Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 7 January 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Friday, 7 January 2005.
Resistance spokesman: booby traps kill 80 US troops in an-Nazal neighborhood on Thursday-Friday.
In a dispatch posted at 12:30pm Mecca time Friday, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported that more than 80 US troops had been killed during Thursday-Friday in the an-Nazal neighborhood of the city, which the Americans occupied during heavy fighting early Thursday.
Shaykh Abu As‘ad ad-Dulaymi, the official spokesman of the Consultative Council of the Mujahideen of al-Fallujah told the correspondent on Friday that the Resistance fighters did not engage in combat or attack the occupation forces the night before; all the American dead were the result of booby-traps that had been set up and left by the Resistance before they evacuated the neighborhood. Seven houses were booby trapped and blown up with US troops in them Thursday morning. Four of those explosions killed more than 45 troops. The three other blasts took place at around 1am Friday. The Resistance also blew up the high-tension electricity generator and three telephone booths.
Shaykh Abu As‘ad reported that the Resistance had booby-trapped five US soldiers’ bodies, tying them to hand grenades under the bodies so that lifting the corpse pulled the security pin and detonated the explosives.
The spokesman said that most of the American prisoners in their custody had provided intelligence that would prove useful to the Resistance in the future, including information on the location of US forces, their numbers and when their commanders are there. Three prisoners pronounced the Islamic credo “there is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God,” but the shaykh said they didn’t think they were sincere. The captives later admitted that they had heard from other American soldiers that if they were ever captured, they should say those words and the Resistance would automatically release them. It obviously isn’t so easy.
Shaykh Abu As‘ad ad-Dulaymi said, “this is a victory from God, and confirms what the Prophet Muhammad said about Divine help in times of terror making things easier for a month. He said, “I am very encouraged by last night’s operations, and I feel that God has embraced us with His care and support.”
The Shaykh apologized to Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent for not letting him into the city during the heavy combat on Thursday, saying that the reason was the intensity of the battle and their fear lest the correspondent be hurt, since Mafkarat al-Islam is the only one that brings the news of events and fighting in al-Fallujah to the outside world.
Seven US troops killed in Resistance bombing in ar-Ramadi.
A high-explosive Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded on the road leading to ar-Ramadi General Hospital in ar-Ramadi as a US armored vehicle passed by at precisely 1pm Friday. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that seven American troops were killed in the blast.
The bomb went off just as worshippers were coming out of a nearby mosque, providing many witnesses to the attack. The witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that an eighth American soldier was seriously wounded in the blast, blood coming out of his ears.
The US patrol had been on its way to ar-Ramadi General Hospital, which they search from time to time trying to find wounded Resistance fighters to arrest. But after the bombing, they turned around, taking their seven dead and one severely wounded man with them.
Resistance bomb targets US Humvee in as-Saqlawiyah.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated a bomb under a US column as it passed along a street crowded with auto repair garages and car washes in as-Saqlawiyah near al-Fallujah on Friday at 9am. Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that the blast destroyed a US Humvee and killed four American troops. No Iraqis were harmed by the explosion, since today is Friday. US forces, however, arrested 15 innocent civilians, after spending about an hour hauling away their dead and the wreckage of the vehicle.
Resistance targets US airbase with multiple powerful blows, cutting off water, electricity and then pounding it with rockets and mortars.
Iraqi Resistance forces in Hit on Thursday blew up a pipeline that supplied all the water used by the US ‘Ayn al-Asad air base. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that five bombs were planted in different places along the length of the pipeline. The Resistance then blew it up at 8:30pm Thursday night, so damaging it that it cannot be repaired.
Resistance forces also blew up nine electric power towers that carried electricity from the Hadithah dam to the US base. The correspondent there reported that the American base was completely dark all night long.
The Resistance made use of the cover of darkness, bombarding the camp with six powerful Ababil rockets at 11pm and again at 11:30pm Thursday night.
The Resistance struck the darkened base with 14 Grad rockets, and then at 12 midnight fired twelve 120mm mortar rounds into the American facility. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam could see thick smoke rising over the base and heard the sounds of explosions going off inside. The Americans did not return fire, nor did their warning sirens sound, which they usually do when they come under attack.
Friday morning revealed that the US forces had taken heavy losses. An officer in the puppet police told Mafkarat al-Islam that more than 150 US troops had been killed and dozens more wounded, including one “Captain Carl” the base commander. This was confirmed by one of the translators who also spoke to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent.
An Iraqi Resistance group calling itself the First Army of Muhammad announced its responsibility for the attack.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired a rocket barrage at the US Abu Ghurayb prison camp west of Baghdad. A correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Baghdad said that the attack took place at 1am Friday and that a variety of rockets, including the powerful Ababil and the Grad were used in barrage that lasted more than 15 minutes.
The correspondent reported that the barrage left four Iraqis dead, as well as the Iraqi woman prisoner known as Fatimah whose letter, smuggled out of the prison two weeks earlier disclosed outrages such as gang rapes that the US forces regularly perpetrate against the prisoners in the ill-reputed facility. (See below for Fatimah’s letter, reprinted here from the Iraqi Resistance Report of, 18 December 2004.) Friday’s barrage also severely wounded one 22-year old Iraqi woman.
An Iraqi who works inside the Abu Ghurayb prison camp told Mafkarat al-Islam that more than 68 US troops were killed in the bombardment as that the rockets specifically struck their barracks. But just one night before the attack, the Americans had moved more than 500 Iraqi prisoners to the east side of the prison, resulting in the death of many of them.
Iraqi puppet police brought the body of Fatimah to her home in the adh-Dhahab al-Abyad village in the Abu Ghurayb area, 45km east of al-Fallujah. The correspondent wrote that because of the family’s psychological condition at the time, he was unable to interview them. Their neighbor, however, spoke to the reporter. “Praise be to God, Fatimah’s elder brother, who is one of the mujahideen whom the occupation forces are searching for, spoke in the mosque at the nighttime prayer Thursday with tears in his eyes. Everyone in the mosque heard him say, ‘Oh God take her soul! Oh God this is a shame so please cleanse it! You are the All-Powerful! You are the All-Powerful! You are the All-Powerful!’ Then after the prayer, one of the worshippers came up to him and remonstrated with him for saying, ‘Oh God this is a shame so please cleanse it!’ The man told him, ‘Say rather, this is an honor, so raise it up and honor it. It is we about whom the word shame should be used, not Fatimah. She is the most honorable, purest, and cleanest of girls. I ask you for her hand in marriage after she gets out of prison, God willing.’”
The neighbor went on, saying, “Fatimah’s brother and his fighting detachment carried out more than 50 rocket attacks on the prison before and after her letter came out. Every day they would hunt down a car or two belonging to the occupation forces. His name became famous among them in this area, as famous as that of az-Zarqawi.”
The neighbor’s wife told the correspondent, “a month before her arrest Fatimah distributed candy and ‘brides’ fingers’ an famous Iraqi folk delicacy to the people on her street because she finished memorizing 13 of the 30 sections of the Qur’an. She told the women, ‘after memorizing Surat al-Baqarah, the rest of the Qur’an is easy to memorize. Give me three more months and you’ll see who’s better, me or Shaykh Khalid.’” (Shaykh Khalid is the imam of the mosque in the neighborhood where Fatimah lives.)
The neighbor lady says of Fatimah: “she used to be shy about everything. I remember once she was with the women at a wedding party for one of the local young people, and the other girls all asked her to take off her veil because there weren’t any men around, but she refused to, because she was so shy.”
Fatimah’s funeral took place at 1pm today, Friday, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported, to the sound of exultant cries of Allahu akbar! [God is greatest!] and the Muslim creed “there is no god but God!” Fatimah’s brothers and father were not there for the funeral, however, because they are all wanted by the occupation forces, and the Americans surrounded the whole area of funeral – from Fatimah’s home to the cemetery – and kept everyone under close surveillance.
The medical report on Fatimah says that she was struck fatally in the head during the bombardment, killing her instantly.
At the time the correspondent sent his report (posted at 8:30pm Friday, Mecca time) white flags – the sign of a martyr – were flying over the Fatimah’s house. Local people stayed in the house to receive condolences from mourners on behalf of the family. It was as if Fatimah were saying from her grave to all the mourners:
How can you find sweetness when life is bitter?
How can you find pleasure when humanity is enraged?
If your desire is true then everything [else] is insignificant,
And everything on the dust is but dust.
Fatimah lies in the al-Karakh Islamic cemetery west of Baghdad. The mourners put a date palm frond on her grave so that she might remain in people’s memory even as the hot daytime sun dries up the palm leaves.
On Saturday, 18 December 2004, the Iraqi Resistance Report carried the following story:
Fatima’s letter, a hand written document, was recently smuggled out of Abu Ghurayb. Fatimah is the sister of one of the famous Iraqi Resistance fighters in the Abu Ghurayb area. US aggressor troops raided his house some time back but failed to find him, so they took his sister prisoner in an attempt to force him to give himself up. Their family is known for its piety and uprightness. Mafkarat al-Islam obtained a copy of the letter.
In the name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy-giving. “Say He is God the One; God the Source [of everything]; Not has He fathered, nor has He been fathered; nor is anything comparable to Him.” [Qur’an, Surat 112 “al-Ikhlas”]
I chose this noble Surah from the Book of God because it has the greatest impact on me and on all of you and it strikes a particular kind of awe in the hearts of Believers.
My brother Mujahideen in the path of God! What can I say to you? I say to you: our wombs have been filled with the children of fornication by those sons of apes and pigs who raped us. Or I could tell you that they have defaced our bodies, spit in our faces, and tore up the little copies of the Qur’an that hung around our necks? God is greatest! Can you not comprehend our situation? Is it true that you do not know what is happening to us? We are your sisters. God will be calling you to account [about this] tomorrow.
By God, we have not passed one night since we have been in prison without one of the apes and pigs jumping down upon us to rip our bodies apart with his overweening lust. And we are the ones who had guarded our virginity out of fear of God. Fear God! Kill us along with them! Destroy us along with them! Don’t leave us here to let them get pleasure from raping us! It will be an act to ennoble the Throne of Almighty God. Fear God regarding us! Leave their tanks and aircraft outside. Come at us here in the prison of Abu Ghurayb.
I am your sister in God (Fatimah). They raped me on one day more than nine times. Can you comprehend? Imagine one of your sisters being raped. Why can’t you all imagine it, as I am your sister. With me are 13 girls, all unmarried. All have been raped before the eyes and ears of everyone.
They won’t let us pray. They took our clothes and won’t let us get dressed. As I write this letter one of the girls has committed suicide. She was savagely raped. A soldier hit her on her chest and thigh after raping her. He subjected her to unbelievable torture. She beat her head against the wall of the cell until she died, for she couldn’t take any more, even though suicide is forbidden in Islam. But I excuse that girl. I have hope that God will forgive her, because He is the Most Merciful of all.
Brothers, I tell you again, fear God! Kill us with them so that we might be at peace. Help! Help! Help! [WaMu‘tasimah!].
This letter is ended, but the sufferings of the one who wrote it and the sufferings of her sisters along with her have not ended!!
Resistance ambush in Abu Ghurayb Friday.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with RPG7 rockets and BKC machine guns ambushed a US column on the highway in Abu Ghurayb, destroying one military truck and disabling a second at 9:15am Friday, local time. Eleven US troops were killed. Two Resistance fighters were martyred in the battle and a third was severely wounded. His comrades were able to get him away from the scene.
US forces then responded to the attack by opening fire indiscriminately at civilians, disabling one civilian 1982 Toyota car and killing its driver.
Seven Americans killed in Abu Ghurayb Resistance attack.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded destroying a US Humvee and disabling a Bradley armored vehicle on the dirt road between the two other roads (i.e., the old road) in Abu Ghurayb. After the bomb went off, Resistance fighters armed with RPG7 rockets attacked, killing seven American soldiers and wounding an eighth. A US Apache helicopter came and opened fire indiscriminately at passers by and homes, but inflicted no harm on civilians.
Action in Baghdad’s al-Karakh District.
Puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” backed up by US military vehicles launched a large scale campaign of house raids on Hayfa Street in Baghdad’s al-Karakh district at 7am Friday. As a result of the raids, eight persons were arrested.
After that, fighting erupted between the puppet guards and the Resitsance. Five puppet guards and two US troops were killed, three other soldiers were seriously wounded. The Resistance hurled hand grenades and fired BKC and other machine guns in the fighting.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired RPG7 rockets at a US Bradley armored vehicle in the al-Mushahadah area of al-Karakh, disabling the vehicle and killing one US soldier at 12:30pm Friday. In response, US troops opened fire indiscriminately at houses of local citizens, but failed to inflict any significant damage.
Restance attack Friday night.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with C5K rockets attacked and destroyed one US Bradley armored vehicle and disabled a second in the Umm al-Qura Mosque area of Baghdad between the neighborhoods of al-‘Adl and al-Hurriyah in ad-Dawli‘i at 9:30pm Friday night. The attack was part of an ambush set up for a US column that led to the death of four American soldiers. US troops sealed off the area in response and then hauled away their two wrecked vehicles within an hour.
Resistance bomb in al-Mahmudiyah.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in al-Mahmudiyah near the popular market at 9:40am Friday, disabling a US Bradley armored vehicle and killing the US soldier who was manning the vehicle’s gun.
Resistance attacks US column in Sadr al-Qanat.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with RPG7 rockets attacked and destroyed a US Humvee and a civilian truck belonging to the US forces in the Sadr al-Qanat area near the former United Nations office. Five US soldiers were killed. Witnesses said that the Americans opened fire indiscriminately after coming under attack, but they failed to hit anyone.
Resistance kills eight foreign troops in as-Suwayrah.
Iraqi Resistance forces armed with RPG7 rockets attacked and destroyed two armored vehicles equipped with anti-rocket side netting. The attack occurred in as-Suwayrah, south of Baghdad at 10:35am Friday, and left eight troops dead. Mafkarat al-Islam reported that American soldiers then sealed off the area of the attack, even though the dead soldiers were not Americans. Their nationality was unknown.
Resistance bomb attack in as-Suwayrah kills three US troops.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded on al-Mudakhkhat [Pumps] Street in as-Suwayrah at 2:30pm Friday, destroying a US Humvee and killing three American soldiers.
Resistance attack near al-Ghazalyah kills five American soldiers.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing RGP7 rockets attacked a US patrol made up of three Humvees on the road between al-Ghazaliyah and al-Bakriyah at 12:15pm Friday. Two Humvees were destroyed in the attack and five US troops were killed. Afterwards, American forces arrested four Iraqi civilians who were driving an olive colored 1991 Omega car. Two hours later, the Americans hauled away their two wrecked Humvees.
Resistance car bomb attack in al-Iskandariyah.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded next to a US column of two troop transports, three Humvees and two armored vehicles in al-Iskandariyah, south of Baghdad at 10:45am Friday. Witnesses reported that the attack totally destroyed one US troop transport and one Humvee, and killed 17 American soldiers. US occupation forces sealed off the area and opened fire indiscriminately, disabling three civilian cars, one of them a 2000 GMC, one a 1982 Corolla, and the last one a 1994 Daewoo. The US gunfire killed seven Iraqi civilians. American troops then arrested 13 more Iraqi civilians who happened to be in the area.
Attacks on US forces in at-Taji.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated a land mine planted in the median between two roads in the al-Mushahadah area of at-Taji at 11:45am Friday. The target of the attack was an American Bradley armored vehicle. The bombing killed three American soldiers and left a fourth extremely seriously burned. US troops sealed off the area of the attack and US aircraft strafed local houses and cars indiscriminately, but without inflicting any casualties or significant damage.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in the 14 July area of the ad-Dujayl section of at-Taji, north of Baghdad at 1:30pm Friday, destroying two civilian trucks serving the US forces. Two US soldiers were killed and two more wounded moderately. American forces later hauled away the wrecked vehicles.
Resistance attack in ad-Duwaylibah Friday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the middle of a dirt road in ad-Duwaylibah at 4:30pm Friday, destroying a US Humvee and killing four American soldiers. The Americans responded by opening fire indiscriminately at houses and innocent passers by, seriously wounding Iraqi civilians.
Resistance attacks in ad-Durah.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in Hur Rajab in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 9:30am Friday, destroying a Humvee command car and killing three US troops, including an officer of some apparent importance. Local witnesses believed he must have been important because the patrol in which he was riding was under strong escort. A unique Humvee was also destroyed in the attack.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded on the highway as it passes through the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 5pm Friday, destroying a US Humvee and killing two US troops.
Resistance attack targets US forces Friday morning in ‘Uwayrij.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb planted under the paving tiles between two streets in ‘Uwayrij near the Zamzam Station south of Baghdad blew up at 7:15am Friday, as a US column was passing. The blast destroyed a truck truck loaded with soldiers, killing 12 American soldiers who were on it. Two more were wounded.
After that, Resistance fighters armed with RPG7 rockets attacked a US Humvee, hitting it directly and killing four American troops aboard it. Those attacks caused the US column to halt and the American soldiers to open fire indiscriminately on passers by and local homes. Five civilians were killed and seven more were wounded.
Resistance attack on puppet “national guards” in Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance fighter hurled a hand grenade at a puppet “national guard” patrol made up of two white Nissan vehicles near the crossroads in ash-Shurtah al-Khamis neighborhood of Baghdad at 9:30am Friday, disabling one of the Nissans and killing two puppet guards and wounding four more.
Resistance bomb in al-Latifiyah.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in al-Latifiyah, 25km south of Baghdad, disabling a Bradley armored vehicle and killing two US troops aboard it at 7:30am Friday. Two others were wounded in the attack. US troops then closed off the area with vehicles and shelled neighboring houses. An hour and a half after the attack the US forces hauled away their damaged vehicle.
Resistance attacks on puppet “national guards” in Tikrit.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked and destroyed a Nissan pickup belonging to the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” in Tikrit at 10:45am Friday, killing four puppet guards and wounding three more.
Iraqi Resistance fighters hurled hand grenades and opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles on puppet “national guards” in Tikrit at 3:30pm Friday, killing six puppet guards and wounding four more.
Resistance bomb targets US operation to reward informants.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as an American military column near the citadel in Samarra’, north of Baghdad as the Americans were distributing publications and pay for people who had brought information on the Jordanian Islamist fighter Abu Mu‘ab az-Zarqawi, the leader of the organization Base [Qa‘idah] of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses in Samarra’ as saying that the blast destroyed one American tank and killed five US troops. The witnesses confirmed that the heavy cannon on the tank was blown off the vehicle and flew five meters away due to the force of the blast.
Collaborators’ bodies found in Mosul.
An official in the puppet so-called “Iraqi interior ministry reported that they had found 18 bodies of Iraqi workers from a Shi‘i area of Baghdad. They were killed after hearing of highly paid jobs available in Mosul.
Agence France Presse (AFP) quoted the puppet official as saying the men were from the al-Khadimiyah area of northern Baghdad and they were promised high-paid work in US bases in Mosul. They were taken there on 8 September 2004. He added that the bodies were brought back from Mosul to the al-Khadimiyah Hospital.
Fierce fighting between US invaders and the Resistance raged in Mosul in the middle of November when the Resistance attacked the local puppet police after they had aided their American masters in raiding mosques and homes in the city. At one point, US troops were forced out of Mosul.
Early in December the bodies of 60 employees, believed to have been working for the puppet security services in Mosul were found there. Recently Resistance in the city has picked up again as the date for the sham US-backed “election” approaches.
Bombardments throughout Iraq on Friday.
At 6am Friday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace compound in Baghdad, known to the invaders as the “green zone.” Sirens sounded and smoke could be seen rising over the targets struck by the Resistance rockets.
At 8am Friday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad. The rockets apparently scored direct hits, since smoke rose over the facility. Twenty minutes later two US Black Hawk helicopters landed and then took off 45 minutes later, presumably having picked up casualties for evacuation.
At 10am Friday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Katyusha rockets into the British al-Mahawil base north of al-Hillah in southern Iraq, sending smoke rising over the facility, indicating that direct hits had been scored.
At 10:30am Friday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four 82mm mortar rounds into the puppet so-called “Iraqi ministry of the interior” on Palestine Street in central Baghdad, damaging the building and sending white smoke rising into the sky. Three of the shells actually struck the building, the fourth shell landing in the street. The bombardment disabled two civilian cars parked outside and killed three persons.
At 11:40am Friday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Grad rockets into the US base set up in Saddam International Airport, southwest of Baghdad, sending smoke rising into the sky over the facility.
On Friday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four 82mm mortar rounds into the US southern base in Tikrit, sending smoke rising over the facility.
At 5:15pm Friday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Katyusha rockets into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad, sending smoke rising into the sky.