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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 25 June 2004 through Saturday, 26 June 2004.  Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member editorial board The Free Arab Voice.

 

Friday, 25 June 2004.

 

Despite cease-fire deal US continues attacking al-Fallujah.

 

American aggressor tanks and armored vehicles maneuvered on the highway near the edges of al-Fallujah on Friday morning, firing in several directions, while Resistance fighters in an eastern suburb returned fire, witnesses said. Seven people have died in two days of exchanges there, hospital officials said.

 

US pre-dawn assault on al-Fallujah repulsed with heavy losses.

 

US aggressor forces mounted a powerful offensive during the night in an attempt to break into the al-‘Askari neighborhood of al-Fallujah.  That offensive was dashed to pieces, however, when in ran into the wall of fierce Iraqi Resistance fire.

 

The al-Fallujah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported on Friday that the close combat between the Resistance and the US aggressors lasted from 1:30am to 2:30am Friday morning.  The Iraqi Resistance wiped out the first rank of advancing Americans, destroying seven tanks, six armored vehicles, and 10 Humvees.  The US also sustained a large number of casualties and was forced in the end to beat a retreat.

 

The defeat of the Americans came despite the fact that the US had strong air cover from Apache helicopters that strafed the entire area, combing it with bullets.  But the Apaches feared to get too close to Resistance lines lest they be brought down by anti-aircraft rockets or rocket-propelled grenades.

 

Mafkarat al-Islam’s correspondent reported that one Resistance fighter was martyred in the battle and 17 others wounded.  This brought the total number of Resistance martyrs since Thursday to five, and the total number of wounded to 22.

 

After being thrown back, the US aggressors resorted to pounding al-‘Askari neighborhood with a mortar barrage that lasted until 4:00am.

 

US fails to break into al-Jurayfi neighborhood of al-Fallujah Friday morning.

 

In their continued offensive against defiant al-Fallujah, US aggressor troops tried to break into the neighborhood of al-Jurayfi on the city’s northeast side on Friday morning.

 

The local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Resistance forces threw back the American assault, driving the Americans back outside the neighborhood after inflicting “heavy losses” upon them.

 

Frustrated in their attempt to break in, the Americans resorted to bombarding the homes of the civilian residents of al-Jurayfi with mortars for some time after their attack was repulsed.

 

US aggressors, Resistance battle each other from a distance during the day Friday.

 

During the day on Friday, US aggressors and Iraqi Resistance fighters fought each other from a distance, as they faced each other on opposite sides of the International Highway.

 

The local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the sides pounded each other with mortars in an effort to inflict casualties.  As a result of the fighting, however, a large number of the houses of al-‘Askari and al-Jurayfi neighborhoods of the city were damaged.  On the American side, Resistance mortar shells succeeded in striking a number of US military vehicles, whose black smoke could be seen rising from behind the US lines, proof that the Americans sustained at least material losses.

 

Media sources reported Friday that a video tape had surfaced in which a number of Iraqi Resistance fighters from al-Fallujah appear, their faces covered, to affirm that the Jordanian Islamist activist Abu Mus‘ab az-Zarqawi, reputed to be an official in the al-Qa‘idah organization, is not in their city.

 

Reuters reported that one of the Resistance fighters appearing on the tape says that “the US occupation claims that az-Zarqawi together with a group of his Arab fighters are holed up in our city.  These are nothing but lies.  We are aware that all the talk about az-Zarqawi and those with him is nothing but an excuse being used by the American occupation for their aggression upon the Muslims in the “City of Mosques,” the defiant city of al-Fallujah.”

 

Five Iraqi Resistance fighters appear on the tape holding rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns.  They describe themselves as fighters from al-Fallujah who are defending their town which is known as the “city of mosques.”

 

Fighting erupts Friday afternoon around al-‘Askari neighborhood in al-Fallujah.

 

Battles broke out during Friday afternoon in the al-‘Askari neighborhood of al-Fallujah.  According to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, at least six US aggressor troops were killed in the fighting and two Humvees were set ablaze.

 

Resistance fighters attacked a truck carrying military equipment north of the al-‘Askari neighborhood, setting the vehicle ablaze and killing the driver and his companion.  The truck was burned completely.

 

During the night, the US invaders had tried to break into al-‘Askari neighborhood but were thrown back by the Resistance.

 

US air raid on al-Fallujah targets mosque.

In their latest air raid on the city of al-Fallujah, US aggressors bombed the ash-Shamari Mosque on Friday.  Ash-Shamari Mosque is located in the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood in the south of al-Fallujah.

 

The local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the American aggressors fired two rockets at the mosque, inflicting material damage on the structure.  No one was killed in the building, however, as the building was attacked before the regular prayer time that falls just after sunset.

 

US aggressor officials estimated 20 to 25 people were killed in Friday's strike in al-Fallujah. But ‘Umar Majid, 40, who lives in the neighborhood that was attacked, said missiles struck a house that was vacated by the owners the day before.  Al-Jazeera television, in a report from al-Fallujah, said American missiles struck a vacant house but the blast injured four people next door.

 

 

Al-Fallujah settles into an uneasy calm.

 

In a report filed just before midnight, Mecca time, the local correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported that the city had settled into a fragile truce, the second in as many days.  The quiet was only being broken by the sound of US aircraft prowling the skies over the defiant city, their loud roars an attempt to frighten the city’s defenders.

 

Quiet prevailed, he wrote, along the northern, northeastern, and northwestern sides of the city where no US military movements were in evidence around the al-‘Askari or al-Jurayfi neighborhoods.

 

The front lines themselves were also quiet in the Industrial Zone which on Friday witnessed the downing of two US helicopters.  The ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood was also calm though after the nighttime prayers on Friday two helicopters were shot down there as well.

 

There were US military movements, of columns towards the highway that runs past the northern side of the city. Observers could see the Resistance fighters deployed along the northern front in the city and along the southern front of the city too.  Other Resistance concentrations were in evidence in the eastern part of al-Fallujah as well.

 

Fragile cease-fire agreement violated by the US almost immediately.

 

Shortly before midnight Mecca time negotiations among the US aggressors and representatives of al-Fallujah concluded with an agreement to stop the violations of the cease-fire concluded the night before.  The two sides also agreed to stop US overflights of the blockaded city.  The agreement was to last three days, and was set to begin as of 10:00pm local time Friday.

 

Shaykh Zafir al’Ani, Shaykh Jamal, and Shaykh ‘Abdallah al-Janabi represented the city of al-Fallujah and they were joined by officials of the so-called Iraqi Islamic Party. As soon as the al-Fallujah representatives returned, US aircraft overflew the area breaking the sound barrier, violating the very fragile agreement they had just concluded, although the noise was less intense than it had been on earlier occasions.

 

A cease-fire agreement was concluded between the sides on Thursday night as well, but it was simply ignored by the American side that carried out several major offensive operations against the city after midnight Friday morning.

 

Five American troops killed, two wounded in Resistance bomb ambush west of Baghdad Friday morning.

 

A US military patrol made up of four Humvees fell into an Iraqi Resistance trap in the az-Zaydan - ar-Ridwaniyah area west of Baghdad on Friday morning when a bomb exploded completely destroying one of the Hummers and knocking another out of commission.  Five US aggressor troops were killed and two others wounded in the attack, .

 

After the strike, two American helicopters rushed to the scene to retrieve the dead bodies and evacuate the wounded for treatment. As usual, the US troops sealed off all roads leading to the scene of the attack until much later.

 

Baghdad under tight military, puppet police control in anticipation of increased Resistance attacks.

 

Eyewitnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam Friday night that the Iraqi capital had been relatively quiet compared to other areas of the country.  The streets of Baghdad are reported full of puppet police and puppet “Iraqi army” troops, to say nothing of the US aggressor occupation forces.  Hardly any street or square is free of their military presence.

 

US aggressor troops are deployed on foot on all the major streets of the Iraqi capital.  In addition numerous checkpoints and concrete barriers have been set up throughout the city, snarling traffic terribly throughout most of Baghdad.

 

Yet despite their numbers, the US troops and their puppet stooges appear frightened and extremely nervous, particularly as news comes in of Resistance operations in the last two days blowing their colleagues to pieces.

 

Resistance bomb targets puppet police in Baghdad: one dead, one wounded.

 

An Iraqi Resistance roadside bomb exploded in the al-‘Amiriyah residential neighborhood in Baghdad, Friday, killing one Iraqi puppet policeman and wounding another, the puppet police said.

 

Resistance bomb in Baghdad wounds three puppet policemen Thursday night.

 

US and stooge officials admitted on Friday that three Iraqi puppet policemen were wounded when an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded late on Thursday night in Baghdad.

 

Resistance fires RPGs at so-called “green zone” in Baghdad.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces fired four rocket-propelled grenades on Friday night at the headquarters of the US occupation in what the Americans have dubbed the “green zone” – the compound of the Republican Palace in which the US has installed its administration.  An American spokesman said, however, that the rockets, which were fired around midnight, “missed their target.”  The US spokesman claimed that the rockets landed in a vacant area, which was then sealed off by the American invaders

 

Iraqi Resistance shells al-Muthanna airfield near Baghdad.

 

Iraqi Resistance fighters on Friday morning fired three mortar shells at the al-Muthanna airbase occupied by the US invaders.  The airbase also houses the offices of the new puppet so-called “Iraqi army.”

 

Kirkuk puppet authorities brace for Resistance attacks.

 

The puppet police chief in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk announced that the puppet security forces in his area had been put in the highest state of alert, as they anticipate that the wave of the Resistance offensive will soon strike their local stooge administration.

 

Brigadier General Turhan Yusuf told Agence France Presse (AFP) that his organization has intelligence about planned Resistance attacks, which he said were scheduled for Saturday and in which puppet police stations and local officials were to be targeted.

 

In fear of such assaults, Yusuf said he deployed 5,000 puppet security men to “sensitive points” in Kirkuk, in particular to locations in the center and south of the city where there have been numerous Resistance attacks.

 

Resistance attack kills three puppet police near Ba‘qubah Thursday night.

 

Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked the Habhab puppet police station near Ba‘qubah on Thursday night with a rocket propelled grenade, killing three puppet policemen and wounding four others.

 

Dr. Nasir Kazim Jawad of Ba‘qubah General Hospital said that one of the dead puppet policemen was an officer with the rank of first lieutenant.  Officer Khalaf Taha of the puppet police, who was injured in the Resistance attack, said that the attack came as the puppet police were gathered on the roof of their station, in an effort to protect it against Resistance assaults.

 

Al-Jazeera satellite TV on Friday reported a Resistance attack on the Habhab puppet police station that killed three puppet policemen and wounded one other.

 

Ba‘qubah electricity chief killed in Thursday’s fighting.

 

An official source in Ba‘qubah said on Friday that the General Director of the Electricity Department for Ba‘qubah, ‘Abd al-Latif Ibrahim al-‘Aluw and his whole seven-member family were all killed on Thursday in the course of battles waged by the US aggressors and their puppet allies against the Iraqi Resistance.

 

US resorts to using balloons to try to protect their installations from Resistance.

 

Quds Press has reported that the US occupation forces in Iraq have taken to using balloons that take up a fixed position in the sky and are equipped with cameras and monitoring devices to try to spy on Iraqi Resistance activity.  The sensitive electronic devices carried by the balloons are intended to provide the aggressors with information on the locations of Resistance fighters.

 

Residents of Baghdad are able to see the balloons anchored over the city in two locations, one over al-Mansur district and the other near what the Americans call the “green zone” – the Iraqi Republican Palace compound where the US aggressors and their puppet regime have set up their headquarters.

 

The new American tactic comes in response to a sharp increase in Resistance attacks on the US occupation in the country.

 

After failure of puppet police, Iraqi puppet army to take over tasks of fighting the Resistance.

 

Sources in the Iraqi puppet administration have reported that the massive upsurge of the Iraqi Resistance - in particular in al-Fallujah, ar-Ramadi, Ba‘qubah, and Mosul on Thursday – will serve to accelerate efforts to transfer responsibility for counterrevolutionary activity from the puppet so-called “interior ministry” to the puppet so-called “defense ministry.”

 

Information from the puppet administration indicates that some 20,000 Iraqi puppet policemen will be fired from their jobs in the course of a massive purge in coming weeks.  The American appointed and trained puppet police have proven either incompetent or disloyal to the occupation regime and thus have not been able to stem the rising tide of the Resistance.

 

A source in the puppet so-called “defense ministry” told the Saudi-funded London-based al-Hayat newspaper that his ministry from now on will take over the tasks of “security” and fighting the Resistance forces.  Analysts say that Iraqi puppet premier Iyyad ‘Allawi’s recent call for NATO to train and equip the Iraqi puppet army reflects the apprehension among the puppet “ruling circles” that they are being overwhelmed by the Resistance the way things are currently going.  They fear that the situation will only worsen for them after the public relations “transfer of power” on 30 June, when the US-installed regime will be expected to make at least some show of being able to defend itself.

 

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Saturday, 26 June 2004.

 

Iraqi Resisance cuts US supply lines around al-Fallujah.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces have been able to cut the US supply lines used by the American aggressors in their offensive against al-Fallujah, according to the al-Fallujah correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.

 

The Resistance has cut US supply routes to al-Fallujah through al-Fallahat, as-Saqlawiyah, al-Khalidiyah, ar-Ramadi, and Mosul, not allowing any supplies through from Friday morning until the time of the report at noon Saturday.

 

The situation is in fact a repeat of what emerged in April during the US siege of al-Fallujah in which the Americans who surrounded the defiant city were cut off by the Resistance and thus found themselves besieged by the Iraqis.  Eventually they were forced to accept a cease fire and withdrew from the environs of the city.

 

Observers suggest that the Resistance’s success over the last day and a half in cutting the US supply lines was one reason for the American acceptance of a cease fire, and, more importantly, a reason why the Americans even generally observed it on Saturday.

 

The only supply bases open to the US aggressors are the one at al-Habbaniyah, 20km to the west. But it is also a major target for frequent Resistance attacks.  Then there is a US base in the agricultural zone northeast of al-Fallujah, which is also under frequent Resistance attack.

 

Thus the Americans once again find themselves within the pincers of the US aggressors, with the Resistance forces inside al-Fallujah defending the city, and other Resistance forces outside attacking the American invaders from the rear.

 

US observes al-Fallujah cease-fire on Saturday.

 

No US violation of the latest cease-fire was registered on Saturday in al-Fallujah, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam, nor did the US invaders attempt any military assaults on the defiant city or the Resistance forces defending it.  The correspondent’s report was posted shortly after noon Saturday, Mecca time.

 

The neighborhoods that have been heavily involved in fighting – al-‘Askari, al-Jurayfi, ash-Shuhada’, and the Industrial Zone have all been quiet, though four American helicopters had been downed in those districts just prior to the cease fire.

 

US forces, in fact, were withdrawn from zones facing the south, west, southeast, and northwest of al-Fallujah, leaving US aggressor troops only concentrated opposite the north and northeast of the city.

 

US base northeast of al-Fallujah struck twice and set ablaze Saturday afternoon.

 

On Saturday afternoon, Iraqi Resistance forces launched a double-barreled attack on the US troops outside of al-Fallujah, inflicting severe losses on the occupation forces, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.

 

An Iraqi Resistance car laden with explosives broke into the area of the US base in the agricultural region northeast of al-Fallujah.  Inside the area of the base, the car exploded.  The car bomb attack was followed up shortly thereafter when the Resistance fired three rockets at the base.  The correspondent wrote that the double attack was launched at precisely 4:00pm Mecca time Saturday afternoon.

 

The US base in the agricultural area is about 3km from al-Fallujah, but at that distance the city’s residents were able to see smoke rising from the stricken US base.

 

The correspondent indicated that the timing of the double-barreled attack suggested that the Resistance launched the second part of the assault – the rocket launches – with the aim of striking the large numbers of US troops who would come out in response to the car bombing in an effort to retrieve bodies and extinguish the fires.  Although no information was immediately available from the US side, the Resistance clearly succeeded in hitting their target twice.

 

US base in as-Salqlawiyah pounded by Resistance mortar barrage.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces attacked the US base to the east of al-Fallujah’s suburb as-Saqlawiyah with mortars at 7:00pm Saturday evening (Mecca time).  The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported residents of the area surrounding the American base as saying tha they hear more than 14 mortar shells explode in the US base at as-Saqlawiyah.  Local residents said that the whole southern half of the base was in flames as a result of the Resistance bombardment.

 

Saturday evening: US violates truce, bombs al-Fallujah.

 

US aggressor aviation violated the cease-fire agreement they had signed with the city of al-Fallujah less than 24 hours before for a second time Saturday evening when American bombers struck the ash-Shuhada’ neighborhood of al-Fallujah, according to the local correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam.

 

The attack came at 8:35 local time, the correspondent reported, who said that one house was damaged in the assault, but that no one had been in the house at the time, and therefore no one was injured.

 

US airplanes continued to make low-altitude overflights of ash-Shuhada’ for some time after their attack, despite the fact that the cease-fire agreement had also banned American overflights of the city.

 

US forces redeploy around al-Fallujah, withdrawing to less exposed lines.

 

US aggressor forces late on Saturday night began a new deployment around al-Fallujah.  The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam reported in a dispatch posted at 1:00am Sunday, Mecca time, that the redeployment in fact amounts to a pull-back of US forces to a smaller area where they will be less vulnerable to the Resistance attacks that have been plaguing them.  Another factor in the redeployment is the fact that the Resistance has cut US supply lines leading to the forces near al-Fallujah.

 

The correspondent writes that there are no US checkpoints around al-Fallujah, except the one set up under the bridge on the highway east of the city.  Even there, the personnel who do the inspection of the cars are members of the police force chosen by the city of al-Fallujah (under the agreement that ended the US siege of the city in April).  The only American presence at that checkpoint is a detachment of US guards who hide behind sand banks set up around the checkpoint.  During cease-fire negotiations, the Iraqi side had insisted that the US must fully and finally withdraw from all such areas.

 

 

 

Resistance car bomb explodes in al-Hillah, Saturday evening.

 

Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported on Saturday evening that an Iraqi Resistance car bomb had exploded in the city of al-Hillah, 100km south of Baghdad. Iraqi puppet police in the city announced that the bombing had killed 32 and wounded 22 others, according to a report broadcast on al-Jazeera satellite TV.

 

The correspondent reported that 10 civilian cars and several shops were also damaged in the explosion, which occurred on a commercial street

 

Resistance shells US checkpoint outside Saddam International Airport.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces pounded an American occupation checkpoint at the entrance to Saddam International Airport near Baghdad on Saturday with some 20 mortar shells.  According to Agence France Presse (AFP) some 20 shells exploded periodically over a period of time on Saturday morning near the roadblock where occupation troops check people entering the airport which the occupation has taken over and turned into a base.

 

Two mortar shells struck the road.  One other struck nearby frightening drivers who were waiting to be checked and admitted to the US base.

 

US admits one occupation soldier killed in Baghdad.

 

US military propaganda mouthpieces admitted on Saturday morning that one American had died from wounds received while on patrol in central Baghdad, according to a report carried by Agence France Presse (AFP).

 

Iraqi Resistance mortar shells strike oil pipeline under construction near Kikuk.

 

A US military spokesman admitted that Iraqi Resistance forces on Saturday fired mortar shells at a pipeline under construction that linked northern Iraqi oil fields to the Turkish port of Ceyhan.  US commander in al-Huwayjah, Colonel William Layth said that two mortar shells struck the pipeline in ar-Riyad district, 40km west of Kirkuk.

 

According to Agence France Presse (AFP), the commander of puppet police in nearby al-Huwayjah, Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad al-‘Abidi, said that a three-meter section of the new pipeline had been damaged in the attack.  He said that 95 percent of the work on the pipe under construction had been finished.

 

At the beginning of June, officials in the US-installed oil administration reported that the new pipe, which is 102cm in diameter and 75km long would take the place of an old parallel pipeline which had come under more than 20 Resistance attacks.

 

Iraqi oil pumping had resumed in limited quantities on Tuesday after a series of Resistance operations over a three-week period shut down the occupied country’s exports entirely.

 

Iraqi Resistance strikes Irbil with car bomb.

 

An Iraqi Resistance car bomb exploded Saturday morning in the northern city of Irbil, wounding Mahmud Muhammad, the so-called “culture minister” in the chauvinist collaborationist Kurdistani Democratic Party.  Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that one of the chauvinist official’s guards was killed in the attack.

 

A party official said that a car exploded as the so-called “minister” was walking from his car in front of the local party headquarters.

 

The chauvinist so-called Kurdistani Democratic Party is lead by Mas‘ud Barizani, long-time agent of US intelligence and member of the stooge “authorities” imposed by the American invasion.  The party controls Irbil and Dahuk provinces in the northern part of Iraq.

 

Resistance demolishes Ba‘qubah headquarters of puppet “prime-minister’s” party.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces on Saturday morning attacked the Ba‘qubah headquarters of the so-called National Accord Party, which is led by the US-appointed stooge “prime minister” Iyyad ‘Allawi.

 

Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that the Resistance fighters stormed the building, drove out all who were inside and then planted mines and explosives inside and blew it up.

 

The attack came about half an hour after another armed Resistance attack struck the Ba‘qubah headquarters of the collaborationist so-called “Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq” (SCIRI).

 

Resistance hits SCIRI headquarters in Ba‘qubah, killing one.

 

Iraqi Resistance forces on Saturday morning attacked the Ba‘qubah headquarters of the collaborationist so-called “Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq” (SCIRI) a Shi‘i sectarian chauvinist party that invaded Iraq in tandem with the US aggressors in spring 2003.  Four people died in the Resistance attack and two others injured.  A local mouthpiece for the SCIRI told Agence France Presse (AFP) that rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) were used in the attack.  A local party member showed the press the badly-shattered remains of one person who, he claimed, was an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom attacker.  The remains of a timing device were also displayed at the scene, the party officials claiming that the attacker had been carrying it.  The SCIRI official asserted that three of the chauvinist party’s guards were killed in the blast as well.

 

Sources in Ba‘qubah General Hospital confirmed the death of one person, said to be a passerby, killed in gunfire that followed the bombing.  The hospital also confirmed one of the SCIRI guards having been wounded.

 

Haytham Mahdi Ibrahim, a wounded guard told Agence France Presse (AFP) from his hospital bed that some 20 Resistance fighters, their faces covered, attacked the SCIRI headquarters with RPGs, hand grenades, and automatic weapons.  Ambulance driver Jawwad Kazim told of extracting the body of a passerby who was killed in the exchange of gunfire.

 

Ba‘qubah is located 60km north of Baghdad.

 

Resistance fires at Italian aggressor helicopters near an-Nasiriyah.

 

The Italian Ministry of Defense announced on Saturday that two Italian helicopters in Iraq had been attacked on Friday-Saturday night by the Iraqi Resistance.  The Italian authorities claimed that the helicopters and their crews were unhurt in the Resistance attack.

 

The Italian report said that the AB 412 armored helicopters were struck by light arms and machine gun fire just before midnight.  The attack reportedly came as the helicopters were on a training and reconnaissance mission over the Suq ash-Shaykh region in Dhi Qar Province, near an-Nasiriyah.

 

Jaysh al-Mahdi on joint patrols with Iraqi puppet police in Baghdad.

 

Militiamen of the Jaysh al-Mahdi, loyal to Shi‘i cleric Muqtada as-Sadr, on Saturday began joint patrols with the Iraqi puppet police in the district of Baghdad that they have nicknamed “Madinat as-Sadr.”  US Radio Sawa reported the development.

 

An officer in the puppet police said that the patrols guard puppet government buildings and carry out joint searches of cars in search of Resistance fighters who supposedly entered “Madinat as-Sadr” and attacked puppet police stations in recent days.  A local Jaysh al-Mahdi official said that they were undertaking the joint patrols under orders to do so from their religious leader Muatada as-Sadr, who ordered that they join the puppet authorities in “keeping order” in the district.

 

Jaysh al-Mahdi fires on US troops as they approach Shi‘i shrine area in an-Najaf.

 

Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen loyal to Shi‘i cleric Muqtada as-Sadr opened fire on a US military column just after noon local time on Saturday as it entered the center of an-Najaf.  The Americans were approaching the area of the city where Shi‘i shrines are located, according to a report by Agence France Presse (AFP).

 

Resistance group threatens three Turkish captives if Turkish companies fail to withdraw from occupied Iraq.

 

A Resistance group calling itself the Squadrons of Tawhid and Jihad announced on a videotape on Saturday that they would kill three Turkish workers they had captured if Turkey fails to pull its companies working in occupied Iraq out of the country within 72 hours.

 

Al-Jazeera satellite TV broadcast the video that showed the three workers seated in front of two armed Resistance fighters.

 

The group also demanded that Turks turn out to protest the visit of US President George Bush to their country.

 

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