Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 13 November 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Saturday, 13 November 2004.
Fierce fighting in al-Fallujah.
In a dispatch posted at 12:45am local time Sunday (11:45pm Saturday night Mecca time), the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that fierce fighting broke out between the Resistance and US occupation troops on ath-Tharthar Street near the al-Wahdah neighborhood and also on ath-Tharthar Street in the al-Jawlan neighborhood area after Resistance forces provoked the US troops on the outskirts. The Resistance first attacked them and then clashed with them, then drew them towards the center of the city where they could engage them in guerrilla street fighting for the fifth straight day.
Resistance forces encircled a US column in the al-Wahdah neighborhood, cutting them off from the al-Muhandisin neighborhood and the al-Hadrah Mosque to the north and from ar-Ramadi Street to the south. Other US troops tried to reach them more than once from the north but were unable to get through.
Resistance unleashes barrage of 45 Grad rockets on US forces outside al-Fallujah.
In a dispatch posted at 12:45am Sunday morning local time, 11:45pm Saturday night Mecca time the al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that about one hour before the report was submitted, Iraqi Resistance forces fired a barrage of 45 high explosive Grad rockets at US forces to the south and west of al-Fallujah. The resultant explosions were visible from a great distance.
The Resistance fired the rockets from mobile launchers to prevent American forces from striking back with heat seeking missiles.
At the time of writing the Resistance was firing mortars and Katyusha rockets at US troop concentrations from the ash-Shuhada’ and al-Jubayl neighborhoods, trying to catch the Americans in a crossfire. Meanwhile US aircraft were bombing the city in an attempt to reduce the pressure on American forces.
Meanwhile, fighting was still underway in the al-Jawlan neighborhood, but the intensity of combat had diminished in the al-Wahdah neighborhood in central al-Fallujah where a US column remains encircled.
Resistance wipes out US column cut off on al-Hadrah Street in al-Fallujah.
In a dispatch posted at 12:30am Sunday morning local time, 11:30pm Saturday night Mecca time the al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance in al-Fallujah had completely wiped out the US column that had been encircled on al-Hadrah Street near the al-Hadrah Mosque in the city for three days.
US forces had tried to break through to the isolated US column on several occasions but all in vain. They even attempted peaceful means, proposing through loudspeakers a cease fire to the Resistance fighters earlier on Saturday. The Resistance, however, rejected the American appeal and continued encircling and striking the isolated US column until it was totally wiped out.
Resistance in al-Karmah and in al-Fallujah pound US troops from two sides.
Iraqi Resistance forces put US troops east of al-Fallujah in a pincer Saturday between the missiles of the Resistance in al-Karmah (north of al-Fallujah) and the missiles of the al-Fallujah Resistance.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Karmah wrote that the Resistance hit the US forces with 15 Grad rockets, compelling the Americans to scatter unorganized in the direction of the al-‘Askari neighborhood to the east of al-Fallujah. But there they were met by al-Fallujah Resistance fire which prevented them getting into the neighborhood.
Thereafter fighting broke out that lasted for about an hour and a half, at the end of which US forces retreated to lines behind where they had been in the first place behind the highway outside al-Fallujah.
US loosens its grip on al-Fallujah after making cease-fire appeal to the Resistance.
Many al-Fallujah families on Saturday were able to leave the city by the al-Azraqiyah crossing, which the US troops had opened up in an apparent attempt to show “good will” towards the residents of the city after the US appealed for a cease fire and negotiations.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that those leaving the city showed clear signs of the effects of days without food, water, or electricity, under savage US bombing. Their clothes were frequently tattered after they had been pulled from the ruins of their homes. Children wailed loudly from thirst and hunger.
Resistance pounds US forces in al-Fallujah cemetery.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired an intensive barrage of Grad rockets into the cemetery north of al-Fallujah where US aggressor forces are encamped on Saturday. Rumors were also circulating of something “important” happening after three days of the siege of the city if US forces had not withdrawn.
Puppet soldier tries to rape girl from al-Fallujah, saying ‘Allawi said they could do so.
In a dispatch posted at 11:45pm Saturday local time (10:45pm Mecca time) the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the al-Fallujah area reported that a puppet soldier in the so called “Iraqi national guard” recruited and run by the Americans tried to rape an Iraqi girl from al-Fallujah after she crossed the al-Azraqiyah crossing heading for as-Saqlawiyah. An American soldier stopped the outrage and, through a Lebanese interpreter, asked the Iraqi puppet soldier, “How can you do that?” The puppet soldier answered, according to the account of the girl who was the victim of the attempt, “Iyyad ‘Allawi said the women of al-Fallujah and all their money are free for us to take.”
Various news reports indicate that the puppet troops involved with the Americans in their offensive on al-Fallujah are drawn from the ranks of Shi‘i chauvinist bands under the leadership of clerics who support the American occupation. Troops from such backgrounds are inspired by sectarian bigotry.
By contrast, Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr issued a religious legal ruling [fatwa] saying that it was forbidden for any Shi‘i to take part in fighting against al-Fallujah.
US pleas for cease-fire, negotiations with Resistance in al-Fallujah.
In a dispatch posted Saturday at 7:14pm local time, 6:14pm Mecca time, the al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that in a repeat of the scenario played out in April this year, the US forces have called for a cease fire in al-Fallujah. American troops made their call using loudspeakers, requesting in addition, that talks be opened with the Iraqi Resistance. In a face-saving gesture, the US-installed puppet government of Iyyad ‘Allawi announced that it was now seeking a “peaceful solution” in al-Fallujah to “save lives,” having already approved the massive cluster bombing of the city.
The heavy casualties inflicted on the US forces are the main reason for the American appeal – casualties largely unreported in the US media. The American column that has been surrounded by the Resistance and cut off inside the city for three days also no doubt played a role in pushing the US to this conclusion, after American war vehicles failed to break the encirclement around the beleaguered Americans.
An idea of the scale of US losses can be gleaned from the fact that the burned out wrecks of 40 US tanks can be seen on al-Jumhuriyah Street alone, after a major turning point was reached in the fighting on Friday. On Friday Iraqi Resistance forces destroyed 25 American tanks. US troops had been parking tanks in a former ice factory but it was mined and blown up by the Resistance – prompting some media to report that some kind of huge bomb had been dropped.
Days after the start of the first assault on al-Fallujah last April Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US troops had made an appeal for a cease-fire and negotiations. That report was initially discounted around the world as “preposterous” but later proved to be correct. The same scenario is apparently now repeating itself.
Resistance turns back three US attempts Thursday night and through the day Friday to rescue trapped American column on al-Hadrah Street.
Thursday-Friday night and during the day Friday, Iraqi Resistance fighters in al-Fallujah destroyed 22 American tanks. Five wrecked tanks can be seen on ath-Tharthar Street, nine on al-Hadrah Street, the rest being scattered around the al-Jawlan neighborhood of al-Fallujah.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Fallujah reported that US forces attempted to distract Resistance fighters from the northern side of the city so that they could send a column of tanks into al-Hadrah Street where an American column was cut off and under attack. But the Resistance was aware of the US intentions and lay in wait for the attacking tank column, falling back to allow it to get into a trap, but not to break the encirclement of the beleaguered column.
US forces again tried to enter ath-Tharthar Street also in order to relieve the encircled column on al-Hadrah Street, but this second attempt to rescue the column also failed.
In a third attempt to relieve the encircled column on al-Hadrah street, US forces attempted to advance from the south, but this attempt also failed.
In news on Saturday the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that a massive explosion took place in the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood. Thick smoke could be seen rising from the area at a distance of 10km. No further details were initially available about the blast, according to the correspondent in a dispatch posted at 8:05pm local time; 7:05pm Mecca time Saturday night.
US admits four helicopters downed.
US propaganda mouthpieces on Saturday morning admitted that the Iraqi Resistance had shot down four American helicopters in the al-Fallujah area, but claimed that all the crewmembers survived, though some were wounded.
The American Associated Press (AP) reported that the US military claimed that two Kiowa OH-58 helicopters were shot down by the Resistance northeast of al-Fallujah. It said that one Black Hawk UH-60 was shot down near at-Taji on Friday, wounding three crewmembers. The American propaganda statement gave no details about the fourth helicopter downed, though US spokesman mentioned bringing helicopter wreckage back to a military airbase.
Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent hit by four bullets in al-Fallujah.
The al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah was stuck by four bullets Friday night after the al-‘Isha’ nighttime prayers as he was covering the battle in the al-Jawlan neighborhood.
The correspondent was hit by four bullets, three of them penetrating his body. Two struck him in the shoulder and one in the waist. The fourth bullet lodged in his thigh. His condition is bad, but stable.
The correspondent has been unable to find proper medical care due to the shortage of doctors in the city, after US forces attacked all the hospitals there.
Mafkarat al-Islam has been covering al-Fallujah using two correspondents inside the city and one in the area outside.
There were also unconfirmed reports that a correspondent for al-Jazeera satellite TV named Husayn had also been wounded in al-Fallujah but no details were initially available.
Resistance in control of major parts of Mosul.
Informed sources report that bloody battles have been raging in Mosul since Thursday as Iraqi Resistance forces seized basic control over major parts of the third largest city in Iraq. Groups known as the Brigades of the Army of the Mustafa [Kata’ib Jaysh al-Mustafa] and the Army of the Conquerer [Jaysh al-Fatih] have extended their control over the western part of the city.
The Resistance has destroyed 13 American Stryker troop carriers and killed more than 35 American troops. They have taken control of puppet police stations and headquarters of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” recruited and run by the US invaders. The Resistance has killed 18 puppet “national guardsmen.”
The sources add that Resistance forces launched a broad attack on the headquarters of the Kurdish chauvinist collaborator parties, expelling them from those buildings. The Resistance has also seized full control of one of the American headquarters in the al-‘Arabi section of Mosul, after the US occupation troops fled under a fierce Resistance attack. The battles lasted for several hours and were so intense that American armored vehicles could not take to the streets. Three US helicopters were shot down during the fighting.
Sources denied to Mafkarat al-Islam claims that had appeared in some satellite media that 10 Resistance fighters had been killed and five taken prisoner. One fighter had been martyred, the sources said and another wounded and his body was taken from the battlefield.
Intelligence or Mossad agents killed in car bomb attack.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a US column on Airport Road opposite the al-Jihad neighborhood of Baghdad at about 5:30pm Saturday evening, destroying a Humvee and another white SUV and killing four US troops aboard the Humvee and two persons driving the white SUV. The two persons in the white SUV were believed to belong either to US intelligence or the Zionist Mossad.
Resistance attacks puppet police station in Saddam neighborhood.
At about 5pm Saturday afternoon, Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 and C5K rockets and BKC automatic weapons attacked the puppet police station in the Saddam neighborhood of Baghdad, destroying two Humvees and killing eight US troops and seven puppet policemen. Two Resistance fighters were also killed.
Resistance attack targets puppet forces in the al-‘Amil neighborhood.
Iraqi Resistance 82mm mortar rounds struck the headquarters of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” in the al-‘Amil neighborhood of Baghdad at 4:45pm Saturday, and in the midst of the chaos and confusion an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter detonated a car bomb at the same headquarters, producing a massive explosion that sent thick smoke billowing over the area, and left behind a large number of dead and wounded puppet troops.
Bombing in as-Suwayrah leaves two US troops dead, two wounded.
Two US troops were killed and two others wounded when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the as-Suwayrah area south of Baghdad at about 1pm Saturday, destroying their Humvee
Resistance bombing in Salman Bak leaves five Americans dead.
Two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the Salman Bak area south of Baghdad at about 1:30pm Saturday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing five US troops.
Afternoon Resistance attack leaves seven US troops dead in Abu Ghurayb.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under US troops in the az-Zaydan village in the Abu Ghurayb area at about 3pm Saturday. Resistance fighters then attacked with RPG7 rockets, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing seven US troops.
Abrams tank destroyed, four Americans killed in Abu Ghurayb Saturday.
Four US troops were killed when their Abrams tank was destroyed on the highway in Abu Ghurayb west of Baghdad by Resistance fighters firing a C5K rocket launcher.
Resistance destroys oil tanker bound for Turkey.
At about 4:30pm Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces destroyed a Turkish truck transporting oil in the al-Ishaqi area north of Baghdad, killing the driver. The Iraqi Resistance is pledged to try to prevent the plunder of Iraq’s natural resources by the occupation.
Two suspected US intelligence agents killed.
Two US intelligence officers were killed in an Iraqi Resistance attack on Airport Road in the al-‘Amil neighborhood of Baghdad at about 3pm Saturday. Resistance fighters destroyed a GMC vehicle believed to belong to American intelligence.
Resistance shoots down US Black Hawk near at-Taji Saturday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing C5K rockets shot down a US Black Hawk helicopter over the Sab‘ al-Bur area near at-Taji north of Baghdad at about 2pm Saturday.
Resistance drives US troops out of as-Suqur base.
Iraqi Resistance forces compelled US troops to evacuate their as-Suqur base south of Baghdad on Saturday evening, after they came under a barrage of about 25 powerful Tariq and Grad rockets. At the time he filed his report – posted at 1:58am Sunday morning local time (12:58am Sunday Mecca time) the local correspondent wrote that the only personnel in the as-Suqur base at that time were Iraqi puppet so-called “national guards” and informed sources expected that the Resistance might storm the base.
The Americans who fled the base moved to the al-Yusufiyah area and the US base in what was formerly the Iraqi Meat Company.
Resistance mounts attacks, downs Apache helicopter in Abu Ghurayb area.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing BKC automatic weapons shot down a US Apache helicopter in the north of the Abu Ghurayb area.
Resistance forces also attacked Point 17, one of the US military points near Abu Ghurayb, sowing fear among the US troops inside Abu Ghurayb concentration camp. Soldiers posted outside the camp retreated within for greater safety.
Two US intelligence officers, 10 soldiers killed in afternoon car bombing.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded at about 4:50pm Saturday in western Baghdad, as a US column was passing along Airport Road opposite the Salah ad-Din Club, destroying two American military armored vehicles, a Humvee, and an armored GMC belonging to American intelligence. Ten US troops and two members of American intelligence were killed in the blast.
Battles in various Baghdad districts.
At 2:30pm Saturday afternoon clashes broke out on Hayfa Street in the al-Karakh area of Baghdad, in which one Bradley armored vehicle was destroyed and another disabled. Five US troops were killed. US troops opened fire indiscriminately around the area, killing three Iraqi civilians, including a woman and a small boy.
At 5:15pm Saturday, clashes broke out again in the al-Karakh area. Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 and C5K rockets destroyed a small armored vehicle and disabled two others. Six US troops were killed. One Iraqi Resistance fighter was killed by a US sniper.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets destroyed two US GMC vehicles belonging to American intelligence, killing five US personnel, in the ad-Dallu‘i neighborhood in the al-Hurriyah area of Baghdad at about 10:30am.
A US Humvee was destroyed on the highway in the ash-Sha‘b area of Baghdad when Resistance fighters attacked it with an RPG7 rocket, killing three US troops and wounding three others.
At about 11am Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked US supply trucks on the highway in the ash-Sha‘b area of Baghdad, killing two persons aboard the trucks.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 and RPG8 rockets attacked US forces in the al-A‘zamiyah section of Baghdad, killing five US troops and wounding others.
At about 9:30am Saturday Iraqi Resistance fighters firing C5K, RPG7, and RPG8 rockets and BKC automatic weapons battled US forces and their puppet police in the al-A‘zamiyah section of Baghdad, destroying two Land Cruisers, a Bradley armored vehicle, and a bus carrying 11 troops. Eight US troops and 12 puppet policemen were also killed. Six Iraqi civilians were wounded when US forces opened fire indiscriminately.
At about 9:30am Saturday an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in as-Sayyidiyah, disabling a small truck that was carrying a number of US troops, killing five and wounding eight of them seriously.
At 8:30am Saturday morning Iraqi Resistance forces destroyed an armored vehicle on Airport Road in Baghdad’s al-‘Amil neighborhood, killing two and wounding three of the US troops aboard the vehicle.
At about 7am Saturday Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets battled US troops in al-Ghazaliyah, killing seven American soldiers and destroying a Humvee and a supply truck.
In Hur Rajab in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah Resistance fighters firing an RPG7 rocket destroyed a Humvee and killed two and wounded three US troops aboard it.
On 60 Street in Baghdad’s southern suburb of ad-Durah, Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets destroyed a Humvee and killed three US troops at about 3pm Saturday.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets attacked a US column on the highway in the al-‘Adl neighborhood in central Baghdad at about 6pm Saturday, killing four US troops and destroying a Humvee and one truck and disabling a second.
At about 2:30pm Saturday, clashes broke out between the Resistance and the US and their puppet “national guard” forces west of Baghdad. Two Bradley armored vehicles were destroyed, and one other was damaged. Two Humvees were also destroyed. Nine Iraqi civilians were killed and two others wounded in the course of the fighting. Eyewitnesses reported seeing two Resistance fighters wounded, but not killed.
Resistance battles US invaders in al-Mushahadah Saturday.
At about 3:30pm Saturday Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets attacked a US patrol in the al-Mushahadah area, destroying two military trucks and killing three US troops.
Iraqi Resistance forces destroyed a US Humvee in al-Mushahadah at about 7:30am Saturday, killing four and wounding two American soldiers.
A US Abrams tank was destroyed and four Humvees damaged in fighting in al-Mushahadah that left five US troops dead.
Fifteen Americans killed in fighting around Abu Ghurayb Saturday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 and RPG8 rockets battled US troops in the Abu Ghurayb area at 9am Saturday, destroying two Abrams tanks, one Bradley armored vehicle, and two civilian trucks that were supplying the invaders. Fifteen American troops were killed and two Iraqi Resistance fighters were martyred in the combat. US aircraft meanwhile bombed the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood in revenge, killing 10 civilians and wounding 14 others.
Resistance seizes control of ad-Duwaylibah.
Resistance forces extended their control over ad-Duwaylibah near Baghdad after US troops evacuated the area Saturday following battles that left four US troops dead and destroyed a Bradley armored vehicle.
Eleven US troops killed in fighting in ar-Ridwaniyah Saturday afternoon.
At 4pm Saturday, Iraqi Resistance fighters firing C5K, RPG7 and SPG9 rockets clashed with US troops in ad-Duwaylibah in the ar-Ridwaniyah area. An American armored vehicle and two Humvees were destroyed and one Bradley armored vehicle was damaged. Eleven US troops were killed. Four Resistance fighters also died in the combat and two others wounded, one of them seriously.
Resistance downs two US helicopters in ar-Ridwaniyah early Saturday.
Iraqi Resistance forces in ar-Ridwaniyah in the Baghdad area fired C5K rockets at two US helicopters at about 7:30am Saturday morning. The first, a large Chinook helicopter was struck by a rocket, caught fire and fell. The second helicopter, a Black Hawk, blew up in the air after two rockets hit it. None of those aboard either helicopter survived, according to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent.
Afternoon fighting in al-Mahmudiyah leaves seven Americans dead.
At about 2pm Saturday Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US patrol in al-Mahmudiyah. Afterward, Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked the American patrol leaving an armored vehicle and a Humvee destroyed and seven US troops dead. Two Resistance fighters were killed and three others wounded, one seriously.
Two Bradley armored vehicles destroyed in fighting in al-Mahmudiyah Saturday morning.
In al-Mahmudiyah, Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 and RPG8 rockets battled US troops at about 9am Saturday morning killed eight US troops and destroyed two Bradley armored vehicles.
Battles in al-Latifiyah – al-Yusufiyah.
At about 1pm Saturday battles broke out between the Resistance and US and puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” in al-Latifiyah. Three Bradley armored vehicles, a Toyota Land Cruiser, a small truck carrying “national guard” troops, and two Nissan pickup trucks were destroyed and another armored vehicle was disabled. Eleven US troops were killed and two more injured in the fighting. Seventeen puppet troops were killed and nine other puppet “national guardsmen” wounded. Four Iraqi Resistance fighters were killed and seven others wounded.
At about 8:30am Saturday morning Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 and RPG8 rockets and BKC automatic weapons destroyed a US Bradley armored vehicle and killed seven US troops in al-Latifiyah.
At 8am Iraqi Resistance forces detonated bombs under US troops on the main public street in al-Yusufiyah, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing three US troops and wounding one other American soldier.
Bombardments throughout Iraq on Saturday.
At 6:30am Saturday Iraqi Resistance forces fired Katyusha rockets into the Republican Palace compound in Baghdad, the area used by US invaders as the headquarters for their occupation of Iraq and dubbed by them the “green zone.”
At 8:30am Saturday Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 82mm mortar rounds into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At 10:15am Iraqi Resistance fighters fired two Grad rockets into the so-called “green zone.”
At 11am Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven 82mm mortar rounds into the US base in what formerly was the Iraq Meat company south of Baghdad.
At 11am Iraqi Resistance forces fired six mortar rounds into the US base in southern Tikrit.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired six mortar rounds into the so-called “green zone” at about noon.
At about 2pm Saturday Iraqi Resistance forces fired six Grad rockets into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad
At about 4pm Saturday Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven mortar rounds into the so-called “green zone.”
At about 4:30pm Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Tariq rockets into Saddam International Airport.
At 6pm Saturday Iraqi Resistance forces fired several Katyusha rockets into the US airbase in al-Muthanna in Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven Grad rockets into the so-called “green zone” beginning at about 6:30pm Saturday evening.
At about 8pm Saturday night Resistance forces fired more than 25 rockets of various types into the as-Suqur base.
At 9pm warning sirens wailed inside the so-called “green zone” when Resistance forces fired Katyusha rockets into the US headquarters compound.
Resistance forces fired ten 82mm mortar rounds into the US base in the south of Tikrit.
Resistance forces fired ten 120mm mortar rounds into the US base south of Baghdad in what formerly was the Iraqi Meat Company.