Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 26 January 2005
Translated and/or compiled by
Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Iraqi Resistance shoots down US helicopter, killing 31 Marines near
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying
that Iraqi Resistance forces fired a SAM7 rocket, bringing down a US
helicopter over the city of ar-Rutbah, 460km west of Baghdad at 7am
Wednesday. The helicopter had been on its way to the village of Makr
adh-Dhib, which lies near the city. The correspondent explained that
American forces habitually carry out helicopter-borne landings in that
area to raid and search houses and arrest people. It is nearly impossible
for them to go by land to the village because the Resistance controls the
countryside, so they must resort to helicopter-born assaults.
Shepherds and motorists who witnessed the attack told Mafkarat al-Islam
that they saw the Americans gathering the remains of 31 American bodies
from the desert west of ar-Rutbah. The US forces also evacuated a large
number of wounded troops. Other American vehicles, meanwhile, loaded up
and hauled away the wreckage of the helicopter that had been scattered
over an approximately two-kilometer area.
Local witnesses told Markarat al-Islam that they hoped the Arab and
Islamic news media would come and take pictures of the extent of the
losses, which are what the local Resistance inflicts on the Americans
every day. They said that the Americans were forced to announce the
downing of this helicopter – something they seldom do – because numerous
delegations of people from Baghdad and other provinces were scheduled to
arrive in ar-Rutbah Wednesday and some of them were bound to have seen the
crash or heard about it.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that a local amateur
photographer managed to take a video of the wreckage of the helicopter and
hid it in his shoe when passing through one of the checkpoints thrown up
by the Americans around the crash zone. The amateur cameraman pledged to
gave the film to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent so still pictures
from it can be shown on the website as soon as the cassette arrives in the
editorial office. The photographer told the correspondent, “If I knew that
a satellite TVstation would broadcast it, I would have given it to them,
but unfortunately there’s nobody else here that I can give the cassette
The US military admitted that an American Marine helicopter had crashed in
western Iraq early Wednesday morning. A statement by the US military said
that the aircraft went down in the ar-Rutbah area in al-Anbar Province. It
said that search and rescue operations were underway.
A report carried by the American Associated Press (AP) later said that the
CH-53 Sea Stallion was carrying personnel from the 1st Marine Division
when it went down about 1:20 a.m. near the town of ar-Rutbah, about 220
miles west of Baghdad, while conducting what it called “security
operations.” The military statement said that 31 persons were killed
aboard the craft.
US forces admit four Marines killed in al-Anbar Province.
The American military on Wednesday acknowledged that four Marines were
killed in fighting in al-Anbar Province on Wednesday.
Resistance shoots down US Apache helicopter Wednesday evening in Hit.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired a Strela surface-to-air rocket at a US
Apache helicopter over the city of Hit at 5:30pm Wednesday evening.
Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the rocket struck the helicopter
directly, causing it to blow up in mid-air, scattering wreckage and débris
down on rooftops of buildings in the al-Mu‘allimin neighborhood of the
In a dispatch posted at 7:20pm Mecca time Wednesday evening, the Mafkarat
al-Islam correspondent reported that as he wrote up his report, the
burning wreckage of the helicopter still lay atop the roofs of four houses
in the area, American troops unable to get to it because the Resistance
was present in the streets in the area.
US landing ends in Resistance victory; 14 American troops reported
killed in Hit.
US forces carried out a helicopter-born landing in the industrial zone
east of Hit at 12 noon Wednesday, arresting five shopkeepers in the area.
Iraqi Resistance forces clashed with the American attackers in the same
neighborhood 15 minutes after they landed starting a battle that lasted
over an hour and resulted in the deaths of 14 US troops and the wounding
of seven others. One Apache helicopter that had landed was also destroyed.
Nine Iraqi Resistance fighters were martyred in the fighting.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Hit reported that the Resistance
fighters were able to free three of the men captured by the Americans, the
other two were martyred in the fighting. Shopkeepers who hid in their
stores but witnessed the engagement confirmed that some of the American
troops who were killed were gunned down as they were trying to flee from
the battlefield in the helicopters that had brought them.
Meanwhile the General Command of the Iraqi Islamic Resistance issued a
communiqué, a copy of which the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam
obtained, confirming that the battle had taken place.
Iraqi Resistance captures, executes three would-be assassins working
The Iraqi Resistance arrested two Iranian agents and a person belonging to
the Badr Brigade collaborationist gang in the city of Hit. The three were
trying to assassinate one of the top commanders of the Resistance in Hit.
They confessed to a number of crimes, including blowing up Iraqi oil
pipelines. The Resistance executed them immediately after recording their
confessions on audio and video tape.
US forces launch mass arrests, blow up houses to exert control over
In a dispatch posted at 7:20pm Mecca time, the al-Fallujah correspondent
of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US forces were at the time of writing
carrying out a large campaign of raids and arrests in the city, blowing up
numerous homes of local residents.
US forces had ordered refugees from the city, who had left during the days
of intense fighting, to return home. The Americans then threatened that
they would be blowing up the houses of those who fail to go home quick
The correspondent reports that the Americans’ sense of urgency in
re-inhabiting al-Fallujah is prompted by their desire to surround
themselves with large number of civilians in the hopes that the Resistance
will then have a harder time of attacking the invaders. They also seek to
“normalize” their occupation authority over the city.
In the last 10 days, US forces arrested more than 100 Iraqi youths. Some
of them were later released but many remain imprisoned. American troops
also harassed Iraqi women, threatening to arrest them, but local citizens
put up such strong resistance to those American actions that they were
forced to abandon such attempts.
Iraqi Resistance command announces start of “decisive operations,” orders
all fighters on leave back to their units within three hours.
In a dispatch posted at 7:30pm Wednesday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that
the General Command of the Iraqi Islamic Resistance issued a communiqué a
short while before that was broadcast from loudspeakers on mosques in
Samarra’, ar-Ramadi, Mosul, Tikrit, Bayji, Kirkuk, Hit, Hadithah,
ar-Rutbah, al-Qa’im, Hasibah, and Ba‘qubha; and which was issued as a
written leaflet distributed in mosques in Baghdad, ad-Durah, al-Bayya‘,
al-A‘zamiyah, al-Latifiyah, al-Mansur, al-‘Amiriyah al-Gharbiyah,
al-Basrah, as-Samawah, al-Kut, as-Suwayrah and a number of other cities of
south, central, and northern Iraq.
In the communiqué the General Command of the Iraqi Islamic Resistance
proclaimed the beginning of clearly decisive operations against what it
called “the infidel occupiers.” The communiqué called the new offensive:
the Operations of the Children of Muhammad the Messenger of God to Break
the Back of God’s Enemies.
The communiqué said that “today, Wednesday, 16 Dhu al-Hijjah 1425H, the
equivalent of 26 January 2005 represents the beginning of the end of the
occupation and its ultimate collapse.” It said that the Resistance
fighters would “turn Iraq into a graveyard for the occupiers.”
The communiqué said: “We have prepared weapons, ammunition and men
sufficient to shake the earth under the feet of the occupiers. Leading us
is in this army of ours is Muhammad ibn ‘Abdallah the trustworthy
Messenger of God, may God’s peace and blessings be upon him. Leading them
is Bush, the infidel denier.”
“By God we will make the glory of the Community of Muhammad begin with
this day and this battle. By God for us it is victory or paradise, and
truly the morrow for him who seeks it is nigh. God is greatest! God is
greatest! God is greatest! Victory is but from God!”
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the communiqué
ordered all fighters, including those from al-Fallujah who had received
permission to take leave with their families for two days after having
pulled out of that city on 23 January, to return immediately to their
fighting units, within three hours after the issuance of the communiqué.
The communiqué concluded in the name of the General Command of the Armed
Iraqi Islamic Resistance and bore a seal resembling that of the Prophet
Muhammad, may God’s peace and blessings be upon him, a visual indication
to all the fighting organizations that the command is following the
directives, statements, and noble fighting practices of the Prophet
Iraqi Resistance attacks Australian forces s in Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded near an Australian patrol in Baghdad
on Tuesday night, wounding a number of Australian soldiers according to an
Australian military announcement. The announcement said that the attack
targeted an Australian armored vehicle.
Resistance forces also opened fire with weapons on Australian occupation
forces outside the Australian embassy, Mafkarat al-Islam reported
Wednesday night. The extent of casualties in the attack was unknown.
Resistance fighters attack US Humvee in Abu Ghurayb.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired an RPG7 rocket at a US Humvee in the Abu
Ghurayb area west of Baghdad on Wednesday, killing two US troops aboard
Resistance attacks American foot patrol in Abu Ghurayb.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and hand
grenades attacked a US foot patrol near the main public street in Abu
Ghurayb. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the attack left seven US
Resistance bomb kills three US troops in Abu Ghurayb.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb planted on Ibrahim Road in Abu Ghurayb
exploded and destroyed a US Bradley armored vehicle. The vehicle was
totally burned and three US troops aboard it were killed, Mafkarat
Resistance car bomb blasts US column on Airport Road.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded next to a US column as it drove
along Airport Road west of Baghdad Wednesday morning. Reuters said that
there were no immediate reports on losses.
Libyan leader appeals for release of hostage.
Libyan leader Mu‘ammar al-Qadhdhafi responded to an appeal issued by US
hostage Roy Hallums on Tuesday by urging the Iraqi Resistance organization
holding him to free their captive “in the name of Islam and the Arab
nation, and in accordance with the principle of clemency,” according to a
text of his appeal obtained by the Arabic satellite TV station al-Jazeera.
When he was captured during a Resistance attack on 1 November 2004,
Hallums was reportedly serving the American occupation as an employee of
the Saudi Arabian Trading and Contracting Co (SATCO) in Baghdad.
Resistance bombs five election centers.
Iraqi Resistance fighters blew up five puppet election centers in
al-Khalis, ad-Dulu‘iyah and the al-‘Alam area on Wednesday, al-Jazeera
satellite TV reported. The US seeks to impose a sham “election” on Iraq at
the end of January in the hopes of covering their occupation under a cloak
of fake “democracy.”
Resistance attacks target puppet election centers.
Iraqi Reistance fighters attacked Iraqi puppet police and a number of
collaborationist political parties in Ba‘qubah on Wednesday, killing one
officer in the puppet police and wounding eight others, al-Jazeera
satellite TV reported.
Resistance bomb targets puppet regime building.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in front of a puppet regime building
in Tikrit, killing one Iraqi and wounding two more, al-Jazeera satellite
TV reported Wednesday.
Resistance groups kidnaps election workers, promises more attacks.
The Iraqi Resistance group Mujahidu Ninwa the Mujahdeen of Nineveh
announced on a video tape broadcast over al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV on
Wednesday that they had abducted three Iraqis working for the so-called
Supreme Election Commission of Mosul that is overseeing the sham
“elections” that the Americans have planned for 30 January.
The video showed the three puppet employees seated in a room with
Resistance fighters pointing their weapons in their direction. The video
stated that the names of the abducted puppet employees are: ‘Abd al-Khaliq
Ahmad, Husayn Muhammad, and ‘Abd al-Bari Zaki. They work in an election
committee in Mosul.
The Mujahidu Ninwa promised to attack election stations and the voter
The US and its Iraqi stooges are intent on holding an election farce in
Iraq in the hopes that it will throw a think coat of “democratic”
camouflage over their occupation regime.
Resistance car bomb targets Kurdish chauvinist headquarters.
The puppet chairman of the municipal council of Sinjar in northern Iraq
announced that an Iraqi Resistance truck laden with explosives blew up
near the Sinjar headquarters of the Kurdish chauvinist collaborationist
Kurdistan Democratic Party in Ninwa Province, near the border with Syria.
The blast reportedly killed at least 15 persons and wounding 30 more.
Reuters reported that the al-Qa‘idah Organization in the Land of the Two
Rivers, led by Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi claimed responsibility for the attack
in an announcement published on the internet.
Resistance blows up US supply train west of Samarra’.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated a bomb under a train belonging to the US
occupation forces in the city of Samarra’. The correspondent of Mafkarat
al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that the train was loaded with a
large cargo of weapons, ammunition, and food supplies specially for the US
occupation troops. The bomb exploded under the train at 12 noon Wednesday,
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent, who was personally in the area of the
railroad at the time of the blast, said that two railway cars were
completely destroyed in the explosion and four others were derailed and
set ablaze, destroying their contents.
The correspondent said that a definite accounting of US casualties could
not yet be made but that he personally saw at least 12 American soldiers
bodies, all of whom were apparently riding on the train as guards. The
correspondent noted that other people of Asian origin, to judge by their
appearance, were killed in the bombing as well.
US helicopters hovered over the wreckage of the train as US ground forces
encircled the scene of the explosion, which lies 4km west of Samarra’.
Five British soldiers killed in Resistance bombing in al-Basrah.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated a bomb under a British military column
of three armored vehicles on al-Faw Street in downtown al-Basrah at 4:15pm
Wednesday, local time, destroying one of the vehicles and disabling a
second. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam, who got to the scene of
the attack fifteen minutes after it occurred, said that five British
soldiers were killed immediately, the head of one of them having been
completely blown off his body. Three other British troops were wounded.
The correspondent wrote that the ammunition and equipment that was packed
inside the vehicles contributed to the number of British casualties.