Monday, 18 April 2005.
· US launches airborne assault into al-Qa'im early Monday, fighting reported.
· "Shi`i hostage" hoax in al-Mada'in collapses, Iraqi officials blame Iranian security for bogus story; puppet general who told press the story was "exaggerated" assassinated in Baghdad.
· US now admits more than 50 Iraqi Resistance prisoners got out in Great Escape from Camp Bucca in March.
US stages airborne invasion of al-Qa’im.
In a dispatch posted at 10:15am Mecca time Monday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US aggressor troops staged an air drop of more than 700 American invaders into the middle of the liberated city of al-Qa’im a short while before. The correspondent quoted witnesses as saying that the skies of the city were covered with parachutes carrying US Marines.
The American invaders succeeded in seizing control of a number of tall buildings under US helicopter cover, (thereby securing perches for American snipers to work to paralyze movement within the city) and the American invaders were at the time of reporting attacking the northern areas of the city.
At least 13 American soldiers killed in Resistance bombardment of US base in al-Hadithah.
Thirteen US troops were killed in al-Hadithah in western Iraq at dawn on Monday in a violent Iraqi Resistance bombardment on their base, according to an admission by Iraqi puppet forces. The US camp, located in a former Iraqi Army base, lies near the giant al-Hadithah dams project. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the area reported Brigadier General Husayn al-Marsumi of the Iraqi puppet "army" as saying that the attack killed at least 13 US troops and wounded still more. It also destroyed several buildings inside the American occupied camp.
The Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah Prophet’s Practice announced its responsibility for the attack in a communiqué, a copy of which was obtained by Mafkarat al-Islam. The communiqué said that the Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah fired nine surface-to-surface Katyusha rockets into the US base on Monday morning.
Five Iraqi collaborators executed by Resistance.
US occupation forces found the bodies of five Iraqi workmen employed by the US al-Warrar base west of ar-Ramadi, 100km west of Baghdad.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the US military as saying that the five Iraqi collaborators were shot to death by Resistance fighters and their bodies dumped on the banks of the Euphrates River.
This is the fifth such operation in the city in two months, Mafkarat al-Islam reported, with the number of Iraqi collaborators executed by the Resistance now at 31, according to sources in the forensic medicine department of ar-Ramadi Hospital.
Nine US troops killed in car bomb attack on US troop truck in al-Khalidiyah Sunday.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden car into a US column transporting a large number of American Marines towards al-Fallujah at 5pm Sunday afternoon local time. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam on Monday took a photo of the wreckage left by the attack in al-Khalidiyah, east of ar-Ramadi, that destroyed troop transport vehicle. An officer in the puppet "Iraqi army" told the correspondent that the attack killed nine US troops instantly and destroyed the troop transport. American forces then encircled the area and extracted their corpses, but left the wrecked vehicle by the side of the road.
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Eight US troops killed in bombing near Jordan border Sunday.
A high-explosive Iraqi Resistance bomb blew up in the middle of a road in the ar-Rutakiyah area north of the town of ar-Rutbah, not far from the Jordanian frontier, destroying a US armored personnel carrier on Sunday. The blast left eight US troops dead and three more wounded.
US forces encircled the scene of the attack and imposed a curfew on local residents as helicopters evacuated the corpses of the dead, Mafkarat al-Islam reported.
Fighting in al-Fallujah area Sunday-Monday.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired three 120mm mortar rounds into the US base in the Technical Institute in as-Saqlawiyah near al-Fallujah on Sunday.
Then at 7am on Monday the Iraqi Resistance struck the same US facility a second time with what is believed to have been a Grad rocket. The attack sent a cloud of black smoke rising into the sky. US helicopters were seen landing and taking off from the American-occupied facility, indicating that there had been casualties.
Over the same period, fighting erupted between Iraqi Resistance forces and the US invaders near the governorate buildings in al-Fallujah twice. The first battle broke out at sunset on Sunday and the second later during the night. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance fighters fired rocket-propelled grenades and BKC machine guns. The sound of 10 explosions shook the area in the course of the fighting. Precise information on the extent of losses was unavailable.
Resistance bombs take out US mine sweeper.
Iraqi Resistance forces planted a bomb in the path of an American mine sweeping vehicle as it did its routine daily check of streets in the Abu Ghurayb area just west of the occupied Iraqi capital on Monday. Every day the Resistance plants bombs and mines on the routes taken by US patrols and convoys, and every day US mine sweeping vehicles go out to detect and clear away those bombs.
On Monday, Resistance forces planted four double bombs made up of three giant Austrian artillery shells. The huge multiple bomb exploded by the mine sweeper, disabling and stopping it in the middle of the street.
Then Resistance fighters, hidden behind a building by the side of the road opened fire on the vehicle with armor-piercing rockets, totally destroying it and killing all six US troops aboard.
The Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah Prophet’s Practice issued a communiqué taking responsibility for the attack.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam noted that the mine sweepers were brought to Iraq after US troops complained to Donald Rumsfeld, US Defense Secretary, that their vehicles were too flimsy to withstand bomb attacks and ambushes by the Resistance.
Resistance sharpshooter kills US Marine in at-Taji.
An Iraqi Resistance sharpshooter shot and killed a US Marine in the middle of the town of at-Taji, north of Baghdad at midday Monday. The correspondent for Mafakrat al-Islam in at-Taji reported witnesses as saying that an American Marine was killed as he sat in a Humvee on a patrol that was parked opposite a car wash and lubricating garage atop which the Iraqi sharpshooter was perched.
A member of the Iraqi puppet police told the correspondent what had happened after a group of puppet police gathered around the American soldier, whose body lay on the ground where it fell with a bullet wound in the head. The soldier died instantly.
The US military acknowledged the death saying that an "insurgent" shot a US Marine to death.
Hoax of "Shi'ah kidnappings" and "Shi'ah expulsions" in al-Mada’in collapses as Iraqi puppet officials blame Iran for inventing the story.
Faced with the embarrassment of promoting a hoax to the world – that Iraqi Resistance forces had supposedly taken Shi'ah citizens hostage and demanded that all Shi 'ah evacuate the city of al-Mada’in southeast of Baghdad – the puppet regime in Baghdad on Monday sought to pass the blame for the failed hoax onto Iran.
Brigadier General Salih 'Umran of the intelligence department of the puppet so-called "interior ministry" accused Iranian intelligence of being behind the story in order to stir up trouble in the archaeological city of al-Mada’in, cite of a palace of pre-Islamic Sassanian Iranian monarchs.
The General made his accusation at a press conference in Baghdad attended by Mafkarat al-Islam. General 'Umran affirmed that the entire crisis had been manufactured, a fact proved on Monday when US and Iraqi puppet forces stormed the city and met no resistance and found no signs of any hostages.
General 'Umran said that Iran started the hoax due to its historical connections with the site. He also admitted that Iranian intelligence had penetrated several agencies of the Iraqi puppet security services. The General said that the Iranians picked the time – just prior to the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad on 12 Rabi' al-Awwal in the Islamic calendar (i.e., Thursday, 21 April 2005) "for reasons that only God and they are aware of." General 'Umran emphasized that Iraqi puppet officials did not endorse the misleading statements and reports that supported the hoax.
Along the same lines, puppet so-called "Iraqi interior minister Fallah an-Naqib said at the same press conference that "Iran was behind the whole operation."
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in Baghdad met with Colonel Rif'at al-Kubaysi of the puppet "special forces" who said that the whole crisis was contrived to force US and Iraqi puppet forces to storm the city and to heighten tension there, in a place that has been quiet for many months.
It should be noted that the Resistance organization the Base Qa'idah of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers issued a communiqué denying having taken an Shi'i hostages in Iraq. That was followed by a communiqué issued by all the Iraqi Resistance organizations affirming that they are in a position of strength, not weakness, and that they were denying all such charges.
Puppet commander who blew whistle on al-Mada’in hostage hoax shot dead in his Baghdad home.
The Iraqi puppet police announced that armed men on Monday had assassinated a high-ranking official in the puppet so-called "Iraqi interior ministry." The official had earlier informed the media that the so-called "hostage crisis in al-Mada’in," had been "exaggerated."
The puppet police reported that 10 armed men enter the home of Major General 'Adnan Thabit in Baghdad and killed him and one of his relatives, according to Reuters.
The agency reported that 'Adnan Thabit Maryus was commander of the Iraqi puppet forces that seized control of the town of al-Mada’in and served as counselor to the puppet so-called "interior minister."
Secret British military unit, haunted by murder allegations, headed for Iraq.
Britain’s most secret military unit serving in northern Ireland is to be pulled out of the occupied region and posted to Iraq and to other operational missions overseas, according to a report in The Times of London.
The so-called "Joint Support Group" (JSG), runs agents under the control of the Intelligence Corps, is one of a number of units expected to leave Belfast as part of the "normalisation process" under which the British government plans to cut troop levels in occupied northern Ireland by more than half to about 5,000.
The JSG is the successor of the Force Research Unit (FRU), which acquired notoriety in the 1980s amid allegations that the unit of about 40 intelligence officers colluded with Special Branch officers of the Royal Ulster Constabulary and the loyalist terrorist Ulster Defence Association (UDA) in the murder of several Irish Republicans.
The Times reported that Brian Nelson, who was the UDA’s chief intelligence officer when he was recruited to become one of the FRU’s top agents, was jailed for ten years in 1992 after admitting five counts of conspiracy to murder. He died of a brain haemorrhage in April 2003.
The FRU and its former leader, Brigadier Gordon Kerr, who became British military attaché in Beijing, are the subject of continuing inquiries by Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington, who retired as Metropolitan Police Commissioner in January, The Times reported.
The Times said that during April Geoff Hoon, the British Defence Secretary, announced the establishment of a new regiment, the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR), to provide covert surveillance expertise for operations by the SAS and the Special Boat Service.
Although he did not specify which experts he had in mind, the new regiment is largely based around the surveillance specialists of the 14th Intelligence Company, also known as "the Det" (Detachment), which has operated in northern Ireland for many years.
Resistance bombards Ukrainian aggressor base, killing four Ukrainian invaders.
Iraqi Resistance forces attacked the Ukrainian base in the middle of as-Suwayrah, south of Baghdad, at about 10am local time Monday morning with four mortar rounds. The shells blasted the headquarters of the Ukrainian forces, killing four Ukrainian aggressor troops and wounding a fifth.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in as-Suwayrah reported a source in the puppet police as saying that the bombardment sent a plume of thick white smoke billowing into the sky over the facility that covers five square kilometers. Before the US invasion, it was a base of the Iraqi Republican Guard.
US forces showed up after the attack carrying out Apache helicopter overflights above the city in an attempt to spot any concentration of Resistance forces, but they failed to do so.
Four US troops killed in early-morning Resistance bombing near Ba'qubah.
A high-explosive Iraqi Resistance bomb went off near an electric power station on the Khaniqiyin - Ba'qubah Road in the Khaniqiyin area as a column of three US Humvees and an Abrams tank was passing by at 6am Monday morning. A sources in the Iraqi puppet police told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast killed four US troops and mortally wounded a fifth.
The Iraqi Resistance organization the Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah Prophet’s Practice issued a communiqué in which they took credit for the attack.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance ambush leaves six US troops dead in at-Tarimiyah Monday afternoon.
Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed a US patrol in at-Tarimiyah, north of Baghdad at 5pm local time. A source in the Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah Prophet’s Practice in Iraq told Mafkarat al-Islam that they totally surprised the Americans, enabling them to strike two Humvees quickly, killing six US troops and wounding three more before the Americans even had a chance to return fire.
The source said that the Resistance fighters withdrew from the scene of the attack having suffered no casualties.
After the attack, US forces encircled the area and carried out intensive house-to-house raids and searches but turned up nothing.
Resistance car bomb forces US to shut down checkpoint.
An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded at a US checkpoint west of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, killing or wounding a number of US troops. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that a Kia sedan blew up by a US checkpoint, killing or wounding an unknown number of US troops, according to Iraqi puppet police sources. The attack also destroyed two Humvees that were parked at the checkpoint.
The US occupation forces then encircled the entire area and evacuated the bodies of their dead and wounded from the area. They also withdrew the rest of their troops, closing down the check point whose task was to check traffic to stop Resistance fighters from moving about in an effort to keep them restricted to as small an area as possible.
Resistance mortar shells blast puppet army ammunition depot apart Monday afternoon.
In a dispatch posted at 4:30pm Mecca time Monday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces had fired four mortar rounds into an Iraqi puppet force ammunition depot in Tall 'Afar. An official source in the puppet army told Mafkarat al-Islam that for mortar shells struck the depot belonging to the puppet "shock troops" in their camp in the city, killing three of them and destroying the depot completely.
The correspondent wrote that at the time of writing explosions were still going off within the stooge facility, half an hour after the attack. The entire area was enveloped in dense clouds of smoke.
After weeks of denial, US now admits 53 "dangerous" Iraqi Resistance fighters got out of Camp Bucca in Great Escape through tunnels in March.
In a press conference in Baghdad on Monday attended by a correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam a US military officer officially admitted for the first time that 53 Iraqi prisoners escaped from Camp Bucca in southern Iraq through a tunnel they dug out of the camp in March. Earlier, US and British occupation sources had officially denied that any prisoners escaped.
The American officer further admitted that among those who escaped were commanders in the Iraqi Resistance. The American spokesman claimed that the occupation authorities were able to re-arrest one-third of the escapees in the Abu al-Khasib area of al-Basrah and the areas of Jarf as-Sakhr and ar-Ramadi in southern and western Iraq.
The American officer reported that among the escapees was Abu Dahham, a commander in the First Army of Muhammad Resistance organization, who escaped from the prison together with a number of his comrades. The US officer warned that Abu Dahham was "one of the most dangerous" Iraqi Resistance fighters, calling him the "mastermind" behind the First Army of Muhammad in Iraq.
For earlier stories, see "Great escape reported from US Prison Camp Bucca," in Iraqi Resistance Report, Saturday, 26 March 2005, and "American officer admits 'some’ prisoners escaped through tunnel out of Camp Bucca," in Iraqi Resistance Report, Tuesday, 29 March 2005.
Nine British troops killed in Resistance attack in al-Basrah Monday morning.
Iraqi Resistance forces armed with shoulder launched rockets and pipe rockets as well as medium machine guns attacked a patrol of four British armored and armor plated vehicles in the market area the ar-Rifa'i district west of al-Basrah at 7am Monday morning. Witnesses told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam that the attack destroyed two British vehicles, one of them armored, and left nine British soldiers dead and another three wounded.
A source in the puppet so-called "al-Basrah shock troop brigade" confirmed those casualty figures to Mafkarat al-Islam, saying that at least nine British troops were killed in the attack. He also said that the Resistance attackers left the scene afterwards.
A British occupation spokesman admitted that the attack took place but provided no information regarding casualties or details.
Resistance bombs kill officer, two men in Iraqi puppet police near al-Basrah Monday.
Two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded by a patrol of several Iraqi puppet police cars and cars belonging to the puppet police intelligence service that was passing along the road to az-Zubayr in the area of al-Basrah at about 10am Monday morning local time. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that one officer and two puppet policemen were killed in the attack.
The Brigades of al-Hasan al-Basri announced their responsibility for the attack in a communiqué, a copy of which was obtained by Mafkarat al-Islam.
Resistance bomb kills two Iraqi puppet police Monday morning.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a patrol of Iraqi puppet police in the city of al-Basrah at 10am local time Monday morning. The blast occurred at the al-Qiblah crossing on the al-Basrah – az-Zubayr road and left two puppet policement dead and nine more wounded. Six of the injured puppet police were taken to al-Basrah General Hospital, three other wounded men were taken to al-Basrah Teaching Hospital for treatment, due to the severity of their injuries.