Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 23 May 2004 through Monday, 24 May 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Sunday, 23 May 2004.
Resistance attack near al-Fallujah kills two US Marine invaders.
Late on Sunday afternoon Reuters reported that two American aggressor troops were killed and five others wounded in an Iraqi Resistance attack near al-Fallujah, west of Baghdad. Reuters reported witnesses as saying that the attack occurred in an area near al-Fallujah and that the Resistance fighters fired rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs).
According to al-Jazeera satellite TV, US troops in the area said that a car loaded with explosives collided with a US Marine invader convoy. Then Iraqi Resistance fighters fired RPGs at the stricken convoy.
US aggressors rampage through al-Kufah, desecrate mosque, kill civilians, battle Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.
US aggressor troops stormed into al-Kufah on Sunday, rampaging through a mosque and killing civilians. Jaysh al-Mahdi militia forces, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr counterattacked and battle raged throughout the day.
American invader troops forces fought the Jaysh al-Mahdi near al-Kufah’s Sahlah mosque. Radi Muhammad, an employee of the mosque, said that the American invaders smashed the door with an armored vehicle and killed people inside. An Associated Press photographer saw bloodstains on the floor that indicated someone had been dragged for at least 10 yards. There was blood in the bathrooms.
Eyewitnesses reported that the American aggressors killed three men in the mosque and arrested three women.
The US propaganda spokesmen claimed that Iraqi puppet “counterterrorism” mercenaries entered and “cleared” the place of worship. Invader troops and their stooges claim to have seized a machine gun, two mortar tubes and over 200 mortar rounds as well as rocket-propelled grenade launchers and rounds.
Medic Maytham Lazim of the city's al-Furat al-Awsat hospital said 18 people were killed in the battles. Eleven others were injured. The American aggressors provided no information on any US casualties. Resident Muhammad ‘Abd al-Karim said the dead included three civilians whose houses were damaged in the fighting, which lasted from 10:00pm Saturday until 6:00am Sunday.
Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen battled with the US aggressor troops in the section of Baghdad dubbed Madinat as-Sadr on Sunday. According to al-Jazeera satellite TV, the fighting began as a US aggressor patrol came under Jaysh al-Mahdi attack with rocket-propelled grenades and light arms in the vicinity of a puppet police station. The Jaysh al-Mahdi attack damaged adjacent buildings, but there is no available information as yet on casualties on either side.
The US claims to have martyred 32 Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen over the night of Saturday-Sunday and to have wounded another 50 militiamen.
Karbala’ reported calm.
In Karbala’ news reports indicate little or no armed presence despite US denials of having reached any kind of withdrawal arrangement with Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr and his Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, which battled US forces in the city for days.
In Karbala’ “there is no presence of armed militias in the city,” according to Adham Mahmud, a hotel worker in the city, who was quoted by the American Associated Press (AP). “People have started leaving their homes and going into the streets. Some have started rebuilding their damaged houses.”
No Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen were seen around the Imam Husayn shrine in Karbala’, one of Shi‘i Islam's holiest sites, but it was guarded by a special security force in civilian clothing that was appointed by top Shi‘i religious leaders.
The US military said that “Iraqi security forces [by which the Americans usually mean their puppet forces] are already patrolling the city.”
Resistance fighters kill puppet police commander in Ba‘qubah.
Iraqi Resistance forces killed a puppet police commander on Sunday in Ba‘qubah, north of Baghdad. According to Nasir Jawad, an official of Ba‘qubah General Hospital, a university student was killed in the Resistance attack along with the puppet police officer. Captain Haydar Hadi was reportedly giving the student a lift to Baghdad when the Resistance fighters opened fire on the puppet policeman’s vehicle in the al-Hadid district of the city. A puppet police sergeant also riding in the car was injured, said Jawad.
Iraqi Resistance bomb kills puppet policeman, wounds two others near al-Basrah.
One Iraqi puppet policeman was killed and two others seriously injured on Sunday when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as they patrolled between al-Basrah and az-Zubayr in southern Iraq.
Mortar shell kills five in al-Basrah.
An official in al-Mawani’ hospital in the southern Iraqi city of al-Basrah announced on Sunday that five Iraqis were killed when a mortar shell landed on a home in the northern part of the city. Dr. Mustafa Sahab said that at 2:00am local time a mortar shell landed on a house in the al-Iskan al-Mawani’ neighborhood adjacent to al-Basrah, killing the five persons.
Sahab told Agence France Presse (AFP) that the origin of the mortar shell was unknown.
Recent days have seen a series of clashes between Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr and British aggressor troops in southern Iraq, including in the area of al-Basrah.
Monday, 24 May 2004.
Iraqi Resistance deploys on northern approaches to al-Fallujah in anticipation of US incursion.
Iraqi Resistance fighters deployed at the northern approaches to al-Fallujah after reports began coming in that US tanks and a number of “civilian” vehicles packed with occupation soldiers were approaching.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported early on Monday afternoon that a US tank had got into al-Mu‘allimin district of the city on Sunday, getting as far as as-Sirsar street, and then departing to the north. The tank was accompanied by a number of “civilian” cars carrying US occupation troops to the al-‘Askari neighborhood.
On Monday the Iraqi Resistance deployed its forces north of al-Fallujah prepared for combat, as soon as the latest reports of such enemy movements began to come in.
Three spies arrested by the people of al-Fallujah.
The people of al-Fallujah on Sunday arrested and imprisoned three spies, according to a report filed by the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. One of the spies was arrested and quickly led investigators to his two accomplices. The spies aroused popular suspicion as they were observed going back and forth frequently from one district to another. They were spotted looking at important and significant locations in the city.
US occupation forces, it is known, attempt to use bribery and pressure to impel some individuals to inform them about members of the Resistance and Resistance locations.
Pre-dawn battles rage near al-Fallujah on Monday.
Violent battles raged in the early hours of Monday morning between the Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah and US aggressor forces on the ash-Shukr highway. The fighting broke out at about 2:00am and lasted for about one hour. As a result of the fighting, US forces were compelled to pull out of the al-Mu‘allimin district of al-Fallujah.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent wrote that he was unable to obtain any information on casualties as a result of the battles, but that one Resistance fighter said that the US forces transported a number of their dead from the battle field before retreating.
Al-Karmah Resistance keeps up pace of fight against US invaders.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported on Monday night that the Iraqi Resistance in al-Karmah was continuing its battle against US aggressors in their area. The Resistance ambushed a US patrol just before sunset on Monday as it passed near a storage depot south of the area. At least three Resistance fighters, concealed behind the wall of a house, fired rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) at the aggressor troops from close range, scoring direct hits.
Eyewitnesses reported that five American aggressors were killed and another wounded as they drove two Humvees. The American invaders were able to capture one of the Resistance fighters, however, Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent reports, when he got lost and ran into another US patrol.
On Sunday, the US lost six men in a Resistance attack on the same storage depot when the Resistance pounded it with mortars.
The Resistance drive against the US troops in al-Karmah aims at frustrating the apparent American attempt to prevent local Resistance forces from providing support to neighboring al-Fallujah in the event of an American assault on that city. The US strategy appears to be to cut off and isolate the Resistance forces in nearby areas from al-Fallujah.
During the siege of al-Fallujah, the Resistance in neighboring areas contributed significantly to the battle by cutting US aggressor supply lines through their incessant raids on the US convoys. The Resistance in neighboring areas also launched surprise attacks from behind US lines on the American aggressor troops, in support of the Resistance in al-Fallujah.
It is such operations that the US aggressors are now trying in vain to prevent.
Resistance shells US storage point near al-Karmah, Sunday, killing six US troops.
According to reports coming from al-Karmah in the vicinity of al-Fallujah, the Iraqi Resistance on Sunday fired more than fifteen 120mm mortar shells at a concentration of US occupation troops in a storage center south of al-Karmah. The attack left six US aggressor troops dead and wounded a number of others, according to the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah.
The Resistance was able to pinpoint its targets and strike with accuracy because one-third of the wall surrounding the storage center was of brick, but two thirds consisted of steel barriers which allowed the Resistance fighters to see into the compound, thus facilitating targeting.
From time to time the US aggressors attempt to assert their control over al-Karmah. On Saturday, however, the Resistance broke the blockade imposed by the Americans on the area when they attacked concentrations of US forces deployed to the south of al-Karmah.
Iraqi Resistance targets puppet police station in al-Karmah.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired six mortar shells at puppet policemen deployed in a puppet police headquarters in al-Karmah. The puppet police station in al-Karmah is also used as a US strong point when they are present in the area, as is currently the case, according to Mafkarat al-Islam’s al-Fallujah correspondent.
There was no immediate word on the extent of casualties, if any, from the Resistance attack on the puppet police station.
Iraqi Resistance bomb kills British aggressors, destroys armor-plated car outside US “Green Zone” headquarters in Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on Monday afternoon near the headquarters of the US occupation in Baghdad, destroying an armor-plated car and killing four. The British Foreign Office admitted that two of the dead were British subjects. It also said that one other British citizen was wounded in the Resistance attack. Al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV reported eyewitnesses as saying that all four persons killed in the car were foreigners.
American occupation soldiers tried to pull the men from the shattered vehicle and quickly sealed off the area, said witness Kamil Raji. The blast occurred near one of the main entrances to the so-called “Green Zone.”
US Army Colonel John Murray confirmed four deaths in the Resistance blast, and said an American medical unit was treating two injured people. “We don't think it was a suicide bomber. We are still talking to eyewitnesses,” Murray said, adding that the car had armor plating.
Reuters reported Iraqi puppet security sources as saying that the armor-plated car was registered to a “private” mercenary security company.
Muhammad Na‘im, a noncommissioned puppet policeman, who saw the car explode, said the vehicle was a white bulletproof Toyota Land Cruiser en route to the convention center in the so-called “Green Zone.” Taxi driver Muhammad Salih said he was about 20 yards away and heard shooting after the explosion. “I saw the roof of the car flying,” he said.
After the Resistance attack, the aggressor troops responded, as is usual in any such attack, by indiscriminately spraying the area with gunfire. ‘Ali Salman, who works at a nearby restaurant, said the car was in a convoy, and two men in an accompanying car started “haphazardly shooting.” “The passengers got out and started shooting and then raced off,” said Salman, who sought shelter behind a pillar.
Iraqi Resistance launches mortar attack at US headquarters in ar-Ramadi.
Iraqi Resistance fighters fired a mortar barrage at the headquarters of the US aggressor forces on the approaches to the city of ar-Ramadi on Monday afternoon. According to a correspondent of al-Jazeera satellite TV, columns of thick smoke rose from the site of the attack, as US aggressor troops fired in the direction they took to be the source of the mortar rounds.
There were no immediate reports on the extent of casualties or damage that might have resulted from the Resistance attack.
Mortar or rocket strikes so-called “Green Zone.”
About one an hour after the 2:00pm blast, a rocket or mortar round landed in so-called “Green Zone”, as the American aggressors call the compound housing their headquarters in the occupied Republican Palace. The occupation propaganda office provided no reports of casualties or damage.
Blasts shake Baghdad late Monday afternoon.
Several explosions were heard in central Baghdad at about 4:00pm. Witnesses said a mortar shell had landed in the city’s al-Karradah district, and another slightly damaged the roof of a school in as-Salihiyah district. There were no reports of casualties at the school.
Early morning explosion shakes Baghdad.
Earlier in the day, Baghdad was hit by explsions too. A powerful blast shook the Iraqi capital Monday morning. According to the Qatari News Agency Qana, ambulances were seen rushing to the scene.
US aggressor forces stormed as-Suhaylah mosque in an-Najaf where Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr were reportedly holed up. The American attack left 32 persons dead and another 54 wounded, in addition to inflicting damge to the mosque.
Iraqi Resistance fires mortars at puppet police station in Samarra’ while US troops were concentrated there.
The correspondent of al-Jazeera satellite TV in Samarra’, north of Baghdad, reported late on Monday that Iraqi Resistance mortar shells slammed into the al-Mu‘tasim puppet police station in the city where the US occupation troops were concentrated. According to the correspondent, US aggressor forces returned fire in what they believed to be the direction from which the rounds came. US invader troops also deployed throughout the area.
US raid on mosque in al-Kufah leaves 32 dead.
A spokesman for the office of Muqtada as-Sadr in Baghdad, Shaykh Ra’id al-Kazimi, told al-Hayat newspaper that US invader troops shelled the mosque first, inflicting casualties. Al-Kazimi noted that pools of blood could be seen inside the building as evidence of the Americans’ lack of respect of the place of worship.
Intense fighting overnight in an-Najaf.
Violent battles between US aggressor forces and Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr overnight in the holy city of Najaf left at least one person dead and 20 injured, a hospital official said. The toll was likely to rise because ambulances had been dispatched to recover more casualties, according to the official, Fadil ‘Abbas. He also said the hospital was waiting for relatives of four people killed in clashes the previous night to identify the bodies. The US invaders provided no reports of US casualties in the fighting in an-Najaf, south of Baghdad.
Some of the overnight combat occurred in the Revolution of 1920 Square and was so intense the steel fence between the square and an adjacent cemetery was destroyed. Three mortar rounds landed about 300 yards from the Imam ‘Ali shrine, one of Islam's holiest sites. Witnesses said there were no casualties.
In an-Najaf US aggressor forces shelled the historic tombs of early Muslim leaders left 14 Iraqis dead, including three women. According to medical sources, most of the victims of the US shelling were Iraqi puppet policemen and civilians.
Five-point cease fire agreement reported in Karbala’.
In Karbala’ a participant in the negotiations between Muqtada as-Sadr’s supporters and the US forces stated that the two sides had agreed on a cease fire in accordance with a five-point agreement that involves the payment of compensation to families of victims and those who were wounded during the clashes.
Karbala’ commander of Jaysh al-Mahdi accuses city leaders of treason.
Hamzah at-Ta’i, commander of the Jaysh al-Mahdi in the city of Karbala’ declared on Monday that the occupation forces were compelled to withdraw from Karbala’. He accused the city leaders of betrayal and of helping the occupation against his militia.
In a statement to the Kuwaiti ar-Ra’y al-‘Amm newspaper, at-Ta’i said that the Jaysh al-Mahdi “is in service to its sons and daughters in war and peace and if we are attacked, we will respond in like manner. If occupation forces come as guests, we are Arabs and we honor guests and prefer them to ourselves. But we do not accept an occupation that desecrates holy shrines.”
Asked if he and his forces had been requested to leave Karbala’, at-Ta’i replied, “we were not asked to leave. But if there is no longer any necessity for it, then why should we continue to carry arms? It is our duty to lay down arms and work to clean up our holy city. This activity by itself is a kind of jihad.”
The Jaysh al-Mahdi is the first Shi‘i militia formed after the entry of US invader troops into Baghdad. It is believed to have a membership of 10,000 to 15,000, most of them youths from the districts of Baghdad nicknaked Madinat as-Sadr and Madinat ash-Shu‘lah, as well as from various provinces in southern Iraq.
Nine Americans reported wounded in Baghdad as Jaysh al-Mahdi, US aggressors clash overnight in Iraqi captial.
Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr battled US invader troops a predominantly Shi‘i district of Baghdad on Sunday that has been nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr. Nine US occupation soldiers were wounded around the city, the American military admitted, including four in a mortar attack in the east of the capital.