Compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr / The Free Arab Voice. – 2006-05-11 23:21:19
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 9 May 2006.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr,
member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Puppet “Iraqi National Guards” round up, execute four civilians at car sales lot in al-Fallujah.
In a dispatch posted at 3:50pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi puppet “National Guards” had murdered four local civilians in al-Falujah, about 60km west of Baghdad.
The al-Fallujah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local eyewitnesses as saying that the puppet “National Guards” raided a car sales lot in the city and detained a number of citizens who were there. The puppet “Guards” then shot four of the civilians, execution style in the car lot for no apparent reason other than that they were residents of the city known for its opposition to the occupation.
Resistance fighters ambush puppet police patrol in eastern al-Fallujah.
In a dispatch posted at 3:25pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushed a patrol of Iraqi puppet “National Guards” on 40 Street in eastern al-Fallujah.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in al-Fallujah as saying that Resistance fighters armed with light and medium weapons attacked the patrol, damaging the vehicles in the detachment and killing two puppet “National Guards” Two more puppet “Guards” were wounded in the Resistance attack.
Resistance fighters assault puppet “National Guard” checkpoint in al-Fallujah, killing at least five puppet “Guards.”
In a dispatch posted at 1:40pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters assaulted a checkpoint manned by Iraqi puppet “National Guards” in western al-Fallujah.
The al-Fallujah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local eyewitnesses as saying that Resistance fighters armed with light and medium weapons and pipe rockets attacked the temporary checkpoint from all directions at once. The assault lasted for about 20 minutes and left six Iraqi puppet “National Guards” dead and five more of them wounded. Two of the “Guards’” vehicles were damaged. The witnesses reported that the Resistance fighters were then able to withdraw from the area having suffered no casualties of their own.
Quds Press reported eyewitnesses as saying that the Resistance attack in western al-Fallujah left at least five puppet “National Guards” dead and three more wounded. The attack, on a post near the Old Bridge began at 8am local time Tuesday morning and lasted almost 30 minutes, Quds Press reported. Ambulances and Iraqi puppet military vehicles were later seen taking the puppet troops to hospital.
Quds Press also reported the witnesses as saying that the Resistance fighters left the scene apparently unscathed. The witnesses said that the fighting damaged several private cars and some commercial shops located near the puppet “Guard” facility.
Four US troops reported killed in Resistance bombing on road from al-Fallujah to as-Saqlawiyah.
In a dispatch posted at 1:25pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military column on the main road from al-Fallujah to as-Saqlawiyah in the northwest.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in al-Fallujah as saying that the bomb exploded near the Technological Institute in as-Saqlawiyah, completely destroying one Humvee and killing four US troops who were aboard it.
Resistance bomb blasts puppet troops near western entrance to al-Fallujah.
In a dispatch posted at 9:40am Makkah time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by an Iraqi puppet army patrol on the main road near the western entrance to al-Fallujah.
The al-Fallujah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local eyewitnesses as saying that the bomb was planed by the side of the New Road near the western entrance to the city. It exploded as an Iraqi puppet army patrol was driving past, destroying a Nissan patrol vehicle, killing three Iraqi puppet soldiers and wounding two more of them.
US prepares massive offensive against ar-Ramadi, likely to begin at dawn Wednesday.
In a dispatch posted at 7:25pm Makkah time Tuesday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US occupation troops and their Iraqi puppet army allies are known to be preparing a large-scale military offensive against extensive parts of the city.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported informed sources as saying that the military campaign is expected to last several days, depending on how things proceed. The sources said that the Americans plan to carry out their offensive with intense aircover in the form of warplanes, helicopters, and unmanned spy planes. The Third Brigade of Iraqi puppet forces already in al-Anbar Province is also expected to take part.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent indicated that the American offensive was likely to begin at dawn on Wednesday.
Fighting in ar-Ramadi leaves four US troops reported dead.
In a dispatch posted at 9:20am Makkah time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a US patrol in the al-Jumhuriyah neighborhood of ar-Ramadi, about 110km west of Baghad.
The ar-Ramadi correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in al-Jumhuriyah as saying that Resistance fighters armed with light and medium weapons and pipe rockets ambushed the American patrol, sparking a battle that lasted about an hour and a half. The Resistance destroyed one Humvee and disabled a second Humvee and an armored vehicle. Four American troops died in the battles and seven more were wounded, the witnesses said.
Resistance bombards US base in al-Habbaniyah.
In a dispatch posted at 1:50pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces fired three medium-range Katyusha rockets at the US military headquarters in the as-Saqr Air Base in al-Habbaniyah, 69km west of Baghdad.
The al-Habbaniyah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in the village of al-Fallahat, which is located near the American-occupied base, as saying that the rockets sent plumes of smoke rising into the sky over the facility. American helicopters could be seen hovering at low altitude over the headquarters and the villages nearby the base after the attack.
Resistance bomb south of Abu Ghurayb blasts US patrol killing a reported four American troops.
In a dispatch posted at 10am Makkah time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military patrol on the main road south of Abu Ghurayb, about 30km west of Baghdad.
The Abu Ghurayb correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in the az-Zaydan area south of Abu Ghurayb as saying that the bomb, which had been planted by the side of the road to ar-Ridwaniyah in the Baghdad area east of az-Zaydan blew up as a patrol of several American Humvees was driving past. The explosion completely destroyed one Humvee, killing four American troops who were aboard it.
US forces land in village west of Baghdad Monday, storm through houses, take away five villagers, two of them elderly men.
US forces staged an airborne landing on the village of al-Gharibawiyin in the Zawbi‘ area west of Baghdad and arrested five local men, two of them elderly residents, on Monday.
In a dispatch posted at 1:43pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq, the highest Sunni Muslim religious authority in the country, reported local residents as saying that a large force of helicopters carrying soldiers landed in the village of al-Gharibawiyin and began blowing down the doors of villagers’ houses and going in and breaking up furniture, smashing appliances and stealing money. In the course of their raid they arrested five local residents, two of them elderly, Nuwaf Ahmad and Muzhir Ahmad among them.
Sectarian violence continues as 17 bodies of Sunnis found murdered Tuesday.
In a dispatch posted at 3:45pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a total of 17 bodies of Sunnis murdered by the American-backed Shi‘i sectarian Badr Brigade militia and the puppet regime’s security forces had been found Tuesday.
The Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the Forensic Medicine Department in the occupied Iraqi capital as saying that 11 bodies of Sunni Iraqis who had been killed in various ways had been found in the town of as-Suwayrah, 50km southeast of Baghdad. As-Suwayrah is the site of the biggest puppet “Interior Ministry” prison in Iraq.
The source said that one of the 11 bodies was that of a youth no more than 14 whose neck was cut by a sharp instrument.
The bodies were found on the banks of the Tigris River. All were bound with the plastic ties used by the US-installed puppet “Interior Ministry.” The source said that as soon as the puppet police found the bodies, they announced that they had found “the remains of Shi‘ah victims” and stole the identity papers from the corpses that would have indicated them to be Sunni. The source said, however, that four of the bodies were identified and picked up by their families just two hours after they were brought to the morgue.
The families confirmed that the bodies of their relatives and the others too were all Sunni Iraqis whom they knew and they promised to tell their families so they could come and pick up the remains of their loved ones.
Earlier, in a dispatch posted at 2:45pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi puppet police had found the bodies of six victims of the sectarian violence of the US-backed Shi‘i sectarian Badr Brigade militia.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported the spokesman for the Bab ash-Sham puppet police station in eastern Baghdad as saying that the bodies they found all belonged to Sunni Iraqis and have been identified as: ‘Umar Muhammad ‘Abdallah, Khalid ‘Abd al-Karim al-Awsi, Layth Shabib al-Khafaji, Khalil Ahmad Muhammad al-Khattab, Abu Dharr Mustafa ad-Dulaymi, Amin Hamid al-Falahi. All were regular worshippers at the al-Qahirah neighborhood mosque in eastern Baghdad, the source said.
Four puppet police wounded in bomb attack in ash-Sha‘b.
In a dispatch posted at 2pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a puppet police patrol in the eastern Baghdad district of ash-Sha‘b.
The Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in ash-Sha‘b as saying that the bomb, which had been planted near the ash-Sha‘b Bridge, went off by the patrol, destroying a patrol vehicle and wounding four puppet policemen.
Six Iraqi Sunni journalists murdered in 72 hours by pro-American Shi‘i sectarian gangs and puppet “Interior Ministry” forces.
In a dispatch posted at 10:50am Makkah time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the League of Iraqi Journalist Writers issued a statement in which it reported that six Sunni journalists had been murdered by Shi‘i sectarian militias and the puppet “Iraqi Interior Minisry” forces during the past three days.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the statement said that the campaign of sectarian murders being undertaken by the Shi ‘ sectarian militias and the puppet “Interior Ministry” against Sunni journalists reached its peak during the previous 72 hours. During that period, the puppet “Interior Ministry” forces murdered Layth Mush‘an, Mu‘azzaz Ahmad, both journalists with the an-Nahrayn Television network. The writer ‘Abd Shakir ad-Dulaymi was killed by the pro-American Shi‘i sectarian Badr Brigades in the southern city of al-Basrah. Also murdered in the wave of sectarian killings were the journalists ‘Abd al-Majid al-Muhammadi, Muzahim al-Hadithi, and Isma‘il Muhammad Khalaf, the statement reported.
The League called on Sunni journalists to take the utmost precautions to be fully alert as they cover and report the news.
Six residents of al-A‘zamiyah reported killed and four more wounded in Monday night attack by US-backed Shi‘i sectarian gunmen and puppet forces.
In a dispatch posted at 10:40am Makkah time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a physician at an-Nu‘man Hospital in the middle of the al-A‘zamiyah district of Baghdad said that the fighting that raged on Monday evening between American-backed Shi‘i sectarian attackers and residents of the predominantly Sunni al-A‘zamiyah district who took up arms to defend their neighborhoods left six local residents dead and five more of them wounded. One of the casualties was a custodian at the Abu Hanifah cathedral mosque.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported the doctor as saying that the attack yesterday was a Shi‘i sectarian assault on Sunnis that had the support of the US occupation troops and the Iraqi puppet army.
The Forensic Medicine Department in the Bab al-Mu‘azzam area of Baghdad, just south of al-A‘zamiyah reported that it had received 12 bodies of Shi‘i sectarian gunmen killed when they attacked the Sunni neighborhood on Monday. Another three Shi‘i sectarians were wounded and were still in intensive care.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent walked the streets of al-A‘zamiyah the morning after the battle and reported that there were significant numbers of US occupation troops deployed in the areas around 20 Street, ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Aziz Street, Ras al-Hawwash, ‘Antar ibn Shaddad Square, the as-Safinah area and the al-Kari‘at and az-Zawiyyah areas. Accompanying the Americans were their Iraqi puppet army allies.
At the time of writing a council of the notables of al-A‘zamiyah was underway to study the latest developments in the situation in the district and how to block the next attack by the pro-American Shi‘i sectarian militias.
Further sectarian violence said to loom as banks, schools shut down in al-A‘zamiyah Tuesday.
In a dispatch posted at 10:55am Makkah time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Iraqi Central Bank has decided to transfer all its funds in the bank headquarters located in al-A‘zamiyah to the puppet “Ministry of Finance” located in the high security area around the Republican Palace – the district dubbed the “Green Zone” by the American occupation forces. The move comes out of fear that sectarian conflict in al-A‘zamiyah is likely to worsen in coming hours.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-A‘zamiyah reported the Municipal Director of the district of al-A‘zamiyah, Muhammad al-A‘zami, as saying: “The situation has also meant the closing the Abu Hanifah School for Islamic Law Studies whose students hail from all over Iraq, as well as the University of the Islamic Sciences and the Ibn al-Haytham College, as well as five official departments that were shut down today ‘until further notice,’ after the further deterioration of the situation in the district following the American-backed Shi‘i sectarian attack on Monday.”
The attack by US-backed Shi‘i sectarian militia and puppet police, which enjoyed American air cover took place against a backdrop of growing US desperation over its declining fortunes in Iraq. Increasingly, US strategy has appeared to focus on trying to save themselves by sparking a sectarian civil war in the country enabling them to fulfill their plans of partitioning the country along ethnic and religious lines.
On Monday, 1 May 2006, US Democratic Senator Joseph Biden and Leslie Gelb the President Emeritus of the American Council on Foreign Relations published an article in The New York Times offering the bi-partisan support of the American elite for the plan to partition of Iraq along ethnic and sectarian lines.
Iranian ambassador takes office in occupied Baghdad, pledging aid to puppet regime in “fighting terrorism.”
In a dispatch posted at 11:30pm Makkah time Tuesday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an ambassador from Iran, the first in 26 years, took up his official post in occupied Baghdad on Tuesday. The Iranian government, which had no diplomatic relations with Iraq since 1980, appointed chargé d’affaires Hasan Kazimi Qummi to the post of ambassador to the American-installed puppet “Iraqi government.” Qummi had served as chargé d’affaires in occupied Baghdad for two years before Tuesday’s appointment.
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that although the puppet “Iraqi government” and Iran signed an agreement on establishing diplomatic relations in September 2004, Iran had so far not officially designated an ambassador until Tuesday.
The US-installed puppet “President of Iraq” Kurdish separatist Jalal Talibani received Qummi, officially acknowledging his appointment. A press release issued by Talibani’s office quoted Qummi as telling the Iraqi puppet leader, “Iran will help support Iraq in all possible ways, whether in the fields of security, economics, or services, and most important, in the field of help in fighting terrorism.”
Salah ad-Din Province.
Humanitarian disaster looms over Samarra’ as residents endure fifth day locked indoors with no water, food, medicine, or electricity. US troops reportedly carry out summary executions in front of friends and family. Following Zionist practices, American troops bulldoze houses of suspected Resistance fighters.
The American siege of Samarra’ entered its fifth day on Tuesday, with no indication that an end was in sight. A curfew was first imposed on the city at 6am Friday morning and has been in force ever since.
Quds Press reported a number of residents of Samarra’ who were able to slip out to nearby villages as saying that the Americans had imposed an extremely strict blockade on a number of neighborhoods in the city, among them ad-Dubbat, al-Amin, al-Khadra’, and al-Mu‘tasim, prohibiting absolutely anyone from entering or leaving.
The residents said that the Americans prevent local people from leaving their houses to perform their daily necessities. They have shut down all the markets, shops and stores and turned off electric power to most neighborhoods of the city.
Numerous refugees from the city reported that the people of Samarra’ are suffering greatly as a result of the endless blockade and curfew. Their food and other supplies are running out and meanwhile they live in fear as the American raids and mass arrests are continuing.
The Quds Press correspondent has learned that US troops have arrested more than 20 Iraqis including a number of elderly individuals. The Americans have bulldozed several houses, claiming that they were used by Iraqi Resistance fighters. Patrols of American and Iraqi puppet troops prowl the streets of Samarra’ warning the local people not to come out of their houses.
A local source told Quds Press that US soldiers executed two Iraqis in front of their families. The source said that one of the men was a former officer in the Iraqi Intelligence Service from before the American occupation. The Americans executed him in front of his family in the al-Amin neighborhood of Samarra’, the source said. The murder caused the man’s father to go into cardiac arrest and he was taken to the local hospital. The source said that a day before, US troops had killed two more members of the same family in front of them in the same neighborhood.
Quds Press reported that there is growing concern over the American troops’ increased use of the tactic of carrying out summary executions in front of family and friends, particularly since the blockades and curfews the US forces impose in many parts of Iraq are preventing any media coverage or filming of their actions.
Meanwhile, sources concerned with health and sanitation in Samarra’ fear a humanitarian disaster will soon be upon them since the local residents have now been locked down in their houses for five days with no water, food, or medicine.
Resistance bombards headquarters of US and puppet “Shock Troops” in southern Samarra’.
In a dispatch posted at 11:20am Makkah time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces bombarded the headquarters jointly used by US and Iraqi puppet forces in the south of Samarra’, about 120km north of Baghdad.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in Samarra’ as saying that Iraqi Resistance fighters blasted the headquarters used jointly by US occupation troops and puppet “Iraqi Interior Ministry Shock Troops (Maghawir)” in the al-Buhayrah Hotel near the Samarra’ Bridge with six mortar rounds and three medium-range Katyusha rockets.
The shells and rockets scored direct hits on the hotel, sending plumes of smoke rising over the building.
Resistance bomb blasts US patrol in Ba‘qubah, wounding two Americans.
In a dispatch posted at 3:10pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military patrol on the main road in the center of Ba‘qubah, about 65km northeast of Baghdad.
The Ba‘qubah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local eyewitnesses as saying that a bomb planted by the side of the main road in the middle of the city blew up by a US patrol, disabling a Humvee and seriously wounding two US troops.
Resistance fighters assassinate two pro-American Badr Brigade gunmen.
In a dispatch posted at 9:50am Makkah time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters shot and killed two members of the pro-American Badr Brigade militia in the an-Nahrawan area, about 25km southeast of Baghdad.
The Diyala Province correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in an-Nahrawan as saying that Resistance fighters attacked the two pro-American gunmen in the south of the city, killing them instantly.
Resistance fighters ambush three puppet “National Guards” in taxicab south of al-Hawijah.
In a dispatch posted at 1:55pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked four Iraqi puppet troops on th road to Tikrit, southwest of Kirukk
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the al-Hawijah puppet police as saying that Resistance fighters ambushed a taxi cab that was carrying puppet “Iraqi National Guard” troops from al-Hawijah south to Tikrit. The attack left one of the puppet “Guards” dead and two more of them wounded. One of the wounded men is an officer the source added.
Resistance fighters attack, destroy fuel tanker serving pro-American Kurdish separatists.
In a bulletin posted at 10:20am Makkah time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters armed with machine guns attacked a tanker hauling fuel to a headquarters of the pro-American Kurdistani Union Party in Irbil.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance fighters killed the Turkish truck driver working for the pro-American Kurdish separatists and then set fire to the tanker. After the attack, pro-American Kurdish separatist militia surrounded the area.
Resistance rockets slam into British base in al-Basrah Monday night.
In a dispatch posted at 2:05pm Baghdad time Tuesday afternoon, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq reported that the Iraqi Resistance fired four Katyusha rockets into the main British base, set up in a presidential palace in al-Basrah in southern Iraq.
The Association reported a British military spokesman as saying that four Katyusha rockets blasted into the base, 2km from the center of al-Basrah, at 11pm Monday night. The British spokesman claimed that the barrage caused no damage and that one of the rockets landed on a residential house next to the base, but gave no further details.
Jaysh al-Mahdi official:
Muqtada as-Sadr movement not involved in shooting down British helicopter in al-Basrah on Saturday.
A commander in the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, the armed wing of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr’s movement, denied that his organization had anything to do with the shooting down of a British helicopter over al-Basra on Saturday.
In a statement to Quds Press in the southern city of al-Basrah, Abu Sajjad declared: “the Jaysh al-Mahdi had nothing to do with the operation that brought down the British helicopter in the city.” He noted that the Jaysh al-Mahdi had halted its attacks on the occupation troops in Iraq after it signed a cease fire agreement two years ago.
Abu Sajjad, the Jaysh al-Mahdi spokesman in al-Basrah, said that the clashes that broke out after the crash of the helicopter were “a natural reaction to the foreign presence in the city” but denied that the Muqtada as-Sadr movement was in any way behind the clashes.
“All that happened was that we defended the people of the city when the British army used weapons to break up the demonstrators.”
Abu Sajjad also denied claims by the British spokesman that the Jaysh al-Mahdi was receiving arms from Iran. He said that the militia “receives its weapons in accordance with the agreement that was signed in 2004 and everything that is raised against the Jaysh al-Mahdi is only aimed at trying to take away their arms, even the personal weapons.”
Abu Sajjad maintained that it was the British who were responsible for the “deterioration of the security situation” in al-Basrah, saying that the British forces “interfere with the local [puppet] authorities” and that they are responsible for the situation in the city.