Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 4 May 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Wednesday, 4 May 2005.
Thirty Americans reported dead and wounded in morning bombardment of US base.
Iraqi Resistance forces mounted a violent bombardment on the US base in the College of Agriculture of al-Anbar University east of the city of ar-Ramadi (110km west of Baghdad) at 9am Wednesday morning, local time.
The local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported witnesses as saying that 10 rockets blasted into the base, a facility operated by the Iraqi Army of Jerusalem militia before the American invasion in spring 2003. The Resistance bombardment caused heavy destruction of buildings inside the base. Four US helicopters were seen prowling above the facility after the attack, a suggestion that there were large numbers of casualties.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam spoke with First Lieutenant ‘Aftan Mahyub of the ar-Ramadi puppet police, one of the men brought in from southern Iraq by the Americans after the local people refused to serve the invaders in the puppet forces. First Lieutenant Mahyub said that the bombardment left 30 Americans dead or wounded. He said that four Iraqi collaborators who work on the base and sleep on the facility were also killed.
For its part, the US military confirmed that the attack occurred on its propaganda radio beamed at local people, but it omitted all details about the intense attack saying only that the Marines “returned fire.”
Resistance bombards US al-Habbaniyah base midday Wednesday.
Iraqi Resistance forces fires seven heavy 120mm mortar rounds into the US base at al-Habbbaniyah, west of Baghdad at midday Wednesday. Residents of the al-Bu Dhiyab area near the base who witnessed the attack told Mafkarat al-Islam that the barrage took place at 1pm local time and set fires blazing inside the US-occupied facility, sending plumes of smoke rising into the sky.
Deadly Resistance barrage targets US troops north of al-Fallujah late Wednesday afternoon.
In a bulletin posted at 5:35pm Mecca time Wednesday afternoon, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah, 60km west of Baghdad, reported that a short while before, Iraqi Resistance forces had mounted a heavy mortar barrage on a concentration of US troops north of al-Fallujah.
The correspondent reported that four 120mm mortar rounds slammed into the group of US troops near the northern train station that lies north of al-Fallujah, inflicting a number of dead and wounded among the Americans, according to a source in the puppet Iraqi army.
Resistance car bomb kills reported nine puppet police in ad-Durah Wednesday night.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah on Wednesday. Reuters reported that the Iraqi puppet police announced that nine members of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” were killed and 20 more wounded. The American Associated Press (AP) reported the US military as saying that as many as 15 puppet soldiers had been killed in the bombing which occurred at about 9pm Wednesday night.
Resistance blasts US Abu Ghurayb prison camp. Twenty-four US troops said killed.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired a barrage of 14 rockets and mortar rounds into the notorious US prison camp at Abu Ghurayb, 30km west of Baghdad. The rockets and mortar shells mostly blasted into the eastern parts of he camp where US troops and military vehicles are located, according to a source in the puppet police. The source told Mafkarat al-Islam that one of the rockets landed in the middle of a group of US soldiers, killing 24 American troops and wounding another 15 more.
After the bombardment, which took place at 3pm local time Wednesday afternoon, the correspondent saw a number of US helicopters flying in over the prison to evacuate casualties. The evacuation operation took nearly two hours, interspersed with sorties by US fighter planes over the city at very low altitude.
Wednesday morning Resistance bomb kills two US troops near Abu Ghurayb.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US armored column on the highway south of Abu Ghurayb (which is located west of Baghdad) at 10am local time Wednesday morning. Local residents told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb blew up by a column of six US armored vehicles and that the blast disabled one of them, killing two US troops and wounding four more.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance bomb kills three US troops early Wednesday.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a patrol of four Humvees in the as-Sikak neighborhood west of Samarra’ at about 8am Wednesday morning. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast destroyed on Humvee and killed three US troops and wounded two more.
Resistance martyrdom bomber blows up Kurdish collaborationist party office killing at least 60 Wednesday morning.
An official in the health care profession confirmed that at least 60 persons were killed and another 150 wounded when an Iraqi Resistance fighter blew himself up at the office of a Kurdish chauvinist collaborationist party in the northern Iraqi city of Irbil on Wednesday.
The attack took place at the office of the collaborationist so-called Kurdistan Democratic Party, which is led by Mas‘ud al-Barzani, that also serves as a recruiting center for the puppet police. Witnesses told Reuters that they saw 25 bodies being extracted from the blast area.
The American Associated Press (AP) quoted US military sources as saying that 50 were killed and hundreds more wounded. The AP said that Karim Zinghari, the puppet so-called “interior minister” of Irbil said that more than 300 volunteers for the puppet forces were present in the center at the time of the bombing at 9:30am Wednesday morning local time. An official of the collaborator party said that the Resistance fighter managed to get into the recruiting center and blew himself up.
Ambulances were seen racing to the area, which was a scene of chaos. Later the Ansar as-Sunnah Resistance organization claimed responsibility for the attack, which it said left 80 dead.
Resistance car bomber blasts US column in al-Iskandariyah Wednesday morning, killing seven American troops.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an Opel car into a column of two US Bradley armored vehicles and several Humvees in al-Iskandariyah, south of Baghdad on Wednesday morning. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the Iraqi puppet police as saying that the car drove into the column and blew up, destroying two Humvees and killing seven US troops and wounding one more.
Resistance downs US Black Hawk helicopter Wednesday evening.
In a bulletin posted at 7:20pm Mecca time Wednesday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while before, Iraqi Resistance forces had shot down a US Black Hawk helicopter over the city of al-Latifiyah, 25km south of Baghdad.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Latifiyah reported that Resistance fighters had fired a Strela rocket at the American aircraft, which caught fire and then fell to earth north of the city. US forces immediately surrounded the site and began a search for the bodies of the crewmen all of whom were killed in the crash.
Two US troops die in Resistance bombing in al-Khalis.
In a dispatch posted at 2:5pm Mecca time Wednesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on the main road in the area of al-Khalis, northwest of Ba‘qubah, as a US patrol was passing. Residents of al-Khalis told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb exploded by a column of five US Humvees, setting one of them ablaze and killing two US troops and wounding two more.
Stooge forces carry out more sectarian arrests.
In a continuation of the wave of Shi‘i sectarian arrests perpetrated by the Anglo-American occupation regime and its local stooges four Sunni religious leaders were arrested on Tuesday evening in al-Basrah.
Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that one of the four was hauled from his home in the al-Muhandisin neighborhood in the west of al-Basrah, along with his cousin who was with him at home at the time. A relative said that provincial puppet troops took them away.
Two other Sunni residents were arrested in the old al-Basrah area, one a repairman of electrical appliances who was arrested near the ‘Aziz Agha Mosque after a puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” detachment surrounded the area. The man was severely beaten in front of the local residents when he was dragged away.
Another Sunni resident who works as a furniture upholsterer was also arrested by the puppet forces.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the way these arrests were carried out indicates a change in tactics by the occupation regime and its stooges. In the past, the reporter wrote, all arrests were carried out by the puppet “national guard” but now provincial puppet security and puppet intelligence services have been pressed into service as the arrests of members of the Sunni community continue, greatly exacerbating sectarian tensions.
Sunni school official released by puppet forces.
The Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ [Scholars] announced that at midday Wednesday Shaykh Kamal Faysal as-Salim, a member of the Board in the southern parts of Iraq was released by US and puppet forces. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Board issued a statement that said that the Shaykh was released as a result of efforts by Sunni organizations in the city of al-Basrah.
Puppet Intelligence forces of the puppet “national guard” and puppet police had arrested Shaykh as-Salim, the chief supervisor of education in al-Basrah province, and the preacher in the Manawi Lajm Mosque on 30 April as a wave of sectarian arrests – which was still underway Wednesday – swept the area