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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 16 December 2004.
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice
Thursday, 16 December 2004.
Resistance Communiqué: US falls back on all fronts, large quantity of American weapons and equipment captured.
In a dispatch posted at 1:36am Friday morning Mecca time, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Fallujah reported that the Consultative Council of the Mujahideen of al-Fallujah had issued a communiqué at 11:30pm Thursday night local time. The communiqué said:
“The Consultative Council of the Mujahideen of al-Fallujah announces that the US forces have withdrawn along all the four axes along which they were attacking the south of al-Fallujah – from the north, east, west, and south. This occurred after the defeat of the assault begun by the American forces at about 2pm Thursday, which lasted until about 11pm.”
The communiqué stated: “By the grace of God the Exalted, that attack was repulsed and significant losses were inflicted on the American forces which will be detailed tomorrow. According to preliminary estimates six of our fighters were martyred, one in a guerrilla operation that he carried out. Two rocket launchers belonging to our men were destroyed. US forces also destroyed 17 houses of citizens in various places in the an-Nazal neighborhood and the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood.”
The communiqué continued, “As to American losses, 32 large-type US Abrams tanks were destroyed, 12 Bradley armored vehicles were destroyed. More than 43 other American vehicles were destroyed including Humvees and personnel carriers. One US tank in operational condition was seized by the Resistance, as were 91 light and medium machine guns. These were taken from Americans who were killed after the main force of the US troops abandoned them to their fate. Military glasses, compasses, armor, knives, spears, hand grenades, and tear gas were seized from the Americans as well. Tomorrow morning the extent of casualties in the American ranks will be disclosed.”
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that eyewitnesses reported that US forces had withdrawn towards the north after mortar shells of 60mm, 82mm, and 120mm caliber fired by the city’s Resistance forces drove them back. The Resistance forces used these weapons to strike the rear ranks of the American occupation troops who were hanging back, driving the US forces into an improvised flight.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent wrote that Iraqi Resistance fighters advanced after the Americans fell back towards the east and took control of a position above that which they had earlier held. The Resistance fighters are now securely concentrated in this position.
Fierce battle rages Thursday afternoon and into the night. Intense American pressure on the city, but Resistance forces prevent any US advance.
In a dispatch posted at 10:10pm Mecca time Thursday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported remarks made to their correspondent in al-Fallujah by a Resistance commander by the name of Abu Nur at about 9pm local time Thursday night.
Abu Nur told Mafkarat al-Islam that fighting raged from 2:55pm local time until 9pm, but that in that whole time, the Americans had not been able to advance as much as one meter into the city.
Abu Nur said that the US offensive was being mounted along four axes: al-Mata‘im Restaurants Street to the north of the an-Nazal neighborhood; as-Sadd street in the east; in the west from the al-Jubayl area, and generally along a wide front from the south of the city.
The Resistance has been waging grueling battles with the US invaders who have been using weapons from the air and on the ground. They have been pounding the city savagely from the air, and at the same time are using mortars and tank cannon to bombard al-Fallujah from the land. There is hand-to-hand combat on all the fronts and everywhere.
Abu Nur said that the Resistance is holding firm on all fronts so far, thanks be to God. He explained that the Resistance has prepared very well for this battle, but nevertheless he issued an appeal to all Muslims throughout the world, saying: “we remember our brothers and sisters around the world time after time, so ask them please not to forget their brothers in your righteous prayers.”
As to losses in the day’s fighting, Abu Nur said that so far not one Resistance fighter has been killed, but nine have been wounded. Before the US attack, the Resistance was able to destroy three US tanks along with their crews. That happened when a Resistance detachment penetrated into the ranks of the enemy. He said that these tanks are different from those in Wednesday’s American assault. These are giant tanks and missiles from launchers don’t have any effect on them. Only the C5K and SPG9 can damage them.
Asked about US losses, Abu Nur replied that in the west, the Resistance destroyed 20 American tanks. As to the southern front, Abu Nur said, “I don’t know anything about that, other than that there are thick black clouds of smoke mixed with flames that are visible in many places on that front.
The eastern front of the city is the one where the Americans took their heaviest losses, Abu Nur reported. The US aggressor troops were able to break through the minefields. They suffered more than 45 dead foot soldiers alone there, to say nothing of those killed inside vehicles.
Abu Nur added, “the temperature is cold now. Even our men can’t stay in one place for more than a minute. They have to move and run around. But in some areas the intensity of the fighting is so high that it’s very hot as a result of the gunfire and the flames from burning hulks of American vehicles.
Abu Nur concluded the interview with a criticism of Mafkarat al-Islam. He told the correspondent, “I have a big complaint against you. Other than God there is nobody taking down our news except you. If we could find an opportunity to get onto the internet, we wouldn’t get on except through your site. But you didn’t report one important fact about yesterday Wednesday. That is that the Americans asked for a truce from us. That is a point that is important to record, because it raises the spirits of the members of the Resistance.”
In answer to this criticism, Mafkarat al-Islam editors commented that “because the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent is not able to get on the internet, he was not able to tell Abu Nur that the website did report that fact yesterday, Wednesday. It appears that Abu Nur did not see that report, though he was aware of others.”
US offensive on al-Fallujah first reported.
In a dispatch posted at 3:26pm Mecca time Thursday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at that moment a fearsome battle was under way in the south of al-Fallujah where the center of the Iraqi Resistance in the city is located. Shaykh Abu As‘ad ad-Dulaymi, official spokesman for the city’s Resistance, told Mafkarat al-Islam that more than 600 US tanks and armored vehicles were involved in the massive battle.
He said that the invader troops prepared for the battle on Wednesday when they brought in 400 tanks from the east and brought them together to the north of the city. These are today taking part in the battle.
Abu As‘ad ad-Dulaymi said that the US forces had attacked the Resistance fighters in the city from all sides in what is known as a “compelete encirclement.” The Shaykh wanted Mafkarat al-Islam to ask all Muslims to remember the people of the city in their prayers as they go through the most serious battles yet seen.
Deadly Resistance car bombing on US checkpoint in as-Saqlawiyah.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden pickup truck into a US checkpoint under the Japanese Bridge in as-Saqlawiyah at about 7pm Thursday night. Eyewitnesses reported that the blast destroyed two Humvees and killed five US Marines and wounded three others.
Five US Marines reported killed southeast of al-Qa’im Wednesday evening.
Three Iraqi Resistance fighters in the Tiwan area, about 80km southeast of the city of al-Qa’im on the Syrian border, attacked a US Humvee at about 6pm Wednesday. A taxi driver who had passed close to the scene of the attack told Mafkarat al-Islam that five US Marines were killed in the attack.
Two puppet “national guards” killed in Resistance raid Wednesday evening.
Eyewitnesses reported that Iraqi Resistance forces in al-Qa’im on the Syrian border attacked puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” with Kalashnikov assault rifles on Wednesday evening, killing two. Another puppet guard was abducted by the Resistance fighters. Observers thought it likely that that man would be killed and his body dumped either far from the city or else in al-Qa’im as a warning message to others considering collaboration with the invader troops.
Land mine explosion sends message to officer in puppet police.
An Iraqi Resistance land mine exploded under the car of an officer in the puppet police in the railroad section of al-Qa’im. Local observers were of the opinion that the blast was a warning to that officer to resign from the puppet police and quit cooperating with the occupation forces.
Fierce battle in Abu Ghurayb as Resistance wipes out US column, shoots down helicopter.
According to eyewitnesses who spoke with Mafkarat al-Islam in Baghdad, Iraqi Resistance fighters battled US invader troops in the as-Samilat area of Abu Ghurayb from about 1:20pm until 2:15pm Thursday. Two Iraqi Resistance car bombs exploded by a column of US troops that had entered the area. After those blasts, Resistance fighters opened fire with RPG7, RPG8, and C5K rockets, as well as BKC machine guns. Two US helicopters attempted to intervene in the fighting to rescue the beleaguered column, but the Resistance shot one of the choppers down. The body of one of the crewmen from the blasted helicopter could be seen hanging in a tree. By the time the fighting was over, the entire American column had been wiped out. American troops later arrived to surround the area of the attack and conceal their casualties, as is standard US practice.
In a report posted at 4:59pm Mecca time (5:59pm local time) Mafkarat al-Islam reported that eyewitnesses had reported that American troops had begun to evacuate their corpses and demolished tanks at about 4pm Thursday. They confirmed that none of the Americans had survived the attack and said that about 83 bodies had been placed in black body bags.
Three Iraqi Resistance fighters escape from Abu Ghurayb prison camp.
In the first incident of its kind, three Resistance fighters have been able to escape from Abu Ghurayb prison camp. Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the break out occurred at about 10am Thursday, Baghdad time. Eyewitnesses said that after their escape, US troops mounted an intensive search, but that the three men had been able to get out of the area before American forces sealed it off. Mafkarat al-Islam reported that two of the escaped men were Syrian and one of them Iraqi. They were able to kill their guard and get out of the prison, known for the intensity of its security measures.
Resistance attacks in Abu Ghurayb.
At about 8:30am Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces firing C5K rockets attacked a US patrol on the highway as it passes through the ar-Risalah area of Abu Ghurayb, destroying a Bradely armored vehicle and killing four US soldiers.
A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Abrams tank in about the same place at about 5:30pm Wednesday, killing five US troops.
At about 7:30am Thursday, a heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on the highway in Abu Ghurayb, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle an killing three US troops.
At about 5:30pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked a US column in the Kharnabat area of Abu Ghurayb, destroying a civilian and a military truck and killing three US troops.
Resistance attacks around Baghdad on Thursday.
At about 10:30am Thursday, an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded disabling a Humvee and killing two US soldiers and seriously wounding a third in Baghdad’s al-A ‘zamiyah district.
At about 1pm a heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a Bradley armored vehicle in the Salman Bak area, killing three US troops and wounding a fourth.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked a US military truck loaded with supplies on the highway in the ad-Dawli‘i area, killing two US troops.
Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the as-Suwayrah area south of Baghdad destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and a Humvee and killing four American soldiers and seriously wounding three other US troops.
An Iraqi Resistance land mine exploded under a Bradley armored vehicle under the bridge on Airport Road in Baghdad’s al-‘Amil neighborhood at about 2:30pm Thursday, destroying the vehicle and killing two US soldiers.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded, disabling a Humvee and killing a US soldier and wounding another in an attack in the al-‘Amil neighborhood of Baghdad at about 7:15am Thursday.
Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets destroyed a US Humvee in the Sadr al-Qanat area of Baghdad near the former United Nations building, killing three US soldiers.
At about 4:30pm Thursday an Iraqi Resistance sharpshooter shot and killed an American in a Humvee in as-Sayyidiyah, south of Baghdad.
Fighting in al-Karakh.
US forces backed by puppet “national guards” launched a campaign of raids on the areas of al-Fahhamah, and al-Mushahadah, and the Sahat at-Tala’i‘ Vanguards Square in Baghdad’s al-Karakh district. Eyewitnesses report that Resistance fighters attacked the invaders at 9:30am firing BKC machine guns and rockets from rooftops and street corners. Witnesses reported that the Resistance attacks left 22 US troops dead and seven others seriously wounded in addition to killing more than 13 puppet troops and wounding two more of them.
Attacks in al-Ghazaliyah.
At 3:30pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked three civilian trucks loaded with supplies for US forces on the highway in al-Ghazaliyah as they headed towards the al-Mansur neighborhood of Baghdad. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that five US troops were killed in the ambush.
At about 7:10am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired RPG7 rockets and destroyed a civilian truck loaded with supplies for US troops in al-Ghazaliyah, killing one soldier and wounding another.
Bomb attack in ad-Duwaylibah.
Two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded on the main road leading to Khan ad-Darri in the ad-Duwaylibah area, destroying a US Abrams tank and killing four US soldiers.
Puppet official assassinated.
At 6:30am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance fighters in the area between al-Jadiriyah and al-Qadisiyah in Baghdad opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles on an official in the puppet regime, killing him along with two of his aides. The Resistance fighters were able to leave the scene.
Resistance assassinates high-ranking puppet official.
Iraqi Resistance fighters opened fire on the car carrying Qasim Qamhawi, a high-ranking official in the puppet regime, as he was coming from his home in a western suburb of Baghdad to his office in the city. Qamhawi was killed in the attack, according to a Reuters report quoting a source in the puppet so-called “Iraqi communications ministry.” Mafkarat al-Islam reported that two aides to Qamhawi were also killed in the attack that took place in the al-Jami‘ah neighborhood of Baghdad.
Qamhawi was the general director of the so-called “communications ministry” and was regarded as one of the top aides to the puppet “minister.”
Resistance attacks on collaborators and stooges.
Iraqi Resistance forces opened fire with Kalashnikov automatic rifles, killing a member of the collaborator Badr Brigades in the Kharnabat area of Abu Ghurayb at about 4:30pm.
One collaborator Badr Brigade member was killed at about 8:30am Thursday when Iraqi Resistance fighters shot him with Kalashnikov assault rifles.
At about 12:30pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance fighters opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles, killing a Badr Brigade collaborator gunman on Sahat at-Tala’i‘ Vangaurds’ Square in Baghdad’s al-Karakh district.
At about 10:30am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance fighters firing Kalashnikov assault rifles shot and killed a puppet “national guard” officer in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah.
Iraqi Resistance fighters opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles in Baghdad’s al-Yarmuk district, killing three officers in the puppet “national guards” at about 2:30pm Thursday.
Four members of the puppet national guards were killed with swords in Baghdad’s al-A‘zamiyah district at about 11pm Wednesday night.
Four puppet policemen were killed at about 10pm Thursday night when Iraqi Resistance fighters on Palestine Street in Baghdad opened fire on them with Kalashnikov assault rifles.
Blast shakes Baghdad Thursday.
A powerful explosion rocked the southwestern part of central Baghdad on Thursday, shaking doors and window glass and sending thick black smoke billowing into the sky.
Resistance attacks target puppet forces.
At about 8:30am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces in al-Karradah, near the ‘Ishtar Sheraton Hotel, opened fire with Kalashnikov assault rifles on puppet so-called “Iraqi national guards” killing 20 of them.
At about 4pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance fighters firing RPG7 rockets attacked the ar-Rashid military camp, destroying three Nissan pickups belonging to the puppet “national guard” and killing 12 puppet troops and seriously wounding three others.
At about 5pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces firing BKC machine guns and hurling hand grenades attacked puppet “national guard forces” in the area between as-Sayyidiyah and al-Bayya‘, killing three puppet troops.
US attacks Palestinian social, medical centers, staging mass arrests in Baghdad. Claims to find “big terrorists” among kindergarten staff.
A spokesman for Palestinians resident in Iraq has reported that on Monday, 6 December 2004, US occupation forces massed a large force of tanks, armored vehicles, and infantry, all supported by helicopters, to encircle the Hayfa Sports Club, the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, and the residential area where many Palestinians live in the Baladiyat section of eastern Baghdad.
American troops kept the area surrounded as they savagely raided and ransacked the civil facilities inside their cordon, terrorizing local residents and staff from the afternoon until midnight. Members of the staff of the Hayfa Sports Club and other individuals were arrested when the American troops stormed into their homes.
The American troops destroyed the contents of the offices of the Palestine Red Crescent and the Hayfa Sports Club, including furniture and other appliances. They confiscated more than 50 computers and American tanks knocked down the Sports Club’s walls on all four sides of the building, having ransacked the offices and halls of the club, as well as the doctors’ clinic in the Red Crescent building and the Hayfa Center for Computer Instruction.
The American troops destroyed everything that came in their path. They destroyed the library in the Club that contained thousands of Palestinian books. They attacked the Association for the Woman and Child which offers assistance to widows, elderly, and divorced women, and children. They wrecked and destroyed the nursery for care of Palestinian infants. The Tatars of the modern age did not spare even the Children’s Home.
The US forces wrecked the Palestine Information Center, that specializes in studies of the Palestinian refugees in Iraq, collecting statistics on the Palestinian community and following up on their living conditions and civil rights – places to live, education, visas, health, etc.).
After the fall of Baghdad in 2003 and the collapse and chaos that ensued throughout the country when all the government agencies and services ceased functioning, the Palestinian National Board in Iraq, which derives its authority from the Palestine Liberation Organization, took up the task of looking after the affairs of Palestinian communities in Iraq. This body took on the job of trying to provide help on the humanitarian, social service, and medical level. It found shelter for Palestinians forcibly driven out of their homes in the course of the chaos, intensified by the anti-Arab and anti-Muslim sentiments stirred up by some elements who came in with the invading armies.
The spokesman for Palestinians in Iraq said, “we see no excuse for these American attacks on our Palestinian people and their social organizations and humanitarian and welfare agencies in Baghdad. This can be seen only as an extension of “Israeli” aggression against the Palestinian people inside their homeland. The only explanation we can find for these barbaric attacks is that the occupation forces have been loosing miserably in their battles with the Iraqi people and their heroic Resistance, and they are now looking for easy imaginary “victories” in the form of “battles” against the offices providing civil, social, and humanitarian services to the Palestinian refugee population – services that are provided, by the way, in full accordance with Iraqi law and with the agreement of the relevant governmental authorities.
One indication of the theatrical nature of these savage raids was the announcement by an American military spokesman afterwards that they had arrested a large number of dangerous “terrorists” from other Arab countries, in the east of Baghdad. The local press at the service of the occupation regime echoed the empty American claims.
One day after their barbarous attacks the Americans came back to the area claiming that they had nothing against the Palestinians but only sought to arrest “terrorists.” Our people were perfectly aware that the men arrested were decent people whose specialty was providing services to the Palestinian community in the al-Baladiyat area and elsewhere. Local people ridiculed the US claims, saying that they came and found “big terrorists in a kindergarten.” Therefore when the Americans offered food aid and other gifts, the Palestinian community members defiantly rejected such blandishments and in front of the American troops set fire to their “presents.”
In the name of our Palestinian people in general and the Palestinians who have lived in Iraq since the disaster of the Zionist occupation of their homeland in 1948 – which was caused by the same countries that are occupying Iraq today – Britain and America – we demand the immediate and unconditional release of all the prisoners.
The spokesman for Palestinians resident in Iraq concluded: We declare that our people, who were welcomed by the generous people of Iraq and shared weal and woe with them for 60 years, call on humanitarian organizations and people of good will inside and outside Iraq and on international organizations and the Arab League to work to secure the release of the prisoners, and to stop America’s terror against our Palestinian people and their civil institutions in Iraq and to work to remove the American terror that is still keeping all our institutions closed and that instills fear among peaceful people day and night with its manhunts, raids, and arrests.
A Palestinian observer in Baghdad offered his account of the same events and some information on their background as follows: “After the war, some American officers, who seemed to be trained in public relations, succeeded in establishing good relations with the local residents in the Baladiyat quarter of Baghdad where Palestinians are the main residents. The Palestinian community operates a sports club, a kindergarten, a society for Palestinian women and a society for handicapped children. The American officers began to offer some services to the residents. These were appreciated, especially after the chaos that the Iraqi capital underwent after the war. Among those officers were a Captain Gregson, Major Kefri?, Major Benthor?, and others. But then suddenly after the arrival of another officer named Gabreal, tension overwhelmed the place. The locals believe he is an “Israeli,” because he speaks Arabic with a Palestinian accent the way that “Israeli” settlers on the West Bank speak. It appears that they were right.”
The observer said, “the attack, which continued from 4pm until midnight, created a state of horror among the men, women, and children. The next day the First Cavalry Division headed by Colonel Robert issued a statement, saying it had arrested what it described as ‘some big terrorists.’ Local residents commented ironically that the Americans had ‘found big terrorists in a kindergarten.’ The observer concluded, “we demand that all organizations concerned investigate this incident. Apart from reaching the truth, the people are also seeking an answer regarding the identity of the officer whose arrival seemed associated with the massive and savage raids on the Palestinian residential quarter in Baghdad.”
Al-Yusufiyah – al-Latifiyah – al-Iskandariyah.
Deadly car bomb attacks.
At about 2:30pm Thursday, an Iraqi Resistance car bomb struck a US check point in al-Iskandariyah, south of Baghdad, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and disabling a Humvee and killing 14 US troops and wounding more than eight others.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded at a joint US-puppet “national guard” checkpoint in al-Yusufiyah at about 4pm Thursday, destroying two Humvees and disabling a Bradley armored vehicle and killing 18 US troops and wounding two others. Nine puppet guards were killed and eight more injured.
Resistance bombings in al-Latifiyah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded at about 8:15am Thursday destroying a Humvee and killing two US troops in al-Latifiyah.
At about 4:30pm Thursday, heavy Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in al-Latifiyah, destroying a Bradley armored vehicle and killing five US troops and wounding five others.
At about 5:30pm Thursday an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the al-Jannabiyin area west of al-Latifiyah, destroying a Humvee and killing two US troops and wounding a third.
Resistance bomb attack destroys Abrams tank.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the path of a US Bradley armored vehicle on the Tirkrit Bridge at 2pm Thursday, disabling the vehicle and killing one US soldier, according to witnesses.
Early morning ambush in Ba‘qubah.
At about 5:30am Thursday morning Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated a succession of heavy bombs under US forces in Ba‘qubah and then opened fire with RPG7 rockets, destroying two Humvees and an Abrams tank, killing seven US troops and wounding two more.
Deadly battle in Diyala Province.
At about 6:30am Thursday fighting erupted in the al-Mansurah area of Diyala Province. Resistance fighters fired SPG9 and RPG7 rockets at US troops, destroying two fuel tankers, two Humvees and a Bradley armored vehicle. Nine US soldiers were killed and more than five wounded in the action. Four Iraqi Resistance fighters fell as martyrs in the engagement.
Resistance attacks hit US forces Thursday.
At about 8:45am Thursday, a heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded destroying a Bradley armored vehicle in the al-Mushahadah area of at-Taji north of Baghdad, killing two US troops and wounding a third.
At about 2:30pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the al-Bu Hishmah area of at-Taji, destroying a Humvee and disabling an Abrams tank, and killing four Americans and wounding two more.
At about 3:45pm Thursday, a heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in the Hur al-Basha area of at-Taji, destroying a Humvee and killing two US soldiers and wounding two more.
At about 4pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces attacked and destroyed two Humvees and three small trucks carrying troops on the main street in the at-Tarimiyah area east of al-Mushahadah in the region of at-Taji. Iraqi Resistance fighters detonated several bombs and then attacked US forces with RPG7 rockets and BKC machine guns, killing 40 US troops
Iraqi Resistance group responsible for downing of Polish helicopter Wednesday.
The Iraqi Resistance organization Jama‘at at-Tawhid wa-al-Jihad al-‘Iraqi announced on Thursday that it had shot down a Polish aggressor helicopter in the al-Imam neighborhood of Karbala’ at about 9:45am on Wednesday, killing seven Polish soldiers who were aboard it. The organization said it had used a Strela rocket to bring down the aircraft. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that after their helicopter was hit, the Polish invader troops jumped out, falling into a garden in the al-Imam neighborhood where at-Tawhid wa-al-Jihad fighters hunted them down and killed them with spears and other silent weapons. The fighters then took their identity papers and weapons.
The official Polish story was that the helicopter crashed as a result of a “malfunction in its motor.”
Elsewhere in Iraq. . .
The American New York Times newspaper reported on Thursday that medical experts say that one in six American troops in Iraq are now suffering from such serious mental problems as major depression, serious anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder. US specialists say that that proportion could well rise to one in three, and some experts predict that “the number eventually requiring mental health treatment could exceed 100,000.” Stephen L. Robinson, a 20-year US army veteran said that large numbers will be needing psychiatric help for the next 35 years. Robinson, The New York Times reported, wrote a report in September on the psychological toll of the war for the Center for American Progress,” an organization that the paper described as “a Washington research group.”
The American newspaper reported that according to psychiatrists, the kind of fighting urban warfare that the US troops encountered in al-Fallujah with its “spooky urban settings with unlimited hiding places; the impossibility of telling Iraqi friend from Iraqi foe; the knowledge that every stretch of road may conceal an explosive device – is tailored to produce the adrenaline-gone-haywire reactions that leave lasting emotional scars.”
The New York Times wrote that, “in no recent conflict have so many soldiers faced such uncertainty about how long they will be deployed. Veterans say the repeated extensions of duty in Iraq are emotionally battering, even for the most stoical of warriors.”
The American newspaper quoted Paul Rieckhoff, who served as a US platoon leader with the Florida Army National Guard for 10 months, and who described combat in Iraq, saying: “In the urban terrain, the enemy is everywhere, across the street, in that window, up that alley. It’s a fishbowl. You never feel safe. You never relax.”
Bombardments around Iraq.
At 11:30pm Wednesday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Katyusha rockets into the puppet so-called “Iraqi interior ministry” on Palestine Street in Baghdad.
At 6am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired 11 Grad rockets into the US base in Ba‘qubah.
At about 7:15am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired 13 Katyusha rockets into the US base in ar-Rustamiyah in Baghdad.
At about 8:30am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 82mm mortar rounds into the puppet so-called “Iraqi interior ministry” on Palestine Street in Baghdad.
At about 8:30am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 82mm mortar rounds into the US facility in the former headquarters of Iraqi Intelligence in al-A‘zamiyah in Baghdad.
At about 9:30am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Katyusha rockets into the British base at al-Mahawil, south of Baghdad.
At about 9:30am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Grad rockets into the US al-Bakr base in Balad, north of Baghdad.
At about 11:30am Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Katyusha rockets into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At 1pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired five 120mm mortar rounds into the southern part of the US base system in Tikrit.
At about 1:30pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired two Grad rockets into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad, known to the invaders as the “green zone.”
At about 1:30pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired seven 82mm mortar rounds into the joint US-puppet “national guard” base in at-Taji north of Baghdad.
At 3pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 120mm mortar rounds into the US airbase at al-Muthanna in Baghdad.
At about 3:30pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces five 82mm mortar rounds into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad, known to the invaders as the “green zone.”
At about 4:15pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired three Katyusha rockets into the US as-Suqur base south of Baghdad.
At 5:30pm Thursday, Iraqi Resistance forces fired one Grad rocket into the headquarters of the US occupation in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad, known to the invaders as the “green zone.”