Iraqi Resistance Report for events of
Saturday, 5 March 2005 and Sunday, 6 March 2005
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr,
member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Saturday, 5 March 2005.
Resistance fires barrage at US base in al-Qa’im Saturday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven mortar rounds into the US base known
as A22 near al-Qa’im on the Syrian border at 5:30am Saturday morning
Mafkarat al-Islam reported. Eyewitnesses said that the bombardment sent
plumes of black smoke rising into the sky. Secondary explosions could be
heard going off within the base after the attack.
The correspondent reported seeing US helicopters flying over the compound
at low altitudes for about half an hour. US artillery returned fire at the
Resistance attackers, firing more than 20 rockets at the western side of
the city where the Resistance fire originated. As a result of the American
fire, a member of the Resistance was martyred and citrus and date palm
groves caught fire.
Resistance blasts US base in ar-Ramadi.
Iraqi Resistance forces mounted a fierce bombardment of the US base
headquarters in the western part of the city Saturday afternoon. In a
report filed as the barrage was under way, the Mafkarat al-Islam
correspondent reported that so-far about 19 mortar rounds had blasted into
the American-occupied facility sending dense clouds of smoke rising over
the compound. Large numbers of US helicopters could be seen flying around
over and near by the base.
US admits four American occupation Marines killed in al-Anbar Friday.
US military forces admitted that four of their Marines had been killed in
al-Anbar Province on Friday. As usual with the US statements, no details
Iraqi Resistance bombards then mounts ground attack on Abu Ghurayb
Iraqi Resistance forces fired 17 mortar rounds into the US prison camp at
Abu Ghurayb Saturday afternoon. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent
reported that the barrage of mortar rounds, all fired at about the same
time, sent clouds of smoke rising into the sky and set massive fires
burning inside the facility.
After the bombardment, Iraqi Resistance fighters carried out a ground
assault on the western part of the Abu Ghurayb prison camp, killing four
American troops, three Nepalese “service soldiers,” and nine Iraqi puppet
troops. Seven Iraqi Resistance fighters were martyred in the attack, three
of them fraternal Arab volunteers.
The correspondent reported a source in the puppet police, who are charged
with guarding the American prison camp, as saying that the Resistance
bombardment killed a “small number” of US troops, but that the ground
attack on the western part of the compound was more bloody, and he
detailed the casualties as stated above. The apparent aim of the ground
attack, the correspondent wrote, was the setting free of prisoners.
Long after the attack US and puppet forces continued to completely
encircle the scene of the attack, shutting down roads and cutting off all
access to the area and also shutting down communications including
cellular telephones, effectively cutting Abu Ghurayb off from the outside
world. At the time of reporting, US troops were engaged in house-to-house
raids and searches throughout all parts of the city.
Resistance bomb kills four US troops in ad-Durah Saturday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol in the al-Mahdiyah area
of the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah. The Mafkarat al-Islam
correspondent in ad-Durah reported that the bomb went off at 4pm Saturday
and destroyed a Humvee and killed four American soldiers.
Local residents who saw the attack told the correspondent that the bomb
was planted by the side of the main road in the First al-Mahdiyah area.
Afterwards, US forces encircled the area and evacuated their dead, the
Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance bombards US base in at-Tarimiyah Saturday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired fourteen mortar rounds into the US base
known as “al-Layth,” setting massive fires that US forces and their
helicopters were unable to extinguish for a long time after the attack,
which took place at 8am Saturday morning. The Americans were forced to
call in the Iraqi fire department to battle the blazes.
One fireman after taking part in putting out the fire and emerging from
the US camp, told Mafkarat al-Islam that he saw more than 15 charred
bodies of US troops lying next to one demolished housing building. He
confirmed that there were more dead besides those.
The Salafi Brigades of al-Jarrah Resistance organization announced its
responsibility for the attack in a communiqué distributed in several local
Resistance battles US occupation troops in western Bayji midday
Fighting between US occupation forces and Iraqi Resistance fighters raged
in Bayji, north of Baghdad in Salah ad-Din Province on Saturday. Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that the battle erupted at 12 noon local time and left
two US Humvees destroyed and six American troops dead. Four more American
soldiers were wounded in the fighting.
Witnesses told the correspondent that the fighting took place in the
western part of the city of Bayji. They said that the Resistance fighters
were armed with light and medium-weight arms such as RPG7s.
Resistance bombards US base in Bayji Saturday.
Iraqi Resistance forces in Bayji bombarded the US base in the city with
nine mortar rounds sending plumes of smoke rising into the sky over the
facility, the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in Bayji reported. No
information was available on the extent or nature of US casualties.
Resistance bomb kills two Polish troops early Saturday in al-Hillah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a joint patrol of Polish occupation
troops and puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” in the al-Jabawiyin
neighborhood of al-Hillah, 70km south of Baghdad, at 7:30am Saturday
morning. Mafkarat al-Islam reported puppet police sources as saying that
on Polish vehicle was disabled and two Polish occupation troops were
killed in the attack. Occupation forces and puppet troops closed off the
area which was still sealed off at the time the correspondent filed his
report. They searched houses and stores in the area and arrested a number
of residents of Sudanese and Egyptian origin who work in some of the
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in the al-Husayn neighborhood
in middle of the southern Iraqi city of ad-Diwaniyah at 6pm Friday. The
blast destroyed a Bulgarian military vehicle and killed three Bulgarian
troops, the body of one of them being completely blown apart. The
correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as reporting the
extent of damage and casualties.
After the attack, Bulgarian occupation troops encircled the scene of the
attack and prevented journalists from approaching or taking pictures. They
launched a large-scale wave of arrests of people they charged with
involvement in the Resistance attack.
The Bulgarian occupation troops officially acknowledged the death of one
of their number but puppet police and eyewitnesses insisted that three of
the Bulgarians had been killed.
Sunday, 6 March 2005.
Resistance sinks US patrol boat near al-Hadithah killing five US troops
Iraqi Resistance forces in the city of al-Haditiha – which has been
encircled and besieged by US occupation troops for six days – fired three
self-propelled rockets at a US patrol boat near the Hadithah dam at 6am
Sunday morning local time. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the city
reported that the attack completely destroyed the American boat and killed
five US military personnel. One of the dam workers told Mafkarat al-Islam
that the three self-propelled rockets scored direct hits on the boat.
Six US troops reported killed in pre-dawn fighting northeast of
Fierce fighting broke out between the Iraqi Resistance and US occupation
troops who are deployed in large numbers in the as-Sufiyah area northeast
of ar-Ramadi. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in ar-Ramadi
reported that the fighting took place at around 1:30am Sunday morning,
local time. Two Humvees were destroyed in the fighting that killed six US
troops and wounded four more. Iraqi Resistance sources said that they lost
two men in the pre-dawn combat. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the
Resistance fighters were armed with medium-weight arms and used pipe
rocket launchers and hand grenades.
Resistance fires mortar barrage into US-controlled border crossing
Iraqi Resistance forces fired three mortar shells into the Iraqi border
center of al-Qadisiyah in al-Anbar Province on the border with Jordan on
Saturday, according to Amman daily al-‘Arab al-Yawm. US troops immediately
sealed off the area.
The American Marines called in aircraft to bomb what they thought were the
sources of the mortar fire, inflicting casualties in dead and wounded
among travelers in the area.
A source on the border told the newspaper that the US occupation forces
had encircled the areas along the Jordanian-Iraqi border and had decided
to keep the al-Qadisiyah border crossing closed until further notice. US
forces then used airplanes to circled the skies over the border center for
a full 12 hours.
Resistance shoots down US Cobra helicopter near ar-Rutbah Saturday night.
Iraqi Resistance forces shot down a US Cobra helicopter on Saturday
evening near the city of ar-Rutbah on the way to Jordan in al-Anbar
Province. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in ar-Rutbah reported
eyewitnesses who live in the az-Zakarit area as saying that the US
helicopter had been flying at low altitude over their area at 9pm Saturday
night when the Resistance opened fire on it with medium-weight weapons,
setting it ablaze and then blowing it up in the air, killing the two-man
A source in the puppet so-called “Iraqi rapid deployment force” confirmed
that a US helicopter had been shot down Saturday night. He said that the
remains of the craft were found in a desert area outside the city.
Resistance pounds US occupation troops throughout al-Fallujah on Sunday.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired Katyusha rockets at concentrations of US
troops near the as-Su’dud School, in the governorate building of
al-Fallujah, and at a gathering of US troops in two houses on the
ash-Shukr Road. Also bombarded was a US command post on the same road. The
attacks occurred at about 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm Sunday. The
correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam also reported that a Humvee was
destroyed by a bomb on ash-Shukr Road.
Iraqi Resistance forces directly attacked houses that the US troops have
taken as shelters for themselves. Dense smoke rose over the buildings, but
the extent and nature of casualties among the invader troops was unknown.
Two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded as a US patrol was passing through the
al-Halabisah area of al-Fallujah, but again, the extent of casualties was
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and destroyed a Humvee east of
al-Fallujah on the road to Abu Ghurayb at about 4:30pm Sunday. Witnesses
reported that two American troops were killed in that attack and two more
The Resistance fired three Katyusha rockets, the first at US forces in the
former Mujahidi Khalq base near al-Fallujah, and two more rockets at the
headquarters of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” in al-Haswah.
First week of March sees relentless Resistance attacks on US, puppet
troops in al-Fallujah.
At 1:00am Monday morning Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam posted a report on
the previous week’s Resistance activity in al-Fallujah. In all 27 US and
Iraqi puppet troops and three spies were killed and four Humvees destroyed
during the week. In addition the Resistance mounted incessant rocket
attacks on the occupation and its stooges.
On Tuesday, 1 March the Resistance in al-Fallujah destroyed a Humvee by
the Great Mosque in al-Fallujah. Another Humvee was disabled near the
train station on ath-Tharthar Street. Several Iraqi Resistance bombs went
off in succession on Tuesday as a pickup and a bus belonging to the puppet
“national guard” was passing. Then late on Tuesday there was a mortar
bombardment on as-Sakaniyah area in the north of the city.
On Wednesday, 2 March, the Resistance fired two Grad rockets at US troop
concentrations in the as-Sakaniyah area in northern al-Fallujah. The
Resistance struck a command post on the ash-Shukr Road with a Grad rocket.
At about 8am the Resistance fired four 120mm mortar rounds the governorate
building in the city and to more at US troops near the as-Su’dud School.
Three US troops were killed on Thursday, 3 March when a heavy Iraqi
Resistance bomb exploded on the as-Saddah Road in al-Fallujah. A group of
Resistance sharpshooters killed 21 US troops and Iraqi puppet soldiers
during the week ending 3 March.
On Friday, 4 March, the Resistance launched intensive attacks on the US
al-Habbaniyah base, firing 15 Grad rockets and mortar rounds at about
9:30pm. The Resistance destroyed a Humvee and killed three US troops
aboard it with a bomb in al-Habbaniyah. The Resistance also shot two spies
in the al-Jazeerah area of al-Khalidiyah. One other spy was killed in the
Saddamiyat ath-Tharthar area on the banks of the Tigris River at sunset on
the same day. Three explosions rocked various areas of al-Fallujah at
about 9:30. Two Grad rockets blasted a US position inside the city.
On Saturday, 5 March fighting between the Resistance and the occupation
forces broke out in the ash-Shurtah neighborhood of al-Fallujah at about
8pm. Rocket launchers and BKCs were used in the battle. Fighting took
place in the al-Jurayfi and al-‘Askari neighborhoods at about 5am Saturday
and lasted for about half an hour. At about 3pm Saturday, the Resistance
fired three Grad rockets at a US position south of the ash-Shuhada’
neighborhood in thee city. Smoke rose over where the rockets landed for
about half an hour.
Mafkarat al-Islam apologized for the delay in relaying all these reports
on the week’s Resistance activity. The reason for the delay had to do with
the difficulty of communicating within al-Fallujah and the dangerous
situation in the city. But Mafkarat al-Islam wished to relate the news
although it was late in order that it would still be recorded.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Nine US troops killed in ambush on farm road.
Iraqi Resistance forces in the town of ad-Dulu‘iyah, north of Baghdad
attacked a column of US occupation troops in the city at 10am Sunday
morning as they were on their way to the US base in what was formerly the
Iraqi al-Anwa’ Headquarters Airbase. The Resistance ambush destroyed three
Humvees and killed nine US troops. Four other American soldiers were
wounded in the attack.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in ad-Dulu‘iyah reported
eyewitnesses as saying that more than 20 Resistance fighters attacked a US
column of seven vehicles in the middle of a farm road that ran through
cultivated garden areas on both sides, and provided cover for the
fighters. When the US column passed, the Resistance fighters surprised the
Americans, suddenly opening fire with medium-weight machine guns and
rocket launchers. The witnesses said that the Resistance fire on the
American column was very intense.
Meanwhile the deputy director of the puppet forces in ad-Dulu‘iyah told
Mafkarat al-Islam a similar story about the attack, adding that today the
Americans lost more than 13 soldiers killed and wounded in the ambush.
Resistance bomb kills four US troops in al-Latifiyah Sunday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded by a US military column in the
al-Janabiyin area west of al-Latifiyah, 25km south of Baghdad at 9am local
time Sunday morning. The bomb destroyed a US Humvee and killed four
Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Latifiyah that the bomb was planted
on the side of the road leading to al-Janabiyin. After the attack, US
forces closed off the area for two hours during which time they hauled
away the wreckage of the vehicle.
Five US troops killed in Resistance bombing in al-Iskandariyah.
In a dispatch posted at 5:08pm Mecca time, the correspondent for Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that a short while before an Iraqi Resistance bomb
exploded in al-Iskandariyah, south of Baghdad. The correspondent there
reported that the blast went off by a US patrol made up of several
military vehicles including personnel carriers, armored vehicles, and
Humvees. The correspondent said that as the column was on its way to the
north of the city, the bomb that was planted by the side of the road known
as al-Ma‘alif exploded. A source in the puppet so-called Iraqi national
guard, who took part in sealing off the area along with US occupation
troops after the attack, told the reporter that the blast destroyed a Zil
troop transport and killed five US troops and wounded four more. The
explosion left a deep crater in the street he added.
Resistance bomb in city on Iranian border leaves four US troops dead.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military column east of Baghdad
in the city of al-Mundhiriyah in Diyala Province near the Iranian border
at 4pm Sunday afternoon. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported
that the American column was composed of several US armored vehicles and
that the bomb destroyed one Humvee and killed four Americans and seriously
wounded a fifth.
Witnesses told the correspondent that the bomb exploded in the ‘Ali
al-Mahmud neighborhood in the middle of al-Mundhiriyah, and confirmed the
casualty count mentioned above.
In a dispatch posted at 7:45pm Sunday evening Mecca time, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that a short while before, an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom
fighter, his face covered by a kuffiyah, drove an explosives-laden car
into a US military column made up of four Humvees in the Jalula’ area
northeast of Ba‘qubah. The blast destroyed two Humvees and killed eight
American soldiers. Five other US troops were wounded seriously in the
At the time of writing US forces were encircling the area where the attack
occurred. US helicopters had just landed in the place to evacuate the
bodies of the dead and the wounded.
Resistance bomb kills four Iraqi puppet troops near as-Samawah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by an Iraqi puppet army column in
as-Samawah, 85km south of Baghdad at 6am Sunday morning local time.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the blast killed four puppet troops and
severely wounded one more.
The local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses as saying
that the Resistance planted the bomb by the side of the main road
northeast of the city. After the attack, US troops and Iraqi puppet forces
sealed off the area and launched a wave of arrests exclusively of Sunni
Muslims living in the area as the Iraqi puppet forces evacuated their dead
and wounded from the area.
Shi‘i chauvinist militia who now wear the puppet regime’s uniform raid
Sunni mosque, arrest Sunni Iraqis in the city of Karbala’.
Puppet so-called “rapid deployment forces” raided the Sunni al-Wahid
Mosque in al-‘Abbasiyah in Karbala’ 110km south of Baghdad on Friday,
Mafkarat al-Islam reported Sunday. The correspondent in Karbala’ said that
the Iraqi puppet forces, whose members belong to the Shi‘i chauvinist Badr
Brigades, arrested six persons, including the man who declaims the call to
prayer in the mosque and four of the mosque guards.
Local Sunnis brought the sectarian provocation up with the Sunni Board of
Muslim ‘Ulama’ Scholars, the highest religious authority for Sunnis in
Iraq. Leaders of Iraq’s Sunni community called for peace in Karbala’, in
the face of these obvious attempts aimed at stirring up divisive discord
between religious communities with the aim of splitting up the country.
One of the Sunni tribal leaders in Karbala’ spoke of their attempts to
communicate with the most prominent Arab satellite television station to
explain their grievance, but they were unable to do so, even though in the
past the same station had asked Mafkarat al-Islam to help them obtain
footage of the torture and killing of Sunnis in the south of Iraq.
Mafkarat al-Islam notes that its director provided such film footage to
the TV station, but the station simply kept it and failed to offer any
explanation for their delay in making use of it.
Iraqi puppet so-called “national guards” arrested two Sunni Iraqis in the
az-Zubayr section of al-Basrah on Sunday morning. Mafkarat al-Islam
reported that a group of puppet guards surrounded a part of the town and
then stormed the houses of ‘Abd ar-Razzaq ‘Abd ar-Rahman and Muhammad ‘Abd
al-Wudud where they arrested both men. They noted that ‘Abd ar-Razzaq ‘Abd
ar-Rahman worked as a guard in the Sunni Waqf (pious endowment)
directorate in the southern district. He is a guard for Dr. ‘Abd al-Karim
Nasir, the director of the department.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the detachment that arrested the two men
at 9am Sunday morning was made up of five pickups. The correspondent said
that this was the second such case of harassment of the Sunni Waqf
establishment in the area. The home of Dr. ‘Abd al-Karim Nasir was shot at
about two months earlier, an incident that sparked considerable resentment
in the Sunni community of the city.
Mafkarat al-Islam noted that the members of the puppet “national guard”
and the puppet security services in al-Basrah and most of southern Iraq
are made up of members of the Badr Brigades and the Da‘wah Party – both
Shi‘i chauvinist organizations closely tied to the US occupation forces.
The Badr Brigade, for instance, invaded Iraq in tandem with the US troops
in spring 2003.
Powerful elements in the US and the Zionist entity have been seeking to
split Iraq into three separate states. To that end they have been seeking
to provoke sectarian and ethnic discord in the occupied country.