Mujahideen Claim Major US
Losses In 8 Weeks In Fallujah

Press Release
From Consultative Council of Mujahideen of al-Fallujah
The Consultative Council of Mujahideen of al-Fallujah issued a communiqué concerning the nature and results of the fighting that took place between the occupation and the Resistance in the city between 6 November 2004 and 2 January 2005. The communiqué, a copy of which was obtained by Mafkarat al-Islam, gave reasons for the withdrawal of Resistance forces from the northern neighborhoods of the city and from the al-Askari neighborhood in the city's eastern section. It also gave a count of US and British losses as well as those suffered by the Resistance.
The withdrawal of Iraqi Resistance forces from parts of the city, the communiqué stated, was part of a governing military plan that aimed at drawing occupation troops into narrow alleys and streets in the city, where tanks and armored vehicles could be surrounded. The aim was to avert heavy US aerial bombing of al-Fallujah. Such bombing had made it impossible for Resistance fighters to remain on open ground on the edges of the city. On the other hand, it was also easier to attack US tanks and armored vehicles when they were inside the city, where it was also possible for Iraqi sharp shooters to pick off US troops.
The communiqué said that no Resistance fighter had retreated or run from battle. Rather, the Resistance had adopted a kind of hit and run tactic wherein the "run was designed to draw US troops after the fighters, where they could be "hit yet again, this time with deadly effect.
The communiqué gave a final count of occupation forces, losses up to 2 January 2005 as follows:
1. More than 6,500 US troops killed and 700 more wounded.
2. More than 425 British troops killed and about 325 wounded.
3. A large number of Americans and Britons captured, some of whom were killed during escape attempts.
4. More than 1,350 tanks and armored vehicles destroyed.
5. About 800 Humvees and personnel carriers destroyed.
6. 41 aircraft, including three fighter planes, shot down.
7. 200 US light and medium weapons seized, as well as hundreds of scopes, bayonets, compasses, bullet-proof vests, and classified maps of occupation positions in al-Anbar Province.
As to Resistance losses, the communiqué stated that 721 Resistance fighters had been killed, including fraternal Arab fighters from Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Qatar, Kuwait, Algeria, and the Sudan. In addition, 215 others had been wounded, but most of them were now in good health and were once again under arms.
The communiqué criticized and condemned al-Jazeera satellite TV which it called 'Silent TV,' and the al-Arabiyah satellite TV station which it said preferred to cover the fighting from the side of the enemy rather than from the side of the Resistance. The same goes for all the other stations, the communiqué said. Not only that, but those stations broadcast images of the suffering of the people of al-Fallujah, the tears of its children in the refugee camps, the laments of its women over the loss of their children, but filed to show any scenes of the heroism of al-Fallujah's Resistance fighters such as would arouse a sense of pride in their children. Those stations, in fact became mouthpieces broadcasting what America wanted and desired. The only exception were certain internet websites, the communiqué said, that covered the heroism and triumphs of the Resistance.
The communiqué promised that the information offices of the Resistance organizations would be distributing pictures and films showing the Resistance fighting against the occupation forces. It also promised that there would be more Resistance operations on every inch of the Iraqi territory in coming days.



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