Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 30 December 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Thursday, 30 December 2004.
Mafkarat al-Islam: interviews captain in puppet “national guard” who fled with his unit from the fighting in al-Fallujah.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam met in Baghdad with Captain “Abu Hasan” of the Madinat ath-Thawrah area in the Iraqi capital, a man who took part as an officer in the puppet “national guard” in the US offensive on al-Fallujah. Captain Abu Hasan was involved in the fighting just days ago as the commander of a detachment that fled along with him from inside one of the northern neighborhoods of the defiant city.
Mafkarat al-Islam: Why did you flee from al-Fallujah?
Abu Hasan: I think that is a very hard word. But my withdrawal together with my comrades in arms was simply rationality itself. When I saw that the most powerful army on earth was running away like dogs, and I saw the armed men of the people of al-Fallujah and their allies shooting at us from everywhere, we get an idea of what the Resistance means. It seemed to me as if my comrades in arms and I were like little flies lighting on the head of a camel.
When the Americans hear the Resistance fighters’ cries of “Allahu akbar!” [God is greatest!] and “Labbayk Allahumma, Labbayk!” [I am here, oh God, I am here!] they shiver with fear even before they get to them, from 300 meters away. Let me tell you something: sometimes I used to rejoice within myself when I saw the Resistance butchering and killing lots of them [the Americans], because there’s nobody who prefers an American over an Iraqi or an Arab Muslim.
Before you ask me why I volunteered for the “national guard” let me tell you it was for the monetary compensation. I have a big family. But I am remorseful now, having seen what I saw in al-Fallujah, for the [Resistance] fighters were not alone. We had to fight everything there from the stray black dogs – I guess you heard about that – to the sounds of the call to prayer and “Allahu akbar!” By God, those are the equal of a thousand fighters.
Brother, they [the Americans] don’t know Arabic. The don’t know the meaning of the words uttered by the armed fighters. But as soon as they hear the sounds, their bodies shake with fear and they come to us and ask us what they mean, and we tell them, “It’s the Qur’an,” or “it’s the words of Muhammad, our Prophet.” And they come back with, “No, it’s some kind of magic. You Arabs are famous for your magic.”
Even when they capture one of the fighters, they’re afraid to go near him even though he’s unarmed. They tell us to go up to him. I tell you, I never used to say my prayers, but now, after feeling the fear that those words aroused in me and which I still keep hearing, I have started to pray. And I’m remorseful for fighting against the Resistance, because I’m convinced that God will punish me for that. The infidels had brainwashed us.
Mafkarat al-Islam: Is there anything you would like to tell us that the media have not reported but that you and your comrades in arms witnessed?
Abu Hasan: Until the last day when I left, the US military were bringing in priests and other Christian clergymen and even Jewish ones to give sermons and reassurances for their troops, because five Americans used their weapons to commit suicide after they went crazy or hysterical. Every night I would challenge them, I would challenge them a thousand times to remember that every night they would find ten or fifteen of their soldiers butchered. There was an American woman correspondent, who tried to report that news, but the US intelligence officers led her away and I don’t know what became of her.
Mafkarat al-Islam: So they are suffering heavy losses, isn’t that so?
Abu Hasan: Yes. They evacuate on average between 150 and 220 dead and wounded soldiers every day, and 80 percent of them are dead.
Mafkarat al-Islam: Can you tell us where you were in al-Fallujah and with what unit?
Abu Hasan: Sorry, I cannot. I have put my trust in you so don’t make me have to back out.
Mafkarat al-Islam: What advice would you give to your comrades in arms in al-Fallujah?
Abu Hasan: To get out of al-Fallujah, because God is watching what we do. By God, all the money that I got in my monthly salary in the “national guard” went to the doctor or nothing. I started to get lots of physical problems from where, I don’t know. All my children are sick, now. I think it’s God’s punishment. By God, if I thought they would accept me as one of them, I would go and fight with those armed [Resistance] fighters, but I’m a Shi‘i and they are Sunni, although I don’t think they would disappoint me.
Heavy fighting near al-Qa’im Thursday evening.
Fierce fighting raged on Thursday evening between Iraqi Resistance forces and US occupation troops near al-Qa’im on the border with Syria. Eyewitnesses told the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the city that the fighting left two Abrams tanks, one new-style armored vehicle, and four US troop transport vehicles destroyed.
The armored vehicle had just arrived in Iraq a few days before, after complaints by US troops during a visit by American Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld regarding the lack of armored vehicles.
Shaykh ‘Abd al-Qahhar al-Kubaysi, one of the commanders of the Resistance fighting organizations, told Mafkarat al-Islam that the US losses in Thursday’s battle near al-Qa’im were extremely heavy. Shaykh al-Kubaysi confirmed the report that four troop carriers had been destroyed, noting that each of the troop carriers was loaded with at least eight American soldiers. Thus a total of 32 Americans had been killed inside the destroyed troop transports. That was in addition to those killed in the other vehicles that also were destroyed in the fighting.
Shaykh al-Kubaysi said that the combat, which took place in the city of al-‘Ubaydi, near al-Qa’im, had left four Resistance fighters martyred, one of them Shaykh al-Jalil ‘Abd al-Ghaffar al-Qaysi, the imam and preacher in one of the city’s mosques.
Resistance ambushes US troops in al-Qa’im early Thursday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with RPG7 rockets attacked US troops near the al-Karabilah bridge in al-Qa’im at 1pm on Thursday, destroying a Humvee and killing five US troops. American forces cordoned off the scene of the attack afterwards.
Resistance shoots down US Apache helicopter.
Eyewitnesses reported that Iraqi Resistance forces shot down a US Apache helicopter with a C5K rocket in al-Qa’im. No further details as to the number or extent of US casualties were initially available.
Resistance attacks in Abu Ghurayb.
Iraqi Resistance forces armed with RPG7 rockets attacked a US military truck loaded with provisions on the highway in AbuGhurayb at 7am Thursday, destroying the vehicle and killing two US troops. The US forces then cordoned off the area afterwards.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US column made up of three Humvees and two tanks that was proceeding along the highway in Abu Ghurayb near the Biladi children’s milk plant at 3pm Thursday. The attack destroyed one Humvee. US forces cordoned off the area after the attack and then within 15 minutes they had removed all traces of the attack.
Resistance bomb destroys Bradley armored vehicle in Salman Bak.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on a dirt road in the Salman Bak area at 7am Thursday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle just as it passed over. Three US troops were killed and two others wounded.
Resistance attacks in as-Suwayrah.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated bombs that destroyed two US military trucks and then attacked with RPG7 rockets, destroying a Humvee in as-Suwayrah, south of Baghdad at 8pm Thursday. In all five US troops were killed and two more severely wounded in the attack.
Iraqi Resistance forces armed with RPG7 rockets attacked a convoy of three trucks loaded with food and mineral water for Ukrainian aggressor troops in the as-Suwayrah area south of Baghdad at about 9:45am Thursday. Five Ukrainian occupation troops were killed and a sixth was wounded.
US troops kill passers by after lethal bomb attack in az-Za‘faraniyah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb that had been placed in a garbage bag exploded by a Humvee near the old bridge in az-Za‘faraniyah at 11:15am Thursday. The blast left four US troops dead. American soldiers then opened fire indiscriminately around the area killing three local civilians and wounding four, all of them passersby.
Resistance bomb attack in western Baghdad.
An Iraqi Resistance land mine exploded as a Bradley armored vehicle was passing through the al-‘Adl neighborhood near the central markets of western Baghdad at 12 noon Thursday. The blast destroyed the vehicle and killed four American soldiers who were aboard. US troops then cordoned off the area.
Resistance attacks in ad-Durah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah, eyewitnesses reported, destroying a Humvee and killing one US soldier and wounding two more at 8:30am Thursday morning.
Three Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs exploded in the Hur Rajab area of ad-Durah at 2:15pm Thursday, destroying a Humvee and disabling a Bradley armored vehicle. Four US troops were killed and two more seriously wounded in the attack Eyewitnesses reported that they saw the American soldiers in tears and embracing out of fear.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a patrol made up of three Humvees in the ‘Arab Jabbur area of ad-Durah, destroying one of the Humvees and killing two US troops and seriously wounding a third at 3pm Thursday.
Bomb attack on Airport Road.
Iraqi Resistance forces detonated bombs under a US convoy on Airport Road in the al-Furat neighborhood at 1pm Thursday. The Resistance then opened fire with RPG7 rockets totally destroying two US military trucks and killing four US troops. Afterwards, US troops cordoned off the area.
Resistance bomb attack in at-Taji.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a joint US-Iraqi puppet guard patrol in at-Taji, destroying a puppet guard Nissan pickup and a US Humvee and killing three US troops and six Iraqi puppet guards at about 4:30pm Thursday afternoon.
After the attack, US forces combed the area and arrested 13 local Iraqis at random.
Resistance attack in at-Taji kills US intelligence agents.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a column of four American GMC vehicles in the Hur al-Basha area of at-Taji near a branch of the Tigris River at 1:30pm Thursday, destroying a command GMC car and disabling a second. Two Apache helicopters were escorting the column, indicating that the people in the column were not ordinary. The helicopters opened fire indiscriminately after the attack, but no one was injured. The attack itself, however, killed four agents of US intelligence and wounded another.
Resistance attack in at-Tarimiyah area of at-Taji.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with RPG7 rockets destroyed a US military truck in the at-Tarimiyah area of at-Taji at 2:30pm Thursday, killing two US occupation troops.
Resistance ambush in ar-Ridwaniyah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb planted in a dirt road in the ar-Rashid area of ar-Ridwaniyah exploded and destroyed a Bradley armored vehicle, killing four US troops at 10:30am Thursday morning.
Resistance ambush in ash-Sha‘b area of Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with RPG7 rockets attacked and destroyed two civilian trucks loaded with provisions in the ash-Sha‘b area of Baghdad at 1:30pm Thursday, killing four Americans.
Resistance multiple bomb attack in Balad.
Four Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded under a US military patrol made up of two tanks and three Humvees in the area of Balad, north of Baghdad at 1:45pm Thursday. The attack disabled one Humvee and destroyed an Abrams tank, the parts of which were scattered around the area as a result of the force of the blast. Six US troops were killed in the attack. One Iraqi was also killed, according to witnesses who spoke to Mafkarat al-Islam.
Ambush on US convoy in al-Ishaqi.
Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed a large US military column in al-Ishaqi, north of Baghdad at 4pm Thursday, destroying a Humvee and a civilian truck and killing three US troops and wounding two more. The American convoy did not stop, out of fear of further attacks, but rather accelerated. US aircraft came to pursue the Resistance fighters.
Bomb attack destroys Humvee in ad-Duwaylibah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded and destroyed a Humve in the ad-Duwaylibah area south of Baghdad at 4:30pm Thursday.
Puppet guards murder civilians.
Puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” killed two Iraqi civilians for no apparent reason and without provocation. One of them was a wood seller and both were more than 40 years old. The killing took place on Sahat at-Tala’i‘ [Vanguards’ Square] in Baghdad’s al-Karakh District at 3:30pm Thursday.
Mass arrests by US troops, puppet forces.
US troops and Iraqi puppet guards arrested more than 60 persons who have no connection with the Resistance, among them elderly men, as well as youths and boys, in the al-A‘zamiyah district of Baghdad at 3:15pm Thursday
Resistance attacks on puppet forces and collaborators in the Baghdad area.
Iraqi Resistance forces killed three members of the puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” as they were entering the al-Fahhamah area of Baghdad’s al-Karakh district. Iraqi Resistance sharp shooters shot them at about 1am Thursday. The puppet guards arrested 28 innocent civilians who had nothing to do with the Resistance. The puppet troops also opened fire indiscriminately on homes and cars belonging to local residents.
An Iraqi Resistance sharpshooter shot and killed two puppet “national guards” on the highway as it passes through as-Sayyidiyah at about 2:30pm Thursday afternoon. The puppet guards responded to the attack by opening continuous fire indiscriminately around the neighborhood until they were able to get out of there.
Masked Iraqi Resistance fighters killed a captain in the puppet “national guard” as he drove his red Hyundai car with his family at 11:30am Thursday. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported witnesses as saying that the masked Resistance fighters continued to exclaim, “This is what you get for what you did to the Muslims in al-Fallujah.”
Iraqi Resistance forces armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and BKC machine guns clashed with the puppet guards near the Darwish Restaurant in the as-Sayyidiyah area at 4:30pm Thursday, killing four of the puppet guards.
Iraqi Resistance forces armed with BKC machine guns and hand grenades attacked a “national guard” checkpoint in the area of the big Saddam bridge in as-Sayyidiyah at 5:45pm Thursday night, destroying one Nissan pickup, disabling a second and killing eight puppet guards. One Iraqi Resistance fighter was martyred in the attack and four others wounded. Their comrades were able to carry them away with them.
Iraqi Resistance fighters in a line of cars opened fire, one after the other on a puppet “national guard” check point in the Suwayb area of the ash-Shurtah neighborhood of Baghdad at 5pm Thursday. They opened fire with BKCs and other machine guns, disabling three Nissan pickups and killing six puppet troops and seriously wounding nine others. The Resistance fighters in the cars continued on their way without stopping.
An Iraqi Resistance sniper shot and killed a captain in the puppet “national guards” as he drove his car in the al-Mansur neighborhood of Baghdad at 4:30pm Thursday afternoon. After that, puppet guards opened fire indiscriminately around the neighborhood, but fortunately no one was injured.
Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles attacked and badly damaged a puppet police patrol car in the al-‘Amil neighborhood of Baghdad at 1:10pm Thursday afternoon. Mafkarat al-Islam reported that one puppet policeman was killed and two more wounded. Eyewitnesses reported that those two later died of their wounds.
A puppet “national guard” patrol made up of two Nissan pickups stormed the Baghdad district of al-A‘zamiyah at 7:20pm Thursday night, but they were attacked by Resistance fighters, and responded by opening fire indiscriminately around the area. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the Resistance attack left nine “national guards” dead. Resistance forces seized the weapons that the puppet guards had been carrying, then set fire to their two Nissan pickups.
An Iraqi translator collaborator working for the US occupation was assassinated by Resistance fighters firing Kalashnikov assault rifles at his home in the al-Jami‘ah neighborhood at 9pm Wednesday night.
Al-Latifiyah – al-Yusufiyah.
Bombing in al-Latifiyah.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in al-Latifiyah at 8:30am Thursday morning, destroying a Humvee and killing two US troops.
Resistance attack on checkpoint in al-Yusufiyah leaves Americans, puppet guards dead, two Americans captured.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a puppet so-called “Iraqi national guard” check point in the area of al-Qasr al-Awsat in al-Yusufiyah at about 12:40, killing 17 puppet guards and six US troops.
Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that a car went into the check point, acting as bait, for it was a very attractive car, and the driver did various movements inside the car to further distracting the attention of the checkpoint guards. That allowed a detachment of 28 Resistance fighters to attack the checkpoint from the rear, using rocket-propelled grenades, BKC machine guns, and hand grenades. Seventeen puppet guards were killed and five more wounded. Six US troops were also killed, and two more of them wounded. Resistance forces took two American soldiers prisoner.
Five Resistance fighters were martyred in the attack and eight others were wounded.
The Resistance fighters disabled two Humvees and set a Nissan pickup belonging to the puppet guards ablaze using RPG7 rockets. They also seized a number of weapons that had been in the possession of the guards at the post.
Martyrdom car bombing in Ba‘qubah.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter blew up his explosives-laden Mitsubishi by a puppet guard check point in Ba‘qubah at 8:20am Thursday. Three Nissan pickups were destroyed and 10 puppet “national guards” were killed in the blast.
Large-scale pre-dawn Resistance ambush on supply convoy in Ba‘qubah.
Iraqi Resistance forces detaonated an estimated 12 bombs under a large US column in which huge trucks were transporting concrete barriers in the Ba‘qubah area at 4:30am Thursday. After the bombs exploded, Resistance fighters attacked with RPG7 rockets, destroying 13 trucks, including four Iraqi trucks, and two Humvees.
Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the ambush left 17 US troops dead, and that the Resistance took three more American soldiers prisoner. In addition, three Iraqi civilian drivers who were working for the Americans were killed. A number of others were taken prisoner by the Resistance, but they were later released.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent noted that after the attack, US forces sealed off the area where the ambush took place and arrested more than 60 innocent local residents.
Multiple bombing in Tikrit.
Three Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs exploded on the outskirts of Tikrit at 9:30am Thursday, destroying two Humvees and killing seven US troops.
Witnesses report: US commander in Samarra’ killed in Resistance bombing.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Samarra’, quoting eyewitnesses, reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb blew up in a US column at 12 noon, killing the commander of the US forces in Samarra’.
The locals were convinced that the dead officer was the local US commander by the fact that he rode in an armored vehicle and his car was surrounded by a heavy guard of escort vehicles, in addition to having helicopter air cover. There were also reports that the commander was to come to the city on Thursday to attend a conference with the puppet police and puppet “national guards” on the subject of trying to reach some sort of accommodation between the US troops and local tribal chiefs in the area on how to reduce violence. It was the commander of US forces in the area who was to chair the conference, according to a statement by an officer in the puppet “national guards.”
The bomb that exploded on the car carrying the commander went off on the main road leading to the headquarters of the youth center, which was to be the site of the conference.
Further confirmation of the claims by the eyewitnesses lies in the fact that the bomb itself targeted the car’s driving mechanism, meaning that the bomb was planted on the basis of precise information regarding the car and its occupant.
Witnesses also noticed that medical help arrived in an unconventional way. The ambulances in this case were American GMC cars emblazoned with the red cross, and meanwhile US Black Hawk helicopters also with red cross markings showed up as well intensely encircling the area.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that it is unlikely that the person targeted in the blast could still be alive, since parts of the car in which he was riding were blown over a wide area by the powerful explosive.
Thursday night martyrdom car bombing destroys US tank in Mosul.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb drove into a US column in the al-Muhandisin neighborhood of western Mosul at 8pm Thursday night. The blast destroyed one US tank and disabled a Humvee. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the car, an old model Mercedes, drove at high speed and slammed head on into the column. US forces opened fire at the car, but it kept on coming and crashed into the tank that was at the head of the column.
The incident left seven Americans dead three wounded, one of them seriously. Also killed were two Iraqis, one a passer by. He was killed when US forces opened fire indiscriminately around the site of the attack.
Resistance car bombing at noon in Mosul kills three US troops.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded amidst a US column of troops in the al-Yarmuk neighborhood of Mosul. That blast, which took place at 12 noon, destroyed a Humvee and claimed the lives of three US troops.
Resistance liquidates four contractors working for the American occupation.
Iraqi Resistance fighters killed four Iraqi contractors who were dealing with the US occupation forces in projects to build concrete barriers used by the Americans for cover. The bodies of the contractors were found thrown in the middle of one of the main streets in Mosul. On the chest of one of them was a piece of paper on which was written, “We are a people whose values rejected honor, who bring harm to those who have not harmed us.”
Resistance rocket blows up US Apache helicopter in mid-air.
In a dispatch posted at 9:37pm Mecca time Thursday, the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces shot down an American Apache helicopter north of the city of Mosul at 7:25 and that the correspondent himself witnessed the craft blowing up in mid-air after it was struck by a C5K rocket.
The Mosul correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance rocket, fired from the west of the city, scored a direct hit on the US helicopter as it was on its way to its home base.
Three Polish invaders killed in Resistance bomb attack north of al-Hillah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a Polish aggressor Jeep in the al-Jabawiyin area north of the city of al-Hillah at 12 noon Thursday, destroying the Jeep and killing three Polish invader troops and wounding two more.
Aide to Muqtada as-Sadr severely wounded in assassination attempt.
An aide to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr was severely wouned in an attempted assassination on Thursday. The Qatari News Agency Qana reported that Shaykh ‘Ali al-Maliki was attacked and seriously wounded by unknown armed men in the southern city of al-Basrah. He was taken to a local hospital after the attack.
The incident comes on the heels of various attacks and bombings in the Shi‘i community, prompting observers to speculate that competition and rivalry among different Shi‘i factions for leadership in the religious community has sharply mounted, a situation that is only fostered by the different orientations of various leaders as the sham “elections,” set for the end of January, approach.
Bombardments throughout Iraq on Thursday.
At 6:15am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the US camp in Saddam International Airport.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired four 82mm mortar rounds into the puppet so-called “Iraqi ministry of the interior” on Palestine Street in Baghdad, sending plumes of smoke rising into the sky.
At 7:30am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area of Baghdad, known to the invaders as the “green zone.” Plumes of smoke rose into the sky over the area as a result.
At about 8:15am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Katyusha rockets into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At 9am Thursday morning, Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 82mm mortar rounds into the US base in at-Taji, north of Baghdad.
At 9:15am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Grad rockets into the US base in what formerly was the military academy in ar-Rustamiyah in Baghdad, sending flame and plumes of smoke into the air over the area.
At about 11:30am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five large-size Katyusha rockets into the al-Bakr US base in Balad, north of Baghdad. The rockets apparently hit targets directly, since two US Black Hawk helicopters were observed landing twice in a row in the base, to evacuate dead and wounded after the attack.
At 2pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired ten 82mm and 60mm mortar rounds into the presidential palace on Hayfa Street, sending flames and smoke into the sky.
At 3:15pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Grad rockets into the US base in Saddam International Airport. Witnesses reported that fires were ignited in several places inside the facility by the bombardment. A Black Hawk helicopter was seen making two trips to evacuate dead and wounded from the place.
At 4:15pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 82mm mortar rounds into the US camp in the former Iraqi Meat Company in ‘Uwayrij, south of Baghdad. Eyewitnesses reported that the attack scored direct hits, since a Black Hawk helicopter was observed landing at the location to evacuate dead and wounded.