Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 1 May 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Sunday, 1 May 2005.
Seventeen Americans killed in Saturday night fighting in al-Qa’im, puppet spokesman admits.
Fighting that broke out Saturday night in al-Qa’im between Iraqi Resistance forces and US occupation troops in the city on the Syrian border left 17 US troops dead and five more wounded.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported informed sources in the Iraqi puppet military as saying that the fighting also left three US Humvees destroyed and two Bradley armored vehicles disabled.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Qa’im met with Lieutenant Colonel Hamzah al-Jawwari of the joint operations command in the city who confirmed the casualty toll of 17 Americans dead and five more wounded in addition to the vehicles destroyed.
The Lieutenant Colonel also claimed that the US forces had taken 21 Resistance fighters prisoner and killed more than 25 Resistance fighters in the combat itself that lasted from about 9pm Saturday night until midnight.
But the Resistance denied those claims of the puppet spokesman, saying that it had killed more than 17 US troops and wounded dozens more, while mosques in the city observed mourning for five members of the Resistance, one of them a fraternal Arab fighter, a youth with Yemeni citizenship.
For its part the Resistance organization, the Base [Qa‘idah] of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers, which is led by Jordanian Islamic militant Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi, issued a communiqué on Sunday, a copy of which was obtained by the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam, in which it said that its fighters had attained their objectives in the fighting Saturday night, and threatened that the battle was only the beginning o the end of the US occupation of Iraq.
Resistance kills 21 US troops, shoots down Apache helicopter in Saturday night fighting dubbed the Battle of the Free People of Iraq.
In the course of fighting that raged in ar-Ramadi on Saturday night between US aggressor troops and the Iraqi Resistance, Resistance forces shot down one US Apache helicopter over the city.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported sources in the Iraqi Resistance as saying that they fired a Strela rocket that struck the helicopter directly and blew it up in the air.
Other fighting in the city left more than 21 US troops dead and destroyed a US armored vehicle and two Humvees, according to the same sources.
Meanwhile, ar-Ramadi Mosque at the dawn prayer announced over its loudspeakers that three members of the Iraqi Resistance had been martyred in fighting Saturday to the south of the city.
For its part the First Army of Muhammad Resistance organization issued a communiqué, a copy of which was obtained by the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent, in which the group took responsibility for the shooting down of the US helicopter and the fighting on Saturday which the organization called the “Battle of the Free People of Iraq.”
Resistance sharpshooter kills US Marine in al-Khalidiyah Sunday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance sharpshooter killed one US soldier in al-Khalidiyah, west of al-Fallujah on Sunday morning. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Khalidiyah reported an official source in the puppet police as saying that one American Marine had been killed by a sharpshooter’s bullet. The sharpshooter had been positioned atop a high building in the city where he fired a shot that struck the American Marine in the temple, killing him instantly.
For its part, the US military admitted the attack in a communiqué issued on Sunday morning.
Resistance bombards US al-Habbaniyah base Sunday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces pounded the US base – called “as-Saqr [the Falcon] Base” in al-Habbaniyah with six mortar shells at 3pm Sunday afternoon local time. Residents of the nearby al-Fallahat area who witnessed the attack said that six explosions shook the area and sent plumes of smoke rising over the facility. Afterwards, helicopters were seen flying at low altitude over the base and the vicinity, searching for the Resistance attackers, but with no success.
Situation deteriorates after US siege for one week cuts off water, food, electricity from population.
US forces backed by puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” continue to blockade the town of al-Haqlaniyah in al-Anbar Province where they have been now for one week, according to a report by a Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Iraq.
Witnesses report that the humanitarian and sanitary situation in the city is badly deteriorating, as western and Iraqi puppet media ignore the situation and keep silent.
Witnesses said that the US forces deliberately have cut off all electricity and water supplies from the encircled town, and have prevented the residents from entering or leaving. Movement inside the town has stopped and the markets closed down, further preventing the supply of food to the population. Occupation forces and their stooges closed shops, wrecked their contents, and stole money and valuables.
Witnesses report that the health situation is bad as people cannot get out to hospitals except with great difficulty. Schools have closed even though it is final exam time for the end of the year.
US siege of al-Karmah in second day.
US occupation forces imposed a total blockade on the town of al-Karmah, west of Baghdad on Saturday, 30 April closing all entrances and exits. Since then no one had been allowed in or out – other than the US aggressor troops how have launched a broad campaign of raids throughout all the city’s neighborhoods.
A correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Iraq reported witnesses from the city as saying that it has become extremely difficult to move about, since the city is cut off from the outside world by a large deployment of US forces along all major arteries. The city’s daily life has been paralyzed and residents find themselves in an unenviable situation.
The US siege of al-Krmah is part of a series of campaigns of lock-downs and raids that the US has launched in many places in the country, including al-Haqlaniyah and Abu Ghurayb.
Resistance car bomber kills 11 US troops in base in ar-Rustamiyah in Baghdad early Sunday.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden car into a US base in ar-Rustamiyah, south of Baghdad at about 7am local time Sunday morning.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam who arrived on the scene shortly thereafter said that sources in the puppet police and Iraqi puppet army said that the Resistance fighter stormed through the main gate of the American base, set up in what was the Iraqi Military Academy before the American occupation. The attacker drove towards a grouop of US soldiers and detonated his vehicle among them despite the heavy gunfire that they directed at his onrushing car.
The Iraqi puppet security sources told Mafkarat al-Islam that the result of the bombing was that 11 US troops were killed and a number more were wounded.
Resistance organization proclaims start of new campaign in Iraq.
The Resistance organization, the Base [Qa‘idah] of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers issued a communiqué saying that what it called the Battles of the Martyr Muhammad Jasim Abu al-Harith al-‘Isawi had begun. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Baghdad obtained a copy of the communiqué, which was posted on mosque doors in the occupied Iraqi capital and in other provinces, indicating that the group, led by Jordanian Islamic activist Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi had distributed it very widely.
The communiqué called on Iraqi civilians to stay away from American forces and military columns, and also to steer clear of gatherings of Iraqi puppet so-called “national guards”
The communiqué praised the organization’s Resistance fighters and said that “yesterday there were the battles of the Martyr, the Lion of the Land of the Two Rivers Abu Anas ash-Shami, then the commander and martyr by the grace of God the Exalted, ‘Umar Hadid, and today we declare the start of the battles of the Lion of the Oneness of God, Abu al-Harith al-‘Isawi in all regions of Iraq. And we will wage our battles until the cross disappears from the land of Iraq.”
The correspondent reported that Iraqi puppet security forces and the US occupation troops issued a general call to arms after finding copies of that communiqué throughout the country. The Americans and their stooges have therefore deployed throughout the streets and lanes of Baghdad and other cities in occupied Iraq.
Resistance martyrdom car bomber kills nine US troops Sunday morning in ad-Durah.
In a dispatch posted at 10:45am Sunday morning Mecca time Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while before an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a column of US Humvees at the western entrance to the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah. The correspondent in ad-Durah reported witnesses as saying that the blast destroyed two Humvees and killed nine US troops instantly.
The correspondent received confirmation of that report from a first lieutenant in the puppet police of ad-Durah – who asked not to be identified.
The Resistance organization the Base [Qa ‘idah] of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers announced its responsibility for the attack that took place at 9am Sunday morning, local time. The communiqué said that a Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-packed car into the US column sowing death and destruction among the invaders.
Resistance car bomb kills four US troops in Abu Ghurayb.
In a dispatch posted at 1:45pm Mecca time Sunday afternoon, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Abu Ghurayb reported that four US troops were killed and two more wounded when an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded at 1pm, local time by a passing column of American soldiers.
Witnesses told the correspondent that the car bomb was parked by the side of the old road that links Abu Ghurayb with al-Fallujah and that it explodes when a column of five armored vehicles and two Humvees was passing, destroying one armored vehicle.
Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ denounces puppet police murder of Sunni Shaykh in Diyala Province on Friday.
The Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’, the highest religious authority for Sunni Muslims in Iraq issued a statement denouncing the Iraqi puppet police for assassinating Shaykh ‘Abd ar-Razzaq Rashid ad-Dulaymi in Diyala Province on Friday.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses as saying that on Friday, the puppet police had encircled the al-Aqsa Mosque in the al-Katun area of the province where he was the imam and preacher. Shaykh ad-Dulaymi entered, delivered the sermon and led the congregational prayer service, undeterred by the fact that the mosque had been surrounded by security men and that there were spies among the congregation as well.
When the service ended the heavily armed security forces rushed the mosque, but Shaykh ad-Dulaymi came out to them, and addressed them, saying, “If you want to take me, then come and get me.” Thus challenged, the security forces fell back. A short while later, however, fearful that the security forces might attack and kill and wound the worshippers still inside the mosque, the Shaykh went out to the security forces to turn himself over to them to prevent them from harming or killing any of the worshippers. When he got close to one of their cars, the puppet security men opened fire on him.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that numerous eyewitnesses said that the puppet police fired on the Shaykh again and he fell to the ground unconscious. Afterwards, the puppet security forces tried to claim that the Shaykh had killed himself.
In its statement, issued Saturday, the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ said that the puppet police had killed Shaykh ad-Dulaymi and then falsely claimed that he had killed himself. The Board noted that this latest police murder appeared to open a new page in dangerous excesses and violations of the rights and freedom of the Iraqi people. The Board held the puppet regime responsible for the killing and for the abuse and torture inflicted on prisoners in the occupied country’s prisons.
“Dozens” of US dead and wounded in lethal Resistance rocket attack on US base early Sunday.
Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US base in al-Yusufiyah, south of Baghdad, Sunday morning. The American base occupies what were previously storage areas of the Iraqi Army prior to the US invasion of the country.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Yusufiyah reported witnesses as saying that at 5:30am Sunday morning the Resistance fired more than 16 rockets into the US base, inflicting great damage inside the facility.
Captain Karim Khamis of the puppet army who works on the base said that the attack inflicted heavy casualties of “dozens” of Americans.
“We entered the base,” he told Mafkarat al-Islam, “after receiving orders from the [puppet] ‘ministry of defense’ to see the extent of the casualties and to render assistance. We found that there had been great destruction and there were dozens of dead and wounded.”
The buildings inside the base that were destroyed in the Resistance rocket attack were high enough so that local residents could see them behind the walls of the facility. But after the attack, most parts of those buildings had been destroyed.
In his dispatch posted at 10:11am Sunday morning Mecca time the correspondent reported that US forces were still lifting rubble and digging out bodies of troops who appeared to have been killed in their sleep during the bombardment.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-packed Honda car into a column of six US personnel carriers on the highway in al-Mahmudiyah, southeast of Baghdad at 4pm local time Sunday afternoon. Residents of the city told Mafkarat al-Islam that the car accelerated to high speed and slammed into the front of the US column where it exploded, totally destroying one of the personnel carriers and killing six US troops and wounding three more.
Three US troops killed in Sunday morning roadside bomb attack.
In a dispatch posted at 11:40am Sunday morning Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses as saying that an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded by a US foot patrol in the al-Mu‘allimin neighborhood of Ba‘qubah, killing three US troops and seriously wounding a fourth. US forces completely encircled the area of the attack, closing the street leading to the road where the bomb went off. The Americans evacuated their dead and wounded in a Humvee to the US base west of Ba‘qubah.
Three US troops killed in roadside car bombing in Diyala Sunday.
In a bulletin posted at 5:20pm Mecca time Sunday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a column of four US armored vehicles in the city of Diyala, northeast of Baghdad. Witnesses in the city reported that the Toyta Supra car bomb was parked by the side of the main road in the al-Amir neighborhood in the middle of the city. It blew up by the US armored column, destroying one armored vehicle and killing three US troops and wounding two more.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance roadside bomb kills two US troops in ad-Dulu‘iyah Sunday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded by a US patrol on a side road in the town of ad-Dulu‘iyah at 3pm Sunday afternoon, local time. The blast destroyed one Humvee and killed two US troops and wounded two more, Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the local puppet police as saying.
US arrests Tikrit woman claiming she prepared car bombs for Resistance. Tribes threaten retaliation against Americans for holding her.
US forces on Saturday arrested an Iraqi woman who lives in Tikrit along with three of her brothers from their home in the al-Arba‘in neighborhood in the city. A correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses as saying that US troops brought more than 10 armored vehicles into the neighborhood and closed the road on which the woman, who is 40 years of age, lives with her three younger brothers.
The Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that on Sunday the Americans acknowledged the arrest, justifying it by saying that she is accused of preparing booby-trapped cars along with her brothers in their house and providing them to martyrdom fighters so that they can carry out operations against the US occupation troops.
Relatives and neighbors of the woman denied the American claims categorically in an interview with the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent. The Iraqi tribes in Tikrit, for their part warned that “a real disaster” as they put it will befall the occupation forces, meaning that they will join the Resistance, if the Americans continue to hold the woman.
Resistance blasts US al-Ghazlani base late Sunday morning.
In a bulletin posted at 11:05am Mecca time Sunday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at that moment the Iraqi Resistance was pounding the US al-Ghazlani base – the largest American base in northern Iraq – with mortar shells and Katyusha rockets.
The correspondent in Mosul reported that sirens could be heard wailing inside the base as he wrote his report, and that at that moment more than 20 rockets and shells had blasted into the American facility, all of them striking within the base. At the time of writing it was impossible to determine the extent of US losses or even to contact any puppet officials in relation to the on-going bombardment.
Resistance roadside bomb kills three US troops in Mosul Sunday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a joint US-Iraqi puppet force patrol in the city of Mosul on Sunday afternoon. A source in the Iraqi puppet forces told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city that the bomb was planted by the side of the main road in the al-Hudaba’ neighborhood in the middle of the city and that it blew up as the joint patrol was passing at 3pm local time Sunday afternoon.
The blast destroyed one US Humvee and set a puppet force pickup ablaze. Three US troops were killed and three more of them wounded. One Iraqi puppet soldier also died in the attack.
Resistance martyrdom car bomber blasts funeral of traitor collaborator.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in the northern Iraqi city of Tall ‘Afar on Sunday killing at least 25 persons and wounding 50 more attending the funeral of a Kurdish collaborator executed by the Iraqi Resistance on Saturday.
A spokesman for the Kurdish chauvinist collaborationist so-called Kurdistan Democratic Party said that the blast targeted the funeral of a Kurdish collaborator official in northern Iraq, according to a BBC report. The collaborator spokesman said that a Resistance martyrdom fighter drove into the crowd attending the funeral of the Kurdish collaborator who was liquidated on Saturday in a Resistance attack.
The collaborator spokesman said that US forces and Iraqi puppet forces together with ambulances raced to the scene of Sunday’s car bombing to haul out bodies and help the wounded. He said, however, that Resistance fighters had closed the road and that gunfire broke out in a battle with Resistance fighters.
Sunnis of al-Basrah denounce arrests of community members.
The Sunnis of al-Basrah issued a statement on Sunday denouncing the arrest of 46 members of their community by puppet authorities. Most of those arrested were from the Abu al-Khasib area of the southern Iraqi city.
Iraqi puppet so-called “national guards” and puppet police arrested Shaykh Kamal Faysal as-Salim, the first supervisor of education in al-Basrah Province and a member of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ [Scholars], the highest Sunni religious authority in Iraq, at 12 midnight Saturday-Sunday night, in one of the latest such arrests of prominent Sunnis.