Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 14 April 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Thursday, 14 April 2005.
In a dispatch posted at 9:55am Thursday morning Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that after failing on Wednesday night to storm the besieged city of al-Qa’im from four directions, US forces used loudspeakers on Thursday morning to demand tribal chiefs and some notables of the city to open negotiations with them at noon about the situation in the city.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that the Resistance called the tribal chiefs and notables to a meeting to discuss the American request.
Resistance sets conditions for talks with US over al-Qa’im as America admits it failed to take the city Wednesday night.
In a dispatch posted at 7:35pm Thursday night, Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported from al-Qa’im that the US military recognized that it had failed on Wednesday to take the liberated city by storm. The American failure came despite a grueling day of fighting, first in the morning hours and then for three hours in the evening as American troops, 400 tanks, artillery, helicopters, and warplanes blasted and assaulted the city from four directions at once. The Resistance held out and repulsed the sweeping American assault of Marines and Commandos and in the end the US forces retreated beyond the limits of the city environs.
On Thursday Mafkarat al-Islam quoted a US major who said his name was “Steve Allen” of the Marines who said that they had not been able to take the city the night before due to the defiance and ferocity of the Resistance – whom he referred to as “gunmen” – and their determination in the fight. The American officer said that the US pulled its forces back “in the interests of the Iraqi civilians,” although no such humanitarian considerations entered Americans’ heads when they blew up the city’s water and food supply and when American snipers shot dead women and children trying to get water from the Euphrates River.
The Resistance on Thursday blasted concentrations of US troops outside the city with 32 various types of rockets – Katyusha, Grad, powerful Tariq missiles, and heavy motar rounds. The bombardment scattered the Americans’ lines to the north and east of al-Qa’im.
Meanwhile, a meeting of the Resistance in the city produced an agreement on a set of proposals that they would offer to the Americans as the basis of negotiations – in answer to the US call for talks made early in the morning. The Resistance agreed to hold talks with the Americans but on the basis of specific preconditions, namely:
The correspondent reported that US forces had not responded to the demands of the Resistance as of the time that he filed his report. The city of al-Qa’im, therefore, remained in a state of relative calm – calm like a time bomb – as he put it, ready to explode whenever the Marines and Commandos decide to repeat their attack on the city.
Residents of the city expect that Resistance forces will take the initiative and attack concentrations of US troops before the latter attack al-Qa’im again.
Resistance mounts two deadly barrages on US base in Hit early Thursday.
Iraqi Resistance forces mounted two rocket attacks on the US base in Hit Thursday morning, killing 18 US troops and wounding others. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in Hit reported that a member of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” said that at 6am Thursday morning local time the Resistance – whom he called “terrorists” fired three Katyusha rockets into the US invader base known as ‘Ayn al-Asad, killing seven American troops and destroying two shelters used by the Americans during the night.
The source added that the less than three hours later the US headquarters came under attack again when the Resistance fired more than 10 mortar rounds into the American-occupied installation. One shell blasted an ammunition dump within the camp, causing a large explosion. Eleven US troops were killed in that attack, the source said.
Two big plumes of black smoke enveloped the area after a series of explosions, the correspondent reported witnesses as saying.
Resistance car bomb kills eight US troops late Thursday morning.
In a dispatch posted at 12:40pm Mecca time midday Thursday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in the as-Sajariyah area northeast of ar-Ramadi at about 11am local time.
A first lieutenant in the puppet so-called “anti-terrorism forces” told Mafkarat al-Islam that an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter driving an explosives-laden pickup that was loaded with cucumbers blew up by a column of US vehicles, destroying two Humvees, one of them totally. Eight American soldiers were killed and an undetermined number of others wounded.
The First Army of Muhammad Resistance organization posted a communiqué on doors of local mosques after the attack, saying that it was responsible for the attack.
Afterwards, US forces evacuated their dead and wounded and called in reinforcements to guard the wreckage of the two vehicles. They surrounded the area of the attack and prevented any journalists from taking pictures until cranes and trucks arrived to haul away the hulks of the wrecked vehicles to the US headquarters west of the city.
Four US troops killed in afternoon bombing in Abu Ghurayb.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by an American armored vehicle that was stopped on Shaykh ad-Darri Street near north side of the notorious US prison camp Abu Ghurayb at 3pm local time Thursday afternoon.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the area reported witnesses as saying that a high-explosive roadside bomb that had been planted by the Resistance blew up, destroying the armored vehicle and killing four US troops and seriously wounding three more.
After the blast, US forces surrounded the area and arrested a number of cart vendors in the area, charging that they knew about the bomb but did not warn the American invaders about it. US forces meanwhile called in military ambulances that took the American casualties inside the neighboring Abu Ghurayb prison camp.
Afternoon Resistance ambush leave nine US troops dead in ad-Durah.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a daily routine US patrol proceeding down Sukkaniya Street Thursday afternoon in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance fighters fires fired four rockets at two of the Humvees in the patrol and then opened fire on the two vehicles with medium machine guns, destroying both and killing nine US troops aboard them.
The witnesses said that the Resistance scored direct hits on both vehicles, when they fired their rockets from about 300meters away in narrow alleys that lead to the main Sukkaniya street. After the attack the Resistance fighters quickly cleared out of the area.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam met a captain in the puppet so-called “rapid deployment force” who confirmed that the attack took place and said that nine US troops were killed and two vehicles destroyed. He also said that the attackers were able to get away after the ambush.
Thursday morning car bombs target puppet so-called “interior ministry.”
Two Iraqi Resistance car bombs exploded near the puppet so-called “interior ministry” in Baghdad on Thursday morning. A news bulletin from al-Jazeera satellite TV network reported that the blasts, in the al-Jadiriyah neighborhood of the capital killed 11 and wounded 20 puppet policemen by preliminary estimate. Later reports put the number of dead at 15.
Earlier in the morning Reuters reported that two explosions rocked the center of Baghdad near the Republican Palace area where the US invaders have their headquarters called the “green zone.” The Thursday morning explosions were immediately followed by gunshots, according to Reuters. Smoke was seen rising over the southwestern area of Baghdad near the entrance to the so-called “green zone.”
Early Thursday afternoon, Reuters reported that the Resistance organization Base [Qa‘idah] of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers announced its responsibility for the two morning car bombings near the puppet so-called “ministry of the interior” in Baghdad. Reuters said that a statement published on the Internet said that a member of their organization attacked a patrol of the “infidel” police as it guarded the office of the “infidel” “minister.” Reuters said the communiqué reported that another member of the organization attacked the end of a patrol made up of nine cars.
Resistance car bomb kills seven US troops north of Ba‘qubah Thursday morning.
In a dispatch posted at 10:55am Mecca time Thursday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb parked by the side of the main road in the city of Shahriyan, north of Ba‘qubah exploded killing seven US troops and wounding three more. A member of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” said that the blast was the result of a car bomb left by the side of the road that went off as a US column passed by. The bomb totally destroyed one Humvee, killing seven and wounding three US troops, the source said.
An Iraqi Resistance organization called the Squadrons of al-Qa‘qa‘ announced its responsibility for that attack in a communiqué, a copy of which was obtained by Mafkarat al-Islam.
Three US troops reported killed in afternoon bomb blast.
In a dispatch posted at 8:40pm Mecca time, Thursday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in al-Mundhiriyah on the Iranian border east of Ba‘qubah. Witnesses told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb blew up by a passing US patrol of several Humvees at 4pm Thursday afternoon, destroying one Humvee and killing three US troops and wounding a fourth.
A source in the Iraqi puppet border police confirmed the report and the casualty figures in a conversation with the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance shoots down unmanned US spy plane Thursday afternoon.
The Iraqi Resistance in the city of Balad, north of Baghdad, announced that it had shot down an unmanned US spy plane with anti-aircraft Dmitrov machinegunfire at 3pm Thursday afternoon.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local residents as saying that the wreckage of the American craft landed on a rooftop in the al-Yarmuk neighborhood without causing any damage.
For their part, US forces came an hour later and stormed into the house and neighboring houses and took away the wreckage of their plane. They then smashed up and stol most of the belongings in the house, according to the house owner.
The Jihadi Squadrons of ar-Rahman issued a communiqué distributed in a number of mosques in the city after afternoon prayers taking responsibility for the downing.
Eight bodies of puppet troops found shot to death.
In a dispatch posted at 5:40pm Mecca time Thursday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi puppet forces a short while before had discovered in al-Latifiyah, south of Baghdad, the bodies of eight Iraqi puppet troops who had been shot to death. Three of the corpses belonged to high-ranking officers in the puppet army.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses as saying that the bodies were brought to Ibn Sina Military Hospital in Baghdad for examination. There a preliminary examination revealed that they had been executed several days earlier.
A member of the Iraqi puppet military confirmed the report of the discovery to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent.
Fighting rages in Tall ‘Afar midday Thursday.
In a dispatch posted at 12:30pm Mecca time midday Thursday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at the time of writing a battle was underway in the city of Tall ‘Afar in northern Iraq between Iraqi Resistance forces and American commandos backed up by Apache helicopters.
The correspondent reported eyewitnesses as saying that in the first minutes of the engagement, which was still raging in the northern suburbs of the city, Resistance fighters destroyed one American armored vehicle killing all aboard it. They also disabled one Abrams tank.
Resistance fires deadly barrage at US base in Mosul, midday Thursday.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired eight surface-to-surface rockets into the US al-Ghazlani base in the city of Mosul at 12 noon local time on Thursday. Mafkarat al-Islam reported Iraqis working on the American base – who refused to give their names – as saying that the attack, the second in two days, specifically struck the central parts of the camp.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported US helicopters flew in at low altitude over the area and evacuated a number of dead and wounded. A member of the puppet so-called “Iraqi rapid deployment force” confirmed this, saying that the bombardment killed and wounded a number of US troops.
Resistance attack leaves three puppet police dead Thursday morning.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a puppet police station in the city of Kirkuk, 255km northeast of Baghdad) at 8am local time Thursday morning. Colonel Mu’nis Ishaq, the puppet “justice police” director in south Kirkuk said that three puppet policemen were killed and thee more puppet policemen and one civilian were wounded in the puppet police station when the Resistance fighters attacked. The Resistance carried out the raid at a time when puppet police cars were gathered at the station prior to going out on their patrols in the city.
Death threats issued for propaganda chief of puppet guards in al-Basrah.
Leaflets appeared in the southern Iraqi city of al-Basrah Thursday morning threatening death to Firas at-Tamimi, the propaganda spokesman for the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” in al-Basrah. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that the threat was published in leaflets thrown into the streets of the city.
The threats, perhaps the first against commanders in the puppet “national guard,” followed statements at-Tamimi made after the puppet guard stormed the predominantly Sunni al-Ajbal district in al-Basrah on Sunday, 27 March 2005, in which he said that his forces had arrested four men whom he called “terrorists,” after raiding three houses. In fact, Mafkarat al-Islam reported, the puppet guard stormed 75 local houses and arrested 18 people.
At the time at-Tamimi said that his troops were carrying out an intentional campaign to defame the Sunni population, and his remarks were broadcast on some satellite networks, including the al-Hurrah propaganda network (which is based in Virginia, USA, but broadcasts in Iraq), and the so-called “al-‘Iraqiyun” network.
One of the aims of the Zionist-imperialist occupation of Iraq is the classic “divide and rule” imperial strategy. To facilitate this the Americans and their stooges seek to sow sectarian and ethnic discord in the country in order to try to produce only weak, feuding states in the Arab region that would be dependent on outside powers.