Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 1 May 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Saturday, 1 May 2004.
Towards midnight: US aggressors mass north of al-Fallujah following retreat.
In a bulletin posted at 23:35 Mecca time Saturday night, Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Fallujah reports that US aggressor forces have begun to mass north of the defiant city, as the two base centers of the invaders – that to the north west of the city beyond the residential area and that to the north east in the agricultural area behind the railroad tracks – have begun to join up.
The people of al-Fallujah can see this massing from a distance and some are fearful of what it might portend, thinking that the aim might be a military offensive against the city. Another part of the population believe that this is simply the redeployment of US forces as they gather in one place for better protection against Resistance attacks.
Resistance fighters are massing in the northern neighborhoods of al-Fallujah in preparation for any eventuality, or for any US aggressor attempt to storm the city. In the eastern, central, southern, and southwestern parts of the city, however the situation is stable.
Iraqi Resistance turns back major US attack on al-Fallujah’s al-Jawlan neighborhood.
In a report posted at 20:49 Mecca time Saturday night, Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Fallujah reported that US aggressor troops launched a powerful and concentrated attack directed at al-Jawlan neighborhood in the northwest side of the city. The correspondent writes that it appears that this American assault is not another effort to cover the US retreat, but a genuine attempt to storm the city from within.
Al-Fallujah’s Resistance fighters waged a fierce battle against the US attackers that lasted some 35 minutes (from 7:45pm to 8:20pm, local time) and were able to repulse the US assault, inflicting losses on the Americans, according to Resistance fighters. The fighters were unable to give exact figures of the US losses.
It is thought possible that the reason for the latest US attack is that it was an American attempt to secure the area around the position their forces occupy opposite al-Jawlan, where the largest number of Resistance fighters are concentrated. Al-Jawlan, at least its lower end closest to the confrontation line with the Americans, is nearly empty of its civilian population at this point, after most residents left during the intense battles of past days.
It should be noted that although American forces have retreated from a number of sectors around al-Fallujah, they retain two positions confronting the city:
1. To the northeast where the agricultural zone beyond the railroad tracks begins, and
2. To the northwest, beyond al-Jawlan neighborhood.
Resistance blocks US advance into al-Jurayfi, killing two Marines.
A powerful explosion shook al-Jurayfi district, north of al-Fallujah on Saturday according to an afternoon report filed by Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in the defiant city. The blast occurred, he reports at precisely 3:53pm local time and the sound of the explosion reverberated throughout the area, being audible in various parts of al-Fallujah.
The correspondent reports that the explosion was the result of Iraqi Resistance fighters’ resistance to a simple attack that the occupation forces had launched at al-Jurayfi when they sent in a Humvee accompanied by troops on foot to cover their on-going retreat towards the agricultural area behind the railroad tracks to the north east of al-Fallujah.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent reported that as soon as the Iraqi Resistance saw the oncoming US aggressor troops trying to infiltrate into al-Jurayfi, they fired two rocket-propelled grenades at the Humvee. They scored a direct hit on the vehicle, destroying it completely and killing two of the Marine invaders who were inside. The troops on foot fled. The correspondent writes that the American forces use this sort of raid to facilitate the withdrawal of their forces, keeping the Resistance busy with these little military engagements.
Al-Fallujah celebrates the retreat of the American aggressors.
The people of al-Fallujah came out into the streets on Saturday flashing “victory” signs in celebration of their triumph over the US aggressor forces that blocaded their city for nearly a month. The demonstrators carried the Iraqi flag on which is emblazoned the motto Allahu akbar (God is greatest!) as they marched through the streets chanting in support of defiance and resistance to the invader forces.
Meanwhile local police and forces carried out patrols in parts of al-Fallujah. MSN reported that the US occupation troops claimed that they would repair a mosque that their attack aircraft had destroyed.
Resistance fighters stay on alert as local police take over former US aggressor positions around al-Fallujah.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported that policemen together with members of the so-called civil defense forces had begun to deploy in al-Fallujah to take the place of retreating US aggressor forces. This has occurred in a number of locations, in particular in the industrial zone and an-Nu‘aymiyah neighborhood. US forces refused to send four Humvees to participate in joint patrols with the Iraqi police – something that was supposed to happen according to the various cease-fire deals that had been worked out in recent weeks. The US refusal was likely out of fear for the safety of the US troops.
Meanwhile, Iraqi Resisance fighters remain in a state of readiness and on alert as they follow what events will result from this hand over.
Normal life begins to return to al-Fallujah.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Fallujah reported that signs of normal life and joy returned to the city on Saturday after weeks of painful US blokade. The corresponent reported that shops were once again open and streets were being cleaned as the scars of shelling and siege began to be repaired.
Smiles returned to al-Fallujah’s children’s faces as well, the correspondent writes saying that youngsters could be seen carrying the Iraqi flag emblazoned with Allahu Akbar, running through the streets in celebration over the return of peace and security to the city.
In an amusing contrast, one citizen of al-Fallujah hung the newly devised blue, white, and yellow “Israeli”-style flag of the puppet authorities on his donkey’s hindquarters as a sign of his rejection of a symbol that the invaders are seeking to impose on the country.
US B-52s appear over al-Fallujah.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reports that US B-52 bombers were observed flying over the defiant city on Saturday. The airplanes first appeared over the city at 2:45pm local time.
The appearance of B-52s over the city is an unusual occurrence. Helicopter gunships, such as the Apache, were a regular feature of the embattled city, though in recent days their numbers diminished after several of the craft were shot down by the Resistance.
Earlier, Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent had noted that US aircraft regularly patrol the skies over the city from 6:00am until 6:00pm, breaking the sound barrier. The correspondent suggests that these maneuvers are designed to frighten the Iraqis as the US troops retreat to new concentration points in the agricultural area beyond the residential quarter west of al-Jawlan neighborhood and in the area of al-Habbaniyah base, 20km away.
Civilian deaths in US aggression against al-Fallujah tops 1,200.
Iraqi Resistance fighters lose 15 martyrs in US siege.
The number of civilian victims of the US aggression against al-Fallujah has reached more than 1,200 killed, including 267 women and more than 67 children – the remainder being male civilian citizens of the city. The statistics were reported by Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in the city.
The reason for the dramatically higher figure of male deaths as opposed to those of women and children is largely due to the fact that most men sent their wives and children out of the city at the beginning of the American aggression, out of fear that the US forces would break in.
The 1,200 figure is still likely to rise, however. One man who gave his name as Shaykh “Zafir” explained that many families had buried their dead by themselves in their own courtyards when they could not get out to cemeteries or hospitals due to American snipers. Many others are likely to have died in al-‘Askari neighborhood in their houses and as yet their deaths have gone un-reported, again because the presence of US and Kurdish chauvinist snipers made communication impossible. In addition there is the factor that at-Tallah neighborhood within al-‘Askari neighborhood was used by the US aggressors as their main area of concentration and nothing is known of what might have transpired there.
It is also possible that some families had died of hunger during the siege when their food ran out if the snipers made it impossible for them to go outside.
By contrast, Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent reports that the total number of Iraqi Resistance martyrs as a result of the US aggression in al-Fallujah was 15.
US Marine reacts with hysterical joy when retreating from al-Fallujah.
Iraqi police at one location were surprised when they took over a position from retreating Americans to find one US Marine crying and shouting hysterically for joy at the opportunity to leave the defiant city of al-Fallujah. The incident provoked laughter and derision from the policemen, according to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Fallujah writes that eyewitnesses among the residents of al-Fallujah now returning to the city over an-Nu‘aymi crossing point report that the US occupation troops were allowing them to cross on condition that they give the Americans cigarettes and food.
US troops take cigarettes, food from returning refugees from al-Fallujah.
Returnees told the same story Friday at 2:00 and then again at 4:00 local time after the guard at the crossing had changed. With the Iraqi Resistance wrecking havoc with US supplies, the occupation soldiers have been experiencing shortages.
Iraqi Resistance threatens to blow up institutions raising blue-and-white puppet flag.
Detachments of the Iraqi Resistance have begun sending notices to all official offices and institutions warning them of the consequences of raising the newly devised blue, white, and yellow “Israeli”-style flag of the puppet authorities over their buildings.
More than one official have reported from Baghdad and Ba‘qubah that small documents were found at the gates of their buildings warning employees against raising the puppet flag. If they do so, they will be subject to being blown up, according to a report carried by QudsPress.
Meanwhile, on the mass level, a number of Iraqis have posted notices on their store fronts and shops saying that they will never replace the Iraqi flag with the flag that resembles that of “Israel.”
One notice posted in al-A‘zamiyah in Baghdad read, “Council of * * *! We will never put up anything in place of the authentic Iraqi flag.” Posted over the notice was a large original Iraqi flag on which is emblazoned Allahu akbar.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in al-Fallujah reports that the police in the city refuse to carry the puppet flag, and insisted on flying the original Iraqi flag over their police stations and at their checkpoints.
Husam Zaki, a spokesman for the Arab League in Cairo, said that the puppet flag would not be used inside the Arab League meeting halls during the upcoming Arab Foreign Ministers’ conference, nor during the Arab summit meeting set to be held in Tunis, Tunisia later in May, due to the controversy over it in Iraq.
Two US troops killed in Resistance ambush in al-Ghazaliyah, west of Baghdad.
Two American occupation troops were killed on Saturday when the Iraqi Resistance ambushed a US aggressor column west of Baghdad. Al-‘Arabiyah TV reported that Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed the column in al-Ghazaliyah, west of Baghdad. Eyewitnesses reported that two US troops were killed in the attack and an oil tanker destroyed. Fire trucks were seen racing to the scene of the battle.
Iraqi Resistance bomb strikes US column in al-Jadiriyah, Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as a US military column was passing along at-Tabiqayn overpass in al-Jadiriyah district of Baghdad. According to the Qatari News Agency (Qana) the blast resulted in no casualties. The explosion did damage the ramp leading to the overpass, however. US troops and puppet police blocked traffic and closed off the area of the attack.
One US soldier killed, two others wounded in Resistance attack in northern Iraq.
One US soldier was killed and two others injured when an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded under an American military convoy in northern Iraq, the US military acknowledged. Al-Jazeera TV reported that a number of vehicles were damaged in the explosion that occurred near the city of Mosul.
Soldier dies from Resistance attack on Friday.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb wounded one US soldier who died of his injuries on Saturday, the US military announced Saturday.
Two US sailors reported killed.
A US military statement admitted that two US Navy personnel were killed in al-Anbar Province. Al-Anbar province is where al-Fallujah is located. The official announcement said that the sailors were killed as they were engaged in operations against Iraqi Resistance forces on Friday.
Mercenary killed, three others wounded in Resistance attack in Mosul.
A US occupation spokesman reported on Saturday that two foreign security men (mercenary) was killed and five others wounded in Mosul when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under the vehicle in which they were traveling. According to Jang Group which carried the report, US aggressor forces cordoned off the area of the attack and launched searches for the attackers.
Local sources reported that the mercenaries worked for a company called Global Risk Star that protected convoys of petroleum products for the US occupation forces.
British aggressor military sources report that three British soldiers were wounded in a clash in southern Iraq on Saturday between British occupation forces and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia that is loyal to Shi‘ite religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr. According to Reuters Jaysh al-Mahdi attacked British forces in the city of al-‘Amarah, 365km south of Baghdad after a number of their militia commanders had been arrested.
Resistance fires mortar barrage at aggressor airport in al-‘Amarah.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired a mortar barrage at an airport used by the Anglo-American aggressor troops’ administration in the city of al-‘Amarah on Saturday according to a report carried by Reuters.
The directress of the Press Center for the Observation of the Occupation in Iraq confirmed that US occupation forces were responsible for all the excesses that had occurred in Iraq since the American invasion. Eman Ahmad, the directress said that her center was striving to compile a comprehensive picture of what has been going on, including the incidents of indiscriminate shootings, collective arrests, and murders. Ahmad noted that the occupation was responsible for the assassination of about 100 Iraqi scientists and scholars.