Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 17 January 2005

Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.


Monday, 17 January 2005.



Resistance rocket attacks in and around al-Fallujah on Monday.

Iraqi Resistance forces fired eight Grad rockets at concentrations of US troops north of al-Fallujah at about 8:30am Monday. Then at 12 noon, the Resistance fired two more Grad rockets at the Americans, followed by five Grad rockets fired at 3pm. After nightfall, the Iraqi Resistance fired two Grad rockets at the US troops once more.

Meanwhile a powerful blast shook northern as-Saqlawiyah at midday Monday. The nature of the explosion is unknown, but a huge Chinook helicopter with protective cover from two Apache helicopters were seen heading towards the scene of the blast, strongly indicating that the US forces suffered casualties.

Resistance sharpshooter kills two US troops, Americans raze house in retaliation.

An Iraqi Resistance sharpshooter shot and killed two Iraqi puppet troops serving the US occupation in al-Fallujah on Monday. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the US troops were killed in the 7 April neighborhood in central al-Fallujah at 12 noon Monday.

American troops then encircled houses in the area, searching the area for an hour after the attack. US forces found two spent cartridges on the roof of one of the neighboring houses. The Americans then totally destroyed that house and announced in the city that any house from which shots come would meet the same fate and be razed to the ground.

Americans find corpses of dead US soldiers in al-Fallujah Monday morning.

US occupation forces in al-Fallujah on Monday morning discovered the bodies of six US troops killed the night before. Eyewitnesses in the city and members of the puppet police told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Americans found the bodies at 7am Monday in a tank that was sitting in a fortified position between two demolished houses in the New Street area of central al-Fallujah. The Americans had been stabbed by knives or bayonets and their weapons had been taken.

The witnesses speculated that the Americans must have been surprised by Resistance fighters who came from the Resistance-held neighborhoods of ash-Shuhada’ or al-Jubayl and crept up on them during the night.

The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent himself watched as troops from two US Humvees extracted the bodies from the tank and took them away.

Other sources reported that on Sunday the Americans had found the body of an American killed in the al-Wahdah neighborhood. The corpse had already been badly chewed apart by dogs. It was unclear how that American had died.



Resistance car bomb kills US troops near ar-Ramadi Monday afternoon.

An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by the al-Jazirah wooden bridge in the village of al-Jazirah near ar-Ramadi at 3:25pm Monday afternoon. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported local witnesses as saying that the booby-trapped Volvo car was parked by the side of the road at the bottom of the bridge. A US column approached on its way to do its usual round of patrols but spotted the car. Seven American troops left the column and approached the car, fearful that it might be booby trapped.

When the US soldiers got close, the car exploded. The local police told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Americans had not been able to find all the remains of their dead soldiers because many were blown to pieces by the force of the blast and charred bits of bodies and small pieces of limbs were scattered all over the place. Local witnesses confirmed that fact. The correspondent said he was unable to remain long on the scene because of the pervasive smell of the dead bodies that resembled that of roasted meat.

US helicopters carried away the remains and the US column hastily returned to its base out of fear of being caught out after dark, something they regard as a nightmarish prospect, the correspondent noted.



Double Resistance assault on US facility in al-Qa’im Monday.

Iraqi Resistance forces on Monday mounted two attacks on the old Customs building in al-Qa’im on the Syrian border - now used as a US military concentration point.

Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter in an explosives-laden Opel accelerated to “crazy” high speed and blasted into an American column that was entering the customs building compound at about 4:45pm, Baghdad time. The attack took the Americans completely by surprise and they were unable even to get off one shot, as they usually do at any approaching car. As a result, the Resistance attacker was able to detonate his car in the midst of the American column setting off an explosion heard throughout the whole city. The blast was so powerful that all the glass in windows in nearby houses and even some fairly far away was smashed.

US forces gathered, as usual, to extract the dead and wounded from the area. Ten minutes later, therefore, Resistance fighters fired a Grad rocket into the same area targeting the large congregation of US forces, Mafkarat al-Islam reported in a dispatch posted at 5:25pm Mecca time Monday.

After the Grad attack, Resistance fighters continued to attack the US forces in the area for several minutes.



Resistance shoots down unmanned US spy plane.

Iraqi Resistance forces shot down an unmanned US reconnaissance plane in the al-Bu ‘Assaf area, 2km west of Hit at 6:30pm Monday. The Resistance shot it down with a 37mm anti-aircraft machine gun.

In a dispatch posted at 8:50pm Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a US helicopter and fighter plane were at that moment searching for the wreckage of the spy plane, but that the Resistance had seized the craft as soon as it crashed. Local people flocked in to celebrate the victory and later set it on fire.


Tikrit – Salah ad-Din Province.

Martyrdom bomber kills US troops, puppet police in Bayji.

An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an Opel car packed with explosives into the barbed wire and barriers at the entrance to the puppet police station in Bayji and detonated himself and the vehicle at about 8am Monday morning, according to an officer in the local puppet police who survived the blast and spoke with Mafkarat al-Islam. The puppet police station was used by American occupation troops as one of their local headquarters as well, and as a result of the blast five American soldiers along with 11 puppet policemen were killed. In addition, three other US troops were seriously wounded and 15 Iraqi puppet policemen injured in the blast.



Two British troops killed in Resistance bomb attack Monday morning.

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb hidden under a rubbish pile exploded in the Qal‘at Salih area of the city of al-‘Amarah south of Baghdad at 8am Monday morning local time. The blast damaged a British military vehicle, killing two British troops and seriously wounding two more.

Resistance assassinates two sectarian collaborator tribal chiefs in al-‘Amarah.

Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-‘Amarah reports that many townspeople in the city have obediently gone along with an agreement concluded between traditional tribal chiefs and the British occupation forces to cooperate in actions against what they term “Wahhabi terrorists.” As a result, the British, with the help of local dupes launched massive searches for any “strangers” in the city, rampaging through hotels and mosques for four hours. The British-led mobs arrested 12 citizens, all of them Sunnis, some residents in the city, others people who had come there looking for work.

The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reports that in response to this, immediately after the search of the city at about 1pm, Iraqi Resistance fighters shot to death two Shi‘i tribal chiefs who were collaborating with the British aggressors. The Resistance left a piece of paper on the car of one of the dead collaborators on which was written a passage from the Qur’an: “we have not wronged them, rather it was they who wronged themselves.”

For several days the predominantly Shi‘i city of al-‘Amarah has been the scene of an effort to sow religious sectarian discord among Sunni, Shi‘i, and other citizens, thereby strengthening the hand of the occupation.

Recently, masked persons attacked and beat up two Sunni citizens in the al-Ansar Mosque in the city. On the same day two people were killed as they left a Shi‘i Husayniyah place of worship in al-‘Amarah. Two other people were injured in another Shi‘i Husayniyah. On the same day shots were fired at a gathering of the Sabi’ah (Sabaeans - followers of an ancient pre-Christian religion) in one of the city’s neighborhoods.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reports that it is believed that there is a group trying to sow discord and conflict between the city’s Shi‘i majority and the other religious communities so that the occupation and forces allied with it can secure their aims at the expense of the unity of the Iraqi people.



Resistance bombs two centers for the sham US-backed “election” farce, inflicting no casualties.

Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded minutes apart at two election centers in the city of al-Basrah on Monday afternoon. The first bomb went off in the Rawdat al-Yasmin Jasmine Garden area of al-Mishraq in al-Basrah, the second went off five minutes later at an election station in al-Fayha’ School in downtown al-Basrah.

Witnesses said that the blasts inflicted severe damage to the two election stations, destroying the outer fences and breaking all the glass in windows in those buildings and in the ones around the area.

The bombs inflicted no human casualties, however, because they occurred at a time when traffic in the areas was diminished, due in part to the increase in Resistance bombings in the city in the last two weeks. Puppet police stations have been attacked or car bombed on almost every night, Mafkarat al-Islam noted.