Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 31 May 2005.  Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice


Tuesday, 31 May 2005.


Al-Anbar Province.



Puppet governor of al-Anbar Province liquidated.


In a bulletin posted at 2:10pm Mecca time Tuesday afternoon, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Qa’im on the border with Syria reported that Raja Nawaf al-Mahlawi, the puppet “governor” of al-Anbar Province had been killed by the Iraqi Resistance.


The initial report stated that US occupation forces found the body of the “governor” lying in the middle of an exterior road in al-Qa’im, but no further details on how al-Mahlawi was killed were initially available.


Al-Mahlawi, along with a number of puppet police officers, aides, and bodyguards, was abducted from the al-Qa’im – ar-Ramadi highway after an Iraqi Resistance ambush on their convoy earlier in May, just one week after al-Mahlawi took office as puppet governor.  The Resistance at the time demanded that the offensive on al-Qa’im by US forces – which was then underway – be stopped.  That offensive was in fact called off and al-Mahlawi was then released.




Resistance bomb targets US vehicle in al-Fallujah Tuesday.


In a dispatch posted at 7:15pm Mecca time Tuesday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded on 40 Street in the middle of al-Fallujah.  Local residents told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast struck a US armored vehicle, killing three American soldiers and severely wounding two more.


Afterwards, American forces surrounded the area and closed all roads leading to the scene.  The Americans arrested four local youths who run shops near where the blast took place.  The US forces accused them of knowing about the bomb but not telling the occupation troops about it.  Meanwhile the Americans hauled away their wrecked vehicle to the US base in the agricultural area east of the city.




Car bomb rips through US checkpointin al-Habbaniyah Tuesday morning.


In a dispatch posted at 10:50am Mecca time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-packed car bomb into a US checkpoint in the western Iraqi city of al-Habbaniyah Tuesday morning.  Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that a number of US troops were killed and wounded in the attack.


Afterwards, US forces gathered around the area and brought in a helicopter.  They closed off the scene of the attack threatening to shoot anyone who approached, making it impossible for the correspondent to obtain information on the extent of US casualties.




Resistance attack targets US vehicle near Hit.


An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded next to a US patrol on the road to Hit Tuesday, destroying a US Humvee and killing all aboard, witnesses in the area of Hit told Mafkarat al-Islam, confirming a report contained in a Resistance communiqué.


The Iraqi Resistance Salafi Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah [Prophet’s Practice] issued a communiqué on Tuesday, a copy of which was obtained by the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam, announcing that its fighters had destroyed one US armored vehicle, killing four US troops aboard it on the road to Hit.


Resistance pounds US ‘Ayn al-Asad base with mortars early Tuesday.


Iraqi Resistance forces mounted a fierce barrage on the US ‘Ayn al-Asad base near Hit in western Iraq at dawn on Tuesday.  It was the fourth Resistance attack on the American-occupied facility in 48 hours.


The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Hit reported that the Resistance fired a total of 20 mortar rounds of different types into the base, inflicting dead and wounded among the US occupation troops.  A source in the Iraqi puppet military said that more than 32 Americans were either killed or wounded in the bombardment and that the casualties were taken to he US al-Warrar base west of ar-Ramadi where the Americans have a military hospital.


For its part US artillery responded by firing at what it believed to be the source of the mortar attack.  Four Resistance fighters were killed and seven other Resistance fighters were wounded, Mafkarat al-Islam reported.  The dead were buried in the Martyrs’ cemetery in Hit later Tuesday morning.




Resistance bomb leaves two US troops dead early Tuesday afternoon.


In a dispatch posted at 2:25pm Mecca time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while before, a high-explosive Iraqi Resistance bomb had blown up by a US armored vehicle in the middle of ar-Ramadi.  The blast disabled the vehicle, killing two American troops and wounding three more.


The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US forces then encircled the whole area and pulled the bodies out in full view of local people.  The three wounded soldiers were taken by Cobra helicopter to the al-Warrar base west of ar-Ramadi.


The Americans then hauled the disabled vehicle away using a crane to lift it onto the back of a large truck that transported it to an American “vehicle graveyard” south of the city.


Resistance sharpshooter kills US soldier noon Tuesday.


An Iraqi Resistance marksman shot and killed an American soldier in the at-Ta’mim area south of ar-Ramadi at about 12 noon local time Tuesday.


The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported residents of the al-Qadisiyah neighborhood in the south of the at-Ta’mim area who witnessed the attack as saying that a patrol of four US Humvees was going along a road among residential apartment buildings when a Resistance sharpshooter picked of one of the Americans sitting atop one of the Humvees.


After the attack, US forces searched the apartment buildings but found nothing.


Early morning Resistance bomb kills reported four Americans.


An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded by a patrol of several US Humvees in ar-Ramadi at 6am Tuesday morning, local time.  Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb, which was planted by the main provincial road exploded and killed four US troops and wounded another thee seriously.


The bomb left a crater about three meters in diameter by the road, forcing municipal workers to close the road to traffic.  It was still closed at the time the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent filed his report, posted at 9:15am Mecca time Tuesday morning.


US troops evacuated their casualties by Humvee to the US al-Warrar base west of ar-Ramadi.




Resistance martyrdom fighter blows up Jewish Rabbis visiting occupied Iraq.


An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-packed vehicle into a car carrying four Jewish Rabbis who had come to Iraq to visit US and British aggressor troops in Baghdad and the south at 10am local time Tuesday morning.


The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported Nasir ad-Dilwi, a member of the puppet security forces in occupied Saddam International Airport, as saying that martyrdom bomber drove an explosives-laden vehicle into the black GMC vehicle in which the Rabbis’ were riding, killed all the four Rabbis along with their Greek driver.  Ad-Dilwi said that their bodies were pulled out of the wreckage outside the front gate of the airport, noting that all flights were halted for one hour because of the attack.


The correspondent for QudsPress reported an unnamed witness as saying that two Jewish Rabbis were killed and two more wounded in the attack on their four-wheel drive GMC at the entrance to Saddam International Airport.  The GMC in which the Rabbis were riding was of the type frequently used by American profiteer contractors, mercenaries, and intelligence officers in Iraq.  The source said that the dead and wounded were transported by US vehicles to an unknown destination.


The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam said that an official in the as-Sindibad air travel company, which is affiliated with Iraqi Airlines, confirmed the report of the four Rabbis’ deaths, saying that the four Jewish Rabbis in the car were dressed in black and wearing Jewish yarmulkes and were on a visit to the ad-Dallal base north of Baghdad and the an-Najaf base in the south as well as a number of other facilities in occupied Iraq.  The source said that the Resistance martyrdom bomber carried out the attack in a Nissan vehicle belonging to the puppet so-called “Iraqi ministry of transport and telecommunications.”


Diyala Province.



Resistance pounds US base in Ba‘qubah Tuesday evening.


In a bulletin posted at 7:59pm Mecca time Tuesday evening, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Ba‘qubah, northeast of Baghdad, reported that Iraqi Resistance forces had fired a rocket barrage into the US base in the city, just 10 minutes before he filed his report.


The correspondent described the bombardment as “violent” and said that the Resistance had fired mortar rounds and Grad rockets into the US-occupied facility, targeting all parts of the base.  At the time of reporting, sirens were wailing inside the camp and US artillery had begun to respond by shelling what it believed were the sources of the incoming fire with an intensive barrage of its own.


Meanwhile, clouds of smoke could be seen rising from various parts of the American base.


Resistance bomb targets puppet troops, killing four near Ba‘qubah Tuesday morning.


An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a patrol of the Iraqi puppet army in the Kan‘an area near Ba‘qubah Tuesday morning.  A source in the Iraqi puppet police told QudsPress that the blast killed four Iraqi puppet troops and wounded another six more.


The source said that the Resistance car bomb scored a direct hit on a transport vehicle carrying the Iraqi puppet troops, sending some of them flying through the air.  Bodies were found scattered around on the ground around the main street.




US admits four Americans, one Iraqi killed in helicopter crash midday Monday.


The US military on Tuesday admitted that four American military personnel and one Iraqi were killed when the helicopter in which they were riding – which belonged to the Iraqi puppet regime “airforce” – crashed near the town of Khanaqin near the Iranian border shortly before noon on Monday.


The crash was announced Monday, but US officials then provided no information on the fate of those aboard.  (See: “Aircraft of Iraqi puppet regime with four Americans aboard crashes near Iranian border midday Monday”, in Iraqi Resistance Report, Monday, 30 May 2005.)


Ninwa Province.



Resistance bomb kills five US troops in Mosul midday Tuesday.


An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded by a long column of US vehicles in the al-Mu‘allimin neighborhood of Mosul at about 1pm Tuesday, local time.


A source in the Iraqi puppet traffic police told Mafkarat al-Islam that  the bomb went off and destroyed a Humvee, killing five US troops.  The source said that the bodies were pulled out of the vehicle and they were all badly disfigured as a result of having been inside the burning vehicle.  The source said that one American soldier was able to escape but he had been extremely badly wounded.


American forces encircled the entire area and imposed a curfew as they removed the bodies and the wounded man to the American al-Ghazlani base, the source said.


Resistance car bomb targets US column in Mosul early Tuesday.


In a dispatch posted at 04:47GMT Tuesday morning, QudsPress reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a US convoy in Mosul Tuesday morning.  Witnesses told QudsPress that the car bomb blew up near the al-Makhul area north of the city, destroying two US Humvees and damaging a third.  Two US troops were killed and three more were wounded in the blast, QudsPress reported.


Witnesses said they saw a US helicopter evacuating US casualties from the area, which the Americans had closed to traffic after the attack.  US forces also launched a campaign of searches and raids around the area.




Iraqi Resistance forces shot down a US Black Hawk helicopter in the al-Ba‘aj area 30km west of Mosul Tuesday morning.  Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that a Resistance Strela heat-seeking rocket struck the Black Hawk when it was hovering at low altitude over the area.  The helicopter burst into flames.  Afterwards, US forces completely encircled the area.


On Monday night an American Apache helicopter was hit by Resistance machinegun fire, but the fate of the aircraft was unknown to witnesses who spoke to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.  US forces claimed that the helicopter was hit, but made a forced landing and its crew was unhurt.


The Iraqi Resistance organization Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah [Prophet’s Practice] took responsibility for both attacks in a communiqué distributed Tuesday morning in a local mosque.


Tall ‘Afar.


Resistance shoots down US helicopter Monday night.


Iraqi Resistance forces in Tall ‘Afar shot down a US helicopter in the at-Tilal area west of the city on Monday night.  The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Tall ‘Afar reported members of the Iraqi puppet military as saying that the Resistnace machinegun fire struck the aircraft.  Residents of the city saw the craft ablaze in the sky during the night.


For its part the Resistance organization Base [Qa‘idah] of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers announced its responsibility for the downing in a statement issued on Tuesday morning.  The statement said that the Resistance fighters brought down the aircraft, which it said was a Black Hawk, using a BKC medium-range machine gun.


Dhi Qar Province.



Four Italian aggressor troops killed in crash of Italian military helicopter.


The Italian occupation troops announced on Tuesday that one of their military helicopters had crashed southeast of an-Nasiriyah, killing four Italian invader troops.  Reuters, which carried the story, said the Italian command offered no further details.


Al-Muthanna Province.



Resistance bombards Japanese aggressor base in southern Iraq Tuesday afternoon.


In a dispatch posted at 6:05pm Mecca time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while before, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four heavy mortar rounds into the Japanese occupation troops base in the southern city of as-Samawah.  The barrage sent two plumes of dense smoke rising into the sky over the occupied facility.


A source in the Iraqi puppet forces reported that a number of Japanese were killed and wounded in the bombardment, but there was no way of confirming that report given the tight control that US and Japanese forces have over the base.