Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 21 March 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Monday, 21 March 2005.
US embassy staff believed killed in Resistance bombing at northern entrance to al-Fallujah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded at the northern entrance to the city of al-Fallujah on Monday morning, destroying two Chevrolet cars that were carrying a number of American “civilians.” The Americans aboard the cars were killed.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported eyewitnesses as saying that three large-sized Chevrolet cars approached al-Fallujah’s northern gate where US troops and their Iraqi stooges have a check point to check Iraqis coming and going to their city. A roadside bomb exploded by the highway bridge linking the highway with the al-Fallujah Bridge at 9am Monday morning, local time. The blast completely destroyed two of the cars, killing all those inside them.
US occupation forces closed off the area completely after the blast, preventing journalists from approaching. The correspondent reported that the US forces also prevented members of the Iraqi puppet army and puppet police from approaching the corpses of the dead Americans or even the blast site as a whole. This aroused suspicions of those on the scene that the people in the targeted vehicles had bee important American officials.
The US military refused to provide any information about the blast or the persons killed in the Chevrolet cars. One Iraqi puppet soldier said that he believed the dead to have been staff members from the US embassy in Baghdad who came to al-Fallujah to supervise Monday’s planned activities whereby the Americans provide “compensation” to local citizens for houses that were destroyed by the American assault on the city from November 2004 through January 2005.
Representative of al-Fallujah gives assessment of destruction of the city caused by US offensive, says US promises to “rebuild the city” can’t be believed.
Dr. Hafiz ad-Dulaymi, the Chairman of the Committee for Compensation of the People of the City of al-Fallujah declared that the destruction inflicted on the city by the US aggression on it totaled 7,000 houses destroyed or partly destroyed in the various neighborhoods of the city.
He said that 8,400 shops, stores, factories, construction centers, construction equipment sales offices, and medical clinics were destroyed.
Sixty-five mosques were demolished – most of then entirely and wiped from the face of the earth, as he put it, some others suffered the loss of their minarets and the destruction of their sanctuaries.
Fifty-nine primary, middle, and secondary schools, teaching institutes, technical and trade schools, and kindergartens were destroyed.
Thirteen Iraqi government buildings were destroyed.
Two electric power stations were destroyed and the three water purification plants in the city were destroyed. Two train stations linking Iraq with neighboring countries were destroyed. Largely destroyed also was the network for the drainage of sewer and rain water.
One bridge was damaged to the point that it cannot now be used for crossing the Euphrates west of the city.
More than 100,000 domesticated animals were killed in the city as a result of the Americans’ use of poisoned gas and other chemical substances. These include sheep, cows, water buffalo, chickens and other fowl in the fields and pens around the city.
Several historical libraries were burned down that contained some of the most valuable books of Islamic sciences. There were four libraries each containing hundreds if not thousands of volumes, Dr. ad-Dulaymi said.
Relics of the ‘Abbasi period in the Middle Ages were destroyed in the area of as-Saqlawiyah north of the city. This was done in such a way that observers are lead to believe that the destruction was deliberate. These were totally demolished. On the site were the hills on which were the Palace of Abu al-‘Abbas as-Saffah.
In an interview with Mafkarat al-Islam, Dr. ad-Dulaymi called on all international bodies and news agencies to come to the city, take photographs, and assess the extent of the destruction left by the US forces in al-Fallujah.
When asked about Iraqi human losses among the civilians, ad-Dulaymi said, “That is a difficult question to answer because the number is very much open. This is particularly true after last week when the Iraqi Resistance resumed activity on a significant level in the city.”
Resistance, US occupation forces trade barrages of mortars, rockets Sunday night.
Iraqi Resistance fighters and US forces exchanged barrages of rockets east and west of ar-Ramadi after a Resistance attack struck the main US base in that area Sunday night.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the area reported that the Resistance fired more than 14 mortar rounds and six Grad rockets from positions to the east and west of the US facility into various parts of the US base. The aim of the attacks was to divide the attention of the occupation forces. The Americans responded by firing their own surface-to-surface rockets and various types of artillery.
Witnesses said that the Resistance bombardment inflicted numerous casualties in dead and wounded among the Americans, who rushed in helicopters to the base to evacuate a large number of casualties. No significant casualties were caused to the Resistance fighters as a result of the US bombardment.
Six US troops killed in bomb attack in Abu Ghurayb Monday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a column of two US troop transports and two Humvees on the main road in the as-Samilat area of northern Abu Ghurayb, 30km west of Baghdad at 4pm Monday morning.
The Abu Ghurayb correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the blast totally destroyed one US troop transport vehicle and killed six American soldiers. Three more US troops were wounded in the attack, he reported, based on the accounts of local residents of as-Samilat who witnessed the attack reported the details of the incident as reported by the correspondent
Resistance bomb kills four US troops in Kirkuk Monday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military column of several vehicles in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk at 8am Monday morning. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses as saying that the bomb was planted by the side of a road, destroying a Humvee and killing four US troops. A member of the local puppet police confirmed the incident.
Resistance group claims credit for assassination of high-ranking puppet officer in Kirkuk Sunday night.
The Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah [Prophet’s Practice] in Iraq issued a communiqué on Sunday taking responsibility for the assassination of a high-ranking officer in the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” in Kirkuk.
The communiqué, a copy of which Mafkarat al-Islam obtained, said that “on Sunday, 9 Safar 1426 Hijri the equivalent of 20 March 2005, at 8pm, a detachment of your Mujahideen brothers armed with light machine guns in the 90 Area on the main street near the former headquarters of the Iraqi Intelligence Service – now being used by the Crusaders as their intelligence headquarters (next to the Kirkuk Dirctorate of Education) in the city of Kirkuk, carried out an operation in which they succeeded in liquidating one of the addicts of apostasy, a high-ranking officer in the idolatrous guard.”
The communiqué also noted that the assassination was carried out near the home of the officer, and added that after the attack the Resistance fighters returned safely to their bases, despite the many patrols and spies. The communiqué attributed the success of the operation to the grace of God granted to all the Mujahideen.
Three American soldiers killed in Mosul bombing.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a passing column of four US Humvees in Mosul’s al-Islah az-Zira‘i neighborhood at 9am Monday morning. Mafkarat al-Islam reported that one Humvee was destroyed and three US troops killed in the blast. Two more American soldiers were injured.
The correspondent reported witnesses living in the neighborhood as saying that the bomb blew up by the American column when it was on one of the side streets in the neighborhood, inflicting the above-mentioned casualties.
After the attack, US forces launched a wave of arrests in the same neighborhood, claiming that those they captured had been participants in attacks on US occupation forces.
Resistance bomb kills US troops in Mosul Monday afternoon.
In a dispatch posted at 4:55pm Monday afternoon Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while before an Iraqi Resistance bomb had exploded in a hole in the middle of a road under a US military vehicle as it passed over it. According to a source in the puppet police, the blast destroyed the US vehicle totally and killed three US troops. Another American soldier was wounded in the attack.
The correspondent, who filed his report from the scene of the attack itself, said that witnesses said however, that all four Americans were killed instantly.
The correspondent wrote that after the attack US forces surrounded the area as they evacuated the bodies to the main American base in the city, known as al-Ghazlani Base.
Resistance roadside bomb destroys Bradley armored vehicle, kills four US troops in Ba‘qubah, late Monday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a column of four US Bradley armored vehicles and two Humvees in the middle of Ba‘qubah, 70km south of Baghdad at about 11:30am Monday morning. Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the blast completely destroyed on Bradley, killing four US troops and wounding three more.
The correspondent reported local residents who witnessed the attack as saying that the Resistance planted the bomb by the side of the main road in the city and that it blew up as the US patrol was passing by, causing the above-mentioned casualties.
Resistance bomb kills four British troops in al-Basrah, Monday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a patrol of two British armored vehicles in the Hamdan area of al-Basrahat 10am Monday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported. The blast destroyed one of the vehicles and killed four British troops. Owners of the groves in the rural Hamdan neighborhood who witnessed the attack reported the details of the incident to the correspondent.