Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 9 June 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Thursday, 9 June 2005.
Resistance ambush obliterates US convoy near ar-Ramadi early Thursday killing 20; mericans retaliate, killing seven Iraqi civilians, two Resistance fighters.
A large-scale battle took place between Iraqi Resistance forces and US occupation troops in the al-Mulahimah area east of ar-Ramadi when a convoy of US trucks loaded with supplies for the US troops passed by on its way to the al-Habbaniyah base at 7am Thursday morning. The combat lasted for a full hour.
Residents of al-Mulahimah told Mafkarat al-Islam that more than 50 Resistance fighters attacked the column of nine trucks carrying provisions and commodities for the US military and three four-wheel drive vehicles that were providing armed escort for the trucks. The Resistance attackers set all the trucks and two of the four-wheel drive vehicles ablaze, killing 20 drivers who were working for the US occupation.
After the attack, US forces encircled the al-Mulahimah area and American Apache helicopters rocketed several residential houses in the area, killing seven Iraqi civilians and two Resistance fighters.
Resistance sharpshooter kills US soldier Thursday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance marksman shot and killed an American soldier in the al-Jawlan neighborhood of al-Fallujah at about 5pm local time Thursday afternoon. Residents of al-Jawlan told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Iraqi sharpshooter gunned down the American as he was standing with other members of a joint US-Iraqi puppet foot patrol in their neighborhood.
After the attack, US troops surrounded the area and searched houses looking for the Resistance fighter, but found nothing.
Resistance bomb kills four US troops in as-Saqlawiyah Thursday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded by a US armored column in as-Saqlawiyah village, north of al-Fallujah at 8am Thursday morning local time. Owners of gardens in as-Saqlawiyah who witnessed the attack told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb was planted on a farm road in the village and that it blew up under one of the American armored vehicles in a column that consisted of four such vehicles and two Humvees. The explosion set that one armored vehicle on fire, killing four American troops and wounding two more.
Resistance bomb targets US patrol near Abu Ghurayb Thursday afternoon.
In a dispatch posted at 5pm Mecca time Thursday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded by a US patrol in the al-Bu Munaysir village, west of Abu Ghurayb. Owners of groves in the village told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb had been planted on the road leading to Abu Ghurayb and that it went off the moment the US patrol of four Humvees went past. The blast destroyed one Humvee, killing two US troops and wounding three others.
Resistance, US occupation troops clash in ad-Durah Thursday.
In a dispatch posted at 1:20pm Mecca time Thursday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with light and medium weapons attacked a US military camp in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah, sparking a several-minute clash in which four US troops were killed and tree more wounded. Residents of ad-Durah who witnessed the battle told Mafkarat al-Islam that one of the Resistance fighters was also killed in the engagement and two others wounded.
Resistance ambushes US column on road to Saddam International Airport Thursday morning.
In a dispatch posted at 9:55am Mecca time Thursday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces, armed with light and medium weapons including RPG7s, attacked a patrol of six US Humvees on the Airport Road west of the occupied Iraqi capital. Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the ambush destroyed two Humvees, killng five US troops and wounding three more.
Resistance forces seize control of section of Baghdad for several hours Wednesday afternoon.
A group of Iraqi Resistance fighters of the Squadrons of the Mujahideen organization on Wednesday afternoon succeeded in seizing control of parts of al-‘Amiriyah, the ash-Shurtah tunnel, and areas nearby – all in the southwestern part of Baghdad – for several hours after inflicting heavy casualties on puppet police and puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” in battles in the area. After the clashes, the puppet forces fled, enabling the Resistance fighters to seize control of the areas.
Sources close to the Iraqi Resistance told QudsPress that the puppet security forces fled from the Resistance attackers leaving their weapons behind.
The Squadrons of the Mujahideen seized the streets of the area after the puppet forces ran away, but then the Resistance fighters withdrew when a massive force of US troops backed by helicopters attacked the area, QudsPress reported. The Resistance withdrawal, unlike the flight of the puppet troops, was orderly and none of the Squadrons of the Mujahideen was killed or wounded. The Resistance sources indicated that the incident was a show of strength on the part of the Resistance; a demonstration that they can take any area they wish to.
The attack seemed to contradict puppet regime spokesmen who have been claiming that the Iraqi Resistance has been fleeing Baghdad as a result of the so-called “Operation Lightning” which seems to be designed more to stir up sectarian strife than to actually attack Resistance forces.
Upholding legal niceties: Kofi Annan says US occupation of Iraq is “legal,” but US detention of Iraqi prisoners is “violation of international law.”
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Wednesday that the detention of thousands of people in Iraq by the US occupation forces without due process remains a major human rights challenge in that country. “It is an apparent violation of international law,” Annan said in a report presented to the UN Security Council, according to a report carried by China’s Xinhua News Agency.
Quoting data from the Iraqi puppet so-called “ministry of justice,” the report said 6,000 of 10,000 Iraqis officially being held prisoner as of April are in the hands of the US and other satellite occupation forces.
“Despite the release of some detainees, their number continues to grow,” the report said.
“Prolonged detention without access to lawyers and courts is prohibited under international law including during states of emergency,” the UN Secretary-General’s report said, noting that one of the major human rights challenges in Iraq remains the detention of thousands of persons without due process.
Analysts said that although Resolution 1546 adopted by the Security Council on Wednesday provided legalistic cover for the continued US occupation of Iraq, the US military lost its “legal right” to keep holding prisoners after the farcical “handover of power” to the Iraqis effected a year ago. Legal analysts cited by Xinhua said that after the formal “hand over of authority” continued detention by US forces would be an apparent violation of the Geneva Convention.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance bombards US base in at-Tarimiyah Thursday afternoon setting off powerful explosions inside.
Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US base in at-Tarimiyah, just north of Baghdad with eight medium-range Katyusha rockets at 4pm Thursday afternoon.
Residents of at-Tarimiyah who witnessed the attack told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bombardment set off violent explosions inside the American-occupied facility and sent pillars of fire and smoke into the sky over the base. US helicopters flew about over the base and the surrounding area after the attack searching for the Resistance attackers, but found no one.
Three US troops reported killed in bombing in al-Mushahadah Thursday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol in the al-Mushahadah area of ad-Dulu‘iyah north of Baghdad at 10am local time Thursday morning. Residents of al-Mushahadah village told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb exploded by a patrol of three US Humvees on the main road in their community. The blast destroyed on Humvee, killing two US troops and wounding three more.
Resistance bombards US base in Samarra’ Thursday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces battered the US base in the as-Sikak neighborhood of western Samarra’ with mortar rounds at 10am Thursday morning local time. Residents of the as-Sikak neighborhood told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance bombardment set off powerful explosions inside the American-occupied facility and sent clouds of smoke rising into the sky.
Resistance bomb leaves three US troops dead near al-Musayyib Thursday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol in the ar-Rabi‘at area north of the city of al-Musayyib (which is south of Baghdad) at about 6pm Thursday afternoon, local time. Residents of the ar-Rabi‘at area who witnessed the attack told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb exploded as a US patrol was going down the street that connects to the highway to the provincial capital of al-Hillah to the south. The blast set one Humvee on fire, killing three US troops and wounding one more.
Resistance forces ambush US mercenary convoy Thursday afternoon.
At 5pm local time Thursday afternoon, Iraqi Resistance fighters in al-Latifiyah attacked a column of four-wheel drive cars of the type used by mercenary “security companies” that provide body guards for the US occupation troops who work on American bases.
Residents of al-Latifiyah, 40km south of Baghdad, told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance forces, armed with light and medium weapons including RPG7 rocket-propelled grenades and hand grenades, ambushed the column of vehicles as it headed up the main road to Baghdad. The attack set two of the American vehicles ablaze and killed five Americans and wounded another four.
US forces then surrounded the scene of the attack and evacuated the bodies and the wrecked vehicles from the area.
Five US troops killed in Thursday afternoon car bombing in al-Mada’in.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-packed Toyota Corona car into a joint US-Iraqi puppet force patrol that included four US Humvees and two puppet troop carriers as it passed through the al-Muhandisin neighborhood of downtown al-Mada’in, southeast of Baghdad at 4pm Thursday. The explosion destroyed one Humvee and disabled an armored vehicle. Five US troops were killed and two wounded. Four Iraqi puppet soldiers were also wounded in the attack.
Resistance ambushes US convoy south of Mosul Thursday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a convoy of US trucks loaded with commodities for American occupation troops on the highway in the ash-Shuruqat area, south of Mosul at 2pm local time Thursday afternoon.
Residents of ash-Shuruqat who witnessed the attack told Mafkarat al-Islam that a number of Resistance fighters armed with light and medium weapons, including RPG7 rocket propelled grenades, ambushed the convoy. Two US trucks caught fire and three American soldiers were killed and one more wounded. The correspondent reported that one Resistance fighter was wounded in the attack.
After the engagement, US troops encircled the area and launched a search over a wide area for the Resistance attackers, but found nothing.