fields in Kirkukto collection tanks near Bayji. From there it is pumped to the north to the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean.
Resistance bombards US camp near Bayji.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked the US base known as the Southern Base near Bayji, firing about forty 120mm mortar rounds into the facility, setting massive fires after which terrified US troops poured out of the camp on foot, running into the areas near by. The Americans remained outside the camp until the end of the attack, which lasted from 4pm until 5:15pm local time.
Car bomb kills CIA agents.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in the path of a GMC and Humvee on the road leading to Saddam International Airport in Baghdad. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast destroyed the US vehicles and killed five US Central Intelligence Agency operatives and three US troops.
Heavy bomb destroys Bradley armored vehicle in Abu Ghurayb.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Bradley armored vehicle in the Abu Ghurayb area at about 1pm Monday, destroying the Bradely and killing five US troops according to eyewitnesses who spoke to Mafkarat al-Islam. They said that the vehicle was blown apart by the powerful blast, sending parts flying over a wide area.
Resistance rocket attacks in Baghdad area Monday.
Witnesses reported that Resistance fighters armed with RPG7 rockets attacked a civilian truck belonging to the US forces, killing one US soldier and wounding another.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired rockets at the US base in Salman Bak on Monday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Grad rockets into the US airbase at al-Muthanna in Baghdad. Witnesses inside the US facility told Mafkarat al-Islam that the rockets destroyed three frame buildings that the US forces were using as barracks for their soldiers inside the base. The witnesses had no precise information on US casualties, if any.
Mid-morning Resistance attack in ar-Ridwaniyah.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US column by the third bridge in ar-Ridwaniyah at about 10:30am Monday morning, setting an American military fuel tanker ablaze and destroying two Humvees and killing six US troops and wounding others.
Bomb in dead dog kills five US troops.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb that was planted in a dead dog on the highway leading to New Baghdad exploded on Monday, destroying one Humvee, disabling a second, and killing five US troops and wounding three more.
Resistance rocket attacks on US facilities in Baghdad, ar-Ramadi Monday.
Thick smoke rose over the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area of Baghdad, known to the occupation as the “green zone” after seven Grad rockets slammed into the facility at about 7am Monday morning.
Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that nine mortar rounds struck the Palace of Congresses (Convention Center) during a meeting of an Iraqi puppet official at 9am Monday, but there have been no reports on casualties in that attack.
Also at about 9am Iraqi Resistance forces fired about fifteen 82mm mortar rounds into the US al-Warrar base west of ar-Ramadi.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired three large Katyusha rockets into a US troops concentration in the ar-Rustamiyah area of Baghdad. The barrage was followed by plumes of thick smoke rising over the area of the US headquarters.
Resistance video shows rocket attack on US camp in Abu Ghurayb.
An Iraqi Resistance group known as the Brigades of the Earthquake, one of the 1920 Revolution Brigades – the armed wing of the Patriotic Islamic Armed Resistance in Iraq took responsibility for the firing of two Grad rockets at the US base in Abu Ghurayb and a video showing the attack was broadcast on al-Jazeera satellite TV on Sunday. The bombardment scored direct hits on US materiel as evidenced by the black smoke that can be seen billowing into the sky after the attack.
Resistance attacks on collaborator gunmen and puppet police.
Iraqi Resistance fighters assassinated five members of the Kurdish chauvinist collaborationist Peshmergah militia in an attack on Hayfa Street in Baghdad’s al-Karakh district Monday. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the path of a Peshmergah Land Cruiser at 1:30pm Monday afternoon. A Resistance group called the Hashimi Army claimed responsibility for the operation. This is an organization never as yet heard from.
Iraqi Resistance forces killed six puppet policemen in an attack in the al-Jazirah neighborhood of al-Khalidiyah.
A Brigadier General in the Iraqi puppet police was killed when Resistance forces mounted an armed attack on his car as it traveled along the highway north of al-Fallujah.
Car bomb outside headquarters of chauvinist collaborator party.
A car bomb exploded at about 9am Monday morning outside the office of the President of the Shi‘i chauvinist, collaborationist organization known as the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) in Baghdad, leaving dead and wounded.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported in a dispatch posted at 8:25pm Mecca time Monday that 40 members of SCIRI’s Badr Brigades were killed in the blast, and that it was believed that one of the sons of SCIRI chief ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Hakim was also among the dead. Three cars and a house were totally destroyed in the explosion, the effects of which the puppet police were trying to conceal by not allowing reporters to approach the stricken area.
The Iraqi puppet police told Reuters that at least 15 persons had been killed and 39 others wounded. The chief of the organization, who was appointed to the so-called “interim governing council” by the US occupation authorities, was not killed. An American military spokesman said however that it was likely that relatives of the SCIRI leader ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Hakim and/or other officials in the collaborationist organization had been among the victims of the attack, in particular his cousin al-Muhsin al-Hakim.
US forces sealed off the area where the attack took place, closing the two-story bridge nearby that lead to the headquarters on the bank of the Tigris River in the al-Jadiriyah area of Baghdad.
The SCIRI organization collaborated with the CIA prior to the American aggression on Iraq and the armed units of the SCIRI, known as the Badr Brigades, joined American troops in the invasion of Iraq in the spring of 2003.
Resistance assassinates collaborator translator.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a translator who was serving the US occupation forces in the al-Qadisiyah neighborhood of Baghdad on Monday. The Resistance fighters opened fire by his house and killed him, and left a note on his door. “Today your land tomorrow your honor.” The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance write such a note when they assassinated persons cooperating with the occupation.
Morning bomb attack leaves four US dead.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in al-Latifiyah at about 8:30am Monday morning, totally destroying a Humvee and killing four US troops.
Resistance battles US forces for three hours in Balad.
Fighting erupted in Balad, north of Baghdad, at 11am Monday between the Resistance and US forces and lasted for three hours according to witnesses who spoke to Mafkarat al-Islam. The Resistance began the action when it ambushed a US column made up of 13 vehicles. The Resistance detonated bombs on the sides of the road around the column and then attacked with RPG7 rockets and BKC machine guns, destroying four US Humvees and a fuel tank truck as well as a civilian truck that was carrying US troops. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the operation left 13 occupation troops and four US “civilians” dead. Two American troops were captured by the Resistance.
Resistance attack on US convoy Monday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed a US column made up of six American vehicles and two civilian trucks hauling their supplies but driven by Turks in the al-Qal‘ah [Citatel] area of Samarra’ on Monday.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in Samarra’ reported that the ambush took place at 8am and left 12 US troops and the two Turkish drivers dead. Afterwards, US forces cordoned off the area and brought in helicopters that evacuated the dead and the hulks of the destroyed vehicles about an hour after the attack. The correspondent wrote that the Salafi Squadrons of Abu Bakr published a communiqué announcing their responsibility for the attack and reporting that all the fighters left the scene of the attack safely.
Resistance shoots down Black Hawk helicopter in Mosul.
Iraqi Resistance fighters in Mosul shot down a US Black Hawk helicopter with a C5K rocket. According to eyewitnesses who spoke with Mafkarat al-Islam in the city, The Black Hawk went down in the al-Muhandisin neighborhood of Mosul at about 1:45pm Monday. It is believed that at least four US troops were killed in the crash, since a Black Hawk crew is usually made up of four persons.
America orders more troops to Mosul.
US general John Abizaid announced that the Washington would be sending more troops to Mosul after the massive truck bombing that took the lives of some 160 Americans troops in their base there last week. Abizaid told the American CNN network that there appeared to be a need for more troops before the election farce that the occupation has slated for the end of January 2005.
Meanwhile, US military officials said that between 6,000 and 8,000 US troops would be sent to Mosul to confront the rising Resistance struggle there.
Resistance assassinates group that took funds from US military to build religious shrine.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent reported Monday that Iraqi Resistance forces assassinated five members of the Yazidi sect in Ba‘shiqah, west of Mosul because the five had accepted money from US occupation forces in order to construct a house of worship for themselves. The Americans had set aside a garden belonging to the Sunni Waqf [Pious Endowment] in the city in which the Yazidi shrine was to be constructed courtesy of the US invaders.
Witnesses said that the Resistance had warned the five against taking part in any such deal with the occupation, but they only turned to the Americans for protection. The Resistance therefore attacked them at 9am Monday local time in the al-Ikhwah neighborhood of central Ba‘shiqah, killing them and destroying a Humvee.
Resistance clashes with puppet forces in Ba‘qubah on Monday.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked and destroyed four armored GMC vehicles and a Nissan pickup in Ba‘qubah on Monday.
The Resistance destroyed three small cars and seized a fourth after clashes that took place with the puppet “national guard” at about 4pm Monday afternoon. Thirteen puppet guards were killed in the fighting. Four Resistance fighters also died in the fight.
One puppet “national guard” and a puppet policeman died and nine others were wounded when clashes broke out at about 7pm Monday night. Witnesses reported that the Resistance set fire to four Nissan pickups belonging to the puppet guards. The Resistance also seized weapons after the battle.
Resistance attack targets Japanese aggressor base.
Japanese aggressor troops awoke around 9am Monday to the sound of explosions and warning sirens as two 120mm mortar rounds crashed into their camp in as-Samawah Province. Local residents told Mafkarat al-Islam in the area (about 100km south of Baghdad) that they saw white smoke rising over two places in the Japanese camp, indicating that flammable structures had been hit.
Puppet police rushed to the Japanese aggressor camp in order to try to secure control over the area.
Resistance attacks British troops in al-Basrah.
Five British aggressor troops were killed in the Khur az-Zubayr area of al-Basrah early on Monday morning. Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a British armored vehicle on the main street in Khur az-Zubayr, setting the vehicle ablaze and killing all aboard. The attack occurred at 6:45am local time.