Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 28 November 2006. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Tuesday, 28 November 2006.
· US troops kill five people in civilian car in ar-Ramadi Tuesday morning.
· US soldier reported killed in Resistance bombing in eastern al-Fallujah Tuesday morning.
· US troops kill five Iraqi civilians as they go about their workday in al-Fallujah and ar-Ramadi on Monday.
· Resistance announces “helicopter massacre” – the downing of two Black Hawk and one Apache helicopter near al-Fallujah on Monday night.
· Al-Hadithah populace suffer mounting deaths from starvation, lack of medicine on eighth straight day of American-imposed lock-down.
· Resistance bombs target US military, foreign security company cars in al-Hadithah Monday.
· US soldier reported killed by Iraqi Resistance sharpshooter in Baghdad’s al-‘Amiriyah district Tuesday afternoon.
· Location revealed of another house used by Shi‘i sectarian gunmen for torture, murder in Baghdad’s al-Bayya‘ district.
· Muqtada as-Sadr works to pull Nuri al-Maliki regime away from Washington and towards Tehran.
· Abu Dar‘, commander of all pro-Iranian Jaysh al-Mahdi forces in Iraq, reported killed by Iraqi Resistance south of Balad.
US troops kill five people in civilian car in ar-Ramadi Tuesday morning.
In a dispatch posted at 12:33pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US occupation troops shot and killed five Iraqi civilian residents of ar-Ramadi on Tuesday morning.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that US troops opened fire on a civilian car that in which five people were riding through the ar-Ramadi Market area, killing all of them.
The witnesses said that among the victims were a woman and a small boy. The reason for the attack was unknown. The bodies of the five were taken to ar-Ramadi General Hospital.
American forces shoot people in cars relatively frequently, either claiming that they were suspected of being members of the Iraqi Resistance movement or on the grounds that the driver failed to stop at a checkpoint. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam noted that literally thousands of Iraqis have been killed in such incidents since the American invasion in the spring of 2003.
US conducts census in ar-Ramadi, imposing new identity documents in purported attempt to root out Arab volunteer Resistance fighters.
In a dispatch posted at 6:43pm Makkah time Tuesday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the US occupation authorities were taking a census of the population in ar-Ramadi in order to impose new identity documents on the population there. The aim, sources say, is to root out Resistance fighters from other Arab countries.
The ar-Ramadi correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US troops and Iraqi puppet forces have been carrying out a general census of the population of ar-Ramadi, 110km west of Baghdad, and have been producing news identity documents for the residents that affirm that they are native to the city and not individuals from other Arab regions.
A source in the Iraqi puppet army told Mafkarat al-Islam that after finishing with ar-Ramadi, the Americans intended to extend the census and registration process throughout the whole province of al-Anbar.
Resistance blasts US base near ar-Ramadi with Katyusha rockets midday Tuesday.
In a dispatch posted at 12:33pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier, Iraqi Resistance forces had fired four Katyusha rockets into the US al-Warrar base just west of the city of ar-Ramadi, about 110km west of Baghdad.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in al-Warrar as saying that the wail of sirens could be heard coming from inside the American-occupied base as explosions shook the facility and plumes of smoke rose into the sky.
US helicopters could be seen hovering over the base and the surrounding area after the attack.
US troops kill five Iraqi civilians as they go about their work day in al-Fallujah and ar-Ramadi on Monday.
In a dispatch posted at 12:25pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US troops shot and killed five civilians in al-Fallujah and nearby ar-Ramadi on Monday.
The al-Fallujah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the Iraqi puppet police as saying that two civilians were killed by an American sniper who shot them as they stood near their car in the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood near the at-Taqwa Mosque in al-Fallujah.
The source said that the two were farm machinery operators who worked in the area and had taken a break from their work when the American sniper atop a high building in he area shot them for no reason. Both men died on their way to the hospital.
The correspondent also reported a source in the al-Fallujah Electricity Directorate as saying that US troops killed three maintenance technicians who worked for the Directorate when they were trying to repair a malfunction at the main electricity source for the as-Sufiyah district of eastern ar-Ramadi, a facility located between al-Fallujah and ar-Ramadi.
The source said that the three technicians were Muhammad Salih Husayn al-Muhammadi, Muhammad Rajab Hammadi al-Muhammadi, and ‘Abd ar-Rahman Muhammad Isma‘il an-Nu‘aymi.
US soldier reported killed in Resistance bombing in eastern al-Fallujah Tuesday morning.
In a dispatch posted at 11:37am Makkah time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol in al-Fallujah, about 60km west of Baghdad, on Tuesday morning.
The al-Fallujah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that a bomb that had been planted by the side of the road in the an-Nu‘aymiyah area of eastern al-Fallujah went off by a US patrol early on Tuesday morning.
The witnesses said that the explosion disabled a US Humvee, killing one American soldier who was aboard it and wounding three more. Afterwards, the US troops, as usual, sealed off all the roads leading to the scene of the blast, including the international highway that links Baghdad with western Iraq.
Resistance announces “helicopter massacre” – the downing of two Black Hawk and one Apache helicopter near al-Fallujah on Monday night.
In a dispatch posted at 11:06am Makkah time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters carried out what amounts to a “helicopter massacre” on Monday night, shooting down three US aircraft in the area of al-Karmah, 7km east of al-Fallujah. The downing came shortly after Resistance fighters brought down a US F-16 fighter-bomber with a Strela rocket in the same general vicinity at 1:30pm Monday afternoon.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported residents of the Ibrahim ibn ‘Ali district as saying that the Resistance mounted their assault on the American aircraft in retaliation for the massacre committed by US aircraft when they first struck two civilian homes and then attacked the funeral service for the villagers killed in the first raid on Thursday, 23 November.
So on Monday night Resistance fighters shot down two Black Hawk and one Apache helicopter, bringing them all down with Strela (SAM-1) rockets in what was dubbed the “helicopter massacre.” The downing was announced in a communiqué published on the Internet by two Iraqi Resistance organizations – the Army of the Mujahideen and the Mujahideen Shura Council – who also claimed responsibility for bringing down the F-16 on Monday afternoon.
Some news services reported the news of the downing of the helicopters as “unconfirmed” and the US military denied that any had been lost. But the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent found a large number of witnesses who related the details of the shooting down of the three American choppers.
Monday night Resistance assault drives American snipers from perch atop Communications building in al-Fallujah.
In a dispatch posted at 10:55am Makkah time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that on Monday night, Iraqi Resistance fighters assaulted the Communications Department Building in al-Fallujah, about 60km west of Baghdad after US snipers were posted atop it.
The al-Fallujah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the American snipers took up their positions atop the building on Monday morning. The Resistance men, armed with light and medium weapons, mounted their attack on the building at 11pm local time Monday night. The nighttime curfew was in place at the time of the Resistance assault so it has been impossible to ascertain the nature or extent of US casualties. But on Tuesday morning, the American snipers withdrew from the building.
US troops raid villages southwest of al-Fallujah on Monday.
In a dispatch posted at 11:35am Makkah time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US forces carried out raids and searches in the southwestern suburbs of al-Fallujah on Monday.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the puppet police as saying that large numbers of American military vehicles surrounded and raided the villages of az-Zawiyyah and al-Hasiy on Monday morning. The US forces ordered everyone to remain inside their houses as they conducted detailed searches of the homes. No one was arrested, however.
Residents of the two villages hold special papers allowing them to enter al-Fallujah. Their documents differ from the system of badges imposed on all other residents of al-Fallujah. Under that system each home owner has a badge or document that contains all his personal and family information as well as the license number and description of his car.
Resistance bomb blasts US troops in convoy in ar-Rutbah Monday.
In a dispatch posted at 1:41pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US collumn near the city of ar-Rutbah in western Iraq near the border with Jordan on Monday.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a Resistance bomb that had been planted by the side of the road went off by a US supply convoy. Eyewitnesses said that the bomb totally destroyed a Humvee that was riding at the tail end of the convoy, killing or wounding all the US troops who were aboard the vehicle.
Al-Hadithah populace suffer mounting deaths from starvation, lack of medicine on eighth straight day of American-imposed lock-down.
In a dispatch posted at 6:10pm Makkah time Tuesday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the US continued its strangulation blockade on the city of al-Hadithah, 236km northwest of Baghdad for the eighth straight day on Tuesday, as the population, confined to their homes by a round-the-clock curfew begin to succumb to disease and starvation.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported from inside al-Hadithah that the Americans still had all the city’s entrances and exits blocked preventing anyone from entering or leaving. No food, including vegetables, have been allowed into al-Hadithah, even though an increasing number of children, women, and elderly persons are reported to be dying. The atrocity goes largely unreported in the press because the US is also preventing any of the media from getting into the locked-down city.
Just two days after the siege began it was learned that five infants under intensive care in the local hospital had died when the Americans cut off electricity to the city, shutting down their respirators. Three women in labor also perished as a result of not being allowed out of their houses to get to the hospital.
In order to try to facilitate their control over the cities of the Upper Euphrates, the Americans have divided the region into small districts by placing concrete barriers, barbed wire, and clearly-visible checkpoints between al-Hadithah, al-Haqlaniyah, Barwanah, ‘Anah, as-Subhani, and on the road to al-Hawijah, al-Husaybah, and other cities in western Iraq.
The US imposed their lockdown on al-Hadithah, al-Haqlaniyah, and Barwanah on 20 November, using loudspeakers to impose a curfew. The reason for the crackdown has been explained variously by a Resistance car bomb attack that killed US troops and by an Iraqi Resistance sharpshooter attack that reportedly killed a high-ranking American commander.
Resistance bombs target US military, foreign security company cars in al-Hadithah Monday.
In a dispatch posted at 12:01pm Makkah time midday Tuesday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the al-Hadithah area, 236km northwest of Baghdad, on Monday, one targeting an American military patrol, the other striking a vehicle belonging to a mercenary security company working for the American occupation forces.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local eyewitnesses as saying that a Resistance bomb that had been planted by the side of a road in the as-Subhani neighborhood of southern al-Hadithah exploded by a passing US patrol that had just entered the neighborhood. The blast totally destroyed a Humvee in the patrol, setting it ablaze. No information on the nature or extent of US casualties was available because American forces closed off the area immediately after the attack.
Witnesses said that a second bomb went off in the al-‘Askari neighborhood in the western part of al-Hadithah when a column of four-wheel-drive vehicles belonging to the US military and foreign mercenary security companies working with them drove past. The explosion completely destroyed one of the four-wheel-drive vehicles, killing or wounding all the persons aboard it. The witnesses said that the vehicle was carrying US troops and also mercenary security company employees.
Muqtada as-Sadr works to pull Nuri al-Maliki regime away from Washington and towards Tehran.
In a dispatch posted at 7:12am GMT Tuesday, Quds Press reported that the bloc of puppet parliamentarians controlled by pro-Iranian Shi‘i sectarian cleric Muqtada as-Sadr had renewed their threat to suspend their membership in the American-installed puppet “Parliament” and in the puppet “Government” of the US-installed “Prime Minister” Nuri al-Maliki if the latter fails to fulfill “three conditions” recently laid down by as-Sadr. One of those conditions stipulates that the puppet “Prime Minister” al-Maliki must not go through with his planned meeting with US President George W. Bush in Amman, Jordan, on Wednesday.
It is evident that Muqtada as-Sadr is attempting to apply pressure on al-Maliki to draw the American-installed regime closer to Tehran as the American grip on Iraq weakens.
The correspondent for Quds Press reported that the chairman of the Sadr bloc, Nassar ar-Rabi‘i, told a press conference before a session of the “Parliament” that his bloc would suspend their membership in the puppet “Parliament” and “Government” if there are no improvements in public services and security, and if Nuri al-Maliki flies off to meet Bush in Amman.
The Jaysh al-Mahdi militia run by Muqtada as-Sadr is itself the main force responsible of a wave of Shi‘i sectarian rampages throughout Baghdad in the last week, meaning that the “lack of security” was to a large extent due to the Jaysh al-Mahdi’s own actions.
Shi‘i sectarian cleric Muqtada as-Sadr, once seen as opposed to the occupation of Iraq, agreed to cooperate with the American occupation and to take part in January 2005 elections under the US-imposed “constitution” to the puppet “Parliament” created by the American occupation forces. When Nuri al-Maliki became Prime Minister in May of 2006, he included representatives of Muqtada as-Sadr in his cabinet.
The Sadrist bloc accounts for 33 seats in the Iraqi puppet “Parliament” and is in control of several “ministerial” portfolios in the American-imposed regime including the “Ministries” of Health, Transportation, and Tourism.
The US-installed Iraqi puppet “President,” Kurdish separatist leader Jalal Talibani, meanwhile, was on the second day of an official visit to Iran aimed at strengthening the ties between the puppet regime in Baghdad and the Iranian authorities, now that the US is widely viewed as on its way out of Iraq.
Upon his arrival in Tehran, al-Jazeera satellite TV reported, Talibani said that his regime in Iraq was “in need of Iran’s comprehensive help in battling terrorism and returning security and stability to Iraq.” In the vocabulary of the American-installed Iraqi puppet regime, “terrorism” signifies the Iraqi Resistance movement.
On Tuesday Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatallah ‘Ali Khamenei, pressing the point that the puppet regime in Baghdad should switch allegiance from Washtington to Tehran, presented Iran’s peculiar version of events in Iraq. Khamenei told Talibani that the reason for Iraq’s troubles lay in what he claimed was American support for the Iraqi Resistance forces whom Khamenei characterized as “terrorists and Baathists,” claiming that the United States was working with them to imposed its policy on Iraq.
Behind the 67-year-old Iranian cleric’s bizarre claim that Washington supports the Iraqi Resistance, lies the fact that Iranian regime, struggling to expand the scope of its regional hegemony, is seeking to secure control of Iraq by using Shi‘i sectarian leaders and organizations. They hope to step into the shoes of the American occupation authorities whose grip on the country has been weakened by three years of increasingly severe
Resistance attacks. To forestall Iran’s attempt to replace America as colonial power in Iraq, the Iraqi Resistance continues its battle against the US and pro-US groups and facilities, as well as against pro-Iranian Shi‘i sectarian forces.
In reality the pro-US and pro-Iranian groups are largely one in the same, inasmuch as the United States relied heavily on pro-Iranian forces when it invaded Iraq in 2003 and then when it set up its puppet regime, allowing the 30,000-man Iranian-trained Badr Brigades to form the backbone of the US-supported police, security services, and puppet army.
Now that the US appears to be ready to exit Iraq under the relentless blows of the Iraqi Resistance, the Shi‘i sectarian pro-Iranian forces ensconced in power by Washington and lacking any popular support in Iraq, are now increasingly looking to Tehran for protection against the rising tide of the Iraqi Resistance.
US soldier reported killed by Iraqi Resistance sharpshooter in Baghdad’s al-‘Amiriyah district Tuesday afternoon.
In a dispatch posted at 5:35pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier, an Iraqi Resistance marksman had shot and killed a US soldier in the western Baghdad district of al-‘Amiriyah.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that a US soldier who was atop an armored vehicle on al-‘Amal ash-Sha‘bi Street near the at-Tur‘ah Café.
The witnesses said that the American soldier fell from the top of the vehicle to the ground motionless. US troops responded to the attack by firing indiscriminately but intensively, wounding a civilian and damaging the shops around the area.
Violent fighting between pro-Iranian militia and Sunni residents reported in south Baghdad district Tuesday night.
In a dispatch posted at 10:35pm Makkah time Tuesday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that members of the Sunni al-Jannabiyin tribe attacked the stronghold of the pro-Iranian Shi‘i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi militia in south Baghdad’s al-‘Amil district on Tuesday night. The assault was in revenge for the Jaysh al-Mahdi rampage in their area in which numerous mosques were attacked and 100 people were killed and wounded.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported Shaykh Abu Dahham, a leader in the al-Jannabiyin tribe, as saying by telephone that the tribe had attacked the so-called Husayniyah of al-Imam ar-Rida, a stronghold of the Jaysh al-Mahdi as well as other hideouts of the gunmen, killing or wounding about 100 of them and burning down their houses.
Shaykh Abu Dahham told Mafkarat al-Islam that the tribesmen only attacked adult males in the al-‘Amil quarter never causing harm to any women or children, unlike the Jaysh al-Mahdi sectarians who killed women and children in their rampage.
Earlier, in a dispatch posted at 9:59pm Makkah time Tuesday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at that hour fierce fighting was underway between pro-Iranian Shi‘i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen and Sunnis in the al-‘Amil neighborhood in southern Baghdad. The fighting was described as “grueling.”
Location revealed of another house used by Shi‘i sectarian gunmen for torture, murder in Baghdad’s al-Bayya‘ district.
In a dispatch posted at 7:20pm Makkah time Tuesday night, a correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in Baghdad revealed that Shi‘i sectarian militia were suing a house in the Baghdad to torture and slaughter victims, primarily Iraqi Sunnis.
The correspondent reported that the house was located directly behind the water pump on Lane 25 in the area of Tabuk in the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood of the al-Bayya‘ district of Baghdad. The house belonged to a local Sunni resident who was murdered, after which his wife fled a week ago, leaving the building vacant.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the area as saying that pro-Iranian Shi‘i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi gunmen are occupying the house. They’ve turned the guest room into a jail for Sunnis who are tortured, killed and then dumped on garbage heaps in the city.
The man reportedly in charge of the sectarian torture chamber is known as Abu Baqir, a resident of the same neighborhood. Abu Baqir is said to be responsible for attacking and burning a number of Sunni mosques in the area. American-run puppet “Iraqi Interior Ministry Shock Troops (Maghawir)” are providing “security” for the sectarian slaughter house.
Many such centers for torture and murder have been reported in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities, all run by Shi‘i sectarian elements who seek to split Iraq along sectarian lines, in keeping with plans originally drawn up by Zionist “Israeli” strategists and now promoted by various American think tanks.
Puppet “Government” bars Iraqi journalists from Convention Center in “Green Zone.”
In a dispatch posted at 2:47pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that puppet “Iraqi Security” personnel were forbidding Iraqi journalists from entering the Convention Center inside the top security district around the Iraqi Republican Palace in Baghdad – the area that the Americans have dubbed “the Green Zone.”
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that according to new measures for dealing with the press announced yesterday by Mahmud al-Mashhadani, the “President” of the US-installed puppet “Iraqi Parliament.”
The journalists reported that they entered the “Green Zone” as they have done under the US occupation through a gate guarded by American occupation troops, but then they were stopped from entering the Convention Center, which is under guards detailed by the puppet “Iraqi Government.”
Two mysterious car bombs explode by back door of al-Yarmuk Hospital morgue in western Baghdad, killing four.
In a dispatch posted at 9:55am GMT Tuesday, Quds Press reported that two car bombs had exploded near the al-Yarmuk Hospital in western Baghdad.
The correspondent for Quds Press reported that the first explosives-packed car blew up near the back door to the morgue freezers in the hospital. That blast killed three civilians and injured several more.
The second car bomb went off when an Iraqi puppet police patrol arrived on the scene of the first blast. The second explosion killed one officer in the puppet police and wounded several more.
A Medical source in al-Yarmuk Hospital told Quds Press that the number of those killed in the two bombings was four, and that about 40 more people had been injured. He cautioned that these were preliminary figures, however, and the number of dead was likely to increase still further.
Sources in the puppet security services said that both explosions came from explosives-packed cars that had been parked near the back door of the hospital morgue.
Puppet “Shock Troops” abduct five Sunnis at checkpoint in Baghdad’s as-Sayyidiyah Tuesday morning.
In a dispatch posted at 12:21pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that puppet “Iraqi Interior Ministry Shock Troops (Maghawir),” manning a checkpoint in the southern Baghdad district of as-Sayyidiyah, kidnapped five Sunni employees of the Post and Communications Office in the district of al-Ma’mun. The incident took place at 8am local time Tuesday morning.
The Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that the puppet “Shock Troops” bound and blindfolded the five men and then put them in a pickup belonging to their department and drove them away to an unknown destination.
The puppet “Shock Troops,” like all the security forces of the American-installed regime, are largely made up of members of the Shi‘i sectarian Badr Brigades and Jaysh al-Mahdi militia. They are well known for having kidnapped, tortured, and killed hundreds of Sunni Iraqis as a part of the effort to split Iraq along sectarian lines, in keeping with plans originally drawn up by Zionist “Israeli” strategists and now promoted by various American think tanks.
Resistance bomb blasts puppet “Shock Troops” in Baghdad’s as-Sayyidiyah Sunday, killing four.
In a dispatch posted at 12:10pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a column of vehicles belonging to the puppet “Iraqi Interior Ministry Shock Troops (Maghawir)” in the south Baghdad district of as-Sayyidiyah on Monday.
The Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in as-Sayyidiyah as saying that a bomb that had been planted by the side of the road near the al-Aqsa Mosque blew up by a group of puppet “Shock Troop” cars. The explosion completely destroyed one four-wheel-drive vehicle in the column, killing the four puppet “Shock Troops” inside and wounding others in varying degrees of severity.
Salah ad-Din Province.
Abu Dar‘, commander of all pro-Iranian Jaysh al-Mahdi forces in Iraq, reported killed by Iraqi Resistance south of Balad.
In a bulletin posted at 9:50pm Makkah time Tuesday night, Mafkarat al-Islam said that the death had been reported of the commander of the pro-Iranian Shi‘i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi militia for all Iraqi territory. According to the report, the commander was killed by the Iraqi Resistance.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the commander of all Jaysh al-Mahdi formations in Iraq, a man known as Abu Dar‘, had been killed in the as-Sayyid Muhammad area, some 20km south of Balad.
There were, however, other reports claiming that the man killed was Abu al-Mu’minin, the Jaysh al-Mahdi commander for just the Balad city area, and that he had been killed in a Resistance ambush in Balad, some 80km north of Baghdad.
The correspondent reported that the spread of the news of the death of Abu Dar‘ at about 4:20pm local time Tuesday afternoon had plunged Balad into a state of evident confusion.
Then in a dispatch posted at 10:30pm Makkah time Tuesday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the American-run Joint Coordination Center for Salah ad-Din Province – where US occupation forces coordinate moves and public propaganda with the pro-American Iraqi puppet forces – had confirmed that a high-ranking commander of the pro-Iranian Jaysh al-Mahdi militia had indeed been killed. The center did not, however, reveal the identity of the sectarian commander.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the American-run Center as saying that the body of the commander was still lying in the Balad Government General Hospital. The source confirmed that the Jaysh al-Mahdi commander had been killed in an ambush by the Iraqi Resistance in an ambush.
In a dispatch posted at 11:40pm Makkah time Tuesday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US troops at that hour had completely encircled Balad General Hospital and were storming inside.
The Balad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Americans were preventing anyone from entering or leaving the facility because of the presence of Jaysh al-Mahdi gunmen inside.
Resistance pounds US base in Balad with mortars Monday evening.
In a dispatch posted at 12:52pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 82mm mortar rounds into the US headquarters in the city of Balad, about 80km north of Baghdad on Monday evening.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that the US base took direct hits from the mortar shells, sending clouds of smoke billowing into the sky immediately after the sound of the explosions resounded.
Puppet “Governor” of at-Ta’mim Province survives assassination attempt.
In a dispatch posted at 12:45pm Makkah time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance fida’i fighter wearing an explosive belt blew himself up near the motorcade of the puppet “Governor” of Kirkuk’s at-Ta’mim Province in area of the bridge in front of Kirkuk General Hospital on Tuesday morning.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the Iraqi puppet police as saying that that the explosion killed a civilian and wounded a group of people, including the puppet “Governor’s” bodyguards. The puppet “Governor” himself, however, survived the attack.