Thursday, 15 December 2005.
High-explosive bomb reportedly kills four US soldiers in ar-Ramadi Thursday evening.
In a dispatch posted at 6:10pm Mecca time Thursday evening,
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that just a half hour earlier a
high-explosive Iraqi Resistance bomb had exploded by a US patrol in
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the blast
killed four US soldiers. A source in the Iraqi Resistance group the
Islamic Army told the correspondent that the explosion was the result
of a powerful bomb that had been planted with extreme care by the side
of the road. He said that the blast killed four US soldiers.
Powerful blast shakes ar-Ramadi.
In a dispatch posted at 9:10am Mecca time Thursday morning,
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a powerful explosion had shaken the
city a short while earlier.
The ar-Ramadi correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the source of the blast was not known.
Resistance regards "elections" under occupation as illegitimate, but media focus on US-backed process Thursday.
Under the control of the US occupation regime and in accordance
with an American-imposed time-table, Thursday was an "election day" in
occupied Iraq. With offices and institutions ordered closed by the
puppet regime, Iraqis were urged to cast ballots in an "election" for a
"parliament" concocted on the basis of a "constitution" drafted by an
American Zionist law professor and imposed by force of US arms.
Iraqi Resistance organizations made clear that they consider any
elections held under the guns of the occupation to be un-free, illegal,
and illegitimate. In previous elections nearly all the Sunni population
and many of the Shi'ah, and Kurdish citizens as well stayed away from
the polls. The American-sponsored balloting went ahead anyway,
regardless of considerations of international law or local opinion, and
US President Bush hailed such coercion by an occupying army as a
"triumph of democracy."
With Shi'i sectarian militias, often in their puppet police
uniforms, rounding up Sunnis and torturing and killing them in frequent
sweeps around the country – a practice that has greatly increased since
the Shi'i sectarian government of Ibrahim al-Ja'fari took over after
the last, January, round of "elections" – many Iraqi Sunnis on Thursday
voted in the US-run polls simply in the hopes of reducing the
occurrence of such horrors. Ultimate power in the country has been and
will remain in the hands of the US occupation forces, however, so
nothing of importance can be expected to change without American
say-so. The elections, in addition to being an illegal imposition by an
occupying power under international law, are also unlikely to effect
any significant change in the lives of Iraqis.
Nevertheless, with the "spread of democracy" one of the key
American justifications for its invasion of Iraq (the fabled "weapons
of mass destruction" never having materialized), the "elections" on
Thursday once again captured most of the attention of the media in the
country. Resistance operations themselves, or at least coverage of
them, was therefore greatly diminished.
Resistance bombards "Green Zone" Thursday morning.
In a dispatch posted at 9:15am Mecca time Thursday morning,
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that four explosions rocked the area around
the Republican Palace in downtown Baghdad – the area called the "Green
Zone" by the US forces, where the US occupation and the puppet Iraqi
regime have their heavily guarded headquarters.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a security source
in the area as claiming that the four blasts, which were the result of
mortar shells or rockets blasting into the area, inflicted no
US military admit one Marine killed in ar-Ramadi Wednesday, one US soldier wounded in "Green Zone" Thursday morning.
In a statement issued Thursday and monitored by al-Jazeera
satellite TV, the US occupation forces admitted that one American in
the ar-Ramadi area on Wednesday. The American statement said that
another American soldier had been wounded when a mortar shell landed
near the US embassy in the area of the Republican Palace – dubbed the
"Green Zone" by the Americans – on Thursday morning.
Resistance bomb blasts Iraqi puppet army patrol.
In a dispatch posted at 9:20am Mecca time Thursday morning,
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb had exploded
by an Iraqi puppet army patrol in the southern Iraqi city of as-Samawah
on Thursday morning in the first hour after polls opened in the
American-run "election" being staged in occupied Iraq.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as
saying that the bomb killed five Iraqi puppet troops and wounded one
Afterward, US and Iraqi puppet forces surrounded the whole area and evacuated the bodies.
Resistance fighter attacks puppet police, guard at polling station in southern Mosul.
An Iraqi Resistance fighter on a bicycle hurled a hand grenade at
an election station in the southern Mosul neighborhood of Sumar,
al-Jazeera satellite TV reported Thursday. The blast killed a guard and
wounded two puppet policemen, one of them an officer.
Resistance bombards election center in eastern Mosul.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired four mortar rounds into the courtyard
of an election station in the az-Zuhur neighborhood of eastern Mosul in
northern Iraq, al-Jazeera satellite TV reported Thursday. No casualties
were reported in the barrage.
Resistance bombards polling stations in Tall 'Afar.
Resistance forces bombarded two polling stations in Tall 'Afar,
west of Mosul in northern Iraq on Thursday. Al-Jazeera satellite TV
reported that a civilian was killed in one of the barrages.