Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 25 December 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Saturday, 25 December 2004.
Al-Fallujah – ar-Ramadi.
Fighting in al-Fallujah on Saturday.
In a dispatch posted at 10:05pm Saturday Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance on Saturday mounted a fierce barrage on the US base in the agricultural area to the northeast of al-Fallujah. The attack began at 8 o’clocklocal time and was still continuing when the correspondent filed his report. In addition to the US camp in the argricultural area, the former base of the Iranian dissident organization Mujahidi Khalq to the east of al-Fallujah was also bombarded by Resistance rockets. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported seeing thick smoke rising from the camps, a sign that direct hits had been scored on equipment.
On the basis of a survey of witnesses’ the number of explosions that took place in the course of a single hour during the Resistance barrages was more than 40.
Inside al-Fallujah a relative calm prevailed, aside from some light clashes in the an-Nazal neighborhood, the casualties from which remained unknown at the time of reporting.
An officer in the First Brigade of the US Marines who gave his name as Hak, said that the blasts that could be heard were only from military exercises underway in the city. That claim was disproved, however, by the US aircraft bombing in the sam area. That fighting was still under way when the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent filed his report.
Early Saturday fighting in al-Fallujah.
Fighting erupted Saturday between US forces, backed up for the first time by puppet “national guards,” and more than 250 Resistance fighters. The battles raged for about an hour in the neighborhoods of ash-Shurtah, al-Jaghifi, and al-Jawlan. US aircraft bombed the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood in an extremely concentrated attack. In addition to F16 and F22 aircraft, the American ground forces attacked with heavy artillery and tanks as well as mortars.
Shaykh Abu As‘ad ad-Dulaymi, the official spokesman for the Resistance, told Mafkarat al-Islam in the city that the Saturday battle left 35 US tanks, 13 armored vehicles, bulldozers, and 16 Humvees destroyed. Resistance forces also shot down a US Apache helicopter over the ash-Shurtah neighborhood.
Shaykh ad-Dulaymi said that there were more than 200 US dead in Saturday’s fighting, and that 74 Resistance fighters were martyred. Thirteen other Resistance fighters were wounded. Forty-four houses were totally destroyed. Three Resistance rocket launchers and 120 mortars were also destroyed.
Eyewitnesses confirmed Shaykh ad-Dulaymi’s account, telling Mafkarat al-Islam that they saw dozen smouldering US vehicles being hauled out of the city on very big American trucks amidst an unprecedented information black out. A few local people witnessed that operation, and noted that the Americans had brought the large trucks in late at night – about 11pm under cover of darkness and secrecy. A shopkeeper by the name of Muhammad Qasim who works in the al-Andalus neighborhood said he saw a reporter try to take a picture of one of the giant trucks, but US troops descended on him, beat him and broke his camera.
Resistance unleashes barrage on US al-Habbaniyah base.
Iraqi Resistance forces launched a fierce rocket barrage on the US al-Habbaniyah base, hitting the technical wing for aircraft where the US has its headquarters. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that eight Ababil rockets and twenty-nine 120mm mortar rounds struck various parts of the base at 9pm Friday night. Fires blazed afterwards until Saturday morning. US aircraft flew over the base allowing the Americans to pinpoint the source of the Resistance fire. As a result, four Resistance fighters were martyred, including one fraternal Arab fighter from Jordan. The US troops spent their night out of the camp in the surrounding hills for fear of another barrage.
Resistance rebuffs US plea for talks in ar-Ramadi.
A leader of the ad-Dulaym tribe in the city of ar-Ramadi has said that the commander of US forces in the city asked him to serve as an intermediary between the Americans and the Resistance.
The US commander told the shaykh that an agreement with the Resistance was a necessity, adding that their material, moral, and political demands would be immediately answered. He claimed that the Resistance fighters were very few in numbers while the Americans are many and so the Resistance won’t be able to hold out in face of the US troops. He said, “we are ready to sit at the negotiating table, since we are losing troops just as you are losing fighters.”
The ad-Dulaymi Shaykh said that the Resistance response was: “Our demands are not political, material, or moral. Our demand is just that the occupation leave the land of the Muslims. Our aim is Paradise and our choice is to fight them. Victory or martyrdom! By God, not one of our eyes will close in sleep so long as the community of Muhammad is occupied by infidels and polytheists.”
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the ad-Dulaymi Shaykh, who asked that his name not be used, relayed the American commander this answer, and his reply was, “We’re doomed if we don’t return home.”
Resistance bomb in ar-Ramadi followed by US revenge murder of retiree and two grandsons.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Humvee on the main street in ar-Ramadi at midday Saturday, destroying the vehicle and killing three US troops. After the attack US troops responded by opening fire indiscriminately around the area for five minutes, killing a 65-year old man and two youths who were with him. An eyewitness reported that the elderly man was named Khalid al-Fahdawi and that the boys were his grandsons, Salam, 11, and Muhammad, 12. They had all been waiting in front of the Office of Retirees in ar-Ramadi waiting to receive a regular payment allotted to retirees.
Five Zionist Mossad agents killed in Resistance attack; one captured in az-Za‘faraniyah.
Iraqi Resistance forces have announced that five members of the Zionist Mossad secret police were killed and one other member taken prisoner Saturday morning south of Baghdad. A communiqué issued by the Resistance, a copy of which Mafkarat al-Islam obtained, said that a detachment of Resistance fighters attacked an armored GMC vehicle in the az-Za‘faraniyah area of Baghdad at 10am Saturday, killing five persons. One other person aboard the GMC was captured. It was learned from their personal documents, the communiqué said, that they were belonged to the Zionist Mossad. The Zionists were photographed, the communiqué reported, and those photos will be published at a later time.
Resistance car bombing provokes US into banning all cars from the streets after 5pm.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom attacker drove his Volkswagen car bomb into a US column of six tanks in the an-Nasr area of ad-Dulu‘iyah north of Baghdad on Saturday, destroying an Abrams tank and killing seven US troops aboard it. Mafkarat al-Islam reported that this was the fourth car bomb to exploded amidst US troops in Baghdad with a period of five days. As a result the US troops have imposed a curfew that prohibits the movement of all automobiles beginning at 5pm. Even the puppet police cars are banned from the streets during the time when the curfew is in force.
Attacks in ad-Durah Saturday.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the Hur Rajab area of the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at about 8:45am Saturday, destroying one Humvee and disabling a Bradley armored vehicle and killing four US troops.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the al-Bu ‘Isa area of the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 1pm Saturday, killing four US troops and wounding a fifth.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under an oil pipeline in the Hur Rajab area of the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at about 3:30pm Saturday, setting the line ablaze.
Attacks in al-‘Amiriyah.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the people in al-‘Amiriyah in Baghdad reported seeing a US Apache helicopter crashing in flames in their area around midday on Saturday. No further details were available.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the al-‘Amiriyah area at 10:30am Saturday, destroying a US Humvee and killing two US troops.
Iraqi Resistance fighters opened fire on a member of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” in al-‘Amiriyah at about 11am Saturday, killing him.
Resistance attack in Sadr al-Qanat.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked and destroyed a Humvee and a fuel tank truck on the highway in the Sadr al-Qanat are at 8:30am Saturday, killing four US troops and wounding one more.
Bloody bomb attack in Salman Bak.
Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that several bombs planted by the Iraqi Resistance forces exploded in succession under three US troop transports in the Salman Bak area at 12:30pm Saturday, killing 17 US troops.
Resistance battles Ukrainian invader troops in as-Suwayrah Saturday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed Ukrainian aggressor forces in the ash-Shajariyah area of as-Suwayrah, south of Baghdad, at about 3pm Saturday, destroying eight armored vehicles and killing more than 16 Ukrainians Mafkarat al-Islam reported, on the authority of eyewitnesses.
Attack in ar-Ridwaniyah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and destroyed a US Humvee near the Zaynab Works in ar-Ridwaniyah Saturday morning, killing three US troops and wounding a fourth.
Fuel tanker blown up in ar-Rashidiyah Saturday afternoon.
At about 2:45pm Saturday, Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a tank truck loaded with fuel that was part of a column in the ar-Rashidiyah area of Baghdad, killing two US troops and wounding four others.
Resistance bomb attack kills four US troops.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the al-Janabayn area, destroying two Humvees at 11am Saturday, and killing four and wounding three who were aboard.
Two troops killed in al-Mushahadah.
Iraqi Resistance bombs set two US Humvees ablaze in the al-Mushahadah area at midday Saturday, killing two US troops and wounding eight others.
Troop truck destroyed in al-Mahmudiyah.
Iraqi Resistance forces destroyed a troop truck near the market in al-Mahmudiyah Saturday morning, killing four troops and wounding three.
Attacks in as-Sayyidiyah.
Iraqi Resistance forces destroyed a Bradley armored vehicle in the al-Janub neighborhood of as-Sayyidiyah at 3pm Saturday, killing two troops and seriously wounding two more aboard it.
At about 3:30pm Saturday an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and destroyed a Humvee, killing three troops aboard it.
Attack on US vehicle in al-Mushahadah in al-Karakh district.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked and disabled a Bradley armored vehicle in al-Mushahadah in the Baghdad district of al-Karakh, killing the soldier who was manning the machine gun.
Attack in al-Ishaqi.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in al-Ishaqi at 8am Saturday, destroying a truck and killing two US troops.
Attack in ad-Dawli‘i.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked a US truck in the al-Hurriyah area of ad-Dawli‘i, west of Baghdad at 10am Saturday, killing one US soldier.
Attacks in Abu Ghurayb.
At about 8:30 Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces destroyed a Bradley armored vehicle in az-Zaydan, killing three US troops.
Iraqi Resistance forces carried out an armed attack on US troops on the Old Road in Abu Ghurayb at about 1pm Saturday, destroying a Humvee and an American civilian truck loaded with military equipment, and killing three US troops and wounding four more.
Eyewitnesses reported that Resistance forces disabled an Abrams tank, wounding two troops aboard it in Abu Ghurayb Saturday morning.
Attacks on puppet forces.
Iraqi Resistance forces opened fire on a puppet “national guard patrol made up of four Nissan pickups in Zuyunah at 7:45am Saturday, killing four puppet guards.
Iraqi Resistance fighters opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles on puppet “national guards” in the al-Baladiyat area east of Baghdad Saturday morning, killing four puppet guards.
A Resistance communiqué reported that Resistance fighters armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles killed a collaborator lackey in the al-‘Amil neighborhood of Baghdad on Saturday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces in a black 1990 Opal killed two collaborator Badr Brigade gunmen near the ad-Darwish restaurant in as-Sayyidiyah, south of Baghdad, at 1pm Saturday.
Resistance slaughters Badr Brigade collaborator gunmen in fierce battle in Baghdad Friday afternoon.
Eyewitnesses reported to Mafkarat al-Islam that violent battles broke out in the ar-Rahmaniyah area of downtown Baghdad at 4pm Friday afternoon between the Badr Brigade collaborator militia and Iraqi Resistance forces who used rocket propelled grenades and mortars as well as BKC machine guns against the collaborator gunmen. Witnesses said that the fierce fighting left about 93 collaborator Badr Brigade gunmen dead. US forces encircled the area after the battle.
Bodies of 28 puppet guards found south of Baghdad.
Twenty-eight bodies of slain puppet “national guards” were discovered on Saturday in the at-Talibiyah area south of Baghdad.
Resistance attacks Thursday.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded near the bridge in the al-Jadiriyah area of Baghdad at about 5:45am Thursday morning, destroying a Humvee and killing two US troops.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and destroyed a US Humvee in al-Ghazaliyah at about 7:30am, killing three US troops.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and disabled a Bradley armored vehicle on the southern branch of the highway in the as-Sayyidiyah area at 8am, killing two US troops.
Bomb attack in al-Latifiyah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in al-Latifiyah at 9:15am Saturday, disabling a Bradley armored vehicle and killing two US troops and wounding a third.
Resistance battles puppet police in Ba‘qubah.
Iraqi Resistance forces battled puppet police in Ba‘qubah for more than two hours, starting around 6:20pm Saturday night. The battle left 23 puppet policemen dead and four puppet police vehicles destroyed.
Attacks on collaborators.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles opened fire on puppet “national guards” in Balad at 1:30pm Saturday killing one puppet guard.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked and demolished the First Election Center in Balad at 10am Saturday, killing seven persons in the attack. The Resistance warned the local people against having anything to do with the farcical elections planned by the occupation and its stooges for late January 2005, in an attempt to coat the occupation in a veneer of fake legality.
Four US troops killed in car bombing near Bayji.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a US column in the al-Asmint neighborhood, 4km north of Bayji at 10am Saturday, destroying one Humvee and disabling a second and killing four and wounding three of those who were in the vehicles. Witnesses reported that the car bomb was white and that it was parked by the side of the road when it exploded adjacent to the US column. US troops acknowledged only that one American soldier was killed, but Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent was on the scene of the blast five minutes after it took place and saw four bodies that had been pulled from the car.
Resistance attack leaves three foreigners dead.
Masked Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked an armored Jeep Cherokee being driven by three foreigners accompanied by an Iraqi collaborator translator and an Iraqi driver in the southern city of as-Samawah at 11:30am as they came out of the Japanese aggressor base in the city. Resistance fighters first fired light machine guns at the armored car to no effect, and then opened fire with an RPG7 grenade launcher. The grenade partly destroyed the car and killed all aboard. The fighters then withdrew, having taken possession of some of the materials inside the car. The local puppet police made no mention of the attack and demanded that it be hushed up. But the matter was widely known, since the attack occurred near the market and in front of hundreds of shoppers who witnessed it.
Bombardments throughout Iraq.
At 7:30am Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the southern entrance to the city of Tikrit.
At 7:30am Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four 82mm mortar rounds into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad, known to the American invaders as the “green zone.”
At 8am Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad, known to the American invaders as the “green zone.”
At 8:30am Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 120mm mortar rounds as well as other mortar rounds into the building of the puppet so-called “Iraqi interior ministry on Palestine Street in Baghdad.
At 8:30am Saturday, the Iraqi Resistnce firedsix Grad rockets and a number of 82mm mortar rounds into the British al-Mahawil base north of the city of al-Hillah in southern Iraq.
At 9am Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired six Katyusha rockets into the US camp occupying the former military academy in ar-Rustamiyah in Baghdad.
At 10:30am Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five mortar rounds into the US base in Saddam International Airport near Baghdad.
At 10:30am Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four mortar rounds into the joint US-Iraqi “national guard” base in at-Taji, north of Baghdad.
At 10:30am Saturday Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 82mm mortar rounds into the puppet so-called “Iraqi ministry of the interior” on Palestine Street in Baghdad.
At 11am Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four rockets into a church in the Baghdad area of al-Karradah, killing five and wounding many. Mafkarat al-Islam reported the attack and attributed it to the Resistance, but gave no further details as to why a church was targeted.
At 12:30pm Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four 120mm mortar rounds into the US camp occupying the former headquarters of the Iraqi Chiefs of Staff in al-‘Amiriyah in Baghdad.
At 12:30pm Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 120mm mortar rounds into the US camp occupying the former military academy in ar-Rustamiyah in Baghdad.
At 3:30pm Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven 82mm mortar rounds into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad, known to the American invaders as the “green zone.”
At about 3pm Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At about 4pm Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four 82mm mortar rounds into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At 4:15pm Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 120mm mortar rounds into the US occupied building that formerly housed the Iraqi Chiefs of Staff in Baghdad’s al-‘Amiriyah district.
At 8pm Saturday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.