Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 31 December 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.
Friday, 31 December 2004.
Resistance beats back US attack on al-Fallujah, advances 700 meters into formerly US occupied parts of the city.
In a dispatch posted at 11:35pm Mecca time Friday, Mafkarat a-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters in al-Fallujah advanced 700 meters into the areas that the US occupation troops had controlled, outside the an-Nazal neighborhood after beating back an American attempt to break into that neighborhood.
The local Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the Resistance at that point was encircling more than 20 US troops inside one house opposite the government offices in the city. They had succeeded in setting seven US tanks ablaze, killing all aboard them. They also seized and killed three US troops. Resistance forces are still trying to hold the remainder of the US forces there.
The correspondent, speaking by telephone from al-Fallujah, said that Shaykh Abu As‘ad ad-Dulaymi, member and spokesman of the Consultative Council of Mujahideen of al-Fallujah, said that the Resistance had shot down a second helicopter. He also said that they would advance warily into areas where the US troops were located, lest they fall into an American trap aimed at drawing out and destroying Resistance forces.
The Shaykh said that 13 Iraqi Resistance fighters had so far been killed, among them five fraternal Arab fighters from Syria and Jordan, and also one Sudanese named Abu ‘Uthman who had arrived in al-Fallujah just days before at the head of a contingent of Sudanese fighters.
Resistance rocket attacks on US forces in and around al-Fallujah Friday.
In a dispatch posted at 11:25pm Mecca time Friday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces had mounted a new missile assault on US forces in the north of al-Fallujah.
Eyewitnesses reported that the attack took place at 10:30am Friday, local time, and that the Resistance fired eight Katyusha rockets at the US troops.
Then at 4:30pm Friday, the Resistance fired four Grad rockets at the US base in the agricultural zone northeast of the city, at US troops near the ruins of the train station, and at US troops in the as-Sakani neighborhood.
The Resistance fired about 26 Katyusha rockets at the US troops in the as-Sakani neighborhood at dawn on Thursday.
Resistance attack near as-Saqlawiyah leaves 22 American troops dead.
In a dispatch posted at 10:15pm Mecca time Friday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that 22 US troops were killed by Resistance fire in a village in the as-Saqlawiyah area near al-Fallujah.
Five Resistance fighters attacked the US forces after they crossed the highway towards the al-‘Ayn village east of as-Saqlawiyah.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the Resistance fighters fired BKC machine guns and anti-personnel RPG7 rockets (“al-Mihdar”) at the Americans, killing 22 of them, all of the soldiers who had crossed the highway. Two Resistance fighters fell as martyrs and a third person was wounded. Resistance fighters took him away from the scene.
US forces cordoned off the ‘Amiriyat al-Fallujah community south of al-Fallujah after Resistance fighters there opened fire on the US forces several times.
Resistance fighters on Thursday killed a lackey of the US occupation. US occupation forces killed two persons who had gone out to the edges of ‘Amiriyat al-Fallujah to use the telephone – since the network is limited inside ‘Amiriyah. Seeing them, the Americans simply shot them dead.
US finds 11 beheaded American bodies.
In a dispatch posted at 8:40pm Friday night Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US occupation forces on Friday found the bodies of 11 US troops who had been beheaded.
Eyewitnesses and families who had visited the northern part of al-Fallujah to check on their houses reported that the Americans also found the bodies of 14 puppet “national guards” who had been shot.
The bodies were found near the tannery [ma‘mal li-ad-Dabbagh] outside al-Fallujah. Witnesses say the bodies showed that they had been killed several days ago.
The Battle of the Almighty Avenging God rages in al-Fallujah.
In a dispatch posted at 8:05pm Mecca time Friday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that violent fighting had broken out at 6:30pm local time in al-Fallujah. The correspondent there reported that US aircraft were bombing as he wrote Resistance positions in the an-Nazal and ash-Shuhada’ neighborhoods and that clouds of smoke and flame were rising from US vehicles struck by Resistance rockets.
The correspondent wrote that he personally had seen five US tanks ablaze, in one of it one could hear the crew inside screaming because they were trapped in the burning vehicle.
One house had been destroyed when a US Black Hawk helicopter crashed into it. Mosque loud speakers are proclaiming the call “God is greatest” [Allahu akbar!] and calling out prayers for the victory of the Resistance fighters. US forces bombarded one of the mosques, the al-Firdaws Mosque in the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood, but the loudspeakers continued to work and issue the “God is greatest” call, the correspondent reported.
Shaykh Abu Nur of the Consultative Council of the Mujahideen of al-Fallujah said that the battles so far had left four Humvees and six new-style US tanks on fire killing all those inside. One Black Hawk helicopter was shot down over the an-Nazal neighborhood.
He added that the battles had been going on for two hours, at that time, and he vowed that “we will wipe them all out.” “We have been preparing ourselves for them since morning,” he explaned. “Today’s battle is vengeance for the Qur’an that they desecrated with their feet in our mosques. It is vengeance for Fatimah the prisoner in Abu Ghurayb. We have called this the Battle of the Almighty Avenger God. One 17-year old fighter, one of our Syrian brothers, has been martyred and one Iraqi has been wounded. This is the battle of the Ummah of Muhammad against the infidels, and our faith in God is great.”
Important communiqué from al-Fallujah Resistance: New fighters join ranks of Resistance in al-Fallujah, Diversity of Resistance reflects the whole Iraqi people and must stay that way.
A communiqué issued by the Consultative Council of the Mujahideen of al-Fallujah and circulated Friday morning in the southern, Resistance-controlled part of the city, said that 1,200 new fighters had joined the ranks of the Resistance there, double the number of Resistance fighters who had been martyred.
The communiqué also said that the Resistance in the city had only lost one-fifth of its weapons and equipment in the course of the fighting, and that they have enough to continue battling the Americans for three more years at the same level of intensity.
The communiqué noted that there are two leaderships in the Resistance, one military and the other religious. It warned the latter against transgressing its limits, noting that “it is impermissible for the religious leadership to interfere in military plans as to advancing or retreating, withdrawing or attacking.” It noted however, that “the two leaderships are united in the Consultative Council of the Mujahideen of al-Fallujah and that no created being is obliged to obey another created being except insofar as that benefits the Muslims,” to quote the communiqué, which also called for “tightening the ranks and joint coordination within the Resistance.”
The communiqué warned against reducing the Resistance to the leadership of one man, warning, “some fighting groups [try to spread] a spirit of domination over the Resistance. But the Mujahid came with the desire to fight in the path of God, not seeking money or good living. The communiqué said that “limiting the Resistance to one man leadership would weaken it and slow down its work, particularly in a situation such as that prevailing in Iraq.”
The communiqué said that it expected the coming month to be decisive, as the Resistance “throws its weight into military operations.”
The communiqué noted that the Resistance in al-Fallujah had “urged the fighting detachments in the southern parts of the city to focus on forces other than the Americans, inflicting the greatest possible losses on them.”
The document poured scorn on “those who put hopes or expectations in the occupation coming out with ringing words and lying slogans about housing, meekness, and fake elections.” It compared that with a coward who hopes someone will carry his sword.
The communiqué raised questions about rumors within the Resistance about attempts to hijack the movement or push it in the direction of some particular fighting detachments, that perhaps do not have the ability or energy or even the ideas on which to rise to the leadership of the Iraqi Resistance. The Resistance consists of different detachments, Islam and patriotic ones, and they have distinct vision and different military capabilities. With their diversity, they represent all the segments of the Iraqi people, all their various and distinct points of view. Any effort to push the Resistance in one particular group’s direction would deter groups with other views from fully integrating into the Resistance, even though it is certain that the Resistance is fully united when the matter has to do with driving out the occupation and defending the religion, honor, and wealth of the country. The time for picking fruits and distributing the spoils of war takes time to arrive and must not be done at the proper time, otherwise the Resistance will fail and its aroma disperse, the communiqué noted.
Fighting erupts in al-Qa’im.
Heavy fighting erupted on Friday in al-Qa’im near the Syrian border. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the city reported eyewitnesses as saying that the battles erupted at about 5pm Friday evening in the 7 April neighborhood near the city’s fuel station. The correspondent reported that the Resistance fired two Katyusha rockets at the US headquarters in what used to be the puppet “national guard” headquarters, but the two rockets failed to explode. US forces afterwards opened fire indiscriminately at local residents, claiming that an Iraqi Resistance sharpshooter had shot a US soldier in another attack.
Resistance bombing in ar-Ridwaniyah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on a dirt road in the al-Qatta‘ area of ar-Ridwaniyah at 8am Friday, destroying a US Humvee and killing four US troops. Afterwards, US forces encircled the area with armored vehicles and opened fire indiscriminately on nine local residents of the neighborhood where the blast occurred.
Resistance attacks in AbuGhurayb.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a Bradley armored vehicle as it was going along the middle of a dirt roadin the az-Zaydan village area of Abu Ghurayb near Baghdad at 8:30am Friday, destroying the behicle and killing three US troops. Afterwards, US troops opened fire indiscriminately, but hit no one.
Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated a bomb in the middle of a dirt road in the ash-Shayhah area of Abu Ghurayb at 2:30pm Friday, destroying a Humvee and killing three US troops. US troops encircled the area and within 15 minutes they had taken away the wreckage of the Humvee and cleaned up the place.
Resistance attacks in the at-Taji area.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a joint US-puppet “national guard” command point in at-Taji, north of Baghdad with five 82mm mortar rounds, killing three puppet guards and one US soldier and wounding one other. The attack took place at 9am Friday.
Iraqi Resistance forces, aware that a US military force was soon to arrive on foot in the al-Mushahadah area of at-Taji ambushed them at 1:15pm Friday, by setting off two roadside bombs, killing seven US troops and seriously wounding nine more.
Ambush in Salman Bak.
Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs exploded and destroyed two US Humvees in the Salman Bak area at 10am Friday, killing seven US troops, one of whom was thrown five meters through the air by the force of the blast. US forces then encircled the area.
Resistance attack in Sadr al-Qanat area.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked and destroyed two US military trucks on the highway passing through the Sadr al-Qanat area at 3:30pm Friday. Witnesses said that masked Resistance fighters road in cars and opened fire with rockets on the two civilian trucks serving the US forces, hitting the fronts of the vehicles, killing threee US troops. US forces sealed off the scene of the attack and arrested six local innocent people.
Resistance attack in al-Ishaqi.
Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs exploded in the al-Ishaqi area north of Baghdad at 10am Friday, destroying two US military trucks loade with equipment and spare parts, killing one US soldier and wounding three more.
Resistance attacks in as-Suwayrah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded near the al-Mudakhkhat [Pumps] Street in as-Suwayrah at 1:30pm Friday, destroying a Humvee and killing two US troops and seriously wounding another. US forces immediately sealed off the area.
At about 3:30pm Friday Resistance forces in as-Suwayrah attacked a puppet “national guard” check point, killing four puppet guards.
Resistance bombing wounds two US troops in al-Ghazaliyah.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded on the highway in al-Ghazaliyah, disabling a US military truck loaded with supplies and mineral water, and wounding two US troops aboard it.
Resistance bombing in al-Mahmudiyah.
Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs exploded and destroyed a US Humvee in the al-Mahmudiyah area at 4:15 Friday, killing two US troops.
Deadly bombing in ar-Rashidiyah.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the ar-Rashidiyah area of Baghdad at 5:30 Friday, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing four US troops.
Bombing in al-Latifiyah.
Iraqi Resistance roadside bombs exploded in al-Latifiyah at 11:30 Friday, destroying an armored vehicle and a truck carrying soldiers. Twelve occupation soldiers were killed in the attack. US forces encircled the area and arrested 35 civilians with no connection to the bombing, according to eyewitnesses.
Resistance attack on bridge in Tikrit.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded on the sides of the bridge at the entrance to Tikrit in Salah ad-Din Province, destroying a Humvee and a US military truck, and killing three US troops and wounding two more. US troops rushed to encircle the area and evacuated the wounded.
Ba‘qubah – Diyala Province.
Heavy fighting in Bahraz Thursday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces clashed with US troops in a fierce battle in Diyala Province. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that between 6am and 10:30am Thursday, Resistance fighters armed with RPG7.5 battled US troops. They were able to destroy two Bradely armored vehicles, two Humvees, and one Abrams tank, and killed 16 US troops and wounded three more. Four Resistance fighters were killed. This took place in the Bahraz area of Diyala Province, not far from Ba‘qubah. The battle was prolonged because Resistance fighters disappeared and then reappeared to fight again three times.
Resistance kills three Zionist Mossad agents in Diyala Province Thursday.
Iraqi Resistance forces killed three Zionist Mossad agents carrying Peshmergah (Kurdish chauvinist militia) papers in Diyala Province. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported witnesses as saying that the Resistance killed three Mossad agents in the al-‘Azim region of the Jabal Hamrayn area of Diyala Province at 9am Thursday, after attacking their olive-colored 1990 Mercedes with BKC machine guns and Kalashnikov assault rifles. The three Zionist agents were carrying papers belonging to the Peshmergah in the area.
Entire “election commission” staff in Mosul quit.
All 700 employees of the so-called “Supreme election commission” in the city of Mosul have resigned rather than take part in the sham “elections” rigged up by the US occupation and set for the end of January in an attempt to throw a thin cover of “legality” over their regime.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that the commission resigned because of threats from the Resistance and warnings from religious leaders, including the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ in Iraq, the leading organization grouping Sunni scholars.
Zionist soldier serving in US military in Iraq.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported on Friday that a website run by the Zionist paper Yediot Ahronot published the picture of a Zionist soldier from the Golani unit known for its brutality who is now serving with US forces in Mosul, Iraq. The report said that First Sergeant “G” had served in Gaza and before that in southern Lebanon and then mobilized into the US military for service in Iraq.
There have been many reports of Zionist presence especially in Mosul and northern Iraq since the US occupation, making readers wonder whether Sergeant G is an isolated case.
Resistance bombards US base in Samarra’.
Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the US occupation headquarters on the south side of Samarra’ in the area called “branch of the Tigris” at 2pm Friday. The local Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the Resistance fired twelve 120mm mortar rounds and five Grad rockets into the US facility, setting off explosions and sending thick smoke into the sky over the base.
US forces in Samarra’ arrested seven translators who had been working for them inside the base at 4pm Friday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported. They were charged with giving information to the Resistance about where things were located inside the base, indicating that the Resistance bombardment scored direct hits.
Resistance sniper kills British soldier, as British forces grow more alert.
An Iraqi Resistance sharp shooter shot and killed a British soldier in al-‘Amarah Friday afternoon. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam in the city that the shooting took place in the al-Imam area in the center of the city at 4pm. The British soldier was standing in a Jeep just before he was killed. He was trying to organize rows of cars in front of a fuel station in the area.
British forces reportedly raised the level of alert in the city on Friday after the attack Thursday that left four of their number dead. British forces deployed throughout the city Friday and appeared in a clear state of readiness, the local correspondent reported. Local people noticed that the British troops previously had placed their weapons behind their backs when moving along roads but that in the last two days they have become much more wary about anything moving in their direction, and they keep their guns ready to fire at any moment, just as the Americans do in the areas where they are deployed.
Resistance attack kills four British troops.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded at 11am Thursday local time in the al-Ju‘ayfar neighborhood of south al-‘Amarah as a British patrol was passing. Witnesses said that the blast destroyed an armored vehicle and killed four British troops. They said that the other members of the British column fled quickly without recovering the bodies of their fellows.
One translator working for the British aggressors told Mafkarat al-Islam that the rest of the column came under mortar attack, probably 82mm mortar rounds, at the gate to their camp south of the city, directly damaging three of their vehicles.
Bombardments throughout Iraq on Friday.
At 6:30am Friday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad, known to the invaders as the “green zone,” sending smoke rising into the sky over the camp and setting off warning sirens inside. Two helicopters emblazoned with red crosses were seen landing in the area to evacuate dead and wounded.
At about 7am Friday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Katyusha rockets into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At 7:30am Friday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four mortar rounds into the area to the west of Saddam International Airport in the Abu Ghurayb area, sending smoke billowing into the air over the area.
At 8am Friday, Iraqi Reistance forces fired two Katyusha rockets into the oil refinery in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah. The US forces are encamped in the area of the refinery. IT appears that one of the rockets landed in a storage tank because it set off massive fires that burned for one and a half hours.
At 11:15am Friday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four 82mm mortar rounds into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At 1pm Friday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the US camp set up in the military academy in ar-Rustamiyah in Baghdad.
At 9pm Friday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 82mm mortar rounds into the puppet so-called “Iraqi oil ministry” on Palestine street in downtown Baghdad.
At 9:30pm Friday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired eight 82mm mortar rounds into the puppet so-called “Iraqi interior ministry” on Palestine street in downtown Baghdad.