Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 7 March 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Monday, 7 March 2005.
Resistance car bomb kills six US troops in ar-Ramadi.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded as a US column made up of two armored vehicles and four Humvees was passing through the as-Sijariyah area east of ar-Ramadi, Mafkarat al-Islam reported. Witnesses said the car bomb had been parked by the side of the road and that it blew up just as the US patrol was passing, totally destroying one armored vehicle and killing six US troops and wounding three more.
After the attack US forces closed of the area and set up check points. They started storming into houses on raids, arresting 12 persons in the area whom they accused of resisting the US forces.
Resistance rocket attack strikes US troops in occupied school in al-Fallujah.
In a dispatch posted at 4pm Mecca time Monday afternoon, the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while before the Iraqi Resistance had mounted a bombardment of a US occupation troop concentration in the al-Faw School in al-Fallujah, 60km west of Baghdad.
The correspondent wrote that the Resistance attack targeted the Americans in the school located to the east of al-Fallujah and left seven US troops dead and others wounded.
The correspondent reported a source among the American Marines as saying that “terrorists” had used a Russian-made rocket to attack the al-Faw school, which the American military are using as a local headquarters. He said that the rocket landed next to the school fence and exploded, wounding – he claimed – some of the troops gathered there.
Corporal Lawson speculated that the rocket had been launched from inside al-Fallujah in what he regarded as a “breach” of the “security” his forces have been trying to impose on the city.
For their part, local witnesses reported that the rocket struck what had formerly been the school guard’s room in the front of the building where American soldiers were gathered to observe and spy on the area.
At the time of reporting, the correspondent wrote that US forces and their Iraqi stooges had completely encircled the school area.
Resistance fires seven rockets into US base in al-Hadithah shortly after midnight Monday morning.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Hadithah reported hearing seven explosions going off with the US base in the city, which lies west of Baghdad, at 1am local time. The correspondent wrote that the explosions were probably the result of a Resistance rocket barrage launched at the base.
Resistance pounds US base in al-Baghdadi with Katyusha barrage early Monday.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired several Katyusha rockets at the US al-Baghdadi base west of the Iraqi capital at 5am Monday morning, local time. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that more than nine Katyusha rockets blasted into the base, according to witnesses. The correspondent reported that columns of smoke could be seen rising over the base which before the US invasion was known as al-Qadisiyah. US helicopters could also be seen crisscrossing the skies overhead for several hours.
Resistance bombards US camp in al-Hasibah as Americans force themselves into local homes in an attempt to protect themselves from Resistance attacks.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired five mortar rounds into the US base at the customs outpost in al-Hasibah, west of Baghdad on Monday. Mafkarat al-Islam reported local residents as saying that meanwhile US forces continued their attacks on the people of the city, threatening them with a blockade.
Resistance forces opened fire on the US-occupied facility at about 6:30pm. American forces then responded, bombarding the area from which the mortar rounds were fired.
Meanwhile US forces imposed a curfew starting at 6pm and deployed patrols in the city. The patrols aroused people’s anger since they stormed into people’s homes where they hurd all the members of the family into one room while they then camp out in the rest of the house. Other of the Americans sleep on the roof, not coming out until sunrise. The aim of such behavior is for the Americans to protect themselves under the roofs of local people from attacks by the Resistance.
US forces called on local tribal leaders to tell the Resistance that it mush stop attacking the invaders inside the city. If they do not, the Americans threatened, they would encircle and besiege the city as they did to ‘Anah and Rawah, other towns in al-Anbar Province.
Massive deadly Resistance car bombing strikes US checkpoint in Abu Ghurayb early Monday afternoon.
In a dispatch posted at 2:50pm Monday, Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb had exploded at a US check point in Abu Ghurayb a short while earlier. The blast killed a number of US occupation troops and destroyed several vehicles.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the area said that an Opel slammed into the American check point located in the eastern part of the city on the International Highway. At least Nineteen American troops were killed and four Humvees were destroyed, according to Iraqi puppet First Lieutenant Ahmad Kazim, who gave Mafkarat al-Islam the number of US casualties when asked about the extent of damage and loss inflicted by the bombing.
At the time of writing, the correspondent reported that US forces had completely encircled the scene of the attack.
Resistance fighters defend mosque as US Marines try to storm in. Rocket attack on US vehicle kills US Marines, Iraqi spy in ad-Durah.
Iraqi Resistance forces battled US occupation troops in the Abu Dashir are of the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah on Monday after a group of US Marines attempted to storm the Mosque of ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab in the area.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the area reported that the fighting broke out at about 10:15am Monday morning local time as Marines tried to storm into the mosque to search it but were met by stiff resistance from defenders of the mosque. Resistance fighters fired a bazooka at the main gate of the mosque where US troops were gathering to storm the place of worship.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance rocket attack killed three American Marines immediately. It also totally destroyed the mosque gate. One other American soldier was killed by an Iraqi sniper who was positioned in the mosque’s 15-meter tall minaret, Mafkarat al-Islam reported in a dispatch posted at 3:45pm Monday afternoon Mecca time.
After the Resistance attack US troops began to open fire indiscriminately but with great intensity in all directions since they could not tell the location of the source of the fire aimed at them.
Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that a US armored Zil vehicle loaded with troops was parked outside the mosque gate and that an anti-tank grenade hit it and destroyed it completely, killing 11 American troops and one Iraqi. The residents of Abu Dashir said that the Iraqi killed in the Resistance rocket attack was the local traitor who denounced the imam of the mosque and those inside to the Americans and led them there, claiming that they were involved in the Iraqi Resistance.
The Americans managed to kill one of the Resistance fighters who attacked their armored vehicle. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported, however, that the Resistance fighters were able to withdraw from the battlefield after withdrawing the Resistance sharpshooter in the minaret who had been surrounded by the American occupation troops. A witness told Mafkarat al-Islam that the US troops did not enter the mosque after the battle that lasted about 15 minutes. The Americans called in Iraqi puppet forces shortly after the clash and they pursued the Resistance fighters as they withdrew. The puppet troops were unable to catch up with the Resistance fighters, however. After that, US troops hauled away the hulk of their wrecked vehicle and the bodies of their dead.
Puppet police commander in Baghdad assassinated.
Iraqi Resistance forces shot and killed Jawad Kazim, the commander Iraqi puppet police of the anti-crime unit near al-Qadisiyah Hospital in the Madinat Saddam (“Madinat as-Sadr”) section of Baghdad at about 8:30am Monday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported.
Puppet police commander resigns after son kidnapped.
General Razi Khidr resigned from his post as commander of the “joint command” in the Iraqi puppet security forces in Baghdad a day after his son was kidnapped in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 10am Sunday. The abductors had ordered Khidr to abandon work with the puppet police.
Bulgaria: US forces killed Bulgarian occupation soldier.
The Bulgarian Minister of Defense announced that one of its occupation soldiers in Iraq was killed by “friendly fire” from US troops. The Minister, Nikolai Svinarov, said “The result (of the investigation) gives us enough grounds to believe the death of Private Gardi Gardev was caused by friendly fire,” Svinarov told reporters.
Gardev's death Friday came the same day as US troops fired on a vehicle carrying Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, wounding her and killing an Italian intelligence officer who negotiated her release from Resistance fighters.
Svinarov said the incident involving Gardev began when a Bulgarian patrol was approached by a civilian Iraqi car. The vehicle did not stop after the patrol gave a signal, and the Bulgarian occupation troops fired warning shots in the air from the north.
Shortly after the warning shots were fired, the patrol “became the target of massive fire from the west,” where a U.S. Army communications site was located about 150 meters away, Svinarov said.
First reports had said that the Bulgarian soldier was killed in battle with Resistance fighters.
After the fall of the Warsaw Treaty Organization some 15 years ago, Bulgaria became a satellite of the United States and NATO. Like other east European countries, Bulgaria has responded to Washington’s commands and sent troops to help support the American occupation of Iraq.
German regime to train more Iraqi puppet troops in UAE.
The German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder announced on Monday that his country would be training 250 puppet troops for the US imposed regime in Iraq. The training is to take place in the United Arab Emirates. The Spanish Europa Press reported that during a visit to Abu Dhabi Schröder said that Germany would send 70 military trainers to the UAE during April and May to begin training the US-recruited Iraqi puppet forces.
The German regime began training puppet forces for the American occupation regime in Iraq in the year 2004 when 440 puppet officers were trained in the UAE.
Germany, a NATO satellite of the United States, opposed the US invasion of Iraq under strong pressure from the country’s population. The German government remains unwilling to send troops to aid the Americans in Iraq, for fear of massive public reaction at home. But it has agreed to help out its American master in less high-profile ways, such as by training Iraqi puppet troops in countries neighboring Iraq.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance bomb kills six US troops near ad-Dulu‘iyah Monday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US column made up of several armored vehicles in the ad-Dulu‘iyah area north of Baghdad at 10am Monday. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the city’s puppet police as saying that the bomb was planted on a road in the village of al-Wawiyah west of ad-Dulu‘iyah, and that the blast destroyed one US Bradley armored vehicle and killed six American troops and wounded three more.
The correspondent, who arrived on the scene of the attack about 15 minutes after it occurred, reported seeing US troops surrounding the area as two US Apache helicopters evacuated bodies and wounded troops.
Resistance car bomb kills six in Balad, puppet police admit.
The Iraqi puppet army admitted on Monday that six persons were killed and 18 others wounded when an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in Balad north of Baghdad, Mafkarat al-Islam reported in a dispatch posted at 2:30pm Mecca time Monday.
Resistance bombs, battles kill at least 9 puppet troops in Ba‘qubah.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a puppet police motorcade and fighting broke out between Iraqi Resistance forces and US-recruited puppet troops in Ba‘qubah on Monday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported CNN as saying. The blast and the fighting left 11 dead and 20 others wounded. Witnesses and officials in the city hospital told CNN that five Iraqi puppet troops and four puppet police are among the dead.
Resistance bomb in al-Hillah kills three Polish occupation troops.
In a dispatch posted at 6:05pm Mecca time Monday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb had exploded on a feeder road in the al-Anbiya’ neighborhood west of the city of al-Hillah a short while earlier. The correspondent in the city reported that the high-explosive charge destroyed a Polish armored vehicle and killed three Polish troops whose bodies were still lying in the middle of the road when he compiled his report.
Double car bombing kills 22 US troops near Mosul midday Monday.
Two Iraqi Resistance car bombs exploded at about the same time at a US military checkpoint in Kirkuk in northern Iraq on Monday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported.
The correspondent reported eyewitnesses as saying that the two explosions targeted one US checkpoint in the ad-Dibis area north of Kirkuk at 12:30pm Monday afternoon. The blasts killed 22 American troops.
A captain in the puppet “national guard” told Mafkarat al-Islam that two explosives-laden cars slammed into the checkpoint set up in the middle of a local road and blew up simultaneously. The double blast totally destroyed the checkpoint and killed 22 Americans, the captain said.
Drivers of the big trucks that bring petroleum gas to Mosul said that Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighters drove two car bombs into the US checkpoint from two opposite directions, blowing themselves and the checkpoint up.
Witnesses confirmed that the blast left a large number of dead – so many that the dead and wounded had no one to tend to them during the 15 minutes it took for American helicopters to arrive. After the helicopters landed, US personnel evacuated the dead and the wounded who were still alive.
One witness told Mafkarat al-Islam that seven US helicopters had landed at the scene to remove the large number of bodies and wounded. A source in the puppet so-called “external road protection force” told Mafkarat al-Islam that there were more than 22 American troops killed in the double car bombing.
Resistance mounts pre-dawn rocket attack on US base in Kirkuk.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven Grad rockets at the US base set up in Kirkuk Airport at 1am Monday local time. Sources in the Resistance told Mafkarat al-Islam that they fired seven Grad rockets at the base.
Dhi Qar Province.
Two Italian occupation troops killed in Resistance bombing in an-Nasiriyah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by an Italian occupation forces column of four armored vehicles in an-Nasiriyah Mafkarat al-Islam reported in a dispatch posted at 7:06pm Mecca time Monday night. The blast disabled one Italian vehicle and killed two Italian troops and wounded two more.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported local eyewitnesses as saying that the bomb was planted by the side of a road in the ‘Ali al-Gharbi area of the an-Nasiriyah administrative area at 3 o’clock local time.
Resistance sharp shooter kills British soldier in al-Basrah Monday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance sharp shooter shot and killed a British soldier in the az-Zubayr section of al-Basrah in southern Iraq at 4pm Monday afternoon, local time a source in the local puppet police told Mafkarat al-Islam.
Witnesses said that the British soldier was killed when a bullet struck him in the face as he was standing atop a British armored vehicle. Afterwards, British troops surrounded the scene of the attack and launched a wave of searches hunting for the sharpshooter but found nothing.
Puppet “national guard” continue arrests of Sunnis in al-Basrah.
The puppet so-called Iraqi national guard continued its campaign of repression against Sunni citizens with the arrest in Abu al-Khasib, 15km from the center of al-Basrah of a prominent Sunni religious figure. Hamid ‘Alwan as-Sa‘iji, the man who gives the call to prayer in the Abu Khafif mosque, the main Sunni place of worship in Abu al-Khasib was arrested by a large troop of puppet guards two nights ago. He was arrested after he refused to surrender to the puppet forces. When they put a bag over his head, he tore it apart, demanding to know the charge against him.
Another Sunni arrested by the puppet forces in the area was ‘Ali ‘Abd al-Wahhab Ma‘tuq a secondary school student. A witness to his arrest told Mafkarat al-Islam that he was arrested in connection with an explosion in his school. Because ‘Ali was absent that day and the following day he was arrested and it is still unknown where he is being held.
The puppet forces in al-Basrah and most of southern Iraq are made up largely of members of the Shi‘i chauvinist, collaborator Badr Brigade gunmen.