Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 13 May 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Friday, 13 May 2005.
Resistance fighters morale high despite US leafleting tactics.
In a dispatch posted at 9:34am Mecca time Friday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US aircraft dropped leaflets over the area of al-Karabilah and ar-Rummanah north of al-Qa’im, calling on Resistance fighters to surrender. The attempt at reducing the morale of the fighters was a duplicate of American tactics used in al-Fallujah.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses as saying that the American leaflets claimed that the Resistance commanders Abu ‘Abd ar-Rahman al-‘Iraqi, Abu Jalal, and Abu Khattab had been killed in the battle and that Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi had been seriously wounded.
The correspondent described the morale of the Resistance fighters as “very high,” despite such American tactics. The leaflets, in fact, only increased their determination and ferocity in fighting, he reported. The fighters took the leaflets as an expression of the Americans’ desperation, particularly after four Iraqi Resistance organizations issued statements denying the American leaflets’ claims.
US sends 300 more Marines into al-Qa’im area as fighting continues.
In a dispatch posted at 11:30am Mecca time Friday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the US “joint” command had ordered 300 US Marines into the al-Qa’im area to reinforce faltering American forces battling the Resistance in the area.
Resistance announces: martyrdom fighter infiltrates US base near al-Karabilah, kills 12 US troops midday Friday.
The Iraqi Resistance in the city of al-Qa’im on the Syrian border issued a communiqué on Friday that was distributed in the areas around the city confirming that a martyrdom fighter and member of one of the Resistance organizations infiltrated into a US military barracks in the environs of the village of al-Karabilah, east of al-Qa’im at 12 noon local time Friday.
The communiqué, a copy of which was obtained by the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam, reported that the martyrdom fighter killed four US troops before blowing himself up inside an American troop transporter which had an eight-man crew.
Resistance rockets pound US positions near al-Qa’im Friday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces mounted a large-scale bombardment of US barracks concentrated in the western and northern areas of al-Qa’im on the border with Syria. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Qa’im reported witnesses living in the areas near the village of al-Karabilah as saying that the Resistance used medium-range rockets of the Grad and Katyusha type in a fierce bombardment of the US barracks and troop concentrations surrounding and besieging the villages of al-Karabilah and ar-Rummanah.
The witnesses reported that the rocket attack took place at 5pm local time Friday afternoon and that it sent plumes of thick smoke rising into the sky over the American positions.
Resistance ambush of American convoy leaves seven US troops dead Friday afternoon.
In a dispatch posted at 2:40pm Mecca time Friday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a column of US military trucks in the city of Rawah, west of Baghdad as they were transporting supplies and equipment to US forces encircling the city of al-Qa’im on the border with Syria.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Rawah reported witnesses as saying that the Resistance fighters, armed with light and medium weapons such as RPG7 rocket-propelled grenades and pipe rockets, attacked a column of 12 US military trucks and Humvees. Witnesses reported that the Resistance attackers destroyed four US trucks and killed seven American troops and wounded three more.
Resistance bomb kills three US troops early Friday.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US column in ar-Ramadi, west of Baghdad at 8am local time Friday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported. Local residents of the area of 20 Street told the correspondent that the bomb was planted on that street in the middle of the city and that it blew up as a patrol of four US Humvees was passing. The blast destroyed one Humvee and killed three US troops and wounded two more.
US forces raid al-Anbar University campus for third time this week.
Fir the third time this week US troops on Thursday stormed onto the campus of al-Anbar University in ar-Ramadi, an institution consisting of 11 colleges.
A statement issued by the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ [Scholars], the highest Sunni religious authority in occupied Iraq, announced that the US forces raided the university and searched the colleges of engineering and literature on the excuse that they were looking for “insurgents” among the students.
The Board statement said that the American troops led out all the people who were in the colleges, beating some of them and insulting the rest. They were all led away for interrogation.
The Board statement said that the US forces, as they always do, ransacked the area. They blew up doors and tore up papers in the colleges. They even used their vehicles to uproot trees on the campus.
Iraqi Resistance bombards US camp west of ar-Ramadi Friday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired six heavy 120mm mortar rounds into the US base west of ar-Ramadi at 5pm local time Friday afternoon. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported local residents who witnessed the attack as saying that the explosions of the six mortar shells were followed by numerous secondary explosions inside the camp as American munitions began going off.
Four US troops killed in afternoon bombing near al-Fallujah Friday.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol in the al-‘Amiriyah area west of al-Fallujah at 5pm Friday afternoon local time. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local owners of agricultural fields as saying that the bomb was planted in the middle of an unpaved road and that it blew up when the US column was passing. The blast totally destroyed one vehicle and killed four US troops.
Resistance car bomb kills five US troops in ad-Durah Friday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb blew up by a column of US armored vehicles and Humvees on the highway in the area of the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 4pm local time Friday afternoon.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the puppet so-called “rapid deployment force” as saying that an explosives-laden car was parked by the side of the highway in ad-Durah and that it went off when the American column passed by, destroying one Humvee and disabling an armored vehicle. Five US troops were killed and another four were wounded. The source said that Resistance detonated the car by remote-control.
Resistance bomb in Abu Ghurayb leaves two US troops dead.
In a dispatch posted at 4:10pm Mecca time Friday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a passing US armored column in the Khan Darri area west of Abu Ghurayb on Friday. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast went off as a column of four US armored vehicles was passing along an unpaved dirt road in the area. The explosion set one armored vehicle ablaze and killed two US troops and wounded three more.
Resistance bomb blasts US Humvee in Baghdad late Friday morning.
In a dispatch posted at 11:20am Mecca time Friday morning Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military column on the main road leading to Baghdad on Friday.
The American Associated Press TV showed pictures of the scene of the attack showing the smoldering wreck of a Humvee and American soldiers closing the roads leading to the area. ‘Ali Husayn al-Hamdani, an officer in the Iraqi puppet police said that the blast was the result of a bomb planted by the side of the road.
Repressive “emergency regulations” renewed by puppet “prime minister” al-Ja‘fari.
The puppet “prime minister” of Iraq, Ibrahim al-Ja‘fari, announced Friday that “emergency regulations” that give the puppet regime extraordinary powers to harass the citizens have been extended for another 30 days, according to a report from Reuters.
The former puppet “prime minister” Iyyad ‘Allawi had imposed the “emergency regulations” for the first time on 7 November 2004 prior to a massive US offensive on the city of al-Fallujah.
The “emergency regulations” allow the puppet regime to impose curfews and close borders, airports and to detain what it calls “suspects” without following normal legal procedures. Reuters reported that the extension of the “emergency regulations” did not cover the area of northern Iraq dominated by the Kurdish chauvinist parties that harbor separatist aims.
Resistance car bomber kills five US troops in al-Yusufiyah late Friday morning.
An Iraq Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden vehicle into a US armored column on the main road in al-Yusufiyah, south of Baghdad at 11am Friday morning local time.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported an officer in the local puppet police, who asked not to be identified, as saying that a Resistance martyrdom fighter burst into the column in an explosives-laden Opel car and blew himself up, destroying one American armored vehicle and killing five US troops and wounding another three.
Resistance bomb kills three US troops on patrol in al-Latifiyah Friday.
In a dispatch posted at 5:40pm Mecca time Friday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as a patrol of six US Humvees was passing through al-Latifiyah, 25km south of Baghdad. Local residents told the correspondent that the explosion destroyed one Humvee and killed three American soldiers.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance bombards US base west of Bayji Friday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven Grad rockets into the US base in the as-Siniyah area west of Bayji at 10am Friday morning local time. The barrage set fires burning inside the US-occupied facility as plumes of smoke rose into the sky.
Resistance bomb kills two US troops in Mosul Friday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a patrol of several US vehicles in the Hammam al-‘Alil area of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul at 9am local time Friday morning. Local residents who witnessed the attack told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast disabled one American armored vehicle, killing two US troops and wounding four more.
Resistance roadside bomb kills two British soldiers Friday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a joint patrol of British and Iraqi puppet forces in the Abu al-Khasib area south of al-Basrah on Friday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb was planted by the side of the main road in the area and that it blew up as the joint patrol was passing by, killing two British soldiers and wounding another. Two members of the Iraqi puppet forces were also killed. One British Jeep was destroyed by the blast.
Puppet forces’ midnight arrest raids net local men, terrorize neighborhood as new puppet leader pursues sectarian “cleansing”, trying to expel Sunnis from al-Basrah.
Puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” raided the Balad Muhzim area of Abu al-Khasib at midnight Thursday-Friday and arrested two local men in an attack that sowed panic and terror among the local residents. It was the fourth such raid by puppet forces on the predominantly Sunni area.
The series of raids are viewed by local residents as part of a drive by the Shi‘i chauvinist collaborator parties to push Sunnis out of the area, in an act of sectarian “cleansing”. Witnesses reported local puppet government officials told them “we’ll expel you from al-Basran and never allow a Sunni call to prayer to be heard or the names of [the Sunni caliphs of the Seventh Century C.E.] Abu Bakr or ‘Umar to be mentioned. . . . We’ll go after you one-by-one until you all get out of al-Basrah.”
The sectarian cleansing campaign is linked to the new puppet “government” installed recently in Baghdad which is under the control of puppet “leader” Ibrahim al-Ushayqir al-Ja‘fari, an extremist anti-Sunni who launched the campaign to “cleanse” al-Basrah of Sunni residents just hours after taking office.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam also learned that there had recently been several cases of kidnappings of Sunni residents of al-Basrah, two persons having disappeared on Thursday alone.