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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 7 February 2005.  Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice

 

Monday, 7 February 2005.

 

Ar-Ramadi.

 

Fierce battle rages in ar-Ramadi.

 

In a dispatch posted at 5:20pm local time Monday evening, the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in ar-Ramadi reported that fierce fighting was raging as he wrote his report between US forces backed by their puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” stooges on one side and the Iraqi Resistance on the other.  The battle was raging in the neighborhoods of at-Ta’mim, al-Mal‘ab, al-Iskan, Jisr al-Warrar – areas to the east and west and in the center of the city.

 

The correspondent reported that Resistance forces had killed or wounded more than 54 US troops and destroyed nine Humvees and one armored vehicle.  They had also set five vehicles belonging to the puppet guards ablaze.  The correspondent described the fighting as of the greatest intensity.  A whole unit of the puppet guards fled at one point from the battle field.  The correspondent wrote that he personally saw US soldiers fleeing before the Resistance fighters who appeared determined to fight to the death.

 

US fighter planes and helicopters bombarded positions of the fighters but inflicted no particular losses on them.  In the midst of the fighting, the correspondent met with the commander of the Asad Allah al-Ghalib ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib Resistance organization who said, “We have been able to assert our authority over them [the Americans].  They’re now in the trap.  The dog has fallen into the hunter’s trap.  We drew them into a narrow area where it’s easier for us to move around.  God willing, I will have good news to bring you.”

 

The correspondent wrote that at that moment the local mosques were broadcasting the call “God is Greatest!” “Allahu akbar!” and prayers for victory from God, and that He make the Resistance fighters aim precise.  The fighting in the at-Ta’mim neighborhood is the most intense, the correspondent wrote, with bodies of dead Americans and puppet guards littering the whole length of the road.

 

The correspondent wrote that word had just come in from the as-Sikak neighborhood that the Americans had released a gas that causes choking and melts flesh.  He reported that there was no word on the extent of casualties among the Resistance fighters or civilians.  A doctor in ar-Ramadi Hospital told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam that so far there had been four civilian deaths, two of them children; and six Resistance fighters martyred, including one youth aged only 16 who died fighting.  Asked what exactly he meant by that, the doctor said that the youth killed an aggressor soldier as he himself was dying.  His companions were unable to wrench the machine gun out of the dead youth’s grip, and the doctor had to do it in the hospital by force and with hot water.

 

US forces have sealed off all entrances and exits to ar-Ramadi.  Witnesses report that a massive American force is headed towards the embattled city from al-Khalidiyah in the east.

 

Al-Qa’im.

 

Resistance martyrdom car bomber targets US checkpoint.

 

An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded at a US check point west of al-Qa’im on the Syrian border (460km west of Baghdad).  The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a Customs officer in the western district customs office as saying that a Resistance fighters drove the white explosives-laden car towards the US checkpoint.  He said that 11 American troops were killed in the attack and two Humvees that had been parked at the scene were destroyed.

 

The correspondent reported that one soldier who had been on duty at the post survived the attack with moderate wounds.  US helicopters arrived on the scene afterwards and evacuated the bodies of the dead.  Local residents reported finding the completely charred body of the martyrdom attacker nearly 50 meters from the blast site.  They buried him in the Martyrs’ cemetery.

 

Hit.

 

Resistance launches massive rocket barrage on US base west of Hit.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces fired 14 Grad rockets at the US as-Sikak base located 8km west of Hit at 3pm Monday afternoon, local time.  The base is the second largest US base in the western part of Iraq.  The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that after the strike, all one could see of the base was smoke and fire.  Sirens wailed in all parts of the facility.  The correspondent said that after the sound of the rockets exploding in the base came the sound of secondary explosions as American munitions began detonating.  US helicopters were called in to try to extinguish the fires that raged in the camp afterwards.

 

Al-Baghdadi.

 

Resistance bomb kills four US troops in al-Baghdadi.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces detonated a heavy bomb at the eastern approach to the city of al-Baghdadi at 4:30pm Monday afternoon.  The blast completely destroyed a Humvee and killed four US troops.  A fifth soldier was wounded; his hand being blown off.

 

Baghdad.

 

Resistance group airs video of mortar barrage on Abu Ghurayb prison camp.

 

The Brigades of the 1920 Revolution, the military wing of the Patriotic Islamic Resistance in Iraq claimed credit for a mortar attack on the headquarters of the US occupation forces in Abu Ghurayb west of Baghdad.  In a video of the operation aired by al-Jazeera satellite TV on Monday, a plume of smoke could be seen rising from inside the American concentration camp after the barrage.

 

Video aired of attack disabling US vehicle in Jarf as-Sakhr.

 

Squadrons of the Islamic Army in Iraq claimed credit for a bomb attack on a US armored Humvee in Jarf as-Sakhr south of Baghdad on Monday.  In a video aired by al-Jazeera satellite TV the Resistance group announced that the Humvee was disabled and all aboard it were killed.

 

Baghdad sniper kills US soldier.

 

An Iraqi sharpshooter shot and killed a US soldier near the Sukkaniya area in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah.  Witnesses told the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent that the dead American soldier, who was hit in the temple, was stopped in a long line trying to organize fuel ration distribution for cars.  The Resistance sharpshooter was perched on a building opposite the fuel station where the American was shot, witnesses reported.

 

After the shooting, US troops closed the fuel station and completely surrounded the area.  They searched tall buildings in the area and found one empty bullet casing and a piece of paper on which was written, “What has been taken by blood, cannot be regained except by blood. Baghdad sniper.”

 

An officer in the puppet “oil facilities protection service” in the area of the fuel station confirmed this report, saying that the piece of paper was found but that they were unable to locate the sniper.  The officer said that the sniper had shot more than 40 American soldiers over the past three months.

 

US admits one soldier killed on Saturday.

 

The US military in Baghdad admitted Monday that one American soldier was killed and two more wounded on Saturday when a roadside bomb exploded north of Baghdad.

 

Demonstrators protest being excluded from elections by US client parties.

 

Hundreds of Iraqi Assyrian Christians, Turcomans, and Yazidis took part in a demonstration in front of the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad – known to the invaders as the “green zone” to protest the fact that Kurdish chauvinist parties installed in northern Iraq by the United States, prevented them from casting their ballots in the sham “election” rigged up by the Americans on 30 January.

 

Reports issued by the Assyrian World Information Agency, voice of the Assyrian Christians, said that the Kurdistan Democratic Party prevented ballot boxes from being delivered to six main Assyrian cities and villages in the Mosul area.

 

William Wardah a spokesman for the Chaldean Assyrian Christians said that interference by the Kurdish chauvinist allies of Washington prevented 200,000 persons from voting.  Protestors carried signs saying “We demand our democratic rights and reject marginalization.”

 

Preliminary results of the sham election indicated on Monday that the joint list of Kurdish chauvinist parties had taken second place in the voting held 30 January after the list sponsored by pro-American Shi‘i clerics.  The list backed by US-installed “prime minister” Iyyad ‘Allawi came in third.

 

Al-Yusufiyah.

 

Resistance bomb targets US column.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces detonated a roadside bomb in the path of a US military column on a dirt road in the city of al-Yusufiyah at 8am local time Monday morning.  The correspondent from Mafkarat al-Islam arrived on the scene of the Resistance attack about an hour after it took place on the road that leads to al-Jannabiyin.

 

Local eyewitnesses told the correspondent that the American column concisted of four military vehicles, and that the blast totally destroyed one Humvee, killinf four American troops and moderately wounding a fifth.

 

The correspondent wrote that US forces sealed off the area of the attack, reinforcing themselves with more armored and other vehicles.  Helicopters flew over the area to search for the Resistance attackers.  US forces carried out a wave of house raids and arrests in houses neighboring the street where the attack took place.  Occupation forces produced a quantity of weapons – including anti-tank weapons from the houses, as well as medium-weight machine guns.  In his dispatch posted at 12:42pm Monday Mecca time, the correspondent wrote that the Americans still surrounded the scene of the attack as US helicopters were continuing to remove the bodies of the dead Americans from the wreckage.

 

Mosul.

 

Martyrdom car bomber blasts into group of puppet police, killing 13.

 

The Iraqi puppet police announced that at least 13 Iraqis were killed when an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden car into a group of puppet policemen who were standing in front of the Mosul Hospital.  Western media sources said it was the largest death toll in a Resistance car bomb attack since the sham “election” staged by the Americans on 30 January 2005.

 

Rabi‘ Yasin, the General Director of Health in Mosul said that a number of puppet policemen were gathered outside the hospital when the blast occurred, leaving a large crater in the road and destroying at least five private cars.

 

Later, a videoclip broadcast by the al-Qa‘idah organization in the land of the Two Rivers announced that it had carried out the Mosul car bombing.

 

Video shows execution of translator collaborator.

 

The Resistance group the Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah [Prophet’s practice] broadcast a video on a website on Monday showing the execution of a translator collaborator who worked for the US occupation.  The video clip showed a man who identified himself as Safad Muhammad Hasan of Mosul, who warned other translators against cooperating with the US forces.  The man was then blindfolded and shot in the back of the head.

 

Ba‘qubah.

 

Martyrdom car bombing targets puppet police station in Ba‘qubah.

 

An official in Ba‘qubah hospital reported that 14 Iraqis were killed and at least 13 more wounded when the martyrdom car bomber struck the puppet police station in Ba‘qubah, northeast of Baghdad.  Local officials would not say how many of the victims of the attack were puppet policemen.

 

Later a videotape from the al-Qa‘idah organization in the Land of the Two Rivers claimed credit for the attack.

 

Irbil.

 

Resistance bomb targets Kurdish chauvinist gunmen in Irbil.

 

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the path of a patrol of the Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah gunmen in Irbil.  Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the attack, which destroyed a Nissan military car and killed five Peshmergah gunmen, took place in the Siyamind neighborhood at about 9am Monday.

 

Al-Hillah.

 

American helicopter crashes in ball of flame after being hit by Resistance rocket in al-Hillah.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces shot down a US Cobra helicopter over the city of al-Hillah on Monday.  The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Hillah reported that Resistance fighters in al-Iskandariyah shot down the American craft at 2pm local time Monday.  An armed Resistance group belonging to the First Army of Muhammad declared its responsibility for the downing, saying that an al-Faruq 1 rocket brought down the American helicopter.

 

Local witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the aircraft plunged to earth in a ball of flame.  They were certain that the two-man crew must have been killed.

 

Al-Basrah.

 

Two British troops killed, one commits suicide after Resistance bombing in al-Basrah.

 

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a British column in the al-‘Ashshar area of al-Basrah at 1pm Monday afternoon, destroying a British armored military vehicle and killing two British soldiers.  Two more soldiers received mortal wounds.  One of them was in such pain that he shot himself to death.  The powerful blast left a very deep crater in the road, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, forcing traffic to be diverted to another street.

 

Local residents and passers by confirmed the death of two British soldiers and the suicide of the third.  The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the British had removed the bodies of the dead British troops but left a bloodstained helmet and flack jacket lying in the street.  A local Iraqi took the helmet and flack jacket as souvenirs.

 

Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ documents torture of prisoners at US camp Bucca.

 

The Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ [Scholars] issued a statement Monday condemning the treatment of prisoners in the US concentration camp Bucca in Umm Qasr, southern Iraq.  At a press conference held in Baghdad, Shaykh ‘Abd as-Sattar al-Kubaysi, member of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ read paragraphs from a letter of one Bucca prisoner, describing their suffering.

 

Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported Shaykh al-Kubaysi as saying “one form of torture is breaking prisoners’ legs, another form of torture is to crush the prisoner’s fingers, yet another form of torture is to put prisoners in freezers for many hours.”

 

“Moreover,” the Shaykh went on, “they compel some of them [the prisoners] to commit the crime of fornication.  And also American male and female soldiers do “an ugly thing” on the heads of the prisoners.  And they [the prisoners] are also exposed to extremely bright lights, and to very raucous loud noises that the ears cannot bear to hear.”

 

Sources: al-‘Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, Amman, Jordan, Tuesday, 8 February 2005.

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