Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 13 May 2004 through Saturday, 15 May 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice


Thursday, 13 May 2004.


Iraqi Resistance battles US aggressors on road to Saddam International Airport near Baghdad Thursday night.


The correspondent for al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV reported on Thursday evening that violent battles had broken out and were still continuing on the road to Saddam International Airport near Baghdad.  No other details were immediately available.


Roadside bomb wounds four US troops near al-Fallujah.


Four US aggressor troops were wounded, one of them seriously near the city of al-Fallujah on Thursday. Reuters reported that the incident occurred when an Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded as the American troops were passing.


US Marine admitted killed Thursday in al-Anbar Province.


US occupation forces announced on Thursday that one US Marine invader died from wounds he received with on “security operations” in al-Anbar Province west of Baghdad, according to a report carried by Agence France Presse (AFP).  Al-Anbar Province is where al-Fallujah is located.


Mortar barrage targets Iraqi puppet “petroleum ministry.”


Three persons were reportedly slightly injured when three mortar shells struck and exploded near the Iraqi puppet “ministry of petroleum” in Baghdad.  Al-‘Arabiyah TV reported on Thursday that the three mortar rounds blew the glass out of the windows of buildings in the area.


Strela missiled explodes in Baghdad.


A Strela missile exploded in central Baghdad on Thursday morning.  According to a report carried by the Egyptian Middle East News Agency, the blast damaged the building of a Petroleum Cultural Center on the street, but caused no casualties.  Iraqi puppet police rushed to close off the scene.


One American killed, one wounded in bombing in Baghdad.


US aggressor forces announced that one American soldier was killed and another injured when a home made bomb struck a military motorcade in Baghdad.  Al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV reported the incident on Thursday with no further details.


US aggressor soldier killed in Resistance roadside bombing in Baghdad.


The US occupation authorities on Thursday admitted that one US soldier had been killed in an Iraqi Resistance bomb blast in Baghdad.  The roadside bomb went of as a convoy was passing.  The official statement gave no further details.


Iraqi Resistance bomb wounds US aggressor troops in ar-Ramadi.


A number of US aggressor troops were wounded when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded as a US patrol was passing by in the city of ar-Ramadi, west of Baghdad.


Resistance attacks convoy of Turkish trucks near border.


According to a report carried by Egypt’s Middle East News Agency, a convoy of Turkish trucks carrying pre-fabricated housing for the US occupation troops was attacked by the Resistance as it crossed into Iraqi territory.   The attack reportedly inflicted heavy casualties and losses on the convoy, but no specific numbers were available.


Battles continue in Karbala’ on Thursday.


Battles continued on Thursday between the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr and US aggressor troops in Karbala’, near the area of the tomb of the Imam Husayn.  Smoke was seen billowing from near the area and the sound of intense gunfire and explosions could be heard.


Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen concentrated in a narrow street near the tomb of Imam al-Husayn.  Clashes also broke out near the tomb of the Imam al-‘Abbas.


Puppet police say: Resistance rocket attack foiled in Kirkuk.


A spokesman for the Iraqi puppet police announced on Thursday that they had foiled an attempt to fire a rocket at an American military base in the city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.  Dabkar Shukr ‘Abdallah, an official with the Kirkuk puppet police said that the puppet police in al-Qadisiyah neighborhood discovere two rockets ready for launch at the US base in Kirkuk, Egypt’s Middle East News Agency reported.  ‘Abdallah added that the puppet police in cooperation with the occupation troops defused the two rockets and began combing the area for Resistance fighters.














Friday, 14 May 2004.


Resistance destroys three US Humvees, leaves Americans dead and wounded near al-Fallujah.


Iraqi Resistance fighters destroyed two American Humvees on the Baghdad – al-Fallujah Highway east of al-Fallujah on Friday, according to Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in the city.  Eyewitnesses reported that at least three US occupation troops were killed in the Resistance attack and a number of others wounded.


US aggressor troops immediately closed off the area of the Resistance attack, which remained inaccessible for five hours as US aircraft continually prowled the skies above al-Fallujah, also for five straight hours.  American jet planes repeatedly broke the sound barrier over the city.


The latest Resistance attack broke the peace that had settled in on the city for several days.


US admits Iraqi Resistance kills Marine in “western Iraq.”


The US military announced on Friday that one Marine invader was killed on Thursday in “western Iraq.”  According to Reuters, which reported the US announcement, the Marine was with the first task force.  No further details of his death were reported in the official US statement.


General Latif: no intention to disarm Resistance fighters in al-Fallujah.


Major General Muhammad Latif, the commander of the peace keeping forces in al-Fallujah, who is known as “the Major General of al-Fallujah” said that he does not intend to disarm the Resistance fighters in the city.  In a talk with Reuters he said that “the weapons are not the cause of the problem in the city.  The focus must be on rebuilding Iraq.”  He stressed that the US forces must leave the country for there to be peace.


US Major General James Matisse, commander of the 1st Marine Division met with Major General Latif and told him, however, that it was necessary to disarm the Resistance and to expel or kill what he called “foreign fighters,” i.e., Arab volunteers.


Huge explosion heard in Baghdad Friday night.


Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported late on Friday night that a large explosion resounded in Baghdad.  The station offered no further details immediately.


Jaysh al-Mahdi – US aggressors resume battle in an-Najaf.


Battle resumed on Friday between members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, and US aggressor troops in an-Najaf according to Agence France Presse (AFP).  AFP reported on Friday morning that gunfire could be heard centered around the 1920 Revolution Square near the northern entrance to the city, 160km south of Baghdad.  Iraqi puppet police closed off all approaches to the city and have prevented cars and pedestrians from entering or leaving an-Najaf.


Later, AFP reported that a series of powerful explosions resounded at the southern entrance to an-Najaf shortly before midday Friday congregational prayers.  Gunfire could be heard by that time at the southern and western entrances to the city.  Seven persons had by then been reported wounded in the clashes between the Jaysh al-Mahdi and the American invader troops in the city where Muqtada as-Sadr has his headquarters.


Late Friday morning, a spokesman for the so-called Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) a puppet organization loyal to a member of the American-controlled so-called “Iraqi governing council” announced that Friday congregational prayers might be cancelled in Shi‘i mosques in an-Najaf as a result of the fighting there, according to AFP.  Qasim al-Hashimi, the General Secretary of the office of “The Imams of al-Jum‘ah wa-al-Jama‘ah” which is controlled by SCIRI, told the press that originally there were supposed to be prayers as usual, but that in view of the fighting they could not be held.  At that time it was not known whether Muqtada as-Sadr would be able to get past the US tanks blocking the road between an-Najaf and al-Kufah.  Muqtada as-Sadr regularly leads the Friday congregational prayers in al-Kufah mosque, just north of an-Najaf.


Despite the US efforts, Muqtada as-Sadr did lead the Friday prayers in al-Kufah, giving a sermon in which he denounced the United States.  According to the Associated Press, as-Sadr called George Bush and Tony Blair “the head of oppression,” and denounced their attempt to use the beheading of an American by Iraqi Resistance forces to try to distract the attention of world public opinion from the crimes committed against Iraqi prisoners in their occupation prisons in Iraq.


As-Sadr warned rival Shi‘i political parties of the danger inherent in supporting the occupation forces lead by the United States in any measure they might take against him or the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.  “I ask what has happened to the Badr Brigade?  How did things turn around for them that they are now on this level of treason?”  As-Sadr said that the Badr Brigade had been some of the biggest supporters of his late father when he battled Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.  As-Sadr said that the Badr Brigade should take heed and be wary of falling into the talons of the plot that America is weaving, to stir up fighting between the various Shi‘i groups, one against another.


The Badr Brigade is the armed wing of the so-called Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), a collaborationist organization led by ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Hakim, a member of the US controlled puppet so-called “interim governing council” of Iraq.


Muqtada as-Sadr also denounced every Iraqi who provides support and backing to the occupation authorities, calling such support “treason and lackey-ism.”


Later on Friday afternoon Muqtada as-Sadr’s office in an-Najaf reported that the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia had shot down one US helicopter and destroyed five American tanks.


On Friday evening, a spokesman for Muqtada as-Sadr reported that 10 members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi had been killed in fighting with the American aggressors in the fighting in an-Najaf on Friday.


Explosions and heavy machine-gun fire rocked Najaf for hours throughout most of Friday, and bands of Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen carrying assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar tubes roamed the city. After a lull, sporadic firing resumed as night fell.


US invader gunfire damaged the Shi‘i shrines in an-Najaf on Friday. Four holes, each approximately 12 inches long and 8 inches wide, could be seen on the golden dome of the Imam ‘Ali mosque, burial place of Imam ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, the Prophet Muhammad's cousin and son-in-law.


Jaysh al-Mahdi fires mortar barrage at US base in Baghdad.


Al-Jazeera satellite TV late on Friday night reported that Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen in the district of Baghdad nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr had launched a mortar barrage on the ar-Rashad base occupied by the US invader forces in the northern part of the Iraqi capital.


Jaysh al-Mahdi forces armed with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns are concentrated in major points and main entrances to the district. 


As-Sadr spokesman in Baghdad calls on Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen in the capital to head to an-Najaf and Karbala’ to reinforce their brothers battling US aggressors.


‘Abd al-Hadi ad-Darraji, spokesman for the office of Muqtada as-Sadr in Baghdad called on Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen to head for an-Najaf and Karbala’ in order to reinforce the fighters there.  In a sermon he delivered at congregational prayers at midday on Friday, ad-Darraji also attacked the Shi‘i religious authorities without naming them, denouncing those who called an-Najaf and Karbala’ “red lines” that could not be crossed yet did nothing to stop the US offensive.


Ad-Darraji said, “he who finds himself ready and able go to the city of an-Najaf and to the city of Karbala’, I say to him ‘after Friday Congregational Prayer is over, you must head there to back up your brothers in an-Najaf.’”  He added, “From here I denounce and condemn those who said that an-Najaf and Karbala’ are red lines.  Where are their funds?  Where are their actions?”


Jaysh al-Mahdi seizes control of an-Nasiriyah, declares is “closed” to occupation troops.


Late on Friday afternoon it was announced that the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, had deployed in the streets of the city of an-Nasiriyah and taken control of the Governorate building and the puppet police stations in the city.  Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that Shaykh Aws al-Khafaji, director of as-Sadr’s office in an-Nasiriyah had declared a state of Jihad and regarded the city, as of Friday, as a “prohibited zone” for the occupation forces.


Al-Khafaji called on the townspeople to leave the city to leave the way open for the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia to deploy there effectively.


Late on Friday the Italian aggressor brigade headquartered in an-Nasiriyah reported that Jaysh al-Mahdi forces had fired rocket-propelled grenades at the occupation headquarters in the city.  Eyewitnesses told Agence France Presse (AFP) that about 10 rockets were fired at the occupation headquarters Friday night.


Jaysh al-Mahdi seizes puppet police station, weapons in Karbala’.


Al-Jazeera TV reported late on Friday that Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen in Karbala’ had seized control of the al-Husayn Emergency Brigade, a part of the puppet police force, and had taken the weapons and equipment from their station.


Badr Brigade, chauvinist Peshmergah reportedly aiding US in assault on an-Najaf, Karbala’.


Meanwhile, news reports indicated that Iraqi puppet forces were participating alongside US aggressor forces in the assault on an-Najaf and Karbala’.  Quds Press reported that sources in the two cities had confirmed that Iraqi militiamen loyal to members of the US puppet so-called interim governing council were supporting the American invaders in the city.  QudsPress reported that the sources refused to name the specific militias concerned, but said that it was probably a reference to the same puppet militias that took part in the assault on al-Fallujah in April, namely a militia belonging to convicted embezzler Ahmad Chelebi’s so-called “Iraqi national congress,” the Badr Brigade loyal to the so-called Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), forces from the so-called “national accord party” led by Iyad ‘Alawi, and the Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah.  Such reports have been denied by the puppet so-called “governing council” in the past.


Nevertheless Intifad Qanbar, a spokesman for Chelebi had told a press conference in the past that he was “proud” of the role of Chelebi’s militia in the assault on al-Fallujah.  Mafkarat al-Islam also disclosed the presence of Kurdish chauvinist Peshmerga militiamen in the attack on al-Fallujah.


‘Ali as-Sistani calls for as-Sadr, Americans to pull out of an-Najaf.


Muhammad Baqir al-Mihri, an aide to Shi‘i religious leader ‘Ali as-Sistani, called on US forces and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia to stop fighting and leave an-Najaf. The call came, according to al-Jazeera satellite TV, after fighting erupted in an-Najaf on Friday and three US tanks penetrated into the sites in an-Najaf where Shi‘i imams are buried.


Final contingents of Spanish invaders begin to leave Iraq.


Spanish media sources report that the final pull out of Spanish aggressor forces from Iraq began on Friday when 144 troops left Kuwait for Spain.  The final withdrawal of the Spanish troops is to take place over the subsequent two weeks.


600 Filipino contract workers flee Iraq after four of their countrymen die in Resistance attack.


Philippine government sources announced on Friday that some 600 Filipino workers employed at an American aggressor military base in Iraq had left their jobs and were heading home to the Philippines after a Filipino was killed in a mortar attack on Tuesday.  A government spokesman in Manila, who declined to disclose his name, said that  “all types of work in the country are paralyzed due to fear and the Filipinos refuse to work after the latest incident.”  He said that their employer would pay for their flight to the United Arab Emirates, and thence to Manila but that the cost of the trip would be deducted from their pay.


Manila had confirmed the deaths of four Filipinos in an attack on a US base in Balad, north of Baghdad on Tuesday night.  US sources added that five other workers were also wounded in the Resistance attack.


Some 3,000 Filipinos reportedly are working as contract labor in occupied Iraq in service to the aggressor forces, 1,360 of them in the US military base in Balad.




















Saturday, 15 May 2004.


Iraqi Resistance forces on Saturday afternoon attacked an American position in the al-Karmah area, 10km northeast of al-Fallujah, destroying two tanks that were on the move in the vicinity.  According to eyewitnesses quoted by Mafkarat al-Islam, none of the crew or passengers in the tanks escaped.  In fact, the correspondent reports, in most cases the US troops are killed inside their armored vehicles and tanks because of their intense fear of getting out of the vehicles and coming under deadly Resistance fire.  The Americans therefore usually remain inside their disabled and burning tanks in the hope that some of their forces will come to rescue them before they die.  This seldom occurs, however, because the Resistance prevents any assistance reaching the tank crews, and therefor before long the ammunition on the tanks explodes, killing all aboard.


Al-Karmah’s Resistance forces carried out major operations against the US aggressors during the American siege of al-Fallujah, cutting the US supply lines, which ran through ash-Shu‘lah which is in the area on a road also sometimes called “the al-Karmah road.”


It was in al-Karmah that the Resistance wiped out a complete US unit of 18 transports that were leaving al-Fallujah on their way to Baghdad.  None of their personnel survived, as all the transports were burned together with the tanks, armored personnel carriers, and Humvees that were loaded upon them. (Each transport carries one tank and one Humvee and two armored vehicles).  Thirty-six US soldiers who were driving the transport vehicles were killed in that Resistance attack that took place during the last days of the siege of al-Fallujah.  Nine other American troops, who were riding with the tanks being transported, also died in the attack, as were 18 American soldiers who were riding in the armored personnel carriers.


US invader troops raid Abu Hanifah mosque in Baghdad.


US aggressor forces on Saturday raided the centuries-old Sunni Mosque of Abu Hanifah an-Nu‘man in Baghdad’s al-A‘zamiyah district claiming that they suspected weapons of being stored there.  Eyewitnesses told the Qatari News Agency (Qana) that the US aggressor forces with dogs searched through the mosque.


This is not the first time that US aggressor troops have raided the Mosque of Abu Hanifah, one of the most important Sunni sites in the Iraqi capital.  The invaders raided the mosque about one month earlier to steal all the humanitarian supplies that were being donated by Baghdad citizens to help relieve the victims of the American siege of al-Fallujah which was then still underway.  At that time the US aggressors also cordoned off the Imam College adjacent to the mosque, inflicting damage to the interior of the college.


Blasts strike US headquarters in Baghdad.


Eyewitnesses reported that two thunderous explosions rocked downtown Baghdad before midday on Saturday.  Warning sirens wailed inside the US occupation headquarters and columns of smoke rose from the area around the Republican Palace, which the aggressor forces use as their headquarters, naming it “the Green Zone.”  A spokesman for the US invader troops said that the cause of the explosions was “unknown,” according to Reuters.


Blasts rock Baghdad before dawn, Saturday.


Several large explosions and the roar of high-flying aircraft could be heard in Baghdad before dawn Saturday. The US occupation command issued no statement and the cause of the blasts was unknown.


US military admits four American aggressor soldiers killed.


On Saturday the US military admitted that four American aggressor troops had been killed in separate incidents.  According to a US military spokesman, one soldier was killed at 3:00pm Friday in a mortar attack on his unit.  A second was killed by Iraqi snipers.  The third was killed when his car overturned. All these three were killed in southern Iraq.  A fourth US aggressor soldier was killed in the headquarters of US forces in Baghdad in undisclosed circumstances.


Iraqi Resistance attacks American military supply convoy.


The American Associated Press reported on Saturday that a US military supply convoy was attacked 25 miles north of Baghdad and one fuel tanker was destroyed. Iraqi youths danced and cheered around the burning vehicle as they displayed family photos, presumably the driver's.


US soldier killed in Iraqi Resistance grenade attack north of Baghdad.


The US military officially admitted on Saturday that one American soldier had died of wounds he received in a grenade attack on his military convoy north of Baghdad.  The US military said that the soldier died on Friday evening after being wounded during the day near the town of Balad, 100km north of Baghdad.  The US aggressor forces said that two other American soldiers were also killed on Friday south of Baghdad.


Volunteers for US puppet army killed in Resistance mortar attack in Mosul.


Hospital sources reported on Saturday that a mortar round fired by the Iraqi Resistance slammed into a line of Iraqis queuing up to volunteer for the US puppet “Iraqi army.”  Four would-be stooge soldiers were killed and 17 others wounded, according to Reuters.


The Iraqi puppet police reported that the dead and wounded had been lining up outside the recruitment base set up in the industrial zone in the eastern part of Mosul when one mortar round exploded in their midst at 10:35am, Saturday.


US encircles Madinat as-Sadr in Baghdad.


The US aggressor command deployed military vehicles around the district of Baghdad nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr, stronghold of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr and his Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, in the early hours of Saturday.  American tanks took up positions at the main crossroads leading to the city but did not close the streets.


Local residents expressed their fears to the Egyptian Middle East News Agency, particularly during the night when the Jaysh al-Mahdi appears in the streets and clashes erupt between the US forces carrying out patrols backed by helicopter gunships in the district.


Battles raged through the night and into the early morning of Saturday as the Jaysh al-Mahdi fired mortar shells at the US headquarters in al-Urfili neighborhood in the district.


Later on Saturday, residents of the so-called Madinat as-Sadr area of Baghdad buried two Iraqis killed in the American attacks, one of them a first lieutenant in the Iraqi puppet police.  An American aggressor patrol called on the people of that neighborhood to surrender their arms to the invaders within a certain set period of time, and residents responded by stoning the American patrol and preventing the invaders from getting into the city.


Four Iraqis, including three civilians and one puppet security man, killed in Karbala’ battles.


Hospital sources and eyewitnesses reported that four Iraqis, including three civilians, were killed and seven others wounded in battles on Saturday morning between the Iraqi puppet civil defense force and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.


Hasan Ghanim, 40, a taxi driver who saw the fighting said that one of the puppet civil defense force fighters was killed in the clashes that occurred in the center of the city of Karbala’, 110km south of Baghdad, according to Agence France Presse (AFP).


‘Ali al-‘Ardawi, director of the Emergency Hospital in the city said that the bodies of three dead civilians were brought into their facility, and that an additional seven wounded people had been admitted.


The US aggressors’ response to the news that their aggression had caused civilian deaths was to call on the residents of Karbala’ to evacuate their city so that the invaders could have a free hand to attempt to destroy all in their path.  In fact, according to al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV, the majority of the city’s residents have indeed evacuated the city.

Violent battles in an-Najaf.


A series of explosions shook an-Najaf as violent fighting continued there on Saturday between the Jaysh al-Mahdi and US aggressor forces.


Fighting in al-‘Amarah.


A British military spokesman in al-‘Amarah in southern Iraq claimed that British invader troops had killed 20 Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen and captured one militiaman during an exchange of gunfire.  He said that two British aggressor troops were also wounded in the battles which broke out after the Jaysh al-Mahdi attacked a British aggressor patrol with rocket-propelled grenades and hand grenades.


Jaysh al-Mahdi siege of occupation headquarters reported broken in an-Nasiriyah.


Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that the blockade imposed by Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen on the headquarters of occupation troops in an-Nasiriyah had been broken.  Jaysh al-Mahdi forces had battled with Italian and Filipino aggressor troops charged with guarding the occupation headquarters building. The fighting there lasted about half an hour.


US supply truck attacked and burned by Resistance in Baghdad.


Al-Jazeera satellite TV’s correspondent in Baghdad reported that a American military truck loaded with equipment was set ablaze in a Resistance attack on a main street in an-Nahdah district in the center of the city.  After the attack, US aggressor troops closed off the area.


US General: Americans kill 21 Iraqis, wound 10 in operations around Baghdad.


According to US Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, American aggressor troops killed 21 Iraqis and wounded 10 more in operations they carried out from late Friday until Saturday in Baghdad.  Kimmitt told a press conference on Saturday that most of the Iraqis were killed in the district known as Madinat as-Sadr, the stronghold of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.


Kimmitt admitted that there were numerous other military engagements in which his occupation troops were involved in an-Nasiriyah and al-‘Amarah.


Kimmitt said that Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a US aggressor patrol with rocket propelled grenades and automatic weapons.  The invaders traded gunfire with the Resistance, Kimmitt reported, claiming that US gunfire killed seven Iraqis in that incident.


Iraqi puppet police killed in Resistance attack in Tikrit.


Iraqi puppet police announced in Tikrit that two puppet policemen and a guard were killed on Friday-Saturday night when Resistance forces opened fire on them as they guarded a fuel station near the city.


Bomb attack reportedly kills peasant.


One Iraqi peasant was killed and another wounded when a bomb, probably intended for an American convoy went off on the Kirkuk-Mosul road.


Rumsfeld ordered attacks on Karbala’, an-Najaf during visit to Iraq.


Iraqi sources have confirmed that US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gave the green light to US forces to attack the cities of an-Najaf and Karbala’ during his visit to Iraq on Friday, according to Quds Press.


Battles erupted between Jaysh al-Mahdi and the US aggressor forces in both cities early Friday morning.  Local eyewitnesses report Kurdish chauvinist Peshmergah militia are aiding US aggressors in their attacks on the cities.


More than one member of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, have said that a number of US aggressor soldiers had been killed in the battles.  Another militiaman acknowledged that US occupation forces had cut the road linking Karbala’ and an-Najaf in order to prevent contact between Jaysh al-Mahdi forces in the two cities.


Saudi philanthropist murdered near al-Basrah, US-backed sectarians blamed.


At about 8:30 Saturday morning Saudi businessman Shaykh Saqr al-Hadhlul and his son were killed in the city of az-Zubayr when a hand grenade was thrown at their car, according to a report from a correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, which described al-Hadhlul as a philanthropist and benefactor of the city.  Al-Hadhlul had built the best-known mosque in the al-Hamdan district of Abu al-Khasib – a mosque known as “Jami‘ al-Hadhlul.”


Shaykh Saqr had recently taken up residence in Iraq and still carried Saudi citizenship at the time of his death. Relatives of Shaykh Saqr blame Shi‘i sectarians backed by the United States for the murder.  They report that since the fall of Baghdad in the spring of 2003, the so-called Da‘wah Party, led by Ibrahim al-Ja‘fari, a member of the puppet so-called “interim governing council of Iraq,” and also the Badr Brigades, led by another collaborationist puppet council member ‘Abd al-‘Aziz al-Hakim, have been assassinating Sunni community leaders.


Sources: al-‘Arab al-Yawm newspaper, ‘Amman, Jordan, 16 May 2004.