Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr / the Free Arab Voice – 2005-10-05 23:29:34
(October 4, 2005) —
• Iraqi puppet army spokesman acknowledges 17 Americans killed in operations along Euphrates River. Resistance takes decision to pull out of al-Hadithah to spare city residents American bombing, prepares to launch hit-and-run attacks.
• Three Resistance car bombers blast US troops in al-Hadithah as night falls.
• Two US troops reported killed in Resistance ambush of US armored column.
• Two US troops reported killed in car bomb attack on north side of “green zone.”
• Two US soldiers reported killed in fighting in western Baghdad’s al-‘Amiriyah district.
• One US soldier reported killed in Mosul roadside carbombing.
Al-Hadithah — Iraqi puppet army spokesman acknowledges 17 Americans killed in operations along Euphrates River. Resistance takes decision to pull out of al-Hadithah to spare city residents American bombing, prepares to launch hit-and-run attacks.
In a dispatch posted at 9:30pm Mecca time Tuesday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that in the course of the latest US offensive in western Iraqi, nicknamed “river gate” – an offensive believed to be the biggest US attack on the Euphrates River valley area – the US is seeking to try to crush the Resistance to its occupation of the country.
Al-Jazeera satellite TV quoted an American statement that said that 2,500 US troops were involved in the “river gate” offensive, backed up by Iraqi puppet army troops. Al-Jazeera reported that this was in contrast to the American offensive in the al-Qa’im area, known as “iron fist,” in which American forces refused to let Iraqi puppet army troops take part, saying that they were not up to the necessary standard.
The current “river gate” operation is the tenth such major offensive launched by the Americans aimed at “wiping out” the Iraqi Resistance in western Iraq since 7 May this year.
The al-Hadithah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US occupation forces at 10am local time on Tuesday managed to take control of most parts of the area of al-Hadithah, al-Barwanah, and al-Haqlaniyah, other than some districts where intermittent fighting would break out from time to time.
The correspondent reported that the American advance into the city and its environs was greatly facilitated by the fact that the Iraqi Resistance had decided to avoid a head-on confrontation with the US forces and to withdraw from the city, in view of the massive US troop strength that the Americans were bringing into their area, backed up by hundreds of vehicles, helicopters, and fighter planes.
Accordingly, the US forces had set up temporary encampments in a number of areas with the aim of taking control of the entrances and exits from those areas.
For its part the Iraqi Resistance announced that it would keep the city and its residents from suffering the destruction that the US occupation wanted to rain down on them. The Resistance noted that its command had decided to carry out hit-and-run operations against the occupation forces, while avoiding any direct confrontation. This, the Resistance said, was part of a military plan to protect the city from the suffering of war and the hatred of the occupation.
At a press conference convened in the al-Anbar Province government building in ar-Ramadi at about 5pm local time, a spokesman for the Iraqi puppet army announced that four occupation army vehicles were destroyed in clashes along the Euphrates River at midday Tuesday.
The puppet army spokesman also acknowledged that two unmanned spy planes had been shot down over the western part of the city in the last 24 hours. The spokesman for the Iraqi puppet army said that 17 US soldiers had been killed and five others wounded. The spokesman denied that Iraqi puppet army troops had taken part in the operations because of what he called the “seriousness of the situation” there.
Three Resistance car bombers blast US troops in al-Hadithah as night falls Tuesday.
Iraqi Resistance forces mounted three attacks by fida’iyeen or martyrdom fighters on three positions occupied by US forces in central and northern al-Hadithah as the call to sunset prayer was resounding over the city Tuesday evening.
The al-Hadithah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a resistance fighter drove an explosives-laden car into a military column in the north of al-Hadithah, killing or wounding eight American troops, according to residents of the area who witnessed the attack.
A second fida’i fighter drove an explosives-packed pickup into a group of US soldiers, injuring a number of them. The Americans opened fire on the fida’i as he drove towards them, blowing the car up some 10 meters away from their position, thus preventing any American deaths, sources in the Iraqi Resistance told Mafkarat al-Islam.
A third Iraqi Resistance fida’i fighter drove an explosives-packed vehicle into another gathering of US soldiers in al-Hadithah, killing three of them, according to a communiqué issued by the Iraqi Resisatance shortly afterward. The communiqué said that the fighter was a volunteer from Saudi Arabia.
Resistance shoots down unmanned US spy plane east of al-Hadithah.
In a dispatch posted at 5pm Mecca time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reportd that Iraqi Resistance forces had shot down an unmanned American spy plane as it cruised near the al-Haqlaniyah area east of al-Hadithah on Tuesday.
The Mafakrat al-Islam correspondent in al-Haqlaniyah reported eyewitnesses as saying that Resistance fighters opened fire on the reconnaissance airplane with PKS machine guns, destroying it and bringing it down several kilometers from al-Haqlaniyah.
The American forces that encircle the city of al-Hadithah closed off the crash site area and recovered the wreckage of the plane.
Two US troops reported killed in Resistance ambush of US armored column.
In a dispatch posted at 5:20pm Mecca time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a US patrol in ar-Ramadi at 1pm local time Tuesday.
The ar-Ramadi correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that Iraqi Resistance fighters equipped with light and medium arms and pipe rockets, attacked the US patrol, setting one American armored vehicle on fire and killing two US soldiers and wounding two other American troups.
US forces have the city of ar-Ramadi entirely surrounded and all entrances and exits from the city are closed. Since driving the US forces out in heavy fighting on Monday morning, Resistance forces equipped with light and medium arms have deployed in most places inside the city, however.
Resistance bombards three US military headquarters Monday-Tuesday night.
Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded three US military headquarters in the ar-Ramadi area, 110km west of Baghdad during the night of Monday-Tuesday.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in ar-Ramadi reported eyewitnesses as saying that The Resistance fired eight heavy 120mm mortar rounds into the US al-Warrar base west of ar-Ramadi setting off explosions inside the American-occupied facility.
The Resistance also fired thee 82mm mortar shells into the US headquarters set up in the provincial government office building.
In addition, Resistance forces bombarded the US headquarters set up in the Agricultural College of al-Anbar University located to the east of ar-Ramadi with five heavy 120mm mortar rounds, setting off explosions and sending columns of smoke billowing into the sky.
Resistance bomb blasts US patrol west of Abu Ghurayb late Tuesday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military column near the al-Haswah area on the old road in Abu Ghurayb that leads west to al-Fallujah at 11am local time Tuesday morning.
The Abu Ghurayb correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the Iraqi puppet “National Guards” as saying that a Resistance bomb that had been planted by the side of the road blew up as the US patrol drove past. The explosion damaged one of the American Humvees, wounding three US soldiers.
Two US troops reported killed in Resistance car bomb attack on north side of “green zone.”
In a dispatch posted at 4pm Mecca time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance fighter drove an explosives-laden car into a checkpoint at the northern entrance to the Republican Palace area of Baghdad (the area where the US occupation regime has its headquarters, dubbed the “green zone” by the US forces).
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported a source in the Iraqi puppet army as saying that a Resistance fighter raced an explosives-packed car at very high speed into the checkpoint and blew up. US and Iraqi puppet army troops opened fire on the car as it rushed towards them but they failed to stop its rapid advance.
Two US soldiers and three Iraqi puppet army troops were killed and one American and two Iraqi puppet army soldiers were wounded in the attack, the source said.
Two US soldiers reported killed in fighting in western Baghdad’s al-‘Amiriyah district.
In a dispatch posted at 2:45pm Mecca time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier fierce fighting had broken out between Iraqi Resistance fighters and joint US-Iraqi puppet army forces in Baghdad’s western al-‘Amiriyah district.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported residents of al-‘Amiriyah as saying that the fighting began when the Resistance, armed with light and medium weapons and pipe rockets, attacked a joint US-Iraqi puppet army column on the streets of al-‘Amal ash-Sha‘bi and al-Munazzamah in the middle of al-‘Amiriyah.
The witnesses reported that the fighting lasted for about half an hour and left one American Humvee disabled and two vehicles belonging to the Iraqi puppet army on fire. Two US soldiers and four Iraqi puppet army troops died in the fighting and four other troops were wounded, one of them an American, the witnesses reported.
One US soldier reported dead in early morning bombing near Jurf as-Sakhr.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol on the road to al-Mahmudiyah, south of Jurf as-Sakhr (which is south of Baghdad) at 7am local time Tuesday morning.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Jurf as-Sakhr reported residents of the town as saying that a bmob that had been planted by the side of the road to the south blew up, desroynig one American Humvee and killing one US soldier and wounding two other American troops.
Resistance ambushes Iraqi puppet army patrol in ash-Shu‘lah.
In a dispatch posted at 9:55am Tuesday morning, Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with light and medium weapons attacked an Iraqi puppet army patrol in the ash-Shu‘lah area in northwestern Bahgdad.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported residents of ash-Shu‘lah as saying that about eight Iraqi Resistance fighters surprised the puppet army patrol made up of five pickup trucks, attacking it as the patrol was driving along the main road in ash-Shu‘lah that leads to the al-Karmah area west of the city.
The Resistance set one of the pickups on fire, killing three of the Iraqi puppet army soldiers and wounding six others. The Resistance fighters then withdrew after the attack without suffering any losses in their ranks, witnesses reported.
Babil Province. Al-Yusufiyah.
Fighting rages in al-Yusufiyah.
Dozens of Iraqi Resistance fighters battled US and Iraqi puppet army soldiers in the town of al-Yusufiyah, south of Baghdad on Tuesday. Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that US warplanes entered into the battle.
Al-Jazeera also reported Iraqi medical sources as saying that four Iraqi puppet army troops were killed and 14 more wounded in the fighting.
Ninwa Province. Mosul
One US soldier reported killed in Mosul roadside carbombing.
In a dispatch posted at 10:50am Mecca time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by a US armored column on the main road in the al-Mashtal area in the middle of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
The Mosul correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported residents of al-Mashtal who witnessed the bombing as saying that an explosives-laden car that had been parked by the side of the main road in the area blew up as the American armored column drove past. They said that the explosion set fire to one of the armored vehicles, killing one of the US troops and wounding three more of them.