Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 11 April 2004.Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Sunday, 11 April 2004.
Iraqi Resistance downs US helicopter, kills two American aggressor crew members.
The Iraqi Resistance shot down a US aggressor AH-64 Apache helicopter on Sunday morning in Abu Ghurayb west of Baghdad, killing its two crew members.
US admits eight Americans killed in two days.
The US occupation command admitted on Sunday that eight American aggressor troops had been killed in various Resistance attacks in the previous two days of fighting. The American communiqué said that four of the dead belonged to the 1st Armored Division and that they were killed in two attacks on 9 April in an ambush in Baghdad. Three of the soldiers belonged to the 1st Infantry Division and they were killed and two others wounded in an ambush near Tikrit, north of Baghdad, also on 9 April. One US Marine invader was killed on 10 April, the US statement claimed, as a result of fighting in al-Anbar Province (where al-Fallujah is located.)
The Situation in al-Fallujah.
According to the correspondent for al-Jazeera TV in al-Fallujah, in general on Sunday the cease fire agreement (reached just after midnight, thanks to the efforts of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ and the Islamic Party of Iraq) was observed by both sides, despite some intermittent shooting incidents.
‘Ala’ Makki, an official in the Iraqi Islamic Party, said that about 80 percent of all the Resistance fighters had responded to the call for a cease fire and that work was on to persuade the remaining 20 percent to go along as well.
Residents in al-Fallujah are still gathering bodies of those killed in the days of the American bombardment and burying them in the city cemeteries and in alternate places of burial as well. The cease fire is expected to be extended at least until Monday.
US snipers kill 11, wound 50 persons on streets of al-Fallujah during “cease fire”.
Al-Jazeera TV reported from hospital sources in al-Fallujah that 11 persons were killed and 50 others wounded in the city on Sunday by American sniper fire, this despite a cease fire supposedly in force starting at noon, local time, to which the US had agreed.
Resistance wounds two Marines in al-Fallujah, one Iraqi Resistance fighter claimed killed.
Two US Marine invaders were wounded by Iraqi Resistance sniper fire on Sunday. Later one Iraqi Resistance fighter was martyed in a gun battle with the occpation troops.
Al-Fallujah Hospital director: 600 Iraqis died in US attack on the city.
The Director of the largest hospital in al-Fallujah said on Sunday that more than 600 Iraqis were killed in the US military campaign against the city. He cautioned that the number is only approximate, since many families have been able to get out of their houses and have buried their dead in their own back yards.
US General claims 60 Resistance fighters from al-Fallujah held prisoner.
US Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt claimed on Sunday that the American aggressor forces had captured 60 Iraqi Resistance fighters during the battles surrounding defiant al-Fallujah. Kimmitt asserted that among the Iraqi Resistance fighters taken prisoner were Arab fighters from the fraternal regions of Egypt, the Sudan, and Syria.
Americans lose men, vehicles in al-Fallujah fighting on Saturday.
Iraqi Resistance fighters in al-Fallujah on Saturday attacked a group of US troops made up of sharpshooters and infantrymen protected by armored vehicles in al-Jawlan neighborhood and destroyed six of the vehicles, killing all aboard them and destroying three Humvees, according to a report by Mafkarat al-Islam’s (www.islammemo.cc) correspondent in al-Fallujah. The sharpshooters and infantrymen then became easy targets for the Resistance fighters, and all were wiped out, the correspondent reported.
Iraqi Resistance downs four US helicopters on Saturday.
Iraqi Resistance fighters brought down a total of four American aggressor helicopters on Saturday. The first was shot down in al-Jawlan neighborhood. The second was downed by a rocket-propelled grenade in ad-Dughaythi. The third was shot down on the road to ar-Ramadi. The fourth and last helicopter of the day was shot down in as-Saqlawiyah. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam (www.islammemo.cc) in al-Fallujah reported that as-Saqlawiyah was the site of two helicopter downings on Friday as well.
Resistance attacks US truck convoy near Baghdad.
For the second day running Iraqi Resistance forces attacked an American occupation supply truck convoy near the town of at-Taramiyah, a suburb of Baghdad. One truck was seen burning as Iraqi youths on the scene pelted the aggressor vehicles with stones. An Apache helicopter gun ship hovered menacingly overhead.
Mafkarat al-Islam: Iraqi Resistance controls roads linking US forces around al-Fallujah. Americans, cut off from supplies by land, must rely on communications and supplies coming in by air.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam (www.islammemo.cc) in al-Fallujah has filed the following report.
The Iraqi Resistance has put US forces in an entanglement like no other they have encountered since entering Iraq. Resistance forces have cut the roads between all the American military units from Abu Ghurayb to al-Fallujah, in effect cutting off the Americans in all directions on the ground. In most cases, as a result, they have had to rely on supplies and assistance coming in by air in order to turn back Iraqi Resistance attacks. In al-Fallujah, the Resistance took advantage of the help they received from their brothers in Abu Ghurayb and ar-Ramadi who cut all the roads used by US supply convoys.
US occupation forces withdrew from the industrial district of al-Fallujah on Saturday, a district in which the Americans had been concentrated. On Sunday the US aggressors withdrew from an-Najdat district and the surrounding area, and they are now surrounded in the residential neighborhood where the commander of US operations in the area was killed on Thursday – something that Mafkarat al-Islam reported only one hour after it occurred. The Americans are also cut off in an-Nizal neighborhood and in ash-Shukr neighborhood across the railroad tracks.
US forces were also cut off in as-Saqlawiyah. American forces are also nearly cut off in Abu Ghurayb and ar-Ramadi since they cannot move about nor can supplies reach them, as both yesterday and the day before supply convoys were struck by the Resistance and nearly totally destroyed. The statement of the American prisoner carried by al-Jazeera on Saturday – who said that he thought he was the only survivor from the convoy in which he was travelling – is evidence to this effect.
A source in the Iraqi Resistance mocked the statement made by US Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt who said that a new brigade of Marine invaders had been sent to strengthen the noose around al-Fallujah. The Resistance source commented: “then they must be coming from the sky,” and asked, “how can they be winning if they have to send in two whole new brigades?”
Resistance knocks out US APC, kills four American troops in al-Fallujah.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked an American armored vehicle, killing four of its crewmen and setting it ablaze in al-‘Askari neighborhood of al-Fallujah on Sunday. The armored vehicle was combing the area just prior to the American withdrawal from the neighborhood, according to a report from Mafkarat al-Islam’s (www.islammemo.cc) correspondent in the defiant city.
Resistance fighters burn three Humvees, fuel tanker in Abu Ghurayb.
Iraqi Resistance forces set three American Humvees ablaze in the Abu Ghurayb suburb west of Baghdad on Sunday. They also set a fuel tanker blonging to the occupation on fire, according to a report carried by al-Jazeera TV.
American soldier wounded last week dies Sunday.
One American reportedly died on Sunday of wounds received in battle with the Iraqi Resistance last week in the town of Ba‘qubah, north east of Baghdad.
20 Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah militiamen killed serving the US at al-Fallujah.
At least 20 members of the Kurdish chauvinist collaborationist militia the “Peshmergah”, linked to the so-called Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Mas‘ud Barizani, were killed on Saturday as they fought in service of the American aggressors around al-Fallujah. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam (www.islammemo.cc) reported that a group of 40 Peshmergah chauvinist militiamen were fighting with the Americans and no fewer than 20 of them were killed in the area of as-Saqlawiyah near al-Fallujah.
Barizani’s Peshmergah played a major role during the American invasion of Iraq as they helped open the northern approaches of the country to the invaders.
US aggressors raid mosque, destroy relief supplies donated for al-Fallujah.
US aggressor forces carried out a dawn raid on the large and historic Abu Hanifah Mosque in al-A‘zamiyah district of occupied Baghdad on Sunday. The American invaders destroyed large stocks of aid materials that had been donated by Iraqis and were to have been taken to the residents of al-Fallujah, cut off from food and medial supplies thanks to the US embargo on their defiant city. The American Crusaders also raided the Kulliyat al-Imam al-A‘zam (Abu Hanifah College) and student dormitories causing material damage to the building.
Baghdad mosque loudspeakers call on Iraqis to donate medical supplies for defiant al-Fallujah.
Mosques in Baghdad on Sunday called on Iraqis to hurry to donate medical supplies in particular to be sent to the people of besieged al-Fallujah where the hospitals and clinics face serious shortages. The mosques also called on associations and organizations that had ambulances to take advantage of the truce between Resistance forces and the US aggressors to transport wounded from al-Fallujah hospitals to Baghdad, according to a report carried by the Egyptian Middle East News Agency.
Dawn blasts shake Baghdad.
Powerful explosions shook all parts of Baghdad at dawn on Sunday. Smoke rose from an area near the headquarters of the American occupation – the Republican Palace area which the Americans call the “Green Zone.” Al-Jazeera TV reported US spokesmen as saying they had no information about the blasts.
Iraqi Resistance destroys three US vehicles near Ba‘qubah.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked US aggressor troops in as-Sadah area east of Ba‘qubah on Saturday-Sunday night. The center of the city witnessed similar battles as explosions could be heard in various parts of the city, according to a report by al-Jazeera’s correspondent in Ba‘qubah. In the course of the battles three American vehicles were destroyed.
Resistance strikes British base in al-Basrah with mortars.
Iraqi Resistance fighters fired mortars at the British aggressor base in the are of at-Tuwaysah in the city of al-Basrah. Al-Jazeera’s correspondent reported that two mortar shells landed on the British headquarters on Saturday night and that helicopters were sent aloft to hunt for the attackers.
Maysan: puppet police foil Resistance rocket attack.
In the city of Maysan on Sunday, Iraqi puppet police discovered a number of Katyusha rockets targeted against the local British aggressor base in the city, according to a report on al-Jazeera TV.
Jaysh al-Mahdi forces battle US aggressors in three neighborhoods of Kirkuk.
Supporters of the Shi‘ite Religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr attacked US aggressor forces in three predominantly Shi‘ite areas in eastern Kirkuk on Saturday evening with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. The commander of the puppet police in the city told Agence France Presse on Sunday that four of the Shi‘ite Resistance fighters had fallen as martyrs in the battle and that a number of others were captured. The three neighborhoods in which the battles took place were al-‘Urubah, al-Wahdah, and an-Nasr. He offered no further details about the battle.
Italians destroy as-Sadr offices in an-Nasiriyah.
Italian aggressor forces dynamited an office of ash-Shahid as-Sadr, totally destroying it, in the southern city of an-Nasiriyah.
Iraqi Resistance group releases eight foreign hostages.
An Iraqi Resistance organization has announced that it has released eight foreign hostages, who, it said, were truck drivers who had been captured while bringing supplies to the US occupation forces in Iraq. The release came in response to an appeal by the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’. The hostages belonged to several nationalities: three were Pakistanis, two were Turks, and there were one Indian, Nepali, and Filipino as well. Al-Jazeera TV broadcast a video showing scenes of the release on which each one of those set free gave his name and country of origin and showed his identity card and passport to the camera.
On the tape, a masked man said: “the hostages have been released in response to an appeal from the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ to release civilian prisoners and to treat them well. After the hostages pledged that they would never cooperate with the occupation forces again. This also serves to demonstrate to the world that we respect others so long as the others respect us and do not commit aggression against us.”
A masked Resistance fighter could be seen on the tape giving the released foreign hostages Iraqi money.
Questions arise over release of Japanese hostages.
An element of confusion entered into the situation surrounding three Japanese hostages being held by a Resistance group called the Squadrons of the Mujahideen. On Saturday it was announced that the Squadrons had ordered their release. But on Sunday the head of the “Committee for the defense of the Iraqi People” told al-Jazeera that the Squadrons had not in fact agreed to their release despite his efforts.
German “guards” probably killed; two killed dubbed CIA agents.
The German government announced that the two men, reportedly German embassy guards, who disappeared on their way from Jordan to Baghdad on Saturday had probably been killed.
Al-Jazeera broadcasts video of two dead Americans said to be CIA agents.
Al-Jazeera TV obtained video footage showing two bloodstained dead bodies dressed in civilian clothing lying in a street surrounded by Iraqi citizens. Bullet wounds were visible on one body in the back and in the leg of the other. The voiceover said that the two dead persons had been members of the American Central Intelligence Agency working in Iraq.