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|24/06/04||Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 24 June 2004.|
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 24 June 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice. www.freearabvoice.org
Thursday, 24 June 2004.
RESISTANCE OFFENSIVE SHAKES IRAQ. US VENGEFULLY SAVAGES AL-FALLUJAH, PREPARES ATTACK ON CITY.
Iraqi Resistance forces carried out a coordinated offensive against puppet police and puppet government buildings across occupied Iraq on Thursday morning. Iraqi medical sources on Thursday reported that the toll from the day's savage fighting, that raged in at least four major Iraqi cities – al-Fallujah, ar-Ramadi, Ba`qubah, and Mosul– had risen to 100 dead and 320 wounded.
Local eyewitness reports put US deaths at more than 30 in the battle around al-Fallujah alone, however. American propaganda admitted some four American deaths throughout the country.
As evening fell, however, the local correspondent of Mafkarat al- Islam, reported that the in view of the savage intensity of the US bombardment, the Resistance had resolved that the neighborhoods of ash-Shuhadà and al-`Askari were to be evacuated.
The correspondent also observed the massing of large numbers of US troops opposite the northern side of al-Fallujah after nightfall as the stage seemed to be set for a major military confrontation within hours. Meanwhile cease-fire talks among al-Fallujah city representatives, the US aggressors, and the so-called Iraqi Islamic Party produced an agreement on a 24-hour cease fire. Given the US record of systematically violating virtually every agreement they sign in Iraq, it was unclear, as Thursday turned into Friday, whether the “cease-fire” would even last until dawn.
In Baghdad the puppet so-called “ministry of health” announced that at least 66 people were killed and 268 injured in the Resistance offensive Thursday, but those figures did not include American aggressor casualties. As usual, the US invaders are loathe to publicize anything like genuine information regarding their losses.
News reports indicated that 30 puppet policemen had been killed by the Resistance and 47 others wounded in fierce fighting in the country.
Savage US bombing of al-Fallujah neighborhoods late Thursday afternoon.
In a report posted at 6:30pm Thursday, Mecca time, the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported that US aircraft had a little while earlier carried out a furious bombing attack on neighborhoods in the northern and northeastern parts of al- Fallujah.
According to informed Resistance sources, the correspondent reported, advanced US F-18 airplanes, launched from American aircraft carriers in the Arabian Gulf, dropped their payloads on numerous neighborhoods in the defiant city – in particular on ash-Shuhadà neighborhood, and al-`Askari neighborhood.
Confirmed reports have indicated that the US air raids are in revenge for a series of defeats inflicted on the Americans by Resistance forces. The US aggressors on Thursday tried repeatedly and unsuccessfully to break into the city of al-Fallujah but were thrown back each time by the fierce Resistance.
Late dispatch: Resistance orders total evacuation of ash-Shuhadà and al-`Askari neighborhoods of al-Fallujah in the face of savage continuous US bombing.
In a dispatch posted at 8:55pm Mecca time, the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported from al-Fallujah that in view of the savage American bombings, the Iraqi Resistance had ordered the total evacuation of al-`Askari neighborhood and ash'Shuhadà neighborhood, and the evacuation of half of ad-Dubbat neighborhood, with a total evacuation expected in the next coming hours. Those leaving the areas are to be evacuated to an-Nu`aymiyah or Baghdad.
The correspondent noted that the extremely violent nature of the US bombing and the mechanized encirclement of the area testify to the extreme anger felt by the American forces as a result of the series of painful blows that they sustained at the hands of the al-Fallujah Resistance on Thursday.
As US aircraft pummel the northern and eastern parts of the city, reporters set up far from the bombing, describe al-Fallujah as “calm.”
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam noted that while the US was pounding the northern and northeastern parts of al-Fallujah, the reporters for al-`Arabiyah and al-Jazeera satellite TV stations had positioned themselves at a distance from the worst action, specifically around the al-Fallujah governorate building, where they reported on the “calm prevailing in the city.”
As even these relatively sympathetic media avert their eyes from the Resistance battles in al-Fallujah, a number of local residents expressed the fear that the media coverage of the bombing would be limited to a portrayal of the suffering of the population, while the furious and heroic struggle being mounted in the face of the savage enemy would be ignored.
US mechanized vanguard breaks into one al-Fallujah neighborhood.
In an urgent dispatch, the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a mechanized vanguard of the US aggressor forces had broken into ash-Shuhadà neighborhood in northern al-Fallujah at 4:00pm Thursday afternoon, the first success that the American invaders had managed to score during the day.
Resistance fighters concealed in a building fired a rocket at the US vanguard, whereupon the American aggressors returned fire, silencing the Resistance fighter outpost and severely damaging the building.
Earlier, a US column had been ambushed repeatedly by Resistance forces as it headed into al-Fallujah from as-Saqlawiyah.
Eyewitnesses reported that the US column was first attacked on the as- Saqlawiyah road. It then was ambushed a second time in the area of ash-Shukr, and a third time at the first al-Fallujah bridge. The assault on the US column continued until it reached the second al- Fallujah bridge, by which time only two Humvees and one tank remained of the original column.
Late report: Resistance pushes some US vehicles back.
Later in the evening, in a report posted at 8:45 Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam's correspondent reported that the fierce US bombardment of several al-Fallujah neighborhoods in the north and north east of the city was continuing. The neighborhoods of ash-Shuhadà and al- `Askari have been singled out for particularly savage bombing.
On the other hand, in the face of stubborn Iraqi Resistance, several of the US vehicles that had encircled the area late in the day were been forced back. The Resistance destroyed two Humvees in that battle – the first one at 8:20pm and the second a few minutes later.
Battle appears to be shaping up on Thursday-Friday night as US masses troops, moves to cut off al-Fallujah under cover of darkness.
Thursday night after dark US aggressor troops attempted to cut supply lines serving the Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah by shutting down the roads leading from the city. US forces also encircled the nearby town of al-Karmah, a place that played a major role in striking the interior lines of the US forces during the April siege of al-Fallujah.
According to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, the US aggressor troops were massing large columns of their forces behind the highway opposite the al-`Askari neighborhood on the north side of al-Fallujah during the night.
In response, Iraqi Resistance forces also massed opposite the enemy in al-`Askari and ash-Shuhadà neighborhoods in expectation of imminent battle during the night.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam witnessed the massing of troops and described them as consisting of “very long” [columns].
Al-Fallujah, US agree to 24-hour cease-fire deal after nightfall Thursday.
Negotiations between the people of al-Fallujah, represented by Shaykh `Abdallah al-Janabi and Shaykh Jamal, and the American enemy forces, with the presence of the third party – the so-called Iraqi Islamic Party concluded on Thursday night with an agreement on a 24- hour cease fire.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Resistance fighters fear that the US will exploit the cease fire to mass its troops north of the city, in particular inasmuch as there are large columns of American aggressor forces already advancing on the al- `Askari neighborhood of al-Fallujah.
The correspondent reports that the residents of al-Fallujah believe that the US invader troops will not observe the cease fire, that they will instead intentionally violate it during the night as happened repeatedly with cease fire deals that the US signed during its siege of al-Fallujah in April.
Wary quiet settles over al-Fallujah at midnight after a day of bloody fighting.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported in a dispatch posted at 12:30am Friday, 25 June, that relative calm had settled over the battle lines in al-Fallujah where masses of US aggressor troops face defiant Iraqi Resistance forces.
>From time to time, however, the peace is broken by the disturbing roar of massive US B-52 bombers crisscrossing the skies over the city. The correspondent believes that the aim of the B-52 overflights is to frighten and terrorize the populace in the city.
THIRTY US INVADER TROOPS REPORTED KILLED IN AL-FALLUJAH. Eyewitness in al-Fallujah: Mafkarat al-Islam's correspondent reports on the situation as of midday Thursday.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported from al- Fallujah earlier on Thursday that Resistance forces killed at least 30 US aggressor troops in direct fighting with US armored personnel carriers and Humvees transporting those troops. The Resistance also says that it shot down two American Apache helicopters.
The correspondent reported that the Resistance used rocket-propelled grenades to inflict the losses on the US aggressors. Iraqi military engineers formerly employed by munitions plants have since joined the Resistance and have succeeded in increasing the explosive yield of the rockets by 10 times.
US occupation troops began their operations on Thursday morning at precisely 4:15am with an intense aerial bombardment of al-Fallujah's neighborhoods. The battle on the ground between the Resistance and the US aggressors was joined at about 8:30am. US tanks and armored personnel carriers with air cover from Apache helicopters continued a bombardment of the neighborhoods of the city, in particular the al- `Askari neighborhood. The bombardment was continuing, the reporter wrote, as of the time of his report (posted on Mafkarat al-Islam at 12:50pm Mecca time Thursday.)
The Resistance fighters were able to throw back the US aggressor troops to the other side of the highway east of the city, leaving their dead behind.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that four Resistance fighters were martyred in the course of the fighting.
Al-`Askari neighborhood in al-Fallujah is now virtually empty, its residents having left for other areas of the city, due to the heavy intensity of the battle and the US bombardment. Resistance fighters have deployed throughout the neighborhood in their stead.
The Resistance is intent upon scoring as great a victory as possible at the least possible cost in lives at this point, before night falls. After dark, the Resistance plans to begin large scale operations behind the US aggressors' lines.
In mid-afternoon on Thursday the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported that the Resistance had shot down its third US helicopter of the day over the Industrial Zone at 2:30pm local time. The Resistance fired a rocket at the aircraft, which burst into flame in flight before smashing into the earth. The helicopter was in the process of firing air-to-ground rockets at specific targets in the Industrial Zone on the northeast side of al-Fallujah when it took the Resistance hit.
Two other US helicopters were shot down before noon in the area of the highway east of al-Fallujah when they were hit by rocket- propelled grenades and burst into flame. All those aboard those helicopters were killed in those attacks and the aircraft completely burned.
The correspondent wrote, in a report posted at 3:10pm Mecca time, that the situation in the area was still extremely tense on the eastern and northern sides of al-Fallujah.
Al-Fallujah fighters prepare to fight to the death in defense of their city.
According to news reports from embattled al-Fallujah, numerous Iraqi Resistance fighters defending the city have tied themselves to electric poles in order to steel themselves for a fight to the death with the US aggressors.
Quds Press reported that Resistance fighters have deployed to all parts of the city, securing rear lines and the “rear” approaches to the city in case of enemy surprise flanking assaults.
US aggressor troops have closed all the roads leading to al-Fallujah, including the main road to Baghdad. The American invaders also closed the international highway linking Iraq with Jordan, citing the fighting in the area around al-Fallujah as the reason.
The Squadrons of the al-Fallujah Mujahideen distributed a statement on Thursday threatening to attack the oil pipelines and ancillary installations, and promising to attack members and officials in the puppet so-called “provisional Iraqi government” if al-Fallujah should become the target of offensive operations by the US occuapation.
Quds Press assessed the statement as a warning to all officials in the US stooge “Iraqi government.”
Mafkarat al-Islam: Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah downs six US aircraft on Thursday.
The local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported on Thursday evening that the Iraqi Resistance had shot down another American Apache helicopter over the Industrial Zone of al-Fallujah. The aircraft was aparently on its way to strike the Iraqi Resistance from behind in the northern parts of the city. Resistance fighters observed the helicopter and shot it down with a missile, killing all aboard.
That downing was the sixth aircraft shot out of the skies over al- Fallujah on Thursday in fierce fighting. Five of those aircraft were helicopters of various types. The sixth aircraft was a US transport vehicle that was shot down at 11:00am local time as it apparently was carrying food supplies to the US military. The Resistance, however, was able to shoot it down, killing all aboard.
News media reports: US battles Resistance in al-Fallujah.
Explosions and shelling shook al-Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, as Resistance fighters ran through the streets, witnesses said of the fighting that raged early on Thursday. Residents said US invader forces were shelling from positions outside the city and American helicopters were in the skies, but the US military could not immediately be reached for comment on their latest aggression against the people of the defiant city.
One Marine Cobra helicopter was shot down. The US propaganda machine admitted that a helicopter had made an emergency landing, but claimed that no one was wounded. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that a Marine Cobra helicopters were bombarding al-Fallujah on Thursday morning. It was one of those aircraft that was apparently shot down.
US aggressor forces manning a checkpoint opened fire on a local government convoy that included al-Fallujah's mayor and police chief, who were trying to meet the Americans to discuss the violence, an Iraqi police lieutenant said on condition of anonymity. The convoy turned back, and no injuries were reported.
The Associated Press (AP) reported that a motorist who drove through al-Fallujah Thursday morning said Iraqi police and insurgents were cooperating, chatting amicably along the streets, and seemed to be working together.
Fighting rages in Ba`qubah starting at dawn Thursday. US admits two of its aggressor soldiers were killed and seven wounded as American troops rampage through the city.
Iraqi Resistance forces battled US aggressor troops in Ba`qubah, 60km northeast of Baghdad, starting at dawn on Thursday, in engagements that left 19 puppet policemen dead and 15 others, described as “civilians” injured, according to al-Jazeera and a medical source quoted by Agence France Presse (AFP). Fighting raged in various parts of the city between the Resistance on one side, and the US aggressors and their puppet police stooges on the other.
Later reports by the propaganda mouthpiece of the US 1st Infantry Division admitted that two American aggressor troops had been killed and seven others wounded. Two US military vehicles were set ablaze.
The battles broke out after the dawn prayer when Resistance fighters attacked the al-Mafraq puppet police station west of Ba`qubah.
During the day, the Resistance forced the US forces to withdraw from the city. Iraqi Resistance forces took over the puppet police station in al-Mafraq neighborhood and they took up positions atop high buildings in the city. These the US aggressors proceeded to attack from the air.
US aggressor aircraft dropped three 500-pound bombs on what it claimed was an Iraqi Resistance position near the city soccer stadium in Ba`qubah, US Major Neal E. O'Brien, a US 1st Infantry Division spokesman announced to the Associated Press (AP).
Nevertheless, the AP reported that Resistance fighters roamed the city with rocket launchers and automatic weapons and occupied two puppet police stations
The Resistance also destroyed the home of the provincial puppet police chief, O'Brien admitted. Resistance fighters attacked the home of Major General Walid Khalid `Abd as-Salam, the chief of police of Diyala Province with rocket-propelled grenades, setting it ablaze on Thursday morning. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that `Abd as-Salam and his family were not home at the time of the Resistance attack.
The private secretary of the puppet police chief was wounded in the attack, however, in the course of a gun fight between the stooge forces guarding the home and the Resistance fighters.
The city, which has a mix of Sunni and Shi`i Muslims, was almost deserted by late morning. US aggressor gunships prowled the skies low over the city, some swooping down on what they imagined to be Resistance positions camouflaged as palm groves.
Admidst the indiscriminent American rocket and gunfire, some motorists tried flying white flags from atop their cars in a bid to ensure their safety. US invader tanks, some firing their machine guns, moved into the city center by the afternoon.
Puppet police did not dare venture into the streets, but the puppet government buildings were being heavily guarded.
In the city hospital doctors struggled to deal with a steady stream of wounded as civilian cars and pickup trucks carrying injured people raced to the door of the main hospital's emergency ward. Corridors were spattered with blood.
“May God destroy America and all those who cooperate with it!” one man screamed in the corridor.
Later in the day US forces pushed back into the city. The American Associated Press reported that American M1A1 tanks with machine guns blazing rolled down the deserted streets of Ba`qubah, once better known as the center of Iraq's commercial orange groves.
Seventeen puppet policemen killed, 13 others wounded in Resistance offensive on puppet police stations near ar-Ramadi.
Iraqi puppet security sources reported early on Thursday that masked Iraqi Resistance fighters wearing black attacked puppet police stations in ar-Ramadi and in nearby towns killing 17 and wounding 13 others. The puppet police sources said that the Resistance fighters used rocket-propelled grenades in their attacks.
Puppet police First Lieutenant Ahmad Sami said, “we were inside the al-Qattanah [puppet] police station when suddenly we heard a very powerful explosion and discovered that it came from grenades being fired.”
Another detachment of Resistance fighters attacked the al-Faruq puppet police station in ar-Ramadi with rocket-propelled grenades, Sami reported.
A third Resistance detachment attacked a puppet government building in ar-Ramadi where several puppet police cars were destroyed.
Resistance bomb in Mahawil kills one puppet policeman.
In Mahawil, 40 miles from Baghdad, an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded outside a puppet police station, killing one puppet police officer and wounding six.
Resistance car bombs strike multiple targets in Mosul, killing at least one US aggressor.
Iraqi Resistance car bombs shook the puppet police academy, two puppet police stations and the al-Jumhuri Hospital in the northern city of Mosul on Thursday. One US aggressor soldier also was killed and three were wounded in the Mosul Resistance offensive. At least five bombs went off in the city, taking a toll of 44 dead and 216 wounded by early afternoon local time.
Khalid Muhammad, an official at the hospital, said dozens of injured were brought there. At least 50 people died and 170 were wounded there, he said.
The puppet governor of Mosul imposed a curfew lasting from 9:00pm to 6:00am in a desperate effort to stem the rising tide of the Resistance.
Nighttime Resistance attack wounds two US aggressor troops in Mosul.
An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded as a US occupation patrol passed through the streets of al-Islah az-Zira`i neighborhood in the western part of Mosul. Two US aggressors were wounded and the military vehicle in which they were riding was destroyed.
After the Resistance attack, the US aggressors launched a wave of raids and searches in which they arrested one Iraqi man whom they charged with selling weapons. He was taken to the military prison at Mosul airport where the US aggressors have their local headquarters.
One US soldier killed in Kirkuk Province.
One US aggressor soldier was killed late on Wednesday night when an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in al-Wasati neighborhood in Kirkuk Province. The Egyptian Middle East News Agency reported eyewitnesses as saying that at least four American soldiers were also wounded in the bombing. All were transported to the US military hospital at the Kirkuk airport.
After the Resistance bombing, the US aggressors launched a campaign of raids and searches in which they combed wide swaths of the city in a bid to arrest the attackers.
Resistance targets US-puppet checkpoint in ad-Dawrah district of Baghdad, at least one American was wounded, four Iraqi puppet troops killed.
The American Associated Press (AP) reported on Thursday that four Iraqi puppet soldiers were killed in an explosion near a checkpoint manned by American aggressor troops and their Iraqi stooges in the southern Baghdad district of ad-Dawra. Three US soldiers tended to what appeared to be a wounded American soldier on the road, the AP reported. The soldier's helmet lay nearby. Black smoke and flames shot up from a burning pickup truck.
Iraqi Resistance car bomb destroys checkpoint, kills four puppet policemen.
Iraqi puppet security sources reported that at least four members of the puppet Iraqi security forces and two other persons had been killed in a car bombing south of Baghdad on Thursday. Iraqi hospital sources reported that six persons were killed in a blast. Eyewitnesses told of a powerful explosion that ripped through a puppet police checkpoint south of Baghdad.
US occupation closes Baghdad-Amman highway.
In a desperate effort to try to regain control of the exploding situation in Iraq, the US aggressor forces ordered the highway between Amman, Jordan, and Baghdad closed on Thursday as battles raged throughout the country, according to the Egyptian Middle East News Agency (MENA).
US puppet “minister” confesses that Iraqi puppet forces serve in US assault on Iraqi Resistance patriots.
Hazim ash-Sha`lan, the puppet so-called “defense minister” of the US- installed so-called “interim Iraqi government” announced on Thursday that a brigade of Iraqi puppet forces were participating in the current US offensive against the defiant people of al-Fallujah.
The stooge “minister” ash-Sha`lan threatened to throw the Resistance fighters out of al-Fallujah house by house and hinted that his regime might declare a state of emergency in the regions where there is resistance to the US invader forces.
Muqtada as-Sadr's Jaysh al-Mahdi announces cease-fire with US aggressors as US and Iraqi Resistance engage in ferocious battles throughout the country.
The Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi`i religious leader Muqtada as- Sadr announced on Thursday night over loudspeakers in the district of Baghdad they have nicknamed “Madinat as-Sadr” a cease fire with the US aggressor troops. The announcement said that the Jaysh al-Mahdi was ready to help the US protect “important places from what it called “terrorist attacks.”
Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that the statement by the Central Committee of the Jaysh al-Mahdi was issued after a series of attack on puppet police stations and US aggressor troops. The statement said, “in view of the extraordinary situation our people are in, a halt [has been ordered] to military operations within the borders of “Madinat as-Sadr” starting this evening [Thursday] and until further notice.”
The statement, read out on loudspeakers on mosques in the predominantly Shi`i district of Baghdad, added “it is the duty of every member of the Jaysh al-Mahdi to respect this resolution under penalty of expulsion.”