US Backs Out Of
Parts Of Fallujah

By Muhammad Abu Nasr, Free Arab Voice
Edited by JUS
At sunset, the US pulled back from edges of Shuhada' and al-Jubayl neighborhoods in Fallujah after the fiercest fighting yet.
Mafkarat al-Islam is reporting that after extremely hard and bloody fighting, US forces had withdrawn from the ash-Shuhada' and al- Jubayl neighborhoods in Fallujah, which they had intensively assaulted since early morning. Fighting raged there from 8am until around sunset at 5pm, and before that, the Americans had overrun Mujahideen positions in an-Nazal neighborhood, from which the Mujahideen withdrew.
The correspondent reported that before they pulled back at sunset, US troops used loudspeakers from a distance of 500 meters to call on the Mujahideen to surrender themselves to the occupation, after claiming that Mujahideen commanders 'Abdallah al-Jannabi and 'Umar Hadid had "fled from the battlefield, leaving their fighters to face death," as they put it.
Mujahideen responded to the US verbal assault with a barrage of forty 82mm and 120mm mortar rounds. After that the Americans pulled back towards the an-Nazal neighborhood.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam spoke to the commander of a Mujahideen organization, Shaykh Abu 'Abdallah Amir who confirmed that the commander 'Abdallah al-Jannabi was alive and that the commander 'Umar Hadid was with him, and both of them are leading their fighters at this time.
Shaykh Abu 'Abdallah added that the Mujahideen were burying the martyrs in the courtyards of houses and car parks, noting that the losses inflicted on the Americans had been extremely heavy, compared with those suffered by the Mujahideen, despite the disparity in the number of fighters and amount of equipment on both sides.
Shaykh Abu 'Abdallah said that more than 450 US troops had been killed and 200 more wounded according to Mujahideen military estimates. More than 140 US tanks and armored vehicles have been destroyed, in addition 53 Humvees were set ablaze, five US helicopters had been shot down, including three Apaches and one fighter airplane, as well as six unmanned spyplanes.
"We also succeeded in capturing 18 US troops, three of them wounded," said Shaykh Abu 'Abdallah. This followed 26 who were reportedly captured early in the day in the an-Nazal neighborhood who were later killed when the Mujahideen were forced to evacuate that area, since it would have been extremely difficult to transport them out of there.
Shaykh Abu 'Abdallah said that as to Mujahideen losses, "in the an-Nazal neighborhood that the occupation troops dropped gases on and fired internationally banned weapons into, we lost 145 fighters, including 33 fraternal Arab volunteers. We also lost quantities of light and heavy weapons in the battles when US aircraft bombed and rocketed the area. But then we seized twice that amount afterwards, thanks be to God."
As to the prisoners, Shaykh Abu 'Abdallah said, "we will once again try to exchange them for our prisoners. If the occupation forces refuse, then we will kill them, for we will have no choice."
Shaykh Abu 'Abdallah said that this night will be full of surprises for the American forces inside the an-Nazal neighborhood. The Mujahideen have prepared themselves for an expected battle tonight, after having bid farewell to their martyrs.
Mujahideen Blow Up Booby-Trapped Houses In An-Nazal Neighborhood
In a dispatch posted at 3:20pm Thursday afternoon, a correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in Fallujah reported that four booby-trapped houses in the city had exploded a little while earlier with US occupation troops inside. The bombings occurred in the an-Nazal neighborhood, from which Mujahideen withdrew at 8am Thursday morning.
A source in the Iraqi Mujahideen told Mafkarat al-Islam that 45 US troops were killed in the blasted houses, which had been prepared for the Americans in various parts of the neighborhood (near the large water storage facility, near the ash-Shuhada' school, in front of the al-Qadisiyah Block Works).
After the blasts, US troops stopped raiding houses in the neighborhood that they had taken over. The Americans remained instead outside in the streets and lanes.
Meanwhile, Mafkarat al-Islam reports that the Jami' al-Anbiya' Mosque is the only large mosque in the ash-Shuhada' neighborhood from which the call Allahu akbar! [God is greatest!] can still be heard. Even there it is being called out in a lowered voice lest US aircraft target it. The volume on the loudspeaker has been set so that the fighters alone can hear it, raising their morale and spirits as they fight, encouraging them not to turn back.
At the moment of the report, the correspondent wrote that the mosque was broadcasting Allahu akbar! and praised God and calling on Him to defeat the enemy and give victory to the Mujahideen.
The Mafkarat al-Islam representative at the time of reporting was stopped on the outskirts of the al-Jubayl neighborhood on the side of the Mujahideen. He described the Mujahideen' situation as being good. They have reorganized their ranks, while the aggressor troops have been continuously trying to storm into the neighborhood for three hours. But until the moment of writing, they said, thick clouds of smoke could be seen rising from the occupation troops' vehicles and aircraft. But the Mujahideen refused to allow the Mafkarat al-Islam representative into Fallujah out of fear for their safety as the battle is extremely fierce. They promised to provide him details of the battle as it continues.
US Forces Burst Into Southern Part Of Fallujah Thursday Morning
In a dispatch posted at 10:45am Mecca time Mafkarat al-Islam reported that extremely massive and fierce fighting was under way in the neighborhoods of ash-Shuhada', and al-Jubayl in Fallujah. US aggressor troops broke into the southern part of the city and seized control of the an-Nazal neighborhood as Mujahideen withdrew from that district into ash-Shuhada' where they were at the time of reporting waging extremely grueling combat with the American attackers on the edge of the ash-Shuhada' and al-Jubayl neighborhoods. US troops are backed by F-18 and F-16 fighter bombers and are using heavy artillery, tanks, armored vehicles, and laser-guided missiles.
Shaykh Abu Nur, a Mujahideen leader, told the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam there that "the battle broke out when the US army attacked the an-Nazal neighborhood at 3am this [Thursday] morning. Grueling battles along all possible approaches, with the Mujahideen inflicting great losses on the enemy. The battles continued until 8am, after which they [the Resistance] pulled back based on orders from the military command after the attackers threw internationally prohibited gases on the Mujahideen, including mustard gas, nerve gasses, and burning gasses in addition to the use of cluster bombs. Most likely on al-Kubaysat street they used a "nuclear tinged" weapon after they had been unable earlier to break in."
Shaykh Abu Nur said that Mujahideen observers reported that the Americans pushed more than 4,000 soldiers and 700 tanks and armored vehicles forward. "We have been able to destroy 80 vehicles and killed dozens of soldiers and took 26 American prisoner. The Mujahideen killed them after we resolved to withdraw from the neighborhood, since transporting them would have been extremely difficult. Among them were seven high-ranking officers. The occupation forces now control an-Nazal but this is not the end."
Shaykh Abu Nur went on, "We have lost 132 fighters who were all martyred in the fighting by aircraft attacks. Four of the Mujahideen commanders were among the dead. But we harvested as much as we wanted of them [the enemy troops] and their losses were very heavy." He added, "We shot down a fighter plane with a SAM9. We also downed three Apache helicopters and five unmanned spy planes."
"Right now we are fighting on the edges of the ash-Shuhada' and al-Jubayl neighborhoods. I don't know whether they or we will win, because their attack is as close as it can come to a suicidal assault. They haven't taken losses such as they've taken today on any previous day without giving up and withdrawing. The battle today is radically different though. Our one concern is to preserve the fighters in all ways, and to kill or capture as many of them [the enemy] as we want."
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam asked Abu Nur whether he thought the Americans could break into the areas now held by the Mujahideen. Abu Nur replied, "if they get in there, you won't hear my voice any more, because I will have departed this world, and I hope to hear your voice in Paradise, God willing."
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam and eyewitnesses report that Fallujah now is a flaming ball of fire and smoke, where one can't see anything.
Abu Nur concluded his interview with an intense call on Muslims: "We ask you not to forget us in your prayers. We ask you not to forget us in your prayers. Today is your day, so don't be stingy with us. We have no people except you, and our brothers with us. God! God! God be with us!
US Admits One Marine Killed In Al-Anbar Province
The US military, concealing the true extent as well as the circumstances and nature of their casualties, admitted on Thursday that one American Marine was killed somewhere in al-Anbar Province - the province in which both ar-Ramadi and Fallujah are located. As usual, the Americans offered no further details on the time, place, or circumstances of the reported death.



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