Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 28 April 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Thursday, 28 April 2005.
Resistance responds to US offer of cash for weapons by blowing up US propaganda van, killing four American soldiers, one Egyptian-American translator.
US forces sent out military vehicles equipped with loudspeakers to roam the streets of all the cities of al-Anbar Province – ar-Ramadi, al-Khalidiyah, al-Habbaniyah, Hit, al-Hadithah, al-Qa’im, ar-Rutbah, Hasibah, Wujbah – to issue an appeal to local people “not to miss the opportunity” to turn in weapons and receive monetary rewards from the occupation troops. The rewards, large by local standards, ranged from a minimum of US $1,000 up to as much as US$30,000.
People who listened to the American announcement told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Americans gave the people a grace period of three days, starting Thursday, during which they could turn in their weapons to puppet police stations and municipal puppet government offices and receive a reward.
The American announcement warned of harsh penalties for anyone refusing to respond to the call. The Americans demanded that residents turn in Grad, Katyusha, and Tariq rocket launchers – all varieties of surface-to-surface rockets that the Resistance uses in its attacks on American occupation bases. The Americans also demanded that Strela, SAM-7 and SAM-9 anti anti-aircraft rockets be tunred in, as well as shoulder-fired pipe rockets such as RPG7s and C5Ks, as well as heavy 120mm mortars, and medium-weight 82mm and 62mm mortars. Bombs, land mines, defensive and offensive hand grenades, light, medium, and heavy machine guns, including RBKs, BKCs, and Kalashnikov assault rifles were also called in.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in ar-Ramadi reported that the Americans promised to hand out money and guaranteed secure lives and not to carry out night raids and to lift the curfew in the city if the people handed in their weapons.
The Iraqi Resistance responded to the Americans’ call by firing an RPG7 rocket propelled grenade at one of the Humvees that was broadcasting the appeal. The Resistance attack set the Humvee ablaze and destroyed it, killing four US troops aboard along with their Egyptian-American translator who was doing the actual broadcasting.
Resistance sharpshooter kills two US troops in al-Hadithah.
In a dispatch posted at 11:15am Mecca time Thursday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a US patrol raided an area in the al-Mu‘allimin neighborhood in the middle of the western Iraqi city of al-Hadithah to search houses on Thursday, witnesses told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city. When the American troops emerged from the area, an Iraqi Resistance sharp shooter shot two of them dead.
The American troops responded hysterically, according to local residents, who said that they grew enraged when two of their men were killed and they did not know where the shots were coming from. The US troops therefore opened fire indiscriminately, wounding four civilians in the area. They were later taken to the hospital.
US forces searched neighboring houses in the area of the attack but found nothing pertinent. For its part, the occupation acknowledged the attack over its internal propaganda radio beamed at residents of the province and also in a statement the US command issued in Baghdad admitting the death of the two Americans.
Resistance bombards US base in Hit.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven mortar rounds into the US ‘Ayn al-Asad base in the western Iraqi city of Hit at 1pm local time Thursday. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the shells blasted into the central and northern parts of the base. Witnesses saw dense clouds of smoke enveloping the base after the bombardment.
The Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah Resistance group issued a communiqué in which it took responsibility for the attack.
Resistance bombards US base in al-Habbaniyah Thursday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US base in al-Habbaniyah, west of al-Fallujah – a facility known as the Tammuz Airbase before the American invasion – with four Grad rockets and five mortar rounds at 4pm Thursday afternoon, local time.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Habbaniyah reported that US occupation forces responded by bombarding the apparent source of the rocket fire, the village of al-Bu Mar‘i, east of the base in the nearby vicinity. The American shelling left four Iraqis dead, including one small child. None of the victims were members of the Resistance.
The correspondent quoted Lieutenant Karim ‘Allawi of the puppet forces as saying that the Resistance bombardment killed or wounded 18 US troops and destroyed one of the rapid observation centers in the eastern part of the base. Witnesses said that they saw clouds of smoke rising over the American-occupied facility and three helicopters landing inside. The helicopters, however, did not evacuate any dead or wounded, as they usually do, however, normally taking the casualties to the largest US base located in ar-Ramadi, or to the base in the agricultural area east of al-Fallujah.
Iraqi Resistance bomb kills two US troops Thursday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded next to a hotel on the road to the al-‘Amiriyah area south of al-Fallujah. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses as saying that the bomb exploded at about 9am local time and destroyed a US Humvee, killing two American soldiers and wounding two more.
Midday bomb kills three US troops south of al-Fallujah.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated a bomb by a US Humvee south of al-Fallujah at midday on Thursday. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the explosion took place at 1:30pm local time and left three US troops dead and another two wounded.
US troops kill three Iraqi civilians in al-Fallujah.
In a new American crime US troops shot and killed three Iraqi civilians in al-Fallujah on Thursday. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the US occupation troops shot the three civilians on al-Atibba’ Street in the al-Jumhuriyah neighborhood of the city.
The correspondent reported that the Americans sought to excuse the murder by claiming that “unknown persons” had opened fire on them with BKC machine guns.
US intensifies overflights above al-Fallujah late Thursday night.
In a bulletin posted at 12:30am Friday morning Mecca time, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported that US aircraft were carrying out very intensive overflights above the city at the time of writing. The correspondent reported eyewitnesses as saying that the US aircraft were overflying the northwest of al-Fallujah in the area of as-Saqlawiyah. The correspondent wrote that the reason for the unusually intense US air activity was as yet unknown.
Resistance bomb targets US column in Abu Ghurayb, killing five.
A high-explosive Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a patrol of four Humvees, two Zil personnel carriers, and one Bradley armored vehicle on The Old Shaykh ad-Darri Road in Abu Ghurayb, 30km west of Baghdad on Thursday. The blast destroyed one troop carrier, killing five American soldiers and seriously wounding four more.
A source in the Iraqi puppet military confirmed the attack and the casualty numbers to the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam, adding that the injuries of two of the wounded men are mortal.
After the blast, US forces encircled the area and evacuated their dead and wounded.
Resistance bomb kills three US soldiers in as-Samilat, Abu Ghurayb Thursday evening.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a passing US patrol north of Abu Ghurayb. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported Captain Walid Jabbar of the puppet police as saying that an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in the as-Samilat area of Abu Ghurayb at 6pm Thursday. The blast destroyed one Humvee and killed three US troops and seriously wounded a fourth.
The correspondent reported that US forces encircled the area and evacuated their dead and wounded. The Americans also arrested a photojournalist who works for Reuters when he tried to photograph the wrecked Humvee.
Commander of puppet “national guard” forces in southern Iraq liquidated by Iraqi Resistance.
The commander of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” forces in southern Iraq was executed by the Iraqi Resistance on Thursday.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Baghdad reported a source in the Iraqi puppet army as saying that more than six Iraqi Resistance fighters stormed the home of Major General Sulayman Mahmud, killing guards posted at the door, and liquidating the general in his home in the Baghdad al-Jadidah district in the east of the occupied Iraqi capital. The Resistance attackers then left the scene.
The Resistance organization Base [Qa‘idah] of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers announced its responsibility for the attack.
In addition to being appointed commander of the puppet “national guard for southern Iraq by the US occupation command, General Mahmud was also an important figure in the Shi‘i chauvinist collaborationist “Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq” (SCIRI) thousands of whose Badr Brigades militia joined US forces in the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Puppet “deputy minister for criminal intelligence” liquidated in Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces liquidated Major General Muhsin ‘Abd as-Sadah, deputy puppet “minister of the interior for criminal intelligence” in front of his house in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah early Thursday, al-Jazeera satellite TV reported.
Puppet passport official liquidated.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV also reported Thursday morning that forces in eastern Baghdad liquidated Lieutenant Colonel ‘Ala’ Kazim, an officer in the ar-Rusafah district passport directorate
Resistance sharpshooter kills two Polish occupation troops Thursday afternoon.
In a bulletin posted at 3:16pm Mecca time Thursday afternoon, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Hillah, 50km south of Baghdad, reported that an Iraqi Resistance sharp shooter killed two Polish occupation troops in the city a short while before. The correspondent reported a sourc ein the local puppet police as saying that the two Polish occupation troops were standing and walking around a phone booth in the al-Jabawin neighborhood in the middle of al-Hillah when the sharpshooter brought down the first Pole with a direct hit in the face, killing him instantly. Another Polish soldier went over to tend to his comrade and he too was struck by a bullet from the sharpshooter’s rifle.
Afterwards, Polish occupation forces surrounded the whole area and called in reinforcements to search the tall commercial buildings. The correspondent reported that as of the time of writing the Poles were still conducting their searches.
Bodies of 21 puppet guards found shot to death near al-Latifiyah.
Sources in the puppet so-called Iraqi defense ministry announced on Thursday that they had found 21 bodies of puppet so-called “Iraqi national guardsmen” who had been shot to death. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in occupied Baghdad reported a high-ranking source in the puppet “ministry” as saying that the bodies had been found west of al-Latifiyah and that they had been shot and then dumped on farm fields near the city where the puppet troops had been heading on leave after taking part in the sectarian hoax in al-Mada’in.
The Resistance organization Base [Qa‘idah] of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers announced its responsibility for the attack in a communiqué, a copy of which the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam obtained.
Rocket attack reported.
A Katyusha rocket exploded in a center where travelers gather according to sources in the puppet police. The puppet police claimed that five Katyusha rockets were launched from a car, killing four persons and wounding 19 more, al-Jazeera satellite TV reported.
Salah ad-Din Province.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden car into a US checkpoint in the city of Samarra’, north of Baghdad at about 10am Thursday morning local time. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported a source in the puppet so-called “anti-terrorism” force as saying that the fighter detonated a black car in the checkpoint located in the western part of the city.
The checkpoint was a temporary facility set up to check cars in an effort to prevent the infiltration of weapons into al-Anbar Province or from al-Anbar Province into Salah ad-Din Province. The source said that the blast killed eight US troops and wounded more.
Witnesses who were on the scene at the time of the attack reported that US troops opened fire intensively on the martyrdom driver when they saw him racking towards them at high speed, but he kept coming despite the hail of gunfire and blew up his car at the checkpoint, totally destroying the facility in what locals called a huge explosion.
Afterwards US forces encircled the area and extracted the bodies of their dead and wounded from the wreckage of the checkpoint, which was completely obliterated. About half an hour later, however, the Americans set up another check point five kilometers from the location of the one that was blasted apart.
The Resistance organization Base [Qa‘idah] of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers announced its responsibility for the attack in a communiqué a copy of which the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent obtained. The communiqué said that the martyrdom bomber had been a fighter from the Arabian Peninsula.
Resistance bombards US base in Ba‘qubah Thursday evening.
In a bulletin posted at 6:24pm Mecca time Thursday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at that moment Iraqi Resistance forces were bombarding the US base in the city of Ba‘qubah with rockets and mortars, targeting the western and northern parts of the facility, where US troops have their barracks.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses as saying that sirens wailed in every part of the base as the sounds of explosions shook the facility. Dense clouds of smoke rose over the base. US artillery then opened fire at the apparent source of the Resistance bombardment in response.
US aggressor troops invade Mosul University, ransack science labs.
US invader troops backed by armored vehicles stormed into Mosul University, the second largest university in Iraq on Wednesday during classes. A correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses as saying that more than 100 US troops raided the University, searching the colleges.
Dr. Tahir Ahmad, Dean of the College of Sciences said that the US troops stormed into the scientific chemical, biological, and physics laboratories, claiming that students and faculty were cooperating in the manufacture of incendiary substances for use in bombs planted in the path of US military columns in the city.
Dr. Ahmad added that the occupation troops broke numerous scientific apparatuses for heating and condensation and chemical equilibration. They confiscated a large quantity of red mercury, stealing it from the university. They also stole potassium cyanide, carbon dioxide, platinum, and some other minerals like copper, silver and others on the excuse that they could be used in making explosives.
The invader troops also beat up a number of the students for no apparent reason. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a professor as saying, “when they were asked why they attacked four of the students with electric cattle prods and rifle butts, one of them said, ‘because they looked at us hatefully and if they can look at us like that, what they can do will be worse.
On Thursday, angry students in Mosul University staged a protest against the American invasion of their campus, holding up signs saying, “break your pencils and take up guns instead!”
Resistance pounds Japanese occupation base in as-Samawah Wednesday night.
Iraqi Resistance forces on Wednesday night mounted an unprecedentedly fierce heavy on the Japanese base in the southern Iraqi city of as-Samawah. The Resistance pounded the Japanese base with heavy 120mm mortar shells, setting fires in the fuel dumps and destroying four rest areas in the base.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported a source in the puppet police as saying that the attack caused damage inside the base and also inflicted deaths among the Japanese occupation troops. The source said that the Japanese had dug a long trench under ground in which to sleep, for fear of further bombardments.
The Resistance organization Base [Qa‘idah] of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers announced its responsibility for the attack.
Resistance bomb kills four US troops in Karbala’ Thursday.
In a dispatch posted at 6:03pm Mecca time Thursday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded on a road in the al-Husayn neighborhood in the north of the city of Karbala’ on Thursday. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local residents as saying that four Americans were killed and three more wounded when the bomb went off. They said that one of the injured Americans had been mortally wounded in the blast.
US forces acknowledged the attack, saying that the target was a US patrol. The Americans claimed, however, that the explosion only left some of the troops “slightly wounded.” The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam, however, quoted Shi‘i witnesses as saying that the blast killed four Americans and wounded three more, in addition to destroying their Humvee.
Witnesses said that they watched as an American Apache helicopter landed in the street and loaded up the corpses of the dead and the wounded men. Members of the puppet “national guard” cleaned the blood off the street after their US commanders ordered them to do so for fear that reporters with cameras might arrive and take pictures.
Badr Brigade military chief for al-Basrah Province liquidated Thursday morning.
Sources in the Iraqi Resistance told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Basrah that Iraqi Resistance fighters killed Dhu al-Fiqar Husayn, the commander of the military organization of the Badr Brigades and a man responsible for the assassination of a number of Sunni religious leaders and prominent Sunni personalities in the city.
The Resistance attack took place in the Safwan area south of al-Basrah at about 10am Thursday morning local time. Resistance fighters fired an anti-tank rocket at his car, totally destroying the vehicle and killing him and four of his bodyguards. The Resistance fighters also attacked a second car in the motorcade with light machine guns, killing three more of Husayn’s guards.
Iraqi puppet police and British soldiers encircled the area where the attack took place. They arrested several Sunni residents, claiming that they were involved in the attack.
Puppet troops carry out arrests of Sunni figures in al-Basrah, ending talks between Sunni community, local puppet authorities.
Puppet so-called Iraqi national guards mounted a campaign of arrests in the area of the city of al-Basrah on Wednesday, targeting Sunni residents of the southern Iraqi city.
Puppet guards raided the village of Balad Muhzim, surrounding the village mosque during afternoon prayers and arresting five worshippers when they came out: ‘Abdallah ‘Adnan, Naji Hajim, Ibrahim Hajim, Ishaq Ya‘qub, and Qutaybah ‘Umar. The puppet guards used tear gas for the first time during this raid. Another man by the name of Ihsan Ya‘qub was arrested in nearby az-Zubayr.
The arrests brought to a halt a series of talks that had been secretly underway between the Sunni community and the provincial puppet “government,” the puppet police, and the puppet so-called “national guard” in which representatives of the local Sunni community were seeking to establish their rights in al-Basrah and to bring to a halt the raids and arrests directed specifically at them.
A Sunni source, disclosing for the first time that such talks had been underway, told Mafkarat al-Islam that the latest wave of arrests put a final end to such talks, because the other side had simply not stopped and was not even bothering to show good intentions towards the Sunni community.