Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 30 January 2005. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
Sunday, 30 January 2005.
Well over 103 real attacks mark day of sham elections.
In a dispatch posted at 4:45pm Mecca time Sunday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a commander in the Iraqi puppet police had revealed shortly before that as of that time, a total of 103 puppet election stations had been attacked in Baghdad, Ba‘qubah, al-Basrah, and al-Anbar since 8am Sunday.
In an exclusive interview with Mafkarat al-Islam the puppet police official said that a “large number” of election workers and puppet policemen had been killed in the attacks. More than 40 US troops and 30 voters, most of them Shi‘i and Kurdish, had been reported killed in reports that were still incomplete.
The puppet official said that in addition to the 103 attacks mentioned above there were other reports of attacks on election stations in Kirkuk, Irbil, and Samarra’ which had not yet been counted.
Three US troops killed on patrol in ar-Ramadi at noon Sunday.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol in the at-Ta’mim neighborhood east of ar-Ramadi at precisely 12 noon on Sunday, totally destroying a Humvee and killing three US troops aboard it. The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that he saw the gunfire on the vehicle. The patrol was “guarding the election.” The correspondent reported that the Americans had extracted the bodies of the US troops from the wrecked vehicle within five minutes.
Martyrdom bomber blows up three US troops at ar-Ramadi polling station.
An Iraqi Resistance fighter wearing an explosive belt advanced towards an election station in the al-Iskan area of north ar-Ramadi on Sunday morning. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that witnesses who saw the incident said that the attacker, who pretended to be an ordinary person intent on voting, detonated his belt killing three US troops and wounding two more. Immediately after the blast, US forces sealed off the area and blocked access to journalists and cameramen. Witnesses said that one of those wounded in the blast had lost his foot.
Resistance pounds US al-Warrar base.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired rockets at the al-Warrar base west of ar-Ramadi at 8:30am Sunday, killing a number of puppet troops and wounding more. Americans were reported among the casualties. Witnesses in ar-Ramadi told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance fired nine Grad rockets at the base.
Several Iraqi puppet police officers, brought in by the Americans from outside ar-Ramadi, confirmed that several US soldiers were among the casualties.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent personally saw American Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters landing in the base to evacuate casualties to Baghdad in the east.
Three religious scholars arrested for urging boycott of election.
US occupation forces arrested three well-known religious leaders in the western Iraqi city of ar-Ramadi at about 11am Sunday, Baghdad time, on charges of inciting people to boycott the sham election farce being staged by the invaders.
Resistance pounds US positions in and around al-Fallujah.
US troop concentrations around and inside al-Fallujah came under repeated and intense rocket barrages throughout the day Sunday. Eyewitnesses counted at least 50 rockets and missiles blasting into the US positions during the day.
The local Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that ten 120mm mortar rounds and about twelve Katyushas in addition to Grad rockets blasted into US troop concentrations at various times during the day. The last attack was when two Grad rockets slammed into Americans in the camp in the agricultural area northeast of al-Fallujah. Rockets also hit the as-Sakaniyah area and the north of the al-Jawlan neighborhood.
Four 82mm mortar rounds blasted into a US command post on the railroad bridge in the city Sunday afternoon.
Resistance attacks on polling stations in al-Fallujah.
Witnesses reported hearing the sound of two explosions in al-Fallujah, the first at 2:30am and the second half an hour later.
Puppet election centers in the as-Sumud Sports Club in the ad-Dubbat neighborhood, the al-Firdaws Mosque in the an-Nazal neighborhood, the al-Anbar School in the al-Jawlan neighborhood of al-Fallujah all were set up as polling stations by the US occupation forces on Sunday and all came under Resistance attack at about 7:30am, local time.
Meanwhile a powerful blast went off south of al-Fallujah in ‘Amiriyat al-Fallujah. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent said that there was virtually no movement in the streets of that area, as people were staying home anticipating Resistance attacks on US forces and the election stations they were guarding.
Al-Qa‘idah group: 14 US troops killed in al-Fallujah fighting.
The Iraqi Resistance organization Base of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers led by Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi reported that in battles they fought Saturday in the the al-‘Askari, ad-Dubbat neighborhoods near the as-Sumud Sports Club in al-Fallujah 14 US troops were killed and several vehicles destroyed.
Sources within the puppet forces in al-Fallujah told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance stormed several eastern neighborhoods in the city and mounted martyrdom operations on US vehicles. US troops, the source said, killed 12 Resistance fighters and captured one fraternal Arab fighter. The Base of the Jihad confirmed the fighting in a communiqué but made no mention of its own losses. The al-Qa‘idah communiqué said that 14 US troops were killed and five vehicles destroyed, and indicated that more attacks would be forthcoming.
Fighting rages in Hit Sunday afternoon.
Combat broke out between more than 30 Iraqi Resistance fighters, including fraternal Arab fighters, and a column of US footsoldiers in Hit, west of Baghdad on Sunday afternoon.
The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in Hit reported that the Resistance forces fired various weapons in the battle, which took place around 2:30pm Sunday, local time. C5K and RPG7 rockets, BKC and RPK machine guns and GC1s were among the Resistance weapons used in the fighting.
The battle left nine US troops dead and others wounded. The correspondent reported that two Resistance fighters of Arab nationality were martyred.
An Iraqi Resistance organization in Hit announced its responsibility for disabling a US armored vehicle and destroying three Humvees in the al-Ma‘amil neighborhood west of the city at 3pm Sunday. An officer in the Iraqi puppet “national guards” confirmed the incident but gave no information regarding casualties.
US fighter aircraft bombed three different Resistance positions in Hit, martyring nine members of the at-Tawhid wa-al-Jihad Resistance organization, according to a source in the group who spoke to Mafkarat al-Islam.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in the city described the situation, saying that fighting had largely subsided after US forces were able to get into the city and remove the bodies of their men. The Resistance, however, had already stripped them of their bullet-proof vests and weapons. US helicopters still patrolled the skies, however, the correspondent wrote in a report posted at 6:45pm Sunday, Mecca time.
US Black Hawk reported shot down over Hit.
A news bulletin from Hit reported Sunday evening that a US Black Hawk helicopter had been shot down. The local Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent was unable to confirm the report, due to the presence of American snipers in various areas around the city.
Iraqis burn ration cards in front of Americans showing disdain for sham elections.
US forces went around streets and lanes in Hit beginning early Sunday morning to knock on doors and try to get people to go to vote. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in Hit reported that in response, Iraqis burned their ration cards in front of the Americans. Ration cards are used as proof of identity for voters and are required by anyone seeking to take part in the US-backed election farce.
The correspondent, in a report posted at 12:44pm Mecca time said that since the doors opened early in the morning, no one had voted in the city’s election station.
Resistance pounds US base in al-Qa’im.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired eleven missiles at the US E22 base east of al-Qa’im on the border with Syria at 6m Sunday, local time. The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the attack set off many secondary explosions as American munitions began blowing up. In a dispatch posted on Mafkarat al-Islam at 1:05pm Friday, the correspondent reported that smoke was still rising from the stricken US base.
Mafkarat al-Islam correspondents find fraud in farcical election.
In order to provide its readers with coverage of the sham elections taking place in Iraq under US insistence on Sunday, Mafkarat al-Islam correspondents went out early Sunday to walk through the streets and lanes of Baghdad. During the day they documented numerous cases of fraud.
The correspondents found that the Iraqi Communist Party, a lackey organization of the US invaders, and the National Accord Party, which is led by puppet “prime minister” Iyyad ‘Allawi, hired groups of women, children, youths and unemployed persons to work for them. These people were trotted before television cameras several times on Sunday to claim that there was “heavy voter turnout” at the polling places.
Mafkarat al-Islam correspondents found that those hired hands also claimed that Iraqi puppet police and puppet national guardsmen were “at their best” helping voters get to the polls.
Along similar lines, Jalal Talibani’s Kurdish chauvinist party distributed money and medium-sized transistor radios to all who agreed to wander over to the polls and vote, in an effort to encourage Kurdish voters to support their election slate.
Mr. ‘Ali Nayif a resident of al-Karakh ath-Thani district in Baghdad said that in their local polling place everyone entering the building was asked to vote for a specific candidate. In some cases, he said, election workers would mark ballot form for the voter.
The second most senior Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Baghdad reported that he confirmed four cases of false votes within just five minutes in the polling station in Mahallat ash-Shaykh Ma‘ruf al-Karakhi. Members of Ahmad Chelebi’s Iraqi National Congress Party were bringing in non-Iraqi citizens, probably Iranians, and the party members would issue them false Iraqi citizenship certificates, which they would use to get into the polls where they would then vote for Chelebi’s party. One election observer who worked for the United Nations also observed such a case, the reporter noted, saying that he told a foreign news company “we have uncovered just four cases of fraud and we don’t know how many might have taken place that went unregistered.”
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondents noted that the US and puppet authorities had already designated certain specific satellite TV stations to cover the elections by conducting interviews with voters and officials. Those interviews were then distributed to all the other networks and news agencies. The officially designated satellite companies were al-‘Arabiyah Satellite Network, the Iraqi Qanat ash-Sharqiyah, the Iraqi government TV station, and the American CNN.
All the correspondents for Mafkarat al-Islam confirmed that they had challenged any Iraqi or American official or even any of the satellite networks to mention that this arrangement was a fact.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Baghdad’s al-Karradah district reported that that district was supposed to have 22,000 voters. In fact only 700 showed up, all of them followers of the parties running candidates. The al-Karradah district is known to be one of the biggest in Baghdad in terms of population density, and it is predominantly Christian.
“Israeli” newspaper correspondents vote in Iraqi election.
The Zionist newspaper Ma‘ariv on Sunday published a picture of its correspondent for Arab affairs, Jaki Huji, who is of Iraqi descent but a citizen of “Israel” voting in the Iraqi election in an election office in Jordan. The newspaper reported that Huji arrived in Amman with the Iraqi passport of his grandfather and the “Israeli” passports of himself and his father. Though he was questioned at the polling place, he was allowed to vote in the Iraqi election.
The correspondent said that he voted for a pro-western party. Huji said that another Zionist journalist working for Haaretz was also able to vote in the Iraqi election as were two more in Washington and London.
US, Britain arrest Sunni religious leaders on eve of election farce.
Numerous reports have come in to Mafkarat al-Islam indicating the US and British forces launched a major campaign of arrests of Sunni religious leaders throughout Iraq on the eve of their election farce in the country. Twenty-eight imams, preachers, and scholars were arrested, included three muftis (Islamic jurisconsults), one of whom was 87 years old, ant the other two both more than 60.
All the religious figures were arrested on charges of inciting to boycott the election, and encouraging armed jihad against the American occupation forces.
The spokesman for Iraqi Sunni pious endowments (Waqf) told Mafkarat al-Islam that the legal adviser to the Sunni Waqf board, Shaykh Ahmad an-Nadawi and also Shaykh ‘Abd ar-Rahman the imam and preacher in the al-Mahmudiyah Mosque, and Shaykh Ahmad al-Jannabi, the imam and preacher in the al-Aqsa Mosque were all arrested.
US troops raided the home of Shaykh Zahir ad-Darri, the brother of Shaykh Harith ad-Darri, General Secretary of the Board of Muslim ‘Ulama’ [Scholars] in Iraq.
Correspondents of Mafkarat al-Islam in Samarra’, ar-Ramadi, Mosul, and Tikrit confirmed that early Sunday morning, US forces in those areas also arrested numerous influential religious figures known for their opposition to the elections.
RAF C-130 airplane crashes northwest of Baghdad Sunday, killing British troops.
Eyewitnesses reported that a British military transport airplane crashed northwest of Baghdad on Sunday. A US military official admitted that the British C-130 crashed and that there was no word regarding survivors, according to a report on al-Jazeera satellite TV. The British Air Defence Ministry acknowledged the crash of the airplane but provided no further details.
Later, British Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged the crash of the helicopter and said that British soldiers had been killed aboard the giant craft, but declined to disclose the number.
Finally, British Sky TV reported that up to 15 British troops had been killed when the aircraft went down.
Resistance bomb targets puppet home of puppet “minister.”
An Iraqi puppet official reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded outside the home of Malik Hasan, the puppet so-called “minister of justice” in the puppet regime, who is also a candidate in the sham elections taking place Sunday.
Ukrainian soldier killed in as-Suwayrah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb planted in the middle of a street in the al-Mu‘allimin neighborhood of as-Suwayrah exploded on Sunday morning, disabling a military vehicle and killing one Ukrainian soldier.
Resistance pounds “green zone” with rockets.
Iraqi Resistance forces fired an intense barrage of rockets at the US occupation headquarters in the Republican Palace area in Baghdad, known to the occupiers as the “green zone.” Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Resistance fighters fired 12 Katyusha rockets in one barrage into the US compound at 10:35am local time Sunday morning.
Resistance assassinates Badr Brigade collaborator informants.
Iraqi Resistance forces armed with machine guns attacked and killed three Badr Brigade collaborator gunmen in al-‘Amiriyah, west of Baghdad. Witnesses in the area said that the three men belonged to a group called a “terror fighting unit” within the Shi‘i chauvinist Badr Brigades, the armed wing of the collaborationist Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), a force that joined the US troops when they invaded Iraq in spring 2003.
The Resistance organization known as the Abu Bakr Salafi Squadrons took responsibility for the assassination, saying that the three had taken part in abducting Sunni Iraqis on charges of belonging to the Resistance. They informed occupation troops about these people their locations and where they worked. The Abu Bakr Salafi Squadrons said that today they had been justly repaid for their treason.
Car bomb targets polling place in al-Mansur.
Iraqi Resistance forces blew up a car bomb near the election station in the al-Mansur neighborhood of Baghdad at 9:20am Sunday, local time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported.
Four killed in Resistance bombing of election center in Madinat ath-Thawrah area.
Iraqi Resistance forces blew up an election station in the Madinat ath-Thawrah section of Baghdad at 9:15am Sunday, killing four, Mafkarat al-Islam reported. Witnesses said the blast in ad-Durah also wounded 13.
Resistance blows up two election centers in Baghdad.
Iraqi Resistance forces bombed two Baghdad schools that were being used as election centers at 9am Sunday, eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam in Baghdad.
Martyrdom bomber kills three puppet police, one voter.
Iraqi puppet officials announced that an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom attacker blew himself up in a line of voters outside a polling station in western Baghdad, killing at least three puppet policemen and one voter.
Resistance rockets two election stations in Baghdad.
An election station in the ar-Risalah area and a second near the Direct Car Sales Center in the ash-Shurtah ar-Rabi‘ah area of Baghdad were both hit by Katyusha rockets at 9:40am Sunday.
Rockets target “green zone.”
Four powerful explosions shook the US occupation headquarters area around the Republican Palace in Baghdad, known to the invaders as the “green zone,” Sunday morning. The blasts were thought to have come from Katyusha rockets blasting into the American facilities.
Resistance in Abu Ghurayb fires 20 rockets at Baghdad polling stations Sunday morning.
Early morning Resistance bombardments blast polling places, puppet troops.
Iraqi Resistance forces mounted rocket attacks on polling places for the sham “election” in Baghdad early Sunday morning. Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the attacks began around 8:30am, local time, when two Katyusha rockets blasted into the election center in the ash-Shurtah al-Khamisah district and two other Katyushas slammed into puppet so-called “Iraqi rapid deployment forces” in the al-I‘lam neighborhood.
Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that about five minutes later three more rockets blasted the same “rapid deployment forces.”
Eyewitnesses said that at 8:45am, the Resistance fired three Katyusha rockets into the Republican Palace in the compound known to the invaders as the “green zone.” At the same time the Resistance shot two more rockets into polling stations in northern Baghdad.
Resistance hits election stations in Abu Ghurayb, Abu Munaysir early Sunday.
At about 8am the Resistance fired eight rockets at election stations in Abu Ghurayb and Abu Munaysir
Car bomb targets election station.
An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden car into a security checkpoint guarding a polling place in west Baghdad Sunday, puppet police sources told Reuters. The blast killed one puppet policeman in an attack that took place shortly after the polls opened in the American-backed election farce.
No movement in al-Mahmudiyah.
The American Associated Press reported that the streets of al-Mahmudiyah, south of Baghdad were empty except for ambulances. The local people were staying home avoiding the election farce and likelihood of Resistance attacks on puppet troops and invader forces guarding the stations.
US ambassador distributes money, allots seats in new Iraqi puppet government.
The Jordanian newspaper al-‘Arab al-Yawm reported Sunday that informed sources in the US embassy in Baghdad as saying the US ambassador John Negroponte distributed US$86,000 to political parties, movements, and individuals who took part in the American-backed election farce on Sunday. The money was supposed to cover the costs of their electioneering through posters and ads in the media, according to a source who had taken part as a candidate in the elections, the paper reported.
The source, who asked not to be identified, said that the US representative then distributed seats in the government to those parties and personalities according to the principle of allotments. The American ambassador allocated to the so-called “Iraqi list” led by US-installed puppet “prime minister” Iyyad ‘Allawi was 40 seats.
The allotment for the so-called “Iraqi coalition” led by ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Hakim, the head of the Shi‘i chauvinist so-called “Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)” which had the blessing of pro-American Shi‘i religious authority ‘Ali as-Sistani was 30 seats.
The share for the two major Kurdish chauvinist parties was 40 seats: 20 each to the two main parties under Jalal Talibani and Mas‘ud Barzani. In addition, 15 seats went to Kurdish independents and the Kurdistani Islamic Party.
The so-called “independent democrats” lead by ‘Adnan al-Bajah-ji received 24 seats.
The list headed by the puppet Iraqi “president” Ghazi al-Yawur received between 16 and 20 seats.
The Turcomans received five seats, and the Christians, Yazidis and Sabeaeans receive a total of 10 seats, while the so-called Iraqi Communist Party, that enthusiastically endorsed the American “election” farce, was awarded 12 seats.
The Shi‘i Ayatallah Jamal ad-Din who joined with Sa‘d Salih Jabr to form one list, received two seats.
The so-called “Democratic party of the nation” led by Hamid al-Kafa’i received three seats. The “Democratic patriotic coalition” led by the current puppet “minister of justice, Malik Duhan al-Hasan received three seats. The Constitutional Monarchy party led by Sharif ‘Ali ibn al-Husayn received three seats. The so-called “national front for the tribes of Iraq” led by Hasan Zayadan received three seats. Another 100 lists still remained and their seats would be allocated according to their influence.
The source told al-‘Arab al-Yawm that it appeared that Iyyad ‘Allawi would be America’s choice as “interim prime minister.” He said that there was worry that pro-Iranian candidates might receive too high a vote but that it was not excluded that the current puppet “minister of finance” ‘Adil ‘Abd al-Mahdi, or the Shi‘i scholar ash-Shahrastani, who are on the pro-Iranian list, might be selected to run the puppet government.
As-Sistani thanks Iraqis for voting, but, as an Iranian citizen, casts no vote himself.
Pro-American Shi‘i religious leader ‘Ali as-Sistani addressed the Iraqi people Sunday night to congratulate and thank them for taking part in the election. As-Sistani noted that he himself did not vote, due to the fact that he is not an Iraqi but an Iranian citizen. The election farce was an effort by the United States to throw a cover of “democracy” over their continued occupation of Iraq. As-Sistani, for his part, saw in the elections and the American occupation a chance for himself and his sectarian clerical group to assert their control over part of Iraq with the help and support of the American army.
UN says not involved with Iraqi election.
Contradicting reports that were widely disseminated in the world press, the United Nations representative in Iraq, Ayman as-Safadi told al-Jazeera satellite TV on Sunday that the UN has no connection whatsoever to the Iraqi elections.
As-Safadi told al-Jazeera that “the role of the UN is limited to providing technical assistance and strategic advice to the independent Supreme Election Commissioners who are supervising the elections.”
Asked why the UN was not supervising the elections as-Safadi said, “basically, we just don’t observe elections or supervise them.”
As-Safadi confirmed that the UN would not be evaluating the elections, nor would it issue any ruling regarding their legitimacy. That would be left to the Iraqis, he indicated.
Chaldean religious leader echoes US, denounces boycott of sham elections.
The Chaldean Patriarch in Baghdad, Emmanuel Delly, came out in support of the sham election farce being staged by the US occupation in Iraq on Sunday. Delly was quoted as saying that those who boycotted the “election” will “be the losers in the end.” He said that a boycott would not isolate the honest democratic elections which, he said, would go ahead now or in the future in order to build a free state.” The Patriarch, lining up with the American invaders, said, “As Patriarch, I cannot force anyone to vote; everyone is free with respect to that. But the best thing, for the children of the country, the church and Christianity, to vote,” he claimed, speaking in a telephone conversation with the Vatican network.
Resistance downs US helicopter near al-Hillah.
Iraqi Resistance forces shot down a US Cobra helicopter near the village of adh-Dhib in the direction of al-Iskandariyah, east of the city of al-Hillah. Local witnesses said that Resistance fighters climbed up a local building and fired a Strela rocket at the helicopter, blowing it up in the air and killing its crew.
Resistance car bomb in village near Ba‘qubah.
Iraqi Resistance forces blew up an Opel car bomb at an election station in al-Bat-hah, east of Ba‘qubah at 9:15am Sunday morning, killing one US soldier, witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam. The correspondent noted that the blast also killed five puppet “national guards” and wounded two voters seriously.
Polling places empty in Ba‘qubah.
The streets of Ba‘qubah, the biggest Iraqi city in Diyala Province echoed with gunfire on Sunday as no one went to cast ballots in the US-backed election farce in that city, according to Agence France Presse (AFP). AFP reported that the streets were empty except for US patrols and no one was to be seen in the polling station set up in the al-Hasan ibn ‘Ali school.
Election workers abducted.
Iraqi Resistance forces abducted three election employees in Samarra’ from three polling stations. The three were later released, eyewitnesses reported.
No elections, because situation too “insecure.”
Taha Husayn, the puppet head of the Samarra’ municipal council said that there would be no elections in the city because of the security situation. Agence France Presse (AFP) reported from the city that streets were empty and no one was in the election stations, not even election workers bothered to show up.
Bomb destroys election station in Kirkuk.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in an election station set up in a girls’ secondary school in downtown Kirkuk at 9am Sunday, local time, totally demolishing the building, and killing three Iraqi puppet troops and three Kurdish voters.
Mosul youths take advantage of the day off – to play football.
With the early morning hours polls opened in Mosul in the election farce being staged by the US and its stooges in Iraq. Iraqi youths poured into the streets, but not one of them was carrying a ballot. The took to the streets not to vote but to play soccer.
While most streets of the city were empty, crowds gathered on one of the city’s main thoroughfares, now nicknamed The Street of Death after the frequent Resistance attacks on US forces there. The crowds were certain, of course that no Resistance fighters would attack them, despite efforts by the western and stooge media to portray the patriots as bloodthirsty and indiscriminate.
Hamzah Hadi, one of the players said that he couldn’t let a holiday go by uselessly so he went with his friends to watch the games in the streets. The elections? “They are something I’m not concerned about,” Hadi said, adding, “so why should I stay home and watch news coverage about them?”
US forces try to get people to vote.
In the tense city of Mosul, US and Iraqi puppet patrols cruised the street broadcasting calls on local people to get out to vote in the sham election farce set for Sunday, the American Associated Press reported. The invaders and their stooges reminded people of where the polling places were located and urged people to go out and vote.
Little turnout in an-Nasiriyah.
In the predominantly Shi‘i city of an-Nasiriyah the American Associated Press reported that a mere 40 persons reportedly voted in the sham elections staged by the US on Sunday. An-Nasiriyah is a stronghold for the Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.
British soldier killed in Resistance bombing in al-Basrah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb killed a British occupation soldier and wounded three more British troops, one of them mortally, according to witnesses who spoke to Mafkarat al-Islam. The bomb blast struck a British armored vehicle in the al-‘Ashshar area, at about 9:55am Sunday.
First Lieutenant of the puppet police Muhammad Kazim said that the bomb had been planted in a sewer opening in the road over which the British patrol passed. After the explosion puppet police prevented journalists from approaching the scene 15 minutes after the attack.
Resistance bomb hits election station in al-Basrah.
In a dispatch posted at 11:59am Mecca time Mafkarat al-Islam reported Reuters as saying that the puppet police had announced that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded in an election center in downtown al-Basrah Sunday morning. The spokesman said he had no information on casualty figures.
Resistance bomb targets election station in al-Basrah.
An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded at a polling station in central al-Basrah shortly after its doors opened Sunday morning.