Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 24 November 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Wednesday, 24 November 2004.
The Situation in al-Fallujah as of Wednesday afternoon.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Fallujah reported in a dispatch posted at 3:50pm Mecca time Wednesday afternoon that battles between Resistance forces and US Marines were under way on four axes around the city.
One axis is in the south in the area of the industrial zone and the neighborhoods of ash-Shuhada’ and al-Jubayl.
A second is to the east in the al-‘Askari neighborhood.
The third axis is to the northwest in the al-Jawlan neighborhood.
The fourth axis along which there is fighting is in the center of the city in the al-Wahdah neighborhood, which Resistance fighters seized back from US invaders on Tuesday.
The Resistance appears to be fighting along the eastern axis in al-‘Askari, the northwest axis in al-Jawlan, and in the center in al-Wahdah in an attempt to reduce US pressure on the south of al-Fallujah, which the Americans have not yet been able to seriously penetrate since beginning their offensive several weeks ago. They are also evidently trying to split up the US attacking forces where they can be dealt with separately. The Americans find their presence in the center of the city to be dangerous for them, now that the Resistance dominates al-Wahdah again.
The correspondent reported that he heard for the first time in 10 days the sounds of fighting in the al-Jaghifi neighborhood, but the detailed information on the nature of that combat is unavailable. At the time of writing, the correspondent said that the sounds of battle there had fallen silent 10 minutes previous, but then resumed as he started writing.
Meanwhile, Resistance forces have fallen back from the head of the industrial zone to the east, militarily a “dead zone,” or sharp corner where the Resistance was exposed to attack by the invader troops from three directions – east, north and south – and where movement from neighboring areas is difficult. This made it reasonable for the Resistance to fall back from the small area to more defensible positions. But then the Resistance came back to attack the area and the US forces retreated. It appears, however, that the Resistance has no desire to try to hold the little area which would only invite many American attacks on their forces.
Overall, the situation in the city remains as it has been for some days – with the Resistance controlling about 60 percent of the city, and the US forces present in the rest. The American presence even there, however, is not stable or consolidated, however, as Resistance attacks on the Americans there are frequent.
For third day, US bans as-Saqlawiyah residents from collecting bodies in al-Fallujah.
A correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported on Wednesday that for the third straight day US forces have refused to let the people of as-Saqlawiyah enter the nearby city of al-Fallujah to collect the bodies of people killed and lying in the streets there for burial in the cemetery located between the two towns. Last week US forces had supervised repeated trips by as-Saqlawiyah residents into al-Fallujah for just this purpose.
Now the US forces are saying that the group of as-Saqlawiyah residents who had been undertaking the work are not to be allowed into al-Fallujah. One of the US military commanders told the people that “we are not going to let you enter al-Fallujah to spread criminals around there.” By “criminals” he was apparently referring to Resistance fighters.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent said that the American ban actually reflects the situation in the al-Jawlan neighborhood of northwestern al-Fallujah, the main entry way into the city, where the Resistance now has a strong presence after breakthroughs by Resistance fighters through US siege lines into the city.
Tuesday bombardments in and around al-Fallujah.
On Tuesday Iraqi Resistance forces fired 22 Grad and Tariq rockets at concentrations of US troops in the al-Jawlan neighborhood in the northwest of the al-Fallujah and to the south of the city, particularly the area that faces the industrial zone, according to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in that area. Also hit by the bombardments were US forces concentrated around the al-‘Askari neighborhood in the east of the city.
The correspondent reported that the Resistance fired more than 28 Tariq and Grad rockets at US concentrations in areas outside the city. Those barrages included the use of some unconventional warheads. Three unconventional rockets were fired at US troops gathered in the al-Bu ‘Irin area west of al-Fallujah.
Resistance attacks US intelligence officers in al-Karradah shop.
At 11am Wednesday Iraqi Resistance forces in the al-Karradah district of Baghdad attacked two individuals believed to belong to US intelligence as they were shopping in a store in Baghdad. Resistance fighters attacked them with Kalashnikov assault rifles, killing one of them and wounding the other. A passer by was also wounded in the attack.
US admits State Department official killed in Baghdad.
A US source announced on Wednesday that an American official in Iraq had been killed by Resistance fighters near the occupation government compound set up in the Republican Palace area which the invaders have dubbed the “green zone.”
Reuters reported on the authority of an American source that James Mollen, the official who was killed, was a political appointee to the State Department rather than a regular diplomat, and he worked as an adviser to the puppet so-called “Iraqi ministry of education.” The source said that Mollen was in his car when Iraqi Resistance fighters opened fire on it, killing him.
Resistance rocket fire forces down US Chinook helicopter.
Iraqi Resistance forces opened fire with a C5K rocket launcher on a large US Chinook helicopter as it hovered over the city of ad-Duwaylibah south of Baghdad at about 3:45pm Wednesday afternoon. The rocket struck the helicopter and set it ablaze, forcing it to make an emergency landing in one of the nearby fields. US forces rushed to encircle the area in which the helicopter had landed, making it impossible for reporters to ascertain the extent of US casualties if any.
Wednesday night attack in ash-Shurtah al-Khamisah area of Baghdad.
At 8:45pm Wednesday night, Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets attacked a US patrol in the ash-Shurtah al-Khamisah area of Baghdad, destroying a small supervisory armored vehicle and killing four US troops aboard it.
Afternoon bomb attack in al-A‘zamiyah.
At about 4:15pm Wednesday afternoon, a heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the al-A‘zamiyah neighborhood of central Baghdad destroying a Humvee and killing three US troops aboard it.
Car bombing on Airport Road Wednesday morning.
At 11:30am Wednesday morning an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom bomber drove a car bomb into a US military column on the bridge located in the area opposite the Ibn Taymiyah Mosque on Airport Road in Baghdad. A GMC command car was destroyed in the blast and two US military personnel were killed, one of them believed to be an officer.
Drive by shooting by Resistance fighters leaves three puppet troops dead.
At 12:10pm Wednesday, a detachment of Iraqi Resistance fighters in several cars opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles and BKC automatic weapons at the gate of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” camp in the ar-Risalah district in Baghdad. Three puppet guards were killed and an unknown number injured.
Resistance attack in al-A‘zamiyah early Wednesday afternoon.
At 1:30pm Wednesday Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets and BKC automatic weapons ambushed a US patrol in al-A‘zamiyah in Baghdad, destroying two Humvees and disabling a Bradley armored vehicle. Eight US troops were killed ant two others wounded in the attack.
Attacks in ar-Ridwaniyah.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated bombs under a US patrol in the ar-Ridwaniyah area, destroying an armored personnel carrier (APC) and killing five occupation troops and wounding two others on Wednesday.
Two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded near the Zaynab Workshop in ar-Ridwaniyah as a US patrol was passing, destroying a US Humvee.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in ar-Ridwaniyah reported that three US troops were wounded when Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US patrol there at about 10am Wednesday.
Resistance attack in at-Taji kills four US troops Wednesday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated bombs and then opened fire with RPG7 rockets at a convoy bringing supplies to US forces in the al-Mushahdah area of at-Taji, north of Baghdad at 2pm Wednesday. One provisions truck and one US military fuel tank truck were destroyed in the attack. Four US troops were killed and three others severely wounded in the ambush.
Car bombing targets US column on Airport Road Wednesday afternoon.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb driven by a martyrdom fighter exploded on Airport Road between the al-‘Amiriyah neighborhood and the al-Jihad neighborhood as a US military command column was passing at 2:30pm Wednesday afternoon. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the area reported that the blast destroyed a GMC command car and disabled another vehicle in addition to destroying two Humvees. The correspondent said that nine Americans were killed and three others seriously wounded in the explosion.
Resistance attacks in as-Sayyidiyah.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired two C5K rockets into the puppet “municipal council” building in as-Sayyidiyah south of Baghdad at about 8:30pm Wednesday night, killing two puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” and wounding six others.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in as-Sayyidiyah south of Baghdad at about 2:45pm Wednesday, disabling a Bradley armored vehicle and wounding two US troops.
Resistance attack in az-Za‘faraniyah disables vehicle but causes no casualties.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the az-Za‘faraniyah area south of Baghdad on Wednesday, disabling a Bradley armored vehicle. No casualties resulted from the attack.
Bomb attack in Salman Bak Wednesday afternoon.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as a US patrol was passing through the Salman Bak area south of Baghdad at about 4pm Wednesday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing four US troops aboard it.
Afternoon attack in at-Tarimiyah.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets and BKC automatic weapons attacked a US column in the at-Tarimiyah area north of Baghdad at 4:15pm Wednesday afternoon, destroying a Turkish truck and a US Humvee and killing four US troops.
Bomb attack in al-‘Amiriyah.
At 11:30am Wednesday an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on the main street in the al-‘Amiriyah area of Baghdad, destroying a Humvee and killing three US soldiers aboard it.
Resistance hand grenade attack in al-Mushahadah in al-Karakh.
Iraqi Resistance forces hurled hand grenades disabling a US Humvee and destroying a Nissan pickup belonging to the puppet “national guard” in the al-Mushahadah area of Baghdad’s al-Karakh district at about 8am Wednesday. One US soldier was killed and two others wounded. Three puppet “national guards” were killed and two more of them wounded.
Two Badr Brigade gunmen killed in Baghdad’s al-Jihad neighborhood.
Iraqi Resistance forces opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles, killing two members of the collaborationist Badr Brigades on at-Tijari Street in the al-Jihad neighborhood of Baghdad at 9:30am Wednesday.
Resistance attacks prefabricated housing factory.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked a factory making prefabricated housing in the al-Asya neighborhood of ad-Durah in Baghdad’s southern suburbs at 10:30am, destroying some of the prefab houses and wounding two workers in the plant.
US occupation forces make extensive use of prefabricated housing in their camps and emplacements.
Attack in as-Suwayrah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the as-Suwayrah area south of Baghdad Wednesday, disabling a Bradley armored vehicle and killing one US soldier and wounding two others.
Attacks in al-Ghazaliyah.
At 2:30pm Wednesday Iraqi Resistance fighters firing what were believed to be RPG7 rockets attacked a US convoy west of al-Ghazaliyah, destroying one military and one civilian truck and killing four US troops.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US Humvee in the al-Ghazaliyah area at about 9am Wednesday, destroying the Humvee.
Attacks in Abu Ghurayb.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the village of az-Zaydan in the Abu Ghurayb area, destroying one Bradley armored vehicle at 5pm Wednesday, killing three US troops and wounding two others.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing rockets and RPG7 grenades attacked and destroyed a civilian truck loaded with supplies for US occupation troops in the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood of Abu Ghurayb at 3:20pm Wednesday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated a heavy bomb in the path of US vehicles west of Abu Ghurayb at 2:15pm Wednesday, destroying an armored personnel carrier (APC), killing six US Marines.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the path of a civilian truck loaded with supplies for the US occupation forces on the highway in Abu Ghurayb at about 7:30am Wednesday, destroying the truck, and killing one US soldier and wounding a second.
Attack in Balad Wednesday morning.
At 11am Wednesday Iraqi Resistance forces in the al-Bu Hishmah area of Balad detonated a series of bombs in the path of US troops and then attacked them with RPG7 rockets destroying a US Bradley armored vehicle and a Humvee and killing seven American soldiers.
Car bombing devastates joint US-puppet guard command post.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb being driven by a Resistance martyrdom fighter exploded at a joint command post manned by US and puppet forces in al-Latifiyah at 9:30am Wednesday. One US military Humvee and a Nissan pickup truck belonging to the puppet troops were destroyed. More than 15 US troops were killed and nine others wounded in the blast which also killed 11 members of the puppet “national guard” and left more than 10 others injured, according to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in thea area.
Fierce fighting following house raids in al-Latifiyah.
US occupation troops and puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” carried out random raids of houses in al-Latifiyah sparking clashes with the Iraqi Resistance at about 7am Wednesday morning, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.
Three US Humvees, an armored personnel carrier (APC), and a Bradley armored vehicle were destroyed and two other Bradley vehicles were disabled in the combat. For their part the puppet troops lost two trucks, a Nissan pickup, and two civilian cars that were carrying puppet “national guards,” all destroyed in the fighting. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that 13 US troops were killed and six others wounded and that 22 puppet “national guards” were killed and three others wounded in the fighting.
The Resistance lost four men killed and 15 wounded in varying degrees of severity. US occupation troops took 40 Iraqi civilians prisoner in their raid on al-Latifiyah.
Puppet forces raid homes steal money, valuables from citizens in Mosul, Baghdad.
Units of the puppet police and puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” carried out a series of raids on houses of Iraqi citizens in the city of Mosul early Wednesday morning. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the puppet personnel – who carried out their raids backed up by US military vehicles – stole money, gold, and possessions of the local people whose houses they burst into.
The correspondent reported that the puppet police and puppet guards opened fire indiscriminately on local people as they were leaving to make good their getaway. Thirteen Iraqi civilians were killed and 41 others wounded in the attack by the Iraqi puppet personnel.
Eyewitnesses have also confirmed that puppet guards and police stole money and gold from homes during raids in the Baghdad areas of al-Mushahadah, ar-Rahmaniyah, al-Fahhamah, and on Hayfa Street in the al-Karakh district on Monday. They also shot at many peaceful houses.
Resistance attacks on puppet patrols in Kirkuk.
Iraqi puppet police sources reported that a puppet police patrol south of Kirkuk, which is 250km north of Baghdad, was attacked late Tuesday night. Resistance fighters fired Kalashnikov assault rifles, killing one officer of the patrol and wounding another.
Meanwhile in a separate incident a three-man puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” patrol was attacked in Kirkuk late Tuesday night. Resistance fighters killed two of the puppet guards and wounded the third. The wounded man said in hospital that a car full of Resistance fighters cut them off and then sprayed them with a hail of bullets.
In both attacks the Resistance fighters left the scene unharmed.
Bombardments around Iraq on Wednesday.
At 6:30am Wednesday morning the Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad with three Katyusha rockets.
At about 7am the Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US airbase in al-Muthanna in Baghdad with six 82mm mortar rounds.
At 7:30am Wednesday morning the Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad with four 120mm mortar rounds.
At 7:30am Wednesday morning the Iraqi Resistance fired seven Katyusha rockets into the British base in al-Mahawil north of al-Hillah in the southern part of the country. The barrage apparently hit targets because thick smoke rose over the base and enveloped the whole area after the attack.
At 8am Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the US base in the Arab Equestrian Club in the al-Furat neighborhood of Baghdad.
At 8:30am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 82mm mortar rounds into the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” base in the at-Taji area north of Baghdad.
At about 10am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad – known to the invaders as the “green zone.”
At 2pm Wednesday afternoon the Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad with seven 82mm mortar rounds.
At 2pm Wednesday afternoon the Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US base in Saddam International Airport southwest of Baghdad with nine 120mm mortar rounds.
At 2:30pm Wednesday afternoon, Iraqi Resistance forces targeted US forces in the Convention Center in occupied Baghdad with five Katyusha rockets.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Katyusha rockets into the US airbase in al-Muthanna in Baghdad on Wednesday.
At 3pm Wednesday Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 82mm mortar rounds into the headquarters of US forces in the Abu Ghurayb prison camp.
At 6pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three 120mm mortar rounds into the US as-Sauqur base south of Baghdad.
At 9:15pm Wednesday night, Iraqi Resistance forces fired a Grad rocket into the US base in Saddam International Airport.