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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 5 January 2005.  Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.

 

Wednesday, 5 January 2005.

 

Al-Fallujah – ar-Ramadi – al-Anbar Province.

 

Resistance pounds US troops in al-Fallujah with rockets.

 

Wednesday was a hard day for US troops in the residential area of northern al-Fallujah.   Resistance forces bombarded the American invaders with 16 Tariq and Grad rockets from time to time throughout the day.  The bombardment began at 12:10pm Wednesday with a powerful Grad rocket.  The at 6pm a Tariq blasted into the American occupied area.  Then at about 6:45pm another Grad rocket hit the US position.

 

The rest of the Grad and Tariq rockets were fired in the period between 10:05pm and 11:30pm Wednesday.

 

Witnesses outside al-Fallujah observed a US column made up of 56 American vehicles, most of them Humvees, heading towards al-Fallujah.  The column went into the US base in the agricultural area northeast of the city, joining up with other US troops already there.

 

Resistance hits US base east of ar-Ramadi with mortar bombardment.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US base located east of ar-Ramadi on Wednesday with fifteen 82mm mortar rounds.  The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in ar-Ramadi reported witnesses as saying that the mortar shells landed inside the US camp at 2pm local time, sending clouds of thick smoke rising into the sky for two hours.

 

US forces responded to the bombardment by shooting at where they thought the mortar shells were fired.  The US counter barrage lasted about half an hour.  But all the American shells landed in the Euphrates.  The Resistance attackers had been on the banks of the river but withdrew after finishing their attack on the base which is a mere 4km from the river.

 

US troops throw bodies in Euphrates River, prompting fatwa against eating local fish.

 

A number of religious scholars in western Iraq’s al-Anbar Province issued a religious legal opinion [fatwa] on Wednesday saying that it is forbidden to catch fish in the parts of the Euphrates river that pass through al-Fallujah, ar-Ramadi, al-Hit, and al-Qa’im, because there have been reports that the Americans dispose of the bodies of their mercenaries by throwing them into the river.  Some of the fish then feed upon the bodies, and in fact, the statement says, there has been an increase in the number of fish lately, indicating that they are indeed feeding off the human carrion.

 

The fatwa was distributed around mosques throughout al-Anbar Province and is part of a health and hygiene campaign aimed at alerting the populace to the health risks involved in eating such meat.

 

A number of fishermen in ar-Ramadi told the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent that the US military threw more than 40 bodies on one day into the Euphrates River in the ‘Amiriyat al-Fallujah area, tossing them out of a helicopter.  This was not the first time that this took place.  The fishermen expressed their anger over such actions by the US forces, since it amounts to an attack on their source of livelihood and income for their families.

 

Al-Qa’im.

 

Resistance pummels American Base 22 near al-Qa’im with heavy mortar barrage.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces pounded the US Base 22 near the city of al-Qa’im on the Syrian border with thirty-two 120mm mortar rounds at 11am local time Wednesday morning.  The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the barrage set numerous massive fires inside the base that were still burning when he filed his report (posted at 4:05pm Mecca time).  Large numbers of American helicopters arrived over the base and were still evacuating dead and wounded from Base 22 to the base that the Americans have called al-Asad when he filed his report.  (The Iraqi al-Qadisiyah base near the Syrian border was renamed by the American invaders “al-Asad.”)

 

In a communiqué distributed in local mosques immediately after the attack, the Resistance group Salafi Legions of the True Promise [Jahafil al-Wa‘d al-Haqq as-Salafiyah] took responsibility for the attack.  The communiqué, entitled “Communiqué  No. 9” announced that the bombardment targeted the US barracks inside the camp, and that their shells scored direct hits according to reports of their informants inside the facility.  The communiqué made no mention of the number of US casualties, but did say that the barracks were home to more than 300 US troops, distributed in six steel structures, all of which were destroyed at breakfast time.

 

Baghdad.

 

Resistance bombings in at-Taji kill US troops CIA agents.

 

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded under a US Humvee in al-Mushahadah in at-Taji, north of Baghdad at 10:45am Wednesday, killing two US troops.  US forces then encircled the area and hauled away the bodies and their wrecked vehicle.

 

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in a water pipe under a dirt road in the Hur al-Basha area of at-Taji at 10am Wednesday, killing four US troops and blasting parts of their Humvee over a wide area.

 

A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and destroyed an American GMC vehicle in the al-Mushahadah area of at-Taji at 3:15pm Wednesday, and Resistance fighters then attacked firing RPG7 rockets and killing six US Central Intelligence Agency agents and wounding three more.  US personnel in a Humvee that was escorting the American intelligence vehicle opened fire indiscriminately and killed eight Iraqi civilians and wounded seven more.  The American fire also disabled an Iraqi private car that happened to be in the area.

 

Resistance attack in al-Ghazaliyah.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces armed with RPG7 rockets and traveling in a white car on the highway in al-Ghazaliyah attacked and destroyed a civilian truck belonging to the US occupation forces, killing two US troops at 10:30am Wednesday.

 

Resistance bombs in ad-Duwaylibah destroy Humvee.

 

A series of Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in ad-Duwaylibah, destroying a US Humvee and killing five American soldiers and wounding three more US troops at 11:30am Wednesday.  Half an hour later, US troops sealed off the area of the attack with vehicles as US military helicopters hovered overhead.  The Americans arrested 14 local civilians.

 

Resistance ambush destroys three US trucks in ar-Rashidiyah.

 

Iraqi Resistance fighters firing BKC machine guns and RPG7 rockets set two civilian trucks belonging to the US occupation forces and a fuel tank truck ablaze on the main street in ar-Rashidiyah at 12:30pm Wednesday.  Four American soldiers were killed in the ambush.  Then two US Humvees that were escorting and guarding the trucks opened fire indiscriminately, but failed to inflict any casualties.

 

Resistance bombing in al-Mahmudiyah.

 

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in al-Mahmudiyah at 12:30pm Wednesday, destroying a US Humvee and killing three American troops.

 

One US soldier killed in az-Za‘faraniyah.

 

A heavy Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in az-Za‘faraniyah at 1pm Wednesday, disabling a Bradley armored vehicle and killing one US soldier and seriously wounding two more.

 

 

Resistance rocket attack in Sadr al-Qanat.

 

Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets destroyed two trucks belonging to the US occupation forces – one of them military and the other civilian – on the highway as it passes through the Sadr al-Qanat area at 3pm Wednesday, killing three US troops.

 

Resistance bombing kills two US troops.

 

An Iraqi Resistance bomb hidden in a garbage bag exploded in the area between the al-I‘lan neighborhood and the ash-Shurtah al-Khamis neighborhood in Baghdad at 3pm Wednesday, destroying a US Humvee and killing two US soldiers and wounding a third.

 

Resistance attacks in Abu Ghurayb.

 

Two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the Kharnabat area of Abu Ghurayb at about 10:10am Wednesday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing four US troops.  American forces opened fire indiscriminately, disabling two civilian cars and killing one civilian in the area.

 

Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the Khan Darri area of Abu Ghurayb at about 11am Wednesday, destroying two US tanks and killing four US troops.  Three other American soldiers were seriously burned in the attack.

 

A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the path of a US patrol in the as-Samilat area west of Abu Ghurayb at about 1:15pm Wednesday, and then Resistance fighters attacked the patrol with C5K rockets.  One Bradley armored vehicle was destroyed and five US soldiers killed.  Two more were seriously wounded.

 

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded near the Biladi milk plant in Abu Ghurayb at about 2:40pm Wednesday, destroying a Humvee and killing two US troops and wounding three more.  American forces closed off the area until they could haul away the wreckage and casualties.

 

Resistance attack kills high-ranking US officer.

 

A high-ranking US officer believed to be of some importance was killed Wednesday in a Resistance attack in al-‘Amiriyah in Baghdad.

 

Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that a US column together with a protective patrol of puppet “national guards” was on its way to the US camp set up in the former headquarters of the Iraqi chiefs of staff in al-‘Amiriyah.  The escort was so heavy that puppet “national guards” were circling around the area as part of the protection of the column.

 

At about 11:30 a Resistance car bomb exploded and destroyed a light blue GMC command car and also a Humvee.  The US officer aboard the command car was killed and the elaborate, heavy guard indicates he was of some importance.

 

US forces then sealed off the area and opened fire indiscriminately, killing five Iraqi civilians and seriously wounding six more.

 

Resistance attacks on puppet forces and lackeys.

 

Fighting broke out on Hayfa Street in Baghdad’s al-Karakh district between Resistance forces and puppet “national guards” at abou 7:15am Wednesday.  Resistance fighters hurled hand grenades killing four puppet guards.

 

Resistance fighters armed with BKC machine guns and Kalashnikov assault rifles battled puppet guards in al-Mushahadah as well around 2:30pm Wednesday, leaving four puppet guards dead and three more injured.   The puppet guards responded by opening fire indiscriminately, killing two Iraqi civilians.

 

Iraqi Resistance fighters firing Kalashnikov assault rifles shot and killed three lackeys of the US occupation in the al-‘Amiriyah area of Baghdad at about 11:30am Wednesday.

 

Resistance group takes responsibility for car bomb attack on US column in al-Mushahadah.

 

The Iraqi Resistance organization Brigades of Islamic Rage – ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab Squadron has claimed credit for a car bombing in al-Mushahadah, north of Baghdad.  In a video broadcast on al-Jazeera a masked Resistance fighter explains that they are planning to send the car into the midst of an American column and that they have no intention of harming any civilian, “for the blood of the Muslim is the most precious thing there is.” Then the video shows the car exploding, destroying an American truck and damaging a US Humvee.

 

Resistance attacks in ad-Durah on Wednesday.

 

An Iraqi Resistance bomb planted in the middle of a road in ‘Arab Jabbur in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah on Wednesday exploded at about 8:30am, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing four US troops.  Afterwards US forces opened fire indiscriminately at surrounding houses, wounding three civilians, destroying an agricultural tiller machine, and killing three cows.  Then the Americans arrested five local citizens.

 

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in Hur Rajab at about 2:15pm Wednesday, destroying a Humvee and killing four American soldiers.  Afterwards, US troops cordoned off the area and arrested six local civilians.

 

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in al-Bu ‘Ithah at about 3:30pm Wednesday, killing two American troops and wounding a third.

 

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in Hur Rajab at about 4:15pm Wednesday, destroying a Humvee.  Resistance fighters attacked with RPG7 rockets disabled a Bradley armored vehicle, killing five US troops and moderately wounding a sixth.

 

Resistance attacks in as-Suwayrah.

 

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in as-Suwayrah at 1:30am Wednesday, killing three US troops and wounding a fourth.

 

Iraqi Resistance fighters armred with RPG7 rockets and BKC machine guns attacked and destroyed three civilian trucks belonging to the US military in as-Suwayrah on the road leading to Baghdad at 9:30am Wednesday, killing four US troops and wounding two more.

 

Resistance attacks in ar-Ridwaniyah.

 

Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with RPG7 rockets attacked US vehicles on the highway in ar-Ridwaniyah at 3:30pm Wednesday, destroying two US Humvees, a civilian truck, and a fuel tanker loaded with fuel that all belonged to the American occupation forces.  Eight American soldiers were killed and three more wounded.  Three Resistance fighters were martyred and the other Resistance fighters were able to take their bodies away when they left the scene.

 

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the middle of a road in the al-Qattan area of ar-Ridwaniyah at 7:30am Wednesday, destroying a US Humvee and killing three US troops.  Occupation troops then opened fire indiscriminately on the agricultural area around the attack site on the side of the road.  The Americans were unable to haul the wrecked vehicle away until 9am.

 

Resistance attack on US forces in al-Ishaqi.

 

Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in al-Ishaqi north of Baghdad at about 7:30am Wednesday, destroying a Humvee and disabling a Bradley armored vehicle.  Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that Resistance fighters returned to use an RPG7 rocket launcher to totally destroy the Bradley.  Seven US troops were killed.  The Resistance fighters disappeared after their ambush, but US troops opened fire indiscriminately, destroying a white 1985 civilian car.  Miraculously, the civilian driver survived the random American assault.

 

Al-Latifiyah.

 

Resistance ambush late Wednesday afternoon.

 

Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a joint US-puppet “national guard” patrol in the Imlihah area of al-Latifiyah about 4:30pm Wednesday, then Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets and BKC machine guns attacked the patrol, destroying a US Humvee and two cars belonging to the puppet guards.  Four US troops and 10 puppet guards were killed.  Within minutes, the Resistance fighters had vanished.  US forces arrived and sealed off the area of the ambush with military vehicles as helicopters prowled the skies above.  The Americans arrested 20 local Iraqi civilians.

 

Morning Resistance attack in al-Latifiyah.

 

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in al-Latifiyah at 8:30am, setting a US Bradley armored vehicle ablaze and killing two US troops and seriously wounding a third.

 

Ba‘qubah – Diyala Province.

 

Two car bombs blast US military column near Ba‘qubah early Wednesday morning.

 

Two Iraqi Resistance car bombs exploded in the Abu Sayda area north of Ba‘qubah at 5:45am Wednesday morning.  Eyewitnesses told the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Diyala Province that two members of the Iraqi Resistance drove the two cars that slammed into a US military column made up of about 11 military vehicles.  The witnesses said that most of those vehicles were personnel carriers that were going along al-Jami‘ al-Kabir Street in the west of the city.

 

The first car bomb car, a late-model Opel, crossed the median hit the American column going the opposite direction.  The second car, a Golf, slammed into another personnel carrier in the column less than three minutes later as the troops that had been in the vehicles were trying to get away after the first blast.  The troop transport was destroyed totally and a Humvee was disabled in that explosion.  The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that 19 US soldiers were killed in the attack and five other American troops were wounded.  Local residents reported that the Americans took an hour to completely evacuate their dead, and then they left in the direction of the city of Ba‘qubah.  They paused, however – according to one local witness who works as a butcher – when they spotted the crushed head of one of their soldiers in the middle of the road.  In the end, though, they decided to leave that behind.

 

Mosul.

 

Resistance announcement in Mosul threatens US, puppet regime with attacks if they dare attack the city.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces in Mosul issued a communiqué signed the “General Command of the Islamic Resistance” that they distributed in mosques and pasted along streets on Wednesday.  The communiqué threatened the US-appointed “prime minister” of Iraq Iyyad ‘Allawi, whom they called “the Sharon of Iraq” and warned US forces and the Kurdish chauvinist militia the Peshmergah against trying to attack Mosul or even thinking about it.

 

The communiqué compared the puppet regime’s intended assault on the city with the wars of the Crusaders against Islam, and said that Mosul would be the second graveyard for the Americans after al-Fallujah, if ‘Allawi or the Americans dared to attack.

 

The communiqué threatened to strike US bases, puppet “ministries,” and oil pipelines, electric power stations, and “stooge” political party headquarters the moment an offensive is launched.

 

The statement warned that the battle of Mosul would be the extension of the Battle of al-Fallujah, and reminded the enemy of the recent Battle of Tal‘afar and how the people of the city repulsed the aggression and how the greatest army in the world was humbled by a town with a small population and limited area, that nevertheless even the Americans could not break into.

 

The communiqué ended with: “Khaybar, Khaybar, you Jews!  The Army of Muhammad has now come back, has now come back!”

 

Al-Hillah.

 

Resistance car bomb explodes as puppet police academy celebrates graduation.

 

At least 20 persons were killed and numerous others wounded when an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in front of a puppet police academy in al-Hillah, south of Baghdad on Wednesday.  The American Associated Press reported that the blast occurred as the camp was celebrating a graduation of a class in the puppet academy.

 

As-Samawah.

 

Having renounced armed Resistance, Muqtada as-Sadr’s group opposes occupation with opinion polls.

 

A group led by Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr is conducting a public poll in as-Samawah to find out how people evaluate the activities of the Japanese invader troops in the southeastern Iraq city, a group member said Tuesday, according to a report in The Japan Times.

 

The group’s office in as-Samawah started the survey Saturday and plans to reveal the results in its weekly publication Friday, according to a publicity officer. It is unknown how many residents will be surveyed.

 

The poll is aimed at proving that there are many people in as-Samawah who support the group’s assertion that the Japanese troops constitute an occupation force in Iraq and its demand that the troops withdraw immediately, the publicity officer said.

The move is seen as part of efforts by the as-Sadr group to promote “nonviolent opposition” to the Japanese invader presence.

 

The survey asks respondents to answer yes or no to four questions - whether they are satisfied with the activities of the Japanese aggressor contingent in as-Samawah, are in favor of the Japanese aggressor contingent’s deployment, see the results of the Japanese aggressor contingent’s activities in as-Samawah, and are generally in favor of occupation troops deployed to as-Samawah.

 

Badr Brigades storm mosques, expel Sunnis.  20,000 Sunni families driven out of southern cities by sectarian Shi‘i gunmen collaborating with the US occupation.

 

Pro-American Shi‘i sectarian leaders in Iraq took more steps on Wednesday to aggravate sectarian tension in the country.  The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in southern Iraq reported that gunmen of the collaborationist Badr Brigades – the armed wing of the Shi‘i chauvinist and collaborationist organization known as the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) stormed the Mosque of Islamic Unity in an-Najaf and the Mosque of the Ten who were Promised Paradise in an-Nasiriyah and expelled all the Sunni worshippers and religious scholars from those places of Islamic worship.

 

The correspondent noted that the simultaneous attacks, which were clearly part of a coordinated plan, were carried out despite the fact that Sunni worshippers never once entered the specifically Shi‘i, Husayniyah, place of worship, nor has the predominantly Sunni Resistance ever struck or expelled any Iraqi for being a Shi‘i.

 

The Badr Brigade gunmen who expelled Sunni worshippers from the mosques in an-Najaf and an-Nasiriyah ordered the Sunnis out, and advised them to leave those cities as well, calling them “Wahhabis” and falsely accusing them of opposing the family of the Prophet Muhammad.

 

Mafkarat al-Islam reports that more than 20,000 Sunni families have already been driven out of the southern Iraqi cities of an-Najaf, al-Basrah, al-Kut, Karbala’, and an-Nasiriyah by threats from the Badr Brigades and similar groups.  The Sunnis were told that if they did not leave their homes in those cities, the gunmen would tell the Americans that they were “terrorists,” or, in some cases, that the Badr Brigades themselves would come and kill them.

 

Al-Basrah.

 

Two Sunni religious figures arrested in al-Basrah.

 

Shi‘i sectarian dominated puppet security forces in al-Basrah arrested two Sunni preachers on Wednesday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported.  The two men are Shaykh Fawwaz al-Hamdan is the Imam and preacher in the as-Salam Mosque in at-Tuwaysah and Shaykh Khalid ibn al-Walid of al-Basrah.

 

Resistance forces attack puppet police station in al-Basrah.

 

Iraqi Resistance fighters firing Kalashnikov assault rifles attacked the al-Hadi puppet police station in al-Basrah on Wednesday, killing one puppet policeman and wounding two more.

 

Resistance bombardments on Wednesday.

 

At about 7:30am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Grad rockets into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace compound, known to the invaders as the “green zone,” sending smoke rising into the sky.

 

At about 8am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad, sending smoke rising into the sky.

 

At about 10am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five Katyusha rockets into the northern part of the US base in Tikrit, sending thick smoke into the sky over the facility.  Twenty minutes later a US Black Hawk helicopter landed to evacuate the casualties.

 

At about 11am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five Grad rockets into the US camp set up in the military academy in ar-Rustamiyah in Baghdad.

 

At about 12 noon Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Katyusha rockets into the US base in Saddam International Airport, sending smoke rising into the sky over the facility for half an hour.

 

At 3pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five Grad rockets  into the US base in Saddam International Airport, sending smoke rising over the facility.

 

At 3pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired nine 120mm mortar rounds into the US camp set up in the military academy in ar-Rustamiyah in Baghdad.  Two US medical helicopters were observed landing to evacuate casualties.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces fired three 82mm mortar rounds into the puppet so-called “Iraqi interior ministry” on Palestine Street in Baghdad.

 

At about 4pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Grad rockets into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace compound, known to the invaders as the “green zone,” setting off sirens and sending smoke rising into the sky.

 

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