Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 22 April 2005.Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Friday, 22 April 2005.
US troops gun down Iraqi civilian after Resistance bomb kills four American troops.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb shook the al-Jarayish district of the city of ar-Ramadi at 9am local time Friday morning. Witnesses who live in the area told Mafkarat al-Islam that a high-explosive bomb had been planted by the side of the al-Jarayishi Road, which links the area to the center of ar-Ramadi. They said that the explosion destroyed a US Humvee and killed four American troops. The blast was so powerful that it blew the Americans out of their Humvee.
The correspondent reported that after the attack American troops sprayed the entire area with heavy gunfire, killing killed one local man who happened to be walking near the scene of the bomb attack.
Another group of American troops then hauled their bodies away to the al-Warrar base west of ar-Ramadi.
US admits two Marines killed Wednesday.
The US military admitted in a statement issued late on Thursday that two US Marines were killed when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in ar-Ramadi on Wednesday. As usual the US military provided no further details, in the report quoted by Reuters.
Nine bodies of executed puppet officers found in al-Hadithah.
In the second such discovery within 48 hours, US occupation troops and Iraqi puppet soldiers discovered nine bodies of officers in the Iraqi puppet forces who were shot to death and their bodies dumped by the side of a road in the northern suburbs of the western Iraqi city of al-Hadithah.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported a source in the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” as saying that nine bodies of officers in the puppet force were found on Friday shot to death. He said that they had gone missing two days earlier when on a foot patrol in the middle of al-Hadithah.
On Wednesday aggressor troops found 19 bodies of puppet “national guards” dumped in the al-Hadithah stadium. Witnesses at the time said that the puppet guards were abducted and killed by Resistance fighters who had ambushed their vehicle, a Zil troop transport.
Four US troops die in two Resistance bomb attacks.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on the highway north of as-Saqlawiyah, which is northwest of al-Fallujah, at 12:30pm midday Friday, destroying a US Humvee.
The Iraqi Resistance then set off a second bomb on the same highway at 5:30pm Friday afternoon, blowing up another American Humvee. As a result of the two bomb attacks, four US troops were killed.
Mortar shell hits al-Fallujah street.
A mortar shell crashed onto Forty Street opposite al-Hadrah in al-Fallujah at 4:30pm Friday afternoon. Local people who witnessed the incident told Mafkarat al-Islam that they believe the shell to have been fired by the American forces.
US siege of al-Khalidiyah marks third day.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Friday was the third straight day that US forces have been encircling the area of al-Khalidiyah. No one can enter or leave the beleaguered city.
US launches wave of searches in al-Karmah Thursday.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Karmah reported that on Thursday US forces carried out a campaign of raids and searches resulting in the arrest of two Iraqis
Resistance bombards US troops in Sukkaniya base early Friday.
Iraqi Resistance fighters in the Salafi Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah [Prophet’s Practice] attacked the US base at the far south end of Baghdad known as Sukkaniya at about 5am early Friday morning with seven surface-to-surface rockets. The attack blasted the western parts of the American base where US troops were concentrated.
Bomb near Shi‘i mosque kills eight.
At least eight persons were killed and 20 more injured when a car bomb exploded outside a Shi‘i mosque in Baghdad during Friday congregational prayers. The American Associated Press (AP) reported puppet police sources as saying that the blast targeted the as-Sabih Mosque. Sources in the puppet so-called “Iraqi interior ministry” said that the casualty toll was likely to rise. Witnesses reported seeing the attacker driving a white BMW car.
Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ reports: Brother of jailed Sunni religious leader murdered in campaign of anti-Sunni sectarian “cleansing” of Baghdad district.
The Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ [Scholars] in Iraq, the highest Sunni religious authority in the country, announced on Friday that “criminal hands close to some of the political parties in the interim ‘government’ and the so-far unannounced ‘government’-to-be” had murdered ‘Abd al-Mu’min ‘Abd al-Jabbar, the brother of Shaykh ‘Abd as-Sattar ‘Abd al-Jabbar, a member of the Consultative Council of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ in Iraq who has been imprisoned for more than six months.”
The statement said that the latest assassination is part of a “mad campaign in some districts of Baghdad to carry out sectarian cleansing,” one such area being the “Madinat ash-Sha‘b” area, where the martyr ‘Abd al-Mu’min was assassinated. That area has recently seen a serious increase in attacks on innocent residents. Today and yesterday a number of residents there were attacked and killed in addition to the murder of the martyr ‘Abd al-Mu’min ‘Abd al-Jabbar.
Other residents killed in the campaign of sectarian “cleansing” of the district are the Sunnis: Mustafa Husayn La‘ibi, Diya’ ‘Alwan az-Zaydi of the ‘Abdallah ibn Maz‘un place of worship, Saddah Ibrahim al-‘Ukayli of the al-Khulafa’ ar-Rashidin place of worship, and ‘Abd al-Latif al-Mashhadani of the Ibrahim al-Khalil place of worship.
US official spokesman admits Resistance attacks sharply up in last week.
US forces admitted on Friday that the pace of Resistance attacks on US forces in Iraqi provinces had substantially increased over the last week.
The admission came in a press conference held in the Palace of Congresses (Convention Center) in the so-called “green zone” headquarters of the US occupation in Baghdad. A correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam was among the reporters at the press conference.
The spokesman for the US military Steven Mack said that attacks had notably and greatly increased against the US military, but he claimed, “we have not lost control of the security situation in Iraq and our army is still holding together.”
In response to a question from one of the foreign correspondents about the number or extent of attacks registered by the American military command in Iraq, the spokesman said, “I don’t know, but they are increasing.”
Resistance bomb kills nine US troops monitoring mosque sermon in Ba‘qubah.
An Iraqi Resistance land mine exploded under a foot patrol of more than 20 US troops just after Friday congregational prayers in Ba‘qubah on Friday. The blast killed nine American soldiers in full view of the local residents of the city.
Lieutenant Midhat Rif‘at of the puppet so-called “anti-terrorism” force reflected the language and attitudes of his masters when he told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Ba‘qubah that: “a land mine planted by ‘terrorists’ targeted an American column on foot that was protecting the mosque from ‘terrorist’ attacks.” The puppet officer said that the explosion killed nine US troops and wounded others, adding that “the mine was a primitive bomb that was carefully prepared so that the ‘terrorists’ could use it to kill the largest possible number of American troops.”
Local eyewitnesses said however that the Americans were not “guarding the mosque” as the puppet officer claimed but were monitoring the sermon that the preacher was delivering to make sure that he did not “incite people to jihad.” As is usual every Friday, US forces with their local puppets go to mosques throughout the country to listen to the sermons and then storm in the minute that they hear what they consider to be “incitement to jihad,” arresting the preacher right off the pulpit.
After the attack, US forces encircled the area and quickly evacuated the bodies of their dead while preventing the worshippers, who were still in the mosque, from leaving the building until they were finished clearing the of the remains of their men.
Sunni residents of al-Mada’in demand to know what happened to their loved ones; fear the “50 bodies” Jalal at-Talibani said were found in as-Suwayrah were their relatives, kidnapped and killed by puppet police.
In an appeal to the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ [Scholars] the highest Sunni religious authority in Iraq, residents of the city of al-Mada’in demanded to know the fate of their relatives who were abducted and presumably imprisoned by the puppet police and so-called “Iraqi national guard” in the course of the hoax regarding “Shi‘i hostages” several days ago.
It was later learned that there never had been any sectarian kidnappings of Shi‘ah nor any threats against them, but the puppet regime’s “security” forces did round up numerous local Sunnis whose whereabouts remain unknown.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that residents of the al-Wahdah area in al-Mada’in demanded to know the fate of those Sunnis who were abducted, jailed, or disappeared during this period.
The appeal also demanded that the families that were expelled from al-Wahdah and al-Mada’in be allowed to return to their homes and that their property – which was confiscated – be returned to them. The appeal demanded security, stability, and necessary protection for the Sunni residents of the area.
The residents in their appeal said that the number of people who are missing or were arrested is in the hundreds, and that the campaign of arrests is still under way.
In their appeal to the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’, the Sunni residents said: “We appeal to you to find out their fate and to demand that the government keep harm away from the people of this area, because if it does not, things will get much worse, especially after the declaration of Jalal at-Talibani that more than 50 bodies were discovered in the as-Suwayrah area – people we believe to be our relatives who were imprisoned in the city of al-Kut by the [puppet] police and the ‘national guard’.”
Salah ad-Din Province.
Iraqi Resistance bomb targets US checkpoint in Samarra’ Friday afternoon.
In a dispatch posted at 5:50pm Mecca time Friday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier a bomb had exploded in Samarra’, north of Baghdad, killing and wounding a number of US occupation troops.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that initial information indicated that a martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden vehicle into a US checkpoint. No exact details on the casualties inflicted as a result of the attack were initially available.
Two Resistance organizations claim credit for downing of Bulgarian helicopter Thursday.
The Iraqi Resistance organization the Islamic Army in Iraq published a video communiqué on the Internet in which it took responsibility for the shooting down of a US mercenary helicopter north of Baghdad on Thursday, killing 11 invaders. One of the dead was executed by the Resistance after he survived the crash, the videotape indicated.
The Islamic Army stated in its communiqué that one of the crewmen was taken prisoner alive but then killed. The Islamic Army broadcast a video showing the burning wreckage of the craft and numerous charred bodies. The communiqué said that “the Islamic Army had shot down a transport aircraft of the atheist army,” according to Reuters.
Later on Friday, however, an organization calling itself the Army of the Mujahideen announced that it was responsible for shooting down the Bulgarian helicopter on Thursday, and provided a videotape that appeared to show the attack from start to finish, unlike the Islamic Army tape, all of which showed the helicopter after being shot down.
The Army of the Mujahideen videotape broadcast by al-Jazeera satellite TV on Friday showed their fighters launching rockets towards the helicopter that was hovering at low altitude. After that, the video shows the helicopter turned into a ball of flame before striking the earth and sending up clouds of black smoke.
The Bulgarian company that owned the helicopter reported that the craft carried a crew of three Bulgarians, six American mercenaries, and two guards of unnamed nationality. Some reports said that the guards were Fijian, others that they were Filipino.
Six American troops killed in early morning Resistance bombing in Tall ‘Afar.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded by a US column in the at-Turkman neighborhood in the west of Tall ‘Afar in northern Iraq at about 6am Friday morning. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported a source in the Iraqi puppet police as saying that the blast destroyed a Humvee and killed six US troops immediately.
The source said that another bomb exploded about 40 meters from the first but it did not inflict any damage on the US vehicles. The American military, for its part, admitted that the attack took place and claimed that three of its soldiers were killed. Sources in the puppet police, however and local witnesses confirmed to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent that six Americans were killed in the explosion, and that one Humvee was destroyed.
Four US troops killed in Resistance bomb attack Friday morning in Mosul.
An Iraqi Resistance high-explosive bomb blew up by a US armored vehicle in the al-Ma’mun neighborhood of northern Mosul at about 11am local time Friday morning. An official source in the Iraqi puppet forces told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast killed four US troops and seriously wounded a fifth. The US military, for its part, admitted that the attack occurred on its internal radio propaganda service beamed at the city of Mosul, but gave no details of their losses.
Resistance bombards US base in Kirkuk.
In a dispatch posted at 11:50am Friday morning Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier, Iraqi Resistance forces had fired nine heavy 120mm mortar rounds into the US al-Ghazlani base in Kirkuk, the biggest American facility in occupied northern Iraq.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported witnesses as saying that nine mortar rounds blasted the base which the Americans set up in Kikuk International Airport. Captain Zahir Zibari, a member of the Iraqi puppet army told the correspondent that the bombardment wounded numerous US troops and inflicted material damage on a number of American-occupied buildings in the base.
Resistance bomb kills three puppet police in al-Basrah early Friday.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a puppet police patrol in the southern Iraqi city of al-Basrah early Friday, killing three puppet policemen and wounding a number of others, some of them seriously. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the bomb went off at 8:30am local time Friday as a puppet police patrol was passing in front of the fuel station in the al-Jubaylah area.
Resistance bomb targets puppet police patrol in al-Basrah Friday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a patrol of the Iraqi puppet police on the road leading to the al-Muftiyah area in the middle of al-Basrah at 8:30am Friday morning local time. According to the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city, the blast destroyed the puppet police car and killed or wounded all aboard.
For its part the al-Hasan al-Basri Brigades Resistance organization which is active in al-Basrah, announced its responsibility for the attack in a communiqué posted on an internet website.