Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 16 May 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Monday, 16 May 2005.
The General Command of the Iraqi Resistance issued a communiqué dated 16 May 2005 concerning the defeat of the American enemy and its evident losses in the Battle of al-Qa’im. The communiqué reads as follows:
In the name of God, the Merciful, the Mercy-giving.
“If God supports you no one can overcome you”
- The Qur’an [3:160].
Steadfast people of Iraq!
Members of the Glorious Arab Nation!
The perfidious American enemy wanted to get another taste of its inevitable failure at the hands of the valiant men of the difficult tasks forces. This time it was the Resistance that had the initiative, making decisions about the engagement in accordance with its military plan to draw the enemy into battle in places other than where it was forced to lick its wounds in previous fights. This time our choice fell on a piece of the pure territory of Iraq that has made enemies taste the bitterness of wounds time and time again since 9 April 2003 – the area of al-Qa’im. We will dwell at length on the merits of these battles – such as the precise planning and the high level of professionalism displayed in how they were waged – merits that dismayed the enemy and left terror in the hearts of his forces.
First. Information was leaked to the enemy saying that groups of armed Resistance fighters were present in the areas of old al-‘Ubaydi and the residential areas of al-‘Ubaydi, al-Karabilah, and Sa‘dah on the right bank of the Euphrates River and in the areas of ar-Rummanah, and al-Bu Hardan on the left bank.
Second. The enemy launched a wide-scale attack on all areas. They built a bridge over the Euphrates in the area of al-‘Ubaydi to prevent the Resistance fighters from infiltrating or crossing from one bank to the other.
Third. A fierce battle lasting more than seven hours raged as the Americans tried to construct their bridge. During that combat the Americans took important losses, including the destruction of four armored vehicles, killing all aboard them, and the killing of 15 more US troops besides until finally the Americans were able to complete their bridge.
Fourth. The enemy was drawn into the area of ar-Rummanah as a selected killing zone. There a heavy battle took place in which the enemy lost three vehicles burned together with their crews and a number of other soldiers. The enemy tried to evacuate his casualties using farm tractors but the people of Great Iraq did not give him the chance and the Americans withdrew leaving their burned vehicles behind.
Fifth. As a sign of their hatred and perversion and out of revenge for the losses they had suffered and their failure to overcome the heroic Resistance, the enemy mounted raids of residential houses in the al-‘Ubaydi area, destroying 20 homes and killing numerous civilian citizens.
Sixth. The enemy tried to stage a night landing into the al-Bu Hardan area adjacent to ar-Rummanah, forcing residents of that area to leave their homes. Thereupon members of the enemy forces opened fire on the civilians, killing more than 150 citizens – elderly men, women, and children. The enemy destroyed numerous residential houses in revenge for their own heavy losses and their humiliating defeat at the hands of our heroic fighters.
Seventh. The enemy directed its heavy weapons fire at the residential neighborhood in the al-Karabilah area, destroying eight residential houses and a number of shops and setting four civilian cars ablaze. The extraordinary Resistance men stood up to the enemy, launching a unique battle that inflicted heavy losses on the enemy, including the burning of three armored vehicles, killing all inside of them, and shooting down three helicopters – two of them in the neighboring al-Karabilah – Sa‘dah area and the third in ar-Rumiyah. The wreckage of the three helicopters still lies on the ground on the other bank of the river, telling the story of the enemy’s defeat.
Eighth. Units of the heroic Resistance inflicted heavy losses on the enemy in men and materiel. They attained all their objectives, thanks be to God, and withdrew in an orderly fashion to prevent the perfidious enemy from continuing its attacks on civilians, showing their hatred and venting their rage at their own impotence in the face of the Mujahideen Resistance fighters. This move by the Resistance prevented a repeat of what happened in previous engagements in al-Fallujah, Samarra’, Mosul, and Tall ‘Afar.
The Battles of al-Qa’im and the Iraqi victory there show once again that the initiative has been and will remain in the hands of the heroic Iraqi Resistance. The daily occurrence of jihadi operations by the Iraqi people from the north of the country to the south and from the east to the west show that Iraq will continue to defy the plundering attackers. Bush’s desecration of our pure land only opened the gates of hell before the invaders and their stooges. This is what will befall all their aggressor armies. None of them will be safe until they leave the land of Iraq, never to return.
Our country’s leadership, specifically President Saddam Hussein, the General Commander of the Armed Forces, may God set him free, warned the American administration against committing the stupidity of attacking Iraq. But the conceit, recklessness, and idiocy of President George Bush, the son, overcame the voice of reason and he paid no heed to those warnings. Today the promise has come to pass that his troops are committing suicide not only at the walls of dear Baghdad, but on every inch of our pure beloved country.
On this glorious occasion, we repeat our call to the American Administration to return to the voice of reason and to preserve what remains of their forces by hastening to withdraw them from Iraq. The Iraqis today have no option but jihad in defense of their honor, land, dignity, and sacred values. They will not cease to make the greatest sacrifices in this cause until the banner of victory is raised and waves high and proudly in the sky of our beloved homeland. We will never lay down our weapons until the last foreign soldier has departed – dead or alive. The Americans and their stooges have many options before them to save what remains of their face. One of them is to accept the option of withdrawal, setting free all the prisoners they hold and compensating the Iraqi people for all the harm and loss they have caused them by the unjust embargo and then their aggression and occupation of their country, returning the courageous Iraqi army and the heroic Iraqi security forces to their posts and dissolving the puppet militias and fulfilling all the other patriotic demands.
Long live Great Iraq, a homeland for all Mujahideen seeking freedom and dignity!
Long live the heroic Iraqi Resistance, the long arm of justice for our steadfast defiant people!
Long live the Leader of the Mujahideen, the Father of Martyrs, and Commander of the heroic Resistance!
Long live Palestine, Free and Proud from the Mediterranean Sea to the Jordan River!
God is greatest! God is greatest! God is greatest!
Glory to the Arab Nation and may the lowly be brought low!
General Command of the Iraqi Resistance.
16 May 2005.
Resistance fighters ambush US foot patrol in al-Khalidiyah Monday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US foot patrol in al-Khalidiyah, east of ar-Ramadi at 9am Monday morning. Lieutenant Haydar Wakil of the Iraqi puppet army told Mafkarat al-Islam that Resistance fighters armed with anti-personnel rockets and BKC medium machine guns attacked an American foot patrol in the middle of al-Khalidiyah near the Citizenship Office, killing or wounding 11 US troops.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported witnesses as saying that the Resistance fighters withdrew unscathed towards the old city cemetery after their attack. US forces then surrounded the scene of the ambush and closed the old highway that links ar-Ramadi and surrounding areas with Baghdad.
High-explosive Resistance bomb kills four US troops in Hit Monday morning.
A high-explosive Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a column of four Humvees near the old citadel in the middle of Hit at 10am Monday morning. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb was planted by the side of the old road in Hit leading to the old citadel. They said that the blast destroyed one Humvee and killed four US troops and wounded two more in that vehicle. Two more Americans in the vehicle that was behind the one that blew up were also wounded by flying shrapnel.
Afterwards US troops surrounded the area and arrested a number of shopkeepers in the area, accusing them of being involved in the attack and not telling the occupation troops that Resistance fighters were planting a bomb there when they did so shortly before the arrival of the American patrol.
Resistance pounds US ‘Ayn al-Asad base with mortars Monday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces mounted an intensive mortar bombardment on the US ‘Ayn al-Asad base in al-Baghdadi, west of Baghdad at 4:30pm local time Monday afternoon.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Baghdadi reported witnesses resident in the area near the base as saying that they heard a series of explosions go off within the base and saw flames and smoke rising over the US-occupied facility as American aircraft came in over the area.
The correspondent reported that more than ten heavy 120mm mortar rounds and 80mm mortar rounds blasted into the base, which was known before the US occupation as the al-Qadisiyah Base of the Iraqi Army.
Fighting breaks out in ar-Ramadi Monday night, leaving six US troops dead.
Violent combat broke out Monday evening between Iraqi Resistance forces and US occupation troops in the city of ar-Ramadi.
Witnesses reported that the fighting erupted in the Kilometer 160 area west of ar-Ramadi at about 8pm local time Monday evening. Residents there told Mafkarat al-Islam that about 20 Resistance fighters, equipped with light and medium arms including RPG7 rocket-propelled grenades and pipe rockets, clashed with a column of five US armored vehicles and three Humvees.
The fighting left at least six American soldiers dead and another five wounded. One armored vehicle was set ablaze and a Humvee was destroyed. The witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that two members of the Iraqi Resistance fell as martyrs in the engagement.
Resistance car bomb kills six US troops in ar-Ramadi Monday evening.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded on a road leading to the US al-Warrar base west of ar-Ramadi as a column of six US armored vehicles was passing at 6:30pm local time Monday evening.
Witnesses told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam that an explosives-laden Opel car that was parked by the side of the road in the al-Qadisiyah neighborhood in the southern part of the at-Ta’mim district of ar-Ramadi blew up as a US column was passing, destroying one armored vehicle and disabling a second. Six American troops were killed and four more wounded in the attack, the witnesses said.
US troops storm al-Quds Mosque near ar-Ramadi, ransack building, paint crosses on copies of the Qur’an and on the building.
More than 50 US soldiers stormed into the al-Quds Mosque in the al-Bu Faraj area south of ar-Ramadi at dawn on Monday and “searched” the building. The American troops ransacked the mosque in their “search,” tearing up copies of the Qur’an and beating worshippers.
The Imam of the mosque told Mafkarat al-Islam: “Americans stormed into the mosque just as we were starting the dawn prayer. They trampled all over the mosque with their boots while surrounding us and confining us to one corner of the mosque. They searched the mosque and the adjoining rooms. A number of the soldiers, in full view of the commander of their group, kicked copies of the Qur’an around on the floor having fun in a game among themselves, until they got to the outer door of the mosque. One of the soldiers pointed at one copy of the Qur’an with his finger while kicking it with his foot and laughing in a totally unnatural manner.”
The Imam continued: “Then one of the soldiers, who was carrying black color, drew seven crosses on the pulpit of the mosque and three on the prayer rug of the Imam who was standing right there in front of the worshippers. He drew three more crosses on the interior door of the mosque and on the two interior supports. They all left at 7am without arresting anybody.”
The Shaykh added: “If they desecrated a copy of the Qur’an in Guantánamo, here in Iraq God’s Book is abused every day by the Crusaders and the Jews.”
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam took photographs of the crosses painted around the mosque. A photograph of a cross marked on the cover of a copy of the Qur’an can be seen at:
Resistance bombards US base east of al-Fallujah Monday morning.
In a dispatch posted at 10:21am Mecca time, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while before Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Grad rockets into the US base in the agricultural area east of al-Fallujah.
Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the rockets blasted the western parts of the base, sending two plumes of dense smoke rising into the air. US helicopters could be seen flying around over the base, especially its western parts, but no information on the extent of US losses was available.
Resistance car bomb blasts into US column in Abu Ghurayb area Monday morning.
In a dispatch posted at 11:30am Mecca time Monday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove a pickup truck loaded with propane gas cylinders used for cooking into a column of US occupation troops that was halted near the village of as-Samilat in the Abu Ghurayb area, 30km west of Baghdad. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast destroyed one Humvee, killing all aboard it. The explosion also set a tank on fire from the top of the turret, disabling it and wounding the soldiers who were aboard.
US forces completely encircled the area after the attack and called in two helidopters to evacuate their dead and wounded. The Americans also left a small force in the area to guard the disabled tank and the wreck of the Humvee from the cameras of journalists who gathered in the vicinity.
Puppet “defense minister” arouses ire of Shi‘i collaborators with order banning raids on Sunni mosques.
The puppet so-called “Iraqi minister of defense” Sa‘dun ad-Dulaymi, who comes from the predominantly Sunni city of ar-Ramadi has banned raids on Sunni mosques in Baghdad and the provinces of Iraq by puppet so-called “national guard” and puppet army troops or the so-called “shock forces.”
The order was published in a statement issued by the puppet ministry, according to the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace area - known to the invaders as the “green zone.” The order further stipulated penalties of imprisonment and discharge from the puppet service for any members who violate the order and raid Sunni mosques on the excuse that Resistance fighters might be inside.
Several Shi‘i collaborator politicians expressed strong reservations with respect to the puppet minister’s order. Since the installation of the current Shi‘i chauvinist puppet “prime minister” Ibrahim al-Ja‘fari, raids by largely Shi‘i puppet security forces on Sunni mosques as well as arrests of Sunni religious and community leaders have sharply increased.
Iranian Foreign Minister to visit occupied Baghdad for talks with US puppet regime.
The puppet so-called “minister of foreign affairs” of the US-installed puppet “government” in Iraq, Hushyar Zibari, announced on Monday that the foreign minister of Iran Kamal Kharrazi, would be visiting occupied Baghdad on Tuesday, 17 May 2005 to discuss cooperation between Tehran and the American puppet regimes in Baghdad.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance shoots down unmanned spy plane Monday afternoon.
In a dispatch posted at 3:40pm Mecca time Monday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces a short while earlier had shot down an unmanned US reconnaissance plane used for spying on the movements of the Iraqi Resistance in the town of Balad.
Witnesses told the Balad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance brought down the pilotless plane using heavy machine guns. Resistance machine gun fire struck the plane and set it on fire, causing it to crash in the area of Qal‘at adh-Dhahab east of Balad.
At the time of reporting, US troops had encircled the area and were searching for wreckage from the plane.
Resistance bomb blasts US patrol north of Ba ‘qubah late Monday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a patrol of four Humvees north of Ba‘qubah at 6pm local time Monday evening, destroying one Humvee and killing two US troops. Three more American soldiers were wounded in the attack residents in the al-Wajihiyah area north of Ba‘qubah who witnessed the attack told Mafkarat al-Islam.
Resistance attack leaves five US troops dead in Mosul Monday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded west of Mosul on Monday afternoon. A source in the Iraqi puppet police told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast took place in the ash-Shurtah neighborhood of the al-Ba‘‘aj area at 3pm local time, destroying one US Zil troop transport and killing five American soldiers. One other US soldier was seriously wounded in the attack, the source said.
After the attack US forces opened fire indiscriminately around the area, killing a woman and her husband who happened to be going through the area in their car on their way home at the time.
Resistance ambushes US fuel tanker convoy south of Mosul Monday evening.
In a dispatch posted at 7:35pm Mecca time Monday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces attacked an American truck convoy loaded with fuel for the US occupation forces on the main road in the ash-Shuruqat area south of Mosul.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Mosul reported residents of ash-Shuruqat who witnessed the attack as saying that Resistance fighters armed with light weapons and RPG7 rocket-propelled grenades attacked the column of fuel tank trucks, setting two tankers ablaze and killing two American drivers and wounding two more.
Resistance bombards US base, bringing down observation tower Monday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired a barrage of rockets into the US base in Tall ‘Afar, west of Mosul, at 4pm local time Monday afternoon. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Tall ‘Afar reported that the bombardment destroyed an observation tower in the American prison camp on the base. A number of US troops inside the tower when it fell to earth were killed or wounded, witnesses who were around the base at the beginning of the barrage said.
In a communiqué, a copy of which was received by Mafkarat al-Islam, the Iraqi Resistance announced its responsibility for the attack, saying that the rockets scored direct hits on their intended targets.
Car bomb blasts puppet customs checkpoint in northwestern Iraq, killing five.
An Iraqi puppet official announced that a martyrdom car bomber blew up an explosives laden van by a customs checkpoint near the Iraq-Syria border killing at least five persons and wounding 30 more, Reuters reported in a dispatch monitored by Mafkarat al-Islam.
Nassar ar-Rak‘ad, chief puppet administrator of the town claimed in a Reuters telephone interview that most of the dead and wounded were “civilians,” and that some of the injured were in critical condition.
Ar-Rak‘ad said the martyrdom attacker was trying to drive his van through a customs post to reach US troops on the side of the checkpoint near Syria when he blew up. Ar-Rabiyah is on the road to the northeastern Syrian city of Qamishli.