Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 26 May 2004 through Friday, 28 May 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice


Wednesday, 26 May 2004.


Iraqi Resistance attacks US patrol near al-Habbaniyah Wednesday afternoon.


Iraqi Resistance fighters on Wednesday afternoon ambushed a US aggressor reconnaissance patrol on the al-Habbaniyah road, according to a dispatch from the al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.  The Resistance attacked the US invader troops before a column of tanks could arrive on the scene.  The Resistance fighters attacked the patrol, which consisted of two Humvees, with rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs), killing and wounding a number of the US troops who were aboard the vehicles.


As is known, the US invaders maintain a base at al-Habbaniyah that constitutes one side of a potential US pincer poised to the west of al-Fallujah.  The other side of the potential pincer is a US encampment in the agricultural zone east of al-Fallujah.


Once again, the people of al-Fallujah capture US soldiers and Iraqi collaborator translators on spying mission.


On Wednesday afternoon the people of al-Fallujah captured two Americans along with two Iraqi translator collaborators working with them, according to a report filed by Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent in the city.  The group was captured when they were on as-Sirsar road between al-Jawlan neighborhod and al-Mu‘allimin neighborhood in the northwest of the city of al-Fallujah where they were engaged in a spying operation.  The group was traveling in a civilian car.


On Tuesday the citizens of al-Fallujah captured a high-ranking US officer in the same area together with two Iraqi collaborator translators who were accompanying him.  The al-Fallujah Resistance seeks to keep all in custody along with those captured earlier in order to use them as bargaining chips to gain the release of some of their commanders being held by the US invaders.


During the previous two weeks the Resistance won the release of Resistance commanders and men for US Marines who had been captured during the siege of al-Fallujah.


The residents of al-Fallujah believe that the attempts by the US aggressors to send spies into their city are clear indications that the Americans intend once again to attack their city.


US claims: one dead two injured in another “traffic accident.”


In the second reported “traffic accident” in two days, US military propaganda sources admitted on Wednesday morning that one American soldier was killed and two others wounded in a “traffic accident” south of Tikrit, on Tuesday night.  The accident allegedly occurred six miles south of Tikrit, and US sources said that the two wounded soldiers were treated in a hospital near the scene of the incident and that they were no longer in danger of death from their injuries.


Three puppet policemen killed, 18 others, including puppet colonel, wounded in Iraqi Resistance car bombing northeast of Baghdad.


Iraqi puppet security sources reported that three puppet policemen were killed and 18 others, including a high-ranking puppet police commander, were wounded when an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in the town of ar-Ruzz, 75km northeast of Baghdad.


The chief of the local puppet police, Major General Muhammad Dawud, said that the explosives-laden car exploded at the moment that Colonel ‘Ali Isma‘il, head of the investigations department of the Ba‘qubah puppet police was driving his car past the site.  Dawud said that the blast killed three persons and wounded 18 others, including Colonel Isma‘il and three puppet policemen.  The blast also destroyed four cars and a minibus.


Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported on the authority of a source in the office of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr that two members of his Jaysh al-Mahdi militia were killed in battles with the US occupation troops after an American patrol entered the so-called Madinat as-Sadr district of Baghdad earlier on Wednesday.  In an-Najaf, meanwhile, al-Jazeera said that hospital sources had put the death toll from the day’s fighting at nine killed with more than 50 others wounded in the battles that raged around the Wadi as-Salam cemetery in the city.


Jaysh al-Mahdi battles US invaders in Baghdad during the night.


Fierce battles raged during Tuesday-Wednesday night in the Baghdad district nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr between US aggressor forces and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.  The exchange of gunfire lasted until the break of dawn Wednesday. Witnesses told the Egyptian Middle East News Agency that the fighting started after midnight when US armored vehicles tried to advance at a number of points in the city and the Jaysh al-Mahdi resisted, firing rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and machineguns at the invaders.  There was no immediate information on casualties.


Jaysh al-Mahdi continues to resist US assault on an-Najaf in bitter fighting.


Wednesday morning witnessed renewed and violent fighting between US aggressor forces and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in various parts of an-Najaf.


The Egyptian Middle East News Agency reported that the Jaysh al-Mahdi resisted US tanks as they tried to advance towards the center of the city.  The militiamen fired rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and small arms at the Americans.


Doctors said at least nine people were killed and 29 wounded around an ancient cemetery in an-Najaf.


US invaders capture in-law and aide of Muqtada as-Sadr.


Informed sources in the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr reported around midday on Wednesday that the US aggressor forces had taken an aide and in-law of Muqtada as-Sadr captive.  The capture came in the wake of all-night battles in the city of an-Najaf that left some 24 dead and 50 others wounded.


‘Azzar al-Kinani, an employee in as-Sadr’s office in an-Najaf said that Riyad an-Nuri ar-Riyad, who is considered one of the most prominent aides of Muqtada as-Sadr, put up no resistance when occupation forces stormed into his home during a series of clashes that took place in the holy city of an-Najaf early Wednesday.


Al-Jazeera TV reported that in addition to an-Nuri ar-Riyad, the US aggressors also captured three brothers of Fu’ad at-Tarafi, an official of the as-Sadr office in an-Najaf and ‘Adnan al-Kilabi, the representative of the National Accord Movement (Harakat al-Wifaq al-Watani) in the city.


Al-Khaz‘ali: US used prohibited arms, shelled Imam ‘Ali tomb.


Qays al-Khaz‘ali, spokesman for the office of Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in the city of an-Najaf, said late on Wednesday that the US aggressor troops used weapons that have been banned internationally in its attacks on the Jaysh al-Mahdi in the Battle of Wadi as-Salam cemetery, in addition to targeting the tomb of the Imam ‘Ali.


Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported al-Khaz‘ali as saying that they have evidence to prove that the shell that landed Tuesday on the tomb of the Imam ‘Ali in the city was American.  Al-Khaz‘ali called on experts and specialists to examine the area and to see for themselves.


US offers inflated numbers of supposed Jaysh al-Mahdi dead.


US Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt, deputy commander of operations of US aggressor forces in Iraq, claimed on Wednesday that his troops killed “a very large number” of Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in battles in Baghdad and an-Najaf in the previous 24 hours.  According to al-Jazeera satellite TV, Kimmitt claimed that the total number of Jaysh al-Mahdi dead was something less than 100 men, and that the total number of Jaysh al-Mahdi dead in Baghdad alone was something less than 30.


On the other hand the Jaysh al-Mahdi itself and also Iraqi medical sources reported earlier on Wednesday that 13 Iraqis had been killed and 33 others wounded in the fighting that took place in the early hours of the morning in an-Najaf.  Al-Jazeera’s correspondent in an-Najaf reported that sources in an-Najaf General Hospital reported that nine persons had been killed and more than 50 others injured in the battles that raged between the US aggressors and the Jaysh al-Mahdi near the Wadi as-Salam Cemetery Wednesday morning.


US troops, puppet police now patrol Karbala’.


Al-Jazeera’s correspondent in Karbala’ reported that a joint patrol of US aggressor troops and Iraqi puppet police entered Imam al-Husayn street in the city on Wednesday morning and concentrated at the Bab al-Qiblah intersection.  The correspondent added that the US forces disembarked from their vehicles for a short time, and then left the area.


Fifteen injured, two cop cars destroyed as students, puppet police clash on University of al-Basrah Campus.


Twelve students and three puppet policemen were injured in clashes Wednesday between students and puppet police at the University of al-Basrah in southern Iraq.


Witnesses reported that the battles broke out when puppet police entered the campus to break up fights that had begun among the students.  The witnesses told the Qatari News Agency Qana that two Iraqi puppet police cars were destroyed during the battles with the students.  The University’s evening students were prevented from attending their classes late on Wednesday.  It was unclear what caused the student fights.


US invaders destroy al-Mukhayyam Mosque in Karbala’.


US aggressor forces with the assistance of local puppet police demolished what remained standing of the al-Mukhayyam Mosque in the city of Karbala with dynamite on Wednesday morning.  The invader troops had basically destroyed the building on Tuesday.  Al-‘Arabiyah satellite TV reported on Wednesday that the US troops concentrated in the area of al-Mukhayyam, near the tomb of the Imam al-Husayn and also encircled the al-Bina’ al-Jahiz neighborhood in the city where they conducted house-to-house raids in search of weapons.  Al-Mukhayyam Mosque was used temporarily by Muqtada as-Sadr as a headquarters after the US aggressors destroyed his previous headquarters in the city.
















Thursday, 27 May 2004.


Ba‘th Statement: US puppet regime, any foreign forces brought in to serve after the so-called ‘transfer of power’ on 30 June will be legitimate targets of the Resistance.


The Arab Ba‘th Socialist Party has issued a statement in which it pledged that the Iraqi Resistance would target the presidency, provisional government, and foreign forces that will remain in Iraq after the supposed “transfer of authority” at the end of June.


The Ba‘th statement said: “the transfer of authority to the governing council appointed by the occupation does not constitute a real gain for the Ba‘th, nor for the armed Iraqi Resistance, the legal side opposed to the current reality and planned future of the occupation.  This date was set by the US Administration in its hopeless effort to manage its deepening and accelerating crisis in Iraq.


The Ba‘th statement, the full text of which appeared in al-Quds al-‘Arabi newspaper, said that the institutions and individual members of the presidential structure and the provisional government will be legitimate targets for the armed Resistance, regardless of the titles or identities of those persons.


Members of the used up puppet “governing council,” including those who will be leaving office, will remain legitimate targets of the Resistance, which will take vengeance on them for their treasonous activity against Iraq and their collaboration with the occupier.


The Ba‘th statement confirmed that foreign entities, whatever their titles or natures, that set themselves up in Iraq under the auspices of the implementation of the transfer of power will remain illegal and equivalent to the occupation and its puppet government.  Foreign military forces – regardless of what they are called, regardless of any resolutions taken by any international or regional organizations, and regardless of any orders issued by the puppet government under which they might operate – will be treated as occupation forces, regardless of where they might be in Iraq and regardless of whatever function or purpose they might be commissioned to fulfil.


The Ba‘th statement said that United Nations resolutions will be simply the legal perfection of the effort to grant legitimacy to the occupation which is rejected by the Iraqi People and Resistance.  These resolutions will not be binding or legal as far as the Resistance and the people of Iraq are concerned. Anything based upon such resolutions and any forces that come in under their auspices will still be treated as occupation forces.


The Ba‘th statement concluded saying: the political and security agreements and accords and any other arrangements that the puppet government might make will be illegal, as will anything based on such arrangements or imposed on the Iraqi people under them on Iraqi territory, and they will be treated like the occupiers and be regarded as legitimate targets.


Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent: Iraqi Resistance hit several US patrols, convoys near al-Fallujah.


Iraqi Resistance fighters ambushed a US patrol near al-Fallujah on the highway to as-Saqlawiyah.  Several bombs were planted on the roadway and their explosion completely destroyed one Humvee, killing or wounding all aboard it, and also putting another Humvee out of action, according to the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam.


A Resistance roadside bomb struck another US patrol, this one on the road to al-Bu ‘Isa.  That bomb destroyed one Humvee and killed or wounded all aboard it.  (See below: “Iraqi Resistance targets US convoy south of al-Fallujah,” and United Arab Emiriates News Agency report quoted [below] in the Iraqi Resistance Report for Friday, 28 May 2004 under the heading “United Arab Emirates News Agency: 20 Americans killed or wounded in Resistance bombing in the al-Bu ‘Isa area on Thursday.”)


But the most powerful Resistance attack took place on the as-Saddah road on the an-Nu‘aymi extension road where two double bombs were detonated by remote-control under a transport carrying US aggressor troops.  A huge explosion resulted, sending American troops, who had been riding on the vehicle, flying through the air.  Eyewitnesses report that there were a large number of dead and wounded in the attack.  Two US helicopters arrived on the scene to transport the dead and wounded away.  Meanwhile a helicopter helped to load the wrecked troop carrier on a long flatbed truck


Iraqi Resistance bomb strikes US military vehicle east of al-Fallujah.


An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in an area under US control under an overpass on the highway east of al-Fallujah on the way to Baghdad on Thursday.  The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that eyewitnesses saw fire burning in the area of the bomb attack, indicating that a target had been hit and that a US vehicle had been set ablaze.  The blast was heard in the surrounding area.


Iraqi Resistance targets US convoy south of al-Fallujah.


Iraqi witnesses have confirmed that a US military convoy was attacked by the Iraqi Resistance south of al-Fallujah when three bombs exploded on the road on which the American vehicles were traveling.  The witnesses reported that at least one of the US vehicles in the convoy was totally destroyed in the attack, the US Associated Press (AP) reported.


After the blast, the witnesses said, the US aggressors opened fire indiscriminately, as is their habit after they come under attack.  The Americans then closed off all approaches to the area of the Resistance assault.


Muhammad Jasim, 28, told the AP that he saw two US helicopters land at the scene of the attack and carry away a number of wounded American troops.  American military sources, however, provided no information on the extent or nature of the casualties they suffered in the Resistance attack.


(For more details, see the Iraqi Resistance Report for Friday, 28 May 2004 under the heading “United Arab Emirates News Agency: 20 Americans killed or wounded in Resistance bombing in the al-Bu ‘Isa area on Thursday.”)


US military admits three Marine invaders killed in al-Anbar Province.


US military propaganda sources in Iraq admitted early Thursday that three US Marine invaders had been killed west of Baghdad.  According to the American Associated Press (AP), the US military stated that no details of the deaths would be released for what it called “security reasons.”  The official announcement said that three troops were killed in al-Anbar Province when they were on a security patrol.  Al-Anbar is the province in which al-Fallujah is located.


Iraqi Resistance bomb targets US troops, Americans take revenge on minibus full of Iraqi civilians, killing one, wounding at least six in Baghdad.


Iraqi eyewitnesses reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded on a Baghdad highway Thursday morning as a US convoy was passing the site.  After the blast, US occupation forces exchanged gunfire with Iraqi Resistance fighters, the witnesses said, but failed to hit any of them in the intense encounter.  The witnesses told Reuters that after missing all the Resistance fighters, the American aggressors turned their guns on Iraqi civilians who were on a minibus, killing one and wounding at six others at least.  As a result of the heavy US gunfire sprayed at it, the minibus caught fire and burned completely.


Puppet “governing council” members survive assassination attempt by Resistance forces.


An aide to Salma al-Khafaji, a member of the American-appointed puppet so-called “interim governing council of Iraq” announced on Thursday afternoon that Iraqi Resistance fighters had attempted to assassinate al-Khafaji in an ambush as she was traveling between an-Najaf and Baghdad.  She escaped death, however, unharmed, although numerous other people were wounded on her account in the attack on her convoy.  Al-Khafaji and the rest of the puppet deputation had been in an-Najaf to negotiate a cease fire between their US aggressor masters and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr.


Reuters reported an aide to another puppet council member, Muhammad Bahr al-‘Ulum, as saying that numerous people were wounded in the Resistance attack on the puppet convoy.  Bahr al-‘Ulum was also in an-Najaf for the negotiations on behalf of the United States.


Al-Jazeera TV reported that three guards were killed in the Resistance attack on the convoy.


US reaches withdrawal accord with Muqtada as-Sadr but conditions remain obscure and disputed.


US aggressor officials announced late on Wednesday that Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr and a body of Iraqi religious officials had agreed to a cease fire to bring to a hald the battles that have been raging in the three southern cities of an-Najaf, al-Kufah, and Karbala’.  The three Shi‘i holy cities have witnessed fighting between US aggressor forces and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia for days.  A high-ranking US official said that “it appears they have reached an agreement on a peaceful solution to the situation” in the three cities.


The US official said that under the agreement, the Jaysh al-Mahdi was to stop all “acts of violence,” cease all attacks on US forces, and leave the governmental buildings they had occupied in the three cities.


According to another US official, who was quoted by Agence France Presse (AFP) the agreement was the result of efforts by Shi‘i religious authorities to convince Muqtada as-Sadr to stop the battles.  He stated that the accord was signed on Wednesday and that the Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen were to return to Baghdad on Thursday in accordance with its provisions.


It appears that the agreement also decides the fate of some members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia who have been accused by the US occupation forces of being involved in the killing of a rival Shi‘i religious leader in 2003.  The US forces captured Muqtada as-Sadr’s in-law and aide, Riyad an-Nuri ar-Riyad, on Wednesday and he reportedly put up no resistance to the US troops when they raided his home in an-Najaf.


Also on Wednesday, joint US-Iraqi puppet police patrols began in Karbala’, a city that saw fierce battles in April and May, prior to the imposition of a cease fire and withdrawal agreement apparently accepted by Muqtada as-Sadr for that city a few days earlier.


In confirmation of the fact that the two sides had indeed reached an agreement, a commander of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, announced on Thursday morning that they had been ordered by their command to withdraw from the city of an-Najaf at noon on Thursday, in accordance with the cease fire agreement presented by as-Sadr.  According to the Saudi News Agency WAS, ‘Ali Abu Zahrah, commander of a unit of the Jaysh al-Mahdi  that has been battling US aggressor forces in an-Najaf said that the withdrawal order was both verbal and written.


Some doubt was cast on the actual implementation of that withdrawal when an aide to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr said around noon on Thursday that the withdrawal of Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen from an-Najaf was contingent upon the US military agreeing to the conditions stipulated by as-Sadr in the cease fire agreement.


Qays al-Khaz‘ali told Reuters that as of noon Thursday, the Jaysh al-Mahdi had not received any American agreement to as-Sadr’s initiative.  He said that the withdrawal of the militias was contingent upon the US side’s agreement to those conditions.


Then an American aggressor commander, Major Patric Carol was quoted by the Egyptian Middle East News Agency as saying that they had indeed ordered a cease fire in an-Najaf and Karbala’, but that the situation all depended upon the Jaysh al-Mahdi’s adherence to several points, which, he said, were a part of the accord Muqtada as-Sadr and the US had reached.  Major Carol said that the US aggressors retained the “right” to “respond” if they come under attack.


Major Carol, speaking as official spokesman for the US occupation, said that the US would not negotiate the conditions in its cease-fire with Muqtada as-Sadr, but that it had agreed on the following:


1.      All signs of armament are to be withdrawn from the cities of an-Najaf and Karbala’, and the Jaysh al-Mahdi is to withdraw from the streets of the two cities.


2.      Members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi who are not residents of an-Najaf and Karbala’ are to return to their own cities.


3.      All government buildings controlled by the Jaysh al-Mahdi are to be evacuated and returned to their main agencies.


4.      The law court set up by Muqtada as-Sadr is to be closed down.


5.      Iraqi puppet police and puppet so-called civil defense forces are to resume patrolling the two cities.


6.      US forces are to change some of their military positions and to pull back to positions outside the city, except that they are to maintain a force in the city to guard the command of the occupation troops which is in an-Najaf and the building of the Governorate of an-Najaf.


7.      Discussions should begin between the Shi‘i religious authorities and Muqtada as-Sadr concerning dissolving the Jaysh al-Mahdi.  The matter of the murder charge against Muqtada as-Sadr in connection with the death of ‘Abd al-Majid al-Khu’i is to be postponed.


The US spokesman said that the Iraqi puppet legal authorities still demanded that Muqtada as-Sadr present himself to their courts to answer the murder charge in the al-Khu’i case.


Later on Thursday, however, US spokesman Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt announced that the American side had ordered a suspension of operations against the Jaysh al-Mahdi in an-Najaf.


Another US propaganda representative, Dan Senor, stated that US forces would withdraw from most parts of an-Najaf as soon as the Iraqi puppet police are regrouped to enter the city and impose their authority on strategic buildings occupied by the Jaysh al-Mahdi.  Until that time, Senor said, the occupation troops would cease firing and halt offensive operations but would continue what he called “security patrols” in the city.
















Friday, 28 May 2004.



Iraqi Resistance kills seven, wounds six Americans near al-Fallujah.


Seven American aggressor troops were killed and six others wounded in an Iraqi Resistance attack west of the city of al-Fallujah on Friday.


The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that the Resistance attack took place at 11:10am on the main public road opposite the Abu Falis district in al-Khalidiyah, 15km west of al-Fallujah.  Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked an American patrol made up of 20 US troops.


Al-Fallujah Resistance fires powerful rockets at US aggressors northeast of the city.


In the course of their battle against US aggressor troops, Iraqi Resistance forces on Friday fired two rockets at the agricultural area northeast of al-Fallujah, causing two large explosions, according to the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam.  Residents of al-‘Askari neighborhood, adjacent to the agricultural district report, talked of the huge explosions saying that the rockets used in the attack were the same sort employed by the Resistance during the siege of al-Fallujah.  According to Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspodent, the rocket is 1.25 meters long and generally carries a payload of some 4kg of high explosives.


United Arab Emirates News Agency: 20 Americans killed or wounded in Resistance bombing in the al-Bu ‘Isa area on Thursday.


The United Arab Emirates News Agency, WAM, reports that 20 American aggressor soldiers were killed or wounded on Thursday when three Iraqi Resistance bombs exploded south of al-Fallujah.  (For an earlier, less complete report of the attack see Iraqi Resistance Report [above] for Thursday, 27 May 2004, “Iraqi Resistance targets US convoy south of al-Fallujah.”)


WAM reported that the Iraqi Resistance planted the bombs in the al-Bu ‘Isa area and that when it went off, it destroyed a truck that was carrying US aggressor troops.


Eyewitnesses told WAM that the three bombs exploded as an American military column was passing through al-Bu ‘Isa, destroying the truck.  Afterward, they said, the US troops opened fire indiscriminately killing one Iraqi man and wounding a child.


Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah capture three US soldiers on spying mission.


In the third incident of its type in just a few days, Iraqi Resistance fighters in al-Fallujah captured three US aggressor soldiers together with two Iraqi collaborator translators on Friday morning.


The prisoners consist of two men and one woman soldier, in addition to the two Iraqi collaborators.  The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam, which reported the story, said that the five were arrested by the Resistance when they tried to enter al-‘Askari neighborhood in al-Fallujah.  The group were driving a civilian car with the two translators in the front seat.  The female soldier was wearing an Iraqi ‘aba’ah leaving only her eyes uncovered – a style that aroused the suspicion of the Resistance fighters, since local women in al-Fallujah either leave their faces uncovered or cover everything altogether.


The people of al-Fallujah, from small children to the Resistance fighters, are currently very aware of the local identity and customs of their city as they keep close watch for the agents and spies whom they expect the occupation forces to try to infiltrate into al-Fallujah.  The aggressors are intent upon gaining information on the Resistance and on the different vital neighborhoods of the city.  The recent spate of US espionage efforts in al-Fallujah – as witnessed by the capture of US soldiers, Iraqi stooges, and American journalists in the past few days, all trying to get into the city surreptitiously – are clear evidence of an American intention to return to the offensive and attack al-Fallujah again.


American forces were humiliatingly driven out of the city and compelled to sign a cease-fire accord with the Resistance after failing in their attempt to besiege and conquer al-Fallujah in April.


Iraqi Resistance blows up car carrying Japanese journalists to Baghdad.


The Japanese Foreign Ministry announced on Friday morning that Iraqi Resistance fighters had blown up a car carrying two Japanese journalists in Iraq, setting the vehicle ablaze and killing the correspondents.  The Foreign Ministry statement in Tokyo said that the Resistance bombing occurred late on Thursday night.  The driver was able to get out of the car before the rocket fired by the Resistance exploded and was treated for his injuries at a hospital near Baghdad.


NHK radio initially reported Japanese aggressor officials as saying that there are fears hat one of the Japanese journalists might have been killed in the blast and his companion wounded, but it noted that at that time no information about their fate had been confirmed.


Later on Friday morning, however, ‘Imad al-Maliki, the Director of the hospital to which the Iraqi driver was taken announced that the two Japanese had been killed.  Al-Maliki said that the bodies of the two journalists had been totally burned when the rocket exploded.


The Resistance attack took place some 20 miles south of Baghdad as the journalists were on their way to the Iraqi capital from as-Samawah, a city where a contingent of several hundred Japanese aggressor troops are serving the American occupation of Iraq.


Fighting resumes in al-Kufah between Jaysh al-Mahdi and US invaders.


According to the Egyptian Middle East News Agency, eyewitnesses reported on Friday morning that clashes have once again broken out between US aggressor forces and the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, in al-Kufah.


The renewed fighting comes in spite of a cease-fire agreement between the invader troops and the Jaysh al-Mahdi under which armed activity ceased on Thursday.  Muqtada as-Sadr had reportedly reached an agreement with other Shi‘i religious authorities to end the armed presence of the Jaysh al-Mahdi in Karbala’, an-Najaf, and al-Kufah – three cities holy to the Shi‘ah.


That fighting appeared to be spreading when a correspondent for the American CNN company, “embedded” with US military forces (and therefore reporting what the US military want him to report), stated that about nine mortar shells exploded near an American military base located between al-Kufah and an-Najaf on Friday morning.  The correspondent said that the US aggressors captured four Iraqis whom they claim were cooperating with the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.


The US Associated Press, meanwhile, stated that powerful explosions resounded late Friday morning in the center of al-Kufah.  The AP reporter said that US aggressor forces closed all the roads and approaches to the city of al-Kufah early on Friday, as armed Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen deployed in strength in the streets of the city.


The US military admitted that two American soldiers were wounded when Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen fired on their Humvee in an-Najaf.


Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr regularly delivers a Friday sermon at the midday congregational prayers in al-Kufah.  US aggressor forces pledged weeks ago that they would “kill or capture” as-Sadr, and even after the cease-fire agreement on Thursday, indicated that he was still considered a “criminal,” who is “wanted” by their puppet authority.


Jaysh al-Mahdi responds to US provocations in al-Kufah, destroys US vehicle.


Later in the day, al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that gunfire could be heard around the mosque of al-Kufah and outside an-Najaf, and that US tanks had encircled the area.


Al-Jazeera’s correspondent reported that the Jaysh al-Mahdi had destroyed a US military vehicle in the as-Sahli neighborhood in al-Kufah.  Jaysh al-Mahdi spokesmen said that they did not initiate the battles with the US invader troops, but only responded to what they called American provocations.  The US aggressor troops entered al-Kufah shortly before the Friday midday congregational prayer time, and concentrated four tanks near the Mosque of Maysim at-Tammar, just 500 meters from the grand mosque of al-Kufah.


Four Iraqis killed, 13 injured by fighting in al-Kufah, Friday.


Iraqi hospital sources reported on Friday afternoon that the battles which raged between US aggressor forces and the Jaysh al-Mahdi on Friday in al-Kufah left four local people dead and more than 13 injured in the southern Iraqi city.


Dr. Husayn ‘Ali, physician in residence in Euphrates Hospital in al-Kufah told Agence France Presse (AFP) “we received three bodies and three wounded people during the battles that took place this morning.”


Meanwhile Dr. Husayn Hamzah, physician in residence in al-Hakim Hospital also in al-Kufah reported that his institution took in one dead body and five wounded on Friday.


Muqtada as-Sadr challenges as-Sistani in Friday sermon.


In a Friday sermon, read on his behalf by Jabir al-Khafaji, Shi‘i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr addressed ‘Ali as-Sistani, a prominent, pro-American Shi‘i religious authority, “the enemy comes into the city and shells it, and you remain silent.  They hit the dome on the mosque of the Commander of the Faithful [‘Ali ibn Abi Talib], and you remain silent.  They trample on the heads of your people, and not only with their feet, and you remain silent.  When are you going to speak up?”


According to al-Jazeera satellite TV, as-Sadr followed up that powerful new verbal challenge by asking, “do the ‘red lines’ [that the Americans are not supposed to cross] only include the offices of the top Shi‘i religious authorities?”


Thousands of supporters of Muqtada as-Sadr flocked to al-Kufah for the regular Friday sermon which he usually delivers in the grand mosque in that city.  Most came via side roads and paths that wind through agricultural fields because the main roads linking al-Kufah and nearby an-Najaf were closed by the US aggressor troops.


The courtyard of the grand mosque of al-Kufah was jammed with worshippers, and others filled the streets nearby offering the Friday congregational prayer in the group usually led by Muqtada as-Sadr.


Due to the heavy American armed presence, as-Sadr was not present at the prayers on Friday.


Americans, stooges gang rape Iraqi women prisoners.


Eyewitnesses have confirmed that Iraqi women prisoners held in the US concentration camp at Abu Ghurayb have been subjected to rape and various types of humiliation, according to reports by non-governmental organizations and testimony collected by the Agence France Presse (AFP).


Eman Khammas, Director of the non-governmental International Center for Observing the Occupation, reports that one former woman prisoner related how her cellmate in Abu Ghurayb was raped.   Khammas said that the prisoner told her how “they brought my companion back to the cell unconscious.  She remained unconscious for 48 hours.  Then she told me how members of the Iraqi puppet police raped her 17 times in one day under the gaze of the American soldiers,” according to AFP.


Muhammad Dahham al-Muhammad, Chairman of the Federation of Prisoners and Detainees, is preparing affidavits collected by his work team from former women prisoners or their relatives.  The Federation has, for example, the testimony of a woman concerning the repeated rape of her sister by US soldiers in front of her husband in Abu Ghurayb prison.


The raped woman prisoner was originally arrested by the US aggressors in December 2003.  She was released at the beginning of May 2004.  The woman giving the testimony, the sister of the victim, said, “US forces raided my sister’s house in Baghdad to arrest her husband.  When they found he wasn’t there, they arrested her.  My brother-in-law went and gave himself up to the Americans who then detained both of them.”


The woman said that her sister told her, “they led me to a cell and I saw my husband chained to the bars.  An American soldier pulled my hair so as to raise my head to look at him as they stripped my clothes off.”


The woman said, “my sister told me how an American soldier raped me several times in front of my husband who kept repeating in a barely audible voice, “Allahu Akbar, Allahu akbar,” (“God is greatest.”)


US aggressor forces are careful to use and exacerbate ethnic and sectarian differences in Iraqi society to their advantage, even on the level of the management of prisoners.  Among the interrogators working at Abu Ghurayb are members of the chauvinist collaborationist organizations the Badr Brigades and the Da‘wah Party, both led by  members of the puppet so-called “interim governing council” of Iraq, as well as Kurdish chauvinist collaborators belonging to the party run by Jalal Talibani, long-time CIA agent and also a member of the puppet so-called “interim governing council” of Iraq.  The Americans also employ interrogators from Arab states neighboring Iraq.


One Iraqi woman, formerly a prisoner in Abu Ghurayb, told of how she was raped by three Iraqi stooges of the occupation in the prison, the reason being that she was a member of the Arab Socialist Ba‘th Party.  The woman said that when she tried to frighten one of her attackers with the thought of God’s retribution, telling him that it was not right to do this to fellow countrymen, the man replied, “maybe this will atone for the sin that you committed against al-Husayn.”  (Al-Husayn ibn ‘Ali, a revered figure among Shi‘i Muslims, died a martyr in a battle with the army of the early Islamic state in the year 680.)


Many of those released recently from US concentration camps and prisons, after the increasing international outcry over the American practices of torture and abuse, report that from their first arrival in prison they were met by Americans spouting vulgar and abusive language of a sort only used by the criminal element – the types of people linked to the collaborationist political parties tied to the US occupation regime.


Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah frees four journalists.


Media sources reported that the Iraqi Resistance in al-Fallujah released three NBC journalists and an independent Iraqi journalist on Friday, three days after their capture in the city.


According to the US Associated Press (AP) Iraqi tribal leaders in al-Fallujah negotiated with the Iraqi Resistance in the city.  The Resistance responded to the tribal leaders’ intervention and released the correspondents.  NBC said that the four journalists had been captured by the Resistance on Tuesday but gave no details of their capture for what it called “security reasons.”


Collaborationist Shi‘i cleric survives apparent assassination attempt in an-Najaf.


Al-Jazeera satellite TV reports that the car carrying Shi‘i cleric Sadr ad-Din al-Qabanji was attacked after midday Friday congregational prayers in an-Najaf.  Al-Qabanji is the Director for the Middle Euphrates area of the collaborationist so-called Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution of Iraq (SCIRI) whose chief is a member of the US-appointed so-called “interim governing council” of Iraq.


According to al-Jazeera, al-Qabanji’s car was fired upon when in the area of the tomb of the Imam ‘Ali.  The SCIRI head office announced that al-Qabanji was unhurt in the attack and that the puppet occupation authorities had arrested one person in connection with the assassination attempt who supposedly “confessed” to having received money for the act.  Al-Jazeera broadcast scenes from the interrogation of the captive


Iyad ‘Allawi named puppet “primeminister.”


With the blessings of the American-controlled United Nations Organization, in the person of al-Akhdar al-Ibrahimi, the US appointed puppet so-called “interim governing council of Iraq” has unanimously elected collaborationist Iyad ‘Allawi to be puppet “primeminister” of the US installed “government of Iraq” after the so-called “transfer of power” set for 30 June.


According to al-Jazeera satellite TV, ‘Allawi was appointed at a special session of the stooge council that convened under the leadership of L. Paul Bremer, US proconsul of occupied Iraq.  The choice was endorsed by UN representative al-Akhdar al-Ibrahimi, reminding the world of the character of that supposedly “international” organization that has become a virtual rubber stamp for US decisions since the end of the Cold War and the ascendancy of the United States to its global imperial role.


‘Allawi, a wealthy secular Iraqi of Shi‘i background, lived for years in the west where he established relations with US imperialism.  While living as an émigré he helped found and became the General Secretary of the so-called National Accord Party (Hizb al-Wifaq al-Watani), which the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) website refers to as “a group of exiles backed by US and British intelligence.”