Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 25 May 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

Wednesday, 25 May 2005.


Al-Anbar Province.


Fierce fighting breaks out in al-Hadithah as US launches attack, after which Resistance withdraws to avoid unequal fight.

A violent battle broke out between Iraqi Resistance forces and US occupation troops backed up by Iraqi puppet soldiers at the northern approaches to the city of al-Hadithah and in the al-Haqlaniyah area. Resistance forces, numbering about 50 men, used medium and heavy weapons against the Americans and the US side called in Apache and Black Hawk helicopters to attack the Resistance from the air.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a Resistance commander on Wednesday morning as saying that the fighting lasted about three hours nonstop, from midnight until about 3am local time. He said that four US armored vehicles and one tank were destroyed and more than 14 US troops killed and dozens more wounded in the heavy mortar bombardment that the Resistance mounted against them after they withdrew.

For its part, the US military announced on Wednesday morning that the fighting left three Resistance fighters dead and several Americans wounded. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent said, however, that local mosques announced mourning for six Iraqi Resistance fighters on Wednesday morning.

QudsPress, quoted “sources close to the Resistance” as saying that the Americans brought in fighter planes to attack the Resistance forcing them to withdraw from the city to avoid being caught up in a severely unequal battle.

Approximately 1,000 American troops were reported engaged in the operation against al-Hadithah, QudsPress reported. The US forces imposed a curfew on the city, closing schools and puppet government offices, as puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” began storming into local houses.

Resistance commander martyred during fighting Tuesday-Wednesday night.

In a dispatch posted at 9:40am Mecca time Wednesday morning, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam wrote that US occupation troops are present in parts of al-Hadithah in large numbers, while the Resistance fighters had disappeared in the early hours of the morning. The American CNN TV network said that the US was engaged in a new large-scale military operation called “the New Market” in al-Hadithah, where an American Marine commander was quoted as saying that there were “greater threats in al-Hadithah than there should be.”

In a dispatch posted at 11:20am Mecca time Wednesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a Resistance commander had been killed in the fighting that took place during the night. A communiqué circulating in al-Hadithah said that Shaykh Isma‘il ‘Abdallah ‘Ashish, the imam and preacher of the Sayf al-Haqq Mosque was killed in the battles during the night. He was 71,

The communiqué said that all the fighters saw the Shaykh carrying an anti-tank RBKC rocket launcher running like a man of 20. The Shaykh took a direct hit in the chest that shattered his ribs. He was buried in the Martyrs’ Cemetery in the city.

The statement said that the Shaykh had been a well-known Resistance commander and one of the first to lead Resistance fighters from al-Anbar Province to support the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in an-Najaf during the fighting in that city.


Resistance car bomb blasts US column early Wednesday.

An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden car into a US military column in ar-Ramadi in western Iraq at 7am Wednesday morning. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported a captain in the puppet military forces, who asked not to be identified, as saying that the car bomb exploded in the al-Mal‘ab area to the west of the city, disabling one US tank and destroying a Humvee. The source said that six US troops were killed and two more wounded.

After the attack, US troops encircled the area and arrested a number of homeowners in the area as well as the guard working for a local school located near the scene of the attack.


Resistance temporarily seizes important provincial government buildings in fierce fighting in ar-Ramadi Wednesday afternoon.

In a bulletin posted at 3:05pm Mecca time Wednesday afternoon, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in ar-Ramadi reported that at that moment Iraqi Resistance forces were engaged in fierce fighting with US forces in the middle of the city, located 110km west of Baghdad.

Resistance forces were in control of the governorate office building and the puppet police headquarters in the city, after having launched a sweeping attack on the most important puppet regime centers in the province. For several months the Iraqi puppet army has used the puppet police headquarters as its own headquarters in the city. US forces at the time of writing were calling in helicopters to try to regain control of the situaion.

In a dispatch posted at 3:45pm Mecca time Wednesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance was still in control of the puppet police headquarters in ar-Ramadi – a position they seized in fierce fighting with puppet police and puppet army troops. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance had detained a number of the puppet troops inside the building.

The Resistance had also seized a quantity of heavy and light weapons inside the puppet police station. US Marines had still not been able to get back onto the street where the police headquarters is located, because Resistance sharpshooters had deployed on rooftops along the street.

US helicopters were at the time of writing prowling the skies above at very high altitude, for fear that Resistance fighters might shoot them down. The US aircraft have also refrained from rocketing the puppet police headquarters, apparently because of the large number of puppet police and puppet troops whom the Resistance has detained within the building.

In a dispatch posted at 7:59pm Mecca time Wednesday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces had withdrawn from the headquarters of the Iraqi puppet police and puppet army in ar-Ramadi after Iraqi puppet police officers agreed to resign, leaving the US military and their stooge army to fight the Resistance in the city.

More than 30 members of the puppet so-called Wolf Brigade of the Iraqi puppet military were killed in the Resistance attack on the puppet headquarters in ar-Ramadi. After the Resistance fighters withdrew, US occupation forces found the bodies of numerous puppet troops who had been shot to death inside the building. After withdrawing from the building, Resistance fighters went into the narrow lanes of the old part of ar-Ramadi opposite the police headquarters and disappeared from sight.

The Resistance group Base Qa‘idah of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers issued a communiqué, a copy of which was obtained by Mafkarat al-Islam, that said that the Resistance had seized 14 RPG7 rocket-propelled grenade launchers and a large number of machineguns and light weapons (Kalashnikov assault rifles) in their takeover of the building.

The communiqué said that five US troops were killed and one Humvee totally destroyed in the fighting.

For his part the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that after the withdrawal of Resistance forces, US troops closed the bridges and roads leading out of the city in an apparent attempt to trap the fighters in the city preparatory to a campaign of raids and searches – the sort of campaign that US forces regularly mount after a major attack.



Iraqi Resistance bombards US base Tuesday night.

Iraqi Resistance forces fired four rockets into the US ‘Ayn al-Asad base in Hit at 11pm Tuesday night. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Hit reported witnesses as saying that the four rocket blasts were followed by two powerful explosions. Dense smoke could be seen rising over the middle of the base.



Supreme Committee of Patriotic Forces “Wahj al-‘Iraq” calls on Muqtada as-Sadr to unite with them.

The General Secretary of the Supreme Committee of the Patriotic Forces that Reject the Occupation In Iraq, known as Wahj al-‘Iraq for short called on Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr to united patriotic efforts in resistance to the occupation, eschewing all sectarian and confessionalist tendencies, QudsPress reported Wednesday.

Shaykh Majid al-Ka‘ud, the General Secretary of Wahj al-‘Iraq wrote of the pride that Iraqi Patriotic forces take in as-Sadr’s patriotic stance of rejecting the occupation, noting that the free people of Iraq will never make deals over Iraq and its people. Shaykh al-Ka‘ud also emphasized Wahj al-‘Iraq’s rejection of any attempt to sow sectarian strife in the ranks of the united people of Iraq, or any efforts aimed at splitting them by stirring up sectiarian, religious, or ethnic tension.

The letter called for resisting anyone who might try to stoke the fires of sectarianism. Al-Ka‘ud proposed to Muqtada as-Sadr that they work to develop popular patriotic forms of work that would express the rejection of the occupation through strikes, demonstrations, rallies, and boycotts of the political institutions that function under the aegis of the occupation.

The letter spoke of the necessity of boycotting the traitors who encouraged the occupation to enter the country to seize control of its resources and wealth. Al-Ka‘ud, in the name of Wahj al-‘Iraq, called for all patriotic forces not involved with the occupation to work to encourage and motivate those Iraqis who are wavering to give up their hesitation and to resolve to take their stand with their people and to adopt the people’s demands as their own.

The letter said that Wahj al-‘Iraq and the forces united under its banner would be pleased to have the young Shi‘i leader Muqtada as-Sadr, the barer of the banner of Jihad, and are ready to stand with him for the sake of the liberation of Iraq.


Diyala Province.


Four US troops killed in Resistance bomb attack on US column Wednesday afternoon.

In a dispatch posted at 5:10pm Mecca time Wednesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while before an Iraqi Resistance bomb had exploded in the middle of the road in al-Miqdadiyah, east of Ba‘qubah. Witnesses said that the blast destroyed a Humvee and killed four US troops.

After the attack American soldiers encircled the area and imposed a ban on automobile traffic on the road. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam met with First Lieutenant Midhat Rif‘at of the puppet security forces who confirmed that four US troops had been killed in the blast, all the men who were aboard the Humvee that was destroyed.


Four Badr Brigade gunmen killed in Resistance ambush in al-Miqdadiyah Wednesday afternoon.

In a dispatch posted at 5:52pm Mecca time Wednesday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with light and medium weapons and machine guns attacked a Nissan sedan being driven by Shi‘i chauvinist Badr Brigade collaborator gunmen as it came out of the US base in al-Miqdadiyah. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the attack destroyed the Badr Brigade car and left four Badr Brigade gunmen dead. The Salafi Squadrons of al-Qa‘qa‘ took responsibility for the attack in a communiqué, a copy of which was obtained by the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam.


Salah ad-Din Province.


Resistance shoots down US Cobra helicopter Wednesday morning.

Iraqi Resistance forces shot down a US Cobra helicopter over the ath-Tharthar district in al-Fallujah – an area entirely controlled by the Iraqi Resistance – at dawn Wednesday morning. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance brought down the aircraft with a missile.

The correspondent reported other sources as saying that the Resistance had taken possession of the wreckage of the helicopter and the bodies of the two men of the crew who were killed when the Cobra crashed. US forces have not been able to reach the wreckage, the correspondent reported in a dispatch posted at 10:35am Mecca time Wednesday morning.

Resistance car bomb blasts US armored column in Samarra’ Wednesday afternoon.

An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a US armored column in the al-Ishaqi area, 20km south of Samarra’ on Wednesday. Residents of al-Ishaqi told Mafkarat al-Islam that a red Opel car that was parked by the side of the main road leading to the center of Samarra’ exploded when a column of six US armored vehicles was passing by at 4pm local time Wednesday afternoon. The blast destroyed one American armored vehicle, killing three US troops and wounding three more.


Ninwa Province.


Resistance car bomb blasts US column in Mosul Wednesday morning.

An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-packed red pickup into a column of nine various US military vehicles in the al-Islah az-Zira‘i neighborhood in the middle of Mosul at 9am local time Wednesday morning.

Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast destroyed three armored vehicles and killed eight US troops and wounded five more. A source in the Iraqi puppet police said that the attack only killed six Americans and wounded four more.

US occupation forces rushed to the scene after the attack, closing roads and sealing off the area. Two helicopters landed near the attack zone to evacuate the casualties.


Dahuk Province.


Resistance bombs blast Peshmergah patrol in Dahuk.

Two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded by a patrol of Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah militiamen in Dahuk at 3pm local time Wednesday afternoon. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Irbil reported witnesses as saying that 10 Peshmergah gunmen were killed in the explosion of the two bombs that took place as their patrol of several Nissan cars was passing by. Two of the Nissans were destroyed and a third disabled by the blast.

The Kurdistan Kurdish-language radio reported the attack, indicating that the blast left “a number” of dead and wounded. For its part the Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah Prophet’s practice announced its responsibility for the attack in a communiqué circulated in Irbil Wednesday afternoon.