8 US soldiers killed in Al-Fallujah, one believed to be important Marine officer
By: Muhammad Abu Nasr on: 26.10.2006 [01:01 ] (2197 reads)
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 25 October 2006
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr
Al-Fallujah, Wednesday, 25 October 2006
US Marine, believed to be important officer, reported killed in Resistance sharpshooter attack south of al-Fallujah.
In a dispatch posted at 1pm Makkah time Wednesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance marksman shot and killed a US Marine, believed to be a high-ranking American officer in the Zawbi‘ area of southern al-Fallujah. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that the Marine was amidst a group of US troops in the as-Sa‘dan area in the middle of Zawbi‘. The Marine officer took a direct hit in the head, killing him instantly.
The witnesses said that following the killing the Americans went crazy. An American helicopter landed in the area 15 minutes after the sharpshooter attack and the Americans began shooting wildly for about half an hour. Dozens of local people were arrested, most of them peasants.
Residents of the area who were able to escape abduction by the American troops said that they believed the Marine who was killed must have been a high-ranking officer because of the way that troops rushed in and the clear high level of concern they showed over the killing and also the fact that they closed off the whole area and arrested dozens of people who happened to be around – a sharper response than the Americans usually exhibit to sharpshooter killings.
Seven Americans reported killed in deadly Resistance attacks in al-Fallujah.
In a dispatch posted at 12:40pm Makkah time Wednesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters carried out two ferocious attacks on US troops in al-Fallujah’s an-Nazal neighborhood and the intersection by the People’s Clinic in the center and southern part of the city.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a lieutenant in the puppet police in al-Fallujah, who asked not to be identified, as saying that the attacks began at about 8pm local time Tuesday night when a Resistance bomb exploded and then fighters fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a Humvee carrying four US troops near al-Karinat Street in the an-Nazal neighborhood. The explosions blew the Americans’ bodies apart.
Meanwhile, a short firefight lasting about five minutes took place after a Resistance bomb exploded by a US Humvee at the intersection by the Popular Clinic. Resistance men armed with medium machine guns then attacked. The Humvee was destroyed and three US soldiers were killed and three more wounded, the puppet police lieutenant said.
On Wednesday, the third day of the Eid al-Fitr celebrations, al-Fallujah was a tense city, its streets empty of cars and pedestrians after word spread that US occupation forces intended to carry out a wave of indiscriminate arrests of local people in the city.