- Iraqi Resistance Report
for events of Friday, 11 March 2005 and Saturday, 12 March 2005.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board
The Free Arab Voice.
- Friday, 11 March
- Resistance battles US troops in ar-Ramadi.
- In a dispatch posted at 11:15am Mecca time Friday
morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that fierce fighting had
broken out between the Resistance and US occupation troops in central
ar-Ramadi at about 10:30am Friday morning local time and was still going
- The Resistance fighters were equipped with light
arms RPG7 rocket launchers and medium-weight (62mm) mortars.
- Witnesses in the area near the battle told
Mafkarat al-Islam that at the time of writing four US Humvees had
been destroyed and nine US troops killed and seven more wounded. Two
Resistance fighters had been martyred.
- Bomb kills three US troops in southwest
ar-Ramadi early Friday.
- In a dispatch posted at 11:35am Mecca time Friday
morning Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb
had exploded by a four-Humvee US column in the at-Ta’mim neighborhood to
the southwest or ar-Ramadi at 7am Friday. The blast destroyed one
Humvee and killed three US troops and wounded two more.
- Witnesses living in at-Ta’mim neighborhood
reported that Resistance fighters planted the bomb at the side of the
road where it blew up. Afterwards, US troops raided houses nearby and
arrested people, charging them with carrying out attacks on US troops.
- Resistance bombards US base on Syrian border
- Iraqi Resistance forces fired nine 120mm mortar
rounds into the US A22 base in al-Qa’im on the Syrian border at 9am
Friday morning. Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses living in
the area near the base as saying that they heard nine powerful
explosions followed by secondary explosions when American munitions
began going off. They saw dense plumes of smoke rising over the US
- American helicopters flew in over the base and
nearby areas at low altitude searching for the attackers but they found
- Resistance car bomb kills seven US troops in
al-Khalidiyah Friday morning.
- An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an
explosives-laden car into a column of three Humvees and two new-type
armored vehicles in the city of al-Khalidiyah, 90km west of Baghdad at
8:30am Friday morning. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam
reported that the fighter accelerated his car to extremely high speed
before blasting into the column, destroying one armored vehicle and one
Humvee and killing seven US troops. Two more Americans were wounded in
- Witnesses said that the fighter struck vehicles
in the middle of the American column as it headed down the main street
in downtown al-Khalidiyah. After the attack, American forces surrounded
the area and prevented journalists from approaching.
- Salah ad-Din
- Resistance ambushes US patrol in Samarra’
sparking fierce battle.
- Fierce fighting broke out between Resistance
forces and US occupation troops in Samarra’, 120km north of Baghdad on
Friday morning. Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance
used light and medium-weight arms in the battle that broke out in the
al-Muhandisin neighborhood of central Samarra’ at 11am local time
- The Resistance fighters destroyed two US Humvees
and killed four US troops. Another three American soldiers were
severely wounded. One of the Resistance fighters was martyred in the
combat, Mafkarat al-Islam reported.
- The correspondent reported witnesses in the
al-Muhandisin neighborhood as saying that the Resistance mounted an
ambush on a US patrol made up of five Humvees in one side street in the
neighborhood. Heavy fighting broke out as a result.
- Resistance downs US helicopter.
- Iraqi Resistance forces shot down a US helicopter
as it hovered in the skies over Bayji, north of Baghdad at midday
Friday. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Bayji reported
that the Resistance shot down the American Black Hawk helicopter at
12:30pm local time Friday afternoon in the al-Jazirah area west of
Bayji. Witnesses who live in al-Jazirah said that the Resistance
fighters shot one shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missile hitting the
helicopter directly and totally destroying the craft, killing its
- Ninwa Province.
- Resistance mortar barrage blows up mess hall,
ammo dump on US base killing 15 US troops.
- Iraqi Resistance forces fired fourteen 120mm
mortar rounds into the US al-Ghazlani base in Mosul at 10am Friday
morning local time. Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the
bombardment killed 15 American troops and wounded another 19. The
correspondent obtained the figures from an officer in the puppet
so-called “Iraqi national guard” who refused to let his name be used but
who said that the barrage struck a mess hall (lunch room) and an
ammunition depot inside the base, producing the relatively high casualty
- Resistance bombards Japanese occupation troop
base in as-Samawah Friday morning.
- Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 120mm mortar
rounds into the Japanese occupation forces’ base in the southern Iraqi
city of as-Samawah at 10am local time Friday morning. The correspondent
for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported witnesses who live in
the city as saying that they heard six violent explosions shake the
Japanese base at 10am. Those blasts were followed by secondary
explosions as the Japanese’ own munitions began blowing up.
- Witnesses saw columns of smoke rising over the
base as Japanese helicopters crisscrossed the sky above at low altitude.
- Saturday, 12 March 2005.
- Resistance shoots down Black Hawk helicopter near
Hit early Saturday.
- Iraqi Resistance forces shot down a US Black Hawk
helicopter over the village of az-Zawiyyah west of Hit (which is 180km
west of Baghdad) at 6am local time Saturday morning. Mafkarat
al-Islam reported witnesses as saying that the Resistance shot a
shoulder-fired anti-aircraft Strela rocket that scored a direct hit on
the aircraft, totally destroying it in mid-air and killing its two-man
- Resistance bomb kills four US troops near
- An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US column
near the village of al-Fahhamah in the al-Habbaniyah area at 11am
Saturday local time Mafkarat al-Islam reported. The blast
destroyed one American Humvee and killed four US troops and wounded
three more. The correspondent said that the bomb had been planted in
the middle of a dirt road leading from the center of the al-Habbaniyah
area to al-Fahhamah village. It went off when the US vehicle drove over
it. The four Americans who were killed were riding in the vehicle that
detonated the bomb, the wounded men were in the vehicle immediately
- Resistance mortars pound US base in al-Qa’im.
- Iraqi Resistance forces fired five mortar rounds
into the US base known as A22 in the city of al-Qa’im on the border with
- The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam
reported residents of the area around the base as saying that they heard
five powerful explosions inside the facility at 2pm Saturday afternoon,
local time, and they believed the blasts came from a mortar barrage
hitting the camp.
- The correspondent reported clouds of smoke rising
from within the base as warning sirens wailed and American helicopters
flocked in overhead at low altitudes.
- Three American troops killed, two wounded in
bombing near al-Hadithah Saturday afternoon.
- An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US
military column made up of two armored vehicles and four Humvees in the
village of al-Haqlaniyah east of the city of al-Hadithah, at 3pm
Saturday afternoon local time. Mafkarat al-Islam reported that
the bomb destroyed one US armored vehicle and killed three American
soldiers. Another two US troops were wounded in the attack.
- Villagers who witnessed the bombing said that
Resistance fighters planted the bomb by the side of the main road in the
al-Haqlaniyah and it went off as the US column was passing by. The
witnesses said that three Americans were killed and two wounded in the
attack and that they had seen their battered bodies strewn on the ground
after the blast.
- Resistance bomb kills two US troops Saturday
- In a dispatch posted at 8:50pm Saturday night
Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier
an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a four vehicle US military column
that was driving through the as-Sikak neighborhood in the north of
ar-Ramadi. The blast disabled a Humvee and killed two American troops
and seriously wounded three more. The correspondent reported puppet
police sources as saying that US troops arrested a person who happened
to be near the scene of the bomb attack, claiming that he had planted
the bomb. The Americans also surrounded the scene of the attack and at
the time of writing were storming into houses where they were doing
- US responds to Resistance barrage by bombarding
houses, killing three Iraqi civilians.
- Iraqi Resistance forces fired five mortar rounds
into the US base in the customs area in the city of al-Husaybah on the
Syrian border Mafkarat al-Islam Saturday.
- American forces then responded with a bombardment
of their own at about 3:30pm Saturday afternoon, blasting houses in the
city of al-Husaybah and killing three Iraqi civilians.
- Resistance bombs target US troops in
as-Saqlawiyah, ‘Amiriyat al-Fallujah on Friday and Saturday, after
American forces shoot Iraqi family dead at checkpoint.
- An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on the highway
east of as-Saqlawiyah opposite the Shuhada’ as-Saqlawiyah neighborhood
at about 9:30pm Friday night and then a second Resistance bomb went off
in the same area at about 10:45pm Friday.
- The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam
reported that a third Resistance bomb exploded Saturday near the
al-Faris al-‘Arabi middle school in the ‘Amiriyat al-Fallujah area south
of the city of al-Fallujha causing minor damage to two US Humvees.
- US forces for their part killed a family of four
– a man, his wife, and two children – by a roadblock near the school on
Friday. One passenger in the car who was not killed was also targeted
by US gunfire at sunset Friday.
- Iraqi Resistance fighters attack US convoy, set
five captive Resistance leaders free.
- A detachment of about 20 Iraqi Resistance
fighters attacked a US convoy transporting five top leaders of the Iraqi
armed Resistance who had been captured in various places around Iraq in
the battles that take place daily throughout the country.
- The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam,
who compiled his report (posted at 11:20am Mecca time Saturday morning)
at the scene of where the attack took place, wrote that the Resistance
ambush destroyed three Humvees and killed 13 American troops and four
Iraqi collaborators working for the invaders in Abu Ghurayb prison camp.
- The correspondent reported Captain Ahmad Jawdah
of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” – which showed up in
unusual strength after the attack – as saying that more than 20
Resistance fighters attacked the American convoy with light, medium, and
heavy weapons when it was in the area of adh-Dhahab al-Abyad village in
the vicinity of Abu Ghurayb. Three American vehicles were destroyed and
the transport vehicle in which the five Resistance commanders were being
carried was disabled. The puppet captain said that the Resistance
commanders were being taken to court in Baghdad.
- In a dispatch posted at 3:15pm Saturday
afternoon, Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short
while before the Iraqi Resistance fired a barrage of five RPG7 rockets
at a concentration of a large number of US troops and vehicles, gathered
in the Abu Ghurayb area after the Resistance raid that set five
Resistance commanders free earlier in the day.
- The afternoon rocket attack totally destroyed a
Bradley armored vehicle and a Humvee and killed all the 11 American
troops who were aboard them. The afternoon attack took place in broad
daylight in before local witnesses. The two stricken vehicles had been
parked by the side of the road as part of an checkpoint for local
passers by. The Americans at the checkpoint had with them photographs
of the escaped Resistance commanders and other fighters whom they were
trying to capture.
- In his dispatch the Mafkarat al-Islam
correspondent reported that of the 11 Americans killed in the attack,
the bodies of five were still inside one of the burning vehicles. At
the time of writing, American troops were trying to extract those
remains from the fiery wreck.
- Witnesses said they heard the cries of the
American troops calling for help from inside the vehicle as the fire
began to blaze. Later their voices fell silent and they perished.
- The correspondent described the scene in Abu
Ghurayb as “bloody,” noting that the Americans had been knocked off
balance by the series of two attacks in which a total of 24 US troops
had been killed in addition to many wounded besides. As a result the
Americans were frightened and volatile.
- Babil Province.
- Resistance shoots down Black Hawk south of
Baghdad, crew killed.
- In a dispatch posted at 2:25pm Mecca time
Saturday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi
Resistance forces had shot down a US Black Hawk helicopter with ground
fire a short while before.
- The correspondent reported that the helicopter
was flying at very low altitude when the Resistance fired a
shoulder-carried C5K rocket at it, striking it from the front and
completely blowing it apart, scattering small pieces through the air.
The two-man crew was killed. Witnesses reported that the wreckage of
the craft landed in a date palm grove west of the city and started a big
fire blazing which local firemen were working to extinguish at the time
the correspondent filed his report. US forces also arrived on the scene
to search for the remains of the crewmen.
- Nine US troops killed in mortar attack near
- Iraqi Resistance forces fired a fierce barrage of
120mm mortar rounds at US military observation towers in the area of
al-Mundhiriyah on the border with Iran at about 1pm Saturday local
time. Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the barrage left nine US
troops and one Iraqi collaborator translator dead and several others
- A source in the puppet “border police” told
Mafkarat al-Islam that armed men attacked the three observation
towers on the border strip between Iraq and Iran with mortar rounds,
inflicting the casualties quoted above.
- Salah ad-Din
- Three American soldiers killed in Tikrit bombing
- An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a
four-Humvee US military patrol as it went down 40 Street in downtown in
Tikrit, north of Baghdad, at 5:30pm Saturday afternoon, local time. The
correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the blast
destroyed one Humvee and killed three American troops. A fourth
American soldier was wounded in the attack as well. Local residents who
witnessed the bombing reported that all the troops aboard the stricken
vehicle were killed.
- Six puppet “national guards” killed in Resistance
bomb attack in Samarra’.
- In a dispatch posted at 12:27pm Mecca time
Saturday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi
Resistance bomb exploded by an puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard”
column in Samarra’ on Saturday. Witnessses said that the Resistance
planted the bomb by the side of a road in the al-Mu‘tasim neighborhood
in the city. It blew up by a puppet “national guard” pickup, totally
destroying the vehicle and killing six puppet guards. After the attack,
Iraqi puppet troops and police surrounded the attack site and hauled the
bodies of the dead out of the wrecked vehicle.
- Iraqi man tortured to death by so-called
“interior ministry” father says.
- An Iraqi who had earlier been shown on the puppet
government-run al-‘Iraqiyah TV network saying he had attacked Iraqi
puppet troops was tortured to death and then returned to his family, the
man’s father charged Friday, Agence France Presse (AFP) reported.
- Khalid Juli, a resident of Samarra’, said that
his son, Qahtan, was delivered to him by the interior ministry's elite
commando units. My son was killed after he was tortured by the
‘interior ministry’ commandos. They killed him to cover up the lies they
broadcast on al-‘Iraqiya channel that my son killed many people,
including Iraqi army officers,” Juli told AFP.
- Juli’s son, a former member of the puppet police,
was arrested for his suspected involvement in attacks against the puppet
security forces. He appeared earlier this week on al-‘Iraqiya satellite
television's “Confessions” program, on which captives identified as
Resistance fighters are made to confess their “crimes.” There was no
immediate confirmation from Iraqi puppet police of Qahtan Juli’s death.
- Resistance mounts deadly rocket barrage on US
base in Kirkuk Airport.
- Iraqi Resistance forces fired six Grad rockets
into the southern parts of the US base set up in Kirkuk International
Airport Saturday morning. Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses
as saying that the attack took place at 6am local time.
- Residents of houses near the American base said
that they heard the thunder of 11 explosions shake the whole city after
the attack and saw thick smoke rising into the sky. The correspondent
himself, who arrived on the scene half an hour after the attack,
reported seeing US Chinook and Apache helicopters making trips to
evacuated dead and wounded out of the camp to Baghdad. More than eight
US helicopters were involved in the airlift, a number confirmed to the
reporter by Iraqi puppet officials at the airport. The puppet officials
confirmed that the attack had left “a number” of dead and wounded
- Irbil Province.
- Resistance bombards south Korean camp with
- In a dispatch posted at 8:55pm Saturday night
Mecca time, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that
a short while before Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Katyusha
surface-to-surface rockets into the south Korean base in the northern
Iraqi city of Irbil. Dense smoke was rising from the Korean occupied
- Local witnesses reported hearing explosions
inside the camp after the bombardment, indicating that the Koreans’ own
munitions had begun to explode. The south Koreans sounded sirens and
Iraqi puppet police and collaborationist Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah
gunmen were seen heading towards the base. US helicopters came in to
hover above the base and take part in rescue operations.
- The correspondent noted that the attack was the
first of its kind on the south Korean invaders in the camp they occupy.
- Resistance car bomb kills six Americans, three
British troops in al-Basrah Saturday.
- In a dispatch posted at 11:35am Saturday morning,
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb
exploded by a joint Anglo-American military column in the middle of
az-Zubayr, a town with a Sunni majority, in the area of the southern
Iraqi city of al-Basrah Saturday morning.
- The blast killed six American troops and injured
two more Americans. Also killed were three British soldiers and one
more British soldier was wounded. The local correspondent for Mafkarat
al-Islam in al-Basrah reported eye witnesses as saying that an
explosives-laden black Capris car exploded by the Anglo-American convoy,
destroying one US Humvee and disabling a second and destroying a British
armored Jeep. The witnesses reported the number of dead and wounded
among the American and British troops and added that those who had been
wounded were seriously injured.
- The correspondent reported local residents as
being surprised by the attack. One local man said, “the American and
British vehicles were so big and the number of troops in the column so
great that we said to ourselves that there’s no way the Resistance will
be attacking this column today. But that car bomb was something nobody
- Al-Basrah hospital announced that after the
attack the body of the martyrdom fighter who carried out the car bombing
was found. It was completely charred and no identification could be
made as of the time of reporting.