Iraqi Resistance Claims Entire US Column Wiped Out

While what follows may be overstated and exaggerated, we present it in the interests of balance. Because with the notable exception of Robert Fisk’s reports, much of the mainstream media’s coverage of the situation unfolding in Iraq is highly suspect. “Embedded journalists”, whose reporting is necessarily limited, restricted access to battle zones, cultural and language differences not to mention the ever-present threat of kidnapping by the Iraqi resistance all combine to limit journalistic objectivity. Thus the following is presented in an effort to redress that imbalance. Ed.

Iraqi Resistance Report Saturday 19 February, 2005
Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, Saturday, 19 Feb. 2005

A US military column was completely wiped out in fierce fighting with Resistance forces according to the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the town of al-Mundhiriyah, near the Iranian border, east of Ba‘qubah.

The correspondent, who was at the scene of the battle, wrote that a US column made up of eight vehicles came under Iraqi Resistance attack in the Jalabiyah area, known as the at-Tilal or hilly area, at 10pm Friday night. The Resistance fighters holed up in strongholds in the hills unleashed a sweeping attack on the US column, using missiles, pipe rockets, bazookas, and land mines that they had planted in the path of the American forces before their arrival.

Four US tanks, three Humvees, and one armored vehicle were destroyed in the fighting that lasted two hours, the correspondent reported. He said that US dead were in excess of 60 men. An adjutant commander of the Iraqi border guards confirmed that the entire US column was wiped out.

The correspondent wrote that the smell of blood and burning flesh pervaded the smoldering wreckage of the US vehicles and all the other remains of the large column.

US helicopters arrived on the scene 20 minutes after the battle and began revenge attacks on the local people. The US aircraft rocketed four houses, killing 19 Iraqi civilians, including 11 women and children, according to the account of al-Mundhiriyah General Hospital.

The Squadrons of Abu Dajjanah al-Ansari announced its responsibility for the attack that it called “the Battle of ‘Khaybar is Ruined’.”

When the correspondent filed his report posted at 11:10am Saturday morning Mecca time, US forces had imposed curfew on al-Mundhiriyah since the early hours of the morning. The Americans arrested the local puppet police commander, charging him with helping what they referred to as “terrorists” – meaning the Iraqi Resistance. They have also prevented journalists from coming from the Provincial capital Ba‘qubah to al-Mundhiriyah.

Full report here.