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Iraqi Resistance Report 567
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 1 July 2006. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice. http://www.freearabvoice.org
Saturday, 1 July 2006.
· Four US troops reported killed when Resistance bomb explodes in Barwanah near al-Hadithah.
· Sunni religious authority condemns mysterious bombing in Shi‘i market in Madinat in Baghdad, denounces attempts to stir up sectarianism.
· Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq rejects “National Reconciliation” initiative of puppet Prime Minister al-Maliki as “public relations” stunt, rejected by all the known Resistance organizations in Iraq.
· Resistance organization claims killing of American general.
· Resistance bomb reportedly kills US soldier in Balad.
· Mafkarat al-Islam: eyewitness account of savage US rape, murder of Iraqi family in al-Mahmudiyah in March.
· Resistance bomb reportedly kills three US troops in al-Latifiyah Friday evening.
Resistance bomb explodes under American supply convoy near Rawah.
In a dispatch posted at 2:07pm Makkah time Saturday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military convoy west of Rawah, about 80km from the Syrian border in northwestern Iraq.
The Rawah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the blast tore through a convoy loaded with provisions for US bases. The explosion set one truck on fire, killing its driver who worked for the American occupation troops.
Four US troops reported killed when Resistance bomb explodes in Barwanah near al-Hadithah.
In a dispatch posted at 1:56pm Makkah time Saturday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol in Barwanah, northeast of the city of al-Hadithah, about 300km northwest of Baghdad.
The al-Hadithah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in Barwanah as saying that a bomb that had been planted by the side of the road to al-Hadithah blew up by a patrol of several American Humvees, totally destroying one Humvee and killing four US troops who were aboard it.
Neighborhood in ar-Ramadi under curfew and siege for four days.
US occupation forces have been encircling and laying siege to the al-Mu‘allimin neighborhood of ar-Ramadi, about 110km west of Baghdad for four days, Quds Press reported from the city on Saturday.
Quds Press reported local residents of the neighborhood as saying that in addition to surrounding their area, the Americans had posted snipers atop roofs and stationed military vehicles of various types in the side streets and lanes of the area.
Prevented on pain of being shot from leaving their homes, the residents of al-Mu‘allimin report that they suffering a serious shortage of food and of water for drinking and general use. Electricity has been entirely cut off. The curfew also means that residents are not able to bury their dead. There are dead bodies in the streets and no one dares to risk death at the hands of the American snipers to go and recover the corpses. Some people have buried their dead in the courtyards of their homes.
Residents of ar-Ramadi told Quds Press that US troops started shooting at firemen in emergency vehicles that were rushing to extinguish a blaze in one of the buildings in the area. Two fire trucks were set ablaze in that attack.
Resistance bomb rips through puppet army column in Abu Ghurayb.
In a dispatch posted at 1:52pm Makkah time Saturday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by an Iraqi puppet army column in the Khan Darri area of western Abu Ghuayb, about 30km west of Baghdad.
The Abu Ghurayb correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in Khan Darri as saying that the bomb went off by an Iraqi puppet army column on the road to al-‘Amiriyah in western Baghdad. The blast destroyed a Hino vehicle belonging to the puppet army and killed two Iraqi puppet army soldiers and severely wounded four more of them.
Resistance fighters assault puppet checkpoint in western Baghdad.
In a dispatch posted at 1:59pm Makkah time Saturday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters assaulted a checkpoint manned by puppet “Order Protection” forces on the highway in western Baghdad.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eye witnesses in the al-‘Adl district as saying that Resistance fighters equipped with light arms attacked the checkpoint killing one puppet soldier and wounding two more of them.
Resistance bomb blasts puppet police patrol in Baghdad al-Jadidah.
In a dispatch posted at 11:45am Makkah time Saturday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by an Iraqi puppet police patrol in the Baghdad al-Jadidah area in the southeast of the occupied Iraqi capital.
The Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local eyewitnesses as saying that the bomb, which was planted on the main street opposite the as-Suwar Mosque, blew up as a puppet police patrol was driving past. The explosion completely destroyed a patrol vehicle, killing three puppet policemen and wounding two more of them.
Sunni religious authority condemns mysterious bombing in Shi‘i market in Madinat in Baghdad, denounces attempts to stir up sectarianism.
In a dispatch posted at 11:33am Makkah time Saturday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a mysterious car bomb exploded in a popular market in the predominantly Shi‘i Madinat ath-Thawrah area of eastern Baghdad on Saturday morning.
The Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses who live in Madinat ath-Thawrah (which has been dubbed “Madinat as-Sadr” by many of the local Shi‘ah) as saying that the explosives-laden car was parked by the side of the main road in the popular market when it exploded, killing 60 civilians and wounding 114 more of them.
The Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq, the highest Sunni Muslim religious authority in occupied Iraq, issued a statement on Saturday condemning the mysterious bombing and holding the US occupation and its puppet regime responsible.
The Association statement denounced the “sinful hands” that took the “innocent lives of those who had committed no crime and inflicted no wrong in accordance with a sinister plan aimed at destroying the unity of the Iraqi people and sowing sectarian and ethnic strife among the components of the one Iraqi people.”
The Association of Muslim Scholars “sharply condemned” the “frightful crime that took the lives of innocent members of our people,” and said that it “holds the occupation forces and the current ‘government’ responsible for the crimes against Iraqi human beings, since they are the ones with responsibility for security.” The Association called on Iraqis “to maintain self control and not allow themselves to be drawn into sectarian strife.”
Resistance fighters ambush Badr Brigade gunmen in ad-Durah.
In a dispatch posted at 10:35am Makkah time Saturday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a civilian car carrying pro-American Shi‘i sectarian Badr Brigade gunmen in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah.
The Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in ad-Durah as saying that Resistance fighters equipped with light arms attacked the car carrying four Badr Brigade militiamen on the road to Abu Dashir in the south of ad-Durah. Two of the Badr Brigade gunmen were killed and two more severely wounded.
Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq rejects “National Reconciliation” initiative of puppet Prime Minister al-Maliki as “public relations” stunt, rejected by all the known Resistance organizations in Iraq.
In a dispatch posted at 9am Makkah time Saturday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq, the highest Sunni Muslim religious authority in occupied Iraq has announced that it has rejected the “national reconciliation” initiative issued by the US-installed puppet “Prime Minister” Nuri al-Maliki.
Muthanna Harith ad-Darri, one of the leaders of the Association declared: “We reject the initiative and consider it nothing but a public relations campaign designed to brighten the image of the government.” Ad-Darri noted that the main Iraqi Resistance groups had all rejected al-Maliki’s initiative in declarations on their respective websites.
Al-Maliki’s initiative “does not have the minimum needed even to call it an initiative, and the new explanation of it that al-Maliki gave a few days after his initial announcement – in which he said that the call for national reconciliation would not apply to those who had fought the Americans, completely negated the initiative, removing from it any content whatsoever.” Ad-Darri noted that the al-Maliki proposal in particular did not raise the issue of a timetable for a foreign withdrawal from Iraq.
The supposed Resistance organizations that the puppet regime’s media claimed had welcomed and accepted al-Maliki’s initiative were totally unknown to anyone in Iraq, ad-Darri went on.
Ad-Darri said that apparently the al-Maliki proposal was aimed at the political forces that had refused to take part in the political process, such as the Patriotic Iraqi Founding Congress one of whose basic member organizations is the Association of Muslim Scholars in addition to some other political organizations, including the Arab Nationalists. But if the initiative were really aimed at these political forces, ad-Darri asked, why then the talk about a dialogue with the armed groups?
Ad-Darri said that the Mujahideen Sura Council and the Brigades of the 1920 Revolution – the two main Resistance organizations – and also other groups like the Army of the ar-Rashideen, the Islamic Movemetn of Mujahideen of Iraq, the Jihadi Groups of the People of Iraq, and the Army of the Mujahideen all reject the al-Maliki initiative.
The US-installed Iraqi “Prime Minister” claimed on Wednesday, 28 June, that a number of armed Resistance groups had made contact with the regime to say that they wished to lay down arms and join the political process in accordance with al-Maliki’s “national reconciliation” initiative announced on Sunday, 18 June. But, Mafkarat al-Islam noted, one foreign diplomat in Baghdad expressed doubt about whether the armed groups that requested a dialogue with the regime actually represented anything or whether they really were active on the ground.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Resistance mortars pound major US base near Yathrib.
In a dispatch posted at 2:09pm Makkah time Saturday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces fired four heavy 120mm mortar rounds at the US base set up in the al-Bakr Air base near Yathrib, about 70km north of Baghdad.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in Yathrib as saying that all the shells landed inside the al-Bakr base – which the Americans call Camp Anaconda and is one of their biggest bases in occupied Iraq. Plumes of smoke could be seen rising from inside the US occupied facility.
Resistance organization claims killing of American general.
The Iraqi Resistance group known as the Islamic Army announced on Saturday that its fighters had killed an American general in the Yathrib area, near the currently besieged city of ad-Dulu‘iyah. He Islamic army said that the American General had led a number of military attacks that killed Iraqi civilians, Quds Press reported.
In a communiqué published on the Internet, the Islamic Army announced that one of its squadrons had planned and carried out an ambush, planting a bomb in the path of an American patrol in which the American General - whose name was something like “Fitsy” – was returning from a meeting with the puppet municipal council of Yathrib on Sunday, 25 June.
The explosion killed the general and four other American troops who were with him. Three more Americans were wounded in the ambush. Afterwards, US troops closed off the area and helicopter gun ships patrolled the skies over the area for several hours as a Medevac helicopter landed to evacuate the dead and wounded.
The Islamic Army communiqué stated that General “Fitzy” had played a major role in killing and arresting Iraqis, including women and children. He was guilty of the al-Ishaqi Massacre, the communiqué said, in which about 11 Iraqis, including women and children, were murdered.
Resistance bomb reportedly kills US soldier in Balad.
In a dispatch posted at 2:03pm Makkah time Saturday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military column on the main road in the north of Balad, about 85km north of Baghdad.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in Balad as saying that the bomb, which had been planted on the road to ad-Dulu‘iyah, blew up, disabling a Humvee and killing one American soldier. Two more US troops were wounded in the blast, witnesses said.
Mafkarat al-Islam: eyewitness testimony about US rape, murder of Iraqi family in al-Mahmudiyah in March.
In a dispatch posted at 11:55pm Makkah time Saturday night, Mafkarat al-Islam submitted its correspondents’ in-depth report on the rape and murder case in March that the American military have now been compelled to investigate.
Mafkarat al-Islam noted that the number of rapes of Iraqi women committed by US occupation troops is already legion and continues to climb. Many women have been victimized within Abu Ghurayb and the other prisons; while many others have fallen prey to the rapists in American uniform who prowl the large prison that is occupied Iraq.
But there is one case of rape that has come to the surface in recent days, which stands out for a savagery and brutality that goes beyond all bounds.
On an afternoon in March 2006, a force of 10 to 15 American troops raided the home of Qasim Hamzah Rashid al-Janabi, who was born in 1970 and who worked as a guard at a state-owned potato storehouse. Al-Janabi lived with his wife, Fakhriyah Taha Muhsin, and their four children – ‘Abir (born 1991), Hadil (born 1999), Muhammad (1998), and Ahmad (1996).
The Americans took Qasim, his wife, and their daughter Hadil and put them in one room of their house. The boys Ahmad and Muhammad were at school since the time the Americans invaded the home was about 2pm. The Americans shot Qasim, his wife, and their daughter in that room. They pumped four bullets into Qasim’s head and five bullets in to Fakhriyah’s abdomen and lower abdomen. Hadil was shot in the head and shoulder.
After that, the Americans took ‘Abir into the next room and surrounded her in one corner of the house. There they stripped her, and then the 10 Americans took turns raping her. They then struck her on the head with a sharp instrument – according to the forensic medical report – knocking her unconscious – and smothered her with a cushion until she was dead. Then they set fire to her body.
The neighbor of the martyred family told the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam:
“At 2pm a force of Americans raided the home of the martyr Qasim, God rest his soul. They surrounded him and I heard the sound of gunfire. Then the gunfire fell silent. An hour later I saw clouds of smoke rising from the room and then the occupation troops came quickly out of the house. They surrounded the area together with Shi‘i ‘Iraqi National Guard’ forces, and they told us that terrorists from al-Qa‘idah had entered the house and killed them all. They wouldn’t let any of us into the house. But I told one of the ‘National Guard’ soldiers that I was their neighbor and that I wanted to see them so that I could tell al-Hajj Abu al-Qasim the news about his son and his son’s family, so one of the soldiers agreed to let me enter.
“So I went into the house and found in the first room the late Qasim and his wife and Hadil. Their bodies were swimming in blood. Their blood had spewed out of their bodies with such force that it had flowed out from under the door of the room. I turned them over but there was no response; their lives were already gone.”
The neighbor continued his account: “Then I went into ‘Abir’s room. Fire was coming out of her. Her head and her chest were on fire. She had been put in a pitiful position; they had lifted her white gown to her neck and torn her bra. Blood was flowing from between her legs even though she had died a quarter of an hour earlier, and in spite of the intensity of the fire in the room. She had died, may God rest her soul. I knew her from the first instant. I knew she had been raped since she had been turned on her face and the lower part of her body was raised while her hands and feet had been tied. By God, I couldn’t control myself and broke into tears over her, but I quickly extinguished the fire burning from her head and chest. The fire had burned up her breasts, the hair on her head, and the flesh on her face. I covered her privates with a piece of cloth, God rest her soul. And at that moment, I thought to myself that if I go out talking and threatening, that they would arrest me, so I took control of myself and resolved to leave the house calmly so that I could be a witness to tell the story of this tragedy.
“After three hours the [American] occupation troops surrounded the house and told the people of the area that the family had been killed by terrorists because they were Shi‘ah. Nobody in town believed that story because Abu ‘Abir was known as one of the best people of the city, one of the noblest, and no Shi‘i, but a Sunni monotheist. Everyone doubted their story and so after the sunset prayers the occupation troops took the four bodies away to the American base. Then the next day they handed them over to the al-Mahmudiyah government hospital and told the hospital administration that terrorists had killed the family. That morning I went with relatives of the deceased to the hospital. We received the bodies and buried them, may God have mercy on them.”
The neighbor went on: “Then we decided that we must not be silent so we asked the mujahideen to respond as quickly as possible. They responded with 30 attacks on the occupation in two days, bringing down more than 40 American soldiers. But our blood was still not cooled, so we decided to go to al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV to tell them the story since it is a station that broadcasts in Iraq. But al-‘Arabiyah paid no attention to us and said we were liars. They told us that their policy was to rely on official announcements issued by the American army, and that they were not able to get into a story over which they had no power. This was told to us by the al-‘Arabiyah correspondent Ahmad as-Salih. So we went to local newspapers and they slammed the doors in our faces because we are Sunnis and the rape victim was a Sunni girl. But the Resistance fighters told us that God does not allow the blood of any Muslim to be lost, and they told us to patiently persevere and we would see such a punishment for the blood of ‘Abir and her family, for the violation of the honor of our sister, a punishment that would make people’s hair stand on end.
“I personally wasn’t surprised that Umm ‘Abir [‘Abir’s mother] came to me on 9 March 2006 and asked that ‘Abir be allowed to spend the night with my daughters. She was afraid because of the way the occupation troops looked at her when she went out to feed the cows. I agreed to that because there was an occupation forces’ command post just 15 meters from Qasim’s house, God rest his soul. But frankly I thought it unlikely that anything would happen to the girl because she was only something like 16 and she was just a little girl. But I agreed and she spent one night at our place and then went back to her home in the morning. We had no idea that the occupation troops would carry out heir crime in broad daylight.”
The neighbor concluded: “The occupation troops came last Friday – that is, one day before the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent visited the scene of the crime – and asked the people of the area to exhume the body of ‘Abir to conduct tests on it. And they also asked me to provide eyewitness testimony and I will go anywhere to make sure that justice is served.”
Mafkarat al-Islam was the first news agency to disclose the crime committed by US troops on that March day in al-Mahmudiyah.
Resistance shells joint US-Iraqi puppet “National Guard” camp near al-Yusufiyah.
In a dispatch posted at 2:15pm Makkah time Saturday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 82mm mortar rounds at a military camp jointly occupied by US troops and Iraqi puppet “National Guards” on the highway in al-Yusufiyah, about 30km southwest of Baghdad
The al-Yusufiyah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that the shells scored direct hits on the camp, sending plumes of smoke billowing into the sky.
Resistance bomb reportedly kills three US troops in al-Latifiyah Friday evening.
In a dispatch posted at 9:57am Makkah time Saturday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded by two military columns in the al-Latifiyah area, about 30km south of Baghdad on Friday evening.
The al-Latifiyah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local eyewitnesses as saying that one bomb went off by a US column on the main road in the south of the city, completely destroying a Humvee and killing three US soldiers who were abourd it and wounding two more of them.
The second bomb exploded by an Iraqi puppet army column on the main road in the western part of the city, completely destroying a troop transport vehicle and killing four Iraqi puppet troops and wounding four more of them.
Resistance fighters attack check point in Kirkuk.
In a dispatch posted at 9:53am Makkah time Saturday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a checkpoint manned by puppet “Iraqi National Guard” troops on the main road to Tikrit near the ar-Rashad district in western Kirkuk.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in ar-Rashad ad saying that more than 10 Resistance fighters equipped with light and medium arms, assaulted the checkpoint, destroying two patrol vehicles and killing five puppet “National Guards” as well as the officer in charge of the checkpoint. Four other puppet “Guards” were wounded in the attack.
Resistance car bomber blasts into puppet police patrol in al-Mawsil.
In a dispatch posted at 8:03pm Makkah time Saturday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded by an Iraqi puppet police patrol in the al-Wahdah neighborhood of southeastern al-Mawsil (Mosul) in northern Iraq.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in al-Wahdah as saying that an Iraqi Resistance fida’i fighter drove an explosives-laden car into the puppet police patrol on al-‘Ilaf Street, destroying a patrol vehicle and killing two puppet policemen and wounding two more of them.
Resistance bomb blasts puppet “National Guards” in al-Mawsil.
In a dispatch posted at 1:55pm Makkah time Saturday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by an Iraqi puppet “National Guard” patrol on the main road near the al-Wahdah neighborhood southeast of al-Mawsil in northern Iraq.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in al-Wahdah as saying that the blast disabled a puppet “National Guard” vehicle, severely wounding two Iraqi puppet “National Guards.”