Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 25 May 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Tuesday, 25 May 2004.
Five American troops killed, four more wounded
At least five American invader soldiers were killed and four others wounded on Tuesday afternoon when two US Humvees were ambushed by the Iraqi Resistance, according to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. The Resistance fighters, who had been observing the US patrol, fired rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) at close range at them. The attack occurred in the Triangle on the road to ar-Ramadi not far from a palacial building located in that area, known as the Palace of Hajji Sami, a structure so well known among local people that it has given its name to the place. The Triangle is located a mere five kilometers from al-Fallujah.
Eyewitnesses contradict Reuters: at least 20 Americans killed Sunday.
At least 20 US aggressor troops were killed east of al-Fallujah on Sunday on the road to as-Saqlawiyah when an explosives-laden car detonated in an enormous explosion reducing a US troop carrier to a heap of twisted burning metal, according to a report filed by the al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
A US patrol found the explosives-laden car and regarded it as suspicious. They detained the people for a period of time on the road, then opened it once again, whereupon the troop transport vehicle sped by the booby-trapped car which immediately exploded, inflicting heavy losses on the American invaders. High explosives had been planted in the car which was detonated by remote control.
More than eight separate al-Fallujah residents who witnessed the Iraqi Resistance car bombing have described the event. After the blast the US aggressors again closed the road preventing these people from getting past the area, but enabling them to watch as two large helicopters arrived and evacuated the corpses of the dead invader troops and the remains of the armored personnel carrier. The witnesses said that the helicopters took the bodies and wreckage off in a westerly direction – an area where a US base is located in an agricultural area. The same massive helicopters are used to transport all the equipment and in this case evidence, and the area is frequently then covered in sand so as to obscure all traces of fire or explosion.
The eyewitnesses refuted Reuters report that claimed at the time that only two American invader troops were killed in the attack. They also refuted the same report which said that a booby trapped car struck a Marine convoy. The witnesses say that there was no collision but simply a massive explosion set off by remote control. The witnesses say also that there was no convoy, only two Humvees – some of whose occupants were also injured from the force of the blast – and the armored personnel carrier. The witnesses also contradict the official American report, carried by Reuters, to the effect that rockets were fired at the vehicles. The death and destruction came only from the explosives-laden car, they say, and the blast took place 10km east of al-Fallujah.
The Mafkarat al-Islam reporter notes that due to heavy losses in equipment, the US aggressors have modified their vehicles to allow them to carry more passengers, by putting seats in the middle, allowing them to carry two rows and increasing the number of passengers by 80 percent. More occupants also means more casualties, in the event of an effective Resistance attack.
Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah capture American Colonel in Iraqi dress.
Iraqi Resistance forces shortly after sunset on Tuesday took prisoner an American soldier with the rank of Colonel together with two Iraqi stooges. The three were driving a civilian Jeep, and all of them were wearing Iraqi dress. All three were taken into custody as they passed the large al-Mu‘adidi Mosque on as-Sirsar Street in al-Fallujah, according to a report posted at 11:27 Mecca Time by the al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
The local residents wanted to kill the invaders and their stooges, but the Resistance fighers prevented them from doing so, at least not until they have been able to derive some benefit from them – using them for bargaining for the release of Resistance fighters languishing in the occupation’s concentration camps.
Resistance exchanged 33 American prisoners for 150 Resistance fighters in Abu Ghurayb.
It was along the lines of such prisoner exchanges that al-Fallujah’s Resistance fighters secured the release of some 150 of their companions from Abu Ghurayb, in addition to the other prisoners, who totaled more than 400. The 150 released Resistance fighters were exchanged for 33 American prisoners who had been captured when the US forces attempted to storm al-Fallujah. At the time of the attack, the al-Fallujah Resistance threatened to kill the aggressor captives and to put their bodies on display – a threat that elicited a quick response from the US command.
In addition, on Monday, al-Fallujah Resistance fighters took captive three Iraqi stooges of the Americans who were strolling from one neighborhood of al-Fallujah to another.
Ten American troops reported killed south of Baghdad Monday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance fighters on Monday afternoon used a roadside bomb to destroy one US Humvee that was carrying 10 American aggressor troops west of al-Yusufiyah, south of Baghdad, according to a correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam.
Ten minutes after the attack, US aggressor troops, as usual, closed off the area, preventing local people from walking through the area.
Once again the Iraqi Resistance has derived considerable benefit, the correspondent reports, from the American modifications to their transport vehicles that allow them to carry more passengers. Humvees have been adjusted to carry more than 12 persons, he reports, after two steel bars with seats on them have been added to the vehicle’s interior.
Resistance rocket attack on puppet police station leaves two US troops wounded.
Iraqi eyewitnesses reported on Tuesday afternoon that Iraqi Resistance fighters fired a number of rockets from a residential apartment at a puppet police station in downtown Baghdad, causing a huge explosion and wounding two US aggressor soldiers.
Hasan Jum‘ah, an Iraqi puppet “security officer” said that the Iraqi Resistance rockets missed the puppet police station, but hit another building and a car park, wounding two American aggressor troops who were on the roof of the building.
The American Associated Press (AP) reported that US invader troops sealed off Sa‘dun Street where the attack took place, a prominent street where a statue of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein once stood. US helicopters prowled the skies above the site of the attack, as other aircraft landed to evacuate the wounded troops to hospital.
Iraqi Resistance blast shakes hotel frequented by foreigners in Baghdad.
Eyewitnesses reported that an explosion rocked central Baghdad, in what appeared to be the detonation of an explosives-laden car on Tuesday morning. The blast occurred outside the al-Karmah Hotel, a place frequented by foreigners arriving under the aegis of the US occupation.
Mike Murray, a US military propaganda officer, reported that the blast injured five people, one of them in serious condition.
Iraqi puppet police sources speculated that the target of the blast might have been the Australian embassy, which is some 100 meters from the stricken hotel.
US military admits one soldier killed, two others injured in “traffic accident” Monday.
The US military admitted on Tuesday that one American soldier had been killed and two others wounded in a “traffic accident” north of Baghdad. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that the troops belonged to the 1st Infantry Division and that the “accident” occurred near ad-Duwar, north of Baghdad.
US admits one American soldier killed, four injured in Resistance mortar barrage.
The US aggressor forces admitted on Tuesday that one of its invader troops was killed and four others wounded in fighting with the Iraqi Resistance near Baghdad. The casualties occurred when Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US military base northwest of Baghdad with mortars. Agence France Presse (AFP) which carried the story offered no further details.
Iraqi Resistance attacks and badly injures puppet police commander in al-Khalis.
Iraqi Resistance forces on Tuesday attacked and severely wounded Brigadier General ‘Ali Husayn ‘Ali, chief of the puppet police force in al-Khalis, 80km northeast of Baghdad. The police commander’s driver was killed and two other persons – the commander’s son and one of his aides – riding in the puppet officer’s car were also injured in the Resistance attack.
Malik Salman, an aide to the puppet police chief in al-Khalis told Agence France Presse (AFP) that “An assassination attempt was made on Brigadier General ‘Ali Husayn ‘Ali when he was on his way to his headquarters where he worked in al-Khalis.”
Salman, who was wounded in the attack, said that Resistance fighters driving two cars assaulted general’s car and opened fire and then threw a hand grenade into the vehicle, wounding the general severely in the jaw and neck, and killing his driver ‘Umar Kahlan, as well as wounding his son ‘Ali. Salman said that the attackers left the scene apparently unscathed, despite Salman’s firing shots at their cars.
Salman said that General ‘Ali was at the time in surgery in Ba‘qubah General Hospital in an attempt to treat the severe injuries he sustained when the hand grenade exploded.
Turkoman politician murdered in Kirkuk late Monday night.
The Iraqi puppet police announced on Tuesday that a prominent Turkoman politician in Kirkuk was assassinated late on Monday night as he was leaving his office in the city. The US-appointed puppet police said that attackers opened fire from a passing car on Ahmad Najm ad-Din, a leader of the Party of the Turkomani Union as he left the PTU offices.
Colonel Ahmad Salamarz of the puppet police told Reuters that “unknown persons” fired Kalashnikov assault rifles at Najm ad-Din as he left his place of work.
It is estimated that there are as many as one million Turkish speaking Turkomans living in Iraq, most of them in the north of the country. Kirkuk has been the scene of ethnic violence since the American invasion as US-backed Kurdish chauvinist parties seek to drive the Arab and Turkoman population out of the northern part of Iraq, recognized by the Americans, largely, as a Kurdish puppet region under US domination.
Director of Board of Awqaf in ar-Ramadi seriously wounded in attack.
Dr. Muhammad Sulayman, Director of the Board of Muslim Pious Endowments (awqaf) in ar-Ramadi was wounded seriously when armed personas attacked him in the center of the city. Eyewitnesses told the Qatari News Agency (Qana) that the Iraqi official was wounded and two of his companions were killed and another injured when the armed person opened fire on the car in which they were riding.
US aggressor forces on Tuesday afternoon totally demolished the al-Mukhayyam mosque which is regarded as the former main headquarters of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, and which is located near the Shi‘i shrines in the city of Karbala’. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported the demolition.
According to AFP, four US vehicles approached the al-Mukhayyam mosque which had been heavily damaged in recent fighting. The US troops planted sticks of dynamite in several places around the structure, and then detonated them before local residents who silently watched the destruction of their place of worship by the invading forces.
On Saturday the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Muqtada as-Sadr, agreed to end its armed presence in Karbala’, under pressure from Shi‘i religious authorities and rival Shi‘i movements that are linked to the US occupation regime.
The Jaysh al-Mahdi had begun to concentrate around the al-Mukhayyam mosque after US aggressor forces destroyed their previous headquarters, the as-Sadr Religious Establishment of (Mu’assasat as-Sadr ad-Diniyah) on the outskirts of the city.
Muqtada as-Sadr himself is reported to have been holed up in the city of an-Najaf since early April.
US aggressor mortar round crashes into Imam ‘Ali tomb in an-Najaf, leaving 10 wounded.
A mortar round exploded inside the Imam ‘Ali mausoleum in an-Najaf injuring 10 people and damaging the upper part of one of the main gold-covered gates leading to the tomb of the revered imam, an AFP correspondent witnessed, on Tuesday. Rubble was strewn all over the blood-stained floor of the shrine as a voice over the shrine’s loudspeakers condemned the attack. The mortar shell struck the mosque at about 11:00am local time (7:00am G.M.T.)
A spokesman for Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr said it was US troops that fired an Iraqi-made mortar on the shrine. “As you know US forces put their hands on weapons that belonged to the former Iraqi army, so it could have been a mortar from this arsenal that was fired at the shrine,” said Shaykh Qais al-Khaz‘ali. He dismissed US aggressor accusations that members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Muqtada as-Sadr may have been responsible for the attack. “It is impossible for Shi‘ites to do this,” said Khaz‘ali. “We control the shrine area. How can we fire a mortar on ourselves?”
Al-Khaz‘ali vowed that Muqtdada as-Sadr and his men will continue “resisting US occupation forces until the last drop of blood in their veins, and we will never disgrace ourselves by surrendering.”
A force of more than 2,500 US troops was sent to an-Najaf to “kill or capture” Muqtada as-Sadr.
Al-Hakim Hospital in an-Najaf said seven were killed and 45 wounded, including the 10 injured in the shrine, in Tuesday's fighting.
The battles centered around the Revolution of 1920 Square in an-Najaf where Muqtada as-Sadr was reportedly holed up, according to a report from Agence France Presse (AFP).
Calm returned to the holy city by early afternoon, following fierce clashes one kilometer (less than a mile) north of the shrine.
Pro-American Shi‘i clerics blame Muqtada as-Sadr for destruction in an-Najaf.
A number of Shi‘i religious authorities reportedly issued a statement on Tuesday siding with the US invaders and putting the blame for the mortar shelling of the Imam ‘Ali shrine on Muqtada as-Sadr. The US Associated Press (AP) reported that a statement attributed to Shi‘i religious authorities in an-Najaf, led by ‘Ali as-Sistani, in effect took a stance against the armed defense of Shi‘i shrines against US aggressor troops. They condemned all armed presence, be it US aggressor troops or the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Muqtada as-Sadr, and said that the security of the Shi‘i holy places should be the responsibility of the puppet police and local tribes which are cooperating with the American aggressors.
The statement held what it called “takfiriyeen” (a reference to the Jaysh al-Mahdi) responsible for the destruction caused to an-Najaf and the other Shi‘i holy cities, tacitly exonerating the American invaders for the destruction obviously caused by their presence in the country, as well as by their direct violence in specific circumstances.
US helicopter crashes near an-Najaf.
Al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV station reported eyewitnesses as saying that an American helicopter crashed in the Bahr an-Najaf area near Maqam Zayn al-‘Abidin. According to the witnesses, two US helicopters came and hovered over the downed craft and fired at anything in range of their guns that moved towards the crash site. Al-‘Arabiyah made no mention of whether the helicopter crashed due to Resistance gunfire or for some other reason.
Five Iraqis died in fighting in al-Kufah as US continues its assault.
Five Iraqis were killed and 18 wounded in overnight fighting in nearby al-Kufah, after 32 people died in clashes there early Sunday, 20 of them in a US rampage through a mosque in the town. Muhammad Husayn, the official in charge of Emergency cases in al-Furat al-Awsat Hospital in al-Kufah said that three bodies and 14 wounded people were brought into the hospital over night. Meanwhile, As‘ad ‘Abd al-Kazim, head of Emergencies in al-Hakim Hospital in an-Najaf, said that two bodies, and four wounded persons were brought to his facility during the night from al-Kufah.
Death catches up with traitors who inform on Iraqi Resistance fighters.
Al-Jazeera TV has reported that with the spread of the Iraqi Resistance, the phenomenon of traitors who make deals with the occupation authorities has also been spreading in the county. US forces take advantage of individuals who are in straightened economic situations and offer them paymenst or promises of high positions after the situation in Iraq becomes “stable.” What the Americans get from the traitors is information on persons supposedly linked to the Iraqi Resistance.
The city of al-Qa’im on the Syrian border is one location where the Resistance and the activity of the traitors have both been on the rise.
The informers, who always try to keep their faces masked, accompany US aggressor troops as they storm into houses looking for “suspected” Resistance fighters. The informants who have already drawn up lists of persons to search for, help the Americans find and capture the patriots. When the Resistance fighters themselves are not available, the US troops frequently capture wives or sisters of the “suspects” and hold them hostage until the Resistance fighter comes forward and surrenders.
The Resistance, however, is also aware of the role played by informant traitors and is taking measures against them.
One step that the Resistance has taken is to track the cellular telephones used by the traitors for contacting their American masters via satellite.
After a traitor has been captured and confessed to being involved in collaboration with the US occupation, his confession is filmed on laser disk and he or she is then executed. The laser disk of the traitor’s confession is then sent to the elders of his tribe who declare that they have nothing to do with such traitors. This measure is taken by the Resistance to prevent tribal blood feuds from breaking out over the execution of such enemy agents.
In fact, al-Jazeera reports, there have been many cases in which the tribe executes the traitors on its own, as the tribes usually regard collaboration with the occupation or informing on Resistance fighters to amount to treason and betrayal.
The number of traitors executed by the Resistance or by their tribal brothers has reached 70 in the city of al-Qa’im alone. Some of them have been women.