Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 8 January 2005.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial
board The Free Arab Voice.
Saturday, 8 Januray 2005.
As part of their
propaganda campaign, US forces and puppet “national guards” shot a
film about the “liberation of al-Fallujah” in part of al-Fallujah
US forces filmed scenes
in parts of the city that they control. They showed scenes of
residents living in the areas in their hands.
The Mafkarat al-Islam
correspondent noted that US forces have been using the civilian
population in the city against the Resistance, by encouraging the
civilians to come in and stay in the parts of the city that are
under US control, thereby affording the Americans some protection
against Resistance attacks, since the Resistance does not want to
inflict casualties among the city’s innocent citizens. The
Resistance has distributed leaflets calling on local residents to
leave, lest they unwittingly provide a haven for the American
US forces use other means
to try to drive a wedge between the Resistance and the local
people. For one thing, every day the Americans raze dozens of
homes of local people, claiming that the Resistance had shot at
them from that area and that they need to protect themselves. The
Americans apparently hope to incite the local residents to
pressure the Resistance to leave the southern part of the city
which they still control. The correspondent of Mafkarat
al-Islam reports that it appears that the American public
relations effort has begun to yield some fruits for them, where
their attempt to take the city militarily was a failure.
sharpshooters shot and killed three US troops in the ash-Shurtah
neighborhood of al-Fallujah. Afterwards, American troops destroyed
15 local homes near the as-Su’dud School in the ash-Shurtah
neighborhood, razing them to the ground.
Resistance forces fired
15 Grad rockets and 12 mortar rounds at US troop concentrations in
northern al-Fallujah around sunset on Saturday.
Iraqi Resistance forces
mounted a mortar barrage on the al-Anbar Provincial government
building in ar-Ramadi, killing 12 US soldiers and destroying a
number of military vehicles. The Mafkarat al-Islam
correspondent in ar-Ramadi reported that about fourteen 62mm
mortar rounds hit the governorate building at about 12 noon
Four wrecked US vehicles
were hauled out from inside the governorate building. Several
Jeeps were observed loaded with corpses from inside the building,
but no exact number could be ascertained. An Iraqi puppet security
official working in the building, however, confirmed that four
Humvees were totally destroyed in direct hits and more than 12
Americans were killed.
The Squadrons of
al-Miqdad ibn al-Aswad organization issued a communiqué taking
responsibility for the attack.
An Iraqi Resistance car
bomb driven by a martyrdom fighter blasted into a US checkpoint on
the road leading to al-Bu Dhiyab village in the area of al-Qa’im
on the Syrian border. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent,
in a dispatch posted at 7:45pm Saturday, Mecca time reported that
the martyrdom driver drove his explosives-laden pickup at high
speed into the main permanent US checkpoint used by the Americans
to search cars and check identity documents of passing cars as
they search for Resistance fighters.
At the time of the blast,
which took place at 6pm Saturday, local time, more than 15
American soldiers were at the checkpoint. The massive blast
destroyed three Humvees and killed 13 American troops, the
correspondent reported. Resistance fighters were also able to
capture a number of wounded American soldiers. US forces arrived
on the scene only after five minutes, which was minutes after the
Resistance fighters and left. The Americans found none of their
men at the checkpoint alive. Only dead bodies remained, strewn
about the street. A truck driver, believed to be Jordanian who was
in his truck near the check point was also killed in the blast.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb
exploded on the road leading to the Jabbah archaeological area 5km
east of Hadithah, 250km west of Baghdad. Witnesses reported that
the blast, which occurred at 8am local time Saturday, totally
destroyed a US Humvee and killed four American troops – all of
those aboard the vehicle. The puppet police commander in the area
confirmed the report, noting that the Resistance could reach any
place in the province, and that the US occupation forces were
obviously pulling back as the number of Resistance attacks
Two Iraqi Resistance
sharpshooters climbed up a tanning works building across the
street from the governorate administrative office building in Hit
on Saturday. US soldiers were posted atop the governorate office
building, occupied by US troops. The Resistance sharp shooters
shot and killed two American guards posted atop the governorate
building at about 4pm Saturday afternoon.
After the shooting,
American forces surrounded the area and mounted searches and
arrested seven persons including one of the sharp shooters who had
gunned down the Americans. He was captured with his sniper rifle,
witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam.
reported that the UN envoy to Iraq, Ashraf Qadi, told the press on
Saturday that the holding of the US-sponsored sham “elections” as
scheduled on 30 January was a “definite necessity” despite the
intense wave or Resistance that the farce has evoked in the
The UN representative
said that the participation of the country’s Sunni voters “didn’t
matter,” and that their non-participation would not make the
With a large proportion
of the Iraqi population determined to boycott the US-backed sham
“election” farce set for 30 January, the occupation regime and its
stooges are working feverishly to find “Iraqi voters” outside the
country, particularly ones likely to support US imperialist and
Al-Azhar ‘Alawi the
so-called “director of the office of elections outside Iraq” said
that the so-called “Iraqi elections commission” had opened the
door to participation by “Israelis” of Iraqi descent to vote in
the US-backed charade. Such persons will be allowed to vote in the
Iraqi “election” even if they have lost, renounced, or been
stripped of their Iraqi citizenship. ‘Alawi said that this
pertains to all persons of Iraqi descent anywhere.
deputy governor kidnapped.
Puppet police and tribal
sources in Tikrit said Saturday that Resistance fighters abducted
the Chairman of the puppet council of Salah ad-Din Province and
the a deputy chairman as well as the Dean of the College of Law at
Tikrit University and another official as they were returning from
a meeting with pro-American Grand Ayatallah ‘Ali as-Sistani, in
an-Najaf to discuss the US-backed sham “elections.”
An Iraqi Resistance bomb
exploded by a US military column made up of four Humvees and three
tanks near a branch of the Tigris river in Samarra’ at 10am
Saturday, local time. The blast totally destroyed a US tank. Truck
drivers who regularly drive the road and who witnessed the attack
said that four American soldiers were killed in the tank that was
Bombs are frequently used
by the Resistance in Samarra’, since streets there are unpaved and
it is relatively easy to conceal explosives.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb
exploded in Mosul as a US military column was passing through the
Hammam al-‘Alil area to the west of the city at about 12 noon
Saturday. The blast destroyed one personnel carrier and disabled a
Humvee. Nine US troops were killed and eight more wounded in
varying degrees of intensity from light to moderately.
Afterwards, US occupation
forces opened fire indiscriminately for several minutes, then left
the area with their dead.
reported Saturday that US forces had prohibited use of cellular
telephone and threatened to arrest anyone found in possession of
one. The correspondent advanced the opinion that the reason for
the American order was that Resistance fighters were using cell
phones to detonate bombs by remote control.
Iraqi Resistance fighters
opened fire on the car carrying member of the puppet provincial
council of al-Basrah, Dr. Majid Hilal at-Tamimi in the al-Jaza’ir
section of al-Basrah at 3pm Saturday, seriously wounding
at-Tamimi. One of his companions was killed, another wounded.
assassinates collaborator party official, bombards area around
British headquarters in al-Basrah on Friday.
A Member of the Shi‘i
chauvinist collaborationist Da‘wah Party in the Abu al-Jawzi area
of Abu al-Khasib, near al-Basrah was assassinated on Friday night.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles
opened fire and killed Abu Saman.
Numerous explosions shook
the area around the headquarters of British forces in the
presidential palace in al-Basrah on Friday.