Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 5 April 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Tuesday, 5 April 2005.
Resistance car bomb targets US armored column in ar-Ramadi Tuesday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded next to a patrol of three US armored vehicles and two Humvees in ar-Ramadi at 5pm Tuesday afternoon local time. The correspondent in ar-Ramadi for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the blast completely destroyed one American armored vehicle and killed four US troops and wounded three more.
Residents of the al-Mal‘ab neighborhood where the attack took place told the correspondent that an explosives-laden white Toyota Supra was parked by the side of the main road leading to the center of the city exploded as a US armored patrol was passing. Afterwards, US forces encircled the area preventing journalists from approaching.
Resistance pounds US al-Baghdadi base Monday.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired five Grad rockets into the US base in the city of al-Baghdadi, west of Hit. The American invaders have occupied a former Iraqi infantry training facility there and turned it into their local headquarters. Monday’s Resistance bombardment left fires blazing inside the camp and started a series of explosions as American munitions began to go off.
A member of the Iraqi puppet police told Mafkarat al-Islam that the attack left a number of US troops dead and wounded.
The Iraqi Resistance organization the Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah [Prophet’s practice] took credit for the attack in a communiqué a copy of which was received by Mafkarat al-Islam.
“God enabled your heroic Mujahideen brothers in Hit yesterday to strike the American forces in the al-Baghdadi base west of Hit with five Grad rockets. The rockets hit their targets with precision and, God be praised, set a massive fire blazing on the base. We have not been able to learn how many perished in the ranks of the enemy,” said the communiqué that was signed, “Information Section, Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah.”
Resistance “inaugurates” Iraqi-made Sijjil missiles in strike on US troops in Saddam International Airport.
Iraqi Resistance forces on Tuesday for the first time fired an Iraqi-made rocket in battle, striking occupied Saddam International Airport with five as-Sijjil missiles, constructed just weeks ago.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the Iraqi Resistance as saying, “today we fired the first five as-Sijjil rockets that were made by the hands of the Iraqi Resistance. They were inaugurated in an attack on Baghdad International Airport and produced amazing results that we had not expected.”
The Resistance source reported: “they set fires blazing and destroyed buildings occupied by the Americans inside the airport.” He said their precision was excellent, giving them another winning card that they can play in their military operations against the occupation throughout Iraq.
Five US troops killed in morning bomb attack in ad-Durah.
An Iraqi Resistance high-explosive bomb explodedon the Baghdad-al-Kut Highway in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 9am Tuesday morning. A source in the puppet so-called “Iraqi rapid deployment force” told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb had been planted under a traffic sign by the side of the road. He said that it exploded as a column of six US vehicles passed by on a routine patrol, and that the blast destroyed one Humvee and killed five American troops.
Witnesses confirmed that emergency personnel were unable to approach the wrecked vehicle to extract any of those inside for nearly 15 minutes after the attack because ammunition inside it kept exploding.
Resistance car bombing in eastern Baghdad Tuesday evening.
The Moheet news website reported on Tuesday that press sources said that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a joint puppet police and puppet army patrol in the eastern party of Baghdad on Tuesday evening. No further details were initially available.
Resistance martyrdom bomber kills nine members of collaborationist so-called Iraqi Communist Party in attack on national headquarters in Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives laden car into a group of members of the collaborationist so-called “Iraqi Communist Party” outside their General Headquarters in Baghdad’s al-Karradah district Tuesday morning and blew up himself and his car. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast killed nine members of the collaborationist party and wounded 13 more, among them the General Secretary of the so-called “Iraqi Communist Party,” who has cooperated with the American CIA since the early 1990s.
The Iraqi puppet police confirmed that the attack had been a martyrdom operation with its target being a gathering of “Iraqi Communist Party” members.
Puppet general abducted by Resistance in Baghdad.
Sources in the Iraqi puppet police announced Tuesday that Resistance forces had abducted a high-ranking officer in the Iraq puppet army in Baghdad. Reuters reported that Resistance fighters pulled Brigadier General Jalal Muhammad Salih from his car and led him to an unknown destination.
Salih is the commander of a special armored division, one of the first armored divisions to be established by the Americans in their puppet “Iraqi army.” The Iraqi puppet police reported that his car was stopped after he left his home in the al-Mansur district of Baghdad. The general and his aides were taken away without a shot being fired.
Afternoon Resistance attack leaves four Badr Brigade gunmen dead.
Four members of the Badr Brigades, the armed wing of the Shi‘i chauvinist collaborationist so-called “Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq” (SCIRI) were killed when Iraqi Resistance forces attacked them in Baghdad Tuesday afternoon.
Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that Iraqi Resistance fighters in the Madinat ath-Thawrah district of Baghdad (nicknamed “Madinat as-Sadr”) attacked a white Landcruiser carrying Badr Brigade gunmen at 4pm Tuesday afternoon. Resistance bullets struck the gasoline tank of the car, setting it ablaze and destroying it completely. Four of the Badr Brigade gunmen were killed as well, the witnesses said. A source in the Iraqi puppet police in the area confirmed that the dead were members of the collaborationist organization.
More than 1 million Iraqi refugees now living in Syria, Jordan.
The London-based Arabic-language newspaper al-Quds al-‘Arabi reported on Tuesday, 5 April 2005 that informed sources working with refugees for the United Nations say that a large number of Iraqi refugees continue to pour across the border into Syria every month.
The UN and Syrian officials estimate the number of refugees who have arrived in Syria since the US occupation of Iraq to be about 700,000. That number must be added to the 100,000 Iraqi refugees who were living in Syria before the American invasion.
Officials fear that this emigration will have a serious impact on efforts to rebuild and reconstruct Iraq, since many of these refugees are technical experts, well-to-do professionals who decided to leave their country because of the occupation, instability, and rampant criminal activity there since the US took over. Some neighborhoods in Damascus reportedly now look like places in Baghdad.
Though many of the refugees arrive with funds, the lack of job opportunities in the host country means that they live off their savings until those are exhausted, presenting the country and international agencies with a quietly growing crisis.
In addition to Syria, the other main destination for Iraqi refugees is Jordan. UN officials in that country estimate the number of new Iraqi refugees who have poured into that country as 300,000. Al-Quds al-‘Arabi reports that Jordan is “full of Iraqis” – from tribal leaders and wealthy people living in exclusive neighborhoods down to taxi drivers.
US invader troops desecrate Martyrs’ Cemetery in Tall ‘Afar.
US occupation troops on Tuesday morning stormed the Cemetery of Martyrs of the Iraqi Resistance in the city of Tall ‘Afar, west of Mosul and dug up martyrs’ graves in a desecration operation that lasted for three hours.
Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the US occupation troops surrounded the cemetery with more than 10 vehicles. Then their soldiers, carrying picks and other digging implements raided the cemetery and dug up 14 graves of Iraqi Resistance fighters. A member of the Iraqi puppet military – who were near the Americans but did not take part in desecrating the cemetery – said that the Americans found all the bodies they dug up to look freshly buried, with their hair and beards still in place even though they had been killed in the first Tall ‘Afar battle.
The source said that the reason for this intentional desecration of the cemetery was not known, but said that the Americans took samples from the dead and took photographs of them, which he speculated had something to do with the continued incarceration of their wives and children, even though these men had died three full months ago.
US forces frequently raid homes and arrest family members of suspected Resistance fighters. The invaders then hold those women and children hostage in the hopes that the wanted man will surrender himself to the occupation authorities in an effort to set them free. If the man falls in battle, however, captive family members might be locked up indefinitely unless the remains of their relative happen to be found and identified.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Three US troops killed, three more wounded in Resistance bombing in Balad.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a patrol of four US Humvees in the city of Balad at 2pm Tuesday afternoon local time. Residents of the ash-Shurtah neighborhood in the Balad area where the attack took place told Mafkarat al-Islam that the roadside bomb blew up as the US patrol went by, totally destroying one Humvee and killing three US troops and wounding three more.
Resistance bomb targets US supply convoy, killing two US drivers.
A large Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a convoy of US supply trucks bringing equipment and provisions to US forces as it passed through at-Tarimiyah, north of Baghdad. Residents of the area told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in at-Tarimiyah that the Resistance planted a large-sized bomb by the side of the main road leading to the center of Baghdad.
They said that it blew up by a passing US truck convoy brining supplies to US troops. The blast destroyed one of the trucks and killed its crew of two American soldiers who were unable to get out of the cab due to the intensity of the fire that engulfed their vehicle after the explosion.
Resistance bombards US base near Bayji Tuesday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired six missiles, believed to have been Katyusha rockets, into the main US base west of the city of Bayji, which is north of Baghdad. Residents of the as-Siniyah area west of the city told Mafkarat al-Islam that six violent explosions shook the American-occupied facility at 4pm local time Tuesday afternoon, sending columns of smoke rising into the air.
Afterwards, US helicopters came in over the surrounding areas at low altitude searching for the Resistance attackers. They found nothing.
Nine US troops die in Resistance ambush on US patrol in Ba‘qubah Tuesday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US patrol in the al-Muhandisin neighborhood in central Ba‘qubah at 10am Tuesday morning. A source in the Iraqi Resistance told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance shot shoulder-fired RPG7 rocket-propelled grenades and C5K rockets as well as medium machine guns at a patrol of five US Humvees and one tank in central Ba‘qubah on Tuesday, killing nine US troops and destroying three Humvees. Two members of the Resistance were martyred, he added.
The correspondent reported residents of the neighborhood who witnessed the attack as saying that more than 15 people attacked the American patrol after asking local people to stay indoors. The Resistance called on the locals to remain in their houses out of fear that the American troops would open fire on the civilians as they regularly do whenever there are fights with the Resistance, hoping to arouse popular resentment against the Resistance fighters.
For its part, the American military in a statement released in their headquarters in Baghdad admitted only that four of their troops had been killed and two more wounded. Eyewitnesses and members of the Resistance separately told Mafkarat al-Islam that nine US troops were killed and four more wounded and that three US Humvees were destroyed in the Resistance rocket attack.
Resistance ambushes US column in Salman Bak Tuesday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a US patrol in the Salman Bak area southeast of Baghdad on Tuesday afternoon, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported. Witnesses in Salman Bak told the correspondent that Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushed a column of four American Abrams tanks and two Humvees on the main street leading to the city of Baghdad as it passed through Salman Bak at 5pm Tuesday afternoon local time.
Resistance fighters opened fire on the US column with medium and light arms and rocket-propelled grenades. Witnesses said that one of the tanks was hit and set ablaze. Resistance fire also destroyed one of the Humvees. In all six American troops were killed and five others wounded. One witness told Mafkarat al-Islam that one of the Resistance attackers was martyred in the assault and another slightly wounded. The witness said that when the Resistance fighters withdrew from the area after the battle, they took with them the body of their martyr evacuated their wounded man.
Resistance land mine kills three Peshmergah collaborator gunmen.
In a dispatch posted at 6:35pm Mecca time Tuesday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that three Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah collaborator gunmen were killed when an Iraqi Resistance land mine exploded a short while earlier in the Kasnam area north of Irbil in northern Iraq.
Witnesses at the scene told Mafkarat al-Islam that the mine appeared to have been planted in the middle of the road under a sewer opening. They said that the blast destroyed the vehicle in which the gunmen were riding and killed three of the gunmen themselves. The witnesses said that Peshmergah militiamen then encircled the area after the blast, and began an intensive search of the area nearby.
Prisoners rebel, kill four US guards in Camp Bucca prison camp Monday night.
Four US troops were killed and five more wounded in battles in Camp Bucca prison camp near the southern city of al-Basrah on Monday.
An officer in the Iraqi puppet army told Mafkarat al-Islam that a large number of prisoners, armed only with their fists and sharp objects like knives, attacked US soldiers and killed four American troops and wounded five more, one of those mortally.
The source added that the fighting erupted after one of the prisoners cursed one of the American soldiers during the evening meal. The Americans took that prisoner out and attempted to torture him on the field in front of the rest of the inmates. Then the prisoners, armed with knives and razor blades, attacked the four American troops who were tying up the prisoner in the middle of the field. They stabbed those four to death and wounded five more. The prisoners also set fire to one of the Americans’ tents.
The source said that 16 prisoners were wounded, one of them seriously, when US troops opened fire indiscriminately on them.
For its part, the American military admitted that fighting took place in Camp Bucca but disclosed no details regarding their losses.
Later on Tuesday, the International Red Cross demanded that the US military in Iraq investigate “disturbances” that have occurred recently in Camp Bucca. Sky News reported that the movement of Muqtada as-Sadr first reported disturbances on Friday that the Red Cross, whose team was visiting the prison camp at the time, later confirmed. That fighting broke out after prisoners reportedly protested the transfer of “troublesome” inmates to another complex. Fourteen inmates were reportedly injured in that uprsing, when US troops fired rubber bullets at them.
Rana Sidani, a spokesman for the International Red Cross, said that prisoners in the prison camp suffer from bad conditions, living in tents on the desert floor inside the camp with nothing to protect them from the heat of the sun during the day and the intense cold at night.
Three puppet police killed in Resistance bombing in al-Basrah on Tuesday.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by an Iraqi puppet force patrol on Car Expo road opposite al-Basrah University’s Bab az-Zubayr College Complex on Tuesday. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that the blast killed three Iraqi puppet policemen and destroyed their patrol car. Several British Jeeps then showed up to encircle the area as helicopters flew in and streets in the area were closed.