Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 1 August 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Sunday, 1 August 2004.
UNPRECEDENTEDLY FIERCE BATTLES RAGE IN AL-FALLUJAH SUNDAY NIGHT AS RESISTANCE BURNS THE GROUND UNDER THE AGGRESSORS’ FEET.
Resistance battles US invaders in and around al-Fallujah once again after nightfall Sunday.
Iraqi Resistance fighters late on Sunday launched a series of varied attacks on the US aggressors in and around al-Fallujah.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked US aggressors and destroyed two American armored vehicles with rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) on Sunday in al-Fallujah. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the first armored vehicle was destroyed south of the industrial zone in the city at 8:30 Mecca time, while the second was destroyed five minutes later in the eastern part of al-‘Askari neighborhood. The attacks left both armored vehicles ablaze and totally destroyed.
After those rocket attacks, US F-16s attacked the areas from which the deadly RPGs were fired. The correspondent wrote in a dispatch posed at 9:55pm Mecca time that the extent of US casualties were unknown, but said that in such circumstances the US troops regularly use armored personnel carriers to transport groups of 8 to 10 soldiers each.
The Resistance also fired a number of mortar rounds at the US base east of as-Saqlawiyah, a frequent target of Resistance attacks. The extent of US losses there remained unknown when the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam filed his report on the fighting at 10:50pm Sunday Mecca time.
The Resistance also destroyed one US tank to the north of al-Fallujah near the city’s ash-Shukr Cemetery.
Resistance mortar shells also slammed into a US control point near the industrial zone in the city. Clouds of black smoke rose into the sky over the area, indicating that a number of US vehicles had received direct hits.
As fighting expanded in al-Fallujah, the US aggressors ordered a column of reinforcements to head west from Baghdad to ar-Ramadi to confront the Resistance forces. But the Resistance observed their movements and completely encircled the American column north of al-Fallujah. They then opened up on the surrounded Americans with 120mm, 82mm and 60mm mortars as well as anti-aircraft weapons 57.
According to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, the Iraqi Resistance split the column into two large pieces and then intensified their attack upon them. Fires burned fiercely in at least 10 places within the surrounded US column.
The exact extent of losses are not known, but are believed to be substantial. The column attempted to withdraw and flee from its encircled position, the first half of the group trying to escape towards Baghdad, the western half of the column trying to make for ar-Ramadi. Both attempts failed, however, according to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam who filed his bulletin on this battle at 10:50pm Mecca time Sunday.
Meanwhile Resistance forces pounded American troop concentrations in the south of ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood, in the south of al-Fallujah with intensive barrages of mortars and rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs). Fires burned in the stricken US vehicles, and local residents – who have seen some of the heaviest fighting in the Iraq war so far – reported that they had never seen the fighting with such intensity as that which raged on Sunday.
The US base in the agricultural area north of al-Fallujah was also attacked. The Resistance poured an intense barrage of mortar and rocket shells into the base. Local residents reported seeing unprecedented tongues of flame leaping skyward from inside the US camp. At 11:10pm Mecca time Sunday night the fierce Resistance barrage on the US camp was still underway, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
At 11:45pm Sunday, the correspondent reported that the US camp in the agricultural area had been shaken by four powerful Grad missile strikes launched by the Iraqi Resistance at about 11:15pm Mecca time, increasing the fires already burning inside the US compound. Local residents said they had never seen such intense fires raging in the American camp.
US aggressor airplanes bombed the industrial zone of al-Fallujah at about 11:20pm Mecca time Sunday night. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that F-16s attacked a soap factory in the area, and attacked an animal fodder plant that they had already bombed out a few days previous.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at about 11:45pm Mecca time Sunday night, the Resistance directly stormed five US armored vehicles north of al-Fallujah with rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), destroying all of them completely. The exact extent of US losses was unclear, but again, in such battle conditions, the Americans usually would use the vehicles for “secure” transport and have eight or nine soldiers aboard each armored vehicle.
Fighting Saturday night-Sunday morning in al-Fallujah.
During most of the day Sunday, al-Fallujah was quiet according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. Intensive US troop movements could be observed north, east, and south of the city. The Resistance was in a state of high readiness, as they anticipated another round of fighting after nightfall Sunday.
East of al-Fallujah the Resistance ambushed a US column on the highway at dawn Sunday using mortars and rocket-propelled grenades. No further details on casualties in that operation were known to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam who reported it.
Twelve people were killed and 39 wounded during fighting late Saturday and early Sunday in the eastern part of the city, an official in the puppet so-called “Health Ministry” said on condition of anonymity.
According to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, by Sunday evening the toll from the savage US bombing of al-‘Askari had risen to nine killed and 48 wounded. Among those martyred in the bombing were women and elderly citizens. The toll is likely to rise still further, the reporter wrote, since some of the wounded are in critical condition. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam obtained his statistics on the bombing from the al-Fallujah General Hospital and from al-Hadrah Hospital, both of which received victims of the vicious American assault.
Huge explosions were heard in al-Fallujah overnight as US forces briefly entered the city, residents said. Fighting raged on the eastern edge of the city and US helicopters fired up to eight rockets into an industrial area, the American Associated Presss (AP) quoted them as saying.
US military propaganda claimed that the American invaders had killed 10 Resistance fighters during the clashes. The US military said Resistance forces firing mortars, machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades “repeatedly attacked a position held by Marines,” who returned fire with tanks but suffered no casualties. “The fire was directed at enemy fighters in civilian attire [i.e., Resistance forces] observed firing several hundred meters (yards) away,” the American propaganda statement said. US aggressor aircraft dropped guided bombs on a building in the industrial zone, from where “at least 20-armed men were observed firing,” the propaganda statement claimed, presumably alluding to the heavy bombing of al-‘Askari district in which 3,000 1kg anti-personnel bombs were dropped in a residential area.
Resistance car bomb strikes puppet police station in Mosul.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded outside a puppet police station in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul on Sunday, killing at least five people and injuring 53 others, puppet police said.
The 8:00am blast occurred when a white four-wheel drive vehicle sped into a restricted entrance outside the Summar police station, prompting guards to open fire, said ‘Abdallah Zuhayr, a puppet policeman at the scene. The vehicle then came to halt and exploded, he said. The bomb killed at least five people, including three puppet police, said ‘Abd al-Azil Hafudi, an officer at as-Salam Hospital. He said 53 people were wounded, 8 puppet police officers among them.
Witnesses said the police station was also damaged, along with 12 cars and several nearby shops. The blast left a nine-foot crater and spread shattered glass and debris across the road. The engine of one car, presumably that of the bomber, was lying in the road. One puppet policeman sat outside the station weeping.
Explosion rocks al-‘Amiriyah district in Baghdad Sunday afternoon.
An explosion shook the al-‘Amiriyah district of Baghdad at 1:30pm on Sunday according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
Church bombings shrouded in mystery.
In addition bombs exploded at four churches in Baghdad on Sunday, and at two in the northern city of Mosul. The circumstances surrounding these suspicious blasts were highly unclear.
In one of those bombings at least 12 people were killed. It is reported that a car sped into the courtyard of the Chaldaean Church in ad-Durah, in southern Baghdad and exploded as worshippers were leaving the church.
Resistance fires Katyusha rockets at US base, US military column in Samarra’ Sunday. Dozens of American troops reported killed.
Iraqi Resistance forces unleashed a rocket assault on the US occupation base in Samarra’ on Sunday. According to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the city, the Resistance fired four Katyusha rockets into the US camp, scoring direct hits on targets and killing 27 US aggressor troops, five of them commanders of US operations in that region.
The US aggressors are looking for two Iraqi agents who worked with them because they believe that they leaked information about the layout and activities of the US base to the Resistance. Iraqi Resistance rockets hit targets with such accuracy that they have shocked the US occupation troops and convinced them that the Resistance must have had access to inside information.
In another Resistance attack on Sunday, Katyusha rockets slammed into a US column in the “Silo” area of Samarra’. According to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the city, the number of Katyushas is unclear, but columns of smoke could be seen rising thickly into the sky over the area, indicating substantial US losses.
US troops kill Imam, damage mosque in western Samarra’.
The Imam of a Samarra’ mosque died on Sunday as a result of wounds received from a US shell. US mortar shells also destroyed the minaret of a mosque in western Samarra’ on the road to ad-Dulu‘iyah, indicating to local people that US troops have begun targeting Islamic places of worship, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
US soldier killed, two wounded in Sunday bombing in Samarra’.
The US occupation admitted on Sunday that one US soldier was killed and two others wounded on Sunday when an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded as a US patrol was passing along a road near Samarra’, 100km north of Baghdad. The two wounded soldiers were taken to a US military hospital.
US admits: four troops wounded in Resistance bombing near Samarra’.
Northwest of Baghdad, the Iraqi Resistance detonated a bomb late Saturday that wounded four US troops, who shot dead one attacker, the US military claimed on Sunday. The four US 1st Infantry Division soldiers were wounded when Resistance fighters attacked their patrol in Samarra’, northwest of Baghdad, with a roadside bomb just before midnight Saturday, said US military spokesman Major Neal O'Brien. He said that the patrol returned fire on a palm grove, killing one of the attackers.
Resistance bomb kills two puppet police in al-Haswah, Saturday.
Two puppet policemen were killed and three injured when their truck was attacked by Iraqi Resistance fighters in al-Haswah, 40 miles south of Baghdad on Saturday, puppet police Lieutenant ‘Ali ‘Ubayd said.
US aggressor troops surrounded the al-‘Amiriyah compound in the al-Bu‘Isa district east of al-Fallujah on Sunday, preventing anyone from entering or leaving. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported in a dispatch posted at 7:30pm Mecca time Sunday that the blockade of the compound had gone on for four hours and was continuing. He wrote that a number of families had been brought out of the compound and forcibly put in schools. US troops continued storming and searching houses in the area, apparently looking for weapons and Resistance fighters. The al-‘Amiriyah compound contains 50 residential buildings.
US troops, stooges launch raids and searches in al-A‘zamiyah, Baghdad.
Iraqi puppet police backed up by US aggressor troops on Saturday carried out a massive campaign of raids and searches in the al-A‘zamiyah district of Baghdad, according to Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in the area. The invaders and their stooges searched for Resistance fighters and weapons.
Al-A‘zamiyah is a district that frequently sees rapid increases in Resistance activity
Resistance bomb in Baghdad kills two, wounds two.
In central Baghdad, Resistance fighters set off a roadside bomb Sunday that killed two persons described as “civilians” and wounded two others, said puppet policeman Fawad Allah. A driver for the British Broadcasting Corp. suffered non-life-threatening wounds to the head, the BBC's Baghdad bureau chief said. The blast sent plumes of black smoke rising above Abu Nuwas street, on the eastern bank of the Tigris River.
Puppet official survives assassination attempt.
An official in the puppet so-called “Iraqi environment ministry” survived an Iraqi Resistance assassination attempt in southern Baghdad on Saturday according to news reports. The newspaper as-Sabah al-Jadid reported that Resistance fighters opened fire on Husayn ‘Aziz as he came out of his house in ad-Durah. The attack left the official’s driver dead.
Resistance assassinates puppet police commissioner.
An Iraqi puppet “interior ministry” source reported that Resistance fighters assassinated the puppet police commissioner Qasim Muhammad Sa’iq, the director of external roads on Saturday morning in the Fifth Police District.
Iraq to re-constitute Boy Scouts under supervision of “former” US CIA officer.
The puppet so-called “Iraqi ministry of education” has announced that a new Boy Scout system will begin operation in primary and middle schools during the coming school year. A source in the sports department of the “ministry” has said that the US occupation forces named William “Chip” Beck, a former officer in the Central Intelligence Agency, and US government employee, to cooperate with Americans of Iraqi origin in re-constituting the Iraqi Scouting Council and setting up Boy Scout divisions in Iraqi schools.
Although Beck is a former US Naval Intelligence officer and is currently being paid by the US government, according to a 25 July 2004 report in The Dallas Morning News, he claims that his Scouting work “has absolutely no connection to the CIA or any intelligence organization.”
The Bahraini paper Akhbar al-Khalij, reported that the Iraqi “ministry” source said that Iraqi puppet government agencies are eager to keep the CIA connections of the American supervisor of the Iraqi Scouts a secret. They fear that if Beck’s CIA links became known, families would keep their children out of the new Scout organization, regarding it as suspicious and of doubtful character.
Beck told the The Dallas Morning News that there were adult Scouting leaders in each of Iraq’s 18 provinces, and that 80 Iraqis had agreed to attend Scout leadership training in Cairo, Egypt, in July.
But Fawzi Farghali, the director of Arab Scouting, which is based in Cairo, visited occupied Iraq in April and met with only 30 prospective adult leaders. He said no Iraqi children are involved in Scouting because of concerns about safety. “The parents did not agree to let the boys go to the camp or go walk in the streets,” Farghali said. “We must wait until everything should be quiet.”
Despite the clear rejection of the Iraqi people, Washington is determined to push ahead with its supposedly “non-political” Scouting program to indoctrinate Iraqi young people under CIA supervision. American aggressor troops have set aside 40 acres of land for the establishment of a Scout camp and reserved $25,000 for Kurdish Boy Scouts for buying equipment and supplies. The US Agency for Development is expected to provide a grant of $250,000 to support Boy Scout activity in Iraq.
Two Turkish trucking companies to pull out of Iraq to save hostages.
The Bulgarian Fokas news agency announced on Sunday that two Turkish transport companies had resolved to halt their activities in Iraq. Kahramanli and Oztur announced that their most important aim was to secure the release of Tukish drivers being held hostage by the Iraqi Resistance.
Kenyan hostages released.
The government of Kenya has announced that two Kenyans held hostage by an Iraqi Resistance group had been released after 11 days’ captivity. Their release followed a call by the Kenyan government on all its citizens not to go to occupied Iraq.