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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 9 February 2005.  Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.

 

Wednesday, 9 February 2005.

 

Ar-Ramadi.

 

Powerful Resistance rocket barrage blasts second-largest US camp in ar-Ramadi.

 

The second-largest US base in ar-Ramadi – known as the Glass Factory Headquarters – came under attack at 10 am Wednesday when Resistance fighters fired sixteen 120mm mortar rounds into the facility.  The headquarters, formerly a glass factory, was occupied by US troops and turned into one of their local headquarters after their invasion of Iraq in spring 2003.

 

Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance bombardment sparked a series of massive fires inside the camp, sending clouds of smoke into the sky.  Powerful secondary explosions could be heard throughout most of the entire city as American munitions started blowing up.

 

Local witnesses said that the attack must have inflicted heavy casualties, inasmuch as four American helicopters could be seen ferrying the casualties out of the base in a series of repeated runs lasting more than 45 minutes.  Two hours after the attack, US troops transported five wrecked military vehicles out of the camp, as smoke continued to rise from the stricken American facility.

 

Five puppet policemen found dead east of ar-Ramadi.

 

An officer in the puppet police in ar-Ramadi announced on Wednesday that they had discovered the bodies of five puppet policemen in as-Sufiyah, east of ar-Ramadi, the Jordanian daily al-‘Arab al-Yawm reported.  The puppet police announced that the bodies were found with a message saying that this would be the fate of all those who work with the puppet so-called “prime-minister” Iyyad ‘Allawi.

 

Mundhir al-‘Ithawi.

 

Puppet officials abducted.

 

Iraqi Resistance fighters stormed into puppet government offices and abducted the director of agricultural equipment and the official in charge of financial services in the municipality of Mundhir al-‘Ithawi.  A puppet police officer reported that Resistance fighters had abducted a puppet police officer on Tuesday in the center of town as he was returning home.  In addition a minibus loaded with eight puppet police was hijacked, according to a puppet police captain, quoted by the Jordanian daily al-‘Arab al-Yawm.

 

Hit.

 

Resistance shoots down American Black Hawk Wednesday afternoon.

 

The Iraqi Resistance shot down a US Black Hawk helicopter in the al-Bu ‘Assaf area, 8km south of Hit Wednesday afternoon.  The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam who was near the area at the time reported that the Salafi Squadrons of the Promise of Truth announced their responsibility for the downing.  Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the crew of the helicopter was killed instantly.  In a dispatch posted at 6:20pm Mecca time Wednesday evening, the correspondent wrote that the bodies of the American crewmen were still strewn on the ground about a kilometer from the crash site in a date palm grove.

 

Resistance land mine blasts US troops west of Hit Wednesday morning.

 

An Iraqi Resistance double-charge land mine exploded under an improved US Humvee on the outskirts of the village of Maskhan, 8km west of Hit at about 8:15am Wednesday.  The Humvee, which resembled a pickup with a capacity of 12, was actually carrying 10 US troops as it drove into the deadly ambush.  The explosion sent parts of the vehicle flying and killed six US troops and wounded four more.  Local eyewitnesses confirmed to Mafkarat al-Islam that one of those injured had been mortally wounded.

 

After the attack, US forces completely sealed off the village and began storming houses of local residents.  Some of the local youth were arrested.

 

Hasibah.

 

Resistance bomb hits US column on bridge near Hasibah.

 

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military column on the al-Marj Bridge south of the city of Hasibah, 460km west of Baghdad at about 8am Wednesday.  One US troop transport was destroyed and six persons killed and three more wounded seriously.  Eyewitnesses reported that the American forces were unable to find the bodies of two of their dead, it later becoming apparent that the explosion blew them off the bridge and into the Euphrates River.  The Resistance organization Ansar as-Sunnah announced its responsibility for the operation shortly afterwards.

 

Baghdad.

 

Resistance pounds US Sukkaniya base in ad-Durah Wednesday morning.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces fired an estimated 21 Grad and powerful Tariq rockets into the US military headquarters in the so-called Sukkaniya base in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 9am Wednesday, local witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam.  The witnesses said that the attack ignited massive fires in the US facility.  For the first time, Iraqi puppet forces were brought in to extinguish the flames, perhaps due to the fact that there was so much smoke that the entire area was obscured from outside view.  US helicopters could be seen evacuating the casualties.

 

An official with the fire department who took part in fighting the fires told Mafkarat al-Islam that there were between 40 and 50 killed in the attack and the fire.  Some of those were American troops, others were Filipino servants and mercenaries.

 

This was one of the heaviest attacks yet on the base, which is a regular target of Resistance attacks.

 

Resistance assassinates official from “housing ministry.”

 

The Iraqi puppet police announced that a high official in the puppet so-called “Iraqi housing and construction ministry” was assassinated in Baghdad Wednesday.  The puppet police said that Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked the car of the man who was described as a “director” in the ministry.  No further details were provided.

 

Resistance abducts official in puppet “interior ministry.”

 

The Iraqi puppet police announced on Wednesday that the Iraqi Resistance had abducted a high-ranking official of the puppet so-called “Iraqi interior ministry,” pulling him from his car in south Baghdad, Reuters said. 

 

Citizens of the Netherlands join Iraqi Resistance after reading Fatimah’s letter.

 

The Egyptian newspaper al-Wafd reported on Wednesday, 9 February that two Dutch youths who recently embraced Islam announced on Tuesday that they were joining the Iraqi Resistance after having read the letter from Fatimah, a prisoner who was brutally abused and later died in the American concentration camp Abu Ghurayb.  One of the youths was of Dutch background, the other from Surinam.

 

Fatimah’s letter appeared in the Arabic original on the Mafkarat al-Islam news website on 18 December 2004.  The Iraqi Resistance Report published an English translation of Fatimah’s letter the same day.  Mafkarat al-Islam reported the martyrdom of Fatimah on 7 January 2005, and the English translation of that report can be found in the Iraqi Resistance Report for the same day.

 

Portuguese troops leave Iraq two days early.

 

Reuters reported the Portuguese news agency as saying Wednesday that the paramilitary Portuguese aggressor contingent will return home from Iraq early on Thursday morning, two days earlier than scheduled.  A spokesman said that the reason for the early departure had to do with logistics.

 

Portugal, a NATO satellite of the United States maintained a 127-officer paramilitary contingent in Iraq to serve the American forces since November 2003.  It has been stationed in the southern city of an-Nasiriyah.  Portugal announced that four of its officers would remain in Iraq together with Italian and British units in an-Nasiriyah to help train Iraqi puppet “security services.”

 

Three Kurdish chauvinist collaborators killed in Resistance attack in Baghdad Wednesday.

 

Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a convoy of three cars carrying Kurdish chauvinist collaborator officials on Hayfa Street in central Baghdad on Wednesday, killing three of the Kurds.  The three Kurdish chauvinists were members of the so-called Kurdistan National Party.  Bodyguards of the chauvinists collaborators battled Resistance fighters, but in the end one of the cars was destroyed and burst into flame, the Jordanian daily al-‘Arab al-Yawm reported Thursday.  Thick smoke rose over the area and the sound of gunfire could be heard for miles.

 

Sunni waqf official killed.

 

A car belonging to the department of Sunni pious trusts [Awqaf] in the predominantly Shi‘i city of al-‘Amarah in the province of Maysan, south of Baghdad, was attacked by armed persons, killing an employee of the department and his son.

 

Belgium announces readiness to train Iraqi puppet forces for America.

 

According to Agence France Presse (AFP) the Belgian foreign minister, after talks with US Secretary of State Condaleezza Rice, has agreed to train puppet Iraqi puppet police in Belgium.  The Belgian minister said that his country alternatively might simply join the Germans whose training program is located in the United Arab Emirates.

 

Brussels thereby joins other NATO satellites of the United States, including France and Germany, in expressing readiness to help the American aggressors by training puppet forces, but on condition that the training take place anywhere outside of Iraq, in order to avoid having to send their own forces into the occupied country where they would be targeted by the Resistance and undermine the domestic popularity of those European governments.

 

Two puppet troops killed in clash with Resistance.

 

Two Iraqi puppet troops were killed and one Resistance fighter martyred in fighting near a Resistance position in ad-Dulu‘iyah on Wednesday, the Jordanian daily al-‘Arab al-Yawm reported Thursday.

 

US admits soldier killed north of Baghdad on Tuesday.

 

The US aggressor forces admitted Wednesday that one American soldier had been killed on Tuesday north of Baghdad.  The US military statement said that the American was killed by gunfire at 1 o’clock local time on 8 February, but gave no further details.

 

Puppet official says 81 members of Lebanese Hizb Allah charged with “terrorism” in Iraq.

 

The London based Arabic daily al-Hayat quoted the puppet so-called “Iraqi interior minister,” Falah an-Naqib, as saying that the puppet authorities had arrested 81 Lebanese Hizb Allah members in Iraq.  The puppet official said that the Lebanese were charged with “terrorism,” according to a report on the article carried by the Jordanian daily al-‘Arab al-Yawm on Thursday.

 

Al-Yusufiyah.

 

Resistance bomb destroys US tank, killing crew.

 

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded next to a US military column made up of four vehicles in al-Yusufiyah, south of Baghdad at 1pm Wednesday.  The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the area reported that the blast left five US troops dead.  An officer in the puppet police in al-Yusufiyah told the correspondent that the bomb had been planted on the road leading to the ad-Dulaym area.  He said, “the blast destroyed a US tank and killed five American soldiers.”

 

Witnesses confirmed to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent that the bomb was high-powered, and that it lifted the tank up and then slammed it back to earth.

 

Bayji.

 

Gas pipeline blown up near Bayji.

 

Rocketswere fired into the main pipeline transporting natural gas from the Kirkuk fields to the refinery in Bayji at dawn on Wednesday, starting a fire near the al-Fathah area, 59km southwest of Kirkuk, the Jordanian daily al-‘Arab al-Yawm reported.  An official in the puppet so-called oil facilities protection force maintained that the use of rockets to attack the installation was a new tactic that was a response to their heightened efforts to protect the installations from on-site sabotage.

 

Resistance attacks puppet guards in Bayji Wednesday morning.

 

A source in the Iraqi puppet “national guard” in Bayji announced that a member of the guar was killed and three others wounded in a Resistance attack before noon on Wednesday, the Jordanian daily al-‘Arab al-Yawm reported Thursday.  Majid Muhammad of the puppet guard in Bayji said that the killed and wounded men worked for the department of protection of oil installations and the Resistance fighters attacked them with machine guns Wednesday morning.

 

Resistance rocket hits puppet police station in Bayji.

 

Puppet police captain Nasir Hammud announced that “a shell struck a police station killing a passer by,” in an attack Wednesday.  The Jordanian daily al-‘Arab al-Yawm reported that the man was killed by shrapnel.

 

Balad.

 

Lone Resistance fighter mows down US troops in Balad before falling a martyr.

 

An Iraqi Resistance fighter, armed with a Russian-made JC42, single-handedly attacked a US column of 15 soldiers on foot in Balad – a city near Tikrit north of Baghdad.  The attack, which took place on the road leading to the old part of the city, began when the fighter opened a hail of fire on the Americans, killing six and wounding four more, one of them seriously.  US troops then returned fire, tearing the Resistance fighter’s body to pieces.

 

Local eyewitnesses said that the fighter sat on the sidewalk with a big bag containing his weapon as he waited for a US patrol from 9am until 1pm when they finally arrived.  The witnesses said that when he opened fire, his cries of “Allahu akbar!” [God is greatest!] resounded over the roar of the bullets.

 

After the attack, US forces encircled the area and evacuated their six dead and four wounded.  American troops then pulled up in their vehicles next to the dead Resistance fighter.  They got out and, first one then a second opened intense fire into the body of the martyr.  Then a third American urinated in front of everybody on the body of the freedom fighter while screaming loudly and hysterically so that everyone in the area could hear.

 

After the US troops left, the local people scooped up the mutilated body of the martyr from the middle of the road and took him first to the hospital and then to the martyrs’ cemetery west of Balad where he was buried.  The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam spoke with one of the doctors who received the body of the fighter.  That physician told the correspondent that they had removed 63 bullets from the body, most of them from the head and chest.

 

US claims one American killed in Resistance ambush on convoy near Balad.

 

US forces claimed on Wednesday that Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a US convoy near Balad, killing one US soldier and wounding a second, the Jordanian daily al-‘Arab al-Yawm reported Thursday.

 

Tikrit.


Resistance attack leaves Croatian truck driver dead.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces armed with rockets attacked a convoy bringing supplies to US forces in Iraq near Tikrit, killing a Croatian truck driver, the Croatian foreign ministry reported, according to the Jordanian daily al-‘Arab al-Yawm on Thursday.  Croatia appealed to its citizens not to go to Iraq, and said that if their citizens nevertheless did go their, they should be alert to the dangers to which they are exposed while there.

 

Mosul.

 

Resistance car bomb reportedly kills seven US troops in Mosul.

 

A Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter blasted his black Daewoo car bomb into a US checkpoint in the al-Islah az-Zira‘i neighborhood of Mosul at about 12 noon local time Wednesday.  Seven US troops and one Iraqi translator collaborating with the Americans were killed in the explosion and four more US troops were seriously wounded, Mafkarat al-Islam reported..

 

After the explosion US forces sealed off the area and evacuated the lacerated American bodies.

 

US admits soldier killed in Mosul Monday.

 

The US military admitted on Wednesday that one US soldier was killed in a Resistance attack in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, 370km north of Baghdad.  An American propaganda statement said that the soldier, a member in the force that the Americans call “Task Force Freedom” was shot to death by light arms fire on 6 February.

 

Samarra’.

 

Resistance bomb kills four puppet police in downtown Samarra’.

 

Colonel Nayif Hamid of the puppet police announced that “four puppet policemen were killed and two others wounded when an explosion destroyed two vehicles in their patrol” in central Samarra’, the Jordanian daily al-‘Arab al-Yawm reported Thursday.

 

Al-Basrah.

 

Reporter for American station killed in al-Basrah.

 

Iraqi Resistance fighters assassinated a correspondent of the American al-Hurrah station at about 8:30am Wednesday, local time.  Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that ‘Abd al-Husayn al-Khaz‘ali, who was a correspondent for al-Hurrah and al-Fayha’ was killed in the al-Qal‘ah (Citadel) area south of al-Basrah.  Al-Khaz‘ali, who was of Iranian background, was killed when Resistance fighters opened fire on him with a Kalashnikov assault rifle.  Also killed in the attack was al-Khaz‘ali’s son who was driving him at the time.

 

Al-Hurrah was set up in 2004 with American money as an attempt to counter the broadcasts of al-Jazeera and al-‘Arabiyah that occasionally reflected views not in agreement with the US occupation authorities.

 

Sources:  al-‘Arab al-Yawm daily newspaper, ‘Amman, Jordan, Thursday, 10 February 2005.

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