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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Supreme Committee of Patriotic Forces “Wahj
al-‘Iraq” calls on Muqtada as-Sadr to unite with
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Resistance car bomb blasts US column in Mosul
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
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