Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 28 December 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Tuesday, 28 December 2004.
Resistance pounds US positions in al-Fallujah. US pushes refugees to return home hoping thereby to put an end to the fighting.
In a dispatch posted at 12:17am Wednesday morning Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that eyewitnesses said that the Iraqi Resistance had fired about 29 Grad rockets at the US forces in al-Fallujah Tuesday. Between 1pm and 2pm the Resistance fired about 25 rockets at American troops, then at 5:30pm Tuesday evening Resistance fighters fired four more Grad rockets at the Americans. At 7:15pm Tuesday night, Resistance forces fired four 120mm mortar rounds at the Americans in al-Fallujah.
Witnesses reported observing massive US columns heading towards al-Fallujah, passing through as-Saqlawiyah. Some of the columns were made up of 140 US military vehicles.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that at about 10:45pm local time, the US columns began to enter neighborhoods of al-Fallujah for the fourth day in a row.
On Monday American soldiers killed two Iraqi youths in al-Fallujah. On Monday and Tuesday the Americans arrested about 50 Iraqi young men, even though they had received passes from the US occupation forces allowing them to enter al-Fallujah to work on their houses. The correspondent reported that the Americans on Tuesday arrested three Iraqi girls, all sisters, aged 19, 20 and 21 years. The US forces expelled their father and their brother and took the girls to an unknown destination. Their family had been trying to return to their homes in al-Fallujah to survey the damage that had been done to their house by the US assault.
In general, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent observes, the US occupation troops are trying to rush families of al-Fallujah refugees back into the city in the hopes that this will end the fighting that has left many American soldiers dead and hundreds of US military vehicles and great quantities of American equipment destroyed or captured.
Eyewitnesses also reported that the Americans had brought in units of Iraqi puppet police from Baghdad to urge the local people to return to al-Fallujah. Officers of the puppet police have begun chasing down refugees of al-Fallujah, telling them, “we want to end this damned war.”
According to reports from witnesses, the Iraqi Resistance is not opposing such moves leading to the return of the Iraqi citizens to their homes in al-Fallujah, particularly as one Iraqi Resistance commander called the Iraqi people the “crown of the Resistance, after God the Almighty.” The refugees are now dying a slow death in the refugee camps from the bitter cold to which they are exposed, and as a result, the Resistance welcomes efforts to secure their return home.
Resistance blows up house in al-Fallujah, killing 24 American soldiers.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported eyewitnesses as saying that about 24 US troops were killed when the Resistance detonated explosives that blasted apart the house that they were searching in the city. The Resistance had planted 500kg of TNT as well as the high explosive “Austrian” bombs inside the house, located in the al-Wahdah neighborhood. Resistance forces attracted the US forces to the house by making them think that a number of fighters were barricaded in it. The Resistance detonated the explosives in the 450 square meter building when the Americans had gone in to investigate. The blast killed 24 American troops in addition to seven whose bodies had not been extracted from the rubble when the correspondent submitted his report, posted at 2:30pm Mecca time Tuesday (3:30pm local time).
Resistance pounds US al-Habbaniyah base.
At 10am Tuesday morning Iraqi Resistance force unleashed a rocket barrage on the huge US base in al-Habbaniyah, near al-Fallujah. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that about 33 Ababil, Tariq, and Grad rockets blasted into the US facility, destroying a large number of fuel storage tanks. The tanks continued to burn for a long time after the attack, according to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent, whose report was posted at 2:10pm Mecca time (3:10pm local time) Tuesday.
US helicopters took part in efforts to extinguish the roaring flames, but in the process three helicopters crashed, one of them a Cobra. Eight Resistance fighters perished when US aircraft attacked their positions and destroyed their rocket launcher. The fire also set a park three dunams in area ablaze in the al-Halabisah area not far from the camp.
Mass raids and arrests in Hit, al-Baghdadi.
US forces arrested 14 Iraqi civilians Monday night on the pretext that they were suspected of belinging to the Resistance. Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that the US troops arrested four Iraqis, claiming that they had taken part in Resistance actions in the Hit area, 250km west of Baghdad.
US troops also arrested 10 other Iraqi civilians using the same excuse in the al-Baghdadi area, about 200km west of Baghdad. Witnesses said that the Americans fired percussion rockets and standard rockets into a number of houses in Hit in the course of their raids in the area.
Seven puppet “national guards” killed in raid; US retaliates killing four civilians.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked puppet “national guard” forces in the ad-Dawlab area, between Hit and al-Baghdadi, killing seven puppet troops. US occupation forces joined their stooges and responded by opening fire randomly on passers by and cars, killing four Iraqi civilians.
Resistance fighters down US F-16 fighter bomber with SAM missile.
Iraqi Resistance forces in al-Qa’im on the Syrian border shot down a US F-16 fighter bomber at about 6am Tuesday morning. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the airplane was circling at a very low altitude, breaking the sound barrier for a quarter of an hour, causing Resistance fighters to target the American plane with a Surface-to-Air (SAM) missile. The rocket hit the US plane in the rear, setting the plane on fire.
Tuesday morning fighting in al-Qa’im.
At about 7am fighting broke out between the Resistance and the US occupation forces that left nine American soldiers dead.
Resistance bomb blows up one of latest and biggest US armored vehicles.
Iraqi Resistance forces blew up one of the latest US armored vehicles, sent to Iraq recently after US troops complained to American Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld about the lack of armor. After that soldier’s complaint was broadcast around the world, Washington rushed hundreds more armored vehicles as well as other vehicles to the American occupation troops in Iraq.
On Tuesday, however, Resistance forces targeted one of those newly-arrived vehicles at 6:30am near the crossroads in the at-Tarimiyah area north of Baghdad. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the vehicle was much bigger than those already deployed in Iraq’s “hot spots,” and noted that it is armed with more than one machine gun and its armor is said to be impervious to RPG7 rockets.
Saturday afternoon Resistance attacks in ad-Durah.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded and destroyed two Humvees in the ‘Arab Jabbur area of the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at 1pm Tuesday, killing seven US troops.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on a dirt road in the al-Bu ‘Ithah area of ad-Durah at about 4pm Tuesday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing five US troops who were aboard it.
Resistance bombs destroy US Humvee in Abu Ghurayb.
The correspondent reported, however that a heavy Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb totally destroyed the armored vehicle. No information was available on the nature or extent of casualties.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the Kharnabat area of Abu Ghurayb at 10:30am Tuesday, destroying a Humvee and killing five US troops and wounding two others seriously.
Two Iraqi collaborators assassinated in Abu Ghurayb.
Local eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that two Iraqi contractors working for the US occupation army were killed in the az-Zaytun neighborhood of Abu Ghurayb at 9am Tuesday when Resistance fighters firing Kalashnikov assault rifles attacked the white 1996 Prince car in which they were riding.
Resistance shoots down US Apache helicopter will all aboard.
Iraqi Resistance forces shot down an American Apache helicopter in Baghdad as it headed towards the US facility set up in what was formerly the Academy for the Iraqi Rocket Forces. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that Resistance fighters fired a C5K rocket at the Apache setting it afire and causing it to slam into the earth. The crash of the vehicle set off a huge explosion that must have killed the entire crew. Most residents of the area witnessed the crash, that took place at about 6am Tuesday.
Resistance attack on US troops in ad-Duwaylibah Tuesday evening.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired C5K rockets at a US Bradley armored vehicle in ad-Duwaylibah at 5pm Tuesday evening, destroying the vehicle and killing four US troops.
Attack in al-Mushahadah kills five US troops including one female.
Iraqi Resistance forces destroyed a fuel tank truck belonging to the US occupation forces in the al-Makarim area of al-Mushahadah at 8:30am Tuesday morning. Witnesses said that four bombs exploded in succession under the truck, killing five US troops, one of them a female.
Heavy bomb blows up US Humvee in al-Mahmudiyah.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and destroyed a Humvee in al-Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad at 10:30am Tuesday, sending wreckage of the vehicle flying over a wide area and killing four US troops.
Two Americans moderately wounded in al-Ghazaliyah ambush.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked and destroyed a civilian truck serving the US occupation forces in al-Ghazaliyah at 11:15am Tuesday, moderately wounding two US troops.
Attack in ar-Ridwaniyah.
Two heavy Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US Abrams tank in the al-Qatta‘ area of ar-Ridwaniyah at 1pm Tuesday, destroying the tank and killing five US troops aboard it.
Attack in as-Suwayrah.
Iraqi Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets attacked and destroyed a US Bradley armored vehicle and two Humvees in an ambush in the as-Suwayrah area south of Baghdad at 2:30pm Tuesday, killing eight US troops and seriously wounding two more.
Attacks on US occupation forces in at-Taji.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and destroyed a US Humvee in the al-Mushahadah area of at-Taji, north of Baghdad, at about 2pm Tuesday, killing three US troops.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked a fuel tank truck and a supply truck loaded with provisions for US troops on a road along a branch of the Tigris River in the Hur al-Basha area of at-Taji at 3pm Tuesday. The attack destroyed the tanker and the truck and left three US troops dead and two others wounded.
Two US troops were killed when Resistance forces firing RPG7 rockets attacked a civilian truck in the ad-Dujayl area of at-Taji, killing two US troops.
Fifteen puppet police killed in Resistance attack in ad-Dujayl.
Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in Baghdad that Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a puppet police station in ad-Dujayl north of Baghdad at 8am Tuesday. A source in the puppet police reported that 15 puppet policemen were killed in the attack, including three officers in the force. Six others were severely wounded.
Resistance car bomb wounds high-ranking puppet guard officer.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by the side of a road in the as-Salih area, near the at-Talibiyah area of Baghdad, as a car carrying a high-ranking commander of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” was traveling down the road. Witnesses reported that the blast destroyed two Nissan pickups and two Land Cruisers belonging to the puppet guards. The high-ranking puppet commander was reported to have been seriously wounded in the blast. Six puppet guards were killed and eight others seriously injured.
Resistance blows up car carrying Badr Brigade collaborator gunmen.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated a home made bomb under a car belonging to the collaborationist Badr Brigades by the two-story bridge in the al-Karradah area of Baghdad at 7:30am Tuesday. The blast set the car ablaze and killed three Badr Brigade gunmen aboard it.
US stooge assassinated in Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing Kalashnikov assault rifles assassinated a lackey of the US occupation in the al-I‘lam neighborhood of Baghdad at 4:30pm Tuesday.
US forces, Kurdish chauvinists murder daughter of President ‘Abd as-Salam ‘Arif.
The daughter of former Iraqi President ‘Abd as-Salam ‘Arif accused US forces and their stooges of killing her sister and her husband and their son. In a statement to the Qatari News Agency she refuted earlier reports that tried to pin the crime on the Iraqi Resistance. She said that US troops together with collaborationist Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah gunmen killed the couple and their son and then robbed their house and tried to blame the Resistance for the murder.
Publications in Baghdad had reported on 18 December that Sana’, the daughter of former President ‘Abd as-Salam ‘Arif had been killed along with her husband by “unknown gunmen” who attacked their home. The publications claimed that the Iraqi puppet police had reported that the attackers had also kidnapped the couple’s son, also named ‘Abd as-Salam ‘Arif (22) during the attack and then wrote on the wall of the house “death to lackeys.”
Neighbors of Sana’ ‘Arif found her body and that of her husband after the house had been ransacked and valuable items, including cars, had been stolen.
‘Abd as-Salam ‘Arif, a member of the Baath Party, was President of Iraq between 1963 and 1966, when he was killed when the helicopter he was flying crashed.
Resistance bomb targets US patrol in al-Latifiyah.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded as a US patrol was passing through al-Latifiyah at 8:30am Tuesday, totally destroying a Humvee and killing four US troops.
Puppet police station in al-Latifiyah bombed.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded near a puppet police station in al-Latifiyah killing and wounding members of the puppet police. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that eyewitnesses said that the blast occurred at 6:30am Tuesday, leaving 18 puppet policemen dead and eight others severely wounded.
Thirteen puppet police die in Resistance attack in Tikrit.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces attacked the main Tigris [Dajlah] puppet police station in the Tigris neighborhood of the city of Tikrit, north of Baghdad at 4am on Tuesday. Eyewitnesses told the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam that the attack followed a grace period in which the Resistance had refrained from attacking the post in order to allow the puppet police to work on standard criminal issues such as investigating robberies and breaking up fights.
But rather than stick to such civil activities, the puppet police took part in a joint patrol with US occupation troops at 10pm Monday night, arresting Shaykh Jamal Hammad, one of the imams and religious preachers in Tikrit, on the charge that he was harboring fraternal Arab volunteer fighters.
It was in response to this activity on behalf of the American occupation that more than 40 Resistance fighters armed with RPG7 rockets and BKC machine guns and light arms attacked the Tigris puppet police station, killing 13 puppet policemen and nine puppet “national guards.” Also wounded in the attack were eight puppet “national guards.” The Resistance fighters also seized a large quantity of arms, ammunition, equipment, and communications devices. They left behind a paper on which was written a quote from the Qur’an: “In the name of God the Merciful, the Mercy-giving. And we did no wrong to them, but they did wrong to themselves.”
Earlier in the day, the Iraqi puppet police disclosed that Resistance forces on Tuesday attacked a puppet police station in Tikrit, killing 13 puppet police and wounding two others. Major ‘Ali at-Tikriti of the puppet police told Reuters that the Resistance fighters were armed with various weapons and that they attacked at 7:30am local time.
Resistance attacks sham “election” center in Tikrit.
Iraqi Resistance forces armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles attacked an election center in Tikrit at 10:30am Tuesday, killing a puppet police captain.
Resistance attack leaves nine puppet guards dead.
Iraqi Resistance forces armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles attacked a center for the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” in the city of Ba‘qubah at about 7:30am Tuesday, killing nine puppet guards and wounding nine others.
S. Korean Jaitun (Zaytun) Unit in Iraq on Alert.
Pyongyang, December 27 (KCNA) -- The Jaitun unit of south Korea deployed in Iraq has been placed on alert as the Iraqi Resistance forces recently threatened to launch a truck bomb attack on the unit, according to MBC of south Korea. The south Korean military is much upset by this warning as it was served soon after at least 80 US service personnel were killed by those forces' mortar attack and missile strike at the US military base near Mosul.
Note by Iraqi Resistance Report: The south Korean newspaper The Korea Times reported on 24 December 2004 that the south Korean aggressor contingent in Iraq, said to number 3,600 men, is the third largest military contingent occupying the country after those of the United States and Britain. This does not count a force of an estimated 20,000 mercenaries employed by the Pentagon. The “mortar attack and missile strike” to which the KCNA dispatch above refers later turned out to be a martyrdom truck bombing carried out by an Iraqi Resistance fighter.
Three Iranians reportedly caught trying to blow up oil pipelines in al-Basrah.
Sources in the puppet police in al-Basrah have said that they arrested three persons of Iranian nationality who were trying to blow up one of the main pipelines in al-Basrah. Mafkarat al-Islam reported the puppet police sources as saying that the three Iranians were found in the possession of explosives.
The puppet police had kept the arrest secret for some time, while the US-installed regime accused Syria with no evidence whatsoever of being behind bombings in an-Najaf and Karbala’. Mafkarat al-Islam reports that Sunni Iraqis in al-Basrah believe that the reason for covering up the Iranian connection might be related to the fact that the chief of the puppet police, whose name is ash-Shahrasani, is of Iranian origin himself and might well have sympathies in that direction.
British soldier found dead, pronounced a suicide.
The British Ministry of Defence announced on Tuesday that the dead body of a British soldier had been found with a bullet wound, and it is thought that the soldier committed suicide. Paul Conolly, 33, worked in a Royal Electricians Unit on the Shaybah Logistical Base in al-Basrah. His body was found on Sunday.
Bombardments throughout Iraq on Tuesday.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Grad rockets into the US base in Balad north of Baghdad, directly hitting buildings within the American camp. Thick smoke rose over the area. After the bombardment, secondary explosions could be heard going off, one after the other, indicating that one of the Grad rockets hit a munitions storage.
At 8am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three 82mm mortar rounds into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At about 11:15am Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired nine 120mm mortar rounds into the US occupation camp in al-‘Amiriyah in Baghdad, located in the former headquarters of the Iraqi chiefs of staff. Smoke could be seen rising into the sky immediately after the strike.
At about 1:30pm Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the US camp in Saddam International Airport.
At 3:15pm Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired a Grad rocket into the northern camp of US occupation forces in Tikrit.
At about 6:15pm Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 82mm mortar rounds into the Presidential Palace in al-Karakh in Baghdad.
At 7pm Tuesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired six Grad rockets into the Presidential Palace in al-Karakh in Baghdad. Afterwards, US occupation troops combed through the area, deploying snipers who proceeded to shoot a number of local citizens. US aircraft were sent up to prowl the skies over the area as well.
Iraqi Resistance forces on Tuesday fired seven 82mm mortar rounds into the British al-Mahawil base north of al-Hillah in southern Iraq, sending thick smoke into the sky.