Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 4 April 2004, through Wednesday, 7 April 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Sunday, 4 April 2004.
Two US Marine aggressors killed in al-Anbar Province.
The US military occupation command admitted on Sunday that Iraqi Resistance fighters had killed two US Marine invaders in al-Anbar province in two separate Resistance attacks. Al-Anbar is the province in which al-Fallujah and ar-Ramadi are located, two areas of intense conflict between American invaders and Iraqi Resistance forces in recent days. The two Marine invaders belonged to the 1st Marine Division.
One Marine aggressor was killed on Saturday; the other died of wounds received in combat with the Resistance on Sunday. The US military declined to give any further details about the two Resistance attacks.
US aggressors massing for assault on al-Fallujah.
US aggressor troops have been massing outside the city of al-Fallujah in apparent preparation for an assault on the city which is likely to be mounted in the next 48 hours, the newspaper Akhbar al-Khalij reported on Sunday. As a consequence, every house in the city expects to be raided at any moment and residents are barricading themselves and digging ditches in anticipation of Zero Hour. The expectation is that the order for the assault on al-Fallujah would be coming from the White House itself, rather than the local US invader command in Baghdad.
Eight US invader troops killed in clashes with Muqtada as-Sadr followers in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities.
The US occupation authorities announced that seven American troops had been killed and 24 others injured in clashes with the supporters of Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in the so-called Madinat as-Sadr district of the occupied Iraqi capital. The US Associated Press reported that a communiqué issued by the US occupation said that clashes with the Shi‘ite organizations in Baghdad broke out after followers of Muqtada as-Sadr attempted to seize control of the puppet police stations and puppet government buildings in the Madinat as-Sadr district. The US statement said that when American occupation forces attempted to seize control of the situation, seven American troops were killed and more than 24 others injured.
The clashes in Baghdad took place following confrontations in an-Najaf that left 20 Iraqis dead and dozens more wounded. Four occupation troops were also killed in the battles in an-Najaf, one American, one Spaniard, and two El Salvadorans. Seven other occupation troops were injured.
Earlier the US had stated that it had arrested, Mustafa al-Ya‘qubi, the deputy of Muqtada as-Sadr, on suspicion of his involvement in the killing of a Shi‘ite leader in 2003. Among the demands of Shi‘ite supporters of Muqtada as-Sadr on Saturday and Sunday was the release of al-Ya‘qubi.
At least 23 Iraqis were killed and 200 others wounded in confrontations that erupted between thousands of demonstrators in an-Najaf. Clashes then spread to other areas in the country, such as al-‘Amarah near al-Basrah in the south where at least persons were killed and dozens of others wounded in clashes between British forces and demonstrators supporting as-Sadr.
In an-Nasiriyah Italian aggressor forces fired on demonstrator supporters of as-Sadr in an attempt to break up a demonstration after the protesters threw hand grenades at the headquarters of the Italian occupation forces in the city destroying two military vehicles.
In Kirkuk, demonstrations erupted between as-Sadr supporters and US aggressor forces. Al-Jazeera’s correspondent reported that at least two Iraqis were killed in the street battles and many others injured.
Resistance detonates two explosives laden cars in Kirkuk.
A car packed with explosives by the Iraqi Resistance blew up in the city of Kirkuk on Sunday as a US occupation patrol was passing. Al-‘Arabiyah TV reported the Resistance attack but had no information on the extent of casualties or damage other than to say that preliminary information indicated that three persons were injured in the blast.
Al-Jazeera reported that seven persons were wounded, including two American aggressor troops in two Iraqi Resistance car bombings in Kirkuk on Sunday that occurred as a US invader patrol was passing.
Resistance bomb kills three puppet security men.
Three members of the Iraqi puppet security forces were killed on Sunday morning in Samarra’ according to an announcement by the Iraqi puppet so-called civil defense force. An officer in charge of military coordination with the US occupation forces, ‘Abdallah Husayn Jabbarah, said that Resistance fighters planted explosives during the night at a puppet so-called civil defense checkpoint in the north of the city.
Disputed reports on Resistance bombing at Municipality of ar-Riyad near Kirkuk.
Iraqi puppet police sources claimed on Sunday that three Iraqis were martyred when the bomb they were attempting to plant exploded. The US Associated Press reported puppet police Colonel Iyyad al-Jaburi as saying that the three persons were planting a bomb at the entrance to the entrance to the Municipality Building of ar-Riyad, 16 miles west of Kirkuk but the bomb exploded suddenly and prematurely, killing the men. The puppet police official confirmed that US military occupation personnel were in the Municipality building at the time of the blast.
Earlier, eyewitnesses reported that an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter detonated a bomb at the entrance to the Municipality Building in ar-Riyad, killing himself and two other persons.
Monday, 5 April 2004.
One US Marine aggressor reported killed in al-Anbar Province.
The US military admitted that Resistance forces killed one US Marine aggressor on Monday in al-Anbar Province, the province in which al-Fallujah is located. The US miltary offered no further details.
US military acknowledges death of US soldier in Kirkuk on Sunday.
One US aggressor soldier was acknowledged to have been killed when an explosives-laden car exploded in the city of Kirkuk on Sunday.
One US soldier killed, another wounded in Mosul on Monday.
A US military spokesman acknowledged on Monday that an American soldier had been killed and another wounded when an Iraqi Resistance bomb went off under the military convoy in which they were riding in Mosul on Monday. The bombing took place on the main street of the city.
Iraqis reported killed and wounded as US begins assaults on al-Fallujah.
Iraqi witnesses reported that several Iraqis had been killed and several others injured in the first attempts by US aggressor Marines to storm al-Fallujah. Resident Burhan ‘Abid said that Iraqi Resistance forces continued to fire mortars at the American troops who surround the city with an estimated 20,000 soldiers.
‘Abid said that with the beginning of the clashes a number of Iraqis fell as martyrs and wounded and a number of homes were destroyed. He pointed out the collapsed roofs of houses adjacent to his own which had come under rocket attacks. The AFP reported that one resident by the name of Basim Khudayr, 30, reported that four Iraqis were seriously wounded when US forces attacked their car on the outskirts of the city. Khudayr said that food and fuel prices had risen noticeably in the blockaded city.
A US helicopter struck a residential neighborhood of al-Fallujah early on Monday killing several Iraqis according to Iraqi eye witnesses. Muhammad Shawkat said that the attack destroyed at least five houses.
US officials announced that they had a list of designated targets for their impending assault on the city. Earlier reports had said that US aggressor forces had killed six Iraqi residents of al-Fallujah and wounded several others.
US occupation forces cut off al-Fallujah and mass for an assault on the city.
US military occupation commanders have been vowing a “massive response” to the desecration of the bodies of four mercenaries killed in al-Fallujah on Wednesday. The US Associated press reported that 1,200 Marines and two battalions of Iraqi security forces were poised to enter the city.
Five powerful explosions rocked Baghdad on Monday according to a report by al-Jazeera satellite TV.
US extends and intensifies its bombardment of al-Fallujah.
The extent of US bombardment of al-Fallujah intensified on Monday according to a report carried by al-Jazeera satellite TV which stated that the bombardment has targetted every part of the besieged city, including al-Jawlan neighborhood, as-Suq neighborhood, and the bridge that links al-Fallujah to ar-Ramadi. The shelling spread as far as the agricultural area of as-Saqlawiya, 2km distant from al-Fallujah.
The bombing has been so intense that one can now see buildings during the night in some parts of the city, lit by the light of explosions and fires caused by the American barrage.
Many of the people of al-Fallujah remain in their homes. Residents of the city report that the bombardment is extremely intense and fear that they might become victims of such indiscriminate shelling.
Resistance attacks US forces in as-Saqlawiyah and Hit.
On Monday evening Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a column of US aggressor in as-Saqlawiyah in al-Anbar Province and also assaulted another concentration point of US forces in Hit. There were no immediate reports about losses on either side due to the curfew imposed by US invader forces surrounding that city.
According to al-Jazeera TV, residents of al-Jawlan neighborhood of al-Fallujah were leaving their homes late on Monday night due to the intensity of the incoming gunfire and increasingly frequent US air strikes in the neighborhood.
Al-Jazeera also reported that US aggressor forces came under mortar attack in the city of Hit, 120km from al-Fallujah.
The city of al-Anbar, which is completely encircled by a division of US Marine invaders, was also reportedly still ablaze.
The planned US invasion of the city of al-Fallujah is reportedly running into complications due to the defiant and resistant nature of the residents who are putting up fierce resistance in their city of 368 square kilometers, whose population is some 300,000.
Resistance shells Spanish aggressor positions.
Iraqi Resistance forces intensely shelled positions of Spanish occupation troops with mortars on Monday. The barrages targeted Spanish aggressor positions in an-Najaf and ad-Diwaniyah. There were no reports on damage or casualties.
Followers of Shi‘ite religious leader clash with US forces.
Protests against the US erupted among Shi‘ite supporters of Muqtada as-Sadr on Monday in ash-Shu‘lah neighborhood of Baghdad where they clashed with a US occupation patrol. Protesters left one armored vehicle ablaze and an Iraqi was seen running off with a heavy machine gun apparently taken from the vehicle. A US military helicopter hovered overhead.
US proconsul L. Paul Bremer declared Muqtada as-Sadr an “outlaw” trying to replace the occupation authority with his own.
The official number of US occupation troops killed in clashes with Shi‘ite protesters in Baghdad rose to eight on Monday, when one US soldier wounded on Sunday died of his injuries, according to a US official statement monitored by al-Jazeera.
US tanks have shelled the large Shi‘ite mosque in the al-Jawwadin neighborhood of southern part of Baghdad adjacent to ash-Shu‘lah neighborhood. Al-Jazeera reported that three US tanks fired on demonstrator followers of Muqtada as-Sadr. US Apache helicopter gunships were also involved in shelling targets in the predominantly Shi‘ite ash-Shu‘lah neighborhood. Five Iraqis were reported killed in the helicopter attacks.
US launches fierce offensive against al-A‘zamiyah neighborhood in Baghdad.
US aggressor troops on Monday launched an intensive offensive on al-A‘zamiyah neighborhood in Baghdad which was subjected to an intense barrage by the US invaders as Resistance forces put up stiff resistance. According to a report by al-Jazeera TV US tanks surrounded the neighborhood as American helicopters and airplanes fill the skies overhead. Al-Jazeera broadcast pictures of the residents of al-A‘zamiyah carrying flags and preparing to confront the occupation troops as they went into battle with them.
As-Sadr supporters seize police stations, TV station in Karbala’.
Supporters of Muqtada as-Sadr have reportedly taken over all the puppet police stations in Karbala’ according to a report broadcast by an Iranian network. A-Jazeera had earlier reported that as-Sadr’s supporters had attacked police stations in the city and seized weapons from them and had taken over the television station and post office in Karbala’ as well, ordering personnel out.
As-Sadr protests spread to al-Basrah as well where hundreds rallied at the governorate building demanding the release of Mustafa al-Ya‘qubi, an aid to as-Sadr arrested by the Americans on murder charges. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that as-Sadr’s supporters had taken over the governorate building and raised a green flag overtop of it.
As-Sadr Militia withdraws from Governorate building in al-Basrah after agreement with British forces.
Militia supporters of Muqtada as-Sadr withdrew from the al-Basrah Governorate building on Monday which they had occupied earlier on Monday. According to a representative of the puppet government in al-Basrah, the as-Sadr forces pulled out after British aggressor command agreed to two of Muqtada as-Sadr’s demands.
1. That the British would pressure the US forces to meet Muqtada as-Sadr’s demands, and,
2. That the city of al-Basrah would be evacuated by British occupation forces and that the occupation would leave affairs in the hands of the Iraqi puppet police and the puppet so-called civil defense forces.
According to the BBC, the agreement was reached in the presence of the puppet governor of al-Basrah and representatives of the political parties operating in the occupied country with the blessing of the occupation regime.
Tuesday, 6 April 2004.
Sky News: as many as 130 dead Marines in ar-Ramadi battle.
The website skynews carried reports on Tuesday of the intense battles that raged in ar-Ramadi in which the Resistance struck hard at a fortified Marine position. The website quoted initial reports that said that the death toll among the Marines might have been as high as 130 in an attack by the Iraqi Resistance. Sky News’s David Chater said: “It sounds very much like this [attack] was being carried out by me who are militarily trained.” Chater described the attack as “highly sophisticated.”
Two US attempts to penetrate al-Fallujah driven back by intense Iraqi Resistance.
Correspondent Ahmad Mansur reported that US occupation forces attempted to penetrate to the center of the city twice but in both cases the Resistance forces repelled the aggressor attacks and forced them to retreat to the outskirts of the city. The al-Jazeera correspondent stated that the first attempt to penetrate the city took place on Tuesday morning on the eastern and southeastern approaches to the city in ad-Dubbat neighborhood. The US invaders managed to pentetrate into the eastern part of ad-Dubbat but fierce Resistance fire drove the invaders back.
The second attempt to penetrate to the center of al-Fallujah took place after noon on Tuesday. Again US forces were able to get to the center of the city but the Iraqi Resistance again fought back intensely and forced the US troops to retreat to the outskirts of the city.
Fierce fighting north of al-Fallujah.
According to al-Jazeera TV, fierce fighting has been underway in the area of al-Fallujah continuously since Monday evening. Tuesday al-Jazeera reported that violent battles had erupted between US occupation forces and Iraqi Resistance fighters in al-Karmah area on the northern outskirts of al-Fallujah. Al-Jazeera’s correspondent in the city reported that US bullets felled on Iraqi child who died. The Resistance destroyed one American Humvee vehicle.
Iraqi Resistance forces have been mounting ambushes on US invaders in various districts of the city. Al-Jazeera TV’s crew of correspondents and cameramen was repeatedly surrounded by clashes between the Resistance and the US invader troops.
Meanwhile the US occupation forces continue to impose a blockade on the city, having sealed all entrances and exits. US aggressors shelled al-Fallujah’s industrial district and raided and searched houses there. At the same time, violent battles rage in al-Jawlan neighborhood between the US invaders and Resistance fighters. Al-Jazeera’s correspondent reported that US helicopter gun ships and airplanes patrol the skies over the city on a round-the-clock basis, firing at targets in the city constantly.
Doctors in al-Fallujah set up a field hospital after large numbers of local people started to be killed and wounded. The field hospital was set up after al-Fallujah General Hospital was damaged in the US shelling of the city.
An attack on a US column near al-Fallujah gave way to a gun battle between Resistance fighters and US aggressors which lasted half an hour.
Al-Jazeera reported that US forces which had penetrated into al-Fallujah had come under intense fire from Iraqi Resistance forces. Some US infantry units had entered certain parts of the city as a part of their offensive against the city.
US troops meet stunning Resistance repulses in al-Fallujah.
In a narrow street in al-Fallujah an American patrol attempted to break into the city but suddenly found itself under a hail of intense Resistance fire. The American troops tried to respond but could not. They tried to withdraw but were unsuccessful and eventually had to call for help. They had come under fire from a house but were unable even to locate the source of the shooting.
When they called in help – tanks and helicopters to shell the houses in the area, five houses were set ablaze. But still the Resistance responded with mortars and gunfire that whistled over the heads of the Americans. Finally hundreds of US invader forces stormed the neighborhood in an attempt to put out the source of the shooting. But even this attempt was unsuccessful as the Resistance responded with hit and run tactics.
In an attempt to break the will of the Resistance the US forces employed a weapon they seldom use the AC 130 helicopter gun ship, an aircraft equipped with extensive firepower.
As US forces tried to penetrate the city, the 2nd Marine Division located in the desert outside al-Fallujah, battled the resistance on the northern approaches to the city.
Al-Fallujah: to live with honor or to die as martyrs.
Al-Jazeera broadcast scenes from the city of al-Fallujah, besieged and attacked by US aggressors for the third straight night. One resident summed up the spirit of the defiant city when he said: “We, the people of al-Fallujah – those of us who live, live with honor, and those of us who die, die as martyrs.” He went on to “thank the American forces for giving us martyrdom.”
Resistance drives US forces from a fortified point around al-Fallujah.
Iraqi Resistance fighters drove US aggressor troops out of one of the strongpoints they had created around al-Fallujah on Tuesday. According to a correspondent for al-Jazeera in al-Fallujah, the Resistance fighters launched a fierce assault on the fortified point on the outskirts of the city. Their attack set the location ablaze, forcing the occupation troops inside to flee.
US helicopter reported shot down near al-Fallujah.
Eyewitnesses in al-Fallujah report that Iraqi Resistance Fighters shot down an American helicopter as it was hovering over the city. A correspondent for al-Jazeera asked the residents to show him the downed vehicle but as they approached the reported location of the helicopter they encountered fighting as Resistance forces were ambushing US invader troops and then battling them. The reporter was therefor prevented from getting to the scene of the reported crash.
US shelling of two neighborhoods in al-Fallujah kills 32 Iraqis on Tuesday evening.
Thirty-two Iraqis – including women and children – were killed on Tuesday evening in intense American aggressor shelling of al-Jawlan and ad-Dubbat neighborhoods of al-Fallujah according to a report carried by al-Jazeera TV. Dozens more, at least about thirty others, were injured. Dozens of wounded have been brought to the field hospital set up by doctors in the besieged city. The field hospital was set up after US bombardment damaged the structure of al-Fallujah General Hospital.
US admits: 5 Marine aggressors killed in 24 hours in al-Anbar Province.
The US military officially admitted on Tuesday that four members of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force were killed Monday while conducting what the invaders called “security and stabilization operations.” It gave no other details other than to say they were killed in combat with Iraqi Resistance forces. Al-Anbar Province is where al-Fallujah is located, a city against which the US invaders began offensive operations on Monday. The US aggressors seek to make an example out of al-Fallujah for killing four US mercenaries last week.
Four Iraqis bleed to death when US troops deny them medical care.
Earlier on Tuesday, al-Jazeera reported that four Iraqis were killed after being wounded in American shelling. The US aggressors then left the four to bleed to death and refused to allow Iraqi ambulances in to provide care for them.
Iraqi Resistance fighters present throughout al-Fallujah.
The Iraqi Resistance, organized in small combat groups have been battling the occupation forces in al-Fallujah, as the fighting groups deploy in various neighborhoods of the city. Previously several areas of al-Fallujah were outside the region keeping the US forces occupied.
Residents observed the fighters on Tuesday organized in groups of ten or fifteen men carrying small rocket launchers that formerly were mounted on Iraqi helicopters. The Resistance has managed to develop the weapons further, however so that they can be fired from the shoulder. They have been used to deadly effect in downing US invader helicopters.
Witnesses report Resistance kills another US invader soldier near al-Fallujah.
Iraqi eyewitnesses reported one US aggressor soldier killed in the area of al-Fallujah on Tuesday in fighting with Iraqi Resistance forces. The American occupation authorities would not confirm this report.
Five US invader troops reported killed in ar-Ramadi.
Iraqi puppet police sources report that five US invader soldiers were killed in ar-Ramadi, west of Baghdad, according to a report carried on al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV. Earlier on Tuesday morning battles were reportedly taking place between the Iraqi Resistance and US occupation forces in ar-Ramadi. The clashes were reported in ‘Ishrin street in the city where medium weight weapons were being used. Most shops and businesses in the city were closed.
Twelve more Marines reported killed in later fighting in ar-Ramadi.
Later on Tuesday night the US Associated Press reported that a Resistance attack on a US Marine invader strongpoint in ar-Ramadi had left “up to” 12 Marines dead. The Resistance launched their assault on a US Marine position, near the puppet governor’s palace in ar-Ramadi.
One US invader dies under Humvee after fall from overpass.
One US aggressor soldier was killed after sunset on Tuesday when his Humvee fell offa n overpass on top of him when, on crossing an overpass on the way to al-Fallujah he made a sudden, possibly involuntary, turn, flying off the overpass and landing underneath the Humvee. Occupation forces pulled the body out from under the Humvee.
US military admits three Americans killed in clashes in Baghdad.
A US military occupation report admitted that three US troops had been killed in clashes in Baghdad, but gave no further details.
Three US occupation troops killed in clashes in Baghdad.
A fierce battle between Iraqi Resistance fighters and US aggressor Marines raged during Monday-Tuesday night in the predominantly Sunni district of az-Zaydan in western Baghdad. Three US Marines were killed as they tried unsuccessfully to drive Resistance fighters out of the district. Witnesses reported that the Resistance fighters used rocket-propelled grenades and destroyed three US Humvees. Passers by saw three dead Americans in the streets being guarded by what was left of their convoy prior to the arrival of medical help.
Since midnight on Tuesday morning, Iraqi Resistance forces were in complete control of the districts of az-Zaydan, ar-Ridwaniyah and al-Karmah.
Resistance attack in Baghdad kills two US aggressor soldiers, destroys two Humvees.
Iraqi Resistance forces carried out on Tuesday night after the ‘isha’ prayer a bold attempt to break the blockade imposed upon their besieged brothers and sisters in al-Fallujah. A US patrol composed of three Humvees was attacked by Resistance rocket fire from a passing car, destroying two of the Humvees and killing two Americans who had been in the vehicles, according to eyewitness reports. US aggressor forces rushed to close off the scene of the Resistance attack that took place in the predominantly Sunni al-Jihad neighborhood of Baghdad.
Resistance attacks US patrol in al-Qa’im on Syrian border.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a US foot patrol in the city of al-Qa’im near the Syrian border.
Resistance attack destroys US military vehicle in al-Hadithah.
According to al-Jazeera one US military vehicle was completely destroyed in an attack on a US military convoy near the city of Hadithah in al-Anbar Province west of Baghdad.
Large explosion rocks an-Najaf.
A large explosion resounded in the city of an-Najaf on Tuesday according to a report by al-Jazeera. Al-Jazeera’s correspondent in the city reported that clouds of smoke could be seen rising but initially there were no further details on the blast.
Later in the day three large explosions rocked an-Najaf. Al-Jazeera TV reported that they seemed to be coming from the direction of al-Kufah. An incendiary bomb was also observed falling on the city. No further details were initially available.
US attack on Madinat as-Sadr in Baghdad.
Over the night of Monday-Tuesday and until dawn Tuesday, US aggressor forces shelled so-called Madinat as-Sadr in Baghdad. US military vehicles deployed in the streets of the neighborhood and concentrated in front of the puppet police stations.
Witnesses told Middle East News Agency that US aggressor forces took control of the six puppet police stations in the district after followers of Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr had taken control of them.
Muqtada as-Sadr forces control part of Karbala’.
Supporters of Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr reportedly control the al-Husayniyah area in the south of Karbala’ on Tuesday, having taken over the government building and the puppet police station there. The streets no longer are patrolled by occupation forces or Iraqi puppet police.
Italian invaders wounded, four Italian military vehicles destroyed in an-Nasiriyah.
Iraqi eye witnesses and Italian aggressor military sources reported that several Italian invader soldiers were wounded in an attack by supporters of Muqtada as-Sadr in the city of an-Nasiriyah on Tuesday. Two Iraqis were also reported killed. An Italian occupation source announced that on Tuesday the Italian forces had launched a broad campaign to return “public order” to the city after two days of fighting. A battle reportedly erupted at 4:00am GMT when Muqtada as-Sadr supporters opened fire on an Italian aggressor patrol in the streets of the city. The Italian aggressors returned fire and a battle raged for an hour. Four Italian military vehicles were completely burned. An Italian report maintained however, that the wounds sustained by the Italian invader troops were not serious and that the number of militia supporters of Muqtada as-Sadr involved in the fighting did not exceed 100. Earlier Muqtada as-Sadr’s forces had taken control of bridges over which supplies to the Italians are shipped.
Ukrainian aggressor killed, five others wounded in al-Kut.
The Ukrainian Ministry of War announced that a Ukrainian occupation soldier was killed on Tuesday and five others wounded in a clash with Iraqi Resistance fighters in al-Kut, south of Baghdad. The communiqué issued by the Ukrainian Ministry said that the soldier who was killed died of wounds received when a rocket-propelled grenade exploded in a battle for the control of one of the bridges in the city.
There are some 1,600 Ukrainian aggressor soldiers in Iraq.
Pentagon cancels leaves of troops in Iraq.
The US Defense Department has issued an order halting all leave for troops stationed in Iraq. According to a report in USA Today, the Pentagon canceled leaves for 24,000 US soldiers that had been scheduled for the next coming weeks.
Translator working for US forces killed in Ba‘qubah.
An official in the Iraqi puppet police reported that an Iraqi working for the US occupation forces as a translator was killed on Tuesday when Resistance fighters opened fire on Lu’ay Majid Rashid on al-Burtuqalah Square in the center of Ba‘qubah. The Resistance fighters left the scene unscathed. The attack took place at about 8:00am local time.
Twelve Iraqis killed in clashes with British in al-‘Amarah.
Twelve Iraqis had been killed and 27 others wounded by Tuesday in clashes between Muqtada as-Sadr’s supporters and British aggressor troops in the city of al-‘Amarah
Hundreds of students demonstrate in Ba‘qubah against the US occupation.
Hundreds of Iraqi students demonstrated on Tuesday against the US assault on al-Fallujah. The protesters chanted “With our blood and our souls we will ransom you Iraq!”
Twenty-year-old student Muhammad Jabbar said “the Americans must understand that the Iraqi people are not happy with their behavior in Iraq and they must leave as soon as possible so that this people can solve its problems by themselves inside the Iraqi house.”
Wednesday, 7 April 2004.
Residents of al-Fallujah count 100 American corpses after six failed US assaults on the besieged city on Wednesday.
Eyewitnesses in al-Fallujah told the correspondent for the website Mafkarat al-Islam (www.islammemo.cc) that no fewer than 100 Americans had been killed in six failed landing attempts in the city.
The witnesses told the correspondent that “a helicopter received a direct hit that killed all aboard. The Resistance killed about half the number of US landing troops on five other helicopters and the rest of the aircraft fled.”
The number of US aggressor troops participating in each attempted landing ranged between 30 and 60.
It is apparent from the fighting that the Iraqi Resistance fighters lie in wait for any attempted landing operations that have air cover firing wherever the US troops land and then shooting rockets at the aircraft, compelling them to withdraw. The Resistance uses different tactics in dealing with landings that do not have air cover, firing their rockets directly at them.
The residents of al-Fallujah have counted more than 100 bodies of dead US invader troops.
Despite intense US invader shelling, Americans still have failed to break al-Fallujah’s defenses.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam (www.islammemo.cc) in al-Fallujah has reported that US forces failed to up to the time of the report (published at 1:15am Mecca Time on 8 April 2004) to break the defenses of the Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah. Four neighborhoods of the besieged city – al-Jawlan, an-Nuzhah, ash-Shuhada’, and ad-Dubbat – were pummeled by intense American shelling but the US aggressor troops were nevertheless still unable to advance into the city. Al-Jawlan and ad-Dubbat neighborhoods witnessed the most intense fighting.
American Crusaders destroy al-Fallujah mosque with bombs, rockets, and tank shells.
The US aggressors have announced that they dropped two 500-pound laser-guided bombs on the Mosque of al-Fallujah, which they also pounded with rockets and tank shells. US Marine aggressors justified that action by claiming that Iraqi Resistance fighters had barricaded themselves inside the mosque and attacked US aggressor forces from within the Muslim house of worship. The US Marines claimed that Resistance fighters had violated International Law by firing from within a mosque and therefore the American destruction of the mosque was “justified.”
Residents of al-Fallujah, however, refuted the American claims. Shaykh Makki al-Kubaysi, Chairman of the board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ in al-Fallujah and the Imam and preacher of the Mosque of ‘Abd al-‘Aziz as-Samarra’i, which was shelled by the US Marine aggressors, said that the reports of Resistance fighters operating out of the mosque were untrue. No one is holing up in mosques.
He added that the Resistance fighters throughout the city carry their weapons and resist and it is not their way to go and find hiding places in mosques. Frequently they resist and carry weapons in all parts of occupied Baghdad, but they don’t hide in mosques. When the US aggressors attacked the mosque, the Resistance responded heroically and brought down dead and wounded Americans.
Resistance destroys 13 US tanks in al-Fallujah battles.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam (www.islammemo.cc) in al-Fallujah reported that the Iraqi Resistance fighters defending al-Fallujah put 13 US tanks out of commission as well as a large number of other military vehicles in the battles that had raged for two days by the end of Wednesday. Witnesses said that the US tanks were destroyed when Iraqi Resistance forces launched simultaneous pincer attacks from in front and behind advancing US aggressor forces.
Resistance in al-Fallujah downs eight American aggressor helicopters in two days fighting.
The Iraqi Resistance in the besieged city of al-Fallujah shot down five American Apache helicopters on Wednesday according to the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam (www.islammemo.cc) in al-Fallujah. On Tuesday two US helicopters were downed in al-Fallujah and one other in nearby as-Saqlawiyah. One of the downed choppers was shot out of the sky by Resistance forces in al-Fallujah during an airborne landing, another as it was protecting a landing, and the third when it failed to land to rescue wounded American aggressor troops.
US base shelled by Resistance.
A US base in Tikrit was attacked by the Iraqi Resistance Katyusha rockets, according to al-Jazeera in Tikrit. Pillars of smoke could be seen rising from the US base.
Iraqi Resistance attacks US patrol in as-Saqlawiyah.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US occupation patrol on Wednesday evening after detonating a bomb on the highway that runs under the as-Salikh overpass, that lies north of the capital. Witnesses said that the bomb exploded as a US patrol was passing. The Resistance then attacked with rocket launchers causing permanent damage to two Humvee craft and the killing of two troops who were aboard. American forces blocked off the routes leading up to the attack site after the blast. The two US personnel
died after being taken to a field hospital in Baghdad.
US helicopter struck, forced to land in US base in Ba‘ubah.
A US helicopter was damaged by Resistance gunfire and forced to make an emergency landing in Ba‘qubah according to a report carried by al-Jazeera TV.
US soldier killed in Balad.
One US aggressor was reported killed and another wounded in clashes with Resistance forces on Wednesday in the town of Balad, north of Baghdad.
Six powerful bombs shake Baghdad.
Six powerful blasts rocked Baghdad on Wednesay night. Al-Jazeera reported that the six powerful blasts that were heard on Haifa Street in the middle of the Iraqi capital.
Battles rage in ‘Amiriyat al-Fallujah.
Al-Jazeera reported that violent battles were raging in ‘Amiriyat al-Fallujah, which, like al-Fallujah, has been besieged for three days.
F-16s run bombing raids on targets.
US F-16 fighter bombers pounded areas in the eastern part of al-Fallujah. Medical sources said that 46 Iraqis had been killed and 65 wounded in US shelling.
Twenty-five Iraqis, all members of one family, killed by US bombs.
Twenty-five Iraqis, members of one family, were killed when US aggressor aircraft shelled the home in which they had taken refuge, having fled their own homes during the fighting to avoid earlier US shelling.
Five US Marines die in al-Fallujah.
The British Sky News website reported on Wednesday that five US Marine aggressors had been killed in battles that erupted near one of the mosques in al-Fallujah. The US then attacked the mosque with helicopters and tank fire, reportedly killing 40 Iraqi civilians.
US Apache helicopter gun ship mistakenly fires on American troops.
Eyewitnesses in al-Fallujah told the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam (www.islammemo.cc) in that city that the Iraqi Resistance had made use of qualitatively new and developed tactics in the battles that have raged since 9:00pm on 6 April 2004 until 9:00am on 7 April between the Iraqi Resistance defenders of al-Fallujah and the American invader troops.
Booby-trapped cars that trigger mortar attacks are one method. According to eyewitnesses who were able to watch the progress of the fighting, American forces were hit by two counter attacks – one frontal and another to the rear – under cover of darkness. Apache helicopter gun ships were called in to fire barrages at the Resistance fighters, but by mistake they hit the rear of the US forces. That in turn raised the number of dead Americans.
Ukrainian aggressors flee central al-Kut.
Ukrainian occupation forces were forced out of the central part of al-Kut on Wednesday by supporters of Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr after heaving fighting, according to Agence France Presse (AFP).