Friday, March 25, 2005

US Forces Lay Seige To Al-Hadithah ?

Jihad Unspun - By Muhammad Abu Nasr, The Free Arab Voice; Edited For Publication by JUS

In an initial dispatch posted at 12:12pm Mecca time Wednesday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US forces had completely sealed off the western Iraqi city of al-Hadithah at dawn on Wednesday, preventing citizens from entering or leaving it.

The correspondent reported that the Americans surrounded the city with more than 60 tanks, positioned on the four sides of the city. They also closed roads and the only two bridges in the city.

US aircraft dropped leaflets offering huge monetary rewards to residents who help the American troops arrest what they called ‘terrorists.’ On the other hand, the leaflets threatened city residents that they would be cutting off water, electricity, and sanitation services from the city if the people refuse to cooperate.

The correspondent reported that the Resistance has continued to stay in place and has not ventured out to meet the American military since they are present in such large numbers. The Resistance has resolved to bide its time and see what will transpire.

Fierce Fighting Rages Wednesday Afternoon

In a dispatch posted at 2:32pm Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that violent fighting was under way at that moment between US Marines and Mujahideen on the eastern approaches to the city of al-Hadithah.

Heavily armed fighters had set up 62mm mortars, and were launching shoulder-fired rockets and anti-personnel and anti-tank grenades, and firing heavy and medium-weight weapons at the Americans, the correspondent reported.

At the time of writing, however, and despite the participation of large numbers of Mujahideen, the balance in the battle seemed to be in the Americans’ favor. The Americans had the advantage of very large numbers of tanks and other vehicles and were savagely bombarding the resistance positions.

Nevertheless, in the first minutes of combat, the Mujahideen succeeded in setting one tank and two Humvees ablaze, reportedly killing all aboard, according to Mujahideen sources

Battle Continues As Resistance Knocks Out Second US Tank

In a dispatch posted at 3:25pm Mecca time yesterday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported from al-Hadithah that the Mujahideen had set a second tank ablaze, totally destroying it, in the course of their continued battle with US Marines in the city.

The correspondent in the city reported that a short while before, fighters had fired an armor-piercing rocket at the American tank, totally destroying it and reportedly killing all who were aboard instantly, according to a Mujahideen commander.

The Mujahideen in the city, for its part, issued a statement over loudspeakers calling on all the journalists who had entered the city after hearing of the battle to fear God and to report the truth to all the world’s Muslims. It called on them not to report only the statements issued by the American forces as is their usual habit in such battles.

The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that more than five well-known satellite TV stations were now in al-Hadithah, including the al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV network.