Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 8 December 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Wednesday, 8 December 2004.
Resistance mounts attacks throughout al-Fallujah on Wednesday.
Fighting broke out in most neighborhoods of al-Fallujah on Wednesday morning and was still under way when the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent filed his report posted at 9:20pm Wednesday night Mecca time (10:20pm local time).
According to eyewitness accounts, the fighting erupted in ash-Shuhada’, al-Jawlan, an-Nazal, ash-Shurtah, ad-Dubbat, al-Mu‘allimin, al-Jaghifi, and al-Jumhuriyah neighborhoods as well as the industrial zone.
The correspondent reported that light arms, mortars, and RPG8, RPG7 rocket launchers and BKC machine guns are being used by the Resistance, who surprised US forces with their attacks, which brought back memories of the fierce fighting of the first days of the US assault on the city.
The attacks are seen as a message from the Resistance that they still retain their power and combat ability to battle the US forces in any of the city’s neighborhoods. The fiercest fighting was reported in the al-Jawlan neighborhood.
Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent reported eye-witnesses as saying that they saw Resistance fighters carrying the Qamah – a weapon similar to a sword – which they use when the want to surprise and attack the US troops silently. Resistance fighters used that weapon to kill eight US troops on Tuesday.
Witnesses said they also saw the Resistance fighters carrying chunks of bread and fruit as well as small water vessels and small towels – provisions for them while they are embroiled in fighting for longer periods.
Martyrdom car bomb attack leaves seven US troops dead.
Iraqi Resistance forces mounted car bomb attack in al-Khashshaniyah, north of ar-Ramadi at midday Wednesday. A martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden car towards a US column that was halted at a puppet police station in the city. Witnesses reported that as the car drove towards the Americans at a speed that reached 120km per hour, the driver began shooting at the American troops.
The attack destroyed a Bradley armored vehicle and a Humvee and killed at least seven US troops. Residents were amazed to find the body of the Resistance martyrdom fighter blown 200 meters from the scene of the attack, where the mangled bodies of the Americans still lay.
Resistance bombardments free captive girl.
US forces arrested the young woman Raghd al-Fahdawi, 22, when they failed to capture her wanted brother on charges that he belongs to one of the Resistance organizations.
US troops took Raghd away from her home on al-Mustawda‘ Street in ar-Ramadi at about 10am Wednesday and off to confinement on their base east of the city. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the screams of the young woman shook the residents of the city and prompted the Resistance organization the Army of Muhammad to unleash a barrage of 13 Ababil and Grad rockets at the US camp that lies near the glass factory. The American al-Warrar camp east of ar-Ramadi was also targeted; the Resistance firing forty 120mm mortar shells into that facility.
After such furious bombardments, US troops released Raghd and returned her safely to her home.
Seven Americans trying to escape military duty in Iraq shot dead by tribes near Syrian border.
More and more US troops seek to escape the “hell” of Iraq by sneaking across the border into Syria, Mafkarat al-Islam reports. The route out is not necessarily safe, however, as the Americans are sometimes spotted and targeted by Bedouin tribes. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that seven US troops were trying to make the Syrian border to get out of Iraq when they crossed the territory of the Makr ad-Dib tribe at 1pm Wednesday. The Bedouin spotted the Americans in uniform and killed them.
Mafkarat al-Islam reports that the Syrian border has witnessed numerous cases of US troops crossing over to escape service with the occupation forces in Iraq. Many have attained freedom by hiring guides in the area who show them the way out.
Car bomb in al-Iskandariyah.
At 11am Wednesday, an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in the al-Iskandariyah area south of Baghdad, destroying two Humvees and one Bradley armored vehicle and inflicting moderate damage on a second Bradley and disabling a small truck that was used to transport the guards. Eye witnesses reported that nine US Marines were killed in the blast and two others seriously wounded. Six puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” were killed and five others seriously wounded.
Martyrdom car bomb attack at 8am Wednesday.
At 8am Wednesday an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden car into a US checkpoint on the Big Saddam Bridge east of the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah, blowing up one Abrams tank and disabling a second one. The explosion also destroyed two Humvees and disabled a small truck that was carrying soldiers. Nine US troops were killed and four others wounded. Four civilians in the area were killed and a civilian car in the vicinity was also damaged slightly.
Bombing attacks around Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Humvee in the al-Qatta‘ area of ar-Ridwaniyah Wednesday, killing three US troops aboard it.
At 8:30pm Wednesday an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Humvee in ad-Duwaylibah, killing two US troops and wounding two others.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded beside a US Abrams tank in Salman Bak at 3:15pm Wednesday, destroying the vehicle and killing the four US troops who were aboard it.
Military head of Badr Brigades assassinated in Baghdad.
At about 4:30pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance fighters assassinated the head of the military wing of the Badr Brigade collaborationist gunmen, Firas al-Mas‘udi, in what has been described as the biggest blow to the Shi‘i chauvinist collaborationist organization since the assassination of its leader ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Hakim about one year ago.
The Resitance attacked al-Mas‘udi and four of his associates in the al-Karradah district of Baghdad with Kalashnikov assault rifles and hand grenades, killing him and his guards.
The Badr Brigades are the armed wing of the collaborationist so-called Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) whose forces invaded Iraq together with the US aggressors in the spring of 2003.
Badr Brigade death squad commander assassinated.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an official in the collaborationist Badr Brigades was driving a Peugeot 306 through the al-‘Amil neighborhood of southern Baghdad at about 9:30pm Wednesday when Iraqi Resistance fighters opened fire on him with Kalashnikov assault rifles, killing him. The official had been in charge of monitoring and assassinating Sunni preachers in various neighborhoods of Baghdad.
Attacks around Baghdad on Wednesday.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the al-A‘zamiyah neighborhood of Baghdad at about 3:30pm Wednesday, disabling a Bradley armored vehicle and killing one US soldier.
At 4pm Wednesday, US troops and puppet forces launched a wave of raids and arrests in the Sahat at-Tala’i‘ [Vanguards’ Square] area and the al-Fahhamah area of Baghdad’s al-Karakh district, arresting 14 local citizens. Resistance forces attacked them with hand grenades and BKC machineguns, killing four US troops and wounding one other. Seven puppet “national guards” were killed and five other puppet troops wounded in varying degrees of severity.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the Hur Rajab area of Baghdad’s southern suburb of ad-Durah, at about 4:30pm Wednesday, disabling a Humvee and killing one US soldier and wounding two more.
Resistance ambushes in Baghdad area.
At about 9:30am an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the Baghdad al-Jadidah area, destroying a Humvee and killing three US soldiers and wounding a fourth.
Iraqi Resistance bombs and a land mine exploded under a US force in the al-Qatta‘ area of ar-Ridwaniyah, destroying a Humvee and a truck carrying soldiers on Wednesday. Witnesses told the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent that 11 US soldiers were killed in the explosions and six others were seriously wounded.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing SPG9 rockets attacked a US patrol on Airport Road in the al-‘Amil neighborhood of southern Baghdad at about 11am Wednesday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing four US troops aboard it.
Resistance attacks around Baghdad on Wednesday.
Several Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in al-Ghazaliyah at about 9am Wednesday, destroying a Humvee and a military truck and killing five US troops.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in ad-Dawli‘i in the al-Hurriyah area of Baghdad at 10:30am, disabling a civilian truck loaded with supplies for the occupation troops. One US soldier was killed and another wounded in the blast.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the al-Mushahadah area north of Baghdad, destroying a US military truck and disabling a Bradley armored vehicle. Two US troops were killed and a third wounded in the attack.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets attacked a US column in the 14 July area of at-Taji, north of Baghdad at about 4:30pm Wednesday, damaging a military truck carrying supplies, tires, and mineral water. Two US troops were killed.
Resistance fighters kill US snipers, fall as martyrs.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported on the authority of eyewitnesses near Abu Ghurayb in the Baghdad area that a detachment of young Iraqi Resistance fighters climbed a building atop which five US snipers had been perched and killed three of them. As the Resistance fighters were getting away from the scene of their attack, other Americans saw them and opened fire on them, martyring all the fighters. Later the Abu Bakr Salafi organization claimed responsibility for the attack.
Attacks in the Abu Ghurayb area.
At 9:30am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated a bomb and then opened fire with RPG7 rockets on US forces on the highway in Abu Ghurayb, destroying one Bradley armored vehicle and disabling a second. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the area reported that five US troops were killed and two others wounded in the attack.
At 11:30am Wednesday, a heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Bradley armored vehicle on the Old Road in Abu Ghurayb, totally destroying the vehicle and killing three American soldiers and wounding two other US troops.
Deadly Resistance attacks kill five puppet “national guards and four puppet police in Baghdad area.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the as-Suwayrah area south of Baghdad at about 10:30am Wednesday, destroying a Nissan pickup and killing three puppet “national guards” and wounding six more.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing Kalashnikov assault rifles attacked a patrol of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” near the fuel station in as-Sayyidiyah, south of Baghdad, killing two puppet guards.
Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a puppet police patrol in the ash-Shurtah al-Khamisah neighborhood of Baghdad at about 6:30pm Wednesday evening, disabling a Nissan patrol car and killing four puppet policemen.
Former US Marine says unit killed 30 Iraqi civilians in just 48 hours.
Agence France Presse (AFP) has reported a US Marine who is seeking political asylum in Canada has reported killing over 30 Iraqi civilians in 48 hours while on duty in Iraq, confirming similar claims made by another American fugitive.
In graphic testimony presented to a Canadian asylum tribunal on Monday, Sergeant Jimmy Mssey’s evidence bolstered war crime claims made by US paratrooper Jeremy Hinzman.
The 26-year-old Hinzman said he would face persecution if sent home to the US, in a politically charged case which could set a precedent for at least two other American “deserters” seeking asylum in Canada.
Massey told Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) that men under his command in the 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, killed more than 30 civilians within 48 hours while on checkpoint duty in Baghdad.
“I do know that we killed innocent civilians,” he said, relating the chaotic days after the US-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003.
Massey said in some incidents Iraqi civilians were killed by between 200 and 500 bullets pumped into four separate cars which each failed to respond to a single warning shot or respond to hand signals at a Baghdad checkpoint.
At the time, US soldiers feared bombers would try to ram checkpoints, he said. Searches found no weapons in the vehicles or evidence that those killed were anything but innocent civilians, he added.
He said Marines also killed four unarmed demonstrators and more Iraqis the following day durin another spell of checkpoint duty in the Iraqi capital.
“I was never clear on who was the enemy and who was not,” said Massey, adding “when you don’t know who the enemy is, what are you doing there?” Massey is a 12-year Marine veteran who was later honorably discharged from the Corps with severe depression and post traumatic stress disorder.
In his tribunal, which started Monday, American paratrooper Jeremy Hinzman argued that he gradually realized after joining the Army in 2001 that he could not bring himself to kill another person. Hinzman, whose tribunal was expected to conclude on Wednesday, arrived in Canada earlier this year having taken his family and “deserted” from his military unit in the United States.
Resistance attacks in al-Latifiyah Wednesday.
At 9:30am Wednesday three Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US Bradley armored vehicle in al-Latifiyah, destroying the Bradley and killing three US soldiers and wounding a fourth.
Iraqi Resistance forces destroyed a Humvee in the al-Maylihah area of al-Latifiyah at 2pm Wednesday, killing three US Marines.
At 3:30pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces detonated a bomb that destroyed a Humvee and a Nissan pickup belonging to the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” in al-Latifiyah. Three US troops were killed and five others wounded. Four puppet guards were killed and two others wounded in the same attack. The US troops and their puppet stooge troops were on their way to raid houses in the area when the attack occurred. Later they arrested more than 80 Iraqi civilians.
At 10pm Wednesday an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Humvee in the al-Jannabiyyin area of al-Latifiyah, killing three US soldiers and critically wounding a fourth.
Bombardments throughout Iraq on Wednesday.
At 7:30am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Katyusha rockets at the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At about 7:30am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad missiles into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad – known to the occupation forces as the “green zone.”
At 8:30am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven 82mm mortar rounds into the US camp in the former Iraqi Meat Company in ‘Uwayrij, south of Baghdad.
At about 10am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the US al-Bakr base in Balad, north of Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired eight 82mm mortar rounds into the joint US-puppet “national guard” base in at-Taji north of Baghdad.
At 12:30pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 120mm mortar rounds into the US camp in Saddam International Airport.
At 1:30pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven Katyusha rockets into the US camp in the former Iraqi Meat Company in ‘Uwayrij, south of Baghdad.
At 4pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets at the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At 5:30pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Grad missiles into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad – known to the occupation forces as the “green zone.”
At about 7pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired nine 82mm mortar rounds at the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At about 8pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 120mm mortar rounds into the US camp in Saddam International Airport.
At 8:30pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad missiles into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad – known to the occupation forces as the “green zone.”
At about 9pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Katyusha rockets into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad – known to the occupation forces as the “green zone.”
At 10:30pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Grad missiles into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad – known to the occupation forces as the “green zone.”