Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 18 June 2005.  Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice


Saturday, 18 June 2005.


Ferocious fighting rages in al-Qa段m. American corpses hang from lampposts as US aircraft blast city with indiscriminate rockets and cluster bombs. Sandstorms envelope city after dark, knocking down US communications towers.


Al-Anbar Province.



Dead American troops hung from lampposts as savage fighting continues in al-Qa段m Saturday.


Savage fighting continued Saturday in al-Qa段m sending dozens of refugees streaming out of the city on the Iraq-Syrian border as American forces continued to batter the city in what they call Operation Spear.


Refugees from the city told Mafkarat al-Islam that on Saturday afternoon, they had watched as leading commanders of the Iraqi Resistance in the city hoisted the corpses of four dead American soldiers to the top of electric poles in the city.


Al-Hajj Mahdi al-羨ni told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Hadithah that he personally saw the bodies of four Americans in their well-known uniforms tied at the legs and hanging by legs from electric poles in the center of al-Qa段m.


Other families leaving war-ravaged city recounted how they passed dozens of wrecked US vehicles littering the streets as they left the city.  They could see the bodies of the dead Americans who had been killed on Friday night and already had been gnawed apart by wild dogs.


Mafkarat al-Islam noted that US forces had cut off all ground communications with al-Qa段m and were jamming portable and cellular telephone signals, making it impossible for the Mafkarat al-Islam office in Baghdad to make contact with its correspondents in al-Qa段m to confirm the reports.


American aggressors unleash unprecedented wave of savage bombing in al-Qa段m late Saturday afternoon.


In a bulletin posted at 7:50pm Mecca time Saturday evening, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent on the outskirts of al-Qa段m reported that at that moment the city had been under a savage air raid for half an hour.  US F-16 and F-18 fighter bombers were blasting al-Qa段m, every part of which shook with the reverberation of the massive bombs.


The correspondent reported that the US aircraft were pouring dozens of container bombs each one holding dozens of anti-personnel cluster bombs and firing guided missiles in an unprecedentedly violent and indiscriminant assault on the city.


The correspondent, who was standing at the edge of the city, reported that he could hear nothing but the sound of rockets and container bombs as they blasted into al-Qa段m, met  by the defiant chanting of prayers of encouragement from the minarets of mosques in the beleaguered city.


Powerful sandstorms burst upon al-Qa段m after sunset.  US air raids continue, but US communications towers are felled by the storm.


In a dispatch posted at 8:50pm Mecca time Saturday evening, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Qa段m reported that a short while before what he called 砥nprecedented sand storms began sweeping through the city and its environs.


The correspondent wrote that gusts of sand were being driven by the wind into the city from all directions bringing visibility down to less than 10 meters.  Just minutes before the storm hit, everything was clear, but then a powerful wind began to blow, whipping up sand in all directions and enveloping the city.


US warplanes and helicopters, however, were continuing their savage bombing and rocketing of the city despite the storms.


The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent posted on the outskirts of al-Qa段m said that local people rejoiced at the onset of the sandstorms, despite the damage that they do to crops and fields, because sandstorms afford the Resistance their favorite environment for operating against US forces in the city.  The storms also make it difficult for US aircraft to locate Resistance targets in their attacks on the city.


In addition, witnesses reported that the powerful winds and blowing sand had toppled the special communications towers erected by the American occupation troops for their wireless and wired communications.


Resistance shoots down US helicopter over al-Karabilah at dawn Saturday, the third in 48 hours.


Iraqi Resistance forces shot down a US Apache helicopter in the al-Karabilah area, north of al-Qa段m (which is on the border with Syria) at dawn Saturday.  The downing came in the midst of a major American offensive, dubbed Operation Spear, against the Iraqi Resistance in the area.


Witnesses told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Qa段m that Resistance fighters fired a Strela rocket that struck the American helicopter from behind, causing it to crash.


The Iraqi puppet forces, a very small number of which are garrisoned on the outskirts of al-Qa段m with their American masters, acknowledged that the helicopter had been shot down and confirmed that the crew was killed in the crash.


In a communiqu, a copy of which was obtained by the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent, the Iraqi Resistance announced the shooting down of the helicopter, noting that this was the third such downing within 48 hours.


Appeal from al-Qa段m: indiscriminate US bombing killed 70 civilians in one week.


The Board of Muslim 繕lama [Scholars], the highest Sunni religious authority in occupied Iraq, published an appeal by the residents of the city of al-Qa段m to the Human Rights Commission of the United Nations that called on 殿ll international humanitarian bodies and organizations to intervene to stop the outrages and acts of aggression being carried out by the US occupation forces against the residents of the Iraqi city of al-Qa段m and its environs.


In their statement, a copy of which was obtained by Mafkarat al-Islam, the people of al-Qa段m said that 鍍he on-going, daily indiscriminate bombing and shelling using all types of fighter planes, helicopters, and vehicles, has taken the lives of more than 70 civilians and destroyed more than 70 residences this week, in addition to destroying a large number of the private cars and shops of the local people.


The statement said that the indiscriminate bombing and shelling had struck 杜ost of the buildings of the official quarter, such as the courthouse, the Agricultural Department, the bank, the Insurance Department, the Land Office, the old Customs building, and the fuel pumping station, as well as many schools.  This has completely crippled normal life in the schools and markets of the city and its environs.  A compulsory curfew has effectively been imposed by American snipers perched on the roofs of tall buildings.  The so-called American 徹peration Spear peaked at midnight the night before last and again last night (Friday).


The statement of the people of al-Qa段m declared that 鍍he residents of the al-Qa段m area have decided to engage in civil disobedience on Saturday, 18 June 2005 and Sunday, 19 June 2005 to protest the outrages that have generated seething wrath among the people.




Seven Marines reported killed when booby-trapped candy stall blows up Saturday morning.


Iraqi Resistance forces blew up a booby-trapped stall for selling sweets next to a group of US Marines in al-Fallujah at about 8am Saturday morning.  Captain Mish疎n Ahmad of the Iraqi puppet military told Mafkarat al-Islam that the explosion killed seven American Marines and wounded others.


Immediately after the blast, US forces launched a wave of raids and arrests in which they picked up 46 local youths and hauled them away, without explanation.  The American invader troops did, however, threaten to arrest more local people if another explosion took place.


The Americans also completely sealed the four entrances to the city of al-Fallujah for many hours on Saturday morning after the bomb attack.  During that time the US forces carried out intensified searches of all cars and individuals trying to enter the city.


Resistance martyrdom car bomber blasts US checkpoint in southern al-Fallujah early Saturday afternoon.


In a bulletin posted at 2:18pm Mecca time Saturday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-packed vehicle into a US military checkpoint at the southern entrance to al-Fallujah in the an-Nu疎ymiyah neighborhood in the south of the city.


The correspondent wrote that at that moment fire was blazing from four American vehicles that were parked at the checkpoint when the Resistance bomber struck.  The correspondent was unable to obtain specific information on the number and nature of US casualties because American forces had surrounded the area and were preventing anyone from approaching, as US helicopters in large numbers were hovering overhead threatening to open rocket or machine gun fire on any one getting near the scene of the attack.




Four US troops reported killed in roadside bombing Saturday morning.


An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded by a US patrol in the al-Mal疎b neighborhood in the middle of ar-Ramadi at 11am Saturday morning, local time, according to eyewitnesses who spoke to Mafkarat al-Islam.


A source in the Iraqi puppet so-called 途apid deployment forces told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast killed four US Marines, one of them an American sergeant.  US forces, for their part, admitted that two of their troops were killed in the attack but made no mention of the ranks of those killed in addition to hiding the real number of their casualties.


Resistance fighters clash with US troops in ar-Ramadi.


Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with light weapons and mortars ambushed a US patrol in the as-Sufiyah area of ar-Ramadi, a source in the Iraqi puppet police told the correspondent for Quds Press in the city.


Both sides suffered casualties in the engagement, the source said, adding that the fighting lasted about half an hour.  One US military vehicle was disabled and several of its crewmen wounded.  The source said that one of the Resistance fighters was killed.


After heavy fighting Friday, US troops pull out of their headquarters in ar-Ramadi.


Iraqi Resistance fighters seized control of the city of ar-Ramadi, the capital of al-Anbar Province in western Iraq, after a day of grueling fighting on Friday.  US fighter bombers and helicopter gun ships took part in the bloody battle, but in the end the Resistance expelled the US forces from the city after inflicting heavy losses upon them, according to a source close to the Army of Muhammad Resistance group who spoke to the correspondent for Quds Press.


The source said that Friday痴 battles, erupted intermittently from early in the morning until evening, left several American vehicles destroyed or disabled and many on fire, in addition to inflicting 渡umerous casualties in the American ranks.


Most of the fighting was concentrated around the Provincial Government building in downtown ar-Ramadi, a site that the American invaders have taken over as a local headquarters.  By the end of the day, the American forces had withdrawn from that building.


The source said, however, that the Resistance is not trying to seize and hold territory.  The Resistance operations are aimed at inflicting the largest possible number of casualties on the US troops, not at taking control of the city at the present time.




Resistance blasts US 羨yn al-Asad base with ferocious bombardment Saturday.


In a dispatch posted at 2:25pm Saturday afternoon, Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces unleashed a fierce bombardment of the US 羨yn al-Asad base near Hit in western Iraq on Saturday.  Captain Salim Jawad of the Iraqi puppet army told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Hit that more than 30 rockets and mortar shells blasted into the American-occupied facility, killing or wounding about 20 US troops and inflicting material damage as well.


The Hit city hospital reported, meanwhile, that four civilians died when one rocket targeted on the American base went astray and struck a residential home near the US base.




American troops ransack, shoot up home of General Secretary of Board of Muslim 繕lama.


US occupation forces backed up by Iraqi puppet troops on Friday-Saturday night raided the home of the General Secretary of the Board of Muslim 繕lama [Scholars], the highest Sunni religious authority in occupied Iraq, according to a statement issued by the Board and obtained by Mafkarat al-Islam.


The Board of Muslim 繕lama statement said that US forces and their Iraqi stooges raided the house of Shaykh Harith Sulayman ad-Darri in Abu Ghurayb, in what is the fourth such raid on the religious leader痴 home in recent days.


Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Americans stormed into the home but did not find the Shaykh or any of his sons or any other members of his family.  They therefore indiscriminately shot up the house, opening fire with their weapons and causing heavy damage.


In the course of their raid the Americans also seized the licensed weapon belonging to the house guard and then beat him up.  After failing to find anything significant, the Americans left the Shaykh痴 home.


US launches campaign to try to get Iraqis to turn in captured US military weapons, gear.


In an admission of the increasing difficulties besetting the US invader troops, American forces in the cities in al-Anbar, Diyala, and Salah ad-Din Provinces, and in Baghdad called on Iraqis to turn in American weapons, equipment, or materials in their possession.  These are items that the Iraqi Resistance has seized in the course of their operations and then auctioned off to the local people.


The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Mosul said that thousands of American leaflets have filled the streets of that city calling on local people to return the US military machine guns, communications equipment, and car and vehicle parts.


The text of the American leaflet reads: 典here will be attractive prizes awarded to everyone.  The gates of the military bases of the 僧ultinational forces [the American term for the occupation forces] will be opened to all Iraqis in possession of property belonging to the US military, such as disabled weapons or weapons that are not disabled and communications gear designed for the American military. The US Army pledges to pay a reward to citizens who come in to hand over such US military items as are in their possession.  No one will interrogate them or question them about the source of this equipment because we know that the 奏errorists [the American term for the Iraqi Resistance] sell the materials that they cannot use in their military operations.


In the city of ar-Ramadi in al-Anbar Province, US forces read out the same statement over loudspeakers mounted on Humvees that drove around the city.


The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondents report that Iraqis who have items taken by the Resistance from the US forces keep them as souvenirs and mementos of the defeat that the Iraqi Resistance is inflicting on the occupation every day.


Car bombing kills three puppet troops in al-Bayya section of southern Baghdad Saturday.


In a dispatch posted at 1:28pm Mecca time Saturday, the Saudi News Agency WAS reported Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated a car bomb by remote control as a patrol of Iraqi puppet troops was passing in the al-Bayya, in Baghdad痴 southwest.


Witnesses said that the explosives-packed car was parked by the highway in the al-Bayya neighborhood and that the blast killed three members of the puppet patrol and wounded others.


Immediately after the blast, Iraqi puppet forces surrounded the area and prevented journalists and photographers from approaching as ambulances came in to evacuate the wounded.


Resistance fighters ambush puppet police in ad-Durah.


Iraqi Resistance fighters clashed with an Iraqi puppet police patrol in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah Saturday.  Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that one civilian was killed and four others wounded. 


Resistance martyrdom car bomber blasts puppet convoy near Airport Road.


The American Associated press reported Saturday that an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden vehicle into a convoy of the Iraqi puppet army in the al-Yarmuk neighborhood of western Baghdad, killing two puppet soldiers and wounding six more near the road to Saddam International Airport.


Resistance fires barrage at Babil Hotel in Baghdad.


Iraqi Resistance forces fired several mortar rounds at the Babil Hotel in downtown Baghdad on Saturday a residence for American profiteers and other supporters of the occupation but no casualties were reported, according the puppet police.


Reporter for Saudi al-羨rabiyah TV network seriously wounded.


The correspondent of al-羨rabiyah satellite TV Jawad Kazim was severely wounded in what the Saudi News Agency WAS described as a 徒idnapping attempt Saturday.  The American Associated Press (AP) reported that Kazim was shot in the neck while leaving a Baghdad restaurant.


Diyala Province.



Resistance car bomb blasts US patrol in Ba倉ubah.


In a dispatch posted at 12:06pm Mecca time Saturday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a US military patrol in the al-Muhandisin area of Ba倉ubah Saturday morning.  An officer in the Iraqi puppet forces told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast destroyed one Humvee and disabled a second, killing nine American troops instantly.


After the blast, US troops completely encircled the area and closed all roads in and out.  For their part the Resistance organization Base [Qa訴dah] of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers announced their responsibility for the attack in a communiqu, a copy of which was obtained by the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent.  The communiqu said that a martyrdom fighter for al-Qa訴dah dove into the ranks of the occupation forces and brought them death.


Resistance ambushes joint US-Iraqi puppet police patrol Saturday morning.


Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a joint US-Iraqi puppet force patrol on the main road south of Ba倉ubah early Saturday morning, wounding four puppet policemen, the Saudi News Agency WAS reported.


Doctors, staff at Ba倉ubah General Hospital go on strike to protest abuse by puppet police, puppet army.

The doctors working in the main hospital in Ba倉ubah announced Saturday that they are going on strike in protest against the constant abuse that they receive at the hands of aggressive Iraqi puppet police and puppet soldiers, with which they are fed up, Reuters reported Saturday.

Staff and security guards at the hospital, the largest in the province with more than 100 doctors and 400 beds, handed a petition to the hospital director on Saturday saying they would only handle emergency cases until their grievances were addressed.

展e want the [puppet] governor and the [puppet] minister to do something to protect us from the organized terrorism of the [puppet] police and [puppet] army, said Dr. Muhammad Hazim, a specialist at Ba倉ubah General Hospital.

Reuters quoted Dr. Hazim as saying that there is continuous harassment at the hands of the puppet police and puppet army. 典hey are rude, very disrespectful and aggressive.

Doctors said that on Friday night, in the latest of several incidents in recent weeks, members of the elite puppet so-called police 途apid deployment force had contacted the hospital痴 security staff to tell them to alert doctors to get ready for patients.

Dozens of puppet police, some in uniform, some in civilian clothes and all carrying weapons, had then turned up with wounded colleagues demanding treatment.

Dr. 羨li Husayn said he had tried to treat one puppet policeman hit in the leg with shrapnel, but when he told him that he was going to need an x-ray, the officer became abusive.

滴e told me to go to hell and then started to beat me, Reuters quoted Husayn as saying. 典hen he told other [puppet] policemen to put a bag over my head and they tried to take me out to their cars to take me away, he said.

徹ur security guards tried to stop them, telling them I was a doctor, but they didn稚 listen and beat the security guards too, Reuters quoted him as saying. 典hen one of them put a gun to my head and threatened me.

Reuters reported that other doctors and security staff at the hospital corroborated Husayn痴 account of Friday's incident, saying they were stunned by the behavior of the puppet police, who arrived in a group of around 50, all of them heavily armed.

的 swear they were not normal. They seemed drunk or medicated, they were crazed, another doctor said, asking Reuters that his name not be used for fear of reprisals. He said he had signed the petition handed to the hospital director.


展e can稚 work under such circumstances. No one can work with police with weapons all around. They are so abusive, Reuters quoted the anonymous doctor as saying.


Reuters reported that physicians at Baghdad痴 al-Yarmuk hospital, one of the busiest, recently reported a similar incident involving Iraq puppet soldiers.


Iraq痴 puppet security forces, particularly the puppet police, have in recent months been accused by Iraqis of wrongful arrest, abuse, beatings, torture, and murder.  The installation of puppet Ibrahim al-Ja素ari as puppet prime minister under US auspices in April appears to have ushered in a sharply sectarian-oriented drive deliberately to stir up and aggravate conflict between ethnic and religious groups in occupied Iraq.


Members of the Shi訴 chauvinist Badr Brigade militia, which joined US military forces in the invasion of Iraq in spring 2003, now form the backbone of most of the puppet police and security forces, particularly in the south of the country.


Reuters reported that the director of the Ba倉ubah hospital, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution, said he had received the petition, signed by doctors and security staff, and said he hoped to discuss the situation with the regional puppet governor soon.


展e need order, Reuters quoted the anonymous director as saying. 泥octors feel afraid, they don't know what could happen to them, and we can稚 have that.




Puppet forces raid homes, arrest residents of Bahraz before dawn Saturday.


Iraqi puppet troops and security forces carried out a wave of raids and searches in the Buhriz area, 5km south of Ba倉ubah, the Saudi News Agency WAS reported Saturday.  According to the agency, the puppet forces arrested 15 local people in the pre-dawn raids.


Salah ad-Din Province.



Resistance shoots down unmanned spy plane.


In a dispatch posted at 12:14pm Mecca time Saturday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces in Samarra shot down an unmanned American CK-14 reconnaissance aircraft.  Witnesses told the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Samarra that Resistance fighters shot down the aircraft with ground fire from machine guns over the al-Qal疎h [the Citadel] area.  They scored a direct hit on the spy plane, causing it to blow up in the air.


The correspondent reported that US Marines then sealed off the al-Qal疎h area near the ar-Ribat Mosque and began a search for the wreckage.  But the Iraqi Resistance had seized the remains of the craft shortly after it crashed and then loaded it on a pickup truck and carried it around displaying it to the people of the city.




Resistance bombardment leaves two Iraqi puppet troops dead.


Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the joint US-Iraqi puppet troop base near al-Mashahadah, 30km north of Baghdad.  Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that the barrage left two Iraqi puppet troops dead.




Iraqi puppet soldier killed in Resistance car bombing Saturday.


An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded next to a joint US-Iraqi puppet force patrol in ad-Dulu訴yah, north of Baghdad, killing one Iraqi puppet soldier, al-Jazeera satellite TV reported.




Bodies of two collaborator profiteers executed by Resistance found by puppet police.


Iraqi puppet police on Saturday reported finding the bodies of two Iraqi profiteer contractors who worked for the US occupation forces.  An officer in the puppet so-called 典igris Police in the Tikrit area, 180km north of Baghdad, told Reuters, in a dispatch monitored by Mafkarat al-Islam that a puppet police patrol discovered the dismembered bodies of the collaborator profiteers after midnight Friday.  The contractors had been kidnapped several days previous.




Resistance attacks truck convoy.


Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a truck convoy bringing supplies to an Iraqi puppet army base.  Puppet police sources told al-Jazeera satellite TV that one Iraqi truck driver was killed and another abducted in the attack.


Babil Province.



Resistance bombards US base in former meat packing plant with Grad rockets Saturday afternoon.


Iraqi Resistance forces fired nine Grad rockets into the US base in the city of al-Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad.  The American base has been set up in what formerly was a frozen meat storage center.


Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the barrage sent plumes of dense smoke rising into the sky over the American-occupied facility.  Iraqi fire trucks were seen being called into the American base to help extinguish fires set by the rockets and swarms of American helicopters prowled the skies overhead for nearly an hour after the attack.


An informed source in the Iraqi Fire Department told the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent that the attack took place at 4pm Saturday, local time, and that it killed and wounded 殿 number of US troops, without disclosing the precise number.




Baath Party official assassinated near Karbala Saturday.


Unknown gunmen assassinated an official in the Arab Socialist Baath Party on Saturday, puppet police sources told Reuters, in a dispatch monitored by Mafkarat al-Islam.


The puppet police said that a group of gunmen opened fire on the car in which Karim al-Kazimi, a leading member of the Baath Party was riding on the highway that passes by the town of al-Hindiyah, 25km east of Karbala.  The puppet police said that the gunmen fled the scene after assassinating al-Kazimi.


Ninwa Province.

Tall 羨far.


Resistance bomb blasts US foot patrol Saturday.


In a dispatch posted at 7:20pm Mecca time Saturday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb had exploded by a US foot patrol in the middle of Tall 羨far, west of Mosul, at 6 o団lock local time Saturday.


Witnesses in the city told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb had been planted under a pile of garbage in the al-Andalus neighborhood of downtown Tall 羨far.  Resistance fighters detonated it by remote control, a source in the Iraqi puppet army said.  Witnesses added that the blast killed or wounded more than eight US troops.


After the blast, American forces completely encircled the area and launched a campaign of searches throughout the area.




Enraged protest rallies give Americans three days to release dozens of women captured by US troops.


Hundreds of residents of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul poured out into the streets on Saturday to protest the American forces arrest of dozens of women in the city over the last few days.


The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Mosul reported that the local people gave the US forces three days to release the women whom they arrested to try to pressure their husbands and brothers who supposedly belong to the Iraqi Resistance to turn themselves in to the invader troops.


Local people threatened to launch a campaign of civil disobedience and to go and join the Resistance itself if their protests and pleas go unheeded by the US invaders, who, they say, have now crossed all the red lines by arresting and continuing to detain the innocent women.


The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that hundreds of demonstrators massed near the as-Siddiq Mosque in the al-Muthanna ibn Harith ash-Shaybani neighborhood of the city.  There, Dr. Yahya 羨bd Mahjub, the Chairman of the Popular Coalition of the People of Mosul Opposed to the Occupation, told the correspondent that the people of the city had resolved to give the Americans three days in which to release the women, believed to number in the dozens, and at that time another sort of language will be used.