Four Americans killed in Resistance attack on fuel tankers west of Baghdad Thursday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US column on Thursday morning west of Baghdad on the road to Abu Ghurayb, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. The attack, which occurred at exactly 10:00am, destroyed two fuel tank trucks destroyed and killed four American soldiers who had been aboard the vehicles.
Two US soldiers killed in Resistance bombing in al-Qa’im.
Three Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded next to a US patrol in the city of al-Qa’im on the border with Syria, according to a Thursday afternoon report from the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. One of the bombs exploded towards the rear of the American column of footsoldiers and killed two of them.
Second bombing in al-Qa’im Thursday kills three US troops.
According to the local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam, at least three American soldiers were killed on Thursday when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as their foot patrol was passing near the gasoline station located across from the customs post in al-Qa’im on the border with Syria. The blast followed the earlier bombing that killed two other American troops in the same city.
Resistance shells “green zone” in Baghdad Thursday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces struck the US occupation headquarters in Baghdad – the so-called “green zone” two powerful Grad rockets at precisely 9:00am Thursday. Sirens wailed in the heavily guarded compound after the attacks. Black smoke rose over the area, indicating that US vehicles or other targets had been hit.
The Iraqi Republican Palace compound, occupied by the Americans and dubbed by them “the green zone,” houses the headquarters of the US occupation, the massive American and British embassies, and the offices of the “Iraqi” puppet regime they maintain in the occupied country. Although it enjoys the tightest security of any location in the country it is virtually a daily target of Resistance rocket and mortar bombardments.
Eight American troops killed in Resistance ambush of US patrol guarding the highway to Abu Ghurayb.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked an American aggressor patrol guarding the highway to the Abu Ghurayb area on Thursday evening. The local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that immediately after the rocket-propelled grenade assault by the Resistance, a gun battle broke out between them and the US forces. In the course of the fighting one US armored vehicle and a Humvee were destroyed.
A source in the puppet police of Abu Ghurayb told the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam that eight US soldiers were killed in the Resistance attack – three of them aboard the Humvee and five in the armored vehicle.
Resistance pounds US base near Ba‘qubah.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at about 7:30 Thursday morning Iraqi Resistance forces fired mortar shells at the US base west of the city of Ba‘qubah. The correspondent writes that the area is one where members of Saddam’s Fedayeen organization are heavily deployed. There was no immediate word on the extent of possible US losses as a result of the attack.
Resistance bombards US base south of Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces mounted a violent barrage on the US as-Suqur (“Hawks”) camp located south of Baghdad and north of al-Yusufiyah on the al-Mahmudiyah highway. A Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported Thursday afternoon that more than 20 mortar shells and five Katyusha rockets slmamed into the American base.
US admits one American soldier killed in Baghdad Wednesday night.
The US military admitted Thursday that an American aggressor soldier in Baghdad was killed by a mortar attack the night before.
Resistance hits eight oil pipelines in southern Iraq.
The American Associated Press (AP) reported Thursday that Iraqi Resistance fighters had attacked about 20 oil pipelines in southern Iraq late Wednesday, reducing exports from the key oil producing region by at least a half, according to an official with the state-run South Oil Company who wished to remain anonymous.
Earlier, Reuters quoted another anonymous official in the oil bureaucracy installed in Iraq by the US occupation as saying that Resistance forces attacked eight oil pipelines that link the vast southern oil fields of ar-Rumaylah with a pumping station near the city of al-Basrah, Reuters reported.
Jaysh al-Mahdi still holding firm in an-Najaf despite US offensive.
Despite a ferocious US offensive on their positions, the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia defending an-Najaf was still holding together late Thursday afternoon according to reports reaching Mafkarat al-Islam. The Jaysh al-Mahdi has been fighting fiercely despite an overwhelming sense that the impending visit by the US-inclined Shi‘i religious authority ‘Ali as-Sistani to the city will bring dire consequences for them.
Just days before as-Sistani’s arrival – on his return from Britain where he was reportedly undergoing medical treatment – the US bombardment and bombing escalated sharply in their intensity, and American troops accompanied by Iraqi puppet and collaborationist forces, began a drive on the ground to try to eliminate the Jaysh al-Mahdi Resistance.
According to the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam, the Jaysh al-Mahdi forces fear that the pro-American Shi‘i authority as-Sistani will issue a fatwa (Islamic religious opinion) that prohibits fighting the Americans and proclaims anyone who “violates” such a ban to be an “infidel.” Such a ruling would sow confusion among Shi‘i believers who are a main source of support for the Jaysh al-Mahdi.
As-Sistani supporters open talks with Muqtada as-Sadr partisans.
As tension and apprehension grew in an-Najaf, talks were reportedly opened on Thursday between representatives of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr and those of Shi‘i religious suthority ‘Ali as-Sistani.
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported Hamid al-Khaffaf, a spokesman for the pro-American as-Sistani, as saying that the negotiations are aimed at “saving an-Najaf from destruction.” He said that contacts with Muqtada as-Sadr’s supporters had been established and that they hoped to reach some sort of agreement in coming hours.
‘Ali as-Sistani arrived in an-Najaf after noon on Thursday in a 30-vehicle convoy amidst a throng of his supporters after announcing a “plan to bring peace” to the city. A 24-hour cease-fire, earlier proclaimed by the US-appointed puppet so-called “prime minister” Iyyad ‘Allawi (and announced by US Rear-Admiral Gregory J. Slavonic), came into force after as-Sistani’s entry into the city.
Despite the cease-fire, the American Associcated Press (AP) reported that while heavy fighting in an-Najaf appeared to ease after as-Sistani’s arrival, sporadic gunfire still echoed. As-Sadr fighters and Iraqi puppet “security forces” traded fire several hundred yards from as-Sistani's house, wounding at least three people. Hours later, gunbattles and an explosion could be heard again in the Old City.
The AP reported that a spokesman for Muqtada as-Sadr, Ahmad ash-Shaybani, said he expected direct talks to begin later in the day.
US forces have been battling the Jaysh al-Mahdi for control of the Shi‘i shrine area and old city of an-Najaf since 5 August.
News reports coming from an-Najaf indicated on Thursday night that representatives of Muqtada as-Sadr and ‘Ali as-Sistani appeared to be close to an agreement in the talks they have been carrying on since mid-day Thursday. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam revealed that differences remained over secure passage for the departure of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen from the area of the shrines in the as-Sahn al-Haydari area. Muqtada as-Sadr and his supporters suspect an ambush or some other plot by US forces, particularly since the US-installed Iraqi government had suddenly gone back on the last cease-fire concluded in the city.
Otherwise, in a report posted at 9:50pm Mecca time, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in an-Najaf wrote that an intense calm had settled over the city after weeks of intense fighting. Not even voices could be heard at 10:30pm (an-Najaf time; the equivalent of 9:30pm Mecca time). The old city, where US snipers occupy rooftops ready to shoot anything that moves, appeared virtually dead.
Nevertheless, the US troops despite the massive use of air strikes and illegal weapons were unable to make any substantial advances towards the area of the shrines before fighting came to a halt in the early afternoon, upon the arrival of pro-US Shi‘i authority ‘Ali as-Sistani in the city. The Americans were only able to score some advances in the area of the old city.
Dozens killed and wounded in mortar attack on al-Kufah mosque Thursday morning.
Two mortar shells slammed into the area of the main mosque in the city of al-Kufah on Thursday morning, killing at least 25 and wounding some 60 other people according to an early report by Dr. Muhammad ‘Abd al-Kazim of the Middle Euphrates Hospital Emergency Department in the city.
Later a source in the same hospital raised the toll to 74 dead and 376 injured, but the puppet so-called ministry of health said that those figures were a cumulative total of the number of persons killed in the mosque shelling as well as in shooting incidents in which peaceful marchers were targeted.
Supporters of Muqtada as-Sadr, gathered at the time in the mosque for a march to an-Najaf, blamed the US for the attack. A US propaganda mouthpiece denied any involvement with the explosions or with later attacks on marchers.
The first mortar shell exploded near the entrance to the al-Kufah Mosque and the second inside the mosque itself, according to Agence France Presse (AFP).
The city of al-Kufah is close to an-Najaf, scene of a massive US offensive against Jaysh al-Mahdi Resistance. Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, to whom the resisting Jaysh al-Mahdi is loyal, has regularly delivered his Friday sermons in the main mosque in al-Kufah.
The American Associated Press (AP) said that it was “unknown” who had opened fire on the mosque and on the demonstrations, but admitted that Iraqi puppet “police have shot at peaceful marchers several times in the past few days.”
Pro-Muqtada as-Sadr marchers come under armed attack in al-Kufah.
Eyewitnesses reported on Thursday morning that after the mortar attack on the al-Kufah mosque, when marchers who support Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr began a march from al-Kufah to an-Najaf their demonstration came under armed attack and that several of the protesters were wounded. Reuters reported that wounded marchers fell on the road but that ambulances raced to pick them up.
The American Associated Press (AP) reported that “thousands of demonstrators loyal to as-Sadr marched on nearby an-Najaf but came under fire from a base between the two cities housing Iraqi [puppet so-called] national guardsmen and US troops, witnesses said.”
Muqtada as-Sadr had called on his supporters to march towards an-Najaf on Thursday to support the Jaysh al-Mahdi in its resistance to the US aggression. His call rivaled that of US-inclined Shi‘i religious authority ‘Ali as-Sistani, who seeks accommodation with the Americans, for marches against the fighting in the city.
Thursday night: as-Sadr, as-Sistani agree on plan for a million Iraqis to enter the area of the Shi‘i shrines and to leave with the Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters under their protection.
In a brief and exclusive meeting with a member of the negotiating team representing Muqtada as-Sadr, a correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam learned some of the details of the plan that his side and that of Shi‘i religious authority ‘Ali as-Sistani have agreed upon to secure the safety of the Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters entrenched in the area of the Shi‘i shrines, the old city, and the cemetery of an-Najaf.
The aim of the plan, according to the negotiator for as-Sadr was to protect the lives of the Jaysh al-Mahdi mujahideen. It has been agreed that a million Iraqis would enter the shrine area, that they would mingle with the mujahideen and remain there until 10:00am and then that they would all depart together so that there would be no distinguishing between fighters and civilians.
The negotiator told Mafkarat al-Islam that “there might be minor changes in the plan, concerning the time when the million people would depart, according to prevailing conditions, depending on what our interests and the changing circumstances demand.”
In a press conference Thursday night, in Baghdad, the puppet so-called “minister of state,” Qasim Dawud, announced that the US-installed “Iraqi” regime had accepted the plan to end the siege of an-Najaf agreed upon by representatives of Muqtada as-Sadr and ‘Ali as-Sistani. Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported Dawud as expressing the puppet regime’s support for what he called the “last minute initiative” and said that as-Sistani had insisted on wording provided by the puppet regime in his agreement with Muqtada as-Sadr, thereby allowing the US-installed regime to approve it. The agreement, he said, provided for the disarming of the Jaysh al-Mahdi and their vacating the area of the Shi‘i shrines known as as-Sahn al-Haydari.
According to as-Sistani’s aide Hamid al-Khaffaf, the agreement provided for the disarming of both an-Najaf and al-Kufah and the departure of the armed Jaysh al-mahdi from both cities. Al-Khaffaf called on the government to accept the agreement and thereby allow thousands of the followers of as-Sistani to head for the as-Sahn al-Haydari to meet and bring back the Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters. “Minister of state” Dawud’s acceptance of the agreement constituted the puppet regime’s permission for that movement to go ahead.
Mortar attack on puppet police checkpoint reportedly kills two.
The American Associated Press (AP) reported Thursday that there had been a mortar attack in al-Kufah on Wednesday, apparently targeting a puppet police checkpoint. The AP claimed that two civilians were killed in the attack, including an 8-year-old boy.
Twenty marchers for as-Sistani reportedly shot to death.
Shortly after noon on Thursday, a cameraman for Reuters reported that bullets were fired at supporters of US-inclined Shi‘i religious authority ‘Ali as-Sistani in their march in al-Kufah, killing 20 of them.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in an-Nasiriyah reported on Thursday night that at around 8:15 a demonstration of some 600 people gathered at a crossroads to welcome Shi‘i religious authority ‘Ali as-Sistani as he passed through their city, but at the same time to call on him not to do wrong to Muqtada as-Sadr.
The demonstrators chanted their support of Muqtada as-Sadr and denounced the US-appointed Iraqi regime as an “agent of the US occupation.”
Meanwhile US aircraft thickly crisscrossed the skies over the city, where Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters are deployed in strength. Dozens of young people came out to demonstrate for as-Sistani – an act they regard as a religious duty – while at the same time defending Muqtada as-Sadr who enjoys great popularity. An-Nasiriyah is a powerful center of support for the Muqtada as-Sadr as it is a location where bedouin tribes and families abound who have a tradition of supporting the as-Sadr clerical family.
US intelligence files on Saddam Hussein, on Iraqi collaborators, and on US spies in Iraq stolen from “green zone.”
In a report posted at 9:10pm Mecca time Thursday night, the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam wrote that the employees of a department in the so-called “green zone” – the nickname given by the American aggressors to the Iraqi Republican palace that they have occupied as their headquarters – awoke with a shock last Tuesday to find that their building was on fire.
The fire affected an area containing all the files and papers pertaining to the work of the US intelligence services inside Iraq. Curiously, however, the Americans discovered that several specific collections of documents had disappeared or were stolen just before the outbreak of the fire. These consisted of the materials relating to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, the files that concerned Iraqi agents working for the US occupation, and files that reveal the work of US intelligence inside Iraq.
The correspondent reported that following the disappearance of the vitally important files and until the time of writing, American intelligence officers have been intensively investigating the employees of the “green zone” to find out who may have carried out the operation.
Friday, 27 August 2004.
Resistance fire downs Chinook transport helicopter over al-Fallujah.
Iraqi Resistance forces in al-Fallujah Friday night shot down a huge American Chinook helicopter, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. The downing took place at 11:45pm Baghdad time. The helicopter was carrying US equipment – Humvees or armored vehicles – and was about to land these vehicles in the industrial zone of al-Fallujah when the Resistance rocket knocked the craft out of the sky.
In his report posted at 11:50pm Mecca time, the correspondent wrote that fire was still blazing in the wreckage of the massive helicopter. Such aircraft can carry three vehicles.
Fierce fighting in al-Fallujah Friday night.
Violent fighting erupted Friday night between the Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah and the US aggressor troops. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the fighting broke out at about 11:35pm Baghdad time and spread to the al-‘Askari neighborhood and the industrial zone.
In a report posted at 11:20pm Mecca time Friday night, the correspondent wrote that fighting was still raging in the area and that the sound of artillery shells exploding behind US lines could be heard, apparently the result of Resistance mortar fire.
US halts offensive on al-Fallujah as of Thursday morning.
US aggressor troops halted their assault on the defiant city of al-Fallujah on Thursday morning after receiving painful counter blows from the Iraqi Resistance defenders of the city, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. In a report posted at 12:45pm Friday afternoon Mecca time, the correspondent wrote that there had been no more US attacks on the city since Thursday morning. The only exception to this was one rocket that the Americans fired at a private house in the al-‘Askari neighborhood. Other than that, the correspondent wrote, the situation is calm and no concentrations of US forces can be seen except in the area of as-Saqlawiyah.
Resistance forces had in fact been anticipating some sort of US offensive for several weeks and had begun to prepare for it by striking at the Americans’ supply lines for two weeks.
Two US troops killed Wednesday when al-Fallujah Resistance shoots down Apache helicopter.
Iraqi Resistance fighters in al-Fallujah shot down a US Apache helicopter over the agricultural area north east of the city on Wednesday morning. The al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported Friday afternoon that on Wednesday morning the Resistance had fired a rocket at the chopper bringing it down and killing two Americans aboard.
The ease with which the al-Fallujah Resistance brings down helicopters has prompted the US side to rely more and more on fixed-wing F-16 and F-18 fighterbombers in their assaults on the defiant city.
Iraqi police: US lost 53 dead in failed assault on al-Fallujah Wednesday.
More than 53 US troops were killed on Wednesday afternoon, 25 August 2004, in the fierce battle that raged between them and the Iraqi Resistance south of al-Fallujah, according to sources in the local Iraqi police who spoke to a correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city.
The reporter himself saw that an Iraqi Resistance bomb destroyed one tank and a rocket-propelled grenade fired by the Resistance destroyed an American armored vehicle. Three transports loaded with US troops were set ablaze in the course of the fighting.
Resistance sharpshooters pick off four US troops near al-Fallujah on Wednesday.
Iraqi Resistance sharpshooters killed four US troops on Wednesday after they emerged from the US base in al-Habbaniyah, northwest of al-Fallujah, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. Iraqi Resistance snipers played a major role in throwing back the US offensive on that city.
Iraqi Resistance blows up US weapons storage depot near al-Fallujah.
Iraqi Resistance forces in al-Fallujah destroyed an American storehouse for heavy weapons and light arms in the US “Tariq” Camp east of al-Fallujah, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, whose reports are now able to get out of the city after the Americans called off their intended assault. The attack inflicted a major setback on US aggressor troops since the storage facility was intended for use in the offensive against al-Fallujah. The correspondent reported eyewitnesses as saying that the fires blazed continuously in the storage area for some 10 hours after the Resistance attack.
Resistance bomb kills three US troops near al-Fallujah Thursday night.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded next to a US foot patrol accompanied by a Humvee in the al-BuSaddah area of al-Fallujah on Thursday evening, according to the al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. The blast killed three US footsoldiers and wounded eight others in addition to knocking the Humvee out of commission.
Massive Resistance ambush north of al-Karmah leaves 30 Americans dead.
Thirty US aggressor troops were killed when the Iraqi Resistance ambushed their column of Humvees Thursday morning north of al-Karmah. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Karmah reported that local residents who saw the attack said that about 150 Resistance fighters attacked the US column, destroying eight Humvees and killing 30 US soldiers. The fact that the Resistance massed a relatively large number of fighters for the attack made the Americans relatively easy prey, particularly since at the beginning of the engagement, the US troops drove into a mine field on the side of the road, allowing the Resistance to shower them with rocket-propelled grenades.
US air raid Friday night targets al-‘Askari neighborhood of al-Fallujah.
At 8:28pm Baghdad time Friday night, US aircraft blasted the al-‘Askari neighborhood of al-Fallujah according to the local Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent there. Two US aircraft carried out the raid.
Three US troops killed in Resistance bombing in al-Qa’im.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US foot patrol on the road west of al-Qa’im near the Customs post area at 6:00pm Baghdad time Friday night. Al-Qa’im is located on the Iraqi-Syrian border. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a massive explosion resulted from the detonation of the bomb, killing three US troops and wounding six others.
Resistance bomb destroyes Humvee, kills five US troops in Hit.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded near the US base in Hit, west of Baghdad, at about 10:30pm Baghdad time Friday night. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a US Humvee exploded after it passed over the bomb near the US base. The force of the blast flipped the vehicle over. The Humvee was totally destroyed and five US troops aboard it were killed in the direct hit.
US arrests puppet police force chief in Hit.
US occupation forces on Friday arrested Major General Hamid Salam ‘Abdallah, the chief of the puppet policeforce in the city of Hit, western Iraq. Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that a number of policemen from the city came out to demonstrate in protest against the arrest and to demand his release.
US forces failed to disclosed any reasons for the police chief’s arrest, and it is reported that the US has arrested numerous of the local commanders of the puppet police force out of doubts regarding their loyalty to the US invaders. In many cases the police forces installed by the US have wound up supporting the Iraqi Resistance.
Iraqi Resistance destroys US military plane at Saddam International Airport.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired two powerful Grad rockets at the US base at Saddam International Airport at 12:30pm Friday, Baghdad time. One of the rockets struck and destroyed a US aircraft parked on the runway and damaged two others, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. Immediately following the attack, US forces deployed quickly and in strength throughout the area around the facility. The American aggressor forces fired several heat-seeking rockets, each one 1.75 to 2 meters in length at positions from where they thought the Resistance had launched the Grads.
Thick black smoke continued to rise from the site of the Resistance attack as the US deployed their forces in response.
A Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent was told by an employee at the airport that he saw “with his own eyes” at close range one American plane totally burned up with smoke rising from it and two others heavily damaged. He could confirm that all three planes were American, but could not say for certain what type of aircraft they were.
Iraqi Resistance guns down nine Mossad agents in southern Baghdad.
Nine members of the Zionist Mossad secret police were killed when the Iraqi Resistance attacked them with light arms. The Resistance fighters, riding a GMC vehicle, drove past the Zionists on the Airport Road in the al-‘Amil neighborhood in the south of the Iraqi capital Baghdad.
The Baghdad correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that only one of the Mossad agents survived the attack and he was wounded severely.
Mafkarat al-Islam reports that apparently someone working inside the US headquarters in what the Americans call the “green zone” tipped off the Resistance as to the identity of the Zionist agents. Most Zionist Mossad agents in Iraq work out of the “green zone,” as the US aggressors make use of the Zionists to assist them in their actions against the Resistance, since the Americans believe that the Mossad has useful experience in suppressing the Palestinian Resistance.
Resistance attacks fuel tanker near al-Yusufiyah killing two personnel.
Iraqi Resistance forces on Friday attacked and destroyed a fuel tank truck belonging to the US aggressor forces on the International Highway north of al-Yusufiyah. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the attack was carried out at about 2:15 Baghdad time, and left the truck driver and his companion in the vehicle dead in addition to totally destroying the oil truck.
Resistance car bomb targets US convoy in Mosul.
Iraqi puppet police and hospital sources reported Friday morning that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded near a US military convoy in the northern city of Mosul on Friday. According to Reuters, the puppet police said that at least 10 “civilians” were injured in the blast.
Jaysh al-Mahdi withdraws from Shi‘i shrine area in an-Najaf, a few US vehicles move away.
Easrly Friday Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr ordered his followers inside the Mausoleum of the Imam ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib in an-Najaf to lay down their weapons and to join up with thousands of Shi‘i believers who had gathered in the area of the shrine, according to a peace plan to which he and representatives of Shi‘i religious authority ‘Ali as-Sistani worked out on Thursday.
The Jaysh al-Mahdi militia had earlier allowed thousands of Shi‘i believers into the area of the tomb and other shrines, known as as-Sahn al-Haydari.
Afterwards a small number of US armored vehicles sped away from the Mausoleum area while Iraqi puppet police began to take control of the area. The US puppet governor of an-Najaf announced that the puppet regime had accepted the peace plan and that the US troops would withdraw from an-Najaf as soon as the Jaysh al-Mahdi leaves the shrine area.
Later on Friday, a spokesman for ‘Ali as-Sistani announced that Muqtada as-Sadr’s forces had handed over the keys to the tomb of the Imam ‘Ali in an-Najaf. As-Sadr spokesman Ahmad ash-Shaybani said, however, that the Jaysh al-Mahdi would hide their weapons, not turn them over to the puppet police or puppet “Iraqi” army, according to Agence France Presse (AFP). He said that the Jaysh al-Mahdi remains.
A puppet police spokesman in an-Najaf said that three places had been designated for weapons to be turned over, but that no one had come to those places to do so.
Saturday, 28 August 2004.
US air raid kills one, wounds 13 others in al-Fallujah.
One person was killed and 13 others were wounded in al-Fallujah on Saturday when US aircraft dropped heavy bombs on positions in the al-‘Askari neighborhood and the industrial zone according to medical sources who spoke to al-Jazeera satellite TV.
According to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, fighting broke out late Saturday as the Resistance and Americans exchanged mortars fire in the al-‘Askari neighborhood of western al-Fallujah. The Americans began the bombardment, the correspondent wrote, and then the local Resistance returned fire.
US shells homes in al-Fallujah Saturday night.
Saturday evening US tanks shelled several houses in al-‘Askari neighborhood of al-Fallujah, according to a report carried by al-Jazeera satellite TV.
Five US troops killed as Resistance blows up three US tank trucks near al-Fallujah.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported Saturday night that Resistance fighters in the area had been attacking US supply lines on Saturday and in one instance set three American oil tank trucks and one US military truck ablaze. All were bringing supplies to the US forces north of the al-‘Askari neighborhood of the city. At least five US troops were killed in the attack.
US troops battle their own puppet police in Kirkuk “by mistake.”
Iraqi puppet police sources reported that American troops on Saturday waged a battle against one unit of the puppet police in downtown Kirkuk, but claimed that the clash occurred “by mistake.”
Reuters reported Colonel Farhat Qadir of the puppet police as saying that two policemen were wounded in the clash.
Resistance bomb kills four US troops on al-Furat Street in Baghdad Saturday.
Iraqi Resistance forces destroyed one Humvee and knocked another out of action on al-Furat (Euphrates) Street in the al-Jihad neighborhood in Baghdad on Saturday according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. Four US troops were killed in the attack in which the Resistance used a high-explosive bomb.
Resistance kills two US troops in ambush on Hayfa Street in Baghdad.
Two American troops were killed along with their Iraqi collaborator translator, and seven other American invader soldiers were wounded when the Resistance attacked their convoy and left one Humvee a burning wreck. Another vehicle was knocked out of commission in the attack that took place on Hayfa Street according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
Resistance attack in Ba‘qubah leaves five puppet policemen dead, eight others wounded.
Five Iraqi puppet policemen were killed and eight others wounded in Ba‘qubah Saturday, according to reports carried by al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV. Resistance fighters attacked the puppet policemen and then escaped the scene after killing and wounding a large number of them.
Three Grad rockets slam into “green zone” Saturday at noon.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired three powerful Grad rockets at the headquarters of the US occupation of Iraq in the Republican Palace in Baghdad – dubbed the “green zone” by the Americans. The attack, reported by Mafkarat al-Islam’s local correspondent, occurred at 12:00 noon Baghdad time Saturday.
Mortar shells land in high security hotel district of Baghdad.
Witnesses reported that two persons were killed when mortar shells landed in Baghdad. One round struck the ash-Shati’ adh-Dhahabi (Golden Shore) Hotel after noon Saturday in as-Sa‘dun area, wounding two employees, reportedly.
Resistance shells US al-Muthanna airbase in Baghdad.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported Saturday evening that the Iraqi Resistance fired mortars at the US base at al-Muthanna airport in southern Baghdad at about 8:30. Warning sirens wailed inside the American camp.
Fierce fighting in al-Yusufiyah south of Baghdad.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that fierce fighting erupted Saturday evening in the al-Yusufiyah area between the Resistance and US aggressors, after the Resistance ambushed US troops returning from an-Najaf.
The correspondent reported that the Resistance fighters fired rocket-propelled grenades and BKC rockets as well as mortars at the Americans. In his dispatch posted at 11:03pm Mecca time Saturday night, the correspondent wrote that the fighting was still underway.
Earlier, six US troops were killed when a number of Resistance bombs exploded as American vehicles were passing through the area.
University professor assassinated in Mosul.
Iraqi puppet police announced Saturday morning that a female professor was shot dead on Saturday in downtown Mosul. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported an officer in the puppet police as saying that Iman ‘Abd al-Mun‘im, 36, was killed when her car was fired upon as she headed to the university where she headed the department of translation in the arts at 8:30 local time.
The assailants blocked the road and fired at ‘Abd al-Mun‘im’s car with Kalashnikov assault rifles. The police source said that the professor had in the past complained of receiving death threats.
US attacks Jaysh al-Mahdi in Madinat as-Sadr area of Baghdad.
Fighting flared in Madinat Sadr, a stronghold of support for Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in Baghdad, as gun battles broke out between Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters and US aggressor troops.
The US Associated Press (AP) reported that American soldiers in Humvees drove through the impoverished neighborhood with loudspeakers, demanding people stay home because the invaders were “cleaning the area of armed men,” according to an AP reporter at the scene. Sporadic gunfire could be heard.Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that seven persons were killed and 90 others wounded in the fighting in Madinat as-Sadr.
Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen fired assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades at American troops patrolling the area, said US Captain Brian O'Malley of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, who claimed that US forces suffered no casualties.
Sunday, 29 August 2004.
US attempt to burst into al-Fallujah fails.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported Sunday afternoon that some US aggressor troops attempted to storm into the industrial zone of al-Fallujah but that the Resistance repelled the American assault.
The attack took place at 5:20pm Baghdad time and lasted some 10 minutes. The Resistance fought back fiercely, sowing destruction among the Americans and forcing them to fall back to their concentration points outside the city.
Iraqi sharpshooter takes out US sniper in al-Qa’im.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported Sunday evening that an Iraqi sharpshooter in the city of al-Qa’im had shot and wounded a US sniper who was in position atop a tall tower in the city. The correspondent wrote that the Resistance has made extensive and successful use of sharpshooters to pick off US snipers and other troops in recent battles. Al-Qa’im is located on the border with Syria.
Resistance shells US base at al-Muthanna in Baghdad Sunday morning raising panic among US military personnel.
Iraqi Resistance forces shelled the US base at al-Muthanna airport in Baghdad on Sunday morning, lobbing some 30 mortar shells into the American occupation facility. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the attack occurred at about 10:30am Sunday morning, Baghdad time, and following the barrage, thick black smoke could be seen rising from the camp, indicating some direct hits on US equipment. Warning sirens wailed inside the US camp continuously. Eyewitnesses who work in the base told the correspondent that two mortar rounds crashed into the parking lot for Humvees, destroying four of them, the rest of the rounds having landed in the midst of the camp area itself.
Panic reigned among the American troops in the prison within the al-Muthanna camp as the 24 mortar shells and Katyusha rockets rained down upon them. In a report posted by the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam at 12:50am Mecca time Monday morning, a former prisoner in the facility released later in the day on Sunday reported that as the barrage increased in intensity, American women soldiers burst into hysterical weeping as the American male troops screamed in terror.
The released prisoner described how the panic-stricken US personnel, including the major who commands the prison, made a mad attempt to escape through a 1-meter wide door out of the prison area. In the mad rush for the exit, one US woman soldier tried to hold a male soldier back to allow herself room to get out, but the male soldier was the stronger or more frightened of the two and threw her aside so that he could flee. Another male soldier grabbed a female soldier by her hair and pulled her aside so that he could get out the door first.
The prisoner said that all the soldiers guarding the prison disappeared until the sun broke through the smoke as the smell of gunpowder filled the facility.
Iraqi Resistance liquidates three American intelligence officers, retrieves their computers and documents in al-Yusufiyah, Sunday morning.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters killed three US intelligence officers as they were driving in a 2004 model GMC vehicle south of al-Yusufiyah on the highway to al-Basrah at about 7:30am Sunday morning.
Eyewitnesses in al-Yusufiyah reported that the three US intelligence officers were killed with light arms after they stopped their vehicle when one of their tires had a blow out. The local residents who witnessed the incident reported that after the shooting, they saw three masked men board the vehicle and take three computers and three other bags. The men then got into a black car and drove off to the north.
The correspondent writes that it appears that the three Americans had been under surveillance by the Resistance as soon as they left their official place of work in Baghdad. The Resistance has succeeded in penetrating every US military operation in which Iraqis work or are employed by the Americans.
Resistance fires rockets into US “green zone” in Baghdad Sunday morning.
The Iraqi Resistance fired three rockets at the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace in Baghdad – the compound dubbed by the US invaders “the green zone.” The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance fired both Katyusha and powerful Grad rockets at the tightly guarded US installation at about 8:00am Sunday morning.
The correspondent reported that thick smoke could be seen rising from the “green zone” after the attack, some of the smoke being black – an indication that a direct hit had been scored on some inflammable substance or vehicle inside the aggressor compound. White smoke also was rising over the area immediately after the missile strikes, indicating that some buildings had been struck by the explosive rockets.
Resistance bombs blow up US Humvees, kill seven US troops Sunday morning.
Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushed an American aggressor patrol Sunday morning in northern Baghdad and killed seven US troops. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance explosives blew up under a convoy of six Humvees at 7:30am Baghdad time south of the at-Taji area. The blasts totally destroyed two Humvees and killed seven US troops who were aboard them.
Two US troops killed in Resistance attack on Humvee near Military College Sunday afternoon.
At least two US troops were killed on Sunday when their Humvee was disabled by Resistance fire in the ar-Rusamiyah area of Baghdad. The incident occurred on the highway near the Military College in ar-Rustamiyah at 2:30pm, Baghdad time, according to a report filed by the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
Resistance pounds US base in Military College with rockets and mortars Sunday afternoon.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported Sunday evening that the US base set up in the Iraqi Military College came under a fierce Iraqi Resistance barrage in which 120mm mortars and Katyusha rockets crashed into the installation.
Sirens wailed inside the US camp after the attack that began at about 4:30pm Baghdad time Sunday afternoon. The Iraqi Military College has now been renamed by the invaders the “College of the National Guard” but it houses some 4,000 US troops in addition to puppet “national guard” forces whom the Americans maintain in their service.
Resistance ambush leaves six US troops dead on Hayfa street in Baghdad Sunday morning.
Six US troops were killed and 13 others wounded in battles on Hayfa street in Baghdad on Sunday morning, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. Iraqi Resistance forces used rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades, and Kalashnikov assault rifles to attack a US foot patrol of about 30 soldiers.
Jaysh al-Mahdi battles Americans in Madinat as-Sadr Sunday night.
Continuous fighting raged Sunday night in the Madinat as-Sadr area of eastern Baghdad as the Jaysh al-Mahdi battled US aggressor troops. The fighting began around 8:30pm Baghdad time and was still going on when the local Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent posted his report at 11:09 Baghdad time (10:09 Mecca time) that night.
The correspondent wrote that the intensity of the fighting varied from one area to another, but was most intense in the as-Saddah area located at the farthest part of Madinat as-Sadr. US troops were using 60mm cannon in their fighting as well as BKCs and rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons.
In a dispatch posted at 11:55pm Mecca time, the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US forces had launched a vicious attack on the Madinat as-Sadr area of Baghdad using F-16 fighterbombers and Apache helicopters to bombard Jaysh al-Mahdi positions in the area.
The correspondent, located in a nearby neighborhood, reported that more than 32 US vehicles – including Abrams tanks and Bradley armored fighting vehicles were headed towards Madinat as-Sadr at about midnight, Baghdad time, where they were to join the fighting and reinforce the Americans already engaged since earlier Sunday night.
The Americans were using 1-meter long heat seeking missiles (with a 60mm diameter) to strike the positions from which the Jaysh al-Mahdi was firing Katyusha rockets and mortars at them. They can reportedly fire automatically from Humvees at the Jaysh al-Mahdi rocket launchers.
The US assault followed the breakdown of cease-fire talks between the Jaysh al-Mahdi and US forces which were an attempt to repeat the successes scored with the cease-fire in an-Najaf.
Badr Brigade collaborationist official assassinated in Baghdad Sunday evening.
A high-ranking official in the collaborationist Shi‘i chauvinist Badr Brigades was assassinated in Baghdad Sunday according to a report filed by the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. The assassination took place in al-‘Amil district of Baghdad at 11:15 Sunday evening and no further details were available at that time.
The Badr Brigades are the armed wing of the collaborationist party known as the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). The Badr Brigades invaded Iraq from Iran in tandem with US troops and its chief was appointed to the US “interim governing council” after the American occupation.
Resistance blows up oil pipelines coming from southern ar-Rumaylah oil field.
A correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported Sunday evening that a number of oil pipelines extending from the ar-Rumaylah oil field in the south of Iraq, through the area of az-Zubayr, to the port of Umm Qasr at al-Basrah had blown up. The Resistance attack on the pipelines took place at 7:22pm Baghdad time.
This was the second attack on the ar-Rumaylah oil field pipelines all of which have set large quantities of oil and gas ablaze. Fire fighters were still battling blazes set off by bombs earlier Sunday.
A spokesman for the local puppet police claimed that the latest blast was the result of an accumulation of oil and gas escaping in the ar-Rumaylah area.
Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters move to Sunni Resistance areas to improve fighting techniques.
A correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported Sunday that after the cease-fire agreement in an-Najaf, dozens of Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, have moved on to areas in the predominantly Sunni province of al-Anbar in western part of Iraq (where al-Fallujah and ar-Ramadi are located) and to the area of Samarra’ and other largely Sunni regions. The correspondent writes that the aim behind the move is for the fighters to study the fighting techniques and to train on various types of weapons being used by the predominantly Sunni Resistance fighters in those areas of the country.
Friday attack by Jaysh al-Mahdi leaves 14 British troops dead in al-‘Amarah.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported Sunday that Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters had killed 14 British occupation troops in the southern city of al-‘Amarah on 27 August at about 10:00pm. The militiamen ambushed the British invaders outside the entrance to the governorate building in the city on the International Highway to Baghdad. Eight British military vehicles were totally destroyed in the attack.
Jaysh al-Mahdi in an-Najaf retained 98 percent of weapons after cease-fire.
A Jaysh al-Mahdi commander in the city of an-Najaf told the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam that his militia forces had managed to retain 98 percent of their weapons after the conclusion of the truce in the city.
The commander, who wished to remain in the city, said that those weapons would yet be “more powerful and destructive in fighting the occupation than they were in the days of the siege of an-Najaf.”
He said that the Jaysh al-Mahdi had deployed in most cities of southern Iraq where a real war of attrition was underway against the occupation forces.
As confirmation of the commander’s account, the British newspaper the Sunday Times reported that the secret agreement between Muqtad as-Sadr and ‘Ali as-Sistani had allowed the Jaysh al-Mahdi to retain its Kalashnikov assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, raising fears among the aggressors that the Jaysh al-Mahdi could easily regroup for armed struggle, something that appears to be happening, according to the commander interviewed by Mafkarat al-Islam. The Mafkarat al-Islam reports that similar indications are coming from other Jaysh al-Mahdi spokespersons in other cities as well.
Fighting rages between Jaysh al-Mahdi and British troops in al-Basrah.
A representative of the local Jaysh al-Mahdi told the al-Basrah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam on Sunday that the cease-fire agreement reached in an-Najaf has nothing to do with the Jaysh al-Mahdi in al-Basrah.
As‘ad al-Basri, the director of the as-Sadr office for al-Basrah governorate said that his office had nothing to do with the an-Najaf truce concluded on Thursday.
In keeping with that, fierce fighting broke out Sunday morning between British aggressor troops and the Jaysh al-Mahdi in the al-‘Ashshar district of al-Basrah. The local Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the al-Faruq Brigades, a predominantly Sunni Resistance group, were continuing to shell several British positions in the districts of al-Barradi‘iyah, as-Sa‘i and ash-Sha‘biyah. Plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from their target areas, indicating that they had scored direct hits on invader vehicles.
The Sunday fighting followed battles that raged on Saturday between Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters and the British in the district of al-Qurnah to the north of al-Basrah. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that that fighting left two British armored vehicles ablaze. Two persons were killed and six others wounded in the combat.
At 6:00pm Saturday evening, an Apache helicopter rocketed the offices of Muqtada as-Sadr in al-Qurnah, in an indication that the aggressors also regard al-Basrah as having no connection with the cease-fire agreement concluded in an-Najaf Thursday.
Two-day British siege of al-Hayyaniyah area near al-Basrah ends.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Basrah on Sunday evening reported that a blockade that British aggressor troops had imposed on the area of al-Hayyaniyah around al-Basrah had been broken, two days after British attacks. Al-Hayyaniyah is regarded as a major center of Jaysh al-Mahdi activity in the area of al-Basrah.
Resistance mortar rounds targeted at British go astray in al-Basrah.
Six mortar rounds were targeted at British forces in the as-Sa‘i area of al-Basrah according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam at 5:00pm Baghdad time Sunday afternoon. The mortar rounds missed their targets, however, and destroyed four civilian houses and wounding two women an one small child.