Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 22 November 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Monday, 22 November 2004.
Mafkarat al-Islam: Monday completely calm in al-Fallujah and the environs.
A state of complete calm prevailed over the center and outlying regions of al-Fallujah on Monday, according to a dispatch posted on Mafkarat al-Islam at 11:35pm Monday night, Mecca time. No fighting or clashes took place in the city. US occupation forces remain centered in their same positions as on previous days, having made no advances. Some minor movements were observed of some military units, but they were not apparently consequential.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondents outside the city of al-Fallujah observed US troops to be in a relaxed mood, as they could be seen getting out of their cars, resting and playing around with one another.
US forces occasionally opened and occasionally closed the road that leads to as-Saqlawiyah, allowing families some movement. A person who had entered al-Fallujah once before is not being allowed to enter a second time, however.
The situation in the city was also peaceful on Sunday, apart from a few minor skirmishes in the industrial zone after midnight and until dawn.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that there is no truth to claims on some news media outlets that clashes had occurred in the al-Mu‘allimin and al-Jawlan neighborhoods, because there is no Resistance presence in those neighborhoods, according to Mafkarat al-Islam.
Fierce fighting resumes in al-Fallujah’s south as US behaves treacherously with medical team – allowing it in, then shooting at it.
China’s Xinhua News Agency reported eyewitnesses as saying on Monday that “fierce clashes are underway in the al-Jawlan, al-‘Askari, and ash-Shuhada’ neighborhoods. They said that several relief teams were conducting hard negotiations with US troops to gain access to the city to provide assistance to the wounded and bury the dead.
Residents outside the city reported that US troops let a relief team into the city on Sunday but later opened fire on their convoy, killing one member of the team and forcing them to withdraw amid growing fears of a humanitarian crisis in al-Fallujah.
Chinese news agency confirms Mafkarat al-Islam information: Resistance controls 60 percent of al-Fallujah.
China’s Xinhua News Agency reported Monday that Iraqi Resistance forces hold 60 percent of al-Fallujah and have surrounded dozens of US Marines in the al-Jawlan district of the city. Quoting eyewitnesses on Sunday “who managed to sneak out of the city,” Xinhua wrote that the residents reported that the Resistance still controls the southern part of al-Fallujah, which “constitutes the larger part of the city.” Xinhua quoted the witnesses as saying that “US troops only control the north and small eastern spots in the city.”
The residents said that “some American troops are based in government buildings and they are pounded by fighters.” They told the Chinese news agency, “in daytime groups of mujahideen engage with hit-and-run attacks with US Marines, and at the same time they gear themselves up for the night battles.” Xinhua reported that “fierce fighting and loud explosions resonated throughout the al-Jawlan neighborhood before sunset.”
Acute malnutrition rate among Iraqi children doubles under US occupation.
The US newspaper The Washington Post reported Monday that that the most recent study has shown that the malnutrition rate among Iraqi children has doubled since the US-led invasion of Iraq 20 months ago.
The study, co-conducted by the puppet so-called “Iraqi health ministry,” the Norwegian Institution of Applied Studies and the United Nations aid agency in occupied Iraq, pointed out that the rate of severe malnutrition among Iraqi children above 5 years old increased to 7.7 percent this year, in comparison with 4 percent two years ago.
It also showed that some 400,000 Iraqi children were suffering from emaciation characterized by chronic diarrhea and deprivation of protein.
It should be noted that the severe American-engineered embargo that was imposed on Iraq in 1990 was only lifted after the US invasion of the country. As a result of that embargo, malnutrition was already rampant in the country before the US invasion and more than 1.5 million Iraqis had died as a result of the strangulation imposed on the country, more than half of them women and children.
Despite the extremely difficult situation, the government of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was able steadily to bring the down rate of acute malnutrition among children younger than 5 to under 4 percent in 2002. This despite the fact that Washington repeatedly acted to tighten its embargo on the country.
The Washington Post wrote: “Iraq's child malnutrition rate now roughly equals that of Burundi, a central African nation torn by more than a decade of war. It is far higher than rates in Uganda and Haiti.
“’The people are astonished,’ said Khalil M. Mahdi, who directs the Nutrition Research Institute at the puppet so-called “health ministry. The institute has been involved with nutrition surveys for more than a decade; the latest one was conducted in April and May but has not been publicly released,” the Washington Post continued.
The American newspaper said, “Mahdi and other analysts attributed the increase in malnutrition to dirty water and to unreliable supplies of the electricity needed to make it safe by boiling. In poorer areas, where people rely on kerosene to fuel their stoves, high prices and an economy crippled by unemployment aggravate poor health.
“‘Things have been worse for me since the war,’ said Qasim Sa‘id, a day laborer who was at Baghdad’s main children’s hospital to visit his ailing year-old son, ‘Abdullah. The child, lying on a pillow with a Winnie the Pooh washcloth to keep the flies off his head, weighs just 11 pounds.
“‘During the previous regime, I used to work on the government projects. Now there are no projects,’ his father told the Washington Post.
The Post explained that when Sa‘id does find work, “he can bring home $10 to $14 a day. If his wife is fortunate enough to find a can of Isomil, the nutritional supplement that doctors recommend, she pays $7 for it.
“‘But the lady in the next bed said she just paid $10,’ said Su‘ad Ahmad, who sat cross-legged on a bed in the same ward, trying to console her skeletal 4-month-old granddaughter, Hiba, who suffers from chronic diarrhea.’
The Washington Post wrote that Iraqi “health ministry” employees “like to surprise visitors by pointing out that the nutrition issue facing young Iraqis a generation ago was obesity.” Malnutrition, they note, appeared in the early 1990s with the UN embargo imposed on it by Washington.
Prominent Sunni religious figure assassinated in Mosul.
Unknown gunmen on Monday assassinated Shaykh Fayd Bashshar al-Faydi, the brother of the official spokesman of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ [Scholars] in Iraq, Shaykh Muhammad Bashshar al-Faydi in Mosul.
Shaykh ‘Akif Jarallah Muhammad, a witness to the murder told Agence France Presse (AFP) that four masked men in a car opened fire on Shaykh Fayd al-Faydi and then fled. The attack took place, he said, in the ar-Rifaq neighborhood of central Mosul at about 9am Monday as the Shaykh was coming out of a mosque.
Dr. ‘Abd al-Jabbar Muhammad Jaris of Medical City hospital in Mosul said that Shaykh Fayd was struck and killed by four bullets in the abdomen and chest.
The Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ is the most prominent Sunni religious body in Iraq. Its leaders and spokesmen have been subject to arrest and assassination by the US occupation authorities and the puppet “national guard,” according to Mafkarat al-Islam.
Bus attack kills five puppet troops in al-Waziriyah.
At 4pm Monday afternoon, Iraqi Resistance forces opened fire on Hyundai Bus carrying members of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” in the al-Waziriyah area of western Iraq, killing five puppet troops and wounding two more.
Afternoon ambush in al-Mushahadah.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked a US column in the al-Mushahada district north of Baghdad at 3:30pm Monday, destroying two trucks and killing two US troops.
Two US troops killed in al-Ghazaliyah ambush.
At about 3:15pm Monday Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets attacked a US patrol on the highway in al-Ghazaliyah southwest of Baghdad, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and a military truck and disabling another Bradley. Two US soldiers were killed in the ambush.
Attacks in ad-Durah.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets disabled a Bradley armored vehicle in the Hur al-Basha area of ad-Durah in the southern suburbs of Baghdad, killing one US soldier.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the al-Bu ‘Itha area of ad-Durah in the southern suburbs of Bagdhdad at 4pm Monday, disabling a Humvee and killing one US soldier and injuring three others.
Bomb attack kills three US troops Monday night.
At 6:30pm Monday, a heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded between the al-I‘lam and the at-Turah areas of Baghdad, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing three US troops.
Resistance attacks in al-A‘zamiyah.
At 10pm Monday night an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the al-A‘zamiyah neighborhood of Baghdad destroying a Humvbee and killing three US troops.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US patrol in the al-A‘zamiyah neighborhood of Baghdad at 7:30pm Monday. Afterwards fighting erupted that left four puppet policemen dead and two others wounded and disabled two Nissan patrol cars.
Resistance bomb kills nine Iraqi puppet troops in Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the al-Jihad neighborhood of Baghdad at about 9pm Monday night as a truck loaded with puppet “national guardsmen” was passing by. Nine puppet troops were killed and six others wounded.
Stunning attack by Iraqi Resistance on US camp in Hala Saddam Hussein’s Palace.
At about 10am Monday, a large group of Iraqi Resistance fighters attempted to storm the Palace of Hala Saddam Hussein – the daughter of the Iraqi President – which has been turned into a US base in the area between al-Jadiriyah and the Republican Palace area called the “green zone” by the occupation troops in Baghdad.
The Resistance launched their operation by firing 15 rockets of various types, including 82mm and 60mm mortar rounds and Katyusha rockets, into the building. They then stormed Hala’s Palace, killing more than 28 US troops according to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent, all of them detailed to guard doors and towers of the facility. Resistance fighters also destroyed two Bradley armored vehicles when they tried to escape from the Palace. On their side, 16 Iraqi Resistance fighters were martyred in the battle.
US helicopter massacres 29 Iraqi civilians after battle in ad-Durah.
At about 10:30am local time, Iraqi Resistance forces attacked US troops when they were bulldozing land and cutting down date palms and other trees on the “al-Isra’iliyah” Road in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah. The Resistance fired SPG9 and RPG7 rockets at the bulldozers destroying three of them as well as two Humvees. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent wrote that 11 US troops were killed in the vehicles, and four who were on foot also died. Shortly thereafter a US helicopter arrived and set about strafing homes in the area indiscriminately, killing at least 29 Iraqi civilians, and destroying eight private cars.
Four guards of Iraqi puppet “minister” killed in Resistance attack.
Four members of the guard detail of the puppet so-called “Iraqi minister of the interior” were killed at about 10:30am Monday morning when four cars driven by Iraqi Resistance fighters firing Kalashnikov and BKC automatic weapons attacked a motorcade in which the puppet “minister” was thought to be riding in the as-Saddah area in the al-Karradah district of Baghdad. One white 2002 Land Cruiser a White Sunny car were destroyed.
Attacks in Abu Ghurayb
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on the Old Street in Abu Ghurayb at about 9am Monday morning, destroying a Humvee and killing three US troops aboard it.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked and destroyed a US Bradley armored vehicle in the Kharnabat area of Abu Ghurayb at 2:30pm Monday. Four US troops were killed inside the Bradley.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the path of two Humvees west of Abu Ghurayb, destroying them and killing four US troops and seriously wounding three others at 2pm Monday.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US military truck in the adh-Dhahab al-Abyad village in the Abu Ghurayb area, killing one US soldier at 5pm Monday.
Bomb attack in al-Ishaqi.
At about 10:30am Monday an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the al-Ishaqi area north of Baghdad, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing three US troops.
Convoy attacked in al-Makasib.
Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated a bomb and then opened fire with RPG7 rockets at US convoy on the highway in the al-Makasib area south of Baghdad, at 2:15pm Monday, destroying a military tank truck and killing two US soldiers.
Monday ambushes in Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the path of a US patrol destroying two Humvees and killing two US troops and injuring three others in Baghdad on Monday.
At 8am Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated a bomb on the highway in the al-‘Amil neighborhood, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing the gunner.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on Airport Road in Baghdad, destroying a civilian Gulliver vehicle that was carrying three persons believed to have been CIA members.
At 4:30pm Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked a civilian Turkish truck, killing its driver.
Bomb attack south of Baghdad Monday afternoon.
At 2:30pm Monday an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on the highway between as-Sayyidiyah and ad-Durah to the south of Baghdad, destroying a Humvee and killing three US troops aboard it.
Resistance fighters assassinate spy.
At about 8:30am Monday morning Iraqi Resistance fighters firing Kalashnikov assault rifles attacked a spy working for the US occupation in the al-Jihad neighborhood of Baghdad.
Resistance guns down collaborationist Badr Brigade members on Hayfa Street.
At about 1:40pm Monday, Iraqi Resistance fighters driving a 1994 Daewoo on Hayfa Street in Baghdad’s al-Karakh district, attacked and killed collaborationist Badr Brigade gunmen.
Resistance abducts two Badr Brigade gunmen in ar-Ridwaniyah.
Iraqi Resistance fighters abducted two members of the collaborationist Badr Brigades at about 2:30pm Monday in ar-Ridwaniyah south of Baghdad.
At 11am Monday, Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated bombs and opened fire with RPG7 rockets on US forces in the al-Latifiyah area southwest of Baghdad, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and two Humvees and killing 17 US troops according to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent. Three Iraqi Resistance fighters were also killed in the engagement, and two others seriously wounded.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US patrol that was heading from al-Latifiyah to the north at about 11:30am Monday, Resistance forces then attacked the US forces with RPG7 rockets and BKC automatic weapons disabling two Humvees and killing nine US troops and wounding two others.
Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed a US force in the al-Janabayn area with RPG7 rockets, destroying an armored GMC car that was believed to be carrying an officer.
At 4pm Monday afternoon, Iraqi Resistance forces detonated seven bombs under a column of US troops on the main street in the Sayyid ‘Abdallah area of al-Latifiyah, destroying two Humvees and three military trucks and disabling two other military trucks. The attack killed nine US troops according to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent.
Bombardments around Iraq on Monday.
At 6am Monday Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad with four Katyusha rockets.
At 6:30am Monday Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 120mm mortar rounds into the US base in Saddam International Airport.
At 6:30am Monday morning, Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 60mm mortar rounds into the joint US-Iraqi “national guard” base in the at-Taji area north of Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded a joint US-puppet “national guard” command post in al-Yusufiyah, 20km south of Baghdad, with five 120mm mortar rounds.
At about 7am Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US headquarters in what was formerly the offices of the Iraqi chiefs of staff in the al-‘Amiriyah section of Baghdad with eight 120mm mortar rounds.
At 3pm Monday Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Katyusha rockets into the US airbase in al-Muthanna in Baghdad.
At 3pm Monday Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Katyusha rockets into the British base at al-Mahawil north of al-Hillah.
At 5:30pm Monday Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad with five 120mm mortar rounds.
Iraqi Resistance forces at 6pm Monday fired three Grad rockets into the US base in Saddam International Airport.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired an intensive barrage into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad at 8pm Monday night that was still going on when the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent filed his report posted at 12:45am Tuesday, local time (11:45pm Monday, Mecca time). Every three minutes the US base shook to the violent explosion of Resistance 120mm mortar rounds or Katyusha rockets.