Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 23 November 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Tuesday, 23 November 2004.
Resistance cleans US invaders out of al-Wahdah neighborhood in northern al-Fallujah,. Resistance fighters from outside break into the city through US lines. Resistance bombards US forces with chemical rockets to facilitate break through.
Iraqi Resistance forces have succeed in clearing the center of al-Fallujah of US invader troops after fierce fighting that started when Resistance fighters stormed the al-Wahdah neighborhood of the city Monday night.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Fallujah reported that a detachment of Resistance fighters in the Resistance-controlled southern part of the city and in the eastern al-Fallujah neighborhood of al-‘Askari mounted a powerful attack on the al-Wahdah neighborhood. In a report posted at 12:35pm Tuesday afternoon Mecca time (1:35pm local time) the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent confirmed that the Resistance controlled al-Wahdah although there were still some clashes going on with US forces outside the outskirts of the neighborhood.
That fighting was the continuation of the battle that broke out at around 10pm Monday night after the daylight hours of Monday passed in uncommon calm.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent advanced the opinion that the Resistance gave up control of al-Wahdah for a long period in accordance with the demands of urban warfare, wherein they try to create numerous simultaneous fronts for the occupation troops in order to divide their forces to attack them one-by-one. That tactic also prevents the Resistance from being locked down in one particular area.
In another qualitatively new breakthrough, Iraqi Resistance fighters pierced the American ring around the city from the north. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that Resistance detachments totaling some 500 to 600 men swam across the river from the north and into the old section of the city. From there they advanced to the al-Jawlan neighborhood. From there they went to the railroad, then the as-Sakani neighborhood, and afterwards came out from the northern part of the city again. The correspondent reported that those detachments brought in supplies, the nature of which he was unable to ascertain, to the Resistance fighters blockaded in the city.
Meanwhile Iraqi Resistance fighters in the area outside al-Fallujah fired three unconventional rockets at US forces stationed in the garden areas of al-Bu ‘Irin area northwest of the city. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that white dust rose from the area struck by the rocket barrage. Afterwards, four giant Chinook helicopters began evacuating casualties from the target area.
The correspondent added that the Resistance made use of the US forces’ preoccupation with the rocket attack and its aftermath to break through the American blockade into the northwest of the al-Jawlan neighborhood at 9:30pm Monday night. This was another qualitatively new operation undertaken by the Resistance in revenge for the US use of poison gas and other chemical weapons against the civilians – elderly, women, and children – of al-Fallujah.
Although the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent had no way of ascertaining the exact number of casualties that the attack inflicted on the US aggressors, he could report that four Chinook helicopters were used to evacuate the dead and wounded and each Chinook holds about 70 or 80 soldiers in normal conditions. In critical conditions, such as this attack, American forces would tend to load more casualties on their aircraft to get as many out as quickly as possible.
Sixteen puppet “national guardsmen” killed when Resistance forces attack puppet troops raiding civilian homes in the al-Karakh district Tuesday afternoon.
The puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” on Tuesday afternoon launched a series of attacks targeting civilians on Sahat at-Tala’i‘ [Vanguards’ Square] in the al-Karah district of Baghdad. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the puppet troops arrested 23 Iraqi civilians.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked the puppet “national guards” and fighting erupted. Six pf the puppet guards were shot dead by Iraqi Resistance sharp shooters. Ten other puppet guards were killed when an Iraqi Resistance RPG7 grenade struck their troop transport.
Midday bomb attack in Salman Bak.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a Humvee in the Salman Bak area at midday on Tuesday, destroying the Humvee and killing three US troops and wounding one other American soldier.
Afternoon bomb attack in al-‘Amiriyah.
At about 3:30pm Tuesday afternoon an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in al-‘Amiriyah in Baghdad and destroyed a Humvee, killing three US troops.
Resistance attacks in al-‘Amiriyah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the path of a US patrol in the al-‘Amiriyah area of Baghdad at 3:30pm Tuesday afternoon, destroying a Humvee and killing two US troops and wounding three other American soldiers.
At 4:45pm Tuesday, a heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Bradley armored vehicle in al-‘Amiriyah, destroying the vehicle and killing three US soldiers and wounding two others.
Morning attack in ar-Ridwaniyah.
At 9:30am Tuesday morning, Iraqi Resistance forces detonated a bomb in the path of a US patrol in the al-Fattuh area of ar-Ridwaniyah, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing one US soldier.
Midday attack in as-Suwayrah.
At 12:30pm Tuesday an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in as-Suwayrah south of Baghdad destroying a Humvee, and killing three US troops and seriously wounding a fourth.
Attacks in al-Ghazaliyah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the path of a US truck loaded with supplies for US forces in al-Ghazaliyah at 4pm Tuesday, destroying the truck and killing two American soldiers.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a civilian truck loaded with supplies for US occupation troops in the al-Ghazaliyah area southwest of Baghdad at 7:30am Tuesday, disabling the truck and wounding its driver.
Resistance bomb attack wounds US truck driver in al-‘Amil.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US supply truck on Airport Road in Baghdad’s al-‘Amil neighborhood at 6:30pm Tuesday night, disabling the truck and wounding the driver.
Attacks in Abu Ghurayb.
At 8:30am Tuesday an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US military patrol in Abu Ghurayb destroying a Humvee and killing two US troops and wounding a third.
At 10:30am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked and destroyed a Bradley armored vehicle on the old street in Abu Ghurayb, killing four US troops.
Bomb attack in al-Ishaqi as Baghdad passes a relatively quiet Tuesday.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated bombs under US troops in the al-Ishaqi area of northern Baghdad at 9:45am Tuesday. The explosions destroyed a US military truck loaded with supplies for the occupation troops and killed to American troops.
In a dispatch posted at 6:37pm Mecca time Tuesday (7:37pm local time) the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that Tuesday was notably quiet in Baghdad, when compared with previous days.
Bomb attack in at-Taji.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US patrol in the Hur al-Basha area of at-Taji, north of Baghdad, at 10am Tuesday. A Humvee was destroyed, killing three US troops.
Homemade bomb found on Iraqi Airways plane in Baghdad.
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported on Tuesday that the US embassy in Baghdad had announced that a homemade bomb was found on a commercial airliner in Iraq. It said US citizens should beware of travelling on commercial carriers flying to the war-torn country.
The embassy gave no further details in its statement, adding only that "additional screening measures are being put into place at the Baghdad International Airport".
It did not say if the "improvised explosive device" was found on a plane that had just arrived in Baghdad or on one about to depart, saying only that it was found on a plane "inside Iraq".
Baghdad airport reopened for commercial flights last Monday after being shut on November 8 for security reasons before US-led forces launched a major assault on the Resistance bastion of al-Fallujah.
Planes flying into Baghdad have frequently been targeted by missiles fired by the Iraqi Resistance. Aircraft landing in the airport fly in at a steep angle as a precautionary measure.
In an attack Monday, Iraqi Resistance forces firing C5K and RPG7 rockets ambushed US troops on the highway west of al-Ghazaliyah southwest of Baghdad, destroying two Abrams tanks and a military truck and killing eight US troops.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing Kalashnikov assault rifles attacked a
2004 Spring car carrying puppet policemen in al-Baghdadi city west of
Baghdad on Monday afternoon, killing three puppet police.
Tuesday morning ambush kills five US troops.
Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated bombs under a US patrol in
al-Latifiyah and then attacked with RPG7 rockets, destroying a Bradley
armored vehicle and a Humvee and killing five US troops and wounding two
others at 10:30am Tuesday.
Member of Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ murdered in al-Miqdadiyah.
Shaykh Ghalib az-Zuhayr, member of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ [scholars] in al-Miqdadiyah, 100km northeast of Baghdad, was assassinated on Tuesday. Eyewitnesses and officials at the local hospital told Reuters that armed men attacked and killed Shaykh Ghalib Tuesday morning.
In a similar incident on Monday, apparent supporters of the US occupation assassinated Shayk Fayd Muhammad al-Faydi, the brother of the official spokesman of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
The Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ was formed after the American occupation of
Iraq, and members of the organization that acts as an advocacy group for
Iraq’s Sunni population, have become the targets of arrest and
assassination by the US occupation troops, the puppet so-called “Iraqi
national guard,” which is largely made up of members of the
collaborationist Badr Brigade, the armed wing of the so called Supreme
Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) which joined American
troops during the invasion of Iraq in the spring of 2003.
The American satellite regime in Seoul, south Korea, has responded to orders from is master in Washington and agreed to extend the tour of duty of south Korean occupation troops in Iraq for at least another year, until the end of 2005.
A communiqué issued by the south Korean “prime minister” said that the order was issued on Tuesday during a meeting of his cabinet. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that an urgent message would be transmitted to the south Korean “parliament” to make sure that it votes for the extension of the tour of duty of the Korean aggressor troops.
There are about 2,800 occupation troops from south Korea serving the
United States in Iraq, with their concentration in Irbil, in the northern
part of the country where collaborationist Kurdish chauvinist parties are
in control. Another detachment of 700 men is slated to join them there in
the near future. In addition, the independent Mafkarat al-Islam
website has reported in past months that south Korean soldiers were
involved with US aggressor troops in combat against the people of al-Anbar
Province where al-Fallujah is located.
Bombardments throughout Iraq on
At 7am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven 82mm mortar rounds into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At 8am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven 82mm mortar rounds into the British base in al-Mahawil, north of al-Hillah.
At 8:30am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the US camp occupying the Arab Equestrian Club in Baghdad’s al-Furat neighborhood.
At 8:30am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired fire Katyusha rockets into the US al-Bakr base in Balad north of Baghdad. This was the first bombardment of the al-Bakr camp since the Resistance hit it with four missiles with chemical warheads two days earlier, claiming what some sources said was 270 US casualties.
At 11:30am Tuesday Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US base in Saddam International Airport southwest of Baghdad with four 120mm mortar rounds.
At about 3pm Tuesday afternoon Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Katyusha rockets at the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At 6pm Tuesday evening Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Katyusha rockets at the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At 8pm Tuesday night Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 82mm mortar rounds into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces on Tuesday bombarded the US troops encamped in the former Iraqi Meat company in ‘Uwayrij, south of Baghdad with nine 82mm mortar rounds.
At about 3:10pm Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four C5K rockets at the US al-Bakr base in the Balad area north of Baghdad.
At about 5pm Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets into the British base in al-Mahawil north of al-Hillah in southern Iraq.
At 5:30pm Tuesday evening, Iraqi Resistance forces fired six Katyusha rockets into the US airbase at al-Muthanna in Baghdad.