Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 5 February 2005 and Sunday, 6 February 2005.  Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.


Saturday, 5 February 2005.




Powerful Resistance martyrdom car bomb blasts US column early Saturday.


An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded as a US column made up of seven military vehicles was passing through Hit, west of Baghdad, at 4am Saturday morning.  The blast destroyed three Humvees and killed 14 US soldiers and wounded five more, Mafkarat al-Islam reported.


The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Hit reported that a local fireman who came to the scene to help extinguish the huge blaze ignited by the vehicles said that a four-ton Kia car loaded with 200kilograms of explosives.  The martyrdom driver of the car raced at a crazy speed at the spot where the American column was halted and blasted into it.  The correspondent said that five US bodies remained unidentified because they were so torn apart in the powerful blast.




Ukrainian invader soldier killed in bombing in as-Suwayrah.


An Iraqi Resistance bomb planted in the middle of az-Zahra’ Street in as-Suwayrah, south of Baghdad exploded on Saturday, disabling a Ukrainian military vehicle and killing one Ukrainian invader soldier and variously wounding two more.  The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Ukrainians found a detonating device for the bomb 100 meters away from the blast zone.


Iraqi Resistance forces assassinate Badr Brigade death squad leader.


Iraqi Resistance forces attacked the house of the commander of an armed wing of the collaborationist, Shi‘i chauvinist Badr Brigades at about 4pm Saturday, killing the commander, Rida ‘Abd al-A’immah, along with four of his aides.  The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Baghdad reported that the attack took place on the commander’s house in the al-‘Amil neighborhood of south Baghdad.  ‘Abd al-A’immah was responsible for the assassination of a number of Sunni religious leaders in the country, most prominently Shaykh Mahmud al-Hadithi who was assassinated in al-Anbar Province in January.  Puppet police forces surrounded the house of the dead Badr Brigade murderer and launched a search for the Resistance attackers, but found nothing.




Resistance bomb kills seven puppet troops in al-Latifiyah.


An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in al-Latifiyah as an Iraqi puppet patrol was passing through the city at about 1pm Saturday, destroying two pickups and killing seven puppet troops.  Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that Resistance fighters planted a bomb by the side of the road leading to Baghdad, and detonated the device when the patrol passed by.  The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam noted that the Iraqi puppet army issued a communiqué admitting that the attack had occurred but making no mention of their losses.


An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in the Jarf as-Sakhr area near al-Hillah in southern Iraq at about 3:15pm Saturday.  The blast occurred on a branch road leading to the al-Wahdah primary school and left one Humvee destroyed and two US troops dead and two more wounded.  Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that one of the American wounded men had his right arm blown off.


The Salafi Brigades of ar-Rahman Resistance group issued a communiqué in which they declared their responsibility for the attack and pledged that the town of Jarf as-Sakhr would become a  hell for the Americans from now on.  It said that the streets of Jarf as-Sakhr would be an inferno for the occupation forces and it warned collaborators against continuing to work with the Americans, saying that they were “sentencing themselves to violent death,” if they continued to do so.


Balad – Salah ad-Din Province.


Six Americans killed in operations near Balad.  Iraqi Resistance forces shoot down Cobra helicopter.


The Iraqi Resistance shot down an American Cobra helicopter in Balad, about 40km north of Tikrit at 9am Saturday morning, killing its two-man crew.  The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Salah ad-Din Province reported that as of the time of reporting, no Resistance group had claimed credit for the operation.  Witnesses confirmed to the correspondent, however, that a Strela rocket was fired at the helicopter when it took off from a village in which it had landed to evacuate the bodies of four US troops who had been killed at midnight Saturday morning.


A puppet police officer confirmed this report to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent, saying that they found four soldiers bodies in bags about half a kilometer from the downed helicopter.




Resistance launches offensive on Korean invaders in northern Iraq with deadly grenade attack.


At least one south Korean aggressor soldier was killed when Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a south Korean patrol in the Nawruz area of central Irbil, 350km northeast of Baghdad.  The Irbil correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with hand grenades attacked a column of south Korean troops, tossing a hand grenade at a car carrying three south Korean soldiers.  The blast destroyed the car and killed at least one of the Korean soldiers, blowing him out of the vehicle.


The correspondent wrote that the fate of the other Korean troops was unknown, but it was probable that they too had died, though some local witnesses said they had been mortally wounded.


The attack marked the end of a kind of calm as it was the first attack of its kind on the south Korean troops in the north of the country.  Local residents are talking about the arrival in the area of significant numbers of Resistance fighters, with the intent of launching an offensive on the Koreans in the north of Iraq, just as an offensive has been opened against Japanese aggressor troops in the south of the country.




Resistance bomb kills three British troops, one local collaborator.


An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded beside a British military column near the deep port of al-Basrah.  Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast destroyed a British armored vehicle and left three British troops dead and one other seriously wounded.  An Iraqi collaborator working for the British as a local guide – a particularly disgraceful type of collaboration – was also killed.


The correspondent, who arrived on the scene half an hour after the blast, said that the explosion was the result of a bomb planted under a traffic sign for large vehicles that unload cargo in the port.  The bomb went off as a British column was passing. Local television in al-Basrah announced that a bomb had gone off and killed three British troops and wounded another, but apparently made no mention of the collaborator who also died.


Resistance bombs kill five puppet “national guards” in al-Basrah.


Two Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs exploded near Sa‘d Square by the al-Jumhuri Hospital in the ar-Risalah district of al-Basrah at 8:15am Saturday morning, destroying a Nissan pickup and killing five members of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard.”  Occupation troops encircled the area after the blast.


Resistance bombards British consulate in al-Basrah Friday night.


Iraqi Resistance forces fired about five 82mm mortar rounds into the British consulate inside the British occupation base in the al-Barradi‘iyah area of al-Basrah Province on Friday.  Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that after the barrage, the invader troops fired incendiary rockets and sent helicopters up to search for the Resistance attackers, but failed to find anyone.  Witnesses mentioned that the Resistance bombards the British base virtually on a daily basis.


Note by al-Jazeera: When Baghdad was occupied on 9 April 2003, the last Iraqi ambassador of Saddam Hussein's government to the UN, Muhammad al-Duri, declared that the game was over.

A journalist, university professor and statesman who served as an Iraqi delegate to the UN from 1999 to 2003, he left Iraq in 1999 to act as Iraq's ambassador to the UN in Geneva, Switzerland, before he was moved to New York where he remained until he resigned after the occupation of Iraq.  


Aljazeera.net: How do you feel about the elections?


Muhammad al-Duri: Despite everything that has been said about its incompetence, it is still a democratic practice. It is part of a well-thought out US plan to implement its strategy in Iraq.

But one must be aware that last Sunday's elections establish sectarianism in Iraq. So many Iraqis entered the electoral process whether as candidates or voters on a sectarian and/or ethnic basis and motives. It is very dangerous and Iraqis should reject sectarianism.


A: But according to many Iraqi voters who talked to reporters on election day, they did so because they wanted to end the state of chaos in their country and restore security and stability. Isn't that the case?


MD: I do not agree with that concept, these elections are not designed to restore security and stability. The US administration has been desperate to legalise its occupation of Iraq, but it has failed so far. This mission has become an obsession for it; especially that the war on Iraq is still protested against by EU and Arab countries.


Therefore the US is trying to legitimise its existence in Iraq by bringing in an elected parliament and a government which are fully loyal to it, and as such it will be able to conclude long-term agreements that secure its interests and influence in Iraq.

A: As a politician and a professor of politics, do you think the Iraqi Sunni Arabs' boycott of the elections could put the legitimacy of the process at risk?

MD: It is wrong to say that Sunni Arabs boycotted the elections. It is an attempt to ridicule a national Iraqi position that opposes the division of the country, by labelling it as a sectarian position.

The US occupation has encouraged the virtual division of Iraq into three entities. The first one is in the north, it is ethnically motivated and works to separate itself and establish an independent state (Kurdistan).


The second in the south plans to split and establish a sectarian entity backed by Iran. The third is central Iraq which for some reason carries a national vision for the future of Iraq.


Obviously the US works hard to destroy this entity, which happens to be Sunni and exists in central Iraq. But as a matter of fact, the people of central Iraq are Arab Iraqi Muslims in addition to being Sunnis. This part of the country holds a sense of national identity that rejects the foreign occupation and separation bids.


A: But boycotting elections would have delayed the formation of a national Iraqi government, parliament and constitution, don't you agree?

MD: All that you are talking about was approved by the former US administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer.

A: And what is wrong with that if it would benefit the country?

MD: A country's constitution must be national, while Iraq's interim constitution which laid the foundation for Iraq's future constitution was put forward by Noah Feldman, a Jewish American university professor.


All the documents that rule Iraq today were made in the US, translated to Arabic and forwarded to Iraqis who could not even discuss them properly. How can a country adopt a constitution imposed by a foreign power?

Even the elections were set by Feldman's document, and thus the elections have no legitimacy because it is based on illegal documents written by an occupying force.


A: The interim Iraqi interior minister has said the US could pull out of Iraq in 18 months. What do you think of this statement?


MD: Initially, I would like to ask why this statement came on the eve of the elections? It was obviously part of the election campaign.

However, this is part of the US' exit strategy. This notion is being widely discussed in the US, not because the US genuinely wants to pull out from Iraq, but because of unexpected urban fighting.   


They are spending hundreds, millions of dollars on Iraqi security forces in order to put them face to face with the resistance. Actually, this money is supposed to be for the reconstruction of Iraq, but I can assure you that nothing has been reconstructed, absolutely nothing, not even in the oil sector.


At the end of the day, Iraqi officials do not speak for themselves, they just echo the US' desires and instructions. The real ruler of today's Iraq is not the president of Iraq, nor the interim prime minister; actually it is the US embassy in Baghdad.


It is unlikely that the US would voluntarily withdraw from Iraq; it has spent nearly $300 billion up to now, how is it going to get this money back if it withdraws? The US has captured a goose with golden eggs, why would it let it go? That cannot be.   


The US did not go to war with Iraq because of WMD, or links with al-Qaida. I am fully convinced that it has an agenda in my country. It also did not come to establish democracy in the country. On the contrary, if we look at what is in today's Iraq we will find nothing but division, hatred, and sectarianism.


If the US were to pull out, it will not do so unless it secures powerful bases in Iraq.


A: US bases exist in Japan and Germany; I think no one can argue that US bases hindered the development of those two countries in the post-second world war era?


MD: It is very strange that some Iraqis accept this idea. US bases in Germany and Japan were set up in different international conditions. It came after a world war involving Germany and Japan who waged an aggressive war and occupied foreign countries, and the US and its allies fought to drive out German forces from occupied Europe.


That was not the case with Iraq. There were no Iraqi forces out of Iraqi soil, and the war took place on its soil with forces which came from overseas to occupy it. How can we compare what has happened in Iraq with Nazi Germany?


A: Regardless, why don't anti-US Iraqis wait and see?


MD: You have to choose either bread with dignity or bread without dignity. Why should we wait? What does Iraq need from the US?


It is a country rich in resources, located in a strategic position, and with a highly educated people. If the US really wants to help, there are dozens of poor and undeveloped countries out there, let it help them instead of helping a country which possesses the world's second largest oil reserve and which has achieved high rates of development before it occupied it.  

A: When Baghdad fell to US forces on 9 April 2003, you said the "game is over". What did you mean by that?

MD: Many people interpreted my words that what happened was a game between Saddam Hussein and the US; actually I meant that during the 13 years of UN sanctions on Iraq, the UN was acting like a theatre.

All players were not sincere in finding a way to end the sanctions that killed millions of Iraqis. The proof for that is when the US decided to attack Iraq, everyone backed off and the US did what it wanted.

A: But there were protests around the world, and many countries did oppose the war.

MD: That was not enough.
























Sunday, 6 February 2005.




Three powerful bombs rip through two US Humvees in ar-Ramadi.


Three Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the at-Ta’mim neighborhood of western ar-Ramadi at 1pm Sunday, local time, completely destroying two Humvees and killing nine US troops.  The local Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that local residents who were eyewitnesses to the attack said that the Resistance had planted three bombs some distance apart from each other, and all blew up at the same time under the US column.


Only one of the bombs missed its target, exploding nearly five meters from an armored vehicle.  But the other two blew up under two Humvees, sending wreckage from the vehicles and parts of the bodies of the men inside flying around the area.


As usual, US troops sealed off the area of the attack, but found none of the attackers.  The correspondent reported that the American soldiers looked to be in very difficult mental states, as they even left part of the body of one of their men lying on the road, not taking it away with the rest of the remains they were collecting.


The strain on the mental state of the Americans was also visible in the fact that the US troops ordered Iraqi puppet troops to take over running things inside the city, as they have largely barricaded themselves within their camp for days following the election, until today when they ventured out to be met by three powerful bombs.


US troops kill prominent chief of the ad-Dulaym tribe.


US troops shot and killed a prominent shaykh of the ad-Dulaym tribes in ar-Ramadi west of Baghdad on Sunday.  The correspondent of al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV reported in ar-Ramadi that Shaykh Latif Kamil ad-Dulaymi was shot down as he passed through the at-Ta’mim area of the city.  The Americans reportedly opened fire on the Shaykh after they had come under attack by Iraqi Resistance fighters.


Ad-Dulaym, one of the largest tribal groups in Iraq suffered the loss of another of its prominent shaykhs in January – Shaykh ‘Abd ar-Razzaq ‘Anad Mu‘ajjil al-Ka‘ud, the chief of the al-Bu Nimr tribes, one of the biggest parts of the ad-Dulaym confederation.  He was gunned down by the Americans in al-Anbar Province on 9 January 2005.  After his death, the tribe issued a statement condemning the killing of the Shaykh and saying that it constituted, “another proof that the [US] forces regard the lives of Iraqis as cheap, killing Iraqis indiscriminately and directly targeting civilians for no convincing reason.”


This latest killing by the Americans of a chief in the ad-Dulaym tribes re-confirms that conclusion.




Resistance bomb destroys US Humvee in Hasibah on Syrian-Iraqi border.


Iraqi Resistance forces detonated a bomb in the path of a US military column in the city of Hasibah near the Iraq-Syria border at 7pm Sunday night, local time.  The blast totally destroyed a Humvee in the column, killing all the US troops who were aboard it.  The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the bomb had been planted near the customs department in Hasibah.  Because US forces placed the whole area under curfew, the correspondent was unable to get to the scene of the attack to obtain further details.




Three US Marines commit suicide on US base in Hit.


Three US soldiers belonging to the Fourth Marine infantry division committed suicide in Hit on Sunday in their base, known as ‘Ayn al-Asad.  The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that one of the translators working for the Americans on the base said that the US military found the bodies of the three suicides in their private barracks.  They had shot themselves to death.


The translator told Mafkarat al-Islam that one of the American Marines had been seriously burned on his face, badly disfiguring him, in a Resistance bomb attack on the armored vehicle in which he was traveling several months previous.  The Marine was later imprisoned on the base for three days for attacking a high-ranking officer, when the latter refused to give him his usual leave to go back to the US on a visit.


The translator said that the other two Marines had tried to kill themselves two weeks ago using gas that the Americans employ in battle.  They had sealed the door to their room and tried to open a gas canister, but one of the other American soldiers burst into the room and prevented their suicide on that occasion.


The two had been separated from their duties and it was planned that they would return home within two days.


Resistance bomb destroys US armored vehicle at entrance to Hit.


An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the path of a US column of several vehicles on the Hit – al-Baghdadi road at the eastern entrance to Hit.  The US column was intent on storming into Hit, but instead suffered the destruction of an armored vehicle and the instant death of four US troops and the wounding of at least three other American troops.


Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb was planted 15 minutes before the arrival of the US column.  The blast was huge, throwing the US troops out of the vehicle and leaving a crater more than two meters deep.  US forces had to use large cranes to haul away the wreckage of the vehicle.  The wounded American troops were evacuated to the American ‘Ayn al-Asad camp.




Resistance bomb targets Ukrainian troops in as-Suwayrah.


An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the path of a Ukrainian patrol in as-Suwayrah, south of Baghdad at 4pm Sunday, local time, totally destroying a Ukrainian military vehicle and killing and wounding a number of Ukrainian troops.  The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent arrived on the scene an hour after the Ukrainians had left.  At that point there was no word on the extent of casualties, but the charred remains of the vehicle were still in the road and thickened pools of considerable amounts of blood had coagulated in the road.


Resistance forces kill 22 puppet policemen in combat south of Baghdad late Sunday.


At least 22 Iraqi puppet troops were killed in fighting that erupted south of Baghdad Sunday night.  The American Associated Press reported that Resistance fighters driving a number of small trucks attacked a puppet police station south of Baghdad, late Sunday, sparking fighting that lasted for an hour and left 22 puppet troops and 14 Resistance fighters dead, according to an official in the puppet police.


Puppet police captain Muthanna Khalid said that the fighting broke out in the al-Mahawil area, 50 miles south of Baghdad at about 10:30pm Sunday night.  He said that five puppet “national guards” and 17 puppet police were killed and 18 more wounded.  He said that the Resistance fighters fired automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades.


Four Egyptian engineers working on mobile phone project under the occupation abducted.


Four Egyptian engineers working for the Egyptian Uraskom communication company in occupied Baghdad were abducted just before 11am Sunday, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported.  The four were reportedly involved in constructing transmission towers to strengthen the signals of mobile telephones around Baghdad.  Armed men stopped their vehicle as they were headed to work in western Baghdad.  A number of other Egyptian employees of the same company were abducted in September 2004.  They were later released.


Sunni religious Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ will not take part in political system as long as Iraq remains occupied.


The Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ [Scholars] declared on Sunday that it would never take part in any political system in Iraq so long as the country is occupied.  ‘Umar Zaydan, a spokesman for the Board.  In a separate statement, the Board announced that it had appealed to the United Nations not to recognize the recently-“elected” government produced by the American-backed election farce on 30 January.  The statement, issued by Board General Secretary Harith ad-Darri, noted that many segments of the Iraqi people had not taken part in the election.


Resistance group video shows destruction of US Humvee in at-Taji.


A Squadron of the Islamic Army in Iraq announced Sunday that it had destroyed a US military vehicle in at-Taji, north of Baghdad.  In a video broadcast by al-Jazeera satellite TV, the organization showed what they said was an American Humvee being blown up as it traveled along a road, sending up a huge cloud of smoke.  The organization said that the Humvee was totally destroyed and all aboard were killed.  The same organization claimed responsibility for blowing up an American vehicle in al-Latifiyah. (See below.)




Resistance group blows up US vehicle in al-Latifiyah.


The Islamic Army in Iraq Resistance group announced its responsibility for blowing up a US vehicle in al-Latifiyah, south of Baghdad.  The announcement came in a video broadcast by al-Jazeera satellite TV.  According to the video, the Resistance group detonated the bomb by remote control on a dirt road, producing a massive explosion.




Resistance assassinates four members of US “civilian administration committee” in al-Hillah.


Five Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a car carrying four members of the US “civil administration committee” of the city of al-Hillah on Sunday, killing all of them along with their Iraqi driver, a member of the puppet “national guard” told Mafkarat al-Islam.  US and Iraqi puppet forces sealed off the area of the attack and searched in vain for the Resistance attackers.


Ba ‘qubah.


Resistance bombards US camp in al-Mundhiriyah on Iranian border.


Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US base in al-Mundhiriyah on the Iraq-Iran border east of Ba‘qubah.  The American base was formerly the headquarters of the Iranian dissident Mujahidi Khalq organization, before US forces took over the facility when they expelled the Iranians after the American occupation of the country.  The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Mundhiriyah reported that four rockets blasted the US facility at 5pm Sunday evening.  Thunderous explosions could be heard a few seconds after the barrage.


A member of the Iraqi border police in the area told Mafkarat al-Islam that US aircraft were at the time of reporting evacuating the bodies of 15 American troops killed in the barrage.


Resistance car bomb kills eight US troops in Ba‘qubah midday Sunday.


An Iraqi Resistance pickup truck bomb exploded as a US column made up of four Humvees was passing through Ba‘qubah, north of Baghdad, at midday Sunday, killing eight US troops.


A spokesman for the puppet municipal council of Ba‘qubah told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast took place in the as-Sikak neighborhood west of the city at 12 noon.  According to the official source, two Humvees were destroyed and a third disabled.  Seven US troops were killed, and five more wounded to varying degrees.


The source said that a Resistance martyrdom driver sped his pickup into the US column.  He added that an eighth US soldier died after the attack.  The correspondent wrote. That the smell of burned flesh pervaded the entire area.




Asian body found in as-Samawah.


The Iraqi puppet police found the body of an Asian person in as-Samawah on Sunday morning.  The body is believed to be that of a Japanese, according to puppet police officials who spoke to Mafkarat al-Islam, who said that the body was found on the highway leading to the center of the city.  A local citizen told the authorities that a body of a foreigner was there.  The correspondent said that efforts were underway to ascertain the identity and nationality of the body.




25,000 US troops leave Iraq as local children sing “good riddance.”


The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Basrah reported on Sunday that the US occupation had withdrawn 25,000 American troops from the country.  The correspondent reported that the Port of al-Basrah and the al-Basrah Airbase had seen the departure of more than 65,000 military aircraft and more than 40 US Navy ships carrying troops to Kuwait.  The correspondent wrote that the operation to evacuate the forces began at 1am Saturday and was still under when he wrote his dispatch, posted at 2:40pm Sunday afternoon Mecca time.


Kamal al-Basri, an administrative official in the Port of Umm Qasr near al-Basrah told the press, “the American forces withdrew 25,000 soldiers of their forces stationed in Iraq.”  He added, “Those American troops have been withdrawn, some of them afflicted with mental conditions like hysteria and insomnia.  They have therefore been dropped by the Americans from military accounts.”


The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that children gathered near the airport and the port to chase the vehicles carrying the American cars carrying the US troops.  The Iraqi children threw stones at the departing Americans. Some chanted, “God is greatest!  Their plane has left,” and observed that they have seen something (their defeat) that made the Americans sad but themselves happy.


The correspondent reported that the departing Americans were obviously indescribably happy as they made ready to leave Iraqi soil.  But US authorities were not happy with the situation and sealed off all roads to and from al-Basrah, to minimize news reporting of the departure.  Witnesses reported that British and American forces prevented journalists, regardless what organization they worked for, from approaching any military patrol.


The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that one journalist, in fact was arrested and his personal camera confiscated after he took a photograph of squadrons of US forces entering al-Basrah airport to prepare for their departure.


The skies above al-Basrah have been full of US fighter planes, helicopters, and unmanned spy planes, in addition to other reconnaissance planes.  The signals of portable telephones and the Internet have been scrambled in downtown al-Basrah.  There are reports that a high-ranking officer in the puppet army has arrived in al-Basrah, the correspondent reported.


Resistance hits al-Basrah International airport with more than 30 rockets as US forces evacuate through the facility.


In a dispatch posted at 5:15pm Sunday afternoon, Mecca time, the local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Iraqi Resistance had launched a powerful attack on al-Basrah airport a short while before.  More than 30 rockets of various types, including Tariq, Grad, and Katyusha rockets in addition to 120mm mortar rounds pounded the airport that at the time was the scene of the large-scale departure or US troops from Iraq.


Witnesses told the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam that extremely thick clouds of smoke are rising over the airport as sirens wail.


Resistance shoots down US transport plane as it heads towards al-Basrah airport Sunday evening.


Reliable sources in al-Basrah reported that an American transport plane was shot down an area east of al-Basrah as it headed towards al-Basrah airport.   Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that it came under attack from the ground as it approached the airport.  The witnesses saw the plan plummet to earth at about 6pm Sunday, local time.  Since a curfew is in force in the city on order of the occupation, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent has been unable to obtain further details regarding the crash.


Mafkarat al-Islam apologizes for gaps in its coverage.


Mafkarat al-Islam apologized on Sunday to the people of Iraq and to its readers for the shortage of information it has been providing for the past 19 days.  It said the reason for the shortfall in coverage was outside of the control of Mafkarat al-Islam, making it difficult to fulfill its commitments to its Iraqi employees.


Mafkarat al-Islam has been able to field a network of 56 correspondents on the ground in Iraq, making it the largest team of reporters of any news medium in the country.  They have covered events blow by blow, as they happened despite the most difficult communications problems and the lack of safety.


Up to 75 dispatches from Iraq come in daily to the Mafkarat al-Islam editorial offices.


Recently, on 2 Dhi al-Hijjah 1425 hijri (13 January 2005) more than 145 Resistance operations were reported on that single day.  The rate of attacks rose after the start of the US assault on al-Fallujah from 85 attacks per day to a current average of 132 attacks.  Even in the south of Iraq where there had previously been less Resistance activity, the number of attacks per day rose by 300 percent – three times in recent days.