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Iraqi Resistance Report
for events of Monday, 10 May 2004 through Wednesday, 12 May 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice

 

Monday, 10 May 2004.

 

US troops withdraw from most positions encircling al-Fallujah.

 

US aggressor forces pulled out of a number of positions that they had occupied which encircled the city of al-Fallujah, according to a report filed by Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in the city and posted at 23:26 Mecca time on Monday.  During Monday afternoon, the US aggressors pulled away from the southern side of al-Fallujah.  Shortly before sunset the American invaders withdrew from the western side of the city.  They also left parts of the front facing the city to the east.  American forces, together with members of the Iraqi police and the puppet so-called civil defense forces remain stationed to the north of al-Fallujah beyond the residential area.  Two tanks and a number of Humvees are still there and they were, in fact, reinforced by three more tanks during Monday night.

 

Iraqis are coming and going from the city on foot through an American check point without interference by the US aggressor troops or the Iraqi police.

 

US forces had loosely encircled the city of al-Fallujah on Sunday apparently to ensure the safety of the American joint patrol that entered the city for 20 minutes on Monday morning together with local policemen in a show of force.

 

During the joint patrol, the people of al-Fallujah fired off their weapons into the air to celebrate their victory over the Americans.  Citizens of the city also distributed juices and other drinks to express their joy over the defeat of the US forces.

 

Meanwhile, US aggressor troops are concentrated in an old base to the north east of the city beyond an agricultural zone.

 

Iraqi Resistance kills 10 American aggressor troops in Monday morning battle in ‘Amiriyat al-Fallujah.

 

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported on Monday that Iraqi Resistance fighters in the city had battled US aggressor troops during the morning, destroying four American jeeps.  Ten American aggressors were killed in the vehicles.  The Resistance forces engaged the American invaders in ‘Amiriyat al-Fallujah, a southern suburb of the city separated from al-Fallujah proper by the Euphrates River.

 

The battle lasted half an hour during which time the American aggressors fired tank cannon and mortars, while the Resistance launched their own mortar shells at the Americans and fired rocket-propelled grenades at them.

 

US invaders carry out 20-minute joint patrol with local police in al-Fallujah.

 

US aggressor troops entered al-Fallujah on Monday morning at about 9:30 on joint patrols with local police.  The patrol lasted about 20 minutes.  The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that the US forces were unable to complete the patrol after Iraqi Resistance forces fired their machine guns into the air.

 

Al-Fallujah’s Resistance fighters also put on a review of their forces in front of the American patrol, lining up some of the children, ranging in age from 12 to 14 years, on the path of the aggressor patrol.  The youngsters carried Brno rifles, a heavy rifle that adults carry into battle.  The message that the Resistance intended to convey was that ‘even the children of al-Fallujah are ready for combat.’

 

Explosions rock al-Fallujah on Monday morning.

 

About 10 explosions resounded on Monday morning in the city of al-Fallujah, 50km west of Baghdad, according to a correspondent for Agence France Presse (AFP).  Just after the blasts, US aggressor helicopters and AC-130 aircraft were observed in the air over the scene of the blasts.

 

US invader officers say that the explosions came from the south west of the city but claim they do not know the cause of the blasts.  This part of al-Fallujah was turned over to the al-Fallujah Brigade,  a force of troops from the Army of the Republic of Iraq whom the US aggressors deployed to return “peace” to the city.

 

Several hours before the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported that explosions and battles between the Iraqi Resistance and US aggressor troops had taken place near the city.

 

Two foreigners and one Iraqi killed in Resistance attack in Kirkuk.

 

Iraqi puppet police reported on Monday morning that one citizen of New Zealand, one south Korean and one Iraqi had been killed in an Iraqi Resistance attack in the northern city of Kirkuk.  Al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV, which carried the story, had no further details.

 

Iraqi Resistance kills US aggressor soldier near Mosul.

 

Iraqi Resistance fighters opened fire on an American aggressor patrol in the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq on Monday, wounding one US invader soldier who later died, according to US Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Beck.  According to Reuters, Beck said that the Resistance fighters attacked the American aggressors in an area south of Mosul on Monday evening.

 

US belatedly admits death of US soldier in Resistance attack in Samarra’.

 

The US military issued a statement on Monday saying that one American aggressor had been killed and another wounded in an Iraqi Resistance attack on 8 May 2004, in which a roadside bomb exploded in Samarra’, 100km north of Baghdad.  The US statement said that the two soldiers were part of a 1st Infantry Division patrol that was hunting for roadside bombs in Samarra’ when an explosion occurred.

 

Puppet governor of Diyala Province survives Iraqi Resistance assassination attempt.

 

The Iraqi Resistance shelled a US aggressor convoy in which the puppet governor of Diyala Province was traveling.  Two of the puppet governor’s personal bodyguards were killed and three others wounded.  Iraqi puppet police adjutant ‘Abdallah Hasan al-Jabburi said that the Resistance attack took place near the city of Ba‘qubah.  One locally-made explosive was fired at the convoy in which the puppet governor was riding.  Al-Jabburi, speaking in Ba‘qubah, the capital of Diyala Province, added that the puppet governor of Diyala Province survived the assassination attempt, which occurred at 9:30am local time.

 

According to Agence France Presse (AFP) an Iraqi puppet policeman died after having been injured in an armed attack by the Iraqi Resistance in Ba‘qubah.

 

Muqtada as-Sadr announces “new stage” in the war against the US aggressors.

 

On Monday, following the American demolition of his offices in Baghdad and southern Iraq, Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr issued new orders to his Jaysh al-Mahdi militia calling on them to launch more attacks on the US aggressor forces.

 

An aide to Muqtada as-Sadr in an-Najaf told Reuters that the Jaysh al-Mahdi had begun a new stage in the war against the occupation forces that would last one month and be fought throughout the largely Shi‘i areas of southern Iraq.

 

Qays al-Ghazali told the pres that “our policy now is to extend the scope of the Resistance against the occupation forces so that it will embrace all parts of Iraq, because the occupation is escalating its attacks and violating all the red lines in the Shi‘i holy cities like Karbala’ and an-Najaf.”

 

US General John Abizaid had announced that the American aggressor forces had done all they could to avoid inflaming the religious feelings of the Shi‘i population but that their patience with Muqtada as-Sadr was not “limitless.”

 

US aircraft bombards as-Sadr headquarters in Baghdad.

 

Eyewitnesses report that an American aircraft bombarded the office of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in the part of Baghdad that has been nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr early on Monday morning.  The witnesses report that the American aircraft dropped at least one bomb of the one-story office at about 2:00am, practically demolishing the building.

 

Reuters reports that there was no immediate comment on the attack from the US military.  US aggressor sources admitted that they had raided the office in the early hours of Sunday and arrested two people, one of whom they think is connected to the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Muqtada as-Sadr.

 

US aggressor troops in an-Najaf come under mortar barage.

 

Al-Jazeera TV’s woman correspondent in an-Najaf reported that US occupation forces came under mortar attack in front of the building of the Governorate of an-Najaf.  She reported that the local puppet police commander, Major General ‘Ali al-Yasiri, said that the US aggressor forces responded by firing indiscriminately, wounding three Iraqi puppet policemen.

 

US claims 35 dead Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen in clashes in Baghdad.

 

Meanwhile, US Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt said on Monday that the American invader troops had killed 35 Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in a series of clashes in the Baghdad area known as Madinat as-Sadr.

 

‘Abd al-Hadi ad-Darraji, spokesman for as-Sadr’s office in Baghdad had stated that three persons were killed and seven others wounded on Monday in an American aerial bombardment of the office of as-Sadr in Baghdad after tanks and armored vehicles had surrounded the building.

 

Resistance fires mortars at Bulgarian aggressor patrol in Karbala’.

 

Bulgarian aggressor sources report that Iraqi Resistance forces fired mortar shells at Bulgarian patrols in the city of Karbala’ early on Monday morning.  Sofia News reported that the Bulgarian Defense Ministry had announced that despite there being no Bulgarian casualties in the attacks, the situation in Karbala’ is nevertheless still tense and unpredictable.

 

Witnesses to the attack report that five Iraqis were killed and a number of US troops wounded, but the number of such casualties could not be confirmed.

 

Squadrons of the Martyrs of Altaf warns foreigners and Kuwaitis that they are targets for assassination, kidnapping in al-Basrah.

 

An armed Iraqi group issued strongly worded threats against foreigners in al-Basrah city on Monday – in particular against Americans, Britons, and Kuwaitis – that they would be targets either for kidnapping or assassination.

 

The warnings came in a videotape broadcast by al-Jazeera TV.  A masked speaker surrounded by other masked armed men read a communiqué on the tape in which they called themselves the Squadrons of the Martyrs of Altaf.

 

Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that the in the communiqué the group said, “we declare that all workers in the foreign and Arab companies in al-Basrah, in particular Kuwaiti companies, are targets for kidnapping and killing.  We severely warn them not to walk the streets of al-Basrah because we will treat them as we treat the Americans, the Britons, and their clients.  There is really no difference between any of them.

 

The word Altaf is a reference to a battle in which the Shi‘i population of Karbala’ fought in the Seventh Century.

 

Iraqi Resistance attack on oil pipeline “greatly reduces” Iraq’s exports.

 

The Chairman of the Oil of the South Company, which extracts Iraqi oil in the southern part of the country for the benefit of the US occupation, said Monday that an Iraqi Resistance attack on an oil pipeline had greatly reduced Iraq’s southern oil exports.  Jabir al-Libi told Reuters that “the situation is not good,” but he refused to state specifically just how much oil is still being exported, nor would he give any further details about the Resistance attack on the pipeline.

 

Al-Libi said that the attack affected the flow of oil to the al-Basrah terminal, the outlet for most of Iraq’s exported petroleum.  Prior to the attack, Iraqi exports averaged 1.8 million barrels a day and constituted the occupation regime’s only source of foreign currency.

 

On Monday al-Jazeera TV reported that a spokesman for the US aggressor military engineers said that the oil pipeline was still on fire at the southern end of al-Faw Island after the Resistance attack that took place last Saturday.  As a result of the attack, Iraq’s oil exports have been severely cut back.

 

Meanwhile a spokesman for the fire department said that the fire that broke out on Saturday in the oil pipeline as a result of the attack has reached the port of Khur al-‘Ammiyah.  Tongues of flame and columns of black smoke could be seen rising into the sky on Sunday far from the scene of the attack and pipeline fire that occurred 40km south of al-Basrah.

 

An official for the State Oil Marketing Pipeline told Dow Jones Newswires that the alternative pipeline was too small to handle the additional flow and that, as a result, Iraq's petroleum exports had fallen by 25 percent to 1.2 million barrels a day.

 

Oil pipelines in northern Iraq are regularly attacked by the Resistance.  The Resistance has recently also scored successes in striking the pipelines in the south, in an effort to deprive the invading occupation authorities of the ability to exploit Iraqi national resources.

 

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Tuesday, 11 May 2004.

 

Iraqi Resistance attacks Brown and Root convoy, killing and wounding many, destroying several trucks near Jordanian border.

 

A prominent US military representative reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a supply convoy that served the US aggressor forces on Tuesday.  The convoy was made up of 21 vehicles and was attacked on its way from Jordan to Baghdad.  Several persons were wounded and other other people were lost.

 

The US military representative told reporters that a number of vehicles in the convoy were totally destroyed in the attack that occurred near the Jordanian frontier.

 

The convoy was owned by the private company Brown and Root, a contracting firm that serves the US occupation forces in the area of supply.

 

Blast shakes Baghdad Tuesday night.

 

A powerful explosion shook Baghdad on Tuesday night.  Iraqi puppet police said the blast was the sound of a percussion bomb going off, a bomb that had been used to break up a “dangerous gathering.”

 

According to Agence France Presse (AFP) the explosion took place shortly before 7:00pm local time.  US forces offered no information regarding the explosion, but Iraqi puppet police in al-Jumhuriyah neighborhood reported that the US occupation troops had used the percussion bomb to break up a rally that was protesting against US troops who were taking down pictures of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.

 

US “civilian” body found near Baghdad Tuesday.

 

US military sources reported on Tuesday that the body of an American “civilian” had been found dumped by the side of a highway near Baghdad.  A military spokesman said that the identity of the body had yet to be determined.  Neither the US military nor the so-called US civil authority headed by L. Paul Bremer acknowledged the body as being one of their personnel.

 

Muqtada as-Sadr and other Shi‘i armed organizations reach agreement on possible withdrawal of Jaysh al-Mahdi from an-Najaf.

 

Aides of the Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr agreed on Tuesday with other Shi‘i armed organizations that it would be possible for as-Sadr to order a withdrawal of his Jaysh al-Mahdi militia from an-Najaf in response to a withdrawal by the US aggressors from that Shi‘i holy city.  Reuters reported Qays al-Khaz‘ali, a senior aide of Muqtada as-Sadr’s, as saying in an-Najaf that an agreement was reached in a meeting with rival Shi‘i organizations in which all points of disagreement had been cleared up, supposedly bringing all the Shi‘i groups together on one platform.

 

Abu Hasan al-‘Amari, leader of the Badr Brigade, said that the agreement was “the beginning of a solution of the crisis that was threatening everyone.”  The Badr Brigade is the armed organization of the collaborationist so-called Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) which is represented on the American-appointed puppet so-called interim governing council under US proconsul L. Paul Bremer.

 

There was no immediate reaction from the US aggressor army that occupies a small base and some other buildings in an-Najaf.

 

Al-‘Amari said that one part of the intra-Shi‘i accord was an agreement in principle to set up a broad Iraqi security force.  According to the agreement the Jaysh al-Mahdi would be disarmed and transformed into a political party.

 

It was unclear as to whether the agreement included provisions on the fate of Muqtada as-Sadr himself.  Initially the US was demanding his arrest or death, but backed off from such demands more recently, pushing instead for other Iraqi Shi‘i organizations to reach some sort of accord with him.

 

Jaysh al-Mahdi shells US forces local headquarters in Madinat as-Sadr, Baghdad.

 

Jaysh al-Mahdi forces on Tuesday bombarded the council building in the part of Baghdad that has been nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr.  The building has been taken over by US aggressor forces as their headquarters in the area.  The Egyptian Middle East News Agency, which carried the story, had no information regarding possible American casualties.

 

Islamic Jihadi websites broadcast video of US “contractor” executed in Iraq as a deterrent to US abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners.  Serious questions remain unanswered.

 

Islamic Jihadi websites on the Internet posted photos, and a video clip of the beheading of an American capitve, Nicholas Berg, reportedly an American private contractor in Iraq.  A declaration addressed to the Islamic world community and published alongside the pictures and video, stated that the execution was in response to the murders, tortures, abuse, and humiliation to which many of the more than 12,000 Iraqi captives have been subjected by the American occupation authorities and their British and other satellite country stooges.

 

The communiqué, signed “Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi, the commander of the Jama‘at at-Tawhid wa-al-Jihad (the Group of Unity and Jihad), said that their group had offered to use Berg to ransom some of the prisoners in Abu Ghurayb concentration camp, but the US refused the deal, according to the message. The statement indicated that Berg was executed in defense of the honor of the Muslim prisoners, men and women, held in Abu Ghurayb and other occupation concentration camps in Iraq.

 

An article published on many of the same Islamic Jihadi websites two days earlier and signed Husayn ibn Mahmud had discussed the recent publication of hundreds of pictures documenting the systematic humiliation, abuse, and torture practiced by the US occupation authorities in their system of concentration camps throughout Iraq.  Husayn ibn Mahmud wrote that something must be done to deter the aggressors from continuing to perpetrate such crimes.  “Those are prisoners of war,” Husayn ibn Mahmud wrote, “and the Mujahideen also have prisoners of war, and they are obliged to do something to the Americans so as to force them to think a million times before they venture to carry out [abusive] activity.  The Mujahideen cannot do what the Americans have done because it is prohibited by our religion – prohibited in and of itself – and anyway this would not affect them because they generally accept such behavior.  They do such things voluntarily, with no one forcing them to, and with no shame.  Stripping people naked and sodomizing them are ordinary matters for them, things to which they are accustomed.  But there are things that the Mujahideen can do, such as slitting the throats of some of the prisoners with knives, and broadcasting their pictures and names.  This should be done by video files on the World Wide Web and not on the news media that the Americans control.  It should be announced that these actions are merely to avenge our brothers and sisters in Abu Ghurayb prison.  The door of innovation is open to the Mujahideen in this matter.”

 

The case of Nick Berg has itself has many lose ends.  Even the American Associated Press (AP), in addition to chiming in with a chorus of praise for the supposedly well-meaning, idealistic, but naive American businessman, pointed out that his case left “many unanswered questions.”

 

Prior to his capture by Iraqi Resistance forces, Berg, an American Jew, was stopped at a checkpoint near Mosul by Iraqi puppet police and held for two weeks.  Reportedly he was stopped for having been engaged in “suspicious activity.”  According to Berg’s family in the United States, Berg was held by the US occupation authorities.  The American authorities later denied that, however, claiming that he was held entirely by the Iraqi puppet police.  However that may be, during the two weeks he was in the custody of the aggressors and their stooges, Berg was reportedly interrogated three times by the American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) supposedly to ascertain whether he was indeed an American – something in the age of computers, to say nothing of telephones, that the FBI would have been able to determine in a matter of minutes.

 

One AP press report indicated that Berg had an “Iraqi in-law” living in the Mosul area, a man who had been married to a now-deceased sister of Berg’s.

 

Although supposedly a contractor working in the telecommunications field, Berg apparently had no contact with any contracting firms working with the US occupation, making him a contractor with no contract.  Nevertheless, according to the AP, Berg “traveled widely and unguarded in areas of Iraq — a dangerous practice rarely done by Westerners.”  Yet when offered a flight out of Iraq by the FBI, Berg reportedly turned down the offer because the ride to the airport was supposedly “too dangerous.”

 

The first news publication in the world to point to Berg’s Jewish identity was the Zionist Yediot Ahronot, published in occupied Palestine.  Given that Zionist activity has been frequently reported particularly in the northern regions of occupied Iraq (where Mosul is located), it is reasonable to wonder whether the Zionists in Tel Aviv might not have other relevant information on Nick Berg that has not yet been disclosed.

 

Dutch soldier killed, one other wounded.

 

Dutch media reported on Tuesday that military spokesmen had acknowledged that one Dutch aggressor soldier had been killed and another wounded in an Iraqi Resistance attack in the city of as-Samawah in southern Iraq.  The Dutch Defense Ministry reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters lobbed handgrenades at a patrol as they crossed a bridge over the Euphrates.  According to official Dutch sources, this was the first Dutch fatality in the war.  There are some 1,500 Dutch invader troops in occupied Iraq serving US aggressor interests.

 

Honduran occupation troops begin pull out from Iraq.

 

Spanish news media report that the President of Honduras, Ricardo Maduro, had announced that his country had begun withdrawing its aggressor forces from Iraq.  The first contingent of returning Honduran soldiers has already reached Kuwait.  Speaking in Tokyo, Maduro said that 160 Honduran aggressor troops, out of the total contingent of 369, had already arrived in Kuwait on their way back home. He declined to say when the rest of the troops would be leaving Iraq “for security reasons.”

 

Most of Dominican Republic’s soldiers return home from Iraq.

 

According to media sources, most of the 260 occupation troops from the Dominican Republic were withdrawn from Iraq on Monday after their tours of duty in Iraq were shortened after the withdrawal of the Spanish aggressor forces.  The president of the Dominican Republic and other top officials in the country were on hand at the airport in Santo Domingo to welcome the troops home.  Only 42 Dominican Republic troops remain in Iraq and they are set to leave within a few days.

 

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Wednesday, 12 May 2004.

 

Iraqi Resistance attacks US base in al-Habbaniyah.

 

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported late on Wednesday that Iraqi Resistance forces had fired missiles at the American military base in al-Habbaniyah, 20km west of al-Fallujah.  The correspondent noted that five rockets crashed into the US base.  On Tuesday (the day before) Resistance fighters had fired eight rockets at the US aggressors’ al-Habbaniyah base.

 

Iraqi Resistance targets Italian embassy with mortar barrage.

 

Al-‘Arabiyah TV reported on Wednesday night that a powerful explosion had shaken the Italian embassy in Baghdad.  The satellite TV station said that three mortar shells had crashed into the embassy.  An Italian TV journalist reported the blast and seconds later communications between her and the Rome offices of her television station were cut.  Al-‘Arabiyah reported that the Italian news agency had stated that the mortar attack caused no casualties or damage.

 

US admits one Marine invader killed on Tuesday in “western Iraq.”

 

The US military reported on Wednesday that one American occupation soldier was killed in fighting on Tuesday in western Iraq.  According to Reuters, which reported the official US statement, no details were provided other than that the dead soldier worked with the 1st Campaign force, a part of the US Marine Corps and that he was killed by “enemy,” i.e., Resistance gunfire.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces demolish puppet police station in Samarra’.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces blew up a puppet police station in the city of Samarra’, north of Baghdad on Wednesday wounding won puppet policeman, according to al-‘Arabiyah TV station.  Al-‘Arabiyah reported that the Resistance fighters surrounded the al-Mu‘tasim puppet police station in Samarra’, evacuated all the puppet policemen and then placed explosives in the building and demolished it.

 

Four Filipinos reported killed in Iraqi Resistance mortar attack on US airbase.

 

The Philippine President Gloria Aroyo announced on Wednesday that four Filipino citizens had been killed in a mortar attack on a US airbase in a town to the north of Baghdad.  She offered no further details.

 

Violent battles broke out between US aggressor forces and members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in the district of Baghdad nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr.  Al-Jazeera TV reported that Jaysh al-Mahdi forces had seized two American military vehicles and set them ablaze after the American troops had fled.  US forces then rushed reinforcements into the district.  Al-Jazeera broadcast scenes of the US vehicles on fire, surrounded by Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen.

 

Muqtada as-Sadr: Jaysh al-Mahdi will fight unless Shi‘i religious leaders demand its dissolution, in which case it will be dissolved.

 

Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr announced on Wednesday that his Jaysh al-Mahdi militia would continue its battle against the occupation forces lead by the United States.  He said, however, that he was ready at the same time to dissolve the Jaysh al-Mahdi if the Shi‘i religious leadership demanded it.

 

Speaking in an-Najaf, Muqtada as-Sadr said, “if the Americans are ready to leave Iraq this will bring peace, but if they continue to remain in Iraq that will destroy all the chances of peace and will lead to the spread of terrorism.”  He told a press conference, “we are ready for any American escalation.  We expect anything from the occupiers.”

 

As-Sadr praised what he called the efforts made by honest partners in their attempt to end the crisis between him and the occupation forces.  He accused the United States of intentionally planting the seeds of discord.

 

On Tuesday ‘Adnan az-Zurufi, the puppet governor of an-Najaf, stated that it might be possible to postpone the legal pursuit of as-Sadr if he immediately dissolved the Jaysh al-Mahdi. In reference to this, as-Sadr said, “if the Shi‘i religious authorities issue a fatwa or a ruling demanding that a Jaysh Mahdi be dissolved, we will comply with that.  But failing that, this armed militia will continue to defend our country and our its sacred places.”

 

Jaysh al-Madhi, US forces battle in an-Najaf Wednesday night.

 

Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that violent clashes have broken out and continued during Wednesday night between the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr and US aggressor forces in an-Najaf

 

US claims it killed 25 Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen in major offensive on Karbala’.

 

A US military spokesman claimed in a statement quoted by the Agence France Presse (AFP) that 25 Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, had been killed in battles with US troops in Karbala’ in the course of major US military attacks in the Shi‘i holy city Wednesday.

 

Units of the Iraqi puppet police entered Karbala’ during the afternoon on Wednesday according to al-Jazeera TV.  The puppet police units deployed in the city, reachind al-‘Abbas Street, to seal off the center of the city. Battles broke out between the puppet police and members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.

 

Earlier US occupation troops launched a large-scale military operation in the center of Karbala’ around a mosque controlled by Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr according to a report carried by Agence France Presse (AFP) on the authority of eyewitnesses. Gunfire from light arms and heavy weapons was heard through the night in the area.  US aggressor troops still had the downtown area sealed off on Wednesday morning.

 

An official in the city hospital reported that ambulances and fire trucks have been unable to get to the places where the clashes have been taking place.  Government employee Hashim Salman, 30, who lives in the cordoned off area reports that he can’t get out of his house because of the gunfire.  ‘Ali Husayn, another witness in the area said that a building close to the tombs of the Imam al-Husayn and al-‘Abbas were struck by weapons.

 

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