Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 23 December 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Thursday, 23 December 2004.
Late night fighting in al-Fallujah Thursday.
In a report posted at 12:55am Friday morning Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces mounted several attacks on US troops in al-Fallujah on Thursday night. Casualties were inflicted on the American invaders and 24 Resistance fighters, including 19 fraternal Arab volunteers, were martyred.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that intermittent fighting took place for half an hour in the Nuwwab ad-Dubbat neighborhood and in particular on 40 Street. A number of fraternal Arab volunteers were killed in that battle. Minutes later a US column showed up to protect an American commander who was accompanied by press photographers. One of the wounded Resistance fighters had been hit in his leg and was lying on his side, apparently dead. As the American commander approached, the Resistance fighter drew what looked like a bayonet and planted it in the chest of the American commander. Immediately the US troops opened fire and killed the Resistance fighter, but only after he had felled the US officer who lay dead in a pool of his blood nearby. An officer in the puppet “national guard” said that he didn’t know who the American officer had been, but said that he had three stars on his shoulders.
In a communiqué issued by the Consultative Council of Mujahideen of al-Fallujah, spokesman Abu As‘ad ad-Dulaymi discussed the fighting in the al-Jawlan neighborhood.
He said that the Resistance had fought battles in al-Jawlan Thursday that lasted more than three hours. In the course of the fighting, the Resistance shot down three US helicopters – one Cobra, one Black Hawk, and one of an undetermined type. The first crashed near the industrial middle school in al-Jawlan, the second over the sheep market, and the third fell into a house in the al-Jawlan neighborhood. Four Resistance fighters were killed in the course of downing the US helicopters, when another American aircraft fired a missile at them after they fired a Strela missile at the helicopter from a rooftop.
The Resistance also set seven US tanks ablaze, killing their crews. The Resistance set two Humvees ablaze, destroying them and killing all those aboard. Resistance fighters seized 53 light and medium machineguns belonging to US forces. They also discovered munitions, hand grenades, bayonets, and bullet proof vests, as well as authentic US military documents that the Resistance can make use of. Twenty-four Resistance fighters, members of the AsadAllah al-Ghalib Brigade and the ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib Brigade, as well as members of the at-Tawhid wa-al-Jihad organization, and the Salafi Squadrons of Abu Bakr as-Siddiq fell as martyrs. Nineteen of the martyrs were fraternal Arab fighters and five were Iraqis. The 19 fraternal Arab fighters hailed from the Arabian Peninsula – Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain – and Egypt, Syria, and Jordan.
Abu As‘ad ad-Dulaymi said that the volunteers did not know one another; they only got acquainted on that battlefield today where they died. As to the Iraqis, the youngest of the five was 19 years old and of Mongoloid appearance – a form of disability. Yet he insisted on joining the Resistance operation. Resistance fighters who got back to the south of the city, controlled by the Resistance, after the day’s fighting testified that he had fought more bravely than anyone, but that his brothers in arms were unable to bring his body back with them because it had been blown apart and scattered by the US gunfire.
At the time the correspondent filed his report, the area between the two bridges was quiet. The Resistance fighters had withdrawn for tactical reasons from the al-‘Askari neighborhood, according to a military affairs expert. Their concern was that they were exposed to possible US ambush.
Abu As‘ad ad-Dulaymi told Mafkarat al-Islam that in the last two days the Resistance had done twice what any other army would do to its enemy. In answer to a question about rumors that the Resistance might pull out of al-Fallujah in order to let the refugee families back in, Abu As‘ad replied that the Resistance had begun the battle in the blessed month of Ramadan and that there is no report that the Prophet Muhammad ever lost a battle in Ramadan, adding, “we want to end it when God wishes it to end. This is all we will say on the matter.”
At the time of writing, the correspondent reported that US aircraft were still prowling the skies over the city and two rockets were heard being fired from one of the US warplanes. Abu As‘ad said, however, that those rockets caused no damage. He said, however, that the Americans had destroyed a weapons storage site in the south of al-Fallujah, but, he said, it was a small site and its loss is not expected to affect Resistance operations.
Thursday’s bombing and fighting in al-Fallujah.
Fierce fighting broke out in various neighborhoods of al-Fallujah late on Thursday, leaving numerous Americans dead and vehicles destroyed.
US forces began their attacks with intensive and protracted aerial bombing, in which they used rockets, container bombs, and more conventional bombs. The bombing began at 5pm Thursday evening and lasted until 7:30pm. Meanwhile a detachment of Resistance fighters who had come from outside the city opened fire from an-Nu‘aymiyah, al-Azraqiyah, al-Karmah, and as-Saqlawiyah on US troops. Those fighters fired rockets and mortars on US positions. Thick smoke rose over the American camp in the agricultural area northeast of al-Fallujah as sirens wailed inside the facility. Resistance forces inside al-Fallujah made no response to the US bombing, feeling that the aim of the American aerial attack was to draw the Resistance forces out, exposing their positions and facilitating more effective US slaughter.
Fifty Resistance fighters from Iraq and fraternal Arab lands infiltrated into the al-Andalus neighborhood at 5pm Thursday. Resistance fighters also were able to shoot down a US Apache helicopter over the area west of the region between the two bridges at 5:15pm. After that, battles erupted between US invaders and a group of more than 80 Iraqi and fraternal Arab Resistance fighters. These battles raged in the area of the al-Jawlan neighborhood. Fighting persisted near the al-Khalij al-‘Arabi School in the center of al-Jawlan. Witnesses reported that another US Apache helicopter was shot down near the industrial middle school at the western end of the al-Jawlan neighborhood at 7:05pm.
US forces after that started to use loudspeakers to address the Resistance fighters, saying that there are families inside the neighborhood, and they were advising the Resistance fighters to pull out if they were concerned for those families’ welfare. The Resistance refused to pull out in the belief that this was nothing but a ruse.
Clouds of thick, black smoke could be seen covering the sky over the al-Jawlan neighborhood as a result of the burning US military vehicles in the area. Light, white smoke could also be seen, a result, it is believed, from the US bombing of local houses.
After Resistance fighters seized control of a mosque in the al-Jawlan neighborhood, they used the mosque’s loudspeaker system to broadcast the call “Allahu akbar!” [“God is greatest!”] and recitation from the Qur’an and prayers for the victory of the God’s forces. There was no information on the extent of casualties, but the bombardment was intensive and protracted.
Iraqi Resistance fighters fired RPG7, SPG9 and C5K rockets, light and medium weight weapons, Bullets and rockets flew at the US forces. In the heat of battle, Resistance fighters were able to recover eight Resistance martyrs’ bodies from the battlefield.
The intensity of US fire in the area is an indication that US forces have pulled out of al-Jawlan and that the neighborhood has now fallen into the hands of the Resistance once again. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Azrawiyah outside the city saw two huge Chinook helicopters carrying away US dead and wounded. The first was observed at 6:50pm, the second at 7:05. US forces fired more than 50 incendiary shells in order to light up the sky of the area.
Fierce fighting also took place between the two bridges in the city. Nearly 50 Resistance fighters took part, totally wiping out a US column. The Americans were camped in the al-Furat neighborhood but after intensive Resistance shelling, they pulled out of al-Fallujah. There, however, they met Resistance fighters who had cut off their escape route and then opened up with heavy barrages of fire. More than 120 US troops in the column were killed and more than 20 vehicles destroyed. Seven homes were totally destroyed in the fighting. The column was surrounded in the Hasan Beg Garden, which has an area of four dunums. It was burned out as a result of the elimination of the American forces in it.
Fierce battles also raged in the al-‘Askari neighborhood, ending at 8:15pm Thursday night. Fighting moved to al-Karinat Street in the industrial zone.
Resistance attacks US raiders in ar-Ramadi.
US forces mouted a campaign of raids and arrests in several
neighborhoods of ar-Ramadi on Thursday. The Correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the US campaign followed a 48-hour lull as a result of an agreement between the people of ar-Ramadi and the Resistance forces. Under the agreement, the Resistance pledged to halt its attacks on US occupation troops during daylight hours so that the local people can earn their living and go about their usual business.
US forces sought to provoke the Resistance, however, by launching their
raids during the day Thursday, drawing out a Resistance response. The
Resistance did, indeed, attack the Americans, firing RPG7 rockets at
the invader troops on al-Qadd Street at 4pm Thursday. The attack set
three Humvees ablaze and killed 10 US troops. As a result of the
Resistance assault, the American forces withdrew from the city. Afterwards, the Resistance likewise withdrew.
Resistance shoots down Cobra helicopter Thursday.
Iraqi Resistance forces shot down a US Cobra helicopter at 1:30pm Thursday in al-Qa’im on the border with Syria. Witnesses said that it was probably brought down by a Strela missile. It had a crew of four American troops. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent also conveyed a report that the helicopter collided with a giant electric power tower that provides electricity to the city of al-Qa’im on its way down, setting the craft and all aboard it ablaze, and cutting off power to the city.
Resistance assassinates puppet officer in al-Qa’im.
Iraqi Resistance forces killed a puppet officer in front of the governorate building in al-Qa’im around midday Thursday, killing an officer in the “national guard.” That officer worked with the puppet guard in the al-‘Ubaydi area and not in al-Qa’im itself. He was assassinated by Kalashnikov assault weapons fire.
Tank, unmanned spy plane destroyed in al-Qa’im.
Iraqi Resistance forces shot down an unmanned US reconnaissance plane at about 8am Thursday, local time. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported eyewitnesses as saying that Resistance forces also set a US tank ablaze in the village of al-Karabilah, killing eight US troops aboard.
Encounters in Hadithah.
US occupation forces stormed into a mosque in Hadithah, claiming that there were weapons in it that were used in attacks on US occupation forces. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that US troops raided the al-‘Asharah al-Mubashsharin bi-al-Jannah Mosque in Haditha.
Then after the raid, the US troops left the mosque and headed towards the southern exit from the city. On the way, however, an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the road, destroying one Humvee.
Resistance sharpshooters killed a US soldier in Hadithah and later hung his body from the minaret of the mosque.
Attacks on US and stooge troops in al-Qa’im area Wednesday.
Eyewitnesses reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded east of al-Qa’im Wednesday night, killing four US troops.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked and destroyed a Zil troop transport vehicle near the Taywan oil pipeline around sunset Wednesday, killing 10 US troops. A number of other military vehicles were damaged in the attack.
Three puppet “national guards” were killed near the Taywan oil pipeline on Wednesday when a Resistance land mine exploded under their vehicle.
Tal‘afar - Mosul.
Chinook helicopter shot down.
Iraqi Resistance forces shot down a huge US Chinook helicopter in the Tal‘afar area north of Mosul, destroying the aircraft and killing 40 US troops aboard it.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the attack took place at 1pm Thursday and that the Resistance hit the Chinook with a Strela rocket. The helicopter was transporting more than 40 troops, intended to serve as replacements for the US troops killed in the martyrdom bombing of the US base in Mosul.
A communiqué issued by the Brigades of Tal‘afar took credit for the downing of the helicopter in a farm field, saying that the aircraft burned up in the farm field, setting the area around it ablaze as well as a result of the intensity of the explosion. At the time the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent filed his report, posted at 11:10pm Mecca time Thursday night, US forces were still looking for body parts and other remains of US troops killed in the massive attack.
The situation in Mosul.
The US blockade of Mosul was still in force Thursday, following the Resistance martyrdom bombing on the US base that killed 160 US troops. American forces also continued their campaign of arrests of local citizens – men, women, and children. Eyewitnesses reported to Mafkarat al-Islam that the Americans arrested more than 14 youths on Thursday, the oldest of them 15 years of age. The Resistance, for its part, issued a communiqué saying, “we pledge to continue to follow the policy of hitting
and withdrawing, not attempting to hold any position, and we will be surprising them anty time it suits us to do so.”
Samarra’ – Balad – Salah ad-Din Province.
Heavy fighting in Samarra’.
Fighting in Samarra’ subsided at about 6pm Thursday. Eyewitnesses reported that after the end of the fighting, American forces had to haul 27 burning and wrecked US vehicles out of the city.
Locals say that the in the course of the day-long battle only four Resistance fighters were martyred. They had already been buried when the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent sent his dispatch posted at 11pm Mecca time Thursday night. US aircraft were still intensively prowling the skies over the city when the correspondent filed his report.
Witnesses also said that they saw a US Black Hawk helicopter emblazoned with a red cross arriving in areas where US forces were concentrated four separate times in order to evacuate dead and wounded Americans.
In a report posted at 4:35pm Thursday afternoon Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that grueling fighting was raging in the archaeological city of Qal‘at Samarra’. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent there reported that thick smoke was rising over the area and US helicopters prowled the skies above. The correspondent saw four US Abrams tanks, one Bradley armored vehicle, and five military Humvees that had been destroyed.
Car bombing in Balad.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a US column in the area of Balad, 30km north of Samarra’. Iraqi puppet police sources in Balad said that the blast killed five US troops and wounded three more.
Heavy fighting in Shahraban, near Ba‘qubah.
The corresponent of Mafkarat al-Islam in Ba‘qubah reported that violent battles that lasted more than two hours took place Thursday in the predominantly Sunni town of Shahraban. US warplanes took part in the fighting. Resistance forces set ablaze and destroyed 13 US vehicles – four tanks as well as Humvees and one personnel carrier. Twelve Resistance fighters were martyred and US forces still encircled the town when the corresponent of Mafkarat al-Islam submitted his report, posted at 12:40am Friday morning Mecca time.
Eyewitnesses reported that 46 US troops were killed. American forces arrested three of the tribal chiefs of the Shahraban area, all of them Sunni Arabs. Their names are:
Shaykh Sa’ir Suhayl, Shaykh Muhammad ‘Abbas, and Shaykh ‘Abd as-Samad al-Qaysi.
Qaysi tribesmen, however were able to set their Shaykh free after a fierce battle with the US troops in which two Humvees were set ablaze, making a total of 15 US vehicles burned in all on Thursday. At the moment the correspondent filed his report, American troops were searching house-to-house for the Qaysi Shaykh. The Americans threatened to arrest the women if the tribe did not hand over Shaykh ‘Abd as-Samad. US troops have been unable to enter the al-Qadisiyah neighborhood of Shahraban, however, because Resistance forces are entrenched there. For their part, the Resistance has fired 23 mortar rounds into the local US base, which is called Abu Saydah.
Japanese cower in their quarters after Resistance liquidates their translators.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked occupation forces in the as-Samawah area, killing a collaborator translator working for the Japanese invaders. Also killed in the Resistance attack was the assistant chief of puppet police in as-Samawah.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that three men with covered faces opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles on assistant chief of puppet police Lieutenant Colonel ‘Ali ar-Rabi‘i in front of his home Thursday morning, killing him.
Muhammad Kamal ‘Abd an-Nabi, 25, a collaborator translator working for the Japanese invaders was killed at 10am Thursday. ‘Abd an-Nabi was the second translator for the Japanese invaders to be killed within 10 days. The puppet police in as-Samawah confirmed that the Japanese troops haven’t ventured out of their compound for more than a week, but increased security measures in the area surrounding them, getting help from local tribesmen. Normally they would come out for “humanitarian” projects such as water purification and land reclamation, but have not done so for a long time. The puppet official said that the reason was the deteriorating “security” situation in southern Iraq where as-Samawah is located. The fears of the Japanese invaders greatly increased after the assassination of their first translator who was their main contact with the puppet government departments and local tribes.
An-Najaf – Karbala’.
Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi not involved in bombings in Karbala’, an-Najaf.
The Resistance organization Qa‘idat al-Jihad fi Bilad ar-Rafidayn [“the Base Qa‘idah) of Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers] headed by Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi has announced in a communiqué that it was not responsible for bombings that took place in the cities of an-Najaf and Karbala’ which left 66 people dead and 199 wounded. Western media intimated nonsensical idea that the Iraqi Resistance in general and the organization run by Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi in particular might have been behind the bombings.
As is known, the Iraqi Resistance is trying to preserve and defend the unity and sovereignty of all the people of Iraq, regardless of ethnicity or religious identification. The imprisoned President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, has appealed to all Iraqis and their religious leaders to unite in the face of the invader.
But there have been frequent calls from western imperialist quarters, however, for the partition of Iraq along sectarian and ethnic lines. (See, for example Leslie H. Gelb’s article “Three-State Solution” in The New York Times, 25 November 2003; Peter Galbraith “How to get out of Iraq” in the New York Review of Books, 13 May 2004, and “Iraq: the bungled transition” in the New York Review of Books, 23 September 2004. [P. Galbraith is former US ambassador to Iraq and son of John K Galbraith. Peter Galbraith has written on the partition of Iraq in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Wall Street Journal]; Jack Cannon “The Three State Solution” in Slice magazine, 21 May 2004; and Liam Anderson and Gareth Stansfield’s book The Future of Iraq, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.). To that end there have been repeated attempts by the US occupation forces, their stooge regime, and pro-American clerics to stir up sectarian hostility, most recently in sectarian religious propaganda used to incite members of the Shi‘i community to join the puppet forces and serve in the US assault on al-Fallujah.
It is against the reality of this political backdrop that the bombings in the Shi‘i shrine cities must be viewed.