Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 10 May 2005 and
Wednesday, 11 May 2005.  Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu
Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

Tuesday, 10 May 2005.

Al-Anbar Province.

US admits fighting in al-Qa'im the fiercest since al-Fallujah

In a dispatch posted at 11:18am Mecca time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that US forces admitted on Tuesday that the battles
they had fought in al-Qa'im on the border with Syria were the fiercest
they had waged since their offensive on al-Fallujah.

An American officer spoke to the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in
the city and claimed that during recent days the US had killed a third
of the Resistance fighters.

The correspondent reported, however, that a Resistance commander to
whom he spoke said that their total losses in al-Qa'im were no more
than 10 as of the time of reporting.

American aircraft attack al-Qa'im Hospital midday Tuesday.

In a dispatch posted at 12:27pm Mecca time Tuesday, the correspondent
for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Qa'im reported that a short while before
US F-16 fighter bombers had rocketed the main al-Qa'im Hospital.
Witnesses told the correspondent that four rockets blasted into the
hospital, killing women and elderly men.

This report was confirmed by the hospital's director Dr. Hamdi
al-Alusi in a conversation with the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent.
Dr. al-Alusi said that the attack killed and wounded pregnant women,
children, and elderly men.  One of the rockets, he said, struck the
hospital's maternity ward.

At the time of writing, the correspondent reported that local people
were working to transfer the wounded and survivors of the American
attack to one of the nearby mosques, which is being turned into a
makeshift hospital in lieu of the bombed facility.  US forces for
their part claimed that they attacked the hospital because
"terrorists" – the term they use to refer to the Iraqi Resistance
fighters – had taken over the hospital and turned it into a

Iraqi Resistance shoots down US helicopter over ar-Rummanah village
midday Tuesday.

In a dispatch posted at 12:40pm Mecca time Tuesday, Mafkarat al-Islam
reported that a short while earlier the Iraqi Resistance had shot down
an American helicopter over the village of ar-Rummanah, north of the
city of al-Qa'im.

Local residents who witnessed the attack told the correspondent for
Mafkarat al-Islam that that the helicopter fell onto a house in the
village, killing one member of the family that lives there.  In
addition a woman resident of the house was injured when the crashing
helicopter caused a part of the roof to collapse on her.

The US occupation military had not at the time of reporting made any
comment on the shooting down of the helicopter, but the correspondent
for Mafkarat al-Islam confirmed that US fighter aircraft were prowling
the skies above the area where the helicopter crashed.  American
troops and vehicles were unable to get into the Resistance-controlled
area of the village to evacuate the bodies of the crew or the wreckage
of the aircraft.


In a dispatch posted at 12:14am Mecca time Tuesday, the correspondent
for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported that fierce fighting was
raging in that city at the time of reporting, the most savage combat
since the withdrawal of the Resistance forces from al-Fallujah in late
January 2005.

The correspondent reported that the clashes broke out 20 minutes
before he filed his report.  Resistance forces were firing medium
mortar rounds into US troop concentrations.  The Resistance was also
firing RPG7 and SPG9 rocket-propelled grenades.

The sound of missiles being fired by the Americans in their camp in
the agricultural area east of al-Fallujah at the battlefield could
also be heard, the correspondent reported.

At the time of writing, the correspondent could see five US vehicles
on fire near the Mosque of `Uthman ibn `Affan in the al-Mu`allimin
neighborhood.  US aircraft contented themselves with firing flares,
turning the sky over the city into day.

Equally fierce and intense battles also raged in the an-Nazal
neighborhood in the southern part of al-Fallujah.  The sounds of
battle were punctuated by the chants of Allahu Akbar! ("God is
greatest!") coming from minarets in one of the mosques of the city,
reminding residents of the two battles against US offensives last year.

The correspondent noted that the eruption of fighting in two separate
parts of the city at the same time indicated that the combat was
organized according to a concerted plan.

Pre-dawn fighting in al-Fallujah on Tuesday leaves a reported 30 US
troops dead.

In a dispatch posted at 10:10am Tuesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam
reported that the battles that raged in al-Fallujah from shortly after
midnight had inflicted heavy losses on the US invader troops.

The correspondent reported from al-Fallujah that Tuesday morning saw
the Americans evacuate more than 30 corpses of dead US troops and a
large number of wounded.  Seven wrecked US military vehicles – five
Humvees, one tank and one armored vehicle – were also hauled away,
outside the occupied city.

A captain in the puppet Iraqi forces, who asked not to be identified,
told Mafkarat al-Islam that the night's battles left dozens of US
troops dead and wounded and numerous American military vehicles

Al-Fallujah's mosques on Tuesday morning eulogized three Iraqi
Resistance fighters who were martyred in the night's battles.

US forces received an unexpected and embarrassing blow at the hands of
the Resistance – a blow that knocked them off balance.  In response,
the Americans on Tuesday closed the northern, eastern, and western
gates to the city and launched a campaign of searches of more than
1,000 homes in the city, particularly in the neighborhoods of an-Nazal
and al-Mu`allimin where fighting raged during the night.

US forces arrested a photographer working for the American Associated
Press (AP) because he photographed bloodstains of US soldiers that
continued to fill the streets of the city after their bodies had been
hauled away.  At the time of writing that photographer was still in US

After the Resistance attack, Iraqi puppet troops and "national guards"
raised their alert level.

Mid-morning Tuesday found al-Fallujah a very tense city that at the
same time appeared to anticipate the outbreak of yet further battles.

In a dispatch posted at 6:26pm Mecca time Tuesday evening, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that a short while before, US propaganda mouthpieces
in the American headquarters set up in the area near the Republican
Palace in Baghdad – known to the invaders as the "green zone" –
admitted that two US troops had been killed and others wounded in
fighting Monday night in al-Fallujah.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam obtained a copy of US
communiqué No. 104 in which the US military claimed to have suppressed
the Resistance in only one hour.


Fierce fighting breaks out in Hit midday Friday.

In a dispatch posted at 1:05pm Mecca time Tuesday, Mafkarat al-Islam
reported that a short while earlier, fierce fighting had broken out
between the Iraqi Resistance and US Marines in the city of Hit in
western Iraq.  The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city
reported residents as saying that more than 30 Iraqi Resistance
fighters attacked a US column that was stopped on the road that leads
to al-Qa'im where a major battle has been raging since Monday.

The correspondent reported that several American military vehicles had
been damaged or destroyed in the fighting and that the American forces
had violently responded to the Resistance attack.


Fighting breaks out between Resistance and US forces in al-Hadithah
Tuesday afternoon.

In a dispatch posted at 4:30pm Mecca time Tuesday afternoon, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that a short while before heavy fighting broke out
between Resistance fighters and US troops in the city of al-Hadithah,
350km west of Baghdad.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported that the
fighting was concentrated in the ash-Shurtah and al-Haqlaniyah areas
in the center and south of the city.

Witnesses estimated that 40 Iraqi Resistance fighters were at the time
of writing engaged in ferocious combat with US troops.

Resistance bombards US barracks south of al-Hadithah Tuesday afternoon.

In a dispatch posted at 5:30pm Mecca time, Mafkarat al-Islam reported
that a short while before, Iraqi Resistance forces fired six rockets
into Hadithah Middle School in the al-Haqlaniyah village south of
al-Hadithah, a building that US troops had taken over as a military

A member of the puppet "rapid deployment force" told Mafkarat al-Islam
that the bombardment left 14 American soldiers dead and wounded others.

The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that US forces and
helicopters were evacuating corpses and wounded American soldiers.
Battle in al-Hadithah, meanwhile, continue to rage on.


Puppet governor of al-Anbar Province abducted by Iraqi Resistance
fighters a week after he took office.

In a bulletin posted at 6:40pm Mecca time Tuesday evening, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that a short while before the puppet "governor" of
al-Anbar Province had been kidnapped only one week after he was
appointed to the post.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Anbar Province reported
that Resistance fighters abducted the puppet "governor" Raja Nawaf.
Resistance fighters abducted the puppet official along with a number
of puppet police, bodyguards, and aides after attacking their
motorcade as it was traveling along the ar-Ramadi – al-Qa'im highway.

Resistance bomb kills four US troops in ar-Ramadi early Tuesday

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol as it passed through
the as-Sajariyah area in the northeast of the city of ar-Ramadi at 8am
local time Tuesday morning.  The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam
reported Lieutenant `Uday Mahmud of the puppet forces as saying that
the blast destroyed an American Humvee and killed four US troops and
wounded another two, one of them mortally.

After the bombing US forces completely encircled the area and raided
several nearby houses.

For its part the Islamic Army in Iraq Resistance organization
announced its responsibility for the attack in a communiqué, a copy of
which the correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam obtained.


Resistance bomb kills six US troops near Saudi border Tuesday.

In a dispatch posted at 7:55pm Mecca time Tuesday night, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that a short while earlier, a high-explosive Iraqi
Resistance bomb blew up next to a US foot patrol in the `Ar`ar complex
area on the Saudi border.

A source in the puppet so-called "Iraqi border guard" told Mafkarat
al-Islam that the bomb was planted in the middle of the road and
concealed under a pile of rubbish near the complex for receiving
travelers crossing the border.

First Lieutenant Latif `Ali told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb
destroyed a large-size Humvee, killing six American troops.

After the blast US forces arrested two shepherds in the area, claiming
that they were somehow related to the attack.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the American
troops had ordered all the Bedouin who pitch their tents in the area
to leave.  The order came as a form of punishment for their alleged
cooperation with what the American invaders call "terrorists," that is
to say, the Iraqi Resistance.


Resistance bomb hits US patrol in Abu Ghurayb early Tuesday afternoon.

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded by a patrol of four US
Humvees on a rural road in the al-Bu Munaysir area of Abu Ghurayb,
west of Baghdad.  Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb,
which went off at 2pm local time, totally destroyed one Humvee and
killed all the US troops aboard it.

Bombs shake central Baghdad early Tuesday morning.

In a dispatch posted at 9:15am Mecca time Tuesday morning, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in
at-Tahrir Square early Tuesday.  Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that
the sound of ambulance sirens could be heard as they raced to the
scene of the attack. In a later report, it was said that eight people
were killed and another 23 wounded when a bomb exploded on Sa`dun
Street in downtown Baghdad.

Later, in a report posted at 11:45am Mecca time Tuesday morning,
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that sources in the puppet so-called "Iraqi
ministry of the interior" said that a car bomb exploded near the Babil
Hotel on Abu Nuwas Street.  The sources said that the target of the
attack was the headquarters of the Iraqi puppet river police.

Journalist Walid `Adil told al-Jazeera satellite TV that this second
bombing in Baghdad Tuesday morning was a car bomb that targeted the
puppet river rescue force headquarters on Abu Nuwas street.  He said
that a source in the puppet police said that three puppet policemen
were seriously wounded and that five private cars that were parked
near the police station and belonged to puppet policemen were
destroyed in the attack.  The building itself was seriously damaged
and caught fire, burning much of it and the building opposite.

The result of the attacks was not terribly great, however, the sources
noted, since the street was largely empty of civilians at the time and
not many puppet police were on the scene either.

Ninwa Province.
Tall `Afar.

US abandons its siege of Tall `Afar.

US forces retreated Tuesday morning from around the environs of the
northern Iraqi city of Tall `Afar after a day during which the
Americans besieged the town, letting no one in or out.

The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Tall `Afar reported that at
about 7am Tuesday morning, dozens of US military vehicles could be
seen pulling back from the city limits towards the US base west of the
city.  The Americans left behind the leaflets that they had dropped
over the city threatening them with greater and much harsher
punishment if they continued to cooperate with what the invaders call
"terrorists" – meaning the Iraqi Resistance.

Al-Basrah Province.
Abu al-Khasib.

Puppet forces torch Sunni religious leader's home for second time in
three days.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that for the second
time in a few days the home of the imam of the Jallab Mosque in Abu
al-Khasib was set ablaze.  Witnesses told the correspondent that two
days earlier the puppet so-called "Iraqi national guard" torched the
imam's dwelling and then arrested anyone who attempted to approach to
try to put out the blaze or take photographs.

One person who attempted to enter the burned residence on Monday was
arrested by the puppet forces, the correspondent reported.

The wave of official arson attacks on Sunni religious leaders comes as
the Shi`i chauvinist collaborator parties, now in power in Iraq under
the aegis of the US occupation, pursue a policy of terror against the
Sunni population in an effort aimed at sectarian "cleansing" of
southern Iraq.

Puppet forces raid Sunni pious endowment administration in al-Basrah.

In a dispatch posted at 10:20pm Mecca time Tuesday night, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that a short while earlier a patrol of the puppet
so-called "Iraqi internal affairs department" attempted to storm the
Sunni Waqf [pious endowments] administrative directorate for the
southern parts of Iraq at about 1pm local time midday Tuesday.  The
attack was ostensibly to search for "terrorist figures" in the

The puppet forces surrounded the directorate and the mosque adjacent
to it early on Tuesday.  Guards in the facility prevented the puppet
patrol from getting into the directorate.  The director of Sunni pious
endowments in al-Basrah, Dr. `Abd al-Karim Nasir al-Khazraji, went out
to negotiate with the commander of the puppet forces to allow him
alone to search the building for Resistance fighters.

The search yielded nothing of the sort used to justify the raid, yet
the puppet commander emerged from the directorate saying that it was a
"terrorist department" and demanded a list of the names of the
employees of the department.  Officials in the department refused to
hand over any such list.

The attack was part of an attempt to pressure Sunnis resident in the
south of Iraq to leave.  The other most recent act in that effort
being a raid by puppet forces on the al-`Umriyah Mosque at 12 midnight
Monday.  The puppet troops kicked in mosque doors with their feet.
Four Sunni residential houses nearby were also raided by the puppet
troops.  The puppet forces ransacked and robbed the houses they
"searched," beating and insulting the family members.

After that a committee from the Province of al-Basrah came out to meet
Sunni leaders regarding the raid on the mosque and that meeting
reportedly yielded some positive results, Mafkarat al-Islam reported,
noting however, that coming days would test how reliable the puppet
officials' promises to the Sunni population would prove to be.


Wednesday, 11 May 2005.

Al-Anbar Province.

In a dispatch posted at 12:40pm Mecca time Wednesday, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that more than 40 US Marines had been killed in
bloody battles with the Iraqi Resistance in the villages of
ar-Rummanah and al-Karabilah north and east of al-Qa'im on the border
with Syria.

The al-Qa'im correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi
Resistance forces at dawn mounted a fierce rocket attack on US
positions on the outskirts of those villages, killing and wounding
dozens of American troops. Residents said that after the fearsome
attack, US troops stormed into the houses of local people to sleep
there, using the civilians as human shields.

For its part the Iraqi Resistance in the city issued a communiqué, a
copy of which was obtained by Mafkarat al-Islam, saying that their
fighters had killed more than 40 American troops.

The US admitted in one of the communiqués issued by the American
operations command in al-Anbar Province that 15 US troops had been
killed and seven more wounded.

Resistance announces death of notorious US general commanding American
forces in al-Qa'im.

In a dispatch posted at 12:45pm Mecca time Wednesday, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that the Iraqi Resistance had issued a statement a
short time before in which it announced that their forces had killed
US General "Drinkwine," the commander of US operations in al-Qa'im.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Qa'im reported that the
body of the American general was found with the crew of a US
helicopter shot down a short while earlier over ar-Rummanah village.
The General was aboard an Apache helicopter observing the situation of
his military units in the area.  The correspondent personally
confirmed the downing of the American helicopter, noting that at the
time of reporting fire was still burning in the wreckage of the craft.

Later in the day the Base [Qa`idah] of the Jihad in the Land of the
Two Rivers issued a communiqué that circulated in the local al-Qa'im
area and took responsibility for shooting down the American general's

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam cautioned that the general's
name "Drinkwine" might be a sort of nickname, as American field
commanders in recent weeks have taken to adopting names intended to
intimidate or enrage the Iraqi Resistance and to raise the morale of
the American invader troops.

The correspondent noted, for example that two days ago a US officer at
a press conference in the American occupation headquarters in the
Republican Palace area of Baghdad, known to the Americans as the
"green zone," introduced himself as "Bull."  That nickname was
presumably not intended to reflect the officer's limited intellectual
abilities or insensate brutality, but his supposed strength and
courage, in keeping with a viewpoint that the Mafkarat al-Islam
correspondent identified as Spanish in origin.

In another such example, the correspondent cited an American field
lieutenant who identified himself as "Thunder." That name appeared in
a communiqué issued by the 4th Marine Division in the al-Ba`aj area of
Mosul dated 3 May 2005 in which the Americans boasted that they would
soon be arresting Jordanian Islamist Abu Mus`ab az-Zarqawi.

Whatever the true name of the American general shot down and killed on
Wednesday, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that he
was the same American general who issued an infamous statement during
the last American siege of al-Qa'im three weeks ago when he threatened
the Iraqi Resistance saying, "we'll beat them even if Muhammad and
Muhammad's Lord are with them."

US destroys mosque near al-Qa'im, killing five.

US forces rocketed the Great Mosque in the town of al-`Ubaydi, east of
al-Qa'im at dawn Wednesday, claiming that Iraqi Resistance fighters
were inside.   The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that
American F-16 fighter bombers fired three rockets into the mosque,
causing extensive damage.  The attack also killed the mosque
custodian, an elderly man aged 75, according to the man's son who
spoke with Mafkarat al-Islam.  Four other people who were in the
mosque at the time also perished.

The American attack on the mosque comes amidst a large-scale US
offensive on the people of al-Qa'im and surrounding towns lying near
the Iraq-Syria border.

Resistance pounds US positions near al-Karabilah village Wednesday

Iraqi Resistance forces mounted a fierce bombardment of a US
concentration point north of the area of al-Karabilah at 4pm Wednesday
afternoon local time.  The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in
al-Qa'im reported that the barrage destroyed several US vehicles.
Refugees from the area around the village told the correspondent that
Resistance fighters attacked the American position from two directions
– the south and the west – with medium range Katyusha rockets and
120mm mortars.

The witnesses said they saw a number of US vehicles on fire as a
result of the attack, sending clouds of smoke rising over the area
north of al-Karabilah.


Resistance car bomb kills four US troops near ar-Ramadi early

An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded in the al-Jazirah area north of
ar-Ramadi in western Iraq at 8:30am Wednesday morning.  Witnesses told
Mafkarat al-Islam that an explosives-laden Supra car that was parked
by the side of the road linking al-Jazirah with ar-Ramadi blew up by a
column of three US armored vehicles and two Humvees.  The blast
destroyed one Humvee and disabled an armored vehicle, killing four US
troops and wounding four others.


US military ransack, set fire to al-Hadithah General Hospital.
Director pleads for help to re-equip crucial medical facility that
served all of western Iraq.

The Director of al-Hadithah General Hospital called on humanitarian
organizations and all decent people in the world to save his city from
a humanitarian disaster that now looms over it, after US troops
barbarically raided the hospital, destroying and burning large parts
of the facility.

Dr. Walid al-`Ubaydi announced that the damage done by the savage
American raids on his hospital had destroyed 90 percent of the
building, bringing to a halt all of its health services to the

Dr. al-`Ubaydi said that the American troops had smashed doors and
windows in the hospital.  They wrecked the kidney dialysis machine
unit, damaged the maternity ward, and the operating room.

Dr. al-`Ubaydi called "on all the humanitarian organizations and
people of good will who hear our voice to hurry to re-equip the
hospital, if only partially, particularly since this is a central
hospital where all difficult cases in the whole western part of Iraq
are brought for treatment."

Dr. al-`Ubaydi asked for urgent necessities to be supplied – such as
all types of medicines, especially those used for emergency cases, as
well as material assistance in re-equipping the hospital after the
devastation wrought by the American forces.

Iraqi Resistance bomb kills three US troops early Wednesday.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol in the city of
al-Hadithah at 7am Wednesday morning.  Residents of the city who
witnessed the attack told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb blew up by a
column of five US Humvees on the highway that links Hadithah with the
city of al-Qa'im on the Syrian border.  The blast destroyed one
Humvee, killing three US troops and seriously wounding one other.


Five US troops killed in midday bombing in al-Fallujah.

In a dispatch posted at 1:50pm Wednesday afternoon, the correspondent
for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported that a short while
before an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US patrol opposite the
Department of Civil Defense in al-Fallujah.  A source in the puppet
so-called "Iraqi national guard" told the correspondent that five US
troops were killed and one wounded in the blast.

Afterwards, US forces surrounded the scene of the bombing and opened
fire around the area indiscriminately.


Resistance car bomb kills at least four at puppet police station in

An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded outside a puppet police station
in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah on Wednesday, killing at
least four and wounding dozens, Mafkarat al-Islam reported Reuters as

Salah ad-Din Province.

Resistance car bomb targets workers on US occupation building projects.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that a car bomb blew up in the middle of
a group of Shi`i workers who had been trucked into Tikrit from the
south of the country.  The blast left 33 dead and some 60 wounded.

The Resistance group Army of the Partisans of the Sunnah [Prophet's
Practice] took responsibility for the attack in a statement on the
Internet, Reuters reported.

The statement of the Partisans of the Sunnah announced: "Today your
brothers prepared a booby-trapped car and placed it on the square in
the city of Tikrit.  Through this square pass dozens of apostate
workers who work inside the American base there.  Those workers are a
bunch of apostates who have sold their religion and are content to be
the servants and tails of the Crusaders."

The Partisans of the Sunnah went on to say: "We are not among those
who attack Muslim civilians or anyone who has no connection with this
war . . . but we do target workers who work inside an American base,
helping the Americans who are shedding the blood of the Muslims every

Ninwa Province.

Resistance car bomber kills four US troops in Mosul midday Wednesday.

An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-laden
Mercedes car into a US armored column in Mosul at 12 noon local time
Wednesday.  The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city
reported residents of the Sumar neighborhood who witnessed the attack
as saying that the explosion destroyed one American armored vehicle
and killed four US soldiers and wounded two more.

At-Ta'mim Province.

Resistance bombardment leaves four US troops dead in Kirkuk Wednesday

Iraqi Resistance forces fired a barrage of medium-range Grad rockets
and heavy 120mm mortars into the main US base in Kirkuk on Wednesday
morning.  The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported
a member of the puppet so-called "rapid deployment force" as saying
that the bombardment destroyed several US vehicles and killed four
American troops and wounded nine more.


Resistance attacker blows up 19 would-be recruits to puppet army.

An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter with an explosives belt strapped
about him walked into a recruiting center for the puppet military and
blew himself up, killing 19 and wounding 25 collaborators, the Iraqi
puppet police reported Wednesday morning, according to a Reuters
dispatch monitored by Mafkarat al-Islam.

Al-Muthanna Province.

Resistance bombs target Japanese invader troops late Wednesday night.

Powerful blasts were reported in the southern Iraqi city of as-Samawah
late on Wednesday evening according to the Japanese Kyodo Tsushin
agency, which covers news of the Japanese aggressor contingent based
in the city.

Al-Basrah Province.

Puppet regime arrests more members of al-Basrah's Sunni community.

At 4am puppet security forces arrested four members of al-Basrah's
Sunni community, including the imam of the al-Qiblah Mosque and his
son and an in-law.  Also arrested was the muezzin of the ar-Rahman
mosque, Mafkarat al-Islam reported.

Witnesses reported that two days before, a patrol of British troops
came to the area to identify the houses of Sunnis living in the area.
The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam concluded that the British
were themselves involved in a plot to stoke sectarianism in the
country with the aim of splitting the Iraqi people on sectarian lines.

The correspondent noted that 11 of the Sunnis arrested in the nearby
town of Abu al-Khasib had been released on Tuesday after the invaders
could find no evidence of any kind against them.