Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 24 May 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Tuesday, 24 May 2005.
Savage Resistance bombardment sets US al-Habbaniyah base ablaze Monday night.
Iraqi Resistance forces mounted a violent rocket attack on the US base in al-Habbaniyah Monday night, in an assault that lasted more than an hour.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Habbaniyah reported witnesses as saying that the attack began at the time of the nighttime prayer, Monday night at about 9:30 local time, and ended at about 11pm. At a steady pace the Resistance fighters pounded the American facility with rockets and heavy mortar rounds.
The correspondent reported that the barrage struck every part of the base, sending flames and plumes of smoke into the sky. The light of the fires, which raged throughout the entire base illumined the clouds of smoke.
US forces responded to the barrage with artillery as American warplanes took to the sky to attack the sources of the Resistance fire in the al-Bu Mar‘i area and al-Khalidiyah. But the American fire did not stop the intensive Resistance barrage. American helicopters landed within the base to evacuate casualties about an hour after the end of the Resistance attack.
Captain Muwaffaq Muhammad of the Iraqi puppet military who spoke to a group of reporters Tuesday morning, said that the bombardment, which was the fiercest in months, killed dozens and wounded dozens more. It also inflicted extensive material damage on the base. One indication of the damage and death wrought by the attack was the fact that the US Marines called in the Iraqi puppet military to help evacuate the dead and wounded and put out the fires that were raging in the camp.
Resistance bomb targets US column in ar-Ramadi Tuesday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bome bomb exploded by a US military column in the middle of the at-Ta’mim neighborhood in the west of ar-Ramadi at 10am local time Tuesday morning. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb blew up next to a Humvee, destroying the vehicle and killing three US troops and wounding three more.
In a radio propaganda broadcast beamed at the local population, the US military admitted that the attack took place, claiming, however, that only two American soldiers were killed and failed to mention any wounded.
Resistance bombards US forces in Saddam International Airport.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven rockets into Saddam International Airport at 7am local time Tuesday morning. The missiles struck runways used by fighter planes and landing areas for helicopters in the western part of the facility, Mafkarat al-Islam reported sources in the Iraqi puppet police as saying. After the attack, US fighter planes prowled the skies over the airport for half an hour but did not reply to the Resistance rocket fire.
Resistance bomb targets US patrol in east Baghdad Tuesday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded by a patrol of five American Humvees on the highway north of the al-Qanat neighborhood in the east of Baghdad at 3pm local time Tuesday afternoon. A source in the Iraqi puppet police told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast set one of the Humvees on fire and killed two US troops and wounded one more.
Resistance bomb targets US column in ad-Durah Tuesday afternoon.
In a bulletin posted at 4:15pm Mecca time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while before an Iraqi Resistance bomb had exploded by a US column on the highway in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah.
The correspondent, who went to the scene of the attack reported that US forces had closed the roads and encircled the whole area. Two helicopters landed on the street apparently to evacuate dead and wounded. At the time of reporting, the correspondent said that fire was burning in a US armored vehicle struck by the blast, and US troops were trying to put it out.
Resistance bomb targets US patrol, killing four Americans.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a patrol of four US Humvees in the al-Yusufiyah area south of Baghdad at 1pm local time Tuesday. Residents of the Suraysar area in the middle of the city told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb exploded on the main street in their neighborhood, totally destroying one Humvee and killing four US troops.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance attacks US convoy north of Bayji at noon.
Iraqi Resistance forces launched a double attack on a US truck convoy hauling supplies and equipment for American forces on the main highway in the al-Hawl area north of Bayji. Local residents of al-Hawl told Mafkarat al-Islam that the attack took place at 12 noon local time Tuesday. It began when a Resistance bomb exploded by the American column, setting one of the trucks ablaze.
Then Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked with light and medium weapons. The correspondent reported that the attack left two US trucks on fire and four truck drivers dead and two others wounded.
Resistance bombards US base in Samarra’ early Tuesday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired eight missiles – believed to be mortar rounds – into the US base in Samarra’ at 2pm local time Tuesday afternoon. Residents of the as-Sikak neighborhood told Mafkarat al-Islam that the barrage set off violent explosions within the occupied American facility and sent plumes of smoke rising into the sky.
Resistance shoots down Apache helicopter Tuesday evening.
In a bulletin posted at 7:57pm Mecca time Tuesday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier, Iraqi Resistance forces had shot down a US Apache helicopter in the at-Tarimiyah area, north of Baghdad.
Witnesses told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in at-Tarimiyah that a Strela missile struck the helicopter and brought it down in groves in the river inlet west of the city. US forces surrounded the entire area and at the time of reporting were searching for the crew, whose fate was unknown at the time of writing.
Resistance martyrdom attacker blasts US checkpoint in Kirkuk Tuesday morning.
In a dispatch posted at 10:10am local time Tuesday Morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-packed car into a US checkpoint in the middle of a road in the March 1st neighborhood in the south of Kirkuk.
The attack destroyed the checkpoint and killed seven US troops of the 82nd Airborne division, wounding several other American soldiers in the unit as well.
Afterwards, American forces encircled the area of the attack and imposed a curfew on the area, preventing students of the nearby technical institute from going to class.
Deadly Resistance car bomb blasts US convoy in Mosul Tuesday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-packed white Oldsmobile car into a US military column in the al-Muhandisin neighborhood in the middle of Mosul at 4pm Tuesday afternoon, local time. A captain in the Iraqi puppet army told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast destroyed a Humvee, killing six US troops and wounding three more.
For their part, witnesses told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance martyrdom fighter blew up his Oldsmobile when he had got in among the vehicles of the US column.
The Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah [Prophet’s Practice] Resistance organization issued a communiqué that was distributed in Mosul after the attack taking responsibility for it.