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|15/08/04||War Reports: Resistance Point Of View
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 14 August 2004 and Sunday, 15 August 2004
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice
Sunday, August 15, 2004
Resistance throws back US ground assault on al-Fallujah Sunday afternoon. American aggressor troops mounted an attack on al-Fallujah Sunday afternoon in an effort to break into the city, as US attacks continued, now here, now there all day. Iraqi Resistance forces held back the American offensive push in the ash-Shuhada' and al- 'Askari neighborhoods, already pounded by US air raids.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported in a dispatch posted at 5:00pm Sunday afternoon that the Resistance threw the attackers back, inflicting losses in men and materiel.
In ash-Shuhada' the Resistance totally destroyed two US armored vehicles, killing all aboard. In al-'Askari a third armored vehicle was set ablaze, and three soldiers, their clothes on fire leapt out, but were cut down instantly by Resistance gunfire. The number of soldier who remained inside is unknown.
The correspondent reports that probably at between three and eight US soldiers must have been killed in the three vehicles, as they usually at least have a driver and an assistant. A third soldier would be responsible for firing the heavy machine gun mounted on the vehicle. Those are the basic crew of such vehicles, the correspondent wrote.
But after the rise in Resistance intensity, US forces tended to use the armored vehicles to transport troops in a relatively secure manner, and so the number of soldiers usually found in American vehicles increased by five or as many as seven more soldiers per vehicle.
US aggressor troops have deployed snipers in al-Fallujah who are shooting at movement in the streets, preventing the transport of the bodies of the four latest martyrs which are still in the ash-Shuhada' neighborhood with a US armored vehicle nearby. American sharpshooters have closed off the area to the south so that the local residents cannot carry the bodies away for decent burial.
Seven American troops killed Sunday night east of al-Fallujah. In fierce fighting Sunday night, al-Fallujah Resistance fighters destroyed a US armored vehicle and killed seven US troops in the al-Hasbiyah ash-Sharqiyah area east of al-Fallujah, near al- Khalidiyah.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that after sunset on Sunday, the Resistance ambushed an armored vehicle and two Humvees that were with it. The two Humvees were able to flee, leaving the armored vehicle on its own. The Resistance overpowered it and killed its crew.
American forces later came and cordoned off the area of the attack. A US Chinook helicopter hoisted the armored vehicle up and away, with the corpses of the dead Americans inside.
Eleven US troops were killed when an armored vehicle and a Humvee were burned and totally destroyed on the al-'Amiriyah Road south of al-Fallujah.
The local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the US suffered the losses in the course of close combat with the Resistance forces who attacked the Americans with rocket-propelled grenades. Eyewitnesses reported that the Resistance ambush was extremely successful. The Resistance fighters apparently hid behind checkpoint barriers on the road along which US troops pass. They sprung on the American suddenly, giving them the impression that they were being attacked by a large force. Most of the American vehicles fled leaving an armored vehicle and a Humvee and about 11 dead American troops.
As usual, the US later dispatched aircraft that bombed the area in which the attack took place. The Resistance fighters, however, were able to get out of the target area and out of range of the aircraft before that attack.
Resistance destroys two US armored vehicles and a Humvee killing numerous US troops in ash-Shuhada' neighborhood of al-Fallujah. Iraqi Resistance fighters in the ash-Shuhada' neighborhood of al-Fallujah after sunset on Sunday destroyed two US armored vehicles and one Humvee in addition to knocking a tank out of service (though it was not destroyed).
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported from the area that all the Americans aboard the armored vehicle were killed, but the correspondent was unable to determine precisely how many men that would be. Five US troops in the Humvee were killed. US launches silly attempt to lure al-Fallujah residents into revolting against Iraqi Resistance leaders. US aggressor troops have made a clumsy attempt at sparking infighting among the residents of al-Fallujah. On Sunday the Americans circulated leaflets in the city saying that the leaders of al-Fallujah and their commanders were helping what they referred to as “rebels.” The leaflets said that they Americans had $65 million ready for the city, but that they would not spend any of it for the good of al- Fallujah unless the residents cooperated with the Americans and revolted against their leaders. If they failed to rebel, then the money would be spent elsewhere, the leaflets said. The leaflets went on to give the people of al-Fallujah until 15 October to express their intentions towards the Americans.
Violent fighting on Hayfa Street leaves 10 US troops dead on Sunday. The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported in a dispatch posted at 10:30pm Mecca time Sunday night that nearly 60 US and Iraqi puppet troops fell in fierce fighting Sunday on Hayfa street in occupied Baghdad. The battles, which raged near the bridge leading to Bab al-Mu'azzam began after noon Sunday and ended just before sunset.
The fighting between the Resistance and the Americans and their stooges left seven Nissan vehicles used by the Iraqi puppet forces ablaze, and more than 50 Iraqi stooge troops dead. More than 10 Americans were killed in Sunday's fierce combat. One armored vehicle and a Humvee were set on fire.
US pressure has recently intensified on the Hayfa Street area after the imposition of a curfew there which in some locations lasts more than 20 hours each day.
Hayfa Street and ah-Shaykh Ma'ruf, and the 208 and 210 districts are all under curfew.
Thirty-two US troops reported dead in heavy fighting Sunday evening in ash- Shu'lah neighborhood of Baghdad.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the area reported that the Resistance destroyed one American troop transport and two tanks on the highway around the ash-Shu'lah neighborhood.
A source in the Iraqi puppet police confirmed to Mafkarat al-Islam that the number of American dead exceeded 32 while local residents and eyewitnesses report that they saw two massive US Chinook helicopters carrying dead and wounded Americans away from the battlefield.
Resistance kills 11 US troops in ambush on Airport highway, Sunday night.
At least 11 American aggressor troops were killed when Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked their patrol north of Baghdad on Sunday. According to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed a small US patrol at 8:15pm Sunday night on the Airport Road leading to Saddam International Airport outside Baghdad. As the patrol passed, the Resistance cut off two Humvees from the rest of the group, which preferred to retreat rather than confront the Resistance attackers.
After cutting off the two Humvees, the Resistance attacked them with rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) setting them on fire and killing at least 11 US soldiers aboard the. Iraqi children look at a burning American armored vehicle attacked by insurgents during in the Sadr city neighborhood, Baghdad Aug. 16.
Massive Grad rockets slam into British occupation HDQ in an-Najaf Sunday morning. Iraqi Resistance fighters fired two powerful Grad rockets at the main British occupation headquarters in the city of an-Najaf at 10:30 Sunday morning in the ash-Shu'bah neighborhood. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported from the city that the powerful Grad rockets produced clouds of thick, black smoke from the building. The correspondent wrote that the al-Faruq Brigade, active in the area, should be probably be given credit for the attack.
Two British troops killed, two others wounded in al-Basrah Resistance attack.
The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Basrah reported early Sunday afternoon that a British patrol suddenly came under Iraqi Resistance attack at about 11:00am Sunday morning in the southern Iraqi city. The Resistance attacked the British invaders in the al-Barradi'iyah neighborhood in al-Basrah province, and destroyed two Humvees. Eyewitnesses told the correspondent that two charred bodies were lying at the site of the attack British troops evacuated two other soldiers in seriously wounded condition. Fire blazed up so strongly in the vehicles making it impossible for the witnesses to tell whether there were any other corpses inside.
Saturday, August 14, 2004
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked US aggressor troops on the highway south of the industrial zone of al-Fallujah on Saturday and north of the al-'Askari neighborhood, and also battled them in the an-Nazal neighborhood on Saturday.
US forces did take losses, however, as black smoke could be seen rising over burning American military vehicles.
Al-Fallujah's Resistance fighters inflicted heavy losses on a US column coming from Baghdad and heading towards ar-Ramadi on Friday as it passed northern al-Fallujah. Seven places were visible to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam from which black smoke was rising over area where the US column was struck on its way to aid US troops in ar-Ramadi.
This is the seventh US column in the last few days that the Resistance has thrown back, complicating US plans to keep Resistance fighters busy as they resupply their own forces in the area where they encircle ar-Ramadi.
Fistfights between the Jaysh al-Mahdi and puppet policemen almost escalated into armed clashes on Saturday.
Resistance blows up oil pipelines in Umm Qasr port. Iraqi Resistance fighters continue to control the flow of oil out of Iraq. According to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Basrah province, the Resistance at 7:00pm Saturday fired two rockets at oil pipelines in the port of Umm Qasr on the Arabian Gulf. One oil pipeline was totally destroyed in the attack and fire continued to blaze from it after midnight Sunday morning.