Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 7 May 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Saturday, 7 May 2005.
Resistance car bomb blasts US checkpoint killing nine American troops Saturday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden car blasted into a US checkpoint and in the Bu ‘Ali al-Jasim area north of ar-Ramadi and exploded at about 4pm Saturday afternoon local time. Witnesses who live in the area told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast killed nine US troops and wounded another four.
US helicopters then came to evacuate the dead and wounded after American ground troops closed the road leading to ar-Ramadi. At the time the correspondent filed his report – posted at 5:55pm Mecca time Saturday afternoon, the road was still closed to traffic.
Resistance bombards US base early Saturday.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired at the US occupation headquarters in the city of Hit in western Iraq at about 6am Saturday morning local time. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that five Katyusha rockets blasted into the US base in the city producing a huge explosion. Plumes of smoke and flame rose inside the US-occupied compound.
Resistance bomb Saturday night kills four US troops.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol on the al-Bu Zakrut Road in the al-Halabisah village, 6km west of al-Fallujah Saturday evening. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the blast killed four US troops and destroyed a Humvee.
A source in the local puppet police told the correspondent that the blast, which occurred at 7pm local time, confirmed the casualty figures, and added that two Iraqis who were near the scene of the blast were wounded.
US forces acknowledged the attack in a statement on Sunday, claiming that one US soldier was killed and others wounded. Iraqi puppet “government” sources, however, continued to say that four US troops were killed on the scene by the explosion.
Resistance pounds US checkpoint in al-Fallujah Saturday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces mounted a fierce barrage of the US “as-Saqr” [“the Falcon”] checkpoint in al-Fallujah at 1:30pm Saturday afternoon local time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported. The Resistance fired 10 mortar rounds into the American facility, shaking nearby houses. No word on casualty figures was available but US warplanes and helicopters were seen prowling the skies above the area.
Resistance bomb in Abu Ghurayb kills five US troops early Saturday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a column of seven US vehicles in Abu Ghurayb, west of Baghdad at 7am Saturday morning local time. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the area reported witneses as saying that that the bomb, planted by the side of the highway, destroyed one Zil personnel carrier and killed five US troops and wounded four more. A second vehicle, a Humvee, was also slightly damaged by the explosion.
After the blast, US forces brought in helicopters to evacuate the dead and wounded after American troops closed the highway and surrounded the area.
Resistance car bomb kills four US troops on Airport Road early Saturday.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a US column on the road to Saddam International Airport in Baghdad. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses as saying that a silver Opel was parked by the side of the highway leading to Saddam International Airport and that it exploded as the US column passed by at about 7am local time Saturday morning, destroying one US Humvee and killing four American soldiers. Afterwards US troops opened fire indiscriminately around the area but inflicted no casualties.
Explosion targets mercenaries in motorcade in Baghdad.
A massive explosion shook the part of Baghdad where as-Sa‘dun Street begins near at-Tahrir Square in the downtown area at about 11am local time Saturday morning.
Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast came from a car bomb that went off next to a column of armored cars of the sort usually used by American security agencies. The explosion destroyed four American security cars together with all aboard. Thirty-one people were wounded, among them civilians, the witnesses said.
The blast also disabled three private cars and set some of the shops nearby on fire. US and Iraqi puppet forces surrounded the area to keep the press away, as usual. Ambulances transported the dead and wounded away from the scene as American helicopters hovered over the area.
Just minutes before the bombing Resistance forces bombarded the US occupation headquarters in the area of the Republican Palace, known to the invaders as the “green zone,” with rockets.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that the blast targeted a motorcade of three cars carrying foreigners. Two of the cars were hit and five other civilian cars that were parked nearby were also damaged. Plumes of smoke rose over the area after the blast as puppet police backed up US troops in sealing off the area from the press.
The target of the blast was apparently foreigners working for a so-called security company, i.e., a company that supplies mercenaries to the US occupation forces.
An earlier report said that a powerful explosion shook central Baghdad Saturday morning. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported in a bulletin picked up and posted by Mafkarat al-Islam at 10:35am Mecca time Saturday morning that clouds of smoke rose over the sky of the city.
Later in the day the Resistance organization Base [Qa‘idah] of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers led by the Jordanian Islamist Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi, issued an announcement on an Islamic website claiming responsibility for the attack according to a Reuters report. The statement said that the target of the attack was a group of US CIA personnel.
Resistance martyrdom bomber kills American general, commander of US troops in Diyala Province late Saturday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded near the city of Ba‘qubah near the motorcade of the commander of US forces in Diyala Province on Saturday, killing him.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the attack took place at 11am Saturday local time in the town of Jalula’ near Ba‘qubah. Captain Isma‘il Khalil of the puppet so-called “shock police” said that the blast killed nine persons, one of them the commander of US forces in Diyala Province, a general in rank. The source did not disclose the commander’s name.
The correspondent confirmed that an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter attacked the US motorcade made up of several Humvees, some of them armored. The high-ranking General was visiting one of the primary schools in al-Jalula’ after it was rebuilt and restored. The Resistance fighter blasted into the General’s convoy about 15 minutes after he left the school.
The correspondent reported another source in the local puppet police as saying that the blast occurred in the al-Mahafif neighborhood and that it destroyed one Humvee and killed nine US troops.
Resistance bomb kills four US troops Saturday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a patrol of four US Humvees on the main road to Baghdad in al-Iskandariyah, south of Baghdad at 5pm local time Saturday afternoon. Local residents who witnessed the attack told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast destroyed one Humvee and killed four US troops.
The Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ [Scholars], the highest Sunni religious authority in Iraq on Saturday issued a statement condemning as a “terrorist act” the attack on a vegetable market in as-Suwayrah that took place Friday, killing 22 persons and wounding another 45.
The attack, which took place in a predominantly Shi‘i area appeared sectarian and the Board called for not letting the “parties that try to use the current uneasy situation to carry out their plans to sabotage Iraq and sow the seeds of sectarian and ethnic conflict.” The Board statement expressed condolences to the victims and offered prayers for the recovery of the injured.
Five US troops killed in afternoon attack.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US checkpoint in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk at about 5:30pm Saturday afternoon, local time. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported a source in the local puppet police as saying that Resistance fighters attacked a US checkpoint with medium machine guns and anti-tank rockets, destroying three Humvees and killing five US troops and wounding two more. One of the Resistance fighters was killed in the fight, the source added.
The Iraqi Resistance group the Islamic Army in Iraq announced its responsibility for the attack in a communiqué, a copy of which was obtained by Mafkarat al-Islam. The communiqué said that their fighters killed more than five US troops in the attack, but a puppet “government” source told Mafkarat al-Islam that the attack left five US soldiers dead and two more wounded.
Shi‘i puppet officials intercede with Muqtada as-Sadr to head off clash with US forces.
Following fighting on Friday between the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi ‘ religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr and US occupation forces in an-Najaf, intensive efforts were reported underway by Shi‘i religious and political figures on Saturday to put a halt to the fighting. The house of Muqtada as-Sadr saw the arrival of Iraqi puppet officals trying to convince as-Sadr to give the US forces three days to release the Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen whose arrest sparked the Friday clashes. As-Sadr had issued a general call to arms after US forces tried to prevent demonstrations for the release of the men on Friday.
Among the prominent Shi‘i puppet officials to visit as-Sadr’s home in an-Najaf was Muwaffaq ar-Rabi‘i, the puppet so-called “national security adviser” in the puppet “government” installed under US auspices recently.