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[NYTr] Iraqi Resistance Report #156 for Dec 26-27, 2004

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Free Arab Voice - posted Dec 29, 2004

Iraqi Resistance Report CLVI (Double Report)

Iraqi Resistance Report #156 for events of
Sunday, 26 December 2004, and Monday, 27 December 2004.

Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial
board, the Free Arab Voice. (http://www.freearabvoice.org)

Sunday, 26 December 2004.


Seven hundred civilian bodies recovered from al-Fallujah ruins to date;
504 of them women and children.

Dr. Tamir Salih al-Ani, who is in charge of the morgue in al-Fallujah
General Hospital has reported that emergency teams in al-Fallujah
Hospital have recovered 700 bodies of Iraqis from the ruins of houses
destroyed in the course of the US aggressors offensive on the city.
Dr. Salih confirmed that among the 700 bodies were 504 bodies of women
and children. The rest are the bodies of elderly and middle aged men.

Dr. Salih explained that the bodies were dug out from the ruins on the
streets of al-Fallujah, recovered from rooftops, and dug out of gardens.
Many of the dead perished in barbarous ways, their bodies burned by
American chemical weapons. A number of others had been stabbed. The
body of one woman showed that she had been bayoneted in her thigh,
chest, and head.

Mafkarat al-Islams correspondent reported that these findings were the
result of work done in just six of al-Fallujahs neighborhoods. There
are in all 27 residential neighborhoods in the city. The death toll is
thus constantly rising as there are still large numbers of reports of
buried bodies on which the medical teams have not yet had a chance to
follow up.

Resistance ambushes US column south of al-Fallujah.

Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US column on a dirt road leading to
some date palm groves in the Zawbi area, 30km south of al-Fallujah at
9:30am Sunday. The attack totally destroyed an Abrams tank and a
Humvee. Nine Americans were killed and two more injured.


Heavy fighting in western al-Qaim.

Fierce fighting broke out in al-Qaim on the Syrian border at 8am and
lasted until 11am local time Sunday between the Resistance and US
occupation troops. Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the
fighting raged in the al-Ubaydi neighborhood of the western part of the
city near the western Customs Department offices, and left 19 US
military vehicles ablaze: as well as five tanks, two Humvees and
personnel carriers that were transporting American troops to the US base
west of the city. The Resistance also shot down a Cobra helicopter in
the center of the city as it was on its way to rescue the US column that
was under attack.

Puppet police sources told the witnesses that 49 American troops had
been killed as a result of the fighting, since the troop transport
vehicles were full of men when they were destroyed.

The witnesses said that 34 Resistance fighters were martyred in the
fighting. Some 90 to 120 Resistance fighters took part in the attack.
They swooped down on the American troops, taking advantage of the fact
that the area was free of passersby and civilian cars. The area is
known for its rough, hilly terrain. The Americans had set up towers to
keep watch over their forces as they passed through the area, but today,
Resistance fighters attacked the towers and destroyed three of them.
The puppet police reported that nine American troops were killed in the
Resistance attacks on the observation towers.

Resistance mortar barrage on US base in al-Qaim.

Iraqi Resistance forces pounded the US headquarters in al-Qaim from the
north and south at 1pm Sunday, setting blazes inside the camp that still
burned when the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent submitted his report
posted at 8:25pm Sunday night Mecca time. US aircraft also were still
prowling the skies and attempting to extinguish the fires whose smoke
filled the skies.


Resistance bomb attack in ar-Ridwaniyah.

Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded beside a US column in ar-Ridwaniyah at
6am local time Sunday morning, destroying two Humvees and killing six US
troops aboard them, according to eyewitnesses cited by Mafkarat al-Islam.

Puppet police commander assassinated in Baghdad.

A source in the puppet police announced that Resistance fighters had
liquidated a prominent commander of the puppet police in an armed attack
Sunday southwest of Baghdad.

Colonel Sad Abd ar-Razzaq of the puppet police said that Colonel Yasin
Ibrahim Jawad was on his way to work at 8am Sunday when Resistance
fighters in a white Opal car opened fire on his car in southwest
Baghdads al-Bayya neighborhood. The puppet police colonel Jawad was
killed and two of his bodyguards wounded.

Dr. Nadiyah Khalid, a physician at al-Yarmuk Hospital in Baghdad
reported that one of the wounded men is in extremely grave condition.
She said that the hospital received three bodies with wounds, one of
them dead on arrival, one in grave condition and the third in moderate

Video of resistance attack on high-ranking US officer broadcast on

Al-Jazeera satellite TV broadcast a video tape made by a Resistance
group called the Brigades of Islamic Rage Umar ibn al-Khattab
Squadron, that showed a fighter preparing the bomb, that was apparently
large inside a donkey cart. The video showed two masked fighters
driving the donkey cart on a farm road in the at-Tarimiyah area north of
Baghdad, a road used by US military vehicles. Later it showed the bomb
exploding and destroying a US Humvee in the area. The statement that
accompanied the video said that the target was a high ranking US officer
and that the attack took place at 3:59pm Friday.

Baqubah Diyala Province.

Battle in Bahraz.

Fierce fighting erupted in the Commercial City [al-Madinah at-Tijariyah]
section of Bahraz, 30km north of Ba qubah in Diyala Province on Sunday
morning. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the battles
broke out at 6am local time and left 27 US vehicles on fire.

Resistance forces used pipe rocket launchers and rocket-propelled
grenades, as well as various machine guns. Resistance car bombs also
were employed in an attack on one of the US tanks. The correspondent
reported seeing a US tank on fire throughout the entire nearly four-hour
period of time when the battle raged.

Fighting ended when US aircraft raided the area in which the Resistance
fighters had entrenched themselves. The correspondent reported that the
Resistance withdrew from their strongpoint under the US aerial bombing,
leaving behind 61 US dead and 47 Americans wounded. The Brigades of the
Martyr Ahmad Yasin Resistance organization declared that it lost 24 of
its fighters in the battle, and 14 rocket launchers either destroyed or
seized by the Americans.

The fighting also blasted open the southern approach to the city after
it had been closed by the Americans for seven days.

Resitance ambushes puppet governors motorcade in Baqubah.

Iraqi Resistance forces in Baqubah attacked the motorcade of puppet
governor Abdallah ar-Rashid at 2pm Sunday as it was heading towards the
governorate building. Mafkarat al-Islams correspondent reported that
the attack left four body guards of the puppet official dead. One of
the Resistance attackers was also killed. Some sources in the Iraqi
puppet police said that the governor was wounded in the attack.


Puppet official abducted near Mosul.

Resistance forces abducted the puppet official in charge of the district
of ash-Sharqat in Mosul Province, Muhammad al-Ayni at 8am Sunday as he
was leaving his home to go to work. The correspondent of Mafkarat
al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that the officials body guard
did not fire a shot after the Resistance attackers asked him not to get
involved, threatening to kill him.

Al-Ayni had received several warnings previously, threatening him if he
did not abandon service as a tail to the occupation as their warnings
phrased it. But in response, al-Ayni ordered raids on the homes of
families of Resistance fighters and arrested many of their relatives.

Resistance assassinates translator collaborators who failed to heed
warnings to quit their jobs.

An Iraqi translator collaborator and his wife, also a collaborator
translator, were assassinated in the Sumar neighborhood of Mosul at 9am
Sunday morning. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported tha
the Resistance had previously sent numerous warnings to all the
translators and contractors working with the American occupation,
telling them to leave their jobs and giving them a grace period of seven
days in which to do so. That grace period ended Sunday morning.

Seven collaborator translators several days ago announced that they were
quitting their work with the Americans, but the couple killed on Sunday
failed to quit their jobs and were therefore killed.

Resistance rocket attacks avenge religious leaders murder by US forces.

US forces stormed into the home of the professor of Islamic sciences and
Islamist activist Dr. Mahfuz al-Qazzaz in Mosuls al-Asatidhah
neighborhood and shot him to death in a hail of bullets. A medical
report issued by the Main Hospital of Mosul listed the cause of death as
direct bullet wounds to the head. Mafkarat al-Islams correspondent in
Mosul reported that local people attribute the assassination of Dr.
al-Qazzaz to his insistence that it was obligatory for people to fight
the US occupation, and the fact that he regarded anyone collaborating
with the American invaders as an infidel.

In response to the murder of Dr. al-Qazzaz, Mafkarat al-Islam reported
that Resistance forces carried out a major attack from 1pm to 4pm
Sunday on several occupation positions, firing off fifty-four 120mm
mortar rounds, as well at Grad and Tariq rockets. Explosions could be
heard and flame could be seen inside the US al-Ghazlani camp in northern

Resistance attack on US column in Mosul.

Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US column in the al-Masarif
neighborhood east of Mosul at 3pm Sunday, killing three US troops and
wounding one more who was burned by gasoline by passers by who chanted:
You burned our library; we will burn your hearts!] a reference to
the US burning of the Islamic Teaching Library in al-Fallujah. The
remainder of the column fled before the Resistance attack, leaving their
beleaguered colleagues to fend for themselves in the street.

Resistance group plays video of Mosul martyrdom attack.

The Resistance organization Jaysh Ansar as-Sunnah (The Army of the
Partisans of the Sunnah [Prophet Muhammads Practice]) broadcast a video
showing the martyrdom attack on the US military camp in Mosul that took
place on Tuesday, killing a reported 160 US troops. The video,
broadcast on the organizations website showed the blast which occurred
when a truck driven by a martyrdom fighter rammed into the lunchroom on
the base.

Tirkrit - Salah ad-Din Province.

Massive Resistance bombardment of US southern base in Bayji.

Iraqi Resistance forces fired forty-three 120mm mortar rounds into the
so-called southern US base Bayji, north of Tikrit, setting massive
fires inside the base. Terrorstricken US troops rushed out of the camp
into the areas surrounding the facility where they remained until the
end of the Resistance bombardment, which lasted from 4pm until 5:15pm

[Report for Dec 27 follows sources]



Monday, 27 December 2004.


Women join men to fight with Resistance against US forces in al-Qaim.
Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent wounded in leg.

Iraqi Resistance forces battled US occupation troops in al-Qaim on
Monday. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that about 80
US soldiers had been killed and that the Resistance had destroyed nine
US Humvees and four tanks as well as shooting down a US Black Hawk
helicopter in the course of the fighting early Monday morning.

US forces sealed off the city at 6am Monday closing the main exits and
entrances to al-Qaim locking people inside the city and permitting no
one else to leave. Fierce fighting broke out at the western approach to
the city, lasting about two hours. The Resistance organization
at-Tawhid wa-al-Jihad announced that it had battled some 70 US troops in
the battle.

The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in al-Qaim reported that the US
troops fled the battlefield, running in every direction, making it easy
for the Resistance to kill 14 of them in addition to the 70 killed in
the battle itself. In his dispatch posted at 9:14pm Monday night, the
correspondent said that US troops still encircled the entire city, but
that the Resistance continued to control the inside of the city.

Meanwhile, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that 13 women have come out to
join the men in fighting the US occupation forces in the city. The
Brigades of the Partisans of the West fired more than 100 mortar rounds
on US troop concentrations to the east and the south of al-Qaim.

The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam came under fire as he covered the
battle in al-Qaim when an American sniper 200 meters away who clearly
saw that the correspondent was a journalist (since he was carrying
cameras with him) shot at him and struck him in his right thigh. The
correspondent is now recuperating in the ar-Rais Hospital in the city.
The director of the hospital told Mafkarat al-Islam that the wound was
a light one and that he would probably be able to leave the hospital
after a week.

Fighting later in the day in al-Qaim.

Fighting erupted between the Resistance and US occupation forces backed
by puppet national guards in al-Qaim on the Syrian border. The
battles, which lasted a full hour, were described as very intense. They
followed an Iraqi Resistance ambush of a US-puppet guard column in which
bombs exploded on both sides of a road. After that Resistance fighters
firing RPG7 and C5K rockets attacked the column. The correspondent for
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the attack left nine US troops dead and
two others captured by the Resistance. Five puppet guards were killed
as well.

Resistance bombards US camp near al-Qaim.

Iraqi Resistance forces attacked the US base in al-Qaim on the Syrian
border from the north and south with mortar rounds at about 1pm Monday,
setting massive fires burning inside the facility. The fires were still
blazing when the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the area submitted
his report, posted at 8:45pm Monday night Mecca time. The Ayn
as-Sahra al-Gharbiyah camp was the one attacked and the correspondent
reported that US aircraft were attempting to put out the flames as smoke
covered the sky over the facility into the night.

Resistance abducts puppet guards Sunday night.

An officer in the puppet so-called Iraqi national guard announced on
Monday that some 20 members of the puppet guard had been abducted by
Resistance fighters in the west of Iraq. The officer who wished to
remain anonymous told Reuters that 21 puppet guards were kidnapped as
they returned in a bus across the desert to their base in al-Qaim on
the border with Syria. Eyewitness reported that cars stopped the bus on
the highway Sunday night and took the puppet guards away.

Bayji Salah ad-Din Province.

Resistance blows up oil pipeline to Turkey for third straight week.

Iraqi Resistance fighters blew up an oil pipeline through which the Oil
of the North company exports crude north to Turkey. This was the third
straight week during which Iraqi oil exports have been cut by the
Resistance who are determined to prevent US occupation forces from
profiteering from the natural resources of Iraq.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the blast took place in the Bayji area
at about 7am Monday. The explosion ignited fires that blazed for four
hours, until 11am. The oil pipeline extends from the oil fields in
Kirkukto collection tanks near Bayji. From there it is pumped to the
north to the Turkish port of Ceyhan on the Mediterranean.

Resistance bombards US camp near Bayji.

Iraqi Resistance forces attacked the US base known as the Southern Base
near Bayji, firing about forty 120mm mortar rounds into the facility,
setting massive fires after which terrified US troops poured out of the
camp on foot, running into the areas near by. The Americans remained
outside the camp until the end of the attack, which lasted from 4pm
until 5:15pm local time.


Car bomb kills CIA agents.

An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in the path of a GMC and Humvee on
the road leading to Saddam International Airport in Baghdad.
Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast destroyed the US
vehicles and killed five US Central Intelligence Agency operatives and
three US troops.

Heavy bomb destroys Bradley armored vehicle in Abu Ghurayb.

A heavy Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a US Bradley armored
vehicle in the Abu Ghurayb area at about 1pm Monday, destroying the
Bradely and killing five US troops according to eyewitnesses who spoke
to Mafkarat al-Islam. They said that the vehicle was blown apart by the
powerful blast, sending parts flying over a wide area.

Resistance rocket attacks in Baghdad area Monday.

Witnesses reported that Resistance fighters armed with RPG7 rockets
attacked a civilian truck belonging to the US forces, killing one US
soldier and wounding another.

Iraqi Resistance forces fired rockets at the US base in Salman Bak on
Monday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported.

Iraqi Resistance forces fired four Grad rockets into the US airbase at
al-Muthanna in Baghdad. Witnesses inside the US facility told Mafkarat
al-Islam that the rockets destroyed three frame buildings that the US
forces were using as barracks for their soldiers inside the base. The
witnesses had no precise information on US casualties, if any.

Mid-morning Resistance attack in ar-Ridwaniyah.

Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a US column by the third bridge in
ar-Ridwaniyah at about 10:30am Monday morning, setting an American
military fuel tanker ablaze and destroying two Humvees and killing six
US troops and wounding others.

Bomb in dead dog kills five US troops.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb that was planted in a dead dog on the highway
leading to New Baghdad exploded on Monday, destroying one Humvee,
disabling a second, and killing five US troops and wounding three more.

Resistance rocket attacks on US facilities in Baghdad, ar-Ramadi Monday.

Thick smoke rose over the headquarters of the US occupation in the
Republican Palace area of Baghdad, known to the occupation as the green
zone after seven Grad rockets slammed into the facility at about 7am
Monday morning.

Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that nine mortar rounds struck the
Palace of Congresses (Convention Center) during a meeting of an Iraqi
puppet official at 9am Monday, but there have been no reports on
casualties in that attack.

Also at about 9am Iraqi Resistance forces fired about fifteen 82mm
mortar rounds into the US al-Warrar base west of ar-Ramadi.

Iraqi Resistance forces fired three large Katyusha rockets into a US
troops concentration in the ar-Rustamiyah area of Baghdad. The barrage
was followed by plumes of thick smoke rising over the area of the US

Resistance video shows rocket attack on US camp in Abu Ghurayb.

An Iraqi Resistance group known as the Brigades of the Earthquake, one
of the 1920 Revolution Brigades the armed wing of the Patriotic
Islamic Armed Resistance in Iraq took responsibility for the firing of
two Grad rockets at the US base in Abu Ghurayb and a video showing the
attack was broadcast on al-Jazeera satellite TV on Sunday. The
bombardment scored direct hits on US materiel as evidenced by the black
smoke that can be seen billowing into the sky after the attack.

Resistance attacks on collaborator gunmen and puppet police.

Iraqi Resistance fighters assassinated five members of the Kurdish
chauvinist collaborationist Peshmergah militia in an attack on Hayfa
Street in Baghdads al-Karakh district Monday. Witnesses told Mafkarat
al-Islam that two Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded in the path of a
Peshmergah Land Cruiser at 1:30pm Monday afternoon. A Resistance group
called the Hashimi Army claimed responsibility for the operation. This
is an organization never as yet heard from.

Iraqi Resistance forces killed six puppet policemen in an attack in the
al-Jazirah neighborhood of al-Khalidiyah.

A Brigadier General in the Iraqi puppet police was killed when
Resistance forces mounted an armed attack on his car as it traveled
along the highway north of al-Fallujah.

Car bomb outside headquarters of chauvinist collaborator party.

A car bomb exploded at about 9am Monday morning outside the office of
the President of the Shii chauvinist, collaborationist organization
known as the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)
in Baghdad, leaving dead and wounded.

Mafkarat al-Islam reported in a dispatch posted at 8:25pm Mecca time
Monday that 40 members of SCIRIs Badr Brigades were killed in the
blast, and that it was believed that one of the sons of SCIRI chief Abd
al-Aziz al-Hakim was also among the dead. Three cars and a house were
totally destroyed in the explosion, the effects of which the puppet
police were trying to conceal by not allowing reporters to approach the
stricken area.

The Iraqi puppet police told Reuters that at least 15 persons had been
killed and 39 others wounded. The chief of the organization, who was
appointed to the so-called interim governing council by the US
occupation authorities, was not killed. An American military spokesman
said however that it was likely that relatives of the SCIRI leader Abd
al-Aziz al-Hakim and/or other officials in the collaborationist
organization had been among the victims of the attack, in particular his
cousin al-Muhsin al-Hakim.

US forces sealed off the area where the attack took place, closing the
two-story bridge nearby that lead to the headquarters on the bank of the
Tigris River in the al-Jadiriyah area of Baghdad.

The SCIRI organization collaborated with the CIA prior to the American
aggression on Iraq and the armed units of the SCIRI, known as the Badr
Brigades, joined American troops in the invasion of Iraq in the spring
of 2003.

Resistance assassinates collaborator translator.

Iraqi Resistance forces attacked a translator who was serving the US
occupation forces in the al-Qadisiyah neighborhood of Baghdad on Monday.
The Resistance fighters opened fire by his house and killed him, and
left a note on his door. Today your land tomorrow your honor. The
correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Resistance write
such a note when they assassinated persons cooperating with the occupation.


Morning bomb attack leaves four US dead.

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in al-Latifiyah at about
8:30am Monday morning, totally destroying a Humvee and killing four US


Resistance battles US forces for three hours in Balad.

Fighting erupted in Balad, north of Baghdad, at 11am Monday between the
Resistance and US forces and lasted for three hours according to
witnesses who spoke to Mafkarat al-Islam. The Resistance began the
action when it ambushed a US column made up of 13 vehicles. The
Resistance detonated bombs on the sides of the road around the column
and then attacked with RPG7 rockets and BKC machine guns, destroying
four US Humvees and a fuel tank truck as well as a civilian truck that
was carrying US troops. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported
that the operation left 13 occupation troops and four US civilians
dead. Two American troops were captured by the Resistance.


Resistance attack on US convoy Monday morning.

Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed a US column made up of six American
vehicles and two civilian trucks hauling their supplies but driven by
Turks in the al-Qalah [Citatel] area of Samarra on Monday.

The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in Samarra reported that the
ambush took place at 8am and left 12 US troops and the two Turkish
drivers dead. Afterwards, US forces cordoned off the area and brought
in helicopters that evacuated the dead and the hulks of the destroyed
vehicles about an hour after the attack. The correspondent wrote that
the Salafi Squadrons of Abu Bakr published a communiqui announcing their
responsibility for the attack and reporting that all the fighters left
the scene of the attack safely.


Resistance shoots down Black Hawk helicopter in Mosul.

Iraqi Resistance fighters in Mosul shot down a US Black Hawk helicopter
with a C5K rocket. According to eyewitnesses who spoke with Mafkarat
al-Islam in the city, The Black Hawk went down in the al-Muhandisin
neighborhood of Mosul at about 1:45pm Monday. It is believed that at
least four US troops were killed in the crash, since a Black Hawk crew
is usually made up of four persons.

America orders more troops to Mosul.

US general John Abizaid announced that the Washington would be sending
more troops to Mosul after the massive truck bombing that took the lives
of some 160 Americans troops in their base there last week. Abizaid
told the American CNN network that there appeared to be a need for more
troops before the election farce that the occupation has slated for the
end of January 2005.

Meanwhile, US military officials said that between 6,000 and 8,000 US
troops would be sent to Mosul to confront the rising Resistance struggle

Resistance assassinates group that took funds from US military to build
religious shrine.

Mafkarat al-Islams correspondent reported Monday that Iraqi Resistance
forces assassinated five members of the Yazidi sect in Bashiqah, west
of Mosul because the five had accepted money from US occupation forces
in order to construct a house of worship for themselves. The Americans
had set aside a garden belonging to the Sunni Waqf [Pious Endowment] in
the city in which the Yazidi shrine was to be constructed courtesy of
the US invaders.

Witnesses said that the Resistance had warned the five against taking
part in any such deal with the occupation, but they only turned to the
Americans for protection. The Resistance therefore attacked them at 9am
Monday local time in the al-Ikhwah neighborhood of central Bashiqah,
killing them and destroying a Humvee.


Resistance clashes with puppet forces in Baqubah on Monday.

Iraqi Resistance forces attacked and destroyed four armored GMC vehicles
and a Nissan pickup in Baqubah on Monday.

The Resistance destroyed three small cars and seized a fourth after
clashes that took place with the puppet national guard at about 4pm
Monday afternoon. Thirteen puppet guards were killed in the fighting.
Four Resistance fighters also died in the fight.

One puppet national guard and a puppet policeman died and nine others
were wounded when clashes broke out at about 7pm Monday night.
Witnesses reported that the Resistance set fire to four Nissan pickups
belonging to the puppet guards. The Resistance also seized weapons
after the battle.


Resistance attack targets Japanese aggressor base.

Japanese aggressor troops awoke around 9am Monday to the sound of
explosions and warning sirens as two 120mm mortar rounds crashed into
their camp in as-Samawah Province. Local residents told Mafkarat
al-Islam in the area (about 100km south of Baghdad) that they saw white
smoke rising over two places in the Japanese camp, indicating that
flammable structures had been hit.

Puppet police rushed to the Japanese aggressor camp in order to try to
secure control over the area.


Resistance attacks British troops in al-Basrah.

Five British aggressor troops were killed in the Khur az-Zubayr area of
al-Basrah early on Monday morning. Mafkarat al-Islam reported
eyewitnesses as reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded under a
British armored vehicle on the main street in Khur az-Zubayr, setting
the vehicle ablaze and killing all aboard. The attack occurred at
6:45am local time.



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