Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 18 February 2005 and Saturday 19 February 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Friday, 18 February 2005.
Resistance bombards US camp near ar-Ramadi Friday morning.
In a dispatch posted at 11:40am Mecca time Friday, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in ar-Ramadi reported that a short time previously, Iraqi Resistance forces had fired nine Katyusha rockets into the US base west of the city. Witnesses told the correspondent that they could hear secondary explosions going off inside the US facility after the Resistance bombardment, indicating that American munitions had begun to explode. Clouds of thick smoke rose over the base and US helicopters hovered over the area.
American artillery responded to the Resistance bombardment, but inflicted no casualties among the Resistance, Mafkarat al-Islam reported.
Deadly Iraqi Resistance bomb hidden in vendor’s car blasts US column near Hit.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb planted in a vendor’s cart by the side of a strategic road at the Hit-Kubaysah crossing exploded at 9:30am Friday morning, local time, killing a reported 13 US troops and wounding still more. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Hit reported that the bomb was planted on a road that US forces had closed to all motor traffic because US columns passed back and forth along it frequently.
After the blast, American forces closed off the entire area to all journalists. The correspondent noted that, as reported yesterday, all the local puppet police had quit, but that the occupation regime had brought in puppet policemen from Baghdad on Thursday night. A puppet police lieutenant among the newly arrived force informed the correspondent that the blast had killed 13 American troops and wounded an undetermined number of others. The blast also destroyed three Humvees, he said, and disabled a fourth. In his dispatch posted at 12:15pm Friday Mecca time, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent wrote that US forces were still encircling the attack site, preventing reporters from learning details about the attack. Five helicopters, however, were flown in to evacuate the casualties.
Resistance bomb blasts US column in Hadithah.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded by a US military column on one of the main roads in downtown Hadithah, west of Baghdad, destroying a Humvee and killing four US troops, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported. The correspondent said that the road on which the bomb exploded leads to the al-Haqlaniyah area.
Resistance bomb in Abu Ghurayb leaves three US troops dead, one severely injured.
A high-explosive Iraqi Resistance bomb blew up next to a US military column made up of four vehicles in the as-Samilat are of Abu Ghurayb west of Baghdad, destroying a Humvee and killing three US troops, Mafkarat al-Islam reported. The Mafakrat al-Islam correspondent in Abu Ghurayb reported that the blast took place at 9:30am local time Friday.
A colonel in the Iraqi puppet forces told Mafkarat al-Islam that three US troops were killed in the blast and a fourth injured seriously: his back being entirely crushed.
US forces closed off the area of the attack, preventing journalists from approaching.
Resistance bomb in ad-Durah blasts Humvee, killing four US troops.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Humvee in the Abu Dashir area of the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 6:15am Friday morning. The local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that the blast destroyed the Humvee and left four US troops and an Iraqi collaborator translator dead.
A captain in the fire department confirmed that the Humvee had been destroyed and four troops killed.
Firemen arrived on the scene because the bomb cause electric and telephone poles in the area to go up in flames.
Bombs targeting Shi‘i mosques explode in Baghdad, helping US divide and rule Iraqi population.
In an apparent attempt to sow sectarian discord in Iraq, in keeping with US plans to divide and subdue the population, a bomb exploded outside a Shi‘i mosque in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah on Friday, killing and wounding a large number of persons. The American Associated Press (AP) reported witnesses as saying that another blast, which coincided with the start of the Shi‘i religious observances known as ‘Ashura’, went off outside another Shi‘i mosque in the west of Baghdad.
According to an officer in the puppet “national guard” the bomb at the mosque in ad-Durah killed some 30 people. Preliminary reports by the puppet police suggest a death tool of 13, with 23 other persons injured.
One of the original aims of the US occupation of Iraq was to weaken and divide a state that served as a focus of power in the Arab East. Outlined in articles such as “The Three State Solution” by Leslie Gelb in The New York Times of 25 November 2003, the partition of Iraq along sectarian lines has been a constant in US occupation policy.
When the US installed a puppet regime, it assigned seats along religious lines. In the recent sham “election” the US facilitated Kurdish chauvinists in northern Iraq to flood the city of Kirkuk with outside voters, provoking ethnic discord between Kurds on the one side, and Arabs and Turkmen on the other. Meanwhile the US occupation forces have incorporated large numbers of Shi‘i chauvinist Badr Brigade gunmen in their puppet police and so-called “national guard” and used sectarian preachers to incite such fighters against defiant Iraqi Resistance fighters in al-Fallujah.
In theory and practice the US has worked to divide Iraq in the hopes of weakening the Resistance to its occupation. Friday’s bombings of Shi‘i mosques fit well into this American strategy of “divide and rule.”
Resistance car bomber blasts US troop column in al-Mahmudiyah, killing 10 Americans.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter slammed an explosives-laden car into a US military column composed of several armored vehicles in the city of al-Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad on Friday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported. The blast destroyed four US military vehicles, one of them a Zil troop transport, and left 10 American soldiers dead and nine others injured. The remaining US vehicles in the column encircled the scene of the attack.
In a dispatch posted at 5:58pm Mecca time Friday evening, the correspondent said that the US forces were still at that time awaiting reinforcements to arrive from their camp one kilometer away. A lieutenant in the Iraqi puppet police told the correspondent that there ahd been 10 US troops killed in the attack and nine wounded. He noted, however, that the number of deaths was likely to rise, given the severity of the injuries suffered by some of the wounded men.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Official in ‘Allawi’s party kidnapped near ad-Dujayl.
Iraqi puppet police captain Akram Kamil announced that Sayf Abu Mush‘al Hasan, an official in the National Accord Party headed by outgoing puppet “primeminister” Iyyad ‘Allawi was kidnapped from his home in the area of ad-Dujayl in Salah ad-Din Province, north of Samarra’. According to Mafkarat al-Islam, Agence France Presse (AFP) quoted the captain as saying that four masked men arrived in a car and kidnapped Hasan on Wednesday night. ‘Allawi’s party has announced that a total of 20 members of the pro-American movement have been assassinated since the start of 2005, and more than 40 have been killed since the US occupied Baghdad in April 2003.
Resistance bomb destroys US Humvee in Mosul.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military column in the al-Islah az-Zira‘i neighborhood of the northern city of Mosul at 1pm Friday afternoon local time. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the blast virtually totally destroyed a US Humvee and left two American troops dead and three more wounded.
Resistance sharp shooter kills south Korean soldier in Irbil.
An Iraqi Resistance sharp shooter shot and killed a south Korean soldier in the middle of Irbil, 350km north of Baghdad, on Friday. The local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local eyewitnesses as saying that the soldier, who was a part of what is known as the Korean Regular Army, was killed as he stood at a check point in the Baghdad neighborhood of downtown Irbil at 11am, local time, Friday morning.
Witnesses said that the Korean soldier was killed instantly. He was already dead from a bullet wound in the chest when medical personnel arrived on the scene. South Korean troops together with Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah militia who work with the US occupation, surrounded the scene after the attack and began a fruitless search for the attacker.
Resistance landmine kills three Polish occupation troops in al-Hillah.
An Iraqi Resistance anti-personnel land mine exploded in the path of a patrol of Polish occupation troops in the southern city of al-Hillah at about 8am Friday morning, killing three Polish soldiers and moderately wounding a fourth, Mafkarat al-Islam reported. The correspondent in al-Hillah reported that members of the local puppet police said that the land mine was a homemade explosive device that had been planted in the middle of a dirt road in the az-Zuhur neighborhood of downtown al-Hillah.
Saturday, 19 February 2005.
Al-Qa’im – Al-Anbar Province.
Resistance bomb west of al-Qa’im kills four US troops.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military column made up of four Humvees as it passed through the neighborhood of al-Fusfat west of al-Qa’im on the border with Syria. One Humvee was destroyed and four American troops were killed instantly in the attack, the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported.
Resistance bomb targets US Marine column in Hit Saturday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military column in the al-Hamam neighborhood of Hit at 1pm Saturday, local time, witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam. The blast destroyed a Humvee and killed two US troops and wounded two more. A member of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” who had been transferred in from Baghdad said that the two men who were killed and the two who were wounded were US Marines. He said that one of the wounded men was in serious condition.
Resistance attack kills four US troops, captures one more near ar-Ramadi Saturday evening.
In a dispatch posted at 6:40pm Mecca time Saturday evening, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in ar-Ramadi reported that a short while before Iraqi Resistance fighters had launched a rocket attack at a US patrol made up of three Humvees in the as-Siramik neighborhood west of ar-Ramadi.
Eyewitnesses reported that the attack, which took place at the western entrance to the city, destroyed a Humvee and left four US troops dead. A fifth American was taken prisoner by the Resistance fighters after the Humvee was destroyed and four others killed. The fifth man tried in vain to catch up on his own with the rest of the US column that fled from the scene at high speed.
Witnesses said that the there were 10 masked men in the Iraqi Resistance detachment that carried out the attack and that they were armed with pipe rockets and medium weight machine guns. Witnesses later saw the blindfolded American captive being driven away by the Resistance fighters as crowds proclaimed “Allahu Akbar!” [“God is greatest!”] local men and women, having gathered to view the aftermath of the attack.
Resistance mortar barrage destroys US command post near al-Fallujah.
Iraqi Resistance forces in al-Fallujah fired 13 mortar rounds at a US command post located at the eastern approaches to al-Fallujah Friday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported. A source in the local puppet police reported that the rocket attack occurred at 7pm Friday night local time. The barrage destroyed four Humvees and the command post itself, which was intended for use as a checkpoint, and left eight US troops dead and 11 more wounded in varying degrees.
Tiktrit – Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance bomb hits US column near Bayji refinery.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated a bomb nest to a US column made up of several vehicles in the al-Ishaqi area north of Tikrit in Salah ad-Din Province, Mafkarat al-Islam reported. Eyewitnesses said that the blast destroyed an American tank and killed five US troops. They said that the bomb was planted by the side of the main road that US trucks use to carry raw fuels to the Bayji refinery.
The blast struck a US column on one of its daily routine patrols, destroying a tank and killing the five troops who were aboard it.
Iraqi Resistance blasts US column in ad-Durah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the path of a US military column on the highway in the Sukkaniya area of Baghdad’s southern suburb of ad-Durah. The American column was transporting a number of Iraqi and other Arab prisoners in transports guarded by four Humvees and two Zil troop transports loaded with American soldiers who pointed their guns at onlookers out of fear that they might be attacked at any time.
The bomb, nevertheless, took them by surprise, as it had been planted in a plastic gasoline container ostensibly for sale – a common site on that street which is frequently traveled by the US forces. The gasoline container was placed by the side of the road on the sidewalk near the street. It exploded as the American column was passing.
Witnesses told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb did not go off as the first vehicle, carrying the prisoners, passed by, but exploded when the second vehicle was passing – a vehicle loaded with US troops. That fact indicated that the blast was set off by remote control.
The witnesses reported that all those aboard the stricken US vehicle were killed or wounded. One passerby told the correspondent that there had been 13 US troops on the vehicle, of whom five were killed, and the rest seriously wounded – the force of the blast throwing them some distance through the air.
After the attack, US troops arrested all the gasoline sellers on the street, even the children, claiming that they helped the bomber or at least knew who had planted the bomb.
Resistance bomb hits US troops in al-Mahawil.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the path of a US military column made up of several vehicles as it passed through the city of al-Mahawil, 31km south of Baghdad and east of al-Hillah.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that eyewitnesses said that the blast occurred in the Old ad-Dubbat neighborhood near the Greater Khadijah School at exactly 10am Saturday. The blast killed two US troops and wounded two more, the correspondent reported. Local witnesses told the correspondent that the bomb had been planted by the side of the road and exploded by the US column, destroying a Humvee and killing or wounding the US troops.
The correspondent wrote that when he arrived on the scene of the blast US forces were trying to haul away the wreckage of the vehicle and were preventing journalists from taking pictures.
Ireland offers to help train officers in Iraqi puppet police.
As part of the European community’s effort to improve relations with its hegemon in Washington, the Republic of Ireland announced that it will offer to train Iraqi puppet police officers for the American occupation of Iraq. The Irish Independent newspaper reported the move on Saturday, a first for the Dublin regime which has so far only provided financial help to the US occupation.
Martyrdom attacker blows up motorcycle bomb next to US column in Samarra’.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter blew up an explosives-laden motorcycle, killing nine US troops in Samarra’, north of Baghdad.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Samarra’ reported eyewitnesses as saying that the martyrdim fighter blew up the motorcycle by a US foot patrol at 4:30am on Saturday. The US patrol was in the area of the citadel in the north of Samarra’ headed into the city. The witnesses said that four US troops were wounded in the attack, one of them, he said, mortally.
The Salafi Squadrons of the ‘Ibad ar-Rahman announced their responsibility for the attack, saying that the martyrdom fighter who carried it out was one of their young men from the Arabian Peninsula.
Ba‘qubah – Diyala Province.
Entire US column reported wiped out in ambush near Iranian border.
A US military column was completely wiped out in fierce fighting with Resistance forces according to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the town of al-Mundhiriyah, near the Iranian border, east of Ba‘qubah.
The correspondent, who was at the scene of the battle, wrote that a US column made up of eight vehicles came under Iraqi Resistance attack in the Jalabiyah area, known as the at-Tilal or hilly area, at 10pm Friday night. The Resistance fighters holed up in strongholds in the hills unleashed a sweeping attack on the US column, using missiles, pipe rockets, bazookas, and land mines that they had planted in the path of the American forces before their arrival.
Four US tanks, three Humvees, and one armored vehicle were destroyed in the fighting that lasted two hours, the correspondent reported. He said that US dead were in excess of 60 men. An adjutant commander of the Iraqi border guards confirmed that the entire US column was wiped out.
US helicopters arrived on the scene 20 minutes after the battle and began revenge attacks on the local people. The US aircraft rocketed four houses, killing 19 Iraqi civilians, including 11 women and children, according to the account of al-Mundhiriyah General Hospital.
The Squadrons of Abu Dajjanah al-Ansari announced its responsibility for the attack that it called “the Battle of ‘Khaybar is Ruined’.”
When the correspondent filed his report posted at 11:10am Saturday morning Mecca time, US forces had imposed curfew on al-Mundhiriyah since the early hours of the morning. The Americans arrested the local puppet police commander, charging him with helping what they referred to as “terrorists” – meaning the Iraqi Resistance. They have also prevented journalists from coming from the Provincial capital Ba‘qubah to al-Mundhiriyah.
Resistance car bomb kills four US troops east of Ba‘qubah.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded at a US inspection barrier east of Ba‘qubah on the road leading to al-Khalis at 11am Saturday morning, local time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported. Witnesses told the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent that a Resistance martyrdom fighter slammed his car into a US inspection barrier, killing seven US troops and wounding more than four more of them, including one high-ranking officer. A source in the fire department also told the correspondent that the attack killed seven US troops and wounded four more.
Resistance car bomb kills puppet guardsman.
In a dispatch posted at 9am Saturday morning Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while previously an official in the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” announced that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb had exploded, killing a member of the puppet guard and “civilian” in Ba‘qubah, north of Baghdad. Reuters reported that the blast took place at the puppet guard headquarters in Ba‘qubah.
An-Nasiriyah – Dhi Qar Province.
Resistance sharpshooter kills Italian soldier in an-Nasiriyah.
An Iraqi Resistance sharp shooter shot and killed an Italian occupation soldier in the southern Iraqi city of an-Nasiriyah, Mafkarat al-Islam reported. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the city reported that the Italian soldier was standing in the midst of al-A’immah Street in the west of the city when he was struck by the Resistance sharpshooter’s bullet. After the attack, Italian troops surrounded the area and began a four-hour search for the attacker in surrounding areas.
As-Samawah – al-Muthanna Province.
Resistance pounds Japanese occupation troops with rocket barrage.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven Grad rockets into the Japanese occupation troops’ base in the southern Iraqi city of as-Samawah at about 7am Saturday, local time Mafkarat al-Islam reported. The correspondent, who witnessed the attack along with local towns people said that thick clouds of smoke rose over the Japanese base and four powerful secondary explosions went off inside the facility after the attack. As of the time of writing, the correspondent said in a report posted at 11:35am Mecca time Saturday, the Japanese occupation forces had made no announcement regarding casualties or losses