Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 16 November 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Tuesday, 16 November 2004.
Message from inside al-Fallujah.
The following message was posted on the albasrah.net website on Tuesday night.
11PM, 16 November 2004.
Peace be on you and the mercy of God and His blessings!
We wish to inform you that a group of civilians are now located in a factory and are in very difficult straits. The Americans came to them on Sunday and gave them a little dry food. Those civilians asked them to turn the electricity back on. But the US troops took the electronic cards from the Yugoslavian-made electric power generator that powered the factory. They asked [the Americans] to allow them to transport the sick to the Jordanian Hospital, but the officer said that in an emergency the sick could walk. After that the besieged civilians only saw a few guards. Until today they have not been given permission to transport the sick. The civilians did take a car with wounded to the ash-Shihabi area behind the factory, but were met there by gunfire.
What is happening in al-Fallujah is a war of revenge against the civilians and it is more intense than what you are hearing on the news. The Americans are now only present in the western neighborhoods that they entered on the first days of the fighting. They did not get into the al-Jawlan, an-Nazal, or ash-Shuhada’ neighborhoods, or the industrial zone. They have blown up or bombarded with shells every mosque they got their hands on. They have done the same with every building and with apartment blocks. The civilian victims account for more than 90 percent of the total casualties, and they have been buried in mass graves. The American losses and the losses of the so-called national guard are many times what they declare. For this reason, they do not allow the news media to enter the city. The national guard has begun to rob houses, taking everything they can carry, and loading it on cars to haul it out of the city. May God suffice for us, for He is the best patron.
Our morale, God be praised, is very high. We have made them taste death in every lane and byway. They only control the main street and the neighborhood near the hospital near the entrance to the city on the road to ar-Ramadi.
We have a new battle plan that we are preparing. It has been presented to the commands of all the mujahideen.
God is greatest! Victory to the Mujahideen!
Statement from the Iraqi Baath Party on the Battle of al-Fallujah.
The Department for Political information and publication of the Iraqi branch of the Arab Socialist Baath Party issued a statement on Tuesday in which it said that the current Anglo-British offensive against al-Fallujah is a “premeditated criminal act of revenge against the heroic al-Fallujah in which the official Arab regimes and the Arab news media owned by the wardens of the oil fields of the occupation forces are taking part in accordance with a distribution of roles that have been imposed or agreed upon beforehand.”
Nevertheless, the heroic battle at al-Fallujah, the Baath Party said, would be an “example to be followed in Iraq, first, and then in Palestine.”
The Baath statement said that the Battle of al-Fallujah in which the fighters of the Baath Party were taking part in fighting formations of the Forces of Resistance and Liberation, and under the slogans of Resistance and jihad, and in which the military expertise of the Army of Iraq and the courageous Republican Guard were being used, “is a continuous and on-going battle, one that is not isolated.”
The US and the puppet regime in Baghdad hoped in vain to get political mileage out of al-Fallujah in the up-coming meeting of regional regimes with the United States in Sharm ash-Shaykh next week. But the continuous and comprehensive battle will lead instead to the exhaustion of the aggressor and the downfall of the puppet regime. It exposes the strategic disability of the occupation and will eventually be reflected inside the US on the question of the mobilization of forces.
The battle will compel the US to make difficult and harsh demands on Arab regimes, the Baath Party statement predicted, for the future of the political game it is playing in Iraq depends on the security of its puppet regime, and that regime has no security.
Just as the assault on al-Fallujah is a crime, so the Resistance to it has national and human legitimacy that demands that the Resistance proceed untrammeled and without restriction until the occupation has been routed and the puppet authority destroyed, the statement said.
Resistance holds 60 percent of al-Fallujah as Resistance organizations seek different routes to carry on the struggle.
A leader of one of the Resistance organizations in al-Fallujah confirmed to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the city that many of the Resistance organizations in the city have resolved to “disappear from view” in order to wage a war of attrition against the US forces inside and outside the city.
The Iraqi Resistance leader described to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent the tragic situation in the demolished city “which has become unbearable due to the large number of dead Iraqi civilians in the streets whose bodies are being eaten by dogs.”
He said that bodies of children shot dead by American snipers yesterday or the day before as they tried to cross the street, were also being devoured by the dogs. Neither the families nor the Resistance fighters are able to retrieve the remains of their mangled bodies because of the American snipers are still perched atop high buildings.
The commander described whole buildings that were totally burned with everyone inside.
“All such things,” he said, “have compelled some of
the Resistance organizations to incline to taking up the method of war of
The commander said that this decision was not unanimous among the Resistance organizations, some of which have opted to reduce the pressure they exert from within the heart of al-Fallujah, in view of the determination of the American forces to destroy the city and commit a wholesale slaughter of the inhabitants. Other Resistance organizations have resolved to continue fighting at the same pace as before.
The Resistance commander noted the contrast between the determination of the American forces to kill children, women, doctors, nurses, and civilians and the silence of the whole world in the face of such atrocities. No pressure has been brought to bear to save the civilians suspended in the city despite the unparalleled success that the Resistance has had in waging a street war against the invaders.
Some of the Resistance organizations in al-Fallujah have chosen what has been called the option of our brothers in Samarra’ who sought to reduce the pressure on their main support – after God – that is, the civilian population, by withdrawing to the suburbs of the city where the ferocity of their Resistance operations produced the first instance of mutiny and rejection of orders within the ranks of the American troops in Iraq.
The Commander repeated that this was not a unanimous decision, however, and he noted that there were many Resistance organizations, “that I don’t know anything about,” as he put it.
The commander concluded by saying with a confident smile, “Iraq will see what we are bringing about with our own hands . . . the victory of all of Iraq; an intifada that has grown too big to control.”
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that there is a leadership of major Mujahid organizations in al-Fallujah that is still pursuing the fight as before. One of them is the group of Shaykh ‘Abdallah al-Janabi, the Chairman of the Consultative Council of the Mujahideen of al-Fallujah. According to Quds Press, Shaykh al-Janabi spoke today to a gathering of Resistance fighters defending the city, saying “the Mujahideen control firmly and completely 60 percent of the territory of al-Fallujah. The rest of the city is a battle zone where fighting is going on in fits and starts between the American aggressor forces and the Resistance that is defending al-Fallujah.”
Shaykh al-Janabi said that al-Fallujah Resistance fighters had used a captured American tank in their assault on US military positions and the operation accomplished its goals completely. He said that the Iraqi flag had been raise in official ceremonies over 12 positions regarded as battle zones.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Fallujah commented that these positions of the different Resistance organizations in the city were not in fact contradictory or mutually exclusive. Past experience has shown, he wrote, that every Resistance group helps out the others despite their differences as to their ultimate aims. A proof of that can be seen in the meeting held last Tuesday that took place under a unified leadership.
The source of differences among the al-Fallujah Resistance organizations is the issue of the unarmed civilian population and what to do regarding them. Some organizations believe the best course is to continue to resist, particularly since other fronts of struggle against the US forces have now been opened elsewhere. But other groups believe that the civilians cannot bear the pressure of the siege any longer.
Another source of difference of opinion among the Resistance groups is that some believe it is necessary to open another big front to confront the aggressors on their rear lines, while other Resistance organizations fear that this could result in the complete fall of the city. Despite these differences of opinion, the coordination of the Resistance groups remains strong.
Quds Press reported on Tuesday that extremely fierce fighting was underway on Tuesday on the edges of the al-Jawlan neighborhood of al-Fallujah. Powerful explosions shook the area and could be heard throughout the city, though their exact cause was difficult to determine. Since early Tuesday morning US military aircraft prowled the skies over the city, strafing and rocketing what they regard as targets in numerous neighborhoods throughout the city. US snipers are deployed on the roofs of many tall buildings that over look the city, and they fire on anything that moves in the streets below.
Resistance pounds US Marines outside al-Fallujah with rocket barrages.
Iraqi Resistance forces carried out an intense rocket attack on concentrations of US Marines to the north, west, and south of al-Fallujah. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that more than 31 powerful Tariq and Grad rockets were fired at the American troop concentrations in three areas outside the city.
The correspondent wrote that the rockets fired into the American Marines to the north of the city were launched from a branch of the Tigris River. The rockets that struck the US troop concentrations to the west and south of the city were launched from the direction of al-‘Amiriyah and some from mobile launchers mounted on vehicles.
Resistance field commander saw American troops use women and children as human shields atop their tanks.
A field commander in the Iraqi Resistance disclosed to a correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah what he called the “tragedy of the street fighting” by which he meant the way that the invading American troops were using Iraqi women and children as human shields.
The commander said that the tragedy began last Tuesday. Before that he had never seen it before, where the Americans were using women and children to shield their tanks. The commander commented: “this state is living through a type of savagery that history has never known before.”
The Resistance field commander said “we could hear the cries of the children and the women’s calls for help from atop a column of tanks that was driving along ath-Tharthar street last Tuesday. Some of our fighters closed their eyes in pain and wept at the sight.”
Resistance denies claims by ‘Allawi to have arrested a Resistance commander: “The commander is free, and ‘Allawi got his name wrong anyway.”
Iraqi Resistance sources meanwhile, denied claims by the US-installed “prime-minister” Iyyad ‘Allawi that the commander of the Army of Muhammad Resistance organization had been arrested.
According to Quds Press, the Resistance sources confirmed that the commander was free and present, but that he does not have the name cited by ‘Allawi. In fact all the Iraqi Resistance organizations confirmed that they have no members or fighters who have the name cited by ‘Allawi (i.e., “Muhammad YaSin Ahmad”) as having been arrested. The Resistance warned, however, that if the commander of the organization were captured, they would put the world on edge in order to free him from the US or puppet militia hands.
Attacks target puppet forces in downtown Baghdad late Thursday afternoon.
At about 4pm Tuesday, four trucks loaded with puppet “national guard” troops attempted to enter the al-Karakh area on Tuesday but Resistance fighters in the area hurled hand grenades into the four trucks from high buildings, destroying the vehicles. Apparently the truckloads of puppet troops were on a mission to raid houses in the area. Nine puppet troops were killed and 16 others wounded in the attack.
Iraqi Resistance fighters in a passing car hurled hand grenades into a Nissan Safari Patrol vehicle belonging to the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” in the al-Bab ash-Sharqi [“Eastern Gate”] area of as-Sa‘dun Street. The attack, that took place at about 4pm Tuesday afternoon, left three puppet troops dead and five others wounded.
Attacks around Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated a bomb under a US Humvee in the al-A‘zamiyah area of Baghdad on Tuesday, destroying the vehicle and killing two US troops.
Two US troops were wounded when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in Baghdad at about 8:30am Tuesday morning.
Five US troops were killed when Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under their small armored vehicle in the al-Ghazaliyah area south of Baghdad at about 9am Tuesday morning. The vehicle was totally destroyed in the attack in which Resistance fighters used BKC automatic weapons.
Resistance fighters in al-Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad, clashed with US and “national guard” puppet troops at about 11am Tuesday morning. Four US troops were and nine puppet “national guardsmen” were killed. Three Resistance fighters also died and two others were injured in the combat, one of them seriously.
At about 11:30am Tuesday, an armored vehicle, a Humvee and a troop transport were destroyed in an Iraqi Resistance bomb ambush in al-Mushahadah. The heavy bomb planted by the Resistance exploded in a series of blasts that also left seven US troops dead and a number of others wounded.
Iraqi Resistance forces clashed with US troops and puppet policemen around the puppet police station in the al-A‘zamiyah area of northern Baghdad at about 9:30am Tuesday. Two puppet police Land Cruisers and a Humvee belonging to the US troops were destroyed. Five American soldiers and eight puppet policemen were killed and six other puppet policemen were wounded.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing two RPG7 rockets destroyed two US Humvees on the highway that passes through as-Sayyidiyah in Baghdad on its way to the southern suburb of ad-Durah at 3pm Tuesday, killing three US troops aboard the vehicles.
Iraqi Resistance fighters rired RPG7 rockets at a US military tank truck near the central markets in the al-‘Adl neighborhood in Baghdad, destroying the tanker and killing the American driver aboard it. The attack occurred at 4pm Tuesday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces destroyed a US Humvee and a civilian truck on the highway coming from al-Bayya‘ as it passed through as-Sayyidiyah at about 8pm Tuesday. Resistance fighters fired RPG7 and C5K rockets and BKC automatic weapons, killing six US troops and wounding four others aboard the vehicles. As they withdrew, the occupation forces opened fire on houses and cars in the area, striking one civilian car but fortunately killing no one.
A series of Iraqi Resistance bombs on the main street in the ar-Rashidiyah area of Baghdad, followed by an armed attack by Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets destroyed two armored vehicles and a US troop transport at about 5pm Tuesday evening. Seven US troops were killed and three others wounded.
At about 3pm Iraqi Resistance forces fired RPG7 and C5K rockets at a GMC vehicle believed to belong to the US Central Intelligence Agency in the al-Jihad neighborhood of Baghdad. The attack destroyed a Humvee as well as the GMC and left two US troops and two others, believed to be CIA agents dead.
Iraqi Resistance forces destroyed a GMC vehicle, killing five persons aboard it believed to be CIA agents in al-‘Amiriyah in Baghdad on Tuesday.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired armor-piercing RPG7 rockets at a GMC vehicle believed to belong to the US CIA near the al-Karradah area of Baghdad at 6pm Tuesday evening, destroying the vehicle that was being driven by five persons.
Two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US Abrams tank in the al-Ishaqiyah area north of Baghdad killing five US troops at 4pm Tuesday.
Badr Brigade collaborationist official assassinated.
A high ranking official in the collaborationist Badr Brigades was assassinated Tuesday afternoon when Iraqi Resistance fighters opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles on the car in which he was riding through one of the streets of the ar-Risalah neighborhood of Baghdad.
The Badr Brigade official and two of his drivers were killed in the attack, which took place at about 2:30pm Tuesday afternoon.
The Badr Brigades are the armed wing of the Shi‘i chauvinist collaborationist “Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)” that joined the US military in the invasion of Iraq in spring 2003.
Resistance attacks in the Abu Ghurayb area.
At 7:30am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets destroyed two civilian trucks bringing supplies to the US forces on the highway in Abu Ghurayb, killing three US troops.
At about 10am Iraqi Resitance forces firing SPG9 rockets destroyed a Bradley armored vehicle and kille dthree US troops in the area of az-Zaydan village in Abu Ghurayb.
At 12:15pm Tuesday, an Iraqi Reistance bomb exploded on the Old Street in Abu Ghurayb, destroying a Humvee.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing a C5K rocket shot down a US Cobra helicopter as it flew over the az-Zaydan village in the Abu Ghurayb area, killing at least four crewmembers.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US column on the highway in the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood of Abu Ghurayb, forcing the column to halt at about 4pm Tuesday afternoon. Resistance fighters then attacked with 82mm and 60mm mortar rounds and RPG7 and SPG9 rockets and BKC automatic weapons, destroying three trucks – one of them military and two civilian – that were bringing supplies to the US troops. A Humvee and a truck loaded with soldiers were also destroyed in the attack. Thirteen US troops were killed and several more were injured in the ambush. US troops then responded to the attack by firing indiscriminately at the houses in the area, destroying two homes and killing eight civilian residents, including an old woman who was sitting in her courtyard. Three passers by were also killed.
Resistance bombing in ad-Duwaylibah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Abrams tank on the main road in ad-Duwaylibah, totally destroying the tank and two Humvees. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that 15 US troops were killed in that attack, and six wounded, some of them seriously.
Resistance bomb attack in ar-Ridwaniyah leaves three US troops dead.
Heavy Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US patrol in ar-Ridwaniyah, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing three US troops and wounding two more on Tuesday.
Six US troops killed in Resistance attack in ar-Ridwaniyah.
At 9am Tuesday morning clashes broke out in ar-Ridwaniyah between US troops and Iraqi Resistance forces. The Resistance fighters, firing RPG7 and C5K rockets, destroyed two Bradley armored vehicles, killing six US troops and wounding two more.
US helicopter kills two Resistance fighters.
A US helicopter opened fire on a white 1993 Honda being driven by two Iraqi Resistance fighters in ar-Ridwaniyah on Tuesday. Both fighters were killed.
Resistance bomb attack leaves five US troops dead in as-Suwayrah.
Five US troops were killed when Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US column in as-Suwayrah south of Baghdad, totally destroying two US Humvees.
Eight American troops killed in morning ambush in as-Suwayrah.
Clashes between the Resistance and US forces erupted in the as-Suwayrah area south of Baghdad at 8:30am Tuesday. Resistance fighters fired RPG7 and C5K rockets and BKC automatic weapons, destroying two US Humvees and a military fuel tank truck loaded with inflammables. Eight US troops and three Resistance fighters were killed in the attack.
Resistance attacks in ad-Durah on southern outskirts of Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance sharp shooter shot down an unmanned US reconnaissance plane in the ‘Arab Jabbur area of the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 9am Tuesday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the path of a US Humvee in ad-Durah on Tuesday, killing three US troops.
At 12 noon Tuesday Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked US forces, killing three American soldiers.
At about 1:30pm Tuesday, an Iraqi Resistance bomb on Tuesday exploded under a US Bradley armored vehicle in Hur Rajab in ad-Durah. Resistance fighters then opened fire on the vehicle with an RPG7 rocket launcher, splitting the vehicle in half and killing five US troops.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked and destroyed a US military supply truck in ad-Durah on Tuesday, killing the two US soldiers – one of them a female – aboard.
At about 7pm Iraqi Resistance fighters firing BKC automatic weapons and rockets attacked US forces after they had raided houses in the Hur Rajab area of ad-Durah, destroying two Humvees, disabling a Bradley armored vehicle and killing nine US troops and wounding three others. Two Iraqi Resistance fighters were killed in the combat and two others wounded.
Two US troops killed, two wounded in Resistance ambush.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets attacked a US detachment, destroying a nearly totally destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing two American soldiers and wounding tow others in al-Latifiyah on Tuesday.
Apache helicopter shot down Tuesday morning.
At about 10am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces firing C5K rockets shot down a US Apache helicopter in the al-Latifiyah area south of Baghdad. A rocket struck the helicopter, causing it to lose balance and crash. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent who reported the downing had no certain information on casualties.
Bombardments around Iraq on Tuesday.
At 6am Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US airbase in al-Muthanna in Baghdad with two Katyusha rockets.
At about 7am Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US airbase in al-Muthanna in Baghdad with four Katyusha rockets.
At about 7am Tuesday Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the US base in Saddam International Airport.
At 9am Tuesday Resistance forces struck the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad with seven 82mm mortar rounds.
At 9:30am Tuesday Iraqi Resistance forces pounded the joint US-Iraqi “national guard” base in at-Taji, 40km north of Baghdad with five 82mm mortar rounds.
At 9:30am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces struck the British base in al-Mahawil north of the city of al-Hillah in southern Iraq with ten 82mm mortar rounds.
At about10 am Tuesday Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the northern and southern US bases in Tikrit with 14 82mm mortar rounds.
At 10:30am Resistance forces struck the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad with three Katyusha rockets.
At 1:30pm Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces struck the British base in al-Mahawil north of the city of al-Hillah in southern Iraq with four Katyusha rockets.
At 2pm Iraqi Resistance forces struck the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad with one very powerful rocket – possibly a Grad or an Ababil – that set of a massive explosion and enveloped the camp in thick smoke.
At 3pm Tuesday Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US al-Bikr base in the Balad area north of Baghdad with four Grad rockets.
At 3:30pm Tuesday Iraqi Resistance forces struck the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad with eight mortar rounds.
Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the British base in al-Mahawil north of al-Hillah at 4pm Tuesday with 12 Katyusha rockets.
At 5:30pm Iraqi Resistance forces fired Grad rockets into the Republican Palace in Baghdad where the US occupation of the country is headquartered in an area known to the invaders as “the green zone.”
At 6:30pm Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Katyusha rockets into the US base in what formerly was the Iraqi Meat Company south of Baghdad.
At 7pm Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Grad rockets into the US base set up in Saddam International Airport southwest of Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US airbase in al-Muthanna in Baghdad with more than sixty 82mm mortar rounds and 26 Katyusha rockets over a period of several hours on Tuesday, from 12 noon until 9pm. The intensive and continuous barrage prompted most of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” forces to evacuate the base, as thick smoke rose into the sky overhead. As soon as the barrage came to a halt, numerous US Black Hawk medical helicopters landed in the airbase to evacuate the dead and wounded. It is likely that the heavy barrage was in revenge for the bloodbath inflicted by US forces on nearby Hayfa Street Monday in which 15 civilians were killed.
At 9:30pm Tuesday Iraqi Resistance forces struck the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad with six Katyusha rockets.