Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 12 January 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Wednesday, 12 January 2005.
Al-Fallujah – ar-Ramadi.
US helicopter crashes and burns after taking direct hit from Strela rocket Wednesday night.
Iraqi Resistance forces shot down a US Apache helicopter at 6pm local time Wednesday over the administrative boundary marking the border of the an-Nazal neighborhood in al-Fallujah. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Fallujah reported that he saw the US helicopter on fire as it crashed into one of the houses in the area.
The correspondent wrote that the aircraft had been flying at low altitude over an-Nazal, checking to make sure that US forces remained in control of that neighborhood, which they over ran several days ago. But the helicopter itself suddenly took a direct hit by a Strela rocket, fired from an area along the border of the neighborhood.
Local witnesses reported that the Americans left the wrecked helicopter, not venturing to go into the area to recover the bodies or the wreckage. They had not yet approached the crash scene when the correspondent filed his report, posted at 7:20pm Mecca time Wednesday night.
The correspondent described the downed helicopter as being a mass of burning wreckage atop the ruins of the house into which it crashed. The house itself was totally destroyed.
US drops cluster bombs on two neighborhoods of al-Fallujah.
US aircraft bombed several places in the ash-Shuhada’ and al-Jubayl neighborhoods of al-Fallujah on Wednesday morning. Eye witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the US fighters bombed the two neighborhoods at 7am with more than 16 cluster bombs. In addition they fired 13 rockets at various places in the neighborhoods, sending thick clouds of smoke rising into the sky over the area.
Later in the day the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that one man had been killed and four more injured in the US morning bombing raids.
Two long-dead bodies of US soldiers found in bombed-out house in al-Falluhah.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported on Wednesday that American troops had discovered the bodies of two US soldiers under the rubble of a demolished house in the al-Wahdah neighborhood. The Americans made the find at 12 noon Wednesday, the correspondent wrote, adding that the two apparently had died a long time ago, since parts of their extremities had already rotted away. The American troops determined the identities of the corpses, however, by reading their “dog tags” around their necks.
Seven US troops reported killed in car bombing in ar-Ramadi.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a US military column in ar-Ramadi at 10am Wednesday, destroying two Humvees and killing all the US troops aboard them. Sources in the ar-Ramadi Fire and Rescue Administration told Mafkarat al-Islam, that seven US soldiers were killed and one other wounded in the attack. In addition an Iraqi collaborator translator was also killed, they said. Local eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam on the scene that 12 Americans were killed, though local officials confirmed that the correct number was seven.
Resistance fighters attack US troops in al-‘Amil in Baghdad.
Fighting broke out in the part of Baghdad known as the third al-‘Amil neighborhood area at 5:30am Wednesday when Iraqi Resistance forces firing BKC machine guns and rockets attacked US troops concealed in the Halah Bint Khuwaylid Middle School. The attack destroyed one Humvee and disabled a Bradley armored vehicle and left three American soldiers dead and three more seriously wounded. The Resistance attackers disappeared immediately after their raid. US troops opened fire indiscriminately on neighboring houses but to no avail.
Resistance bombing in ar-Ridwaniyah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Bradley armored vehicle in the al-Qatta‘ area of ar-Ramadi at 9am Wednesday, destroying the Bradley and killing four US troops. American soldiers responded to the attack by opening fire indiscriminately. They were only able to haul the wrecked vehicle away after an hour and a half.
Resistance attack in al-Mushahadah.
Iraqi Resistance fighters in the al-Makarim area of al-Mushahdah, north of Baghdad, fired rockets and destroyed two civilian trucks on Wednesday. Also an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Humvee. Witnesses reported that eight Americans were killed in the attack. Afterwards US troops opened fire indiscriminately, killing four local people in their houses, and destroying a private car whose driver they also killed.
Resistance attack in ad-Dujayl.
Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated bombs under a US column and then attacked with BKC machine guns, destroying one military fuel tanker and two civilian trucks loaded with provisions in the ad-Dujayl area north of at-Taji at 9:30am Wednesday. Five American soldiers were killed in the attack.
Deadly midday car bomb blasts US column in Duwaylibah.
A US military column in the Duwaylibah area halted at about 12:15pm Wednesday when they spotted a bomb by the side of the road along which they were proceeding. At that moment an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded next to the column, destroying two Humvees and one Bradley armored vehicle and disabling a second Bradley. Sixteen US troops were killed and seven more wounded in varying degrees, some of them having lost limbs.
Resistance car bomb in as-Suwayrah.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a US military column in as-Suwayrah, south of Baghdad at 1pm Wednesday, destroying a US armored personnel carrier and a Humvee. Nine US soldiers were killed and six others severely wounded. US forces then encircled the area with military vehicles and hauled away the wreckage, two-and-a-half hours after the blast.
Resistance shoots down Cobra helicopter.
Iraqi Resistance fighters shot down a US Cobra helicopter with a C5K rocket over al-Mushahadah in at-Taji, north of Baghdad. Witnesses said they saw the craft on fire in the air. It then crashed into nearby gardens, killing all aboard.
Resistance bombing in Hur al-Basha.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the Hur al-Basha area of at-Taji at 2:30pm Wednesday, destroying a US Humvee and killing four American soldiers.
Resistance bombing in Salman Bak.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the Salman Bak area at 2:30pm Wednesday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing three US troops. US forces then opened fire indiscriminately, seriously wounding two local civilians.
Deadly afternoon Resistance attack in al-Bu Hishmah area.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the al-Bu Hishmah area at 4pm Wednesday, destroying two Humvees and killing eight US troops.
Resistance attack in ad-Durah.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated bombs and fired rockets at US forces in the Hur Rajab area of the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 10:30am Wednesday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and two Humvees and killing eight US troops, and injuring three more with wounds and burns. US forces then encircled the area and arrested 29 local people from the surrounding area.
Resistance attack destroys GMC vehicle in al-Hurriyah ad-Dawli‘i.
Heavy Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded on the highway in the al-Hurriyah ad-Dawli‘i area of Baghdad at 9:15am Wednesday, destroying a GMC command car and a Humvee and leaving four Americans dead. Four more were seriously wounded. US forces then cut off the area and hauled the wreckage away within 45 minutes.
Resistance ambush in Abu Ghurayb.
Resistance ambushes joint US-puppet patrol in al-Wasatiyah.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing rockets attacked a joint column of US and puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” in the ar-Rashid area of al-Wasatiyah at 2:40pm Wednesday, destroying two Nissan pickups belonging to the puppet guard and a US Humvee. Four US troops and 11 puppet guards were killed in the attack and five more guards severely wounded.
Resistance ambush on US-puppet force patrol in Muhammad al-Qasim area.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing rockets and BKC machine guns attacked a column on the highway in the Muhammad al-Qasim area at 4:45pm Wednesday, destroying a Nissan pickup belonging to the puppet “national guards” and a US Humvee and military truck loaded with troops. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance ambush left 15 Americans and six puppet “national guards” dead. US troops then encircled the area for three hours during which they hauled away the wrecked vehicles.
Resistance bomb in al-‘Amiriyah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the al-‘Amiriyah area at 3pm Wednesday, destroying a US Humvee and killing three American troops.
Resistance ambush in Sadr al-Qanat.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the Sadr al-Qanat area at 3:30pm Wednesday, destroying a Humvee and killing four US troops.
Lebanese among dead US troops in Resistance bombing in al-Ghazaliyah.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the al-Gazaliyah area at 2:15pm Wednesday, destroying two civilian trucks loaded with provisions for the occupation forces and killing four US troops including one soldier of Lebanese origin wearing a military uniform.
Resistance assassinated Badr Brigade collaborator official.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles assassinated an official in the collaborationist Shi‘i chauvinist Badr Brigades along with two of his companions as they drove a Land Cruiser out of the official’s home in Baghdad’s al-Kazimiyah an-Nuwwab district at 10:30am Wednesday.
Americans arrest four hundred in wave of pre-dawn raids in as-Sayyidiyah.
US forces launched a campaign of raids and arrests in as-Sayyidiyah, south of Baghdad at 3:30am Wednesday. More than 400 local people were arrested. The invader troops also robbed the houses they searched of their gold and money. Among those arrested are children between the ages of 13 and 15 years, as well as elderly men.
Resistance bombing in al-Latifiyah.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Humvee in al-Latifiyah at 8am, killing six US soldiers and severely wounding two more.
Puppet city official assassinated in Ba‘qubah.
Eyewitnesses and an official medical source reported that Iraqi Resistance forces assassinated the puppet Deputy Director of Municipal Services in Ba‘qubah.
Jasim ‘Abd al-Ahad, 50, was riding in the car with the puppet official and was also wounded in the attack. He told Agence France Presse (AFP) that a car carrying the Resistance attackers stopped at about 11am local time. The attackers got out of the car and opened fire, killing the Deputy Director, Jawwad Kazim Ibrahim, 42. Dr. Marwan ‘Abd al-Latif of Ba‘qubah General Hospital said that Jawwad Ibrahim was dead on arrival at the hospital.
Three deadly car bombs target US forces in Mosul Wednesday afternoon.
Three Iraqi Resistance car bombs exploded in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Wednesday, all within one hour around 4pm in the afternoon.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that the first car bomb blew up next to a US column in the al-Wahdah neighborhood in the center of the city. The blast destroyed a US tank and a Humvee, killing all aboard the vehicles. Residents of the neighborhood told the correspondent that nine Americans in all were killed in that bombing and that five more were wounded.
Minutes after that first explosion, a second car bomb went off at a US checkpoint in the al-Islah az-Zira‘i neighborhood. According to a source in the local Fire Department, the boming killing four American soldiers and three Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah collaborator gunmen.
Then a third car bomb exploded at an intersection in the center of the industrial area in the north of Mosul, destroying several US military vehicles and killing a large number of American soldiers. The correspondent was unable to ascertain figures on the casualties in that blast, because American snipers had deployed around the area, making it impossible for him to approach it.
A high official in the al-Walid Emergency Center in Mosul told the correspondent, however, that the afternoon attack probably left more than 30 dead and more than 15 injured among the American forces. He expressed the fear that the US was likely to mount a major offensive on Mosul, complaining that the Resistance attacks were “giving the Americans an argument for launching a big attack.”
Deadly Resistance bombing just outside of Tikrit.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded at the outskirts of Tikrit at 12:30pm Wednesday, destroying a US Humvee and a military truck loaded with fuel. Six American soldiers were killed in the attack.
“Election commission” for Salah ad-Din Province resigns. Five Iraqi provinces reject election farce.
The so-called “Supreme Election Commissioner” in charge of supervising the sham “election” farce in Salah ad-Din Province, together with the 12 members of the commission, have resigned their posts as of Wednesday. Mafkarat al-Islam reported from Tirkit that the commissioner took the step after receiving threats from the Iraqi Resistance.
The commissioner and the 12 other commission members announced their resignations on leaflets posted on mosque doors in the city. They declared their “remorse” for having gone along with the US-backed election farce, and announced their “repentance.”
The resignation of the election commission in Salah ad-Din Province means that efforts to hold the sham election have been brought to naught in five provinces: al-Anbar, Diyala, Mosul, Kirkuk, and now Salah ad-Din.
Japanese invader troops venture out of their camp under heavy protection for the first time in two weeks, having bought protection from tribal leaders.
After two weeks of hunkering down inside their military camp, afraid to venture out lest they come under Iraqi Resistance attack, Japanese aggressor troops on Wednesday ventured out of their camp in a force of dozens of military vehicles and under heavy escort from puppet “national guards,” and puppet police. The Japanese troops with their escorts drove through the streets of as-Samawah for an hour and then beat a hasty retreat to their camp at 10am. The exercise might normally be called a “show of force,” but under the circumstances appeared to be an admission of weakness.
Perhaps the main reason why the Japanese invaders now felt emboldened enough to venture out of their camp even for a short period was the fact that the Japanese had reached an agreement with local tribal leaders to provide additional protection. According to local puppet police sources, the Japanese secured the tribes’ agreement to the deal by promising jobs to the local unemployed and by pledging to build various projects in the city.
Wednesday bombardments throughout Iraq.
At 6:30am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven 82mm mortar rounds into the US Sukkaniya base in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah, sending smoke rising into the sky.
At 7am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Grad rockets into the US headquarters in the Republican Palace in Baghdad, known to the invaders as the “green zone,” sending smoke rising into the sky over the facility as sirens wailed.
At 8:30am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four 82mm mortar rounds into the British al-Mahawil base north of al-Hillah in southern Iraq.
At 11am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Grad rockets into the US al-Bakr base in the Balad area north of Baghdad, sending plumes of smoke rising into the sky.
At 1:30pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven 82mm mortar rounds into the US base in the former meat company in ‘Uwayrij, south of Baghdad, sending plumes of smoke into the sky.
At 3:30pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets into US troop concentrations in the Sukkaniya headquarters in ad-Durah, sending plumes of smoke into the sky.
At 5:30pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five Katyusha rockets into the US headquarters in the Republican Palace in Baghdad, known to the invaders as the “green zone,” sending smoke rising into the sky over the facility as sirens wailed