Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 22 March 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Tuesday, 22 March 2005.
Nine US troops killed in Resistance ambush late Tuesday morning.
About seven masked Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with C5K and RPG7 rocket launchers attacked a column of five US Humvees and one tank at the intersection at the end of al-Kubaysat Street in the middle of the city of al-Qa’im on the border with Syria at 11:15 local time Tuesday morning. Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses as saying that the Resistance fighters completely blew up two American Humvees and killed nine US troops in the attack, which also left three Resistance fighters martyred.
US troops returned fire causing great damage to the fronts of three houses on the street. The correspondent reported seeing US vehicles hauling away the bodies of the nine dead Americans and two wounded soldiers from the area, which they left an hour after the attack. The Americans left Iraqi puppet troops surrounding the zone in which the attack took place.
A source in the Iraqi puppet “national guard” who reported to the scene of the attack told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance had begun to change its attack methods in a way that the Americans were not expecting. He said that the American forces regard many areas as particularly dangerous, yet the Resistance does not hit them there, but rather in areas that the Americans regarded as totally secure and where they don’t expect any attacks at all.
Resistance bombards US base near Hit late Tuesday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired 12 heavy mortar rounds into northern and central parts of the US ‘Ayn al-Asad base in the area of Hit, west of Baghdad, at 4:15pm Tuesday afternoon, local time. Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an extremely dense plume of black smoke rose into the sky after the attack, visible throughout the city. The Americans called in three helicopters that flew around over the camp for about an hour.
Resistance bombards US headquarters in agricultural area near al-Fallujah Tuesday night.
In a dispatch posted at 7:50pm Tuesday night, Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that about 10 minutes previous the US occupation headquarters in al-Fallujah was bombarded by Resistance fighters positioned to the west and north of the US facility.
The correspondent said that at the time he was sending his report, the bombardment was escalating in force. US helicopters and fighter planes were flying all over the city in an attempt to get a fix on the source of the Resistance fire.
The correspondent reported that so far more than nine rockets had been fired into the US base in the agricultural area.
Resistance abducts deputy chief of puppet police in ar-Ramadi.
In a dispatch posted at 5:15pm Mecca time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that more than 10 Iraqi Resistance fighters with light arms attacked a Land Cruiser belonging to the Iraqi puppet police in the city of ar-Ramadi and forced Muhammad Khalaf, the deputy chief of puppet police, and three of his aides out of the car. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam in ar-Ramadi that the Resistance fighters tied the hands of the captive puppet police officials and blindfolded them and then took them away to an unknown destination. Two other Resistance fighters poured gasoline over the police car and set it ablaze.
US soldier killed in Resistance bombing in Abu Ghurayb early Tuesday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the middle of Shaykh Darri Street in Abu Ghurayb, 30km west of Baghdad, at about 1pm Tuesday afternoon, local time. Mafkarat al-Islam reported residents who saw the explosion as saying that the blast disabled one US Humvee and killed a US soldier. Three other American troops were wounded. A member of the Iraqi puppet police confirmed to the correspondent the toll of one dead, three wounded Americans, adding that the three who were wounded only suffered light injuries.
Kurdish separatist demands reportedly deadlock talks among US lackeys on new puppet “government.”
The meetings of Iraqi collaborationist parties that have been taking place on the grounds of the area around the Republican Palace – known to the invaders as the “green zone” – have reached an impasse in their efforts to chose a new puppet president and puppet prime minister to serve as front men for the US occupation regime.
Amin Muhammad told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Kurdish demands were impossible for any Iraqi, whether Sunni or Shi‘i, to accept. Muhammad said that, for example they want to keep the Peshmergah militia intact, something all the other group leaders oppose, for they feel it’s not right to have militias inside a state.
Muhammad said, “then they want Kirkuk to be joined to the northern region and to be considered a Kurdish city. That is a matter full of many problems, since Kirkuk is a city with Arabs, Turkmen, Armenians, and Assyrians too. They also demanded that the natural resources in the north – the oil and natural gas – be put under Kurdish control, not under the authority of the Iraqi state. That also is something that no sect or group in Iraq can accept, whoever they are.”
Muhammad went on, “another of their conditions is that the Iraqi army would not be allowed to enter Kurdish territory, while members of the Kurdish Peshmergah militia would be permitted to enter and move about all the provinces of Iraq. They insist on getting three sovereign cabinet posts – namely the foreign ministry, the ministry of defense, and the ministry of finance – as well as six other ministries. This has created problems with the other parties.”
“We told them that the Sunnis in Iraq are still silent and if they speak they will upset the scales altogether. But still they insisted on those ministries, despite what we told them about how the Sunnis must be given some ministries. They rejected that argument saying that the Kurds themselves are Sunnis,” Muhammad said.
Amin Muhammad went on, “They are playing all their cards. The negotiations now, and today in particular, have become deadlocked.” He added that the Kurdish parties have reservations about Ibrahim al-Ja‘fari becoming Prime Minister, for fear that this would create a religious state, despite all the assurances of [pro-American Shi‘i religious authority] ‘Ali as-Sistani that he does not believe in the rule of religious legal scholars. Amin Muhammad said, “that calmed them down considerably, but they are still not convinced.”
Muhammad concluded saying, “If the Kurds insist on those conditions of theirs, there won’t be any government formed in the next few days or even the next few weeks.”
Resistance bombards US camp near Ba‘qubah at noon Tuesday.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired a barrage of rockets into the southern parts of the US camp located west of the city of Ba‘qubah (which is east of Baghdad) at 12 noon local time Tuesday. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in Ba‘qubah reported that the southern parts of the camp are where the US troops are concentrated.
Witnesses said that eight Grad rockets pounded the US camp, which is set up in what was formerly an Iraqi military headquarters. The attack ignited fires that raged for about half an hour. US helicopters were brought in afterwards.
Resistance targets US Marines with high explosive bomb.
A high-explosive Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US armored vehicle in downtown Salman Bak, 35km south of Baghdad at 10am Tuesday morning. Mafkarat al-Islam reported a US Marine corporal who gave his name as “Chistopher” saying that the Resistance had planted a home-made bomb by the side of the road that blew up as his patrol was searching for members of al-Qa‘idah. He said that the blast severely wounded five US Marines.
A captain in the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” reported that the blast killed seven US troops instantly and totally destroyed a US armored vehicle.
Witnesses confirmed that version, one of them saying, “the explosion set a big fire burning inside the armored vehicle after blowing it upside down and sending whole parts of its rear section flying through the air.”
The correspondent watched US helicopters transport the bodies away from the site of the blast. American forces called in giant cranes and big military trucks to haul away the hulk of the armored vehicle.
Resistance bombing kills four Polish occupation troops Tuesday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded by a column of Polish occupation troops on 1920 Revolution Street in central al-Hillah, south of Baghdad at 5:30am Tuesday morning. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the blast destroyed a Polish vehicle and killed four Polish soldiers instantly, according to a lieutenant in the city puppet police who was on the scene at the time of the bombing.
The lieutenant told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast left a deep crater in the street forcing traffic to take alternate routes. Wreckage of the vehicle and blood from the dead soldiers was also strewn all over the street.
Resistance fighter blows up motorbike by US foot patrol in al-Latifiyah Tuesday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter driving an explosives-laden motorcycle blasted into a US foot patrol in downtown al-Latifiyah, 30km south of Baghdad, at 2pm Tuesday afternoon, local time. The fighter blew himself up along with his motorcycle, killing or wounding more than 11 US troops.
Resistance car bomber strikes US column in Mosul Tuesday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a US military column in Mosul at about 9:30am Tuesday morning. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses as saying that an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden white Mercedes car broke into the US column in the overgrown area north of the city, totally destroying two Humvees and killing all aboard them.
The correspondent was able to get to the scene of the attack and observed a number of dead US soldiers and the two totally demolished vehicles. He was unable to ascertain the exact number of American casualties, however.
Four Peshmergah gunmen killed in Resistance bombing in Irbil Tuesday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb that was apparently planted by the side of a road in the Sarkis neighborhood west of Irbil exploded by a passing patrol of Peshmergah Kurdish chauvinist gunmen at 3pm Tuesday afternoon, local time. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that one pickup was destroyed and four Peshmergah gunmen were killed in the attack.
A source in the Peshmergah accused the Ansar al-Islam Resistance organization of planting the bomb, which, he admitted, killed four Peshmergah militiamen and destroyed one vehicle. The source added that the Peshmergah gunmen were now interrogating citizens who live in the neighborhood who, as he put it, “allowed the ‘terrorists’ to plant the bomb and did not inform on them.”
Resistance bombards Japanese occupation troops camp in as-Samawah.
In a dispatch posted at 2:15pm Mecca time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Japanese occupation camp in the southern Iraqi city of as-Samawah was at that moment under mortar bombardment by the Iraqi Resistance.
The correspondent in as-Samawah reported that four mortar rounds had so far blasted into the Japanese camp, followed by the sound of explosions. Sirens wailed within the Japanese camp and could be heard from far away, witnesses reported.