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29/08/04 War Reports: The Resistance Point Of View
 
US attempt to burst into al-Fallujah fails.

The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported Sunday afternoon that some US aggressor troops attempted to storm into the industrial zone of al-Fallujah but that the Resistance repelled the American assault.

The attack took place at 5:20pm Baghdad time and lasted some 10 minutes. The Resistance fought back fiercely, sowing destruction among the Americans and forcing them to fall back to their concentration points outside the city.

Iraqi sharpshooter takes out US sniper in al-Qa'im.

The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported Sunday evening that an Iraqi sharpshooter in the city of al-Qa'im had shot and wounded a US sniper who was in position atop a tall tower in the city. The correspondent wrote that the Resistance has made extensive and successful use of sharpshooters to pick off US snipers and other troops in recent battles. Al-Qa'im is located on the border with Syria.

Resistance shells US base at al-Muthanna in Baghdad Sunday morning raising panic among US military personnel.

Iraqi Resistance forces shelled the US base at al-Muthanna airport in Baghdad on Sunday morning, lobbing some 30 mortar shells into the American occupation facility. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the attack occurred at about 10:30am Sunday morning, Baghdad time, and following the barrage, thick black smoke could be seen rising from the camp, indicating some direct hits on US equipment. Warning sirens wailed inside the US camp continuously. Eyewitnesses who work in the base told the correspondent that two mortar rounds crashed into the parking lot for Humvees, destroying four of them, the rest of the rounds having landed in the midst of the camp area itself.

Panic reigned among the American troops in the prison within the al-Muthanna camp as the 24 mortar shells and Katyusha rockets rained down upon them. In a report posted by the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam at 12:50am Mecca time Monday morning, a former prisoner in the facility released later in the day on Sunday reported that as the barrage increased in intensity panic-stricken US personnel, including the major who commands the prison, made a mad attempt to escape through a 1-meter wide door out of the prison area.

In the mad rush for the exit, one US woman soldier tried to hold a male soldier back to allow herself room to get out, but the male soldier was the stronger or more frightened of the two and threw her aside so that he could flee. Another male soldier grabbed a female soldier by her hair and pulled her aside so that he could get out the door first. The prisoner said that all the soldiers guarding the prison disappeared until the sun broke through the smoke as the smell of gunpowder filled the facility.

Iraqi Resistance liquidates three American intelligence officers, retrieves their computers and documents in al-Yusufiyah, Sunday morning.

The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters killed three US intelligence officers as they were driving in a 2004 model GMC vehicle south of al-Yusufiyah on the highway to al-Basrah at about 7:30am Sunday morning. Eyewitnesses in al-Yusufiyah reported that the three US intelligence officers were killed with light arms after they stopped their vehicle when one of their tires had a blow out.

The local residents who witnessed the incident reported that after the shooting, they saw three masked men board the vehicle and take three computers and three other bags. The men then got into a black car and drove off to the north. The correspondent writes that it appears that the three Americans had been under surveillance by the Resistance as soon as they left their official place of work in Baghdad. The Resistance has succeeded in penetrating every US military operation in which Iraqis work or are employed by the Americans.

Resistance fires rockets into US “green zone” in Baghdad Sunday morning. The Iraqi Resistance fired three rockets at the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace in Baghdad – the compound dubbed by the US invaders “the green zone.” The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance fired both Katyusha and powerful Grad rockets at the tightly guarded US installation at about 8:00am Sunday morning.

The correspondent reported that thick smoke could be seen rising from the “green zone” after the attack, some of the smoke being black – an indication that a direct hit had been scored on some inflammable substance or vehicle inside the aggressor compound. White smoke also was rising over the area immediately after the missile strikes, indicating that some buildings had been struck by the explosive rockets.

Resistance bombs blow up US Humvees, kill seven US troops Sunday morning. Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushed an American aggressor patrol Sunday morning in northern Baghdad and killed seven US troops. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al- Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance explosives blew up under a convoy of six Humvees at 7:30am Baghdad time south of the at-Taji area. The blasts totally destroyed two Humvees and killed seven US troops who were aboard them.

Two US troops killed in Resistance attack on Humvee near Military College Sunday afternoon.

At least two US troops were killed on Sunday when their Humvee was disabled by Resistance fire in the ar-Rusamiyah area of Baghdad. The incident occurred on the highway near the Military College in ar-Rustamiyah at 2:30pm, Baghdad time, according to a report filed by the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. Resistance pounds US base in Military College with rockets and mortars Sunday afternoon.

The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported Sunday evening that the US base set up in the Iraqi Military College came under a fierce Iraqi Resistance barrage in which 120mm mortars and Katyusha rockets crashed into the installation.

Sirens wailed inside the US camp after the attack that began at about 4:30pm Baghdad time Sunday afternoon. The Iraqi Military College has now been renamed by the invaders the “College of the National Guard” but it houses some 4,000 US troops in addition to puppet “national guard” forces whom the Americans maintain in their service. Resistance ambush leaves six US troops dead on Hayfa street in Baghdad Sunday morning.

Six US troops were killed and 13 others wounded in battles on Hayfa street in Baghdad on Sunday morning, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. Iraqi Resistance forces used rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades, and Kalashnikov assault rifles to attack a US foot patrol of about 30 soldiers.

Jaysh al-Mahdi battles Americans in Madinat as-Sadr Sunday night.

Continuous fighting raged Sunday night in the Madinat as-Sadr area of eastern Baghdad as the Jaysh al-Mahdi battled US aggressor troops. The fighting began around 8:30pm Baghdad time and was still going on when the local Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent posted his report at 11:09 Baghdad time (10:09 Mecca time) that night.

The correspondent wrote that the intensity of the fighting varied from one area to another, but was most intense in the as-Saddah area located at the farthest part of Madinat as-Sadr. US troops were using 60mm cannon in their fighting as well as BKCs and rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons.

In a dispatch posted at 11:55pm Mecca time, the local correspondent of Mafkarat al- Islam reported that US forces had launched a vicious attack on the Madinat as-Sadr area of Baghdad using F-16 fighterbombers and Apache helicopters to bombard Jaysh al-Mahdi positions in the area.

The correspondent, located in a nearby neighborhood, reported that more than 32 US vehicles – including Abrams tanks and Bradley armored fighting vehicles were headed towards Madinat as-Sadr at about midnight, Baghdad time, where they were to join the fighting and reinforce the Americans already engaged since earlier Sunday night.

The Americans were using 1-meter long heat seeking missiles (with a 60mm diameter) to strike the positions from which the Jaysh al-Mahdi was firing Katyusha rockets and mortars at them. They can reportedly fire automatically from Humvees at the Jaysh al-Mahdi rocket launchers.

The US assault followed the breakdown of cease-fire talks between the Jaysh al-Mahdi and US forces which were an attempt to repeat the successes scored with the cease-fire in an-Najaf.

Badr Brigade collaborationist official assassinated in Baghdad Sunday evening. A high-ranking official in the collaborationist Shi'i chauvinist Badr Brigades was assassinated in Baghdad Sunday according to a report filed by the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam. The assassination took place in al-'Amil district of Baghdad at 11:15 Sunday evening and no further details were available at that time.

The Badr Brigades are the armed wing of the collaborationist party known as the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI). The Badr Brigades invaded Iraq from Iran in tandem with US troops and its chief was appointed to the US “interim governing council” after the American occupation.

Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters move to Sunni Resistance areas to improve fighting techniques. A correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported Sunday that after the cease-fire agreement in an-Najaf, dozens of Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters loyal to Shi'i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, have moved on to areas in the predominantly Sunni province of al-Anbar in western part of Iraq (where al-Fallujah and ar-Ramadi are located) and to the area of Samarra' and other largely Sunni regions. The correspondent writes that the aim behind the move is for the fighters to study the fighting techniques and to train on various types of weapons being used by the predominantly Sunni Resistance fighters in those areas of the country. Friday attack by Jaysh al-Mahdi leaves 14 British troops dead in al-'Amarah.

The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported Sunday that Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters had killed 14 British occupation troops in the southern city of al-'Amarah on 27 August at about 10:00pm. The militiamen ambushed the British invaders outside the entrance to the governorate building in the city on the International Highway to Baghdad. Eight British military vehicles were totally destroyed in the attack.

Jaysh al-Mahdi in an-Najaf retained 98 percent of weapons after cease-fire. A Jaysh al-Mahdi commander in the city of an-Najaf told the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam that his militia forces had managed to retain 98 percent of their weapons after the conclusion of the truce in the city.

The commander, who wished to remain in the city, said that those weapons would yet be “more powerful and destructive in fighting the occupation than they were in the days of the siege of an-Najaf.”

He said that the Jaysh al-Mahdi had deployed in most cities of southern Iraq where a real war of attrition was underway against the occupation forces. Fighting rages between Jaysh al-Mahdi and British troops in al-Basrah. A representative of the local Jaysh al-Mahdi told the al-Basrah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam on Sunday that the cease-fire agreement reached in an-Najaf has nothing to do with the Jaysh al-Mahdi in al-Basrah.

As'ad al-Basri, the director of the as-Sadr office for al-Basrah governorate said that his office had nothing to do with the an-Najaf truce concluded on Thursday. In keeping with that, fierce fighting broke out Sunday morning between British aggressor troops and the Jaysh al-Mahdi in the al-'Ashshar district of al-Basrah. The local Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the al-Faruq Brigades, a predominantly Sunni Resistance group, were continuing to shell several British positions in the districts of al- Barradi'iyah, as-Sa'i and ash-Sha'biyah. Plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from their target areas, indicating that they had scored direct hits on invader vehicles. The Sunday fighting followed battles that raged on Saturday between Jaysh al-Mahdi fighters and the British in the district of al-Qurnah to the north of al-Basrah. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that that fighting left two British armored vehicles ablaze. Two persons were killed and six others wounded in thecombat.

Two-day British siege of al-Hayyaniyah area near al-Basrah ends. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Basrah on Sunday evening reported that a blockade that British aggressor troops had imposed on the area of al-Hayyaniyah around al-Basrah had been broken, two days after British attacks. Al-Hayyaniyah is regarded as a major center of Jaysh al-Mahdi activity in the area of al-Basrah.

Resistance mortar rounds targeted at British go astray in al-Basrah. Six mortar rounds were targeted at British forces in the as-Sa'i area of al-Basrah according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam at 5:00pm Baghdad time Sunday afternoon. The mortar rounds missed their targets, however, and destroyed four civilian houses and wounding two women a one small child.

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