Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 3 January 2005.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial
board The Free Arab Voice.
Monday, 3 January 2005.
Al-Fallujah – ar-Ramadi.
Communiqué issued by Consultative Council of Mujahideen of al-Fallujah
on two months of fighting.
The Consultative Council of Mujahideen of al-Fallujah issued a
communiqué concerning the nature and results of the fighting that took
place between the occupation and the Resistance in the city between 6
November 2004 and 2 January 2005. The communiqué, a copy of which was
obtained by Mafkarat al-Islam, gave reasons for the withdrawal of
Resistance forces from the northern neighborhoods of the city and from
the al-`Askari neighborhood in the city's eastern section. It also
gave a count of US and British losses as well as those suffered by the
The withdrawal of Iraqi Resistance forces from parts of the city, the
communiqué stated, was part of a governing military plan that aimed at
drawing occupation troops into narrow alleys and streets in the city,
where tanks and armored vehicles could be surrounded. The aim was to
avert heavy US aerial bombing of al-Fallujah. Such bombing had made
it impossible for Resistance fighters to remain on open ground on the
edges of the city. On the other hand, it was also easier to attack US
tanks and armored vehicles when they were inside the city, where it
was also possible for Iraqi sharp shooters to pick off US troops.
The communiqué said that no Resistance fighter had retreated or run
from battle. Rather, the Resistance had adopted a kind of hit and run
tactic wherein the "run" was designed to draw US troops after the
fighters, where they could be "hit" yet again, this time with deadly
The communiqué gave a final count of occupation forces' losses up to 2
January 2005 as follows:
1. More than 6,500 US troops killed and 700 more wounded.
2. More than 425 British troops killed and about 325 wounded.
3. A large number of Americans and Britons captured, some of whom were
killed during escape attempts.
4. More than 1,350 tanks and armored vehicles destroyed.
5. About 800 Humvees and personnel carriers destroyed.
6. 41 aircraft, including three fighter planes, shot down.
7. 200 US light and medium weapons seized, as well as hundreds of
scopes, bayonets, compasses, bullet-proof vests, and classified maps
of occupation positions in al-Anbar Province.
As to Resistance losses, the communiqué stated that 721 Resistance
fighters had been killed, including fraternal Arab fighters from Saudi
Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Qatar, Kuwait, Algeria,
and the Sudan. In addition, 215 others had been wounded, but most of
them were now in good health and were once again under arms.
The communiqué criticized and condemned al-Jazeera satellite TV which
it called "Silent TV," and the al-`Arabiyah satellite TV station which
it said preferred to cover the fighting from the side of the enemy
rather than from the side of the Resistance. The same goes for all
the other stations, the communiqué said. Not only that, but those
stations broadcast images of the suffering of the people of
al-Fallujah, the tears of its children in the refugee camps, the
laments of its women over the loss of their children, but filed to
show any scenes of the heroism of al-Fallujah's Resistance fighters
such as would arouse a sense of pride in their children. Those
stations, in fact became mouthpieces broadcasting what America wanted
and desired. The only exception were certain internet websites, the
communiqué said, that covered the heroism and triumphs of the Resistance.
The communiqué promised that the information offices of the Resistance
organizations would be distributing pictures and films showing the
Resistance fighting against the occupation forces. It also promised
that there would be more Resistance operations on every inch of the
Iraqi territory in coming days.
Policemen clash with US troops in ar-Ramadi after American soldier
tries to unveil an Iraqi girl by force.
Clashes erupted between US troops and Iraqi police at a US checkpoint
in the center of ar-Ramadi on Monday morning. Eyewitnesses told
Mafkarat al-Islam that the battles broke out at about 10am when a US
solider insisted on searching a veiled Iraq girl who was with her
mother. The US soldier was determined to lift her veil, claiming that
Resistance fighters could disguise themselves in women's clothing.
Witnesses reported that the Iraqi girl refused to lift the veil from
her face, causing the American soldier to try to pull it off by force.
At that point the Iraqi policemen intervened and clashed with the
Americans, sparking a battle that lasted 15 minutes.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the fighting
ended with the Americans arresting five members of the local police
force, while four others escaped together with the mother and the
Iraqi girl who was never unveiled. The stand of the ar-Ramadi
policemen against the American aggressors earned them the strong
sympathies of the local people.
Pushcart bomb kills seven US troops in Abu Ghurayb.
Seven US troops were killed when an Iraqi Resistance bomb blew up in a
food vendor cart on the al-Bu `Ubayd Street in Abu Ghurayb at 9am
Monday. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in Abu Ghurayb
reported that US forces had earlier prohibited cars from entering
al-Bu `Ubayd Street because it had become a frequent scene of
Resistance car bomb attacks on the occupation soldiers. The last such
bombing on the street took the lives of 14 American troops.
Monday morning's bombing, therefore, involved not a car, but a
pushcart. Street vendors with pushcarts are a frequent site in the
Iraqi capital, and this cart, ostensibly for selling Lablabi – a local
snack made of cooked hummus – aroused no suspicion. But the seemingly
innocent cart blew up when a US armored vehicle came near, detonated
through a telephone wire, the end of which the Americans traced to a
livestock pen 200 meters away from the scene of the explosion.
But even the act of tracing the telephone wire to its end proved to be
a costly bit of detective work for the Americans. Witnesses said that
one US soldier was killed and another wounded when another bomb on the
gate of the livestock pen exploded. The witnesses told Mafkarat
al-Islam that the US troops had trouble identifying the remains of the
dead American since his body parts were mingled with the body parts of
one of the animals also killed in the blast.
More Iraqi Resistance attacks on Monday in Abu Ghurayb.
Three Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded on az-Zaytun Street in Abu
Ghurayb at about 7am Monday, local time, as a US column made up of
three Humvees and two Bradley armored vehicles were passing. The
blast totally destroyed two Humvees and killed seven US troops and
seriously wounded two more. After the bomb attack US troops opened
fire indiscriminately in the area, but inflicted only some material
damage on nearby buildings.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as a US Humvee command car was
passing along the Old Road in Abu Ghurayb at about 10:30am Monday,
destroying the Humvee and killing four US troops aboard it, one of
them an American officer.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as a US column was passing through
Abu Ghurayb at about 1pm Monday. Resistance fighters then opened fire
on the Americans with BKC machine guns, setting two civilian trucks
belonging to the US troops ablaze and killing four American soldiers.
Resistance bombing in al-Iskandariyah.
Heavy Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the middle of a road as a US
force was passing through the al-Iskandariyah area near Baghdad at
about 3pm Monday, killing four US troops. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat
al-Islam that after the blast American troops opened fire
indiscriminately on houses and shops, killing two Iraqi civilians and
seriously wounding five more.
Resistance bombs kill US troops in Salman Bak Monday morning.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the path of a US force in Salman
Bak southeast of Baghdad at about 10:30am Monday, destroying two
Humvees and killing five US troops and wounding three more.
Ambush targets US Bradley armored vehicles in al-Ishaqi Monday afternoon.
Two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under two US Bradley armored
vehicles in the al-Ishaqi area north of Baghdad at about 4:30pm
Monday, whereupon Resistance fighters armed with RPG7 rockets and
believed to be hiding behind trees opened fire on the Americans.
Morning bombing hits Americans in ad-Duwaylibah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the middle of a road in
ad-Duwaylibah south of Baghdad at about 8:30am Monday morning,
destroying a Humvee and sending parts of it flying through the air.
Four US troops who were aboard the Humvee were killed in the attack.
Afterwards, US troops opened fire indiscriminately on houses and shops
nearby. They then gathered up the scattered parts of the Humvee.
Resistance attacks in al-Mushahadah
An Iraqi Resistance land mine exploded and destroyed a US Abrams tank
in the al-Mushahadah area of at-Taji north of Baghdad at about 10am
Monday, killing three US troops and wounding two more.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in al-Mushahadah near a
river branch at about 2:30pm Monday, destroying a US Humvee and
killing four. US troops closed off the area and arrested five local
Resistance car bombing in at-Taji.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded under a US column at the
ar-Tarimiyah crossing in at-Taji north of Baghdad, destroying a
Bradley armored vehicle and a Humvee and killing seven US troops.
Three Iraqis who were near the US column at the time also died in the
explosion. Forty-five minutes after the attack, US forces cordoned
off the scene of the attack.
Resistance bombing in ad-Durah.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance car bomb planted in the middle of a road in
the Hur al-Basha area of the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah
exploded at about 11:15am Monday, destroying a Humvee and killing
three US troops. After the blast, US troops opened fire
indiscriminately out of fear of an ambush, then they abandoned the
vehicle. After about half an hour, they returned and took away their
dead along with the wreckage of the vehicle.
Resistance attacks in ar-Ridwaniyah.
Heavy Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US patrol in the
ar-Ridwaniyah area Monday, killing eight US troops.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb planted in a dirt road in the al-Qatta` area
of ar-Ridwaniyah exploded at about 11:15am Monday as a US Abrams tank
was passing, blowing the tank apart and sending parts flying through
the air. Five US troops aboard the vehicle were killed.
Iraqi Resistance bombs planted in the middle of a dirt road in
ar-Ridwaniyah exploded at about 3pm Monday, killing three US troops.
American soldiers cordoned off the area immediately after the attack
and arrested eight people who happened to be in the vicinity.
Bomb attack in as-Suwayrah.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in as-Suwayrah, south of Baghdad,
destroying a military truck and totally demolishing a Humvee. Three
US soldiers were killed in the ambush and two more seriously wounded
in the attack that took place at about 2:30pm Monday.
Resistance car bomb explodes near Iyyad `Allawi's party headquarters.
A black car burst through a joint US-puppet "national guard"
checkpoint on the road leading to the headquarters of the so-called
Accord Party headquarters on az-Zaytun Street in downtown Baghdad and
exploded at about 10am Monday. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam's
correspondent that the car blew apart at a checkpoint about 150 meters
from the headquarters of the "Accord Party," which is headed by the
US-appointed so-called "prime minister" Iyyad `Allawi.
The witnesses reported that the explosion killed eight puppet
"national guards" and puppet policemen and wounded 23 more. `Allawi
was not in the party headquarters at the time of the attack, but four
US tanks and a large number of Humvees closed off the area, sealing
all entrances and exits to the area as two helicopters prowled the
Earlier, Reuters reported that an explosives-filled car driven by a
martyrdom fighter blew up near two puppet police cars at a check point
on the road leading to the headquarters of the political party of the
US-installed puppet "prime minister" Iyyad `Allawi in central Baghdad
at about 9:45am Monday. It noted that an official in the puppet
so-called "Iraqi ministry of the interior" claimed that the bomb
killed two persons and wounded more than 23 others and that the
wounded had been taken to Baghdad's al-Yarmuk hospital. The official
said that `Allawi's party headquarters had not been damaged.
Later on Monday the Iraqi Resistance organization called the Army of
the Partisans of the Sunnah [Prophet's Practice] took responsibility
for the bombing in a statement published on an internet website.
Shi`i clerical leaders pledge allegiance to the US in bid for
In a suddenly-convened news conference in Baghdad, Shi`i clerical
leaders strove to reassure the United States of their loyalty in a bid
to secure US backing for their "victory" in an election farce that is
to be staged at the end of the month. Shi`i clerical leaders told the
press, and in the first place the Americans, that in the event that
they win the sham "elections," they would neither try to establish an
Iranian-style religious state, nor would they want the United States
to withdraw its occupation troops from the country – two primary
conditions of American support.
`Abd al-`Aziz al-Hakim, the head of the collaborationist so-called
Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) – an
organization that sent its armed wing, the Badr Brigades into Iraq
along with invading US troops in spring 2003 – stressed that the Shi`i
clerical leaders did not want to copy the Iranian regime in Iraq.
Al-Hakim, who has the support of pro-American Shi`i clerical authority
`Ali as-Sistani, said that they were determined not to ask US forces
to withdraw from Iraq in the event that they win the sham "elections."
Not surprisingly, long-time CIA agent Ahmad Chelebi who has positioned
himself as a Shi`i secular candidate for "leadership" of Iraq (under
American supervision) also wants the US troops to remain in the event
that he wins the election. Chelebi told the International Herald
Tribune that on a recent visit to Tehran, he told Iranian leaders that
a Chelebi regime in Iraq "will need the US forces to continue their
stay in Iraq for the foreseeable future."
Resistance martyrdom bomber picks fight to draw crowd of puppet
troops, then detonates his car bomb.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded at a check point manned by the
puppet so-called "Iraqi national guard" in al-Latifiyah at 12:30pm
Monday, killing 14 puppet guards. Eyewitnesses described how the
martyrdom bomber drove up to puppet guards and started an argument
with them, attracting a crowd of them to his car, whereupon he
detonated himself and his vehicle, killing 14 puppet guards and
wounding 18 others, most of them critically.
Resistance bombs in al-Latifiyah targets US troops.
Two Iraqi Resistance bombs planted in the middle of a dirt road in
al-Latifiyah exploded at about 7 o'clock Monday, damaging a US Bradley
armored vehicle and killing two US troops and wounding two more,
according to eyewitnesses. US troops afterwards cordoned off the area
and evacuated their dead and wounded 15 minutes after the blasts.
They removed the damaged vehicle a half hour later.
Bayji "election commission" resigns en masse.
The chairman of the "elections commission" charged with organizing the
American-ordered "election" farce in the northern Iraqi city of Bayji
has announced that the city's election commission resigned as of
Sunday, 2 January 2005. The decision came after many commission
members received threats from the Iraqi Resistance. Reuters reported
that Muhammad Shahran, who heads the 12-member "supreme commission for
the elections" in Bayji said, "we have all resigned," adding "they say
that the elections are illegitimate because they will take place under
occupation," in an apparent reference to the position of the Iraqi
Resistance. Two members of the local commission had actually already
resigned two months previous. Shahran gave no further details.
All the 700 members of the "election commission" of Iraq's third
largest city, Mosul, resigned last Friday, 31 December 2004. They too
cited threats from the Iraqi Resistance that regards any elections
held under US bayonets and tank barrels to be illegitimate and
unrepresentative. In addition, the Iraqi Islamic Party, a
predominantly Sunni organization, withdrew from the race out of
In addition, 69 Iraqi personalities and organizations representing
various political and religious currents in the country, including the
Board of Muslim `Ulama' [Scholars], have signed a declaration saying
that they will be boycotting the sham elections. Another list of 106
persons outside of Iraq have called for a boycott of the farcical
vote. The Board of Muslim `Ulama' said that it opposed elections in
the present conditions, when the country is occupied and free and fair
elections cannot be held. The Board said that any elections held at
this time would produce an incorrect result, totally excluding the
Iraqi patriotic option. The Board said that the intent of the
"election" is merely to give a veneer of legitimacy to the US
occupation of the country.
US newspaper: 182 Resistance attacks on Iraqi oil infrastructure since
The American Christian Science Monitor reported on Monday that
"security problems are the main obstacle" to attracting foreign
investment in the Iraqi oil industry. Iraqi Resistance forces are
determined to prevent the US occupation from plundering their
country's oil wealth and according to the American newspaper, the have
been enormously successful in keeping foreign profit seekers out.
According to a report by the Institute for the Analysis of Global
Security quoted by the Christian Science Monitor, there have been 182
Resistance attacks on Iraq's energy infrastructure since Juen 2003.
Even Hilal `Abbud al-Bayyati, economics adviser for the US-installed
puppet "prime minister" Iyyad `Allawi admits that the Resistance
attacks have cut Iraqi oil output by some 400,000 to 600,000 barrels
per day. This has made foreign, mainly American, capitalists
reluctant to invest in the Iraqi energy industry, despite the
privatization strategy championed by the American-installed rulers in
Iraq's puppet regime.
Al-Bayyati told the American newspaper that his regime "wants to make
things easy" for foreign investors, adding that the American-appointed
government has "taken steps towards a market economy where the private
sector and foreign investors will play a big role in the economy."
Iraq possesses huge potential reserves of oil – estimated at between
45 billion to as high as 100 billion barrels – and thus exerts an
incredible attraction to western business interests. But even the
most greedy are proving unwilling to invest the estimated $2 billion
to $3 billion needed to rebuild the oil infrastructure – particularly
since the Resistance has been singularly successful in setting fire to
the oil to keep foreign interests from profiting off the American
Resistance attack kills two officers in puppet police in Bayji as 11
others quit their jobs.
A source in the Iraqi puppet police reported that two officers in the
puppet police, one of them a lieutenant colonel, were killed on Monday
in the north of Bayji. Another 11 puppet policemen quit their jobs.
The source in the puppet police station in the west of Bayji said that
Lieutenant Colonel Faz` Husayn and Major Salam Dahham al-Jannabi, both
of the puppet police were killed Monday morning by the Iraqi
Resistance when a number of fighters in cars simultaneously attacked a
checkpoint in the as-Siniyah section of the city.
Dr. Husayn Khalaf al-Jabburi of Tikrit General Hospital told Reuters
that the two "were struck by a large number of bullets in various
parts of their bodies."
Meanwhile, Reuters reported a source in the puppet police in Bayji as
saying that 11 puppet policemen from the as-Siniyah district police
station tendered their resignations on Monday. Some of those
resigning were officers in the force. The source said that numerous
members of the puppet police had received messages telling them to
quit their jobs serving the occupation and threatening them if they
failed to do so.
US falls back after three days of fierce fighting around Tal`afar.
In a dispatch posted at 5:25pm Monday afternoon Mecca time, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that US troops shortly before had withdrawn from the
outskirts of the city of Tal`afar, scene of bitter fighting between
themselves and the Resistance on Sunday. The Americans reportedly
pulled back in all four directions from the city, after their efforts
to break into the Resistance stronghold for three days ended in costly
Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that they saw five US trucks hauling
away the wreckage of American tanks and armored vehicles destroyed on
Sunday and Monday morning.
Al-Hajj Abu Yahya, the commander of one of the Resistance groups, said
that more than 70 US tanks and armored vehicles had been destroyed in
the days of fighting, and that more than 250 American troops had been
killed. Four Black Hawk and three Apache helicopters had been shot
down by the Resistance, he said.
Abu Yahya also told Mafkarat al-Islam that 129 Resistance fighters had
been martyred in the fighting, including four women fighters and nine
youths, all of whom had been buried in a grave yard dubbed the
Martyrs' Cemetery, specially for those killed in the battles.
Resistance attack sparks morning battle in Samarra'.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US armored vehicle in the
al-Mu`tasim neighborhood of Samarra' at 10am Monday morning, killing
five American soldiers and wounding three more.
US troops then gathered at the scene of the attack and Resistance
fighters, hidden in the area cleared the street of passers by and got
shops to close and then attacked the Americans with rocket-propelled
grenades, bazookas and other light and heavy arms. Local residents
told Mafkarat al-Islam that the US responded in a big way to the
double ambush, starting fighting that lasted for a whole hour. This
was in contrast to the more usual American practice which is to
withdraw from any place where a Resistance attack takes place, whether
the attack was a bombing or a rocket assault.
The battle in the streets ended with nine US soldiers dead and seven
Resistance fighters martyred. US troops continued to open fire around
themsevles indiscriminately after they left the area and until they
got back to their military base west of Samarra'.
Tikrit - Balad.
Resistance roadside bombs blast US, puppet guards Monday morning.
Two Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs exploded as a joint patrol of US
and puppet "national guards" was passing along in Tikrit at about
9:15am Monday, destroying a US Humvee and a Nissan pickup belonging to
the puppet guards, killing three US troops and wounding a fourth and
killing six puppet guards.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a truck carrying puppet
"national guards" in Tikrit at about 10:15am Monday, killing seven
puppet guards and seriously wounding nine more.
Resistance car bomb strikes puppet guards in Balad.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in Tikrit, killing six puppet
"national guards" and wounding 14 more in the Balad area, north of
Tikrit on Monday.
Three collaborators assassinated.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles killed
three persons who were collaborating with the US occupation forces in
Tikrit at about 1:30pm Monday
Resistance bombards US, British consulates in al-Basrah Sunday night.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in southern Iraq reported
Monday that the US and British consulates in al-Basrah had come under
simultaneous Iraqi Resistance mortar attack at 8pm Sunday night.
Eight mortar rounds blasted into the US consulate, causing the second
floor to collapse entirely and sending up clouds of smoke.
About 500 meters from the US consulate, the consulate of Britain was
struck by about 12 mortar shells, killing a number of British
personnel. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent, who was on the scene
of the attacks an hour after they occurred, reported that witnesses
described how British helicopters had evacuated a number of bodies
from their consulate.
Several Humvees drove into the US consulate area and came out 15
minutes later. It was unknown whether they evacuated any casualties.
US guns fired back in the direction of the source of the Resistance
bombardment – the al-`Ashshar area south of the city – but no one was
killed in that attack. US troops also arrested seven persons who
happened to be in a Sunni mosque in al-Basrah, accusing them of being
behind the shelling.
Resistance bombardments around Iraq on Monday.
At about 7:30am Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 82mm mortar
rounds into the headquarters of the puppet so-called "Iraqi national
guard" in al-Ghazaliyah, sending smoke rising into the sky. The
puppet guards then sent out patrols to search the area for the
At 8am Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three 82mm mortar rounds
into the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace in
Baghdad, known to the invaders as the "green zone," sending smoke
rising into the sky over the facility.
At 8am Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the
US facility set up in Saddam International Airport southwest of Baghdad.
At 9am Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the
US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace in Baghdad, known
to the invaders as the "green zone."
At 9:30am Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets
into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad, sending thick black smoke
rising over the target areas in the American camp.
At 9:30am Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets
into the southern US camp in Tikrit, sending smoke rising into the sky
over the camp. A US Black Hawk helicopter was observed landing in the
area and then taking off, presumably to evacuate casualties.
At about 9:30am Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets
into the US facility set up in Saddam International Airport southwest
At 10am Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into
the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace in Baghdad,
known to the invaders as the "green zone," setting off warning sirens
and sending smoke rising into the sky over the target area.
At 10am Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 120mm mortar rounds
into the US camp set up in the former headquarters of the Iraqi chiefs
of staff in Baghdad's al-`Amiriyah district.
At 12:30pm Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired a powerful Tariq
rocket into the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace in
Baghdad, known to the invaders as the "green zone," setting off
warning sirens in the area of the US-occupied facility and sending
clouds of smoke into the sky.
Between 1pm and 3pm Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired 29 Grad and
Katyusha rockets and 120mm mortar rounds into the US facility set up
in Saddam International Airport southwest of Baghdad.
At 1:30pm Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three 82mm mortar
rounds into the headquarters of the puppet so-called "Iraqi national
guard" in al-Ghazaliyah.
At 1:40pm Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 82mm mortar
rounds into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At 3pm Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired ten 82mm mortar rounds
into the Saddamiyah Palace in Baghdad's al-Karakh district.
At 5pm Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven 82mm mortar rounds
into the Saddamiyah Palace in Baghdad's al-Karakh district.