- A car bomb exploded by the al-Jazirah wooden bridge in
the village of al-Jazirah near ar-Ramadi at 3:25pm Monday afternoon. The
correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported local witnesses as saying that
the booby-trapped Volvo car was parked by the side of the road at the bottom
of the bridge. A US column approached on its way to do its usual round
of patrols but spotted the car. Seven American troops left the column and
approached the car, fearful that it might be booby trapped.
- When the US soldiers got close, the car exploded. The
local police told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Americans had not been able
to find all the remains of their dead soldiers because many were blown
to pieces by the force of the blast and charred bits of bodies and small
pieces of limbs were scattered all over the place. Local witnesses confirmed
that fact. The correspondent said he was unable to remain long on the scene
because of the pervasive smell of the dead bodies that resembled that of
- US helicopters carried away the remains and the US column
hastily returned to its base out of fear of being caught out after dark,
something they regard as a nightmarish prospect, the correspondent noted.
- Attack On US Facility In Al-Qa'im
- Resistance forces on Monday mounted two attacks on the
old Customs building in al-Qa'im on the Syrian border - now used as a US
military concentration point.
- Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that an Iraqi Resistance
martyrdom fighter in an explosives-laden Opel accelerated to "crazy"
high speed and blasted into an American column that was entering the customs
building compound at about 4:45pm, Baghdad time. The attack took the Americans
completely by surprise and they were unable even to get off one shot, as
they usually do at any approaching car. As a result, the attacker was able
to detonate his car in the midst of the American column setting off an
explosion heard throughout the whole city. The blast was so powerful that
all the glass in windows in nearby houses and even some fairly far away
- US forces gathered, as usual, to extract the dead and
wounded from the area. Ten minutes later, Resistance fighters fired a Grad
rocket into the same area targeting the large congregation of US forces,
Mafkarat al-Islam reported in a dispatch posted at 5:25pm Mecca time Monday.
- After the Grad attack, Resistance fighters continued
to attack the US forces in the area for several minutes.
- Resistance Shoots Down Unmanned US Spy Plane
- Resistance forces shot down an unmanned US reconnaissance
plane in the al-Bu 'Assaf area, 2km west of Hit at 6:30pm Monday with a
37mm anti-aircraft machine gun.
- In a dispatch posted at 8:50pm Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam
reported that a US helicopter and fighter plane were at that moment searching
for the wreckage of the spy plane, but that the Resistance had seized the
craft as soon as it crashed. Local people flocked in to celebrate the victory
and later set it on fire.
- Bomber Kills US Troops, Allawi Police In Bayji
- A martyrdom fighter drove an Opel car packed with explosives
into the barbed wire and barriers at the entrance to the Allwai police
station in Bayji and detonated himself and the vehicle at about 8am Monday
morning, according to an Allawi police officer who survived the blast and
spoke with Mafkarat al-Islam. The police station was used by American occupation
troops as one of their local headquarters as well, and as a result of the
blast five American soldiers along with 11 puppet policemen were reportedly
killed. In addition, three other US troops were seriously wounded and 15
Allawi policemen injured in the blast.
- Two British Troops Killed In Bomb Attack
- A Resistance roadside bomb hidden under a rubbish pile
exploded in the Qal'at Salih area of the city of al-'Amarah south of Baghdad
at 8am Monday morning local time. The blast damaged a British military
vehicle, killing two British troops and seriously wounding two more.
- Two Collaborating Tribal Chiefs In Al-'Amarah Assassinated
- Mafkarat al-Islam's correspondent in al-'Amarah reports
that many townspeople in the city have obediently gone along with an agreement
concluded between traditional tribal chiefs and the British occupation
forces to cooperate in actions against what they term "Wahhabi terrorists."
As a result, the British, with the help of local dupes launched massive
searches for any "strangers" in the city, rampaging through hotels
and mosques for four hours. The British-led mobs arrested 12 citizens,
all of them Sunnis, some residents in the city, others people who had come
there looking for work.
- The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reports that in
response to this, immediately after the search of the city at about 1pm,
Iraqi Resistance fighters shot to death two Shi'i tribal chiefs who were
collaborating with the British aggressors. The Resistance left a piece
of paper on the car of one of the dead collaborators on which was written
a passage from the Qur'an: "we have not wronged them, rather it was
they who wronged themselves."
- For several days the predominantly Shi'i city of al-'Amarah
has been the scene of an effort to sow religious sectarian discord among
Sunni, Shi'i, and other citizens, thereby strengthening the hand of the
- Recently, masked persons attacked and beat up two Sunni
citizens in the al-Ansar Mosque in the city. On the same day two people
were killed as they left a Shi'i Husayniyah place of worship in al-'Amarah.
Two other people were injured in another Shi'i Husayniyah. On the same
day shots were fired at a gathering of the Sabi'ah (Sabaeans - followers
of an ancient pre-Christian religion) in one of the city's neighborhoods.
- The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reports that
it is believed that there is a group trying to sow discord and conflict
between the city's Shi'i majority and the other religious communities so
that the occupation and forces allied with it can secure their aims at
the expense of the unity of the Iraqi people.
- Two "Election" Centers Bombed, No Casualties
- Resistance bombs exploded minutes apart at two election
centers in the city of al-Basrah on Monday afternoon. The first bomb went
off in the Rawdat al-Yasmin [Jasmine Garden] area of al-Mishraq in al-Basrah,
the second went off five minutes later at an election station in al-Fayha'
School in downtown al-Basrah.
- Witnesses said that the blasts inflicted severe damage
to the two election stations, destroying the outer fences and breaking
all the glass in windows in those buildings and in the ones around the
area however no human casualties were reported. The blasts occurred at
a time when traffic in the areas was diminished, due in part to the increase
in bombings in the city in the last two weeks. Allawi police stations have
been attacked or bombed on almost every night.