Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 29 July 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
THIRTEEN AMERICANS KILLED, ONE AMERICAN CAPTURED IN HEAVY FIGHTING THURSDAY NIGHT IN AL-FALLUJAH.
Violent battles rock northern part of the city as US offensive is blunted, turned back.
At about 8:00pm Thursday evening Mecca time, bloody clashes broke out between the Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah and US occupation troops, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. The fighting, which quickly escalated in intensity, initially raged in the Industrial Zone and in the al-‘Askari neighborhood in the north of al-Fallujah. US aircraft prowled the skies above the battle in support of the aggressor troops who appear to have been surprised by the resilient defiance of the Resistance fighters.
For their part, the Resistance fighters asked residents of al-‘Askari neighborhood to leave their homes as a precaution, since US air strikes on the area were considered likely. The US in the past has frequently struck civilian homes when fighting broke out. The Resistance instructed residents of houses particularly close to the fighting to leave the area quickly.
Later, as Resistance forces were involved in thwarting the US assault on the district, a group of American troops attempted to seize a command point in the al-‘Askari neighborhood. A force of tanks, Humvees, and armored vehicles accompanied by 13 US foot soldiers advanced towards the strategic point.
Resistance forces observed the movements of the US troops, however, and suddenly sprung at them from several directions in a counter attack with machine guns and heavy weapons that caught the Americans completely off guard and confused. In the course of the fighting, four American soldiers climbed onto one of the armored vehicles and just at that point Resistance fighters struck it with a C5K shoulder-fired rocket, sending up a great ball of flame and totally destroying the vehicle and the four soldiers who had climed aboard it, according to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
As a result of this stunning Resistance blow, the US aggressor troops were compelled to beat a retreat, leaving the armored vehicle to completely burn up. The nine remaining American soldiers on foot suddenly found themselves surrounded by Resistance fighters. They tried to fire their weapons but were cut down by the Resistance in a few moments. The armored vehicle was still fiercely ablaze when the correspondent filed his dispatch on that stage of the battle at 9:28pm Thursday, Mecca time.
In an earlier report on the fighting, the correspondent wrote that the Resistance had destroyed one US Humvee that was carrying four US troops, and then a second Humvee with five Americans aboard was also taken out. The two Humvees were totally destroyed, he wrote, and all nine invader troops were killed. It is likely that these were the foot soldiers he had reported being cut down by Resistance fire in the slightly later dispatch (above).
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported in his dispatch posted at 9:17 Mecca Time Thursday night that the Resistance had also managed to destroy an American tank in the fierce battle in al-‘Askari neighborhood, but the number of casualties inside that tank was unclear. The correspondent wrote that as a rule, US tanks carry eight to 12 troops.
At 9:17pm Mecca time, the fighting in al-‘Askari and also in the Industrial Zone of al-Fallujah had largely subsided, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported. A little over one hour later, however, the US launched a second apparent assault on al-Fallujah, this time targeting the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood with a massive attack. The Americans later broadened that second offensive.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, in a dispatch posted at 11:25 Mecca Time Thursday night, wrote that for about an hour, starting about 10:30, US forces had been continuously assaulting ash-Shuhada’ with tanks and Humvees under a thick cloud of US aircraft flying support of the ground attack.
Meanwhile, Resistance fighters outside the city attacked US columns of reinforcements heading towards the al-Fallujah from the south, northeast and north. The Resistance employed 120mm mortars and were able to pound the American attackers at a rate of 25 shells per minute, inflicting heavy losses on the columns of reinforcements. The US relief columns made relatively easy targets as they crossed open land on their way to the defiant city.
The US tried to take advantage of its total air superiority. Helicopters and airplanes prowled the edges of the embattled city districts searching for concentrations of Resistance fighters that they could strike.
Concerned for the residents of the front-line areas, the Resistance urged local people in the zones closest the fighting to evacuate immediately. As the fighting spread during the night, the districts subject to evacuation also became more numerous. In addition to the Industrial Zone and al-‘Askari neighborhoods, scenes of the earliest fighting Thursday evening, evacuation orders were issued for the neighborhoods of ash-Shuhada’ and ad-Dubbat.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam wrote in his dispatch posted at 12:08am Friday morning Mecca time, that at that moment violent battles were under way between the Resistance and the attacking American enemy forces as the fighting raged into the early hours of the next day.
US soldier captured by Iraqi Resistance in al-‘Askari neighborhood of al-Fallujah Thursday night.
Late on Thursday evening, the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that when US forces retreated from the strategic command point that they had tried to take in the al-‘Askari neighborhood, they left behind one of their soldiers who has now been captured by the Iraqi Resistance. The correspondent wrote, in a dispatch posted at 11:05pm Mecca time on Thursday, that the American found himself cut off from his fellows by Resistance fighters as the US invader forces crumbled and fled under the blows of the Resistance. He was taken captive by the Resistance.
US airstrikes, following fighting in al-Fallujah, target Iraqi firefighters.
US F-16 fighter bombers fired a barrage of rockets at al-Fallujah firemen as they struggled to put out fires ignited by US air strikes in the area of their city Thursday night.
The local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a US aircraft first attacked an animal fodder facory 100 meters from the main US command point to the east of al-Fallujah. Then American aircraft turned to attack a brick works located 500 meters from the command point. The air strikes set both factories on fire.
Two fire trucks from al-Fallujah, carrying 18 firefighters responded to the blazes at the two locations but as the firemen battled the fire in the brickworks, a US F-16 struck them with a rocket barrage. The correspondent wrote that the extent of casualties in the US airstrike was still unclear at the time he posted his report, 10:29pm Thursday night Mecca time.
US F-16 blows up house in al-Fallujah, but residents escape.
Later on Thursday night a US F-16 fighter bomber fired a rocket at a private home in the ad-Dubbat neighborhood of al-Fallujah totally destroying the house and damaging neighboring dwellings. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported, however, that no one was hurt in the US air raid, because the Resistance had rushed to warn the people in the area just prior to the attack and they raced to get out of the area in time.
The house lies 50 meters from the site in al-‘Askari neighborhood where the Resistance had destroyed a US armored vehicle earlier in the evening, killing four American troops. Only one street separates the al-‘Askari and ad-Dubbat neighborhoods from each other.
Three civilians killed, eight injured as US F-16 rockets house in Industrial Zone of al-Fallujah.
Although one family in al-‘Askari neighborhood was evacuated just in time before an American aircraft unleashed its deadly cargo on their home, their fellow citizens in the adjacent neighborhood were not so lucky. After that first attack which drew no blood, a US F-16 on Thursday night fired a rocket at a house in the Industrial area, destroying the dwelling and martyring three civilian residents. Eight other local people were wounded in the savage American air attack. A spokesman for al-Fallujah hospital told the reporter for Mafkarat al-Islam that the bodies of the three killed in the raid were still under the rubble of their house when the correspondent filed his report at 12:40am Friday Mecca time.
Al-Fallujah police, civil defense march the streets of the city to refute US claims.
Earlier on Thursday, before wholesale fighting erupted between the US and the Iraqi Resistance forces in the city, entire units of Iraqi police, the US-formed Iraqi army and the so-called civil defense forces held marches through all parts of al-Fallujah in a massive show of their force and presence. The demonstrations were an effort to refute US claims that the city is “lawless” and “out of control.”
According to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam the show of force lasted from 3:00pm until 7:30 Thursday on all the major streets of the city. The correspondent reports that al-Fallujah’s security services took the step in response to lies and accusations by the US occupation troops who have claimed that the city is “out of control” – accusations that the Americans were planning to use as pretexts for attacking the city and raiding the civil population of al-Fallujah.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent points out that members of the local police and some of the civil defense forces in al-Fallujah took honorable positions with the Resistance fighter sons and daughters of the city during the US siege of the city in spring 2004. The US, as a result, sought the hand over of police and security men who fought with the Resistance against the invaders as a condition for their withdrawal from around the city. In the end, however, the Americans were compelled to give up that demand, and in fact they had to accept the formation of a security force in al-Fallujah made up of local people – a force that the Americans have since insisted was sympathetic to the Resistance.
Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah drives off US reconnaissance aircraft Thursday afternoon, shortly before fighting begins.
A US reconnaissance and observation aircraft was forced to flee from the skies over al-Fallujah shortly before sunset on Thursday when Resistance fighters fired automatic weapons at it, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. The reconnaissance overflight came shortly before the outbreak of heavy nighttime fighting around the city.
FIGHTING RAGES IN AR-RAMADI.
Resistance lays siege to US troops in their headquarters.
Iraqi Resistance forces fought a series of fierce battles in ar-Ramadi, west of Baghdad, on Thursday, against US aggressor forces. At the end of the day, Resistance fighters had succeeded in surrounding the US military headquarters in ar-Ramadi, which the invaders have set up in the Presidential Palace.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance managed to drive US forces out of the building housing the offices of the Governor and the Police Chief in the city, and they also forced US snipers off the rooftop of the local hospital where they had earlier taken up positions.
As the correspondent filed his report at 10:39pm Mecca time on Thursday night, the fighting in the city was still raging between the US forces holed up in their headquarters and the Resistance surrounding them just 500 meters away. Meanwhile, other US troops were massing outside of ar-Ramadi and at the time of the correspondent’s dispatch were looking for a passage for themselves into the area of the camp so as to relieve their besieged confederates.
Resistance shoots down two US helicopters on Wednesday over embattled ar-Ramadi.
Iraqi Resistance forces shot down two American military helicopters during military action on Wednesday that lasted from morning until nightfall and then continued until Thursday morning in the city of ar-Ramadi.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the first chopper shot down was a large US Chinook helicopter that the Resistance shot down over the as-Sijariyah district in the southeast of ar-Ramadi. The second was an Apache helicopter gun ship that the Resistance hunted down over the al-Mal‘ab [“Playing Field”] district which is also in the southeast of ar-Ramadi, and is only separated from as-Sijariyah by an earthen wall 1km long.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent was unable to confirm the number of killed or wounded US soldiers as a result of the downings of the two helicopters.
Three Americans killed, three wounded in Resistance land mine explosion.
Three US invader troops were killed and three others wounded when an Iraqi Resistance land mine planted in the path of a US Humvee exploded, according to a report filed by a correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam and posted at 6:29pm Mecca Time Thursday. The Humvee was totally destroyed in the blast and the corpses of the three dead Americans were left in the smoldering vehicle until US reinforcements appeared on the scene. The wounded were taken to hospital for treatment.
US destroys ar-Ramadi police station.
The local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the police headquarters in the city or ar-Ramadi has been totally destroyed after a violent conflict arose between an Iraqi contractor and his contracted agent working as the liaison between himself and the US aggressor forces.
According to information reaching the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, the liaison man went to the US aggressor troops and informed on the contractor, claiming that he was leaking information and providing services to members of the Iraqi Resistance in ar-Ramadi.
Mafkarat al-Islam has learned that after the split between the contractor and his liaison man, the Iraqi Resistance blew up part of the house of the liaison man. In response, the US invader troops on Wednesday morning destroyed the building housing the headquarters of the police in ar-Ramadi – a building that served as an office of the Iraqi state intelligence service in al-Anbar Province under President Saddam Hussein. The US aggressor troops accuse members of the local police in several predominantly Sunni Iraqi cities of harboring great sympathy for the Resistance and of providing great help to the struggle against the US occupation much of the time.
US tank mistakenly crushes two US soldiers to death in as-Saqlawiyah.
Two US soldiers were killed and one other severely wounded on Thursday morning when an American tank mistakenly crushed the left side of the Humvee in which the troops were traveling.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the incident occurred at dawn in the al-Jazirah area north of the as-Saqlawiyah neighborhood. The correspondent writes that because of the early hour, the driver of the Humvee was proceeding at very high speed, afraid that he might come under Resistance attack at any time on the main highway in al-Jazirah. But as fate would have it was an American tank that accidentally ran into the speeding Humvee.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported Thursday evening that an official in the as-Saqlawiyah police confirmed the fact that two American soldiers were killed and their companion badly wounded when the US tank partly crushed the Humvee.
Iraqi Resistance liquidates puppet policemen in al-‘Amiriyah for leaking information on Resistance fighters to the US aggressors.
Four puppet policemen were killed in al-‘Amiriyah, south of al-Fallujah, when an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded on their path on Wednesday afternoon. According to the local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam, Iraqi Resistance forces accused members of the al-‘Amiriyah police of giving information on Resistance fighters to the US occupation forces. The correspondent reports that the al-‘Amiriyah police compound south of al-Fallujah was badly destroyed when an Iraqi resistance car bomb exploded there.
Poland admits one Polish aggressor soldier killed, three others wounded.
The Polish Defense Ministry announced on Thursday that one Polish invader soldier was killed and three others wounded in Iraq. A spokesman for the Polish ministry in Warsaw said “I can confirm that one Polish soldier was killed and three others wounded.” According to Reuters report, the spokesman could not confirm a report broadcast by Polish Radio that said that the dead and wounded were the result of the remote-controlled explosion of an Iraqi Resistance land mine.
Poland, a satellite of the United States since the collapse of the socialist camp in Europe, has a relatively large contingent of 2,500 soldiers in central Iraq and is in command of a “multinational force” of US satellite forces numbering some 8,000. According to official figures the total number of Polish aggressors killed in service to the US occupation of Iraq has now risen to five.