Friday, 17 September 2004.
In a savage crime: US aircraft hysterically bomb village, massacring at least 44 Iraqi villagers.
American F-16 and F-18 fighter bombers as well as Apache helicopters carried out continuous and hysterical bombing from 3:30am until 5:00am local time Friday morning of the Ridwaniyat Zawbi‘ area in the village of Zaydan, 20km south of al-Fallujah. The area is home to members of the Zawbi‘ tribe. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the American aircraft dumped more than 14 massive anti-personnel container bombs as well as napalm on the rural community. Each container bomb consists of about 2,000 bomblets that blast apart near the ground to kill any and all living things.
Forty-four Iraqi civilians were massacred in the savage American bombing at last count, but the figure was expected to rise considerably in view of the massive scale of the damage inflicted on the little village. Of those, 15 of the dead were children, 10 women, and nine were elderly persons. Seven children are in critical condition, and eight women and five men were also wounded.
Ironically, perhaps, one of those killed in the US bomb raid was ‘Adil ‘Ali Hamdan the General Administrative Director of al-Fallujah General Hospital. His wife and two of his children were killed as well, and two other children of his were wounded.
The Abu Ahmad family is also prominent among the victims. Abu Ahmad’s wife and two of his children were killed in the bombing and two other children of his were taken for intensive treatment to a hospital in Baghdad.
Local people began to bury their martyrs in the village, since they could not, at that point, get out of their sealed off town to inter their dead in the cemeteries of al-Fallujah.
US aircraft also shelled southern parts of the city of al-Fallujah, such as the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood, where five members on one Iraqi family were killed – three women and two children. More than 15 others were wounded in that vicious American attack. Local eyewitnesses said that two men were also killed in the US bombings, but the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent was unable to confirm those reports either in local hospitals or the cemetery.
The correspondent noted that recently there has been an increase in American attacks on the Iraqi civilian population, as impotent rage builds among the aggressors against the Resistance forces. The same thing happened in Viet Nam, the correspondent notes, where US forces inflicted massive losses upon the Vietnamese population in their fruitless attempt to stem the tide of the resistance.
Little Fatimah’s story . . .
Five-year old Fatimah Sulayman Taha, a victim of the barbaric US bombardment of Ridwaniyat Zawbi‘ cried inconsolably in her bed in al-Fallujah General Hospital as doctors stitched up her back. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the city wrote that Fatimah had wounds all over her body.
She was not yet aware, however, that her father, Sulayman Taha, was killed in the American attack, and that her mother, lying in an adjacent room, was in critical condition and might be joining her husband at any moment.
Meanwhile, Fatimah’s little sister Shayma’, 3, was being prepped for the trip to al-Kazimiyah hospital in Baghdad for treatment of multiple shrapnel wounds in her head. Doctors and nurses in al-Fallujah hospital are at a loss as to how to treat Fatimah, who in an instant lost her family and now cries non stop with no one to console her.
New US raid kills 14 more villagers in Ridwaniyat Zawbi‘.
After dawn on Friday, the United States launched another attack on Ridwaniyat Zawbi‘, killing another 14 local residents. The al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at 8:30am local time US Cobra helicopters and F-16 fighter bombers attacked the Duwayliyah area of Ridwaniyat Zawbi‘, targeting anything that moved, including people and cars. The bombing destroyed four houses and killed 14 Iraqis.
Members of the Zawbi‘ tribe account for 80 to 85 percent of the residents of the area that lies south of al-Fallujah.
US resumes savage bombing of al-Fallujah Friday night.
On Friday night US aircraft resumed their bombing of al-Fallujah. Particularly heavy damage was recorded in the ad-Dubbat neighborhood in the center of the city, with in front of the al-Khansa’ High School. Five anti-personnel container bombs were used in the savage raid, some of them of moderate size, others large. The bombs crashed into a vast swath of the city from the al-‘Askari neighborhood in the east to the industrial zone in the southeast of the city, and ash-Shuhada’ at the south end of al-Fallujah.
Given the number and size of the container bombs, some 10,000 cluster bomblets were dumped on the city – bombs banned by international law.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that the air raid took place at about 9:30pm local time and left four Iraqis dead, their shredded bodies still visible. Nine other people were wounded in the American attack.
Twenty Iraqi civilians, mostly women and children, butchered in US bombardment near Abu Ghurayb.
Friday became a day of bloody American massacres as US aircraft butchered more than 20 Iraqi civilians in a savage bombardment of the area of Abu Ghurayb, west of Baghdad, for no apparent reason.
The correspondent notes that US attacks on Iraqi civilians were on the rise, perhaps in anticipation of the coming US elections, in which incumbent criminal president George W. Bush seeks in vain to silence the Resistance sufficiently to win the approval of American voters.
Battles erupted in the area of Abu Ghurayb between US forces and the Iraqi Resistance on Friday morning when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded amidst US forces. The Resistance then attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and BKCs. The fighting lasted from 8:30 until about 10:00am local time. Three Humvees were destroyed and 10 US troops killed.
US forces and their Iraqi puppet troops encircled the area to close it off and take away the damaged American vehicles.
Ten Americans killed in afternoon ambush in al-‘Amil.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US column of Humvees and GMC vehicles – the sort used by US intelligence officers – on the highway in al-‘Amil district of Baghdad at 2:30pm Friday afternoon. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reportd that two GMC vehicles were set ablaze and one Humvee destroyed. At least 10 Americans were killed in the ambush – some troops, some intelligence officers.
Four Americans killed in attack on fuel convoy.
On the highway in as-Sayyidiyah a US convoy of fuel tankers with Humvee escort was attacked by Resistance fighters firing rocket-propelled grenades. The attack left two tanker trucks burning and killed four US soldiers.
Car bomb in downtown Baghdad targets puppet police.
A car bomb exploded in Baghdad at about 12:40pm Friday in the ar-Rusafi Square on ar-Rashid Street in the downtown area. The blast targeted a puppet police patrol made up of five puppet police cars. The correspondent of al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV reported that the blast took place in a crowded area and resulted in the death and injury of dozens, including a large number of puppet policemen.
Reports differed as to the exact number of casualties. The puppet so-called interior ministry reported at least 13 dead in the bombing, the puppet so-called health ministry on the other hand said that five had died and 30 were injured.
Resistance hits “green zone,” other targets in Iraq.
Iraqi Resistance forces pounded the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace compound – dubbed the “green zone” by the Americans with rockets twice on Friday. The first barrage came at 8:00am when three Grad missiles crashed into the area. Then at 8:30 the attack was renewed when five Katyushas struck the top security American compound.
On Thursday night at 9:30 the Resistance had also pounded the xone with five 82mm mortar rounds.
Iraqi Resistance forces pounded the US base in Balad east of Baghdad with five Tariq rockets that set off five massive explosions inside the camp. Clouds of smoke rose over the compound for three hours.
A US patrol made up of three Bradley armored vehicles struck an Iraqi Resistance bomb in the ar-Rustamiyah area of southeast Baghdad on Friday. One Bradley was disabled.
US raids in Hayfa Street met by Resistance martyrdom attacks.
US aggressor troops backed by puppet police and puppet army forces completely sealed off the area of Hayfa Street in the al-Karakh area of Baghdad so as to carry out a wave of raids, searches and arrests, in an attempt to crack down on the Resistance.
Three hundred US troops, 200 Iraqi stooge soldiers and 250 puppet policemen took part in the operation backed by 70 armored vehicles and tanks. US snipers on rooftops provided additional coverage for the offensive.
Despite its dimensions, however, the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reports that it appears to have failed of its purpose, sine only a few dozen simple Iraqi young people were rounded up in the raids.
Meanwhile during their raids, Iraqi Resistance forces attacked the two sides of the Hayfa Street area in an attempt to break the US siege of the district. The first Resistance attack took place in the area of the ash-Shuhada’ (Martyrs’) Bridge, the area coming from ar-Rusafa where there is a statue to Ma‘ruf ar-Rusafi. There an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom attacker drove a booby-trapped car at a US-Iraqi puppet military barricade. The Resistance martyr youth blew up the car at about 7:00am local time killing 14 US troops and 20 Iraqi puppet soldiers. More than six vehicles – Humvees and pickup trucks used by the puppet army – were destroyed in the attack.
On the other side of Hayfa Street near the Na‘umi cold storage freezers, another Resistance attack took place. There an Iraqi Resistance youth attacked a checkpoint and killed six US troops and seven Iraqi puppet soldiers, destroying more than four vehicles.
Four US troops and six Iraqi puppet soldiers killed east of Baghdad Friday night.
Four US troops and six members of the Iraqi stooge military forces were killed and a number of others wounded in an Iraqi Resistance bombing that struck a US-Iraqi puppet patrol east of Baghdad. The Baghdad correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the an explosion struck the patrol, consisting of two US army Humvees and two Iraqi puppet police cars, at 8:15pm local time near the ash-Sah‘b district east of the capital Canal Road. Both puppet police cars ant one US Humvee were destroyed in the bombing.
Four US troops were killed in that attack and a fifth soldier was wounded. Six puppet policemen were killed and two others wounded in the attack.
Resistance launches wave of nighttime attacks in Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces shelled and rocketed several different US strongholds in the city of Baghdad and its environs Friday evening.
Informed sources report that the Iraqi Resistance fired two continuous volleys of rockets at Saddam International Airport. At 6:00pm local time, two powerful Grad rockets crashed into the airport and then were followed about an hour and a half later by three more rockets of the same type.
Meanwhile, Iraqi Resistance forces pounded the US occupation headquarters in the so-called “green zone” with seven 80mm mortar rounds.
The Central Command headquarters in the at-Tallah Palace were bombarded by five missiles at about 9:00pm Friday night.
In two simultaneous attacks at about 7:00pm, the Resistance shelled the US airfield at al-Muthanna in Baghdad and the US headquarters in the military academy in ar-Rustamiyah in southeast Baghdad. Five rockets slammed into the academy, followed by the massive explosion of what is believed to have been a Tariq missile at 9:00pm.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that as these attacks were going on, the Resistance carried out another operation near the al-Jumhuriyah Bridge, firing a rocket from the middle of Hayfa Street at the joint US-Iraqi puppet force check point, killing three puppet “nationalguardsmen” and one US soldier.
Three puppet troops killed in Friday night ambush.
Three members of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” set up by the US occupation forces were killed when Iraqi Resistance forces attacked them with BKCs at a command post in the al-‘Amiriyah area west of Baghdad.
Resistance ambush in al-Latifiyah kills seven puppet troops.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing rocket-propelled grenades attacked a patrol of puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” troops backed up by US Marines and their armored vehicles in al-Latifiyah Friday. Seven Iraqi puppet troops were killed and three others wounded in the ambush when their pickup truck was struck. One Marine amphibious armored vehicle was also destroyed. The exact number of casualties aboard that vehicle is unknown but is likely to have been at least four.
Resistance barrages US Ba‘qubah base with high explosive rockets.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired thee high-explosive rockets at the US airport in Ba‘qubah. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that because of the intensity of the attack, US troops were forced to evacuate the airport area to move into the surrounding parks and gardens, indicating that the barrage inflicted severe damage and that they expect it to continue. The correspondent wrote that it is likely that powerful Tariq rockets were used in the attack.
Two US troops reported killed near Ba‘qubah Friday night.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a group of two US armored vehicles and four Humvees at the approaches to the village of Saydah, in the Ba‘qubah area at 8:30pm local time Friday night. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the ambush attained its aims, killing two US occupation troops and disabling an armored vehicle.
Resistance ambushes, kills US intelligence officers, Peshmergah militiamen in Ba‘qubah.
A correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported early Saturday morning that Resistance forces firing rocket-propelled grenades had attacked a convoy of US intelligence officers that was under escort by members of the Kurdish Chauvinist Peshmergah militia of Jalal at-Talibani at the northern entrance to the governorate building in Ba‘qubah. The attack destroyed a Safari petrol car belonging to the Peshmergah and killed the three militiamen who were aboard. An armored GMC belonging to the US intelligence services was also destroyed in the attack, killing the three men who had been aboard.
Battles continue in Tal‘afar.
Fighting continues at intermittent intervals in the Tal‘afar area according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the area reported that US occupation forces continue to shell populous residential areas, and that they killed 15 Iraqis in their shelling from 4:00am until 4:00pm Friday. The US bombardment also destroyed four local homes.
Resistance forces in the Tal‘afar area, for their part, destroyed two Humvees near the entrance to the city using rocket-propelled grenades. Eight American troops were killed in that attack.
Resistance forces also shot down a US Black Hawk helicopter using a C5K, killing the two-man crew.
Resistance assassination attempt targets puppet governor of Tikrit Friday evening.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked the motorcade of the puppet governor of Tikrit on Friday west of the city of Mosul. One of the puppet governor’s body guards was killed according to a spokesman for the US-appointed governorate of Ninwa Province. Information officer Haziz Qal‘awi told Agence France Presse (AFP) that the motorcade of puppet governor Hasan ash-Shaqti was attacked in the al-Islah az-Zira‘i area, west of Mosul. He added that the puppet governor survived the attack unscathed and that the Resistance attackers left the scene and that none had been apprehended.
Four Peshmergah Kurdish chauvinist militiamen killed in Resistance bombing near Kirkuk.
Four members of the Kurdish chauvinist and collaborationist Peshmergah militia were killed when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under their patrol in the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in Kirkuk reported that a Peshmergah patrol was struck by an explosion in the Husayn ‘Awni area west of Kirkuk at 7:00pm. The correspondent noted that the Husayn ‘Awni area was one where the population is predominantly Turkoman.
Chauvinist Badr Brigade collaborator assassinated in al-Basrah.
At the onset of night in al-Basrah, Sayyid Fayiq, the official in charge of political assassinations in the local Shi‘i chauvinist and collaborationist Badr Brigades/Da‘wah Party coalition organization was assassinated, according to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
Resistance battles occupation troops Friday night in al-Basrah.
In a dispatch posted at 11:15pm Friday Mecca time (12:15am Saturday local time), the al-Basrah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that clashes between the Resistance and occupation forces were going on at that hour.
At 3:30pm Friday afternoon, occupation forces stormed the office of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in the at-Tannumah area east of al-Basrah, sparking a battle with the Jaysh al-Mahdi.
Jaysh al-Mahdi battles British aggressors in al-‘Amarah.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that clashes between the Jaysh al-Mahdi and British occupation forces erupted at about midnight Friday-Saturday in al-‘Amarah. The British forces are backed by units of the puppet Iraqi “army” and the Badr Brigades Shi‘i chauvinist and collaborationist organization. The fighting was still going on when the correspondent filed his report, posted at 1:20am local time (12:20am Mecca time, Saturday).
Resistance rockets British headquarters in al-Basrah early Saturday morning.
One of the al-Faruq Brigades of the Iraqi Resistance attacked the headquarters of British aggressor troops in the al-Barradi‘iyah area of al-Basrah with Katyusha rockets and heavy 120mm mortar rounds at 1:00am Saturday morning Baghdad time. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the sound of explosions could still be heard when he filed his report, posted at 1:57am local time (12:57am Saturday, Mecca time).
The correspondent notes that the al-Faruq Brigades and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia closely cooperate in their Resistance struggle against the occupation in the al-Basrah area. The al-Faruq Brigades are an arm of the Squadrons of an-Nasir Salah ad-Din.
In other local news the bodies of three Iraqi collaborators who served the British as translators were found on the az-Zubayr highway at 2:00pm Friday afternoon.