Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 4 January 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Tuesday, 4 January 2005.
US admits death of one Marine in al-Anbar Province.
US forces admitted that one American Marine was killed on Tuesday in a Resistance attack in al-Anbar Province. As usual, the Americans, in addition to hiding the real casualty statistics, also revealed none of the details surrounding the death even of this one Marine.
Another US crime in al-Fallujah: American troops destroy 40 houses of local residents after deadly attacks on US troops.
In a new crime against the civilian population of al-Fallujah, US troops ordered the destruction of 40 local homes near the al-Aqsa Mosque in the al-Mu‘allimin neighborhood in the US-occupied northern part of the city on Monday night. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Americans took the action after five American soldiers had been killed by Resistance sharpshooters in the area, destroying two US Humvees as well. American troops then launched house-to-house raids in the area but found nothing. Then about a quarter of an hour later, the Resistance fired four rocket-propelled grenades at a US armored vehicle, setting it totally ablaze and provoking the Americans to use bulldozers and other giant vehicles to destroy the 40 houses neighboring the mosque on ath-Tharthar Street.
Former director of Election Commission of al-Anbar tells Mafkarat al-Islam why he resigned together with some 700 other commission members and employees.
The Director of the Supreme Election Commission in al-Anbar Province, who resigned along with 12 other members and 500 employees of the commission spoke to Mafkarat al-Islam about the reasons for the mass resignation, just shortly before they took office.
Sa‘d ‘Abdallah al-Bari said that “the elections are an excuse for storming into cities, hurting their people and terrorizing their women. As for me, I don’t want to be a part of this game.”
Asked whether he left the post as a result of receiving threats from the Resistance, or because of what he called the “game” of the elections, al-Bari said, “what impelled me was my sense of honor as an Iraqi. And who are the Resistance? We are all the Resistance to the occupation, whether we resist with our bodies, or our funds, or our pens. But the main reason I resigned was because it was a justification for strikes on Iraqi cities.”
Al-Bari thought that it was unlikely that elections would be held at all. If they were held, he said, they would stand as “a joke in history,” since they were being rejected by a large part of the Iraqi people, in particular by the people of al-Anbar, which is the fourth province to announce that it had given up the idea of elections.
On Monday a gathering of the people of al-Anbar – tribal leaders, religious scholars, university professors, and medical doctors – signed a declaration announcing that they were totally boycotting the elections. They called for expelling any committee that might be sent in to organize an election any place in Iraq.
Resistance hits US troops with mortar rounds Tuesday evening.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked US troops in the Customs area of the city of al-Qa’im on the Syrian border, firing five 82mm mortar rounds at the Americans at 5:30pm Tuesday evening. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the city reported that the US troops responded by firing ten missiles into the area where the Resistance mortar rounds were launched.
Resistance fires two rockets and destroys six US helicopters inside American base near Syrian border on Monday.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the US base known as Base 22, which lies east of the city of al-Qa’im, 20km from the Syrian border, in an attack on Monday. The Resistance specifically targeted the helicopter hangars inside the American base, according to eyewitnesses who spoke to Mafkarat al-Islam. It appeared that the Resistance fighters were well aware of the layout within the base, and particularly of the location of the helicopters because their rockets struck their targets with precision, destroying six American helicopters.
The US Base 22 was set up in a railroad loading station and it represents the main supply point for US forces in the city of al-Qa’im.
The editors of Mafkarat al-Islam comment that they received the report of the strike on the US base in al-Qa’im on Monday, but held the report back until they could independently verify the damage inflicted on the US facility. On Tuesday, Mafkarat al-Islam received confirmation from a source working inside the US base that indeed six US helicopters had been totally destroyed in the rocket attack. The source was unable to say what kind of helicopters they were, however, because they were completely smashed and burned.
Puppet governor of Baghdad assassinated.
Sources in the puppet police and medical sources reported Tuesday morning that the puppet governor of Baghdad, ‘Ali al-Haydari, was assassinated by the Iraqi Resistance.
Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam in Baghdad that the attack took place between the al-Mansur neighborhood and al-Ghazaliyhah on Hayy al-Jami‘ah Street [University Neighborhood Street] at exactly 8:30am Tuesday morning. The witnessed described how a detachment of about 20 Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with BKC machine guns and lighter automatic weapons attacked the motorcade of the puppet governor, killing him and three of his aides, one of them an officer of undetermined rank.
The witnesses said that puppet “rapid deployment forces” clashed with the masked Resistance fighters minutes after the attack. Thirteen of the puppet rapid deployment police were killed, the witnesses said, but the Resistance fighters were able to get away with no losses.
The Resistance attack also destroyed two Land Cruisers and the late-model BMW car in which the governor was riding.
Observers said that the precision with which the Resistance chose the time and place and the size of their attacking force indicated that they had definite knowledge regarding the governor’s motorcade. The operation was obviously well-planned and was carried out very quickly and the Resistance attackers were able to get away quickly as well.
Initial major media reports provided few details as the occupation struggled to put together an official version. It was remembered, however, that al-Haydari had survived a previous assassination attempt in September 2004, in which two of his bodyguards were killed. Al-Haydari is the highest-ranking puppet official assassinated by the Resistance in Iraq since the death of ‘Izz ad-Din Salim, head of the puppet so-called “Iraqi governing council” in 2003.
Blast kills 13 puppet special police.
Iraqi Resistance forces carried out a surprise attack on a base of the puppet “national guard” in the Baghdad district of al-Qadisiyah at 9:15am Tuesday, according to eyewitnesses who spoke to Mafkarat al-Islam. At that time an Iraqi Resistance fighter drove a fuel tank truck through the main gate of the camp on an-Nur Square right at the time when a large number of the puppet guards were gathered near the entrance to receive pay or to be sent out on patrol.
After bursting through the front gate, the tank truck blew up, killing 13 puppet guards and wounding 45 more.
In a report earlier Tuesday, Iraqi puppet police told al-Jazeera satellite TV that an explosion took place outside the al-Maghawir puppet police station – a headquarters for the puppet so-called “Iraqi rapid deployment force”- in Baghdad. The blast set a number of cars on fire, and killed 13 of the force’s puppet police. Another 56 were wounded, that report said, in the explosion that took place near the puppet so-called interior ministry in the al-Qadisiyah neighborhood of central Baghdad. Later in the day al-Jazeera reported that the al-Qa‘idah organization in the Land of the Two Rivers, which is led by Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi claimed responsibility for the attack.
Resistance attacks around Baghdad on Tuesday.
Fighting erupted at about 12:30am just after midnight early Tuesday between US occupation troops and Resistance fighters on Hayfa Street in Baghdad’s al-Karakh District. The battle lasted about half an hour, during which time the Resistance fighters lobbed hand grenades, killin gthree US troops and wounding four more.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in ad-Duwaylibah south of Baghdad at about 8:30am Tuesday, destroying a Humvee and killing three US troops and wounding a fourth. US forces surrounded the area of the attack and arrested six persons who happened to be in the area.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb hidden between concrete barriers exploded on Airport Road near the al-Jihad neighborhood of Baghdad, destroying a US Bradley armored vehicle and killing three American troops. Other US soldiers then opened fire indiscriminately at the trees around the area, out of fear that another ambush might be imminent.
Iraqi Resistance forces armed with RPG7 rockets and hidden by the side of the highway in the ash-Sha‘b district of Baghdad attacked a civilian truck at about 12 noon Tuesday, destroying the vehicle and killing two men of Arab appearance – probably Jordanian, Syrian, or Lebanese truck drivers serving the US occupation.
Attacks in as-Suwayrah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the path of a US Humvee in as-Suwayrah at 7:15am Tuesday, destroying the Humvee and killing four US troops aboard it. Afterwards, US soldiers opened fire indiscriminately on local houses, seriously wounding three local residents.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in as-Suwayrah at 6:30 local time, destroying one US Humvee. Resistance fighters disabled a second Humvee with an RPG7 rocket. Eight American soldiers were killed. Afterwards, US troops surrounded the area and opened fire indiscriminately wounding four local civilians.
Resistance attack in Baghdad’s ar-Rashidiyah district.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb buried in a dirt road exploded and disabled a US Bradley armored vehicle in ar-Rashidiyah at 8:15am Tuesday, killing five American soldiers. US troops cordoned off the area and set up road blocks, which they lifted about an hour later.
Resistance ambush in Salman Bak.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with RPG7 rockets attacked a US column in which were Humvees and trucks loaded with Humvees in the Salman Bak area at 7am Tuesday. The fighters initially destroyed a Humvee with a rocket, bringing the column to a halt, whereupon the Resistance opened up with more RPG7 rockets, destroying two trucks and disabling a third. Seven US troops were killed. The Americans then opened fire indiscriminately around the area, killing four innocent passers by and seriously wounding two more.
Resistance ambush kills four US intelligence officers in Baghdad’s al-Hurriyah ad-Dawli‘i area.
Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushed a US patrol made up of three GMC cars belonging to the American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on the highway passing through the al-Hurriyah ad-Dawli‘i area west of Baghdad at 9am Tuesday. The GMC in the middle of the procession of three was an armored GMC command car.
Prior to the arrival of the column, Resistance fighters left five cardboard boxes in the middle of the road, making it look as if they had fallen accidentally from a truck. When the American procession came up along side the boxes one of them exploded, destroying the middle, armored GMC command car and killing four CIA agents inside. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that one of the four dead agents probably was of high rank because other US vehicles arrived on the scene afterwards to seal off the area as American helicopters hovered over the area for half an hour.
Resistance bomb kills three British government workers.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in Baghdad’s al-Qadisiyah district at about 3pm Tuesday, destroying a black BMW car and killing three individuals inside. It was later revealed that they were British employees. Occupation forces sealed off the area and hauled away the bodies of the men and the smoldering wreckage of the BMW.
Resistance attack in Abu Ghurayb.
Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated a heavy bomb behind a passing American Humvee in the path of a US armored vehicle in the west of Abu Ghurayb at 9:30am Tuesday, destroying the armored vehicle and disabling the Humvee. Three US soldiers were killed and two more seriously injured in the attack.
Resistance bomb blows US tank apart in ar-Ridwaniyah.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under an American Abrams tank in the middle of the road near the Zaynab Works in the ar-Ridwaniyah area at 10:15am Tuesday, killing five US troops and sending pieces of the tank flying over a wide area.
Three US trucks destroyed by Resistance bomb south of Salman Bak Tuesday morning.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked and destroyed three US military trucks in the al-Wahdah neighborhood south of Salman Bak at 9am Tuesday, killing three drivers collaborating with the occupation – one of them a Kuwaiti.
Leading Sunni mosque targeted by mortar shells during meeting.
Two mortar shells struck the headquarters of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ [scholars] in the Umm al-Qura Mosque in western Baghdad on Tuesday. Reuters reported local witnesses as saying that the shells near the mosque courtyard when religious scholars and political personalities were meeting to discuss the American-backed elections, which the organization has called on Iraqis to boycott. No one was hurt in the attack.
Witnesses said that one shell exploded near the mosque, while the second landed in a fountain in front of the main building where the meeting was under way. That shell failed to explode.
Reports from Mafkarat al-Islam correspondents on attacks Monday in Baghdad.
An American driving a Humvee spotted a black garbage bag and thought that this must be an ambush or a bomb, so he drove his Humvee off the road in the area between the al-Hurriyah ad-Dawli‘i area north of Baghdad and the ash-Shu‘lah district. At that moment, he collided with a Mitsubishi. The soldier was killed and two others who were with him were injured.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the incident occurred at about 2:30pm Monday afternoon.
Heavy Iraqi Resistance bombs disabled a Bradley armored vehicle and wounded two US troops at about 12 noon Monday.
Resistance assassinates officer in puppet guards.
Iraqi Resistance forces armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles assassinated an officer in the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” in front of his house as he returned from work at 12:30pm Tuesday.
Resistance attack leaves eight puppet “national guards” dead in Sadr al-Qanat.
Iraqi Resistance forces armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and BKC machine guns attacked a patrol of the puppet “national guard” on the highway in the Sadr al-Qanat area of Baghdad, at 11:30am Tuesday, setting fire to two Land Cruisers and killing eight puppet guards.
Roadside bombing targets puppet forces in al-Latifiyah.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in al-Latifiyah at 10:30am Tuesday, destroying a Nissan pickup belonging to the puppet “national guard,” and killing six puppet guards and seriously wounding two more.
Balad – al-Mushahadah.
Resistance attacks in Balad Tuesday.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in Balad, north of Baghdad, at 7am Tuesday, destroying a Humvee and killing three US troops aboard it. American soldiers then surrounded the area, extinguished the fire, and hauled away the wreckage of the Humvee.
Iraqi Resistance forces in Balad fired two C5K rockets blowing a US Abrams tank in two. Five US troops were killed in the attack, which occurred at 9am Tuesday. Afterwards, American soldiers opened fire indiscriminately around the area, killing an Iraqi civilian and wounding five more. They then arrested nine people who happened to be in the area.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb buried in the earth exploded in the area called “an-Nahiyah” in Balad at about 12:30pm Tuesday, destroying a Humvee and killing three US troops.
Attack in al-Mushahadah Tuesday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded between al-Mushahadah and al-Mukaramah at about 7:15am Tuesday, destroying a Humvee and killing four US troops. Half an hour later American forces cordoned off the site and hauled away the bodies and the wrecked Humvee.
Ba‘qubah – Diyala Province.
Martyrdom attacker drives motorcycle bomb into US checkpoint near Shahraban.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden motorcycle into a US checkpoint on rural al-Mustafa Street in a village near Shahraban in the Ba‘qubah area at 8am Tuesday, forcing US troops to withdraw from the checkpoint, carrying four bodies with them. Body parts of a fifth dead American were gathered up from where they were scattered around the area and put in a plastic bag.
Resistance attack in al-Khalis kills three American intelligence officers.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb planted in the town of al-Khalis exploded at about 12 noon Tuesday, destroying a GMC command car and killing three US intelligence officers. The blast also flipped an Iraqi civilian Opel car that was in the area over, killing its driver and wounding nine other people.
Resistance attack in Diyala Province.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with RPG7 rockets and BKC machine guns attacked and destroyed three fuel tank trucks and a Humvee, killing nine US soldiers at about 6:30am Tuesday. Three Iraqi Resistance fighters were martyred in the attack.
Afternoon Resistance attack destroys American bulldozer, kills US soldier in Ba‘qubah.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with RPG7 rockets attacked and destroyed a US bulldozer in the al-‘Azim area of Ba‘qubah city at about 4pm Tuesday, killing one US soldier who was driving the bulldozer. The bulldozer was driving along the walkway that divided the two lanes of traffic searching for mines and bombs.
Fighting in Bahraz between Resistance and puppet guards.
Fighting broke out between the Iraqi Resistance and puppet “national guard” forces in Bahraz, in the north of Diyala Province at 1pm Tuesday. The battle, in which Resistance fighters fired RPG7 rockets and BKC machine guns, left three Nissan pickups destroyed and eight puppet guards dead. Another six of them were captured. Two Resistance fighters were martyred.
Six puppet guards found dead.
At 10:30am Tuesday the bodies of a captain in the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” and five of his men were found tossed in the middle of the road in Ba‘qubah. The collaborators had been abducted a day earlier and then executed.
Resistance car bomber kills 12 Polish aggressor troops in an-Nasiriyah before dawn Tuesday.
An Iraqi martyrdom fighter drove his Opel car bomb into the middle of a patrol of Polish aggressor troops in the Dhi Qarr area of the southern Iraqi city of an-Nasiriyah and detonated it at 5am Tuesday. Three Polish military vehicles were destroyed and 12 Polish invader soldiers were killed.
In a communiqué distributed in the area by the Resistance group that carried out the attack, a film was shot of the assault, and that is expected to be distributed in the near future.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Basrah reported that a Sunni youth, Salih as-Sa‘dun, a resident of the az-Zubayr area was kidnapped and killed by individuals driving a puppet police car. A number of those in the car were masked and it is believed that they were members of the collaborationist, Shi‘i chauvinist Badr Brigades and the Shi‘i chauvinist Da‘wah Party. Other persons in the car were not masked and it is believed that they were Iranians, the correspondent reported.
After killing Salih as-Sa‘dun, his killers delivered the body to the forensics department of al-Basrah General Hospital.
Another Sunni youth, by the name of Muhammad was also reportedly kidnapped by the puppet regime’s local secret police operatives. In the city of al-Basrah, members of the collaborationist, Shi‘i chauvinist Badr Brigades control the security services.
Ten days previous members of the Badr Brigades had opened fire on two other Sunnis in the az-Zubayr area, killing them with two bullets in each of their heads and one in each of their hearts.
This spate of sectarian murders perpetrated by chauvinist controlled security services are reportedly a part of a sectarian war being waged by the country’s Shi‘i establishment led by pro-American cleric Ayatallah ‘Ali as-Sistani, in which the collaborationist Badr Brigades and Da‘wah Party are acting as death squads working to eliminate any opposition to their authority in al-Basrah. The Sunni community in al-Basrah has obtained a hit-list of dozens names of Sunni activists allegedly compiled by the pro-American members of the Shi‘i establishment.
Resistance attacks on puppet forces in al-Basrah.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets at a headquarters of the puppet “national guard” in the az-Zubayr district of al-Basrah, killing three puppet guards on Tuesday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing Kalashnikov assault rifles killed three puppet policemen in the al-Matihah district of al-Basrah.
Resistance bombardments around Iraq on Tuesday.
At 1am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired eight 82mm mortar rounds into the US headquarters in the as-Saddamiyah Palace in Baghdad’s al-Karakh District, sending flames rising into the sky.
At 1:30am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Katyusha rockets into the oil refinery in ad-Durah, a southern suburb of Baghdad. According to an official in the station, the rockets hit and set the area aflame. The fire lasted several hours before being put out at 5:30am Tuesday.
At 4:30am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Grad rockets into the US al-Bakr base in Balad, north of Baghdad, sending smoke rising into the sky. Two medical helicopters were seen landing in the base to evacuate casualties.
At 7am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired eight 82mm mortar rounds into the US camp set up in the military academy in Baghdad’s ar-Rustamiyah district. Clouds of smoke rose over the area and two US Black Hawk helicopters landed to evacuate casualties.
At 7:15am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four 82mm mortar rounds into the puppet so-called “Iraqi oil ministry” on Palestine Street in Baghdad, sending plumes of smoke rising into the sky.
At 7:30am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four 82mm mortar rounds into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At 7:30am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 82mm mortar rounds into the puppet so-called “interior ministry” on Palestine Street in Baghdad, damaging buildings and sending smoke rising into the sky.
At 8:20am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired several mortar rounds into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad, known to the invaders as the “green zone,” setting off explosions within the facility.
At 8:30am Tuesay, Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 120mm mortar rounds into the headquarters of the puppet “national guards” in at-Taji, north of Baghdad.
At 8:40am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five powerful Tariq rockets into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad, known to the invaders as the “green zone.” Sirens wailed inside the compound and thick smoke rose into the sky. Casualties were apparently inflicted because three US Black Hawk helicopters were observed landing in the area to evacuate dead and/or wounded.
At 9:30am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired a Grad rocket into the US al-Bakr base in Balad, north of Baghdad, sending a cloud of smoke rising into the sky over the area. A Black Hawk medical helicopter was observed landing in the base to evacuate casualties.
At 10am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four 120mm mortar rounds into the US base in Saddam International Airport, sending smoke rising into the sky over the stricken area.
At 12 noon Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired ten 82mm mortar rounds into the US al-Muthanna air base in Baghdad, sending clouds into the sky for two hours after the bombardment.
At 1pm Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four mortar rounds into the US camp set up in the former headquarters of the Iraqi chiefs of staff in the al-‘Amiriyah area of Baghdad, sending smoke rising into the sky for half an hour.
At 2pm Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Katyusha rockets into the US camp set up in the former Iraqi Meat Company in the ‘Uwayrij area south of Baghdad, sending smoke rising into the sky.
At 2:30pm Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Katyusha rockets into the Palace of Congresses [Convention Center] opposite the ar-Rashid Hotel in central Baghdad. The attack left six puppet “national guards” dead and six others moderately and severely wounded. One “civilian” woman who was walking through the high security area at the time was lightly wounded.
At 5pm Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired nine 60mm mortar rounds into the US headquarters in the as-Saddamiyah Palace in Baghdad’s al-Karakh District