Thursday, 20 January 2005. Eid al-Adha
How the Iraqi Resistance celebrated Eid al-Adha.
The correspondents of Mafkarat al-Islam working in 13 Iraqi provinces celebrated the first day of the Islamic festival Eid al-Adha together with the Iraqi people and Resistance fighters.
The correspondent in al-Anbar Province, where al-Fallujah, ar-Ramadi, al-Qa’im and other “hot spots” are located, wrote that Resistance fighters marked the festival by raising the Iraqi flag that bears the motto “God is Greatest!” on houses, buildings, and government offices throughout the southern part of al-Fallujah that is still in the hands of the Resistance and never fell to the Americans since they began their siege of the city on 8 November 2004. The Iraqi flag waved proudly over ar-Ramadi, Hit, Hadithah, Rawah, and al-Qa’im too.
Loudspeakers on mosques broadcast prayers and invocations on the occasion of the holiday. Resistance fighters went from door to door to tell local people that they could go out freely and visit friends and relatives. An announcement from the Resistance was posted on mosques saying that the Resistance had halted armed activities against the occupation for this one day, so that people could go out, stroll the streets and enjoy the holiday.
In Samarra’ Iraqi Resistance fighters fired 40 mortar shells into the US occupation base in the city in honor of the festive occasion, resulting in dozens of American casualties. At 9am Thursday Resistance forces distributed dozens of copies of the Qur’an and hundreds of Qur’an selections among men and women along with sweets, money, new clothes to the children and relatives of martyrs. They held a prayer in honor of their departed comrades and their relatives in the ar-Ribat Mosque. They also halted armed attacks against the occupation for the same reason as did the fighters in al-Anbar Province.
Baghdad, the capital of Harun ar-Rashid, was worse off than other parts of the country, as the water supply was still cut off and people suffered from thirst as well as the usual lack of electric power. What should have been a peaceful holiday was disturbed by the roar of US tanks in the streets and the whine of American aircraft overhead. The Resistance responded by firing Strela rockets and bringing down two US Apache helicopters that were hovering over the mosques in the village of Muhammad as-Sukran east of Baghdad. Both craft were struck directly in the air burst into flame, killing all aboard. The Brigades of Abu ‘Ubaydah al-Jarrah announced that they were responsible for the downings, saying “we didn’t have enough money to bring the joy of the holiday to the wives and children of the martyrs, so we gave them this modest gift as a token of our love for them and as vengeance for their fathers.”
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that in the southern city of as-Samawah, it was the Japanese occupation troops who celebrated the Eid more than the local Iraqis. The Japanese came out into the streets with all their weapons and troops in an unprecedented show, driving around the city for two hours. They undertook this act of uncommon courage after hearing that the Resistance had announced a halt to its military operations for the day. The Resistance did give them a bit of a scare, however, pointing one machine gun at them on al-Ba‘th [Baath] Street, wounding one Japanese soldier. The rest fled back to their camp as quickly as possible. The correspondent said that after those gunshots, the streets of as-Samawah looked like a race track for Japanese vehicles.
The joy of the holiday was mixed with tears in Mosul after a Resistance hero, Shaykh Zubayr al-Mawsuli was martyred in a battle with US forces in the middle of the city. Shaykh al-Mawsuli was buried after mid-morning Eid prayers near the Grand Mosque in the city. The whole city was plunged into mourning at the loss.
Al-Basrah is known for its love of joy and festivities. Resistance fighters there strolled around various parts of the city, visiting the Shi‘i neighborhoods before the Sunni ones as part of their effort to fend off the onslaught of sectarian discord that the British occupation forces and their allies are trying to foment.
Resistance fighters distributed gifts to the children, visited homes of martyrs and in al-Basrah too, the Resistance declared a halt to military operations against the British occupation on the day of the Eid. But no sooner had the British heard from their stooges that the Resistance fighters were strolling about the streets of the city than they raced with all their force to storm the neighborhoods and streets of al-Basrah in search of them. The Resistance executed the person who informed the occupation forces of their one day of rest from armed activity, after he was seen and identified riding in one of the British vehicles.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Fallujah reported eyewitnesses as saying that a US Apache helicopter had exploded in mid-air at 2am Thursday morning over the al-‘Amriyah area, about 12km south of al-Fallujah. The crew of the US aircraft was killed instantly, before even hitting the ground. US forces encircled the area and carried out a search for the Resistance attackers, but found nothing, according to the correspondent.
Resistance bombing in ar-Ridwaniyah.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US column in the al-Qatta‘ area of ar-Ridwaniyah, southwest of Baghdad at 7am Thursday, striking a Bradley armored vehicle and a Humvee and killing eight US troops.
Resistance attack in Abu Ghurayb.
Two Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs exploded in the az-Zaydan village area near Abu Ghurayb at 8:30am Thursday, destroying a US Abrams tank. Witnesses said that the blast sent the turret flying through the air. Five US troops were killed in the attack.
US forces then opened fire indiscriminately at houses in the area, inflicting minor damage. They then arrested six Iraqi civilians.
Resistance bomb attack in Sadr al-Qanat.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as a US Humvee was passing along the highway in the Sadr al-Qanat area north of Baghdad at 9:30am Thursday. The blast flipped the Humvee over, leaving one soldier dead on the road and three others seriously wounded.
Resistance bomb in as-Sayyidiyah.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on the highway in as-Sayyidiyah at 1pm Thursday, destroying a Humvee and killing four US troops, one of them believed to be an officer.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded on al-Mudakhkhat Street in the as-Suwayrah area at 2:45pm Thursday, destroying a US Humvee and killing two US troops.
Resistance bombing in Hur Rajab.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in Hur Rajab, south of Baghdad at 4:15pm Thursday, destroying a US armored vehicle and killing five American troops.
Resistance ambush in ad-Durah Thursday afternoon.
About 30 Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with rocket launchers and machine guns, according to eye witnesses, ambushed a joint force of American troops and Iraqi puppet “national guards” in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 3:30pm Thursday. The attack destroyed five pickups belonging to the puppet guards, killing 21 puppet guards. The Resistance destroyed two US Bradley armored vehicles and two Humvees in the attack, killing 13 US troops.
US forces then opened fire indiscriminately, killing four Resistance fighters and wounding 18 local civilians. The Americans then arrested 46 other people who happened to be in the area.
Resistance attacks in al-Mushahadah.
Two Iraqi Resistance bombs planted next to each other in the middle of a dirt road exploded in the al-Mushahadah area at 4:35pm Thursday, blasting an Abrams tank apart. All those aboard the vehicle were killed, their body parts scattered around the area. US forces opened fire indiscriminately around the area but inflicted no significant damage.
Iraqi Resistance forces armed with rockets, machine guns, and explosive devices attacked US forces in the area of the pumps in al-Mushahadah at 7:30am Thursday, killing seven US troops and wounding five more. US troops responded by opening fire indiscriminately in the direction from which they were taking fire. The American return fire lasted until after the Resistance fighters had left the scene. Three civilians were killed, including one woman. Nine more civilians were wounded.
Resistance ambush with hand grenades in al-Karakh.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with hand grenades attacked an American foot patrol in Baghdad’s al-Karakh District at about 3pm Thursday, killing two US troops and wounding five more. Witnesses said that one of the Americans who was wounded had his leg blown off.
Resistance bombing in al-‘Amil district Thursday evening.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the middle of Airport Road in Baghdad’s al-‘Amil district, at about 5:15pm Thursday, destroying a Humvee and killing three US troops. American forces opened fire indiscriminately to deter any further attack but they inflicted no casualties.
New American crime: helicopters open fire on civilian mourners in cemetery, killing 12, wounding 23.
Two American helicopters – an Apache and a Black Hawk – opened fire indiscriminately at mourners in the ash-Shaykh Ma‘ruf Cemetery in Baghdad’s al-Karakh District at 6:30am Thursday. Witnesses who were nearby said that the American attack left 12 Iraqi civilians dead and 23 more seriously wounded.
Resistance liquidates collaborators in Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance fighters assassinated three lackeys working for the US occupation as they drove a car near the al-‘Alawiyah exchange in Baghdad’s al-Karradah neighborhood at 12 noon on Thursday.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles shot and killed “Sayyid Kamal, a high-ranking official in the collaborationist Badr Brigades as he came out of his house in the ash-Shawwakah area of al-Karakh in Baghdad at 7am Thursday morning. Witnesses said the Resistance assassins were young, around 17 years of age.
Resistance car bombing at puppet “ministry of the interior.”
A car attempted to burst into the puppet so-called “ministry of the interior” building on Palestine Street in Baghdad at 11am Thursday. Puppet police guarding the building fired back, but the car exploded when they approached it. Thirteen puppet policemen were killed and 34 more were seriously wounded. The explosion set seven puppet police cars ablaze.
Resistance fighters gun down eight puppet “national guards” in al-Latifiyah.
Armed Iraqi Resistance fighters in a pickup opened intensive gunfire on a group of puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” in al-Latifiyah at 9am Thursday. Eight puppet guards were killed in the attack. The puppet guards fired back indiscriminately, killing five civilians who happened to be in the area.
Large-scale Resistance attack on US base in Diyala Province reported.
A group of Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with rockets infiltrated into an airport in Diyala Province at 5:50am Thursday. The fighters destroyed three US Bradley armored vehicles, an Abrams tank, and two Humvees and killed 26 US troops, Mafkarat al-Islam reported. The capital of Diyala Province is Ba‘qubah.
Al-‘Alam – Salah ad-Din Province.
Bomb kills three US troops.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in al-‘Alam in Salah ad-Din Province at 11:30am Thursday, killing three US troops and wounding one more.
Resistance group reports it liquidated two foreign spies.
A communiqué attributed to the Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah [Prophet’s Practice] published on an internet website stated that the APS had abducted two members of a foreign intelligence service belonging to the occupation forces and killed them in the central Iraqi city of Bayji.
Reuters reported that communiqué as saying that they had captured the two, one British and the second a Swede working for an intelligence service in Bayji. Both had been executed, the communiqué reported.
Reuters stated that a British Foreign Office spokesman said they had “no details” and the Swedish Foreign Ministry said it had “no knowledge” of the disappearance of any Swede.
Resistance bombardments on Thursday.
With the first hours of dawn on Thursday Iraqi Resistance forces in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah fired eight Katyusha rockets into the US Sukkaniya base, sending plumes of smoke rising into the sky from within the facility. Two medevac helicopters landed and the about 20 minutes later took off, evacuating casualties.
At about 7am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired mortar rounds into the puppet so-called “ministry of petroleum” on Palestine Street in Baghdad, sending smoke rising into the sky.
At 9:30am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired Grad rockets into the US al-Bakr base in Balad, north of Baghdad. Three US medevac helicopters were seen landing in the camp after the attack.
At 9:30am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired mortar rounds into the headquarters of the US-installed puppet “government” on Palestine Street in Baghdad.
At about 10am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five more mortar rounds into the headquarters of the US-installed puppet security service on Palestine Street in Baghdad.
At 12 noon Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the US camp in Saddam Intenational Airport, sending plumes of smoke rising into the sky.
An Iraqi Resistance Grad rocket blasted into the US occupied building that formerly housed the Iraqi chief of staff in the al-‘Amiriyah district at 3:20pm Thursday, sending clouds of smoke rising into the sky.
At 4:40pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Katyusha rockets into the US Sukkaniya base in the southern Baghdad suburb or ad-Durah, sending smoke rising into the sky.
At about 5pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven mortar rounds into the US camp in the former Iraqi meat company in ‘Uwayrij, south of Baghdad, sending clouds of smoke rising into the sky.