Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 22 December 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Wednesday, 22 December 2004.
Al-Fallujah – ar-Ramadi.
US cluster bombs al-Fallujah on Wednesday, Resistance responds with heavy rocket and mortar barrage on US camp. US forces disfigure body of Saudi youth.
US warplanes on Wednesday bombed several parts of al-Fallujah with internationally-banned cluster bombs, Mafkarat al-Islam reported in a dispatch posted at 10:25pm Mecca time Wednesday night.
American aircraft bombed specific areas in the neighborhoods of al-‘Askari, al-Jawlan, ash-Shuhada’, al-Jubayl, and the industrial zone with more than 140 container bombs, each full of hundreds of anti-personnel cluster bombs. Eywitnesses reported that the cluster bombing stopped at 3pm local time, after Resistance forces mounted their own intense rocket barrages on the American camp in the agricultural area northeast of the city. More than 61 mortar rounds of various calibers slammed into that American facility, as did 14 Grad rockets. The Resistance bombardment sent clouds of thick smoke rising into the sky over the American facility, indicating that direct hits had been scored on US equipment.
Although US aircraft stopped dropping containers of cluster bombs, the American planes continued to prowl the skies over the city and were still doing so at the time the correspondent filed this report.
US recaptures 130 puppet troops who fled from al-Fallujah, but 90 others get away.
Reports from al-Fallujah say that about 130 members of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” fled from the battle around al-Fallujah on Wednesday morning. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Americans were able to surround and then capture the guards who were fleeing from al-Fallujah. They were imprisoned in the US military camp in the agricultural zone northeast of the city.
Meanwhile, 90 puppet “national guard” troops succeeded in fleeing from the al-Bu ‘Irrin gardens after about 100 of the guards were killed in the gardens during the night. With the help of local people the guards changed out of their uniforms and into civilian clothes. Ninety succeeded in escaping in this way.
Puppet commander: the Resistance fighters “are like water.”
A high-ranking official in the puppet “national guard” in Abu Ghurayb, Isma‘il Fayyad, told a correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam, “we made a big mistake when we told the [refugee] families that they would be returning [to al-Fallujah] and that they could go home. I think now that the battle has begun all over again in al-Fallujah, or that history has taken us back to the first day of the battle once again.” Fayyad added, “they [i.e., the Resistance] are like water, as soon as you grab hold of them, they slip from your hands.”
Looking for a way out: US again appeals to al-Fallujah police to take over al-Fallujah, but are rebuffed.
Now that everything has gone haywire for US forces around al-Fallujah, the Americans have made a second appeal, through an intermediary, to the chief of police of al-Fallujah, Sabir al-Jannabi to go in and take over the city so as to save face for them.
But al-Jannabi and his aides rejected this second American plea. Al-Jannabi said, “I’m eating bread and onions, but this is the bounty of God, and I would not go back to the police if they fed me honey.”
About 10 days previous, the US had asked the puppet police in Baghdad to go to al-Fallujah and take command, but the Baghdad puppet police refused to go, fearing that when the residents of al-Fallujah got home and saw that the Americans had so destroyed their belongings, homes, and city, that they would take out their rage on the puppet police.
Then about four days ago, the Americans asked the police in ar-Ramadi, near al-Fallujah, to go to al-Fallujah and take over, but the ar-Ramadi police also refused, but for different reasons than those of the Baghdad police. The police of ar-Ramadi are mostly local people whose sympathies lie with the Iraqi Resistance.
Resistance knocks out US supply train in ar-Ramadi, seizing valuable weapons.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated multiple bombs under the tracks of a supply train hauling provisions for US troops west of ar-Ramadi. After the initial bombing, that destroyed the seven cars of the train, the Resistance then attacked to wipe out the remaining Americans who had not been killed by the bombs.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that 42 American troops were killed in the attack. Resistance fighters also seized valuable weapons and ammunition that had been packed aboard three of the train cars. In accordance with a communiqué issued by the Firs Army of Muhammad Resistance organization, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that no Resistance fighters were killed in the attack, though one Iraqi driver was killed.
Resistance car bombing targets US troops in al-Karmah early Wednesday.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded under US forces on Ibrahim ibn ‘Ali Street in the al-Karmah area at 6am Wednesday, cutting that road. The extent of casualties were still unclear Wednesday night.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US column made up of 13 vehicles, including tanks, armored vehicles, and Humvees, near the al-‘Ubaydi village east of al-Qa’im on the Syrian border, 420km west of Baghdad. The fighting lasted from 1pm Wednesday until 2:10pm and left 72 Americans dead, including a number of military commanders who were heading for the US al-Asad base east of al-Qa’im. They had performed the task of following up on the US forces in the base at the Customs area in al-Qa’im. A total of nine US commanding officers were killed.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported eyewitnesses as saying that the Restance fighters who attacked the US column numbered 35 men, armed with RPG7s, C5Ks and SPG9s, as well as automatic weapons and light and medium weapons. Seven of the Resistance fighters were martyred in the fighting. Eyewitnesses said that the dead Resistnace fighters included four Iraqis and three fraternal Arab volunteers – one Kuwaiti, one Egyptian, and one Algerian.
The Resistance detachment determined the place where they would attack with great precision, allowing them to encircle and cut off the US column, which they had been observing for a long time. The Resistance attacked when the Americans entered a depression with the Resistance fighters in position on commanding heights. The Resistance launched their attack by destroying the tank at the head of the column and the armored vehicle at the rear, trapping the remaining vehicles in the middle. They then launched their attack on the column in force, pounding it as it was trapped, virtually in a hole and surrounded on all sides.
American helicopter downed on Wednesday, two other American helicopters run into each other and crash Tuesday.
Two US helicopters collided with each other and crashed over an area between Hit and Baghdad on Tuesday according to eyewitnesses who reported what they saw to Mafkarat al-Islam. They said that two American Apache helicopters collided on Tuesday afternoon.
A third US Apache helicopter was shot down over the az-Zawiyah area, east of Hit at about 12 noon on Wednesday, and according to the eyewitnesses, US forces rushed to accuse the al-Bu Namir tribe that lives in the area of az-Zawiyah of being responsible for the crash of the US aircraft. American troops arrested the Shaykh of the al-Bu Namir tribe, Khallas al-Qa‘‘ud along with his two sons Muhammad and Ziyad. Their arrest followed that of the Shaykh’s brother, Sattam al- Qa‘‘ud on charges of giving financial support to the Iraqi Resistance.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Wednesday’s attack left US troops dead. Az-Zawiyah is a peninsula surrounded on three sides by the Euphrates River. It is under the administration of the city of Hit.
Resistance totally demolishes new US headquarters in ar-Ridwaniyah.
Iraqi Resistance forces on Wednesday afternoon struck a painful blow at US efforts to strengthen their hold on Baghdad’s ar-Ridwaniyah section. A correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US occupation troops had taken over a house in the Zawbi‘ area of ar-Ridwaniyah, using it as a little base and apparently intent upon turning it into a major headquarters in the area.
Therefore, at 4:45pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Grad rockets into the house, setting off a massive explosion that totally razed the building and killed all inside. According to eyewitnesses there were 14 US troops inside at the time. They had come in three civilian cars and two armored vehicles. Although the house was small enough that one rocket would have been enough to destroy it, the Resistance used four to make sure the job would be done thoroughly. When the correspondent took down the story at 9:30pm Wednesday night local time, the ruins of the building were still in flame.
Attacks in Abu Ghurayb.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing BKC machine guns and other automatic weapons attacked a joint US-puppet “national guard” patrol on az-Zaytun Street in Abu Ghurayb at about 7:30am Wednesday, killing eight US troops and six puppet guards. Four Resistance fighters were martyred in the battle, which lasted 45 minutes.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and destroyed a Humvee on the highway in Abu Ghurayb at 8:15am Wednesday, killing four US troops aboard it.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the az-Zaydan village in the Abu Ghurayb area at 10:15am Wednesday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing three US troops aboard it.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on the highway in Abu Ghurayb at 10:45am Wednesday, destroying a Humvee and killing three US troops. A civilian car was also destroyed in the blast, killing five aboard it and wounding two more.
Iraqi Resistance forces on az-Zaytun Street in Abu Ghurayb destroyed a truck loaded with US soldiers, killing two and seriously wounding three others at 5pm Wednesday evening.
Iraqi Resistance forces in the Hur Rajab area of the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah detonated bombs and then attacked with BKC machine guns destroying two Humvees and killing five US troops at 9:30am Wednesday.
At 9:30am Wednesday, an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the al-Qatta‘ area of ar-Ridwaniyah disabling a Humvee and killing two US troops and wounding a third.
At 9:30am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a Humvee and a fuel tank truck in ar-Ridwaniyah, killing four US troops and severely wounding a fifth.
At 10:30am Wednesday, an Iraqi Resistance land mine exploded under a US Bradley armored vehicle in the al-Mushahadah area of at-Taji north of Baghdad, destroying the Bradley and killing four US troops.
At 12:15pm Wednesday, a heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and destroyed a Bradley armored vehicle in the ad-Dujayl area near at-Taji north of Baghdad, killing four US troops.
At 3:30pm Wednesday, an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and destroyed a Humvee in the at-Taji area, killing two US troops.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and disabled an Abrams tank on the highway in the as-Sayyidiyah area at about 8:30am Wednesday, injuring two US troops aboard it.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded and destroyed one military and one civilian truck in the Sadr al-Qanat area of Baghdad at 12 noon Wednesday, killing two US troops and wounding two more.
Iraqi Resistance fighters hurled hand grenades at a US Humvee in the al-Fahhamah area of al-Karakh in Baghdad at 12:30pm Wednesday, setting the vehicle ablaze and killing two US troops aboard it.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and destroyed a Bradley armored vehicle in ad-Duwaylibah at about 11:30am Wednesday, killing three US troops and wounding two more.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and destroyed a Nissan pickup belonging to the puppet “national guards” in as-Suwayra at 3pm Wednesday, killing six soldiers. Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked a US Humvee and killed three US troops in the same location.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and destroyed a Humvee on Palestine Street in Baghdad at about 3pm Wednesday, killing two US troops.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked a US military truck in the ash-Sha‘b neighborhood of Baghdad at 4pm Wednesday, destroying the truck and killing one US soldier.
Puppet official assassinated in “green zone.”
Iraqi Resistance fighters assassinated a high official in the puppet so-called “Iraqi government” appointed by the US occupiers. The exact station of the official remains unknown but from the security that surrounded the assassination, witnesses understood him to have been of high rank.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at 3pm Wednesday the Resistance fighters firing Kalashnikov assault rifles attacked the official in the so-called “green zone” as he came out of his motorcade. The official and two of his aides were killed.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets attacked and destroyed a US Humvee on Airport Road in the al-‘Amil neighborhood of Baghdad at 9:30pm Tuesday and killed three US troops.
At about 6:30pm Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets destroyed a US Humvee pulling a car loaded with equipment and ammunition belonging to the occupation forces in al-Mahmudiyah, killing four US troops. The explosions of the ammunition and equipment continued going off for an hour after the attack.
At 5pm Tuesday, an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on the highway in the Kharnabat area of Abu Ghurayb destroying a Bradley and killing four US troops.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded destroying a Humvee and killing two US troops in the residential buildings area of Abu Ghurayb at 8am Tuesday.
Four puppet troops killed in ad-Durah.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked and destroyed two Nissan pickups belonging to the puppet “national guards” in the Abu Tashir area of the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 3:30pm Wednesday, killing four puppet guards.
Puppet officer assassinated.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing Kalashnikov assault rifles assassinated a lieutenant colonel in the puppet “national guards” in the al-Jihad neighborhood of Baghdad at 2pm Wednesday.
American profiteer contractor drops $325 million deal in occupied Iraq because “security costs” made it unprofitable.
A major US contractor profiteer has dropped out of the multibillion-dollar effort to suck money from construction projects in occupied Iraq, according to a report carried on Wednesday by the Los Angeles Times newspaper. The company’s decision to forego millions of dollars out of security fears was a major success in the Resistance effort to protect Iraq’s independence and resources.
Contrack International, the leader of a partnership that won one of 12 major reconstruction contracts awarded this year, cited skyrocketing security costs in reaching a decision with the US government last month to terminate work in Iraq.
“We reached a point where our costs were getting to be prohibitive,” said Karim Camel-Toueg, president of Arlington, Virginia, USA-based Contrack, which had won a $325 million award to “rebuild” Iraq’s shattered transportation system in the American way.
While a few companies and nonprofit groups have pulled out of contracts in Iraq because of security concerns, Contrack's is by far the largest to be canceled to date, US officials admitted. The move has led to fears in US imperial circles that the rising tide of the Iraqi Resistance could prompt other companies to consider pulling out, or discourage others from seeking work in Iraq, further crippling the American occupation effort.
US colonial officials claimed that the termination of Contrack’s contract, which was not previously disclosed, would not hamper their efforts. They said they were planning to put the contract up for rebidding.
Al-Latifiyah - al-Yusufiyah.
Resistance attack on puppet troops in al-Latifiyah.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing Kalashnikov assault rifles attacked puppet forces in al-Latifiyah at about 7am Wednesday, killing five puppet “national guards” and wounding seven more.
Car bombing in al-Latifiyah.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded at a joint US-puppet guard check point in al-Latifiyah at 3:20pm Wednesday, killing nine puppet guards and seriously wounding six more. Three US troops were also killed and two more American soldiers wounded in the attack.
Mortar attack kills puppet forces in al-Yusufiyah.
Iraqi Resistance fighters killed six puppet “national guard” troops at a check point in the al-Kafr al-Awsat area of al-Yusufiyah when they opened fire on them with 60mm mortar rounds at 2:30pm Wednesday.
Puppet officials impose death-threat curfew on Mosul after Resistance bomb attack.
The puppet governor of Mosul, Muhammad ash-Shaykhi, held a press conference in the governorate building in the city at about 10am Wednesday where he announced that all border entrances and exits to the city had been closed. The five bridges linking the east, west, and southern parts of the city have been closed. The guards on the border with Syria have been strengthened. The puppet governor added that anyone breaking the curfew of trying to get out of the city would be shot and that martial law would be imposed in totality and at its most extreme.
He said that puppet police and “national guards” had encircled the agricultural area and the brush area north of the city and that they had searched those districts, but found nothing. He said, however, that he had intelligence information confirming that armed groups were behind the Resistance attack.
The Jaysh Ansar as-Sunnah (Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah) Resistance organization issued another communiqué confirming their earlier claim of responsibility for the attack and promising more.
The puppet official disclosed that the truck used in the Resistance bombing of the US base on Tuesday had been stolen from a government bureau in Mosul several days before the attack.
The statements by the puppet governor and by the Jaysh Ansar as-Sunnah Resistance organization confirmed what Mafkarat al-Islam had reported about the blast on 21 December (See the Iraqi Resistance Report for 21 December 2004.) They also contradicted claims made by US sources and published on various internet news sites that attributed the attack to rockets or to a martyrdom bomber on foot. Neither such attacks would have produced the type of destruction wrought to the solid concrete building that was totally razed on Tuesday when a martyrdom fighter drove a 12-ton Mercedes truck loaded with explosives into the building and blew it up.
Students protest American mass arrests in Mosul.
About 400 Iraqi Students demonstrated in Mosul on Tuesday against the American arrest of civilians and against American raids on homes and mosques. Yahya ‘Abid Mahjub, the Chairman of the Federation of Students and Youth in Mosul said, “we rallied today to expose the infamy of the US army to the whole world, to denounce the outrages they commit against our leaders, students, religious scholars, and mosques.”
US forces and their Iraqi stooges had reportedly launched a barbaric campaign of raids and arrests in which they took captive large numbers of civilians, whom they accused of killing two US soldiers early in December.
Bombardments throughout Iraq.
At 11pm Tuesday night Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Grad rockets into the US base in Saddam International Airport near Baghdad.
At 7:30am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Katyusha rockets into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At 9am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired nine 82mm mortar rounds into the US camp in the military academy in Baghdad’s ar-Rustamiyah district.
At about 9:30am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace area of Baghdad, known to the invaders as the “green zone.”
At about 9am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven 82mm mortar rounds into the joint US-Iraqi puppet “national guard” base in at-Taji, north of Baghdad.
At 11am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five Grad rockets into the southern US base in Tikrit. Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Grad rockets into the northern US base in Tikrit.
At 1pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets into the British al-Mahawil base north of al-Hillah in southern Iraq.
At about 1:30pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the puppet so-called “Iraqi interior ministry” on Palestine Street in Baghdad.
At 2:30pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five Grad rockets into the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace area of Baghdad, known to the invaders as the “green zone.”
At 4pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three 82mm mortar rounds into the US headquarters in the former Iraqi Intelligence Service headquarters in al-A‘zamiyah.
At 4pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five Katyusha rockets into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At 5:30pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven 82mm mortar rounds into the US airbase at al-Muthanna in Baghdad.