Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 18 September 2004 through Monday, 20 September 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Saturday, 18 September 2004.
American F-16 fighter bombers strike al-Juraythi neighborhood in al-Fallujah Saturday night.
The al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US F-16 aircraft pounded the al-Juraythi neighborhood of the city killing seven local people and wounding five others. Residents have already begun burying the martyrs, as is Islamic custom.
Earlier Saturday evening US aggressor aircraft already bombed the industrial zone in eastern al-Fallujah.
US resumes bombing of al-Fallujah Saturday evening.
The al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported in a dispatch posted at 6:35pm Mecca time Saturday evening (7:35pm local time) that US forces had resumed their bombardment of the industrial zone of the city, striking in the eastern and western districts of al-Fallujah.
Twenty Americans believed dead in Resistance ambush of tank patrol near ar-Ramadi.
A US military patrol made up of five tanks was ambushed by the Iraqi Resistance in the ar-Ramadi area at 9:00am Saturday. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the American patrol was operating in the area between as-Sufiyah and as-Saijariyah and that the Resistance fired heavy C5Ks in their attack, totally destroying four of the tanks. The fifth tank managed to escape.
Eyewitnesses reported that none of the crewmen emerged from the fireballs to which the stricken tanks were reduced. Each such tank usually carries a crew of five, and the number of personnel inside can rise to as high as 12 in cases where the Americans seek to transport troops in relative safety through the hostile country.
Resistance shells Saddam International Airport.
Explosions went off near Saddam International Airport, and plumes of black smoke were seen rising from the area. The stretch of the road in the area is the site of daily Iraqi Resistance attacks against US troops and their supply convoys. The Americans had nothing to say about casualties from the blasts, the American Associated Press (AP) said.
Resistance pounds US targets in Baghdad area.
Iraqi Resistance forces shelled the US base in Abu Ghurayb with high-explosive mortar rounds, probably of 120mm caliber, at 9:30am Saturday according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. Puppet police sealed off the area of the attack after eight rounds landed in the camp area.
The Resistance also shelled the puppet police academy and the so-called ministry of the interior with a violent Katyusha barrage.
The military academy in ar-Rustamiyah in Baghdad was attacked by a barrage of six Katyusha rockets at about 10:00am Saturday.
The Resistance also attacked the US base in Ba‘qubah with more than 30 high-explosive 120mm mortar rounds at 9:00am Saturday.
Resistance bomb in Baghdad kills collaborators working for US mercenaries.
In Baghdad, an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in a small sidestreet in the city center Saturday, killing one man and seriously wounding two in a passing car, puppet police and witnesses said, according to the American Associated Press (AP). Residents identified the three men as Iraqis who worked as security guards at a nearby hotel where civilian contractors are known to live and work.
Body of assassinated puppet official found.
West of Baghdad, residents found the body of al-Anbar province's puppet deputy governor, who was kidnapped earlier this month, hospital officials said Saturday. Basim Muhammad’s body was found Friday evening near ar-Ramadi General Hospital, said Dr. ‘Abd al-Mun‘im Aftan, the facility’s director.
Resistance targets puppet oil official in attack near Mosul.
Saturday, a senior official with Iraq’s puppet state-run North Oil Company – set up to facilitate American plunder of Iraq’s oil resources – survived an Iraqi Resistance assassination attempt when his convoy came under attack in the northeastern city of Mosul, puppet police said.
Muhammad Zibari, the head of the company’s oil products department in the Ninwa province, was traveling in a three-vehicle convoy on his way to work in Mosul when Resistance fighters opened fire, killing five of his bodyguards and wounding four others, said police Lieutenant Muhammad ‘Ali, according to the American Associated Press (AP). Zibari, who is in charge of supplying the province with oil and gas, escaped unharmed, ‘Ali said. Two cars were badly damaged in the attack.
Ten Americans reported killed in ambush on fuel convoy near Mosul.
At least 10 US troops were reported killed early Saturday morning when Resistance forces ambushed their column of several fuel tank trucks and Humvees on the road in the Makhmur area, 40kkm from Mosul. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a Resistance bomb exploded under the fuel convoy and that the Resistance fighters then attacked the Americans with rocket propelled grenades, destroying two tank trucks and two Humvees and killing at least 10 soldiers.
Resistance bombards US base south of Mosul.
Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US base south of Mosul on Saturday night with a heavy barrage of nearly twelve 120mm mortar rounds. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the barrage took place at 8:00pm local time Saturday night.
Iraqi Resistance car bomb kills 20 applying to collaborate in US-backed “national guard” stooge army.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter detonated a car bomb near a crowd of people waiting to apply for jobs with the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” in the northern city of Kirkuk on Saturday, killing at least 20 people and wounding 16, puppet officials said, according to the US Associated Press (AP).
The street outside the puppet “national guard” headquarters was littered with bloodied bodies, debris and shards of glass. Ambulances with sirens wailing rushed to the site of the explosion and firefighters doused flames leaping up from a burning car.
Kirkuk’s puppet “national guard” chief, Major General Anwar Muhammad Amin, said at least 20 died and 16 were wounded in the attack.
“I saw a speeding car crossing an open field heading toward the would-be recruits, then there was a huge explosion and a big fire,” said Asu Ahmad, a street vendor.
Resistance bombard Saddam International Airport repeatedly.
Iraqi Resistance forces pounded Saddam International Airport at 7:30am Saturday with six Katyusha rockets. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that earlier, at dawn, the Resistance had lobbed five powerful Grad rockets into the same American facility.
More than 20 heavy 120mm mortar shells crashed into the US aggressors’ central command headquarters in Saddam International Airport on Saturday morning as well.
US forced to close road to Saddam International Airport after six Resistance assaults on the American-occupied facility.
US forces kept the road leading to Saddam International Airport closed Saturday night after a series of Resistance attacks. A total of six operations against the airport were undertaken Saturday evening, according to the local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam who noted that more than 30 US armored vehicles and a large number of Humvees were keeping the road closed in anticipation of further rocket attacks on the American-occupied airport.
Resistance strikes in Baghdad Saturday night.
Resistance forces attacked US troops on the al-Jabiri Bridge in Baghdad, destroying two GMC Suburban military vehicles at 7:00pm local time. Resistance forces used rocket-propelled grenades. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the vehicles were transported away, indicating that those aboard had been killed.
At 9:00pm three powerful explosions shook Saddam International Airport, the result of three powerful Tariq rockets crashing into the US compound.
Resistance attacks US-Iraqi joint detachment on Hayfa Street Saturday night.
At about 7:15pm Saturday night local time, Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed a joint US-Iraqi stooge detachment on Hayfa Street in the ar-Rusafah area of Baghdad. The Americans and their Iraqi puppet troops backed by six Bradley vehicles and eight Humvees were keeping the Medical City Bridge and the ash-Shuhada’ Bridge on the ar-Rusafah side closed.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked with “al-Mihdad” anti-personnel rocket-propelled grenades, killing four American footsoldiers. The US troops immediately withdrew but then US forces sealed off the area as the skies were patrolled by Apache helicopters.
Resistance attacks in Baghdad Saturday night.
At least three US troops were killed and a Bradley armored vehicle destroyed in two separate Resistance attacks Saturday evening in Baghdad.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at 6:45pm a US patrol of four Humvees was ambushed near the Ibn Taymiyah mosque. Resistance fighters used rocket-propelled grenades to totally destroy one Humvee, killing three US troops and wounding a fourth sereiously.
At 7:00pm the Resistance destroyed a US Bradley armored vehicle with a bomb on the bridge linking the al-‘Amil neighborhood to the al-Jami‘ah [University] neighborhood. All those aboard the vehicle were killed or injured.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing armor-piercing rocket-propelled grenades attacked a US patrol made up of three Humvees, destroying one Humvee and disabling another. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported from Madinat ash-Sha‘b in Baghdad that the attack took place at 6:45pm local time and that eye witnesses reported that they saw five burning bodies brought out of the blazing vehicles.
Resistance forces ambushed a US fuel and provisions convoy south of Baghdad destroying one soda water transport at 9:45pm Saturday night. Witnesses reported that one American was killed in the attack in which the Resistance used rocket-propelled grenades.
Two US troops die in Resistance roadside bombing in Baghdad.
Resistance bombs struck a US patrol made up of two Bradley armored vehicles and one Humvee at 8:00am Saturday at the al-Karradah pool area. The Humvee was disabled and two US troops killed.
Eleven members of US intelligence were killed by the Iraqi Resistance on Saturday near al-‘Amiriyah in Baghdad. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that in the late afternoon, Resistance fighters attacked a US column made up of three armored Mercedes cars belonging to US intelligence as they were traveling along the road to Saddam International Airport near al-‘Amiriyah.
The Resistance fighters opened up on the column with rocket-propelled grenades in a particularly violent attack that completely destroyed all the vehicles and killed the 11 persons who were aboard them. The correspondent was unable to reach the scene of the attack personally but compiled his report based on eyewitness testimony.
Battles rage in al-Latifiyah area.
Violent battles raged between US forces and the Iraqi Resistance in the town of al-Latifiyah. At 6:30pm Saturday local time a fierce clash broke out between a US patrol made up of Abrams tanks and the Iraqi Resistance firing rocket-propelled grenades. One Abrams was disabled and four American footsoldiers were killed.
An Iraqi puppet so-called “national guard” patrol backed up by US armored vehicles clashed earlier Saturday evening with Resistance fighters in al-Latifiyah. Seven puppet soldiers were killed and three others who were driving a pickup truck were wounded.
Resistance shoots down Chinook helicopter.
Iraqi Resistance forces shot down a US Chinook helicopter north of the city of al-Baji on Saturday according to a correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, who reported that the downing took place at 5:00pm local time over Tallul al-Bajj, 100km north of al-Baji. The Resistance shot down the aircraft using a C5K.
Massive ambush Saturday in Balad Ruz area.
Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed US troops in the Balad Ruz area north of Baghdad at 4:30pm Baghdad time Saturday. Two Humvees were destroyed and an armored vehicle disabled. Anti-personnel rocket-propelled grenade and other rocket-propelled grenades as well as BKCs were used in the attack, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. Eyewitnesses reported that more than 38 Americans were killed in the ambush, and that US reinforcements arrived only after half an hour, allowing local people time to get a look at the battle scene.
Five US troops killed in Resistance bombing.
Iraqi Resistance forces planted a bomb on the road to Saddam International Airport near the al-‘Amil neighborhood. The bomb exploded at 3:25pm Saturday afternoon local time when a US military patrol passed through the area and destroyed two US Humvees. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that five US troops were killed instantly and two others wounded.
Firece fighting between Jaysh al-Mahdi and occupation troops breaks out in al-Basrah area Friday and continues past midnight into the early hours of Saturday.
Fierce battles erupted in southern Iraq late Friday after occupation forces raided the office of Shi‘ religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in at-Tannumah in al-Basrah. The battles raged into the night.
The local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in that city reported that the clashes broke out in the afternoon in at-Tuways, at-Tannumah, as-Sa‘i, al-Ma‘qal, al-Karmah, and al-Qurnah in the area of al-Basrah. Numerous mortar shells have exploded and the sound of automatic weapons fire and heavy machineguns resounded. Fifteen civilians, most of them women and children had been killed as of 2:20am local time Saturday morning (1:20am Mecca time) and 30 others had been wounded in fighting that still raged as the correspondent filed his report at that time.
Anglo-American butchers kill over 100 citizens of al-Basrah.
More than 100 Iraqi civilians were killed and and over 215 others wounded – many of them seriously – on Friday-Saturday night in al-Basrah in fighting that raged between the British occupation forces and the Resistance. British armored forces and Anglo-American aircraft, including F-16 fighter bombers, took part in the battle against the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.
According to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, the British occupation troops destroyed 40 houses, some of them razed to the ground. At the time his report was posted at 11:55am Saturday morning Mecca time (12:55pm local time) some of the victims of the Anglo-American attacks had still not been removed from under the rubble.
Fifty cars were damaged or destroyed in the fighting that raged intensely until 7:00am Saturday morning local time. The local correspondent wrote that British forces in the city were intent of keeping a total lid of secrecy on the bloody fighting and the number of victims, to the point that hospitals in the city refuse to release casualty figures. The correspondent obtained his figures from what he described as “private sources.”
The secrecy was caused, he wrote, by the fact that the Jaysh al-Mahdi was being opposed by a coalition of the Badr Brigades – the armed wing of the Shi‘ chauvinist and collaborationist so-called Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) organization and the Shi‘i chauvinist and collaborationist Da‘wah Party – both of which hotly object to the Jaysh al-Mahdi’s opposition within the Shi‘i community to the US occupation of Iraq. The collaborationist chauvinist parties have been carrying out campaigns of assassinations against Sunni leaders in al-Basrah recently and are not above attempting to spark a sectarian war in the country so as to push the Shi‘i masses into the arms of Shi‘i clerics interested in building their power at the expense of the country.
Unlike the pro-American SCIRI and Da‘wah Party, however, the Jaysh al-Mahdi with its line of opposing the US occupation has won a wide following among the masses of Shi‘i youth of al-Basrah and throughout southern Iraq, threatening the authority of the conservative chauvinist clerics.
It is believed that the massive Anglo-American strikes on civilian targets in al-Basrah were prompted by the desire of Washington and London to try to turn the populace of al-Basrah against the Jaysh al-Mahdi. The Anglo-American aim apparently is to try to get the populace of the city to call for the expulsion of the Jaysh al-Mahdi from the city – a move that would allow the chauvinist collaborationist Shi‘i clerics a free hand in the second largest city of Iraq.
British occupation arrests 300 suspected Jaysh al-Mahdi supporters in al-Basrah Friday.
British aggressor troops on Friday arrested some 300 Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters in the course of their attempt to repress the Resistance organization in al-Basrah. The British invaders had earlier used the ruse of issuing notices of job offers to attract young people whose names and addresses were taken down. Later those lists were used in the roundups of suspected militiamen.
Jaysh al-Mahdi kills six British troops in al-Basrah Saturday night.
Six British soldiers were killed and two others wounded in clashes that erupted on al-Istiqlal Street in the center of the city between the Jaysh al-Mahdi and British aggressors. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Jaysh al-Mahdi destroyed two British Landrovers with rocket-propelled grenades at 11:30pm local time, killing six British troops and wounding two others. In his dispatch posted at 11:10pm Mecca time (12:10am Sunday, local time) the correspondent said the fighting was still under way.
Resistance bombards British headquarters in al-Basrah.
Resistance fighters carried out a missile attack on the Presidential Palace in the al-Barradi‘i area of al-Basrah – a building complex now used by the British occupation forces as their headquarters. The al-Faruq Brigades Resistance organization fired four powerful Grad rockets at the compound at 11:45pm local time Saturday night.
Sunday, 19 September 2004.
US violently bombards al-Fallujah Sunday morning.
US aggressor forces violently bombed two areas of al-Fallujah on Sunday morning – the industrial zone and the al-‘Askari neighborhood. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the intense US bombardment consisted of a tank barrage mounted at the industrial zone in the east of the city and the al-‘Askari neighborhood to the north of it.
Iraqi national guard troops had moved into the areas covered by the US shelling to try to rescue the beleaguered civilians in the target areas, many of whom had been wounded by the intensive shelling.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported from al-Fallujah later Sunday morning that the continuous heavy bombardment by US forces in the city had left two civilians dead and four wounded. All the casualties were road cleaning workers who worked in the stricken areas of the city.
Resistance launches evening bombardments of US installations in occupied Baghdad area.
At 6:00pm local time Sunday evening Iraqi Resistance forces fired a volley of seven 82mm mortar rounds at the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace in Baghdad, dubbed “the green zone” by the American invaders.
At 9:00pm Sunday the Resistance attacked the military academy in ar-Rustamiyah – also used as a US camp – with four Katyusha rockets.
At 11:15pm local time the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the resistance pounded the US base in al-Muthanna with six 82mm mortar rounds.
At the same time the Resistance again attacked the “green zone” with three Katyusha rockets.
Fighting rages Sunday afternoon on Hayfa Street in Baghdad.
Battles renewed on Hayfa Street between Iraqi Resistance forces and the US aggressors on Sunday. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Resistance fighters were using 60mm mortars, rocket-propelled grenades, CBG9 rockets and BKCs as well as hand grenades in their battle. Iraqi sharpshooters were also busy targeting the US troops.
The fierce fighting broke out at 1:00pm Sunday afternoon, local time, and continued for some time after US troops tried to storm Hayfa Street under the cover of Apache helicopter gunships that went ahead firing at any moving target in their path along the street. US snipers also deployed on the roof of the Saddam Medical Center and a number of other buildings to cover the attempted US advance.
The US seemed intent upon storming into the Hayfa Street area at about 11:20pm local time. More than 45 armored vehicles – Abrams tanks and Bradley armored vehicles closed the street off completely causing the situation there to grow very tense.
Resistance repulses US attack on Hayfa Street.
In a dispatch posted at 12:45am Monday morning local time (11:45pm Mecca time) the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Resistance forces blunted a US assault on Hayfa Street, inflicting damage on the attacking Americans in the processs. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance pounded the Americans with 82mm mortar shells, rocket-propelled grenades, and advanced SPG9s.
The Resistance also managed to prevent attempts of US foot soldiers protected by armor to break into the area. Iraqi sharpshooters fired on the advancing Americans with pinpoint accuracy, killing two soldiers who were in the van of the American attack.
Resistance attacks US patrol in ad-Durah, Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed a US patrol in the ad-Durah area of the Iraqi capital on Sunday, destroying a GMC vehicle believed to be carrying US intelligence officers. Three Americans were killed inside the GMC. Four Humvees were also destroyed in the attack according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. Resistance fighters fired armor piercing rocket-propelled grenades, killing four US troops aboard the vehicles.
Iraqi Resistance fires massive Ra‘d rocket at Saddam International Airport.
A massive explosion rocked Saddam International Airport southwest of Baghdad on Sunday according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. The explosion followed a barrage of heavy Resistance Ra‘d rockets that slammed into the US-occupied facility at 12:30pm local time Sunday. The Ra‘d [“Thunder”] rocket is of Russian manufacture that the Iraqis have perfected. It is six meters long and is distinguished by its great destructive power, which covers one square kilometer in area. Great destruction was caused by the explosion of the rocket within the US base, one of the chief us facilities in the country. US troops apparently closed the airport to all landings and takeoffs after the attack, completely closing the runways. Smoke rose over the occupied airport for over two hours after the attack.
Resistance battles US-Kurdish chauvinist forces near Mosul Sunday afternoon.
Sunday afternoon was marked by clashes in which the US forces and Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah militia fought the Resistance near the al-Hadr village 15km from Mosul. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in that city reported that 10 Americans and seven Peshmergah militiamen were killed, three Humvees and three Peshmergah vehicles disabled, one of the later being a Landcruiser, the other two being Nissan pickup trucks.
Resistance pounds US as-Suqur base.
Iraqi Resistance fighters shelled the US as-Suqur base in the Abu Shir area of ad-Durah south of Baghdad with fifteen 120mm mortar rounds. The fierce attack compelled US forces to call in helicopters to comb the area adjacent to their camp looking for the sources of the mortar fire.
Resistance attacks US column near at-Taji.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US column with rocket-propelled grenades in the at-Taji area north of Baghdad on Sunday. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the attack set 10 vehicles ablaze.
Four US troops killed in Resistance bombing in ar-Ridwaniyah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US military patrol in the ar-Ridwaniyah area at 8:00am Sunday morning local time. Four US troops were killed and one Humvee destroyed in the ambush.
Resistance attacks fuel convoy in al-Latifiyah south of Baghdad.
Between 8:00am and 9:00am Sunday Iraqi Resistance forces clashed extremely violently with US aggressors in the al-Latifiyah area south of Baghdad. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance destroyed two US military fuel tankers and killed four American troops. But the Resistance fighters were forced to withdraw from the area to more secure positions after US aircraft came to attack their positions.
Fighting rages in al-Latifiyah Sunday afternoon.
After noon on Sunday the city of al-Latifiyah was the scene of numerous intermittent clashes between US aggressor troops and the Iraqi Resistance. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the first battles broke out at 3:00pm local time and lasted until 6:30pm, shortly before sunset. The fighting on the city’s main street left one US Abrams tank ablaze.
Nine US troops reported killed in Resistance attack in al-Hillah.
Iraqi Resistance forces killed nine US troops Sunday afternoon in an attack on a US column made up of six Humvees at 4:00pm local time in the city of al-Hillah in Babil Province south of Baghdad.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a series of Resistance bombs exploded under the patrol, totally destroying three of the Humvees. The bodies of several of the dead American soldiers were observed strewn on the ground.
Resistance ambushes fuel convoy, destroys four vehicles.
Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed a US fuel convoy on the highway in al-Yusufiyah using rocket-propelled grenades. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the attack, which took place at 4:00pm left four vehicles totally destroyed and killed four persons who were aboard the convoy. The vehicles in the convoy bore Kuwaiti license plates.
Resistance attacks provisions convoy in Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a provisions convoy in Baghdad at 6:35pm Sunday evening according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, who reported that one large refrigerator truck was destroyed and its driver, who appeared to be a civilian profiteer had black skin. The refrigerator truck belonged to a Saudi company based in ad-Dammam.
An Iraqi puppet police patrol was attacked earlier on Sunday in the area of the US occupation headquarters known as the “green zone”, destroying one Landcruiser and killing four Iraqi puppet troops.
US soldier reported killed in al-Kazimiyah.
One US soldier was killed on Sunday at 9:50pm when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under his four-Humvee patrol in the al-Kazimiyah area of Baghdad. The blast damaged one of the Humvees.
Resistance attacks on puppet police.
An Iraqi puppet police patrol was ambushed by the Resistance near the so-called “green zone” at 5:00pm local time. One Landcruiser was destroyed and four Iraqi puppetpolicemen aboard it were killed.
Three puppet-government covered Landcruisers were attacked in the al-‘Amiriyah area west of Baghdad. Two were totally destroyed with the five men aboard killed. The third fled to the west. That incident took place at 3:30pm Sunday.
Three Americans killed near Ba‘qubah Sunday night.
Fighting broke out near the area of Bahraz near the city of Ba‘qubah at 7:00pm as a US patrol of four Bradley armored vehicles clashed with the Resistance. The battle lasted until about 9:00pm local time. Two civilian cars that were in the area were set ablaze but no one aboard them was killed, though three persons were wounded. Three US troops were killed in the fighting, however.
Eleven US troops said killed near Ba‘qubah.
At least 11 US troops were reported killed in battle with Iraqi Resistance force in the Bahraz area near Ba‘qubah northeast of Baghdad on Sunday. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the fighting erupted at 9:00am local time and continued intermittently until his report was posted at 2:05pm local time (1:05pm Mecca time) Sunday. Two Humvees and one Abrams tank were destroyed as was a US personnel carrier. No troops were aboard the last vehicle, however, when it was blown up.
Resistance rocket strikes US Black Hawk helicopter near Ba‘qubah.
Iraqi Resistance forces shot and hit a Black Hawk helicopter with a rocket Sunday afternoon near Khan Bani Sa‘d near Ba‘qubah north of Baghdad. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that fire broke out on part of the aircraft and then it disappeared from sight. It appears that it landed in a nearby airstrip.
Four puppet policemen blown up in al-Basrah.
Four puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard troops” were killed in a Resistance bomb attack at about 10:10pm Sunday night local time in al-Basrah. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the bomb blew up in Sa‘d Square in the city.
With the onset of midnight in al-Basrah, an uneasy calm settled over the city
Monday, 20 September 2004.
Two Iraqis gunned down by US forces as they come out of mosque on Hayfa Street.
Hayfa Street was the scene of a US attack on innocent worshippers Monday night as they came out of mosques after the nighttime prayer. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at 9:00pm Monday US troops sealed off Hayfa Street with 15 military vehicles – Abrams tanks and Bradley armored vehicles. Four tanks drew up near the al-Musa mosque near at-Tala’i‘ Square. When local worshippers came out of the mosque at 9:15pm they saw the tanks and armored vehicles and some panicked and ran to hide for feat that the Americans would open fire indiscriminately, as they frequently do after an attack.
When the worshippers – one of whom was the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam – had gone some 10 meters from the mosque one of the US troops began firing his “Bakta” weapon mounted on the tank into the crowd. Two persons were killed on the square. The rest of the worshippers, including the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent, survived the random and pointless US attack.
At mid-afternoon the US had moved up 18 Abrams tanks toe concentrate at the entrance to Hayfa Streeet in what appeared again to be the threat of an assault.
US targets struck in Iraq Monday.
Several US bases in Iraq were targeted by the Iraqi Resistance on Monday. The US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace in Baghdad – which the American invaders have dubbed the “green zone” was struck by two powerful Tariq rockets at 5:00pm Monday afternoon local time. Plumes of smoke could be seen rising over the top-security US compound.
The US base in al-Muthanna airport in Baghdad was struck by six 82mm mortar rounds, according to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent at 8:30pm Monday night. Warning sirens went off within the US camp.
At 7:00pm Monday, the US Central Command in Baghdad was struck by six powerful 120mm mortar rounds, and there too the attack set off warning sirens. Direct hits were apparently scored because four Cobra Helicopters were observed for 40 minutes in the sky over the camp.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam notes that the 120mm mortar round is vastly different from ordinary mortar shells in that it has a range of 50.9 kilometers, while the range of the ordinary mortar round is a mere 6.5 kilometers.
Resistance attacks US fuel convoy in al-Latifiyah Monday evening.
Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed a US fuel convoy at 7:00pm Monday in al-Latifiyah, 25km south of Baghdad. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that two fuel tankers were destroyed in the attack and two American soldiers killed.
Al-Latifiyah is a center for the manufacture and refinery of petroleum products, which are trucked out in military and civilian tank trucks to supply the US troops.
Two US troops killed, three wounded in Monday night Resistance ambush.
Two US troops were killed and three others wounded on Tuesday evening when the Iraqi Resistance attacked their patrol southeast of Baghdad. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the US patrol of five Humvees was attacked by Resistance fighters wielding rocket-propelled grenades at 8:30pm local time Monday night on the highway in ar-Rustamiyah. Two Humvees were disabled.
Eight US, Iraqi troops killed in Resistance bombing in al-Yusufiyah.
Eight troops were killed on Monday when the Iraqi Resistance attacked their joint US Marine-Iraqi puppet troop patrol made up of four amphibious armored vehicles in Baghdad. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as the patrol was passing through the al-Yusufiyah area south of Baghdad at 6:30pm local time. One amphibious armored vehicle was destroyed in the attack and eight dead troops were brought out of it. It is believed that they were a mix of Americans and Iraqi puppet soldiers.
Resistance fire forces Apache to land at US airstrip afire.
Three Apache helicopters began crisscrossing the skies over Hayfa Street Monday morning in Baghdad at about 7:30am when Resistance fighters opened fire on the craft, striking one of them. Thick smoke could be seen coming from the rear of the helicopter and it was forced to land in al-Muthanna airstrip.
Madinat as-Sadr in Baghdad witnesses fierce fighting.
Fierce fighting raged on Monday in the district of Baghdad known as Madinat as-Sadr as US forces backed by Abrams tanks and Bradley armored vehicles and four Apache helicopters as well as F-16 fighter bombers attacked the neighborhood. The local Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the whole area from al-Habibiyah to the end of Madinat as-Sadr is engulfed in fighting. Iraqi puppet troops have deployed throughout the area. The area of the canal adjacent to Madinat as-Sadr to the northwest, half a kilometer away is the scene of a concentration of at least 300 US troops.
For their part Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen destroyed three Humvees and disabled one Bradley armored vehicle in addition to killing 11 US troops.
Attacks Monday night in Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces disabled a US armored vehicle around sunset on Monday in the al-Ghazaliyah area of south Baghdad. According to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded at 6:45pm disabling one Bradley vehicle.
At 10:45pm a US Bradley armored vehicle in the al-Karakh area of Baghdad was the target of a Resistance bombing that did not, however, inflict serious damage. But at the same time, Resistance forces attacked a Humvee with rocket-propelled grenades, killing or wounding those aboard.
Three US troops killed in ambush.
Three US troops were killed when Iraqi Resistance forces with rocket-propelled grenades attacked an armored GMC that was being escorted by four Humvees in the ash-Sha‘b area of Baghdad, near ar-Rashidiyah. The attack took place at 8:30am Monday morning local time, and disabled the GMC. One Humvee was also totally destroyed and three US troops aboard it were killed.
US strikes al-Fallujah.
US forces early Monday afternoon subjected the area north of al-Fallujah to intensive bombing according to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the city, targeting the al-Jurayfi area of the city with airborne bombardments. Preliminary results are that four civilians were martyred in the attacks and a number of people were injured.
The US attack centered on the area of the train station in the city around which a number of workers were working moving earth. The correspondent reported that the first wave of attacks left one of the workers dead and two of his companions injured.
Then when a number of local people and emergency workers arrived on the scene to provide assistance, US aircraft returned to strike the area anew, killing three more civilians and wounding a large number of others.
Resistance attacks “green zone.”
Resistance forces carried out Rocket attacks on the US occupation headquarters in Baghdad – what US forces call the “green zone” at 6:30am Monday. Four Katyusha rockets smashed into the US area, sending plumes of thick smoke rising into the sky.
Then at 8:30am local time the Resistance launched a violent barrage on the “green zone” using powerful Tariq rockets.
Resistance attacks in Iraq claim four US lives.
At least four US soldiers were killed and four others wounded in two separate Resistance attacks on Monday.
At 8:00am local time three US troops were killed and a fourth wounded when the Resistance attacked a US foot patrol in the area of ath-Tharah with rocket-propelled grenades and BKC machineguns. An American Black Hawk helicopter was seen landing to ferry away the dead and wounded.
In al-Qa’im on the border with Syria, the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a land mine exploded at 1:00pm Monday afternoon as a Humvee was traveling behind the central market in the city. The blast disabled the Humvee and killed one American soldier. Three other troops were killed in the attack. US forces closed off the city of al-Qa’im, beginning with Monday afternoon and late into the night.
Resistance attacks Kurdish patrol near Ba‘qubah.
Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed a Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah patrol in the Hamrayn area north of Ba‘qubah according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam who reported that the four-Toyota patrol was attacked by Resistance fighters firing rocket-propelled grenades. The Resistance destroyed the four cars and killed eight Peshmergah chauvinists.
About half an hour after that attack, an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Abrams tank in the Balad Ruz area.
Two GMC vehicles believed to belong to US intelligence destroyed in midday ambush.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a column of two GMC vehicles, believed to belong to US intelligence officers, that was being escorted by a four of Humvees in the az-Za‘faraniyah area, 15km from downtown Baghdad at 1:30pm Monday afternoon. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the two armored GMCs were then attacked by Resistance fighters firing rocket-propelled grenades. The two GMCs were destroyed and one Humvee disabled.
Three US troops killed in bombing.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb struck an American Humvee as it passed under the Medical City overpass from the Saddamiyat al-Karakh area. Three US troops were killed and two others wounded in the attack according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
Resistance bomb attack rakes US troops near Abu Ghurayb.
A massive Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the Abu Ghurayb area at about 12:30 midday on Monday according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam who reported that the bomb had been planted in the path of a US patrol of four troop transport vehicles and six Humvees. The series of blasts destroyed five of the passing US vehicles. A source in the puppet police in Abu Ghurayb told the correspondent that the number of American dead as a result of the attack had topped 20.
After the attack, US forces moved in to seal off the center of Abu Ghurayb town with more than 30 US vehicles, including Bradley armored vehicles and Abrams tanks. US aircraft flew thickly overhead.
Resistance sharpshooter kills US soldier in al-Kazimiyah.
One US soldier was killed when Resistance sharpshooters opened fire on his patrol in the al-Kazimiyah area of Baghdad at 10:30am Monday.
Two puppet “national guardsmen” were killed when the Resistance attacked their vehicle with BKCs at 10:00am local time in the Salman Bak area southeast of Baghdad.
US troops arrest head of puppet “national guard” in northern city for being secret Resistance member.
US aggressor forces arrested the head of the national guard puppet force in the city of al-Huwayjah near Kirkuk on charges that he was working for the Iraqi Resistance, according to Agence France Presse (AFP).
Three Iraqi civilians die when US armored vehicle opens fire randomly.
Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed two US armored vehicles on Monday morning in southern Baghdad, destroying one of them. The other opened fire wildly on local civilians. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the incident took place on the road to Saddam International Airport near the al-‘Amil area. A bomb detonated under the first vehicle, destroying it. Thereupon Resistance fighters opened fire with BKCs. The attack took place at 8:45am Monday and created panic in the US vehicles, causing the surviving vehicle to open fire in all directions, setting two civilian cars ablaze and killing three Iraqi civilians.
Puppet troops deploy in an-Nasiriyah.
Iraqi puppet police and “nationalguardsmen” deployed in large numbers in an-Nasiriyah, 375km south of Baghdad on Monday. Italian aggressor troops aided the deployment of the puppet forces with a number of patrols, each one made up of three or four vehicles. The an-Nasiriyah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported on Monday afternoon that two columns of reinforcements and supplies consisting of 18 Abrams tanks, in addition to armored vehicles and Humvees, had reached the US base in an-Nasiriyah on Sunday.