Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 29 September 2004 through Thursday, 30 September 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Wednesday, 29 September 2004.
For the first time since the US invasion: Resistance bombardment and assaults force US troops to evacuate base south of Baghdad. Local people swarm in to witness burned out remnants of defeated American hordes.
Iraqi forces pounded US troops in their base in base in the Ridwaniyat ad-Duwaylibah area of Mazra‘at ‘Uday south of Baghdad Wednesday morning inflicting such severe casualties on the Americans that for the first time since the US invasion of Iraq, the US troops totally evacuated their base.
The Americans left behind numerous dead as well as smashed cars and armored vehicles. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the area visited the inside of the reclaimed US base with the first wave of local people to visit the facility – a visit that took place at exactly 6:45pm Wednesday night – only fifteen minutes after the last American soldier vacated the premises.
The correspondent saw 14 Humvees abalaze inside the camp, with nothing left of them except their wrecked chassis. Four amphibious armored vehicles were also completely on fire. The correspondent also saw the Americans’ tents that had been reduced to ashes by the flame.
The correspondent wrote that it appeared that the US base had been shelled by some sort of chemical weapons, since a green tint was noticeable on the ground in the area of the camp. This was a sign that a chemical warhead had been used, as was previously noted in attacks on the al-Hadbah camp and in Mosul and ar-Ramadi that were hit by Resistance chemical shells some months ago.
Later an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom bomber detonated himself amidst the fleeing Americans inflicting further damage on them. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported three US amphibious armored vehicles were driving away carrying crowds of US troops on the ad-Duwaylibah - Sadr al-Yusufiyah road when the booby-trapped car drove into them, killing at least 15 Americans – a number likely to rise.
Fifteen US Marines killed in ferocious battle in al-Qa’im Wednesday night.
Iraqi Resistance forces battled US troops in violent combat that reached its most ferocious between 6:45pm and 7:20pm Wednesday night in the city of al-Qa’im on the border with Syria. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the US forces made of 20 Marine Abrams tanks, and that three Resistance fighters were martyred in the course of the fighting. Two Resistance pickup trucks were also destroyed in the fighting. Three US tanks were destroyed and one other disabled after Resistance forces fired SBG-9 and C5K rockets at the Americans. Fifteen US Marines were killed in the bloody battle.
Resistance shoots down Black Hawk helicopter.
Iraqi Resistance fighters in al-Qa’im shot down a US Black Hawk helicopter near the phosphate works in the area near the Syrian-Iraqi border. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Qa’im reported that the Resistance shot down the helicopter using a C5K roclet at about 7:00am Wednesday local time.
Large-scale Resistance ambush in al-Qa’im leaves 12 Marines dead.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Qa’im on the border with Syria reported that a joint US Marine-Iraqi puppet “rapid deployment force” patrol made up of three Humvees and two puppet police cars struck Iraqi Resistance bombs and then was attacked by Resistance fighters firing rocket-propelled grenades and BKCs at 8:00am local time near the highway leading to the al-Walid complex on the border in al-Qa’im city.
There were apparently about 50 Iraqi Resistance fighters taking part in the attack. The Resistance totally crushed the occupation troop force, destroying all the vehicles and killing 12 Marines and 14 of the Iraqi puppet troops.
The correspondent reported local people as saying that they saw the Iraqi Resistance fighters moving the bodies of the dead in order to seize their weapons. They then drove off.
US soldier killed in Resistance bombing near al-Khalidiyah Wednesday morning.
One US soldier was killed and three others wounded when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded, disabling their Humvee in the as-Sadiqiyah area west of al-Khalidiyah, at 11:30am Wednesday according to the al-Khalidiyah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
Resistance bomb targets US vehicles in al-Khalidiyah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb disabled a US tank at about 1:00pm Wednesday afternoon near the large al-Khalidiyah mosque.
Resistance fighters die when bomb explodes prematurely.
Three Iraqi Resistance fighters died in the city of al-Khalidiyah at about 3:30pm Wednesday afternoon when a bomb they were attempting to plant in the path of US troops exploded, according to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the city.
Four US troops killed in two afternoon ambushes in al-Khalidiyah.
The al-Khalidiyah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that two Humvees were destroyed and two US soldiers killed and four others wounded in an Iraqi Resistance attack in al-Madiq near al-Khalidiyah at 3:00pm Wednesday afternoon.
The Resistance launched a second attack in the al-Hasibah ash-Sharqiyah area near al-Khalidiyah at 4:00pm local time killing two soldiers, wounding four others and destroying one Humvee.
US troops mass outside of al-Fallujah at 12:00 noon on Wednesday.
The US aggressors reportedly were massing their forces to the north and south-east of al-Fallujah early Wednesday afternoon according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the city. US Bradley armored vehicles and Abrams tanks as well as Humvees were seen gathering in large numbers to the north of al-Fallujah adjacent to the al-Jurayfi and ash-Shukr neighborhoods, and to the south across from the al-Ma‘arid (“Fair Grounds”) area. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in a dispatch posted at 1:40pm Mecca time reported that the US troops began coming together at around 12:00 noon local time.
Two US troops killed in morning ambush in ar-Ramadi.
Two US troops were killed when Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US command post on the ar-Ramadi bridge leading to the Presidential Palace, which the US troops have taken as their headquarters in the city. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a US Marine patrol came under fire from Iraqi sharpshooters at 8:00am local time Wednesday morning, leaving two Marines dead, one a machine gunner.
Four US troops killed in bomb attack in western Iraq Wednesday night.
Iraqi Resistance forces planted two bombs in the path of a US Marine column of six Humvees near ar-Rabtah. The two blasts, that took place at 8:10pm local time destroyed two Humvees, each one equipped with a 140mm cannon and a laser screen. Four US troops were killed and three others wounded in the attacks.
After midnight: Strange US activities reported in Baghdad.
In a dispatch posted at 1:38am Thursday morning Mecca time the Baghdad correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US troops and their stooges in the Iraqi puppet army had begun behaving in an unnatural manner. The aggressor troops began smashing commercial store fronts in the al-Karakh district of Baghdad, busting down doors of residential apartments and stealing any items of value they find.
A number of children who had recently been arrested and released were now re-arrested (not including the youngsters who were released just yesterday, however). A number of doormen of residential apartment buildings have also been arrested, particularly those who are Egyptian and Sudanese citizens.
Young men belonging to Syrian families that had fled to Iraq from Syria in Saddam Hussein’s time for political reasons, have also been arrested.
US bulldozers have also crushed sacks of flour in the city square on the grounds that there might be weapons hidden inside. The US troops have also attacked and destroyed telephone booths and electric boxes, claiming that there are sometimes hidden rooms behind them.
The Americans and their stooges have also begun destroying numerous private cars that were parked in the roads and in front of houses and other buildings, claiming that they might contain weapons.
Among the most strange activities of the Americans and their Iraqi stooge forces has been their raid on the ash-Shaykh Ma‘ruf cemetery, where they also say they are searching for arms.
Four US troops killed in attempted storming of Hayfa Street in Baghdad.
US forces attempted to storm Hayfa Street in Baghdad at 6:00am on Wednesday morning, supported by the Badr Brigades Shi‘i chauvinist collaborationist militia. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah militiamen were supporting the US effort to storm into houses on the street in search of young people.
Meanwhile Iraqi Resistance forces attacked US forces and their stooges from behind with mortars, killing four US troops. Two Humvees were destroyed and one armored vehicle disabled.
Fierce fighting on Hayfa Street.
In a dispatch posted at 12:55pm Mecca time Wednesday, the Baghdad correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that fierce fighting broke out on Hayfa Street around noon on Wednesday and that US forces were trying to conceal their losses in the fighting by imposing a total blockade of the district.
In a dispatch posted at 3:25pm Mecca time, the correspondent reported that the Resistance had destroyed a Bradley armored vehicle in the fighting on Hayfa Street and that powerful blasts were heard at 1:30pm local time from behind the US lines, after Resistance reinforcements arrived to try to break through the US siege of the area. The Resistance used 60mm and 120mm mortars in their attacks.
Evening battles on Hayfa Street.
In a dispatch posted at 10:30pm Mecca time Wednesday night, the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a group of Iraqi puppet intelligence officers and puppet so-called “national guardsmen” tried to mount an ambush of Resistance fighters on Hayfa Street in al-Karakh district of Baghdad but the Resistance fought back and a fierce battle erupted that lasted from 7:30pm to 8:10pm local time Wednesday night. Resistance fighters fired anti-personnel rocket-propelled grenades (RPG-7s) (al-Mihdad), as well as BKCs.
The battle left more than eight puppet national guardsmen and Iraqi intelligence men dead and two cars ablaze – the first a red Opel 1991 model and the second a 2001 Mercedes.
Resistance attacks food convoy south of Baghdad early Wednesday.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a food supply convoy bringing provisions to US troops on the highway between al-Yusufiyah and ar-Ridwaniyah at 7:30am Wednesday morning. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance fired C5K rockets at the column setting a white Mercedes truck ablaze and killing two men who were aboard it. They were believed to be foreign workers serving the occupation.
US soldier killed in ambush in Baghdad.
Ten Iraqi puppet troops and one US soldier were killed when a US troop carrier transporting puppet forces was destroyed on the highway in the ash-Shu‘lah area of Baghdad. The Baghdad correspondent of Mafarat al-Islam reported that the US column of five Humvees and a US troop carrier carrying Iraqi puppet troops (but with a US driver) was hit directly by Resistance fire and destroyed at about 9:00am Wednesday. Two explosives blew up under the vehicle sending bodies flying as far as 12 meters away.
Resistance bombardments Wednesday.
Iraqi Resistance forces pounded the US camp in the Presidential Palace and the Agricultural College in ar-Ramadi with two powerful Grad rockets. The ar-Ramadi correspondent of Mafarat al-Islam reported that the attack took place at 5:00am local time and that US troops responded by closing off the highway in the area.
At about 6:00am Wednesday morning, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two powerful Tariq rockets into the US base at the Balad airport north of Baghdad.
At about 7:00am Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Katyusha rockets at the US-Iraqi puppet “rapid deployment force” base north of Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 120mm mortar rounds into the puppet so-called interior ministry building at 8:30am Wednesday morning local time.
At about the same time Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets into the puppet so-called ministry of petroleum and the puppet ministry of the environment. About half an hour later four Katyusha rockets blasted into the puppet police academy in Baghdad.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the public security building near the Qanat al-Jaysh (military canal dug by the Iraqi Army in 1967) in Baghdad al-Jadidah came under several attacks. The first shells crashed into the building at 6:00am. They were followed by other rockets at 7:00am in a barrage that lasted until 8:30. During that time some 18 mortar shells of 120mm caliber slammed into the facility.
Saddam International Airport was hit by two powerful Tariq rockets at about 8:30am Wednesday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired two powerful Grad rockets at the joint US-Iraqi puppet base in as-Suqur south of Baghdad at 11:00am Wednesday.
Five powerful Grad rockets blasted into the US base in the Ridwaniyat ad-Duwaylibah area of Mazra‘at ‘Uday south of Baghdad Wednesday morning. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that thick black smoke rose over the area and several US military vehicles were set ablaze at about 8:30am local time. Four Cobra helicopters prowled the skies over the attack zone as US armored vehicles closed all roads in all directions to the area. Local people reported to the Mafkarat al-Islam corresponent that the heard an intense scream from within the camp after the rockets had stopped exploding.
Three Congress rockets slammed into the “green zone” at about 12:00 noon on Wednesday. The Congress is a 290cm long rocket known for its efficiency in dealing with buildings and armored targets. The Iraqi government obtained these weapons six months before the US invasion in spring 2003.
The US base in the military academy in southeast Baghdad’s ar-Rustamiyah district was struck by seven 120mm mortar rounds at 11:00am Wednesday morning Baghdad time.
The US-Iraqi puppet base in as-Suqur was struck by seven 120mm mortar rounds at about 1:00pm Wednesday afternoon.
The Resistance attacked the “green zone” at about 7:00pm Wednesday evening with ten 82mm mortar rounds.
Then at around 9:00pm the Resistance fired a powerful Tariq rocket at the “green zone” setting off warning sirens inside the American compound.
The joint US-Iraqi puppet base at as-Suqur was struck by seven Katyusha rockets at about 9:00pm local time.
The former headquarters of the Iraqi Intelligence Service in al-Kazimiyah in Baghdad, which is now occupied by US forces and the new Iraqi puppet intelligence service, was bombarded at about 6:00pm local time by ten 82mm mortar rounds.
The US base at the al-Muthanna airfield in Baghdad was pounded by seven 82mm mortar rounds at about 7:00pm local time Wednesday evening.
The ar-Ramadi correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Resistance forces bombarded the Presidential Palace in ar-Ramadi – a facility now occupied by US troops – with three powerful Tariq rockets at 9:00pm local time, sending bright flames flashing into the sky.
The US base in the Balad area north of Baghdad was struck by five CET rockets setting off massive explosions at 8:00pm local time Wednesday night.
At 11:15pm Wednesday night three 120mm mortar rounds crashed into the US base in the ar-Rusafah area of Baghdad.
At 11:50pm Wednesday night, three Katyusha rockets struck the US airbase in al-Muthanna in Baghdad.
At 12:05am Thursday morning, the US base in as-Suqur was struck by three Katyusha rockets.
At 12:10am Thursday morning, the “green zone” was struck by a powerful Tariq rocket, setting off the warning sirens in the area.
Resistance martyrdom attack destroys three armored vehicles.
At about 6:30am Wednesday morning, an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom bomber blew himself up next to a US column of five Bradley armored vehicles as they passed along the highway near al-Latifiyah early Wednesday. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the blast totally destroyed three Bradleys. The US vehicles were on their way to support other troops in battle south of al-Latifiyah.
Three US Marines killed in Resistance attack on al-Latifiyah Wednesday afternoon.
Three US Marines were killed when Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US column of Humvees and Bradley armored vehicles in the al-Latifiyah area at about 5:00pm local time. One Humvee was destroyed and one Bradley disabled.
Two US troops killed in ambush in al-Ghazaliyah.
At least two US troops were killed when the Iraqi Resistance attacked a US fuel and provisions supply confoy at 4:45pm Wednesday afternoon in al-Ghazaliyah, west of Baghdad. The local Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that Resistance forces attacked with rocket-propelled grenades (RPG-7s) destroying one fuel tanker truck and killing two soldiers.
Resistance Grad rocket sets off warning sirens in “green zone.”
Warning sirens sounded in the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace in Baghdad – what the US invaders have dubbed the “green zone,” on Wednesday morning when a rocket crashed into the compound. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Baghdad reported that a Grad rocket struck the “green zone” at 5:30am local time.
Four puppet soldiers killed near Abu Ghurayb Wednesday afternoon.
Four Iraqi puppet troops were killed when Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a joint US-Iraqi puppet troop patrol in Abu Ghurayb. The Resistance fighters fired rocet-propelled grenade (RPG-7) and BKC rockets at the aggressor troops when they attacked at about 5:00pm Wednesday afternoon. The attack destroyed two Iraqi puppet army vehcicles – one white Nissan and one green Mitsubishi.
Resistance bomb near Baghdad kills three US troops.
The Baghdad correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb blew up under a joint US-Iraqi puppet “national guard” patrol in the az-Za‘faraniyah area near the old Diyala Bridge at 8:45pm local time Wednesday evening. The bomb was made of heavy, black Austrian explosives. One US Humvee was destroyed and three US troops killed. A camouflaged Nissan pickup truck was also destroyed in the blast.
Fighting reported in al-Latifiyah.
Four Marines and seven Iraqi puppet troops were killed in battles in al-Latifiyah. The Baghdad correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the fighting broke out at about 12:00 noon local time and lasted until about 1:30pm. US forces backed by Iraqi puppet troops with Abrams tanks set out to storm houses in the area of the al-Jannabat tribe, but Resistance fighters attacked them with rocket-propelled grenades and C5Ks as well as Dimitrov machine guns. Four US Marines were killed and one troop transport vehicle disabled. Two green Mitsubishi pickup trucks belonging to the Iraqi puppet forces were set ablaze by Resistance fire as was a white Iraqi troop transport vehicle, a 2-tonne Kia.
Bomb attack targets US armored vehicle in Salman Bak.
At 11:30pm Wednesday night, an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Bradley armored vehicle in the city of Salman Bak. The bomb attack was followed up by a Resistance ambush in which the fighters fired C5K rockets destroying the armored vehicle totally.
Two US troops killed in ambush in al-‘Amil neighborhood of Baghdad.
Resistance forces also attacked a US patrol in the al-‘Amil neighborhood on the road leading to Saddam International Airport at 11:50pm local time with one C5K rocket, totally destroying a Humvee and killing two US troops and wounding three others.
Car bombing reported in Ba‘qubah.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in Ba‘qubah on Wednesday. No further details were immediately available to Mafkarat al-Islam, which reported the incident in a dispatch posted at 1:10pm Mecca time.
Four US troops killed in rocket attack south of Baghdad.
Four US troops were killed when an Iraqi Resistance attack destroyed a US barracks south of Baghdad. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance fired a CET rocket at the US command post, totally destroying the building and killing four troops at about 10:00am local time Wednesday morning. The command post was located 20km from the at-Tallah headquarters of the Central Command south of Baghdad.
Five American soldiers killed in nighttime ambush on road to al-Kut.
At 9:10pm Wednesday night local time The Iraqi Resistance attacked a US provisions convoy that was on its way to al-Kut. The Resistance fired rocket-propelled grenades (RPG-7s) and C5K rockets, destroying one military supply truck and one troop transport vehicle loaded with equipment. A Humvee was also destroyed in the attack. Five US troops were killed in the attack.
Two US intelligence agents killed in ambush in ad-Durah.
Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed a joint US-Peshmergah Kurdish chauvinist column on the highway near ad-Durah, south of Baghdad. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Resistance bombs exploded under the column of gold-colored armored GMCs, used by US intelligence forces, and two yellow GMCs (with no armor) used by the intelligence forces of the Peshmergah. The Resistance then fired on the cars using rocket-propelled grenades, destroying one US intelligence vehicle and killing two intelligence agents. One Peshmergah vehicle was also destroyed and five of them killed.
Resistance hits US Marine patrol in Sadr al-Yusufiyah area.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked five armored vehicles with Marines aboard in the Sadr al-Yusufiyah area south of Baghdad, disabling one of the vehicles, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
Resistance attacks US force in at-Taji.
Iraqi Resistance forces in at-Taji north of Baghdad observed a GMC vehicle escorted by four Humvees entering the area around midday Wednesday. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance detonated bombs under the cars and then attacked with rocket-propelled grenades, setting the armored vehicle on fire, destroying one Humvee and disabling another.
Resistance bomb in at-Taji destroys armored vehicle completely.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in at-Taji city reported that a Resistance bomb of heavy, black Austrian explosive blew up under a US patrol made up of an armored vehicle and four Humvees at 8:30pm local time, destroying one US armored vehicle completely.
Major Resistance attack in Ba‘qubah Wednesday night.
Iraqi Resistance forces carried out a guerrilla attack in the city of Ba‘qubah, blowing up a car bomb in the path of a US patrol made up of six Humvees and five US troop carriers transporting American soldiers. The local correspondent of Makfarat al-Islam reported that the operation took place at 9:00pm Wednesday night local time and left four Humvees and one troop transport vehicle destroyed. The correspondent noted that at least 30 US troops were killed in the attack.
Resistance ambush hits US patrol in Ba‘qubah at 10:00pm Wednesday night.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US patrol consisting of three Bradley armored vehicles in the Khan Bani Sa‘d area near the city of Ba‘qubah at 10:00pm local time. The local correspondent of Makfarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance attacked the US forces with SBG-9s, disabling two armored vehicles.
Immediately after the attack, two US helicopters – a Chinook and a Black Hawk - arrived. The Chinook’s job was to transport the wounded and the US vehicles out of the scene of the attack. The Black Hawk was there to provide cover. Resistance forces opened fire on the Chinook, striking it and setting it on fire, forcing it to make an emergency landing nearby.
Resistance pounds US bases in occupied Presidential facilities in Tikrit.
US forces in occupied Tikrit came under an Iraqi Resistnace barrage that targeted three positions used by the Americans as bases in the area. The first two are Iraqi Presidential Palaces in Tikrit, north and south of the Tigris River, and the third the former private airport of the President of Iraq east of the al-Huwayjah village near the al-Jazirah and ad-Dubba‘iyah areas. The Resistance bombardments lasted between 12:10 and 12:20am just after midnight on Thursday morning, local time. Four powerful Tariq rockets struck the airport, and the northern Presidential Palace was hit by twenty 120mm mortar rounds. The southern Presidential Palace was hit by two Grad rockets and 12 mortar rounds.
Resistance hits US intelligence-Peshmergah patrol in Mosul.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a patrol of US intelligence officers that was being supported by the Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah militia in Mosul at 8:00am Wednesday morning according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. The US intelligence men were driving GMC vehicles and the Peshmergah were riding in two Mitsubishi vehicles. Resistance fighters attacked with BKCs, disabling two Peshmergah cars.
Resistance hits US tanks in Samarra’.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked three Abrams tanks early Wednesday morning in Samarra’ with rocket-propelled grenades, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in that city.
Blast shakes an-Nasiriyah.
A powerful explosion shook the southern city of an-Nasiriyah Wednesday morning. Afterwards, US aircraft crisscrossed the area of the industrial zone of the city to the north of an-Nasiriyah in large numbers and at low altitude.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam also commented that international media reports that western forces had found an arms cache in the city were not exactly accurate. The weapons were found outside of the city and belonged to the Sayyid Dakhil tribes known for their highway robbing activities. The weapons were found during clashes they had with the puppet police and puppet so-called national guard.
Five Iraqi puppet intelligence officers killed in al-Basrah area.
Five members of the Iraqi puppet intelligence service were killed in an Iraqi Resistance ambush on their car as it traveled along the road to al-Qurnah north of al-Basrah. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance attacked the Nissan pickup truck at 1:00pm local time. A group called the Brigades of al-Faruq claimed responsibility for the attack.
Thursday, 30 September 2004.
Resistance attack devastates meeting of top US occupation commanders with leading collaborationist tribes. 25 Americans, 27 Iraqi puppet troops said killed in massive blast.
At least 25 US troops and 27 Iraqi puppet “national guardsmen” and puppet policemen were killed in a massive car bombing that targeted a secret meeting of the occupation forces’ command with leaders of collaborationist tribes in Abu Ghurayb. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a Russian-built Zil blew up in a massive explosion in the area where the secret meeting was under way between an Abu Ghurayb complex building and a building belonging to the puppet “national guard” (“ACBC”) set up and run by the US aggressors.
Forty US and Iraqi puppet troops backed by 10 Humvees and six Bradley armored vehicles were guarding the place where the meeting was behing held.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the car, believed to be carrying about 2 tonnes of explosives, destroyed the two buildings, making it likely that the US commanders and collaborationist tribal leaders were all killed, since none of them came out before the massive explosion occurred.
Body parts of the dead were strewn over a wide area around the site of the massive explosion. One member of the Iraqi puppet forces estimated the number of dead at 25 Americans and 27 Iraqi puppet troops.
According to the correspondent, some sources report that the explosives used in the blast came from ordnance that had been unfit for use, but that the Resistance had managed to modify it to work.
In addition to the target buildings, several local buildings were also affected. Prior to the blast, however, the Resistance warned people in the area to leave their homes, particularly since the area in the proximity of US and Iraqi puppet facilities is a permanent target area for the Resistance.
The operation demonstrates that the Resistance has succeeded in penetrating the Iraqi puppet security apparatus, as the Resistance was able to pinpoint the exact time and place of the meeting despite the thick veil of secrecy that enveloped it.
Massive double car bombing kills 39 Americans including CIA agents.
Twenty-one Americans were killed around noon on Thursday when an explosives-laden Opel car detonated in the midst of a column of US troops on the highway to Saddam International Airport opposite the al-‘Amil neighborhood to the east and the Ibn Taymiyah Mosque to the west.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the American column had been made up of GMC cars, of the type used by the American intelligence agencies, which were being escorted and guarded by several Bradley armored vehicles and Humvees.
The massive car bomb killed 21 Americans when it blew one Bradley, three of the GMCs, and three of the Humvees to pieces.
Then as the Americans were putting the remains of their dead in plastic bags, a black car appeared on the scene in the midst of the troops and violently exploded killing 18 more Americans and destroying two Bradley armored vehicles and two Humvees.
In his dispatch posted at 2:45pm local time (1:45pm Mecca time) the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam wrote that the Americans had encircled the area amidst fears that a third bombing might occur. Three Apache helicopters were patrolling the skies above the area of the attack, combing the district for potential targets.
A CIA helicopter that the Iraqis call a “Ghazal” landed snipers on high buildings in the area dressed in civilian attire and equipped with sniper shells.
In a report posted at 3:45pm Mecca time (4:45pm Baghdad time) the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent wrote that fierce fighting had broken out in the agricultural area between Abu Ghurayb and al-Karmah after the double car bombing in the area on Thursday.
Details on children’s deaths in the al-‘Amil bombings.
A Resistance organization has placed the onus for the deaths of 25 Iraqis, including 21 children, on Thursday upon their families who failed to respond to repeated warnings by the Resistance.
Leaflets circulated in al-‘Amil before sunset Thursday that blamed the families in the area for the deaths of their children who by chance were in the vicinity of the American column when it was targeted by two Iraqi Resistance martyrdom bombers, killing some 40 US troops.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent, who visited the scene of the attack immediately afterwards and spoke with local residents, confirms that the US forces for some three weeks had been accustomed to using local children as human shields. They would throw out cheap candies, sports balls, and extremely cheap tee-shirts as they passed through the area in order to attract the children to the military vehicles whenever they came through the area. Today they did the same thing, as has become their practice, and as a result a large number of children gathered around the US Humvees and armored vehicles that had come in for an American celebration of the reopening of a heavy water treatment facility that had been build by the Iraqi government under President Saddam Hussein, but wrecked by the US invasion.
Further evidence that this is true came from an American Associated Press (AP) report that quoted a 12-year-old boy, ‘Abd ar-Rahman Dawud in hospital after being injured in the blast, as saying, “the Americans called us, they told us, ‘Come here, come here,’ asking us if we wanted sweets. We went beside them, then a car exploded.”
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the Iraqi Resistance had been warning civilians for more than a year against approaching the US troops, because the latter are always a legitimate target of the Resistance. But in particular, for the last three weeks the Resistance in the area had been particularly reiterating these warnings to local people since families were not heeding the Resistance instructions and were allowing the Americans to make use of their children as shields.
The urgings of the Resistance took various forms. Warnings were issued in local mosques. Leaflets were circulated among passers by in the street and were posted on walls. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent learned that starting Wednesday the Resistance made another concerted effort to warn the local people once again not to expose their loved ones to danger by permitting them to approach groups of US troops. Again leaflets were circulated and instructions given to preachers in mosques to implore the people not to approach the US forces.
Of course the Resistance could not specify the time and place that the attack would take place, the correspondent noted.
Many local residents now regret ignoring the warnings of the resistance. Some tell of a tall, slender stranger who vigorously scolded the children for getting near the Americans just a half an hour before the blast. Other witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the driver of the first martyrdom attack car was obviously shocked to see the children on the scene, and he therefore started firing warning shots quickly into the air but the incident happened so fast that few had time to react before the blasts took the lives of at least 39 US troops in addition to the 21 children, two mothers and a youth who was hanging around the children, and one man who had a heart attack as a result of the shock of the blast.
Informed sources also told Mafkarat al-Islam that an American general was to attend the celebration about the water station, but was saved by virtue of the fact that he was late for the ceremony.
This was not the first use of human shields by US forces in Iraq. Just several days ago US troops on Hayfa Street in Baghdad. American forces were retreating out of the district with Resistance forces in pursuit until they reached the area near the so-called “green zone” when a US officer kidnapped a child of seven and threatened to kill him if the Resistance fighters approached any closer. When the fighters failed to respond quickly to his threat, the American officer killed the child in the car he was driving.
In addition the US troops have taken to capturing and interrogating small children on a regular basis in an effort to gather intelligence on the Resistance fighters.
The Zionists also have widely used local people as human shields in their wars against the Palestinian and other Arab people, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent noted.
Twenty US and Iraqi puppet troops reported killed in Resistance car bombing of US base in Tal‘afar.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that eyewitnesses related how an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded inside a US camp in the Tal‘afar area on the Iraqi-Syrian border, killing a number of US and Iraqi puppet troops.
The witnesses said that a group of Resistance fighters mounted an attack at the southern gate to the US military base, firing Dimitrov machineguns from a car. Three men then got out of the car and fired BKC automatic weapons as they continued the attack on the gate.
At this time an explosives-laden Opel car burst through the gate and drove more than 200 meters into the camp where it exploded in a thunderous blast.
The correspondent reported that sources among the Iraqi puppet troops reported that the blast killed more than 20 American and Iraqi puppet soldiers.
Thirteen American troops and three Iraqi Resistance fighters killed in combat in al-Qa’im Thursday evening.
Three Iraqi Resistance fighters were killed in battle with US forces in al-Qa’im on the Syrian-Iraqi border. Local eyewitnesses reported that at least 13 Americans, however, were also killed in the combat that took place at 6:30pm Thursday. The al-Qa’im correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Resistance forces attacked a US column of three Bradley armored vehicles and six Humvees.
Two armored vehicles were destroyed and the third disabled. But it appears that the Resistance forces were slow in getting out of the area and three American Cobra helicopters appeared and attacked the Resistance fighters, killing three of them and destroying two of their cars.
Resistance knocks out US patrol, US shoots six Iraqi civilians dead in revenge.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Qa’im reported that Iraqi Resistance forces planted bombs and detonated them in the path of a US patrol. Immediately afterwards, they attacked the patrol with rocket-propelled grenades (RPG-7s) and SBG9s. The attack occurred at about 5:30pm local time and left one armored vehicle and two Humvees destroyed. Eyewitnesses reported in the area that seven Marines were killed in the attack.
As usual, American forces took revenge on the local population. Two Apache helicopters attacked Iraqi civilians in al-Qa’im after the ambush, firing indiscriminately, and killing three children, one youth, and two women. Ten other citizens were wounded in the wild American gunfire.
Six civilians killed in US bombardment of al-Fallujah Thursday morning.
Six residents of al-Fallujah were killed when US forces bombed a house in the ad-Dubbat neighborhood in the city, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. In all, four houses were struck in the savage American raid, some of them half demolished or partly demolished
Two women, two youths, a man, and a small child were killed in the bombing, according to the correspondent, who wrote that their bodies had been torn limb from limb by the force of the US bombs.
American tank blasts six family members to death near as-Saqlawiyah early Thursday.
A US tank on the as-Saqlawiyah road northwest of al-Fallujah opened fire on a private car carrying five children, a mother and father at 6:00am local time Thursday. All five children and the mother were killed in the blast, the father was critically injured.
Resistance bomb kills US soldier west of Baghdad early Tuesday.
One US soldier was killed when an Iraqi Resistance bomb went off under the Humvee he was driving in the al-Madiq area west of Baghdad at about 2:00am Thursday morning, local time. The Humvee was disabled by the blast, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
Iraqi Resistance bombardments on Thursday.
Iraqi Resistance forces in al-Latifiyah attacked a fixed US command post on the International Highway with six mortar rounds at exactly 8:20am local time Thursday morning.
Two Katyusha rockets slammed into the puppet so-called “ministry of the interior” on Thursday morning.
The occupation headquarters in Iraq in the Republican Palace in Baghdad – referred to by the US invaders as the “green zone” came under repeated barrages on Thursday. A powerful Grad rocket struck the “green zone” at 8:10am local time. A second Grad rocket slammed into the high-security compound at 11:00am Thursday morning. Warning sirens wailed as a result of the attacks.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked the “Peace Palace” [Qasr as-Salam”] near the so-called “green zone” and the Eagles Square [Sahat an-Nusur] with two powerful Tariq rockets at exactly 8:50am local time.
Meanwhile, the Resistance struck a US command post on the approaches to the southern entrance to Saddam International Airport with a Grad rocket at 8:00am, setting the position ablaze.
Saddam International Airport itself was struck by a Grad rocket that targeted Chinook helicopters parked on the tarmac. Columns of smoke could be seen rising from the scene.
Resistance forces pounded al-Muthanna airfield with 120mm mortar rounds on Thursday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets at the US-occupied airport at Ba‘qubah at 11:10am local time Thursday morning.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance fired two Tariq rockets at 2:00pm local time over the headquarters of the central district in al-Muthanna airfield in Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired 12 Katyusha rockets into Saddam International airport producing clouds of thick smoke around midday.
Ninve Katyusha rockets slammed into the so-called “green zone” around midday Thursday.
The US base in Ba‘qubah was struck by two powerful Tariq rockets at exactly 3:00pm local time Thursday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired a Tariq rocket into Saddam International Airport at 4:45pm Thursday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into US-occupied airport at Ba‘qubah at 5:45pm Thursday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired an intensive barrage of at least 15 heavy 120mm mortar rounds into the joint US-Iraqi puppet base in at-Taji north of Baghdad at 7:30pm Thursday night.
At 10:00pm Thursday evening the Resistance fired two Katyusha rockets, and six 82mm mortar rounds into the US airstrip base at al-Muthanna in Baghdad.
A US camp that formerly was used by the Iraqi Intelligence service came under an intense Iraqi Resistance bombardment at 10:45pm Thursday night. Resistance forces fired ten 120mm mortar rounds and eighteen 82mm mortar rounds on the US-occupied facility.
At least one Resistance rocket slammed into the joint US-Iraqi “national guard” camp in al-A‘zamiyah in Baghdad Thursday evening.
Saddam International Airport was attacked at midnight Thursday-Friday local time with a powerful Tariq rocket.
At midnight Thursday-Friday local time a powerful Grad rocket slammed into the ar-Rashid hotel in Baghdad, setting off warning sirens in the area as US helicopters took to the sky over the facility which is home to US commanders and mercenaries.
US attempt to story Hayfa Street repulsed by Resistance Thursday night.
A joint US-Iraqi puppet police and puppet “national guard” force attempted to storm into Hayfa Street in Baghdad’s al-Karakh district at about 10:10pm Thursday night. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance threw back the aggressor attack, disabling one armored vehicle in the process. The attackers then pulled back. The correspondent wrote that after the engagement, US forces began to open fire indiscriminately on Iraqi civilians, killing two Iraqis who were in a green Opel car. Their car was also totally destroyed in the senseless American gunfire.
Resistance bombs target Iraqi puppet “national guard” patrol south of Baghdad.
Two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the path of a puppet Iraqi “national guard” patrol made up of three Mitsubishi pickup trucks at 1:20pm local time. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the two blasts that took place on the southern approaches to Baghdad destroyed one of the three pickups.
Fighting erupts in Madinat as-Sadr.
In a report posted at 4:45pm local time (3:45pm Mecca time) the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that battles had erupted in the Madinat as-Sadr section of Baghdad. At that time, US forces had begun to try to encircle the district.
Two US soldiers killed in bombing near ad-Durah refinery Thursday.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that south of Baghdad an Iraqi Resistance bomb blew up as a US column was passing near the ad-Durah oil refinery, killing two US soldiers and wounding one other. The Humvee in which they were riding was destroyed.
US soldier killed in ambush near al-Ghazaliyah.
In a dispatch posted at 3:10pm Mecca time (4:10pm local time) Thursday afternoon Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces in al-Ghazaliyah south of Baghdad attacked a US column at 2:15 local time. The American column consisted of Humvees and was escorting supply trucks bringing provisions to the US forces. One supply truck was destroyed in the attack and another disabled. One US soldier was killed.
US military truck destroyed, driver killed in al-Ghazaliyah.
In a report posted at 2:05pm local time (1:05pm Mecca time), Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the driver of a US supply truck was killed when Iraqi Resistance forces when they fired rocket-propelled grenades at his truck, in the al-Ghazaliyah area destroying it.
Three US troops killed, four injured in ambush Thursday night in al-Ghazaliyah.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US supply convoy on the highway near al-Ghazaliyah at 7:15pm Thursday night. Resistance forces fired rocket-propelled grenades (RPG-7s) and C5Ks, destroying two military trucks and killing three US troops. Four other US troops were wounded in the ambush.
Three killed in ambush of US convoy Thursday night in ash-Shu‘lah district of Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance attacked a US convoy of provisions supply trucks and GMC Suburbans at 10:10pm Thursday night local time in the ash-Shu‘lah district of Baghdad. The Resistance fighters fired rocket-propelled grenades (RPG-7s), disabling one GMC and killing three of those aboard it. The Resistance also destroyed two trucks, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. The first truck was carrying a group of containers whose contents was unknown. The second carried military equipment. Three personsl were killed aboard the vehicles.
Seven US Marines killed in Abu Ghurayb combat.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Abu Ghurayb reported that fierce combat broke out between Iraqi Resistance forces and US troops at about 7:30pm Thursday evening west of Abu Ghurayb. Two armored Marine vehicles were destroyed and those aboard them killed. Another vehicle was damaged. Seven American troops are thought to have died in the fighting.
Resistance hits puppet “national guard” patrol Thursday night in Baghdad.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in Baghdad reported that Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a patrol of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” in al-A‘zamiyah opposite Saddam Hussein’s palace that is now used by the US military and the puppet “national guard” as a base. The Resistance fired rocket-propelled grenades (RPG-7s) at the patrol, destroying one Land Cruiser belonging to the puppet forces and killing two of the stooge troops.
Resistance shoots down Black Hawk in ar-Ridwaniyah Thursday afternoon.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in ad-Duwayliyah in ar-Ridwaniyah south of Baghdad reported that Iraqi Resistance forces had shot down a US Black Hawk helicopter with quadruple and double Dimitrovs. The helicopter was brought down instantly at 4:20pm local time Thursday afternoon.
Four American soldiers killed in ambush in ar-Ridwaniyah.
A US column consisting of fuel tank trucks and troop transport vehicles with an escort of Humvees was attacked by Iraqi Resistance forces firing C5Ks and rocket-propelled grenades. One Humvee, one fuel tanke, and one troop transport vehicle were destroyed and four US soldiers killed. The column was on its way to the US headquarters of the Central Command when it was struck in ar-Ridwaniyah, west of Baghdad, according to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
Resistance crushes US patrol early Thursday in ar-Ridwaniyah area.
More than 15 Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a US Marine column made up of four vehicles in the ar-Ridwaniyah Duwayliyah area at 5:30am Thursday morning, local time. Three vehicles were destroyed by Resitance rocket-propelled grenades and C5Ks and those who remained aboard the vehicles were then finished off by automatic weapons fire from BKCs. All who were aboard the fourth vehicle were killed except for one man who was captured according to some reports.
The Resistance fighters took the one intact Humvee with them, driving around Duwayliyah amidst the acclaim of the local people. The vehicle was then taken to al-Yusufiyah and set ablaze.
Resistance attacks US command post near ar-Ridwaniyah Thursday evening.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US command post on the International Highway in the ar-Ridwaniyah area at 6:25pm local time Thursday night. The Resistance fired C5K rockets disabling one armored vehicle and setting fire to the command post, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
Resistance hits C-131 aircraft over al-Yusufiyah.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces in al-Yusufiyah fired on a US C-131 aircraft at about 5:10pm Thursday evening. The Resistance fired a double-barrelled Dimitrov anti-aircraft weapon and C5K rockets at the aircraft, setting a fire aboard the aircraft and compelling it to make a forced landing at Saddam International Airport.
Four US troops killed in ambush in as-Sayyidiyah south Baghdad Thursday night.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US patrol of three Humvees in the as-Sayyidiyah area of south Baghdad at 11:15pm Thursday night local time. The bomb destroyed one Humvee. Four US troops were killed and one wounded in the bombing.
Three Americans killed in fighting in al-Ba‘id south of Baghdad.
Battle erupted between US forces and the Iraqi Resistance in the al-Ba‘id area south of Baghdad. Two Resistance vehicles were destroyed when a Black Hawk helicopter entered the battle at 11:35pm Thursday night local time. The Resistance for its part disabled one Humvee and killed three American troops, according to Mafkarat al-Islam.
Resistance disables armored vehicle in Diyala Thursday night.
Iraqi Resistance forces disabled a US Bradley armored vehicle in the city of Diyala north of Baghdad according to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the area. A Resistance bomb exploded under a patrol made up of three Humvees and two Bradley armored vehicles at 11:15pm Thursday night local time.
Resistance car bomb destroys two Marine vehicles on road to Jordan.
An Iraqi Resistance guerrilla fighter blew up an explosives laden Malibu car on the highway leading to the al-Qadisiyah complex on the Jordanian border as four US military vehicles were passing, two in each direction. The 3:00am blast destroyed two US Marine vehicles, reducing them to tangled wreckage, Mafkarat al-Islam reported.
Two US troops wounded, three puppet policemen killed in Baghdad ambush Thursday night.
Three Iraqi puppet policemen were killed on Thursday when Iraqi Resistance forces attacked their joint patrol with US military forces at 11:20pm. The attack took place in Baghdad al-Jadidah [New Baghdad] opposite the Qanat al-Jaysh [Army Canal]. Resistance fighters fired C5Ks and rocket-propelled grenades, disabling one Humvee and destroying a Land Cruiser belonging to the puppet police. Two US troops were wounded as were two Iraqi puppet policemen.
Six Iraqi puppet troops killed in ambush in al-Latifiyah.
An Iraqi puppet “national guard” patrol made up of three green Mitsubishi vehicles was attacked by the Iraqi Resistance in al-Latifiyah, destroying the first car. Resistance fighters fired rocket-propelled grenades on the first vehicle and damaged the second with a BKC. The third car fled from the scene. The al-Latifiyah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the attack left four puppet soldiers dead in the first vehicle and two dead in the second.
Resistance bombing disables Marine armored vehicle in al-Latifiyah.
In a report posted at 5:50pm Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US column of six amphibious armored vehicles belonging to the US Marines as it passed through al-Latifiyah. One vehicle was disabled in the explosions.
Three killed when Resistance attacks puppet “national guard” patrol in al-Latifiyah late Thursday night.
The al-Latifiyah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a patrol of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” backed by US Marine Bradley armored vehicles at 11:07pm local time. The Resistance fired SPG9s and C5Ks, disabling one Bradley and destroying one green Mitsubishi belonging to the Iraqi puppet forces. Three men aboard the vehicles were killed. In a dispatch posted at 12:55am local time Friday morning (11:55pm Thursday night Mecca time), the correspondent wrote that the battle was still underway.
Four Iraqi puppet troops killed in ambush near Ba‘qubah Thursday night.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under an Iraqi puppet security force patrol in the area known colloquially as “al-Luwalwa’ [i.e., al-Lu’lu’] near Ba‘qubah at 8:45pm Thursday night. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the blast destroyed one white Nissan Safari and killed three Iraqi puppet soldiers aboard it. Another Nissan truck was disabled, killing another Iraqi soldier in it.
Bomb kills four Marines, wounds five others near al-Hadithah early Thursday.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US Marine column made up of six Humvees and two Bradley armored vehicles in the ‘Anah area near al-Hadithah, west of Baghdad, destroying several of the vehicles. Residents of ‘Anah reported that the 5:15am blast destroyed two Humvees, killed four Marines and left five others wounded.
Six US troops killed in ambush of convoy going to al-Hadithah.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US supply convoy that was bringing provisions and supplies to the US base in al-Hadithah, 260km northwest of Baghdad. At 8:10pm Thursdday night local time the Resistance attacked the convoy in the al-Baghdadi area, destroying three Humvees. Resident eye witnesses told the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam that six US troops were killed and six others wounded in the attack.
The Resistance fighters also seized possession of the provisions, clothing, and some of the other civilian necessities that were being delivered to the Americans when they took possession of three 2004 Volvo supply trucks.
The three Asian truck drivers were taken prisoner.
Resistance storms puppet police station in Raw near al-Hadithah.
Iraqi Resistance forces stormed an Iraqi puppet police station in the Raw area near al-Hadithah. At 6:30pm local time the Resistance seized control of all the officers and men of the puppet force who were inside the station and led them outside. The Resistance then destroyed the police station building. The Resistance then released the captive puppet police station.
Two US troops killed in ambush near at-Taji.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in at-Taji reported Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US patrol made up of four Humvees was ambushed at 6:30pm local time Thursday night, destroying one Humvee and killing two and wounding two other US soldiers.
Resistance pounds US at-Taji base with 30 mortar rounds Thursday afternoon.
In a report posted at 5:50pm Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces had shelled the US base in at-Taji, north of Baghdad with an intensive barrage of nearly 30 heavy 120mm mortar shells at about 3:15pm local time Thursday afternoon.
Ten US troops and two tanks captured by the Iraqi Resistance in at-Tarimiyah.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a group of US troops concentrated north of Baghdad around the at-Tarimiyah Lake. The US detachment included of two Abrams tanks. The Resistance fighters too 10 American troops in the detachment captive, and seized the two tanks, which they drove off to an unknown destination at about 11:30am Thursday morning local time.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the at-Tarimiyah area reported that US troops then encircled the area and mounted a search for the prisoners. One of the Humvees taking part in the search was then ambushed by the Resistance who fired C5Ks and rocket-propelled grenades at it destroying the vehicle and killing four men aboard.
The correspondent reported in a dispatch posted at 4:05pm local time (3:05pm Mecca time), that the Americans had sent three F-16 fighter bombers and four Apache helicopters out to take part in the search for the captured US troops.
The area of at-Tarimiyah, essentially an agricultural region, famous for its date palm groves, is about 230km. The palm trees grow in thickets to be about eight meters tall and can provide good cover for hiding tanks and captives.
The Resistance fighters are likely to destroy the tanks, since despite the natural cover, keeping them when the area is surrounded and under search is extremely difficult. This is particularly true since the vehicles are equipped with satellite tracking equipment. The fact that the helicopters as of the time of the report had still not found the tanks, however, indicates that the Resistance fighters were able to deactivate that tracking system.
As to the captives, the Resistance might either execute them or enter into secret talks with US commanders for their release in exchange for the release of Resistance fighters held prisoner by the Americans. The latter took place during the US siege of al-Fallujah in spring 2004, when the Resistance secured the release of more than 250 Resistance fighters who had been captured by the Americans, in return for the release of US officers.
In a later report posted at 4:45pm local time (3:45pm Mecca time) the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent wrote that fighting had broken out in the area north of Baghdad as US forces continued their search for 10 captive American troops and two Abrams tanks.
Resistance mounts major strike at US base in at-Tarimiyah area.
US forces were preparing to increase their numbers in the joint US-Iraqi puppet base in the at-Tarimiyah area in order to intensify their search for 10 captured Americans and two captured Abrams tanks when Resistance forces mounted a major car bomb attack on their facility.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter blew up his explosives laden car at about 1:30pm local time Thursday afternoon, setting off a huge explosion that shook the entire area and spread panic among local residents living three kilometers from the blast.
Reliable sources told Mafkarat al-Islam that 22 military personnel were killed and 45 wounded in the blast – Americans and Iraqi puppet troops. No more precise breakdown of the casualties by nationality was available.
Body parts were collected from all over the camp where they were blown by the power of the enormous explosion.
The most recent operations of the Iraqi Resistance indicate that they have taken on a highly organized and coordinated military character, as revealed in the two car bombings aimed at US and collaborator targets earlier Thursday. The latest attack on the base in at-Tarimiyah appears aimed at smashing US efforts to supply and reinforce the search for the captured American troops.
US troops reportedly find blown-up remains of the two Abrams tanks.
In a report posted at 6:14pm Mecca time (7:14pm Baghdad time) the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam wrote that it had been reported that US troops had found the remains of two American Abrams tanks captured by the Resistance in the at-Tarimiyah area late in the morning.
At about 5:30pm local time, reports began to circulate that the US troops had found the remains of the two tanks that had been blown up by the Iraqi Resistance (as the Mafkarat al-Islam had expected they would do). There was no information on the whereabouts of the 10 captive American troops.
US continues search for captive American troops into the night.
In a dispatch posted at 10:55pm Mecca time Thursday evening the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in at-Tarimiyah reported that US forces were still encircling the city as American troops combed the area in search of 10 American troops taken captive earlier in the day.
Intermittent clashes have occurred as the sound of battle from time to time could be heard. The clashes are thought to be attacks by the Resistance behind US lines.
Resistance storms Peshmergah militia station in Mosul.
Iraqi Resistance forces stormed a Peshmergah Kurdish chauvinist militia station in Wadi Hajar in Mosul at 8:00pm Thursday night, killing four guards and taking five of the chauvinist collaborators prisoner.
Puppet “Iraqi national guard” hit by wave of resignations in protest at continued US presence in urban areas.
Authorities in the Iraqi puppet administration have disclosed that the commander of the Iraqi puppet so-called “national guard” and a large number of soldiers in the force in the city of ad-Dulu‘iyah north of Baghdad resigned on Thursday in protest against the continued US presence inside Iraqi cities.
When their force was set up by the Americans, the understanding was that the US troops would pull out of the downtown areas of Iraqi cities, to leave those areas under the police control of puppet Iraqi officials. But given the rising intensity of the Resistance, and the tendency of the Resistance to infiltrate the puppet forces, the Americans have been unable to extract themselves from any of Iraq’s cities, except those from which they have been driven forcibly.
Reuters quoted Maysim Muhammad, a member of the city council of Balad in the Samarra’ area as saying that “Captain Ziyad Ibrahim Khalil al-Jabburi, commander of the ‘national guard’ in the city of ad-Dulu‘iyah resigned from his post on Thursday.” He added that a number of the soldiers serving under him also handed in their weapons and resigned. One of those to leave said that 60 officers had left the puppet service.
On Wednesday, 13 other officers and men of the puppet “national guard” had resigned for similar reasons.