Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 27 March 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Sunday, 27 March 2005.
Iraqi Resistance car bomber kills 11 US troops in martyrdom attack early Sunday.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden car into a US military column in the middle of al-Hadithah at about 8:30am Sunday morning and blew himself and his car up. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast, in the ash-Shurtah neighborhood in the west of the city, killed 11 US troops immediately and seriously wounded three more.
The deputy chief of puppet police in al-Hadithah told Mafkarat al-Islam that the car bomb exploded by a US column at 8:30am and he confirmed the figures of 11 Americans killed and three more injured, adding that the blast destroyed three American Humvees.
Witnesses to the attack told Mafkarat al-Islam that the US column had halted near a secondary school when the Resistance fighter attacked. They said that the martyrdom fighter in his car had been parked at the end of the street waiting for the American column. They said before the attack, the driver, who was carrying a copy of the Qur’an in his pocke, got out of his car and offered a two-rak‘ah Muslim prayer. They said he read a bit from the Qur’an before starting the car and speeding into the American troops.
An ambulance medic working for the city hospital confirmed the story and added that they found the body of the martyrdom fighter some distance away from the blast scene, heavily injured. He was identified and it was learned that he was a local Iraqi native of the city of al-Hadithah, according to witnesses.
The Americans, meanwhile called in three helicopters to evacuate their casualties. They closed off the streets leading to the scene of the attack as the helicopters hauled the bodies and the wounded away to the ‘Ayn al-Asad American base in the area of Hit, a city not far from al-Hadithah.
Deadly Resistance bombardment pounds US camp near Jordanian border.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired eight powerful Grad rockets into a US border camp near the Jordanian frontier on Sunday morning, inflicting dead and wounded among the American ranks.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in ar-Rutbah near the Jordanian border reported a captain in the Iraqi puppet border guards as saying that the US barracks on the Jordanian border came under rocket attack by the Resistance at about 7am Sunday morning. He said that the Resistance fired eight Grad rockets that totally destroyed an observation platform on the border and also demolished three US housing buildings, three Humvees and one armored vehicle called a “desert camel.” The puppet officer said that more than 23 US troops were killed in the bombardment and 15 more wounded. He said it was those heavy casualties that prompted the Americans to call the Iraqi puppet guards into their camp to put out fires and carry transport the bodies of the dead and wounded.
Travelers who were coming from Jordan into Iraq and witnessed the attack told Mafkarat al-Islam that they say US helicopters sitting on the ground, being laded with the bodies of US troops and then carrying them to an unknown destination.
Resistance pounds US base west of ar-Ramadi at midday Sunday.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired nine 120mm mortar rounds into the US base west of ar-Ramadi at 12 noon local time Sunday, destroying five US Humvees and killing nine American soldiers and wounding three more. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the puppet so-called “Iraqi rapid deployment force” as saying that the barrage struck positions used by the Americans for parking their military vehicles within the base, thus destroying a large number of vehicles and inflicting the casualties on American troops who were in that part of the camp at the time.
Resistance land mine kills four US Marines in al-Fallujah.
In a dispatch posted at 4pm Mecca time Sunday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier, an Iraqi Resistance land mine exploded under a US foot patrol in the Bayn al-Jisrayn neighborhood in the west of al-Fallujah.
The correspondent reported a source in the puppet so-called Iraqi national guard as saying that a high-explosive land mine planted by the side of al-Kurnish Road in western al-Fallujah exploded under a US foot patrol, killing four US Marines and wounding a fifth. The correspondent reported that US forces were at the time of writing encircling the site of the attack and had closed the old al-Fallujah Bridge that leads to the General Hospital. The Americans have launched a major search operation checking Iraqi passers by on the street and raiding houses in the area.
Resistance bombards US, puppet forces in al-Fallujah Sunday evening.
In a dispatch posted at 11:10pm Sunday night Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces fired rocket barrages into concentrations of US troops in the industrial zone and al-‘Askari neighborhood of al-Fallujah on Sunday.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the city reported that the Resistance fired a Grad rocket and three Katyusha rockets into US forces in the al-Bahjah School in the al-‘Askari neighborhood of eastern al-Fallujah at about 6:15pm Sunday evening local time. The Grad rocket landed in the main street where there was no one around, since only a few people live in the area due to the extensive damage inflicted by the US assaults on the city.
The Katyusha rockets all struck their targets precisely, sending flames into the sky from inside the school. US troops responded immediately, firing eight mortar rounds at the source of the Resistance fire. The correspondent was unable to ascertain any information on the casualties of either side.
Iraqi Resistance forces, meanwhile, fired eight mortar rounds at US forces and the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” in the industrial zone of al-Fallujah at 8:45pm Sunday night.
Resistance barrage pounds US al-Habbaniyah base.
In a dispatch posted at 7:15pm Mecca time Sunday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces fired 11 rockets and mortar rounds into the US base known as ‘Ayn as-Saqr (“Eye of the Falcon”) in al-Habbaniyah, 80km west of Baghdad. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Habbaniyah reported a source in the Iraqi puppet “national guard” as saying that the Resistance bombardment set fires that burned some of the buildings used by US forces as barracks and relaxation rooms. The source claimed that the attack inflicted no casualties, but did do considerable material damage.
Four US troops killed in Resistance bombing in al-A‘zamiyah, Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the path of a convoy of several US armored vehicles in Baghdad’s predominantly Sunni al-A‘zamiyah neighborhood Sunday morning.
Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast took place near the tomb of Abu Hanifah an-Nu‘man at 10am local time, destroying a US Humvee and killing four American troops.
A source in the local puppet police told the correspondent that the blast instantly killed four US troops one Iraqi collaborator translator who was driving the Humvee in which the Americans were riding. The correspondent watched as US forces evacuated the bodies of the dead Americans and the translator to the US base set up in the ad-Dallal Palace in al-A‘zamiyah.
Iraqi Resistance shoots down US Apache helicopter, killing the crew, in al-A‘zamiyah area of Baghdad Sunday night.
In a dispatch posted at 7:58pm Mecca time Sunday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while before Iraqi Resistance forces had shot down a US Apache helicopter over the Baghdad district of al-A‘zamiyah. The correspondent, who was near the scene, reported that the helicopter was ablaze atop the roof of a residential building in the area. The Resistance shot a shoulder-fired Strela rocket into the aircraft as it was observing activity in the neighborhood.
A source in the Iraqi puppet police told Mafkarat al-Islam that the crew of the helicopter was killed instantly and that their corpses were being pulled off the roof of a building next to the one on which the helicopter’s wreckage lay burining.
At the time of writing, the correspondent noted, US forces were encircling the area of the attack and preventing any journalists from taking photographs, threatening them with arrest if they tried.
Resistance organization executes colonel in puppet so-called “Iraqi interior ministry.”
The al-Qa‘idah Organization in the Land of the Two Rivers announced on a website that they had executed a high official in the puppet so-called “Iraqi interior ministry” whom they had abducted in February. The Resistance organization broadcast a video of the execution late on Saturday night. Reuters reported that the video showed Colonel Riyad Kati‘ ‘Alawi seated with his hands tied behind his back in front of a black banner inscribed with the name of al-Qa‘idah in the Land of the Two Rivers. Two masked men armed with machine guns flanked the puppet official.
On the tape the puppet colonel said that he worked for the “interior ministry” and collaborated with the American occupation, giving them names and addresses of officers in the Army of the Republic of Iraq. A card issued by the “ministry” and shown on the tape indicated that he worked as a communications officer.
The puppet colonel also said on the tape that torture of prisoners, including women was widespread in the prisons run by his “ministry.”
Towards the end of the tape, one of the masked men read a statement saying that the organization’s court had tried and sentenced the puppet colonel to death, calling him an apostate who was at war with God and His messenger. He then shot the puppet colonel in the head.
Resistance battles US Marines in al-Latifiyah.
In a dispatch posted at 11:55am Mecca time Sunday morning, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier fighting had broken out between Iraqi Resistance forces and US Marines supported by helicopters in the city of al-Latifiyah, south of Baghdad.
The correspondent, who was near the scene of the fighting reported local residents as saying that the Resistance fighters, armed with pipe rockets and shoulder-fired rocket launchers had attacked a US Marine forces that was stopped in the middle of the town. The initial Resistance attack destroyed two US armored vehicles and two Humvees, killing about 13 Americans, the correspondent reported witnesses as saying, noting that he himself saw eight wounded Americans still lying in the middle of the road.
An official spokesman for the Iraqi Resistance said that US helicopters rocketed two positions held by Resistance fighters, martyring four of them.
The correspondent noted that al-Latifiyah was completely paralyzed by the fighting raging in the city. Shops and government offices were closed and the streets empty except for Resistance fighters and US Marines.
Five Polish troops reported killed in Sunday afternoon bombing in al-Hillah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as a column of armored vehicles belonging to Polish invader troops was passing through the city of al-Hillah at 3pm Sunday afternoon, local time. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast went off in the al-‘Ummal neighborhood in the west of the city, totally destroying one armored vehicle and killing five Polish troops.
US general reported killed in Resistance bombardment of American base near Ba‘qubah, early Sunday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces 15 heavy mortar rounds into the US base west of the city of Ba‘qubah around midday Sunday. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Ba‘qubah reported a source in the Iraqi puppet “ING” division, which was recently formed in the province with the aim of repressing the Resistance, said that the US base was struck at about 1pm Sunday local time.
The source said that the Resistance mortar rounds blasted the eastern and northern parts of the base, killing and wounding a large number of the invader troops. According to the source, one of those killed was an American Marine general. His body was taken by special helicopter to Baghdad.
For their part, witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bombardment set large fires burning inside the American-occupied facility, which was a headquarters of the Iraqi Republican Guard before the American invasion.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Eight US troops killed in evening bombing in Samarra’.
In a dispatch posted at 6:35pm Sunday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while before an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US Bradley armored vehicle west of Samarra’, killing eight US troops instantly.
The Samarra’ correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a small cart belonging to a street vendor on al-Milwiyah Street in the city blew up by the US armored vehicle as it passed by. Witnesses said that the Resistance had parked the cart next to several other carts belonging to street vendors who frequent the street. The Resistance ordered the vendors to leave their places and their carts and to leave the street immediately.
One of the vendors told Mafkarat al-Islam that they left the area after the Resistance fighters told them to do so. Later, when the one cart blew up by the American vehicle, they learned why they had been told to get away.
A source in the Iraqi puppet “national guard” told the correspondent that the blast killed eight American troops and totally destroyed one armored vehicle.
Resistance shoots down unmanned US spy plane over Balad.
Iraqi Resistance foces shot down an unmanned US spy plane over the city of Balad, north of Tikrit. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in Balad reported a source in the city’s Iraqi Resistance as saying that Resistance fighters had shot down the American drone using heavy Russian-made Dmitrov anti-aircraft machine guns. He said that the Resistance fighters took possession of the wreckage of the vehicle.
The US military for its part admitted that a drone had been shot down in a special statement they broadcast by the US base in Balad.
Iraqi Resistance bomb kills four US troops, translator in Kirkuk.
In a dispatch posted at 3:30pm Mecca time Sunday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a passing US patrol in the middle of the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Witnesses reported that the bomb was planted by the side of a road in the Adhar neighborhood and that it exploded as a column of US armored military vehicles was passing by. The blast destroyed a Humvee and killed the four US troops and one Iraqi collaborator translator who were aboard.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported watching as US vehicles hauled the bodies of the dead and wounded away to the US base that occupies Kirkuk International Airport.
Eleven American troops reported killed in Resistance car bombing in Mosul Sunday night.
In a dispatch posted at 8:30pm Mecca time Sunday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter driving an explosives-laden car blasted into a US military column in the al-Maliyah neighborhood of Mosul and destroyed a US Zil troop transport and a Humvee. A source in the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast killed 11 US troops, adding that that was the death toll “so far,”noting that there were a number of US wounded in serious condition.
US ransacks three offices of Muqtada as-Sadr’s movement in Karbala’ Friday night.
An aide to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr announced in Karbala’ on Saturday that US forces stormed into three offices belonging to the Sadr movement in the city on Friday night.
At a press conference in Karbala’, Razzaq al-Musawi, the director of the as-Sadr office in the al-Hindiyah area said that US forces backed by vehicles stormed into offices of the Sadr Movement in the al-Hindiyah, al-Husayniyah, and al-Haydariyah areas of the city with no prior warning, destroying the contents of the offices, breaking windows, and tearing up pictures of the Shi‘i religious authority Muhammad Sadiq as-Sadr and his son Muqtada as-Sadr. He said that after ransacking the offices, the Americans left without arresting anyone.
Mafkarat al-Islam noted that Friday marked the one-year anniversary of the armed operations waged by the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Muqtada as-Sadr against US troops in the south of Iraq and in the Madinat ath-Thawrah or so-called “Madinat as-Sadr” section of Baghdad.
The correspondent in Karbala’ said that the US raids on the offices were done in such a way that local residents and members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi regarded them as provocations, since those three offices were among four Sadr offices that the American troops had failed to occupy by military means during the fighting a year ago.
Resistance bomb kills three British troops early Sunday afternoon.
A high-explosive Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb blew up in the Abu al-Khasib area of al-Basrah at 1pm Sunday afternoon local time. A source in the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast struck a British armored vehicle and killed three British soldiers.
Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb was planted on al-Karakhi Road in the Abu al-Khasib area. The correspondent watched as British forces evacuated the three bodies of their dead from the scene of the attack.
Resistance bomb targets puppet police patrol in al-Basrah Sunday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by an Iraqi puppet police patrol as it passed an intersection in the ar-Risalah neighborhood of the city of al-Basrah on Sunday. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the bomb attack took place at 9am Sunday morning local time.
The Iraqi Resistance organization the al-Hasan al-Basri Brigades announced its responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on an internet website. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent noted that the al-Hasan al-Basri Brigades are active in the city where they have carried out a number of armed activities.
Puppet “national guard” arrest Sunni activists in al-Basrah.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Basrah reported on Sunday night that a division of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” backed up by British helicopters ahd arrested 11 Sunni youths in the al-Matihah area of the city early Sunday afternoon.
All those arrested were religious individuals who frequented the Sunni mosques in the area and did preaching among the population. One of those arrested was Shaykh Mus‘ab al-‘Aqrab.
The puppet “national guard” forces in southern Iraq are in fact members of the Shi‘i chauvinist Badr Brigades, the armed wing of the collaborationist so-called “Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq” (SCIRI) that invaded Iraq in tandem with US forces in spring 2003. Badr Brigade gunmen have been carrying out systematic assassinations of Sunni leaders in Iraq as part of a sectarian effort to spark confessionalist fighting between the country’s different religious and ethnic groups in the hopes that this would weaken the advance of the Iraqi Resistance.