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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Sunday, 5 June 2005.  Translated
and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the
Free Arab Voice. 

Resistance blasts US base near Hit with powerful Ababil Rockets.

Six-year-old girl, arrested a month ago near al-Qa'im by US troops,
disappears into maw of US occupation prisons.

Puppet regime admits to indiscriminate attacks on Sunni population
as sectarian dimensions of repressive "Operation Lighting" campaign
become obvious.

Humanitarian disaster threatens al-Ba`aj, where US troops have cut
off water, food, medicine for one week.

Sunday, 5 June 2005.

Al-Anbar Province.
Hit.

Iraqi Resistance blasts US `Ayn al-Asad base with barrage of powerful
Ababil rockets early Sunday.

Iraqi Resistance forces mounted a ferocious rocket assault the
heaviest of its kind in more than a year in terms of the type of
rockets used on the US `Ayn al-Asad base near Hit in western Iraq.

A source in the Iraqi puppet army told the Hit correspondent for
Mafkarat al-Islam that eight rockets blasted into `Ayn al-Asad base,
the largest US facility in western Iraq, early Sunday morning, killing
or wounding dozens of US troops.

Witnesses reported that the rockets were of the powerful Ababil type,
a part of the arsenal of the Army of the Republic of Iraq from before
the US occupation of the country in spring 2003.  The Resistance
organization Partisans of the Sunnah [Prophet's Practice] announced
its responsibility for the attack and promised to mount yet more on US
bases throughout Iraq.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US forces worked
visibly at evacuating their casualties, fighting fires, and digging up
rubble in the base from 7am and were still engaged in those activities
at the time he filed his report, posted at 9:59am Mecca time Sunday
morning.  The Americans called in the Iraqi puppet so-called "rapid
deployment force," ordering them into their base to fight the fire,
lift rubble from off trapped American soldiers, and help extract
wounded.  US F-16s and F-17s, meanwhile, threateningly prowled the
skies over the city of Hit.

The correspondent reported that the Americans had still at the time of
writing not recovered from the shock of the attack.

Resistance forces ambush US column on highway north of Hit Sunday
afternoon.

Iraqi Resistance forces ambushed a US patrol in the 35 kilometer area
on the highway north of Hit at abouat 3pm Sunday afternoon local time.
Hit residents who saw the attack told Mafkarat al-Islam that
Resistance fighters armed with light and medium weapons mounted an
attack on a US patrol of four armored vehicles and two Humvees on the
highway.

The witnesses said that the Resistance fighters destroyed one American
armored vehicle and set one Humvee ablaze.  Their attack left six
American troops dead and eight others wounded.  The correspondent for
Mafkarat al-Islam reported that two Resistance fighters were killed in
the engagement.

After the ambush, US forces surrounded the entire area and brought in
helicopters to evacuate the wrecked vehicles and the casualties.

Al-Fallujah.

Resistance launches series of attacks on US forces in `Amiriyat
al-Fallujah Sunday.

Iraqi Resistance attacks in and around al-Fallujah on Sunday centered
on the area of al-`Amiriyah to the south of the city.  Four Iraqi
Resistance land mines blew up there and one car bomb exploded in the
course of a number of Resistance attacks on occupation troops in the area.

At 7am local time Sunday morning, an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by
a US patrol in the al-Bu `Isa area of al-`Amiriyah, killing four
American soldiers and seriously wounding a fifth.  After the blast, US
forces surrounded the area and arrested Shaykh Khalid Faraj, a leader
of the Iraqi al-Bu `Isa tribe on charges that he served supper to the
Resistance fighters and helped them plant the bomb in the area.

At 10:15am local time Sunday morning an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded
by a US military column in the al-Bu Shiddah area, killing several US
troops and destroying one Humvee and disabling a second.  Lieutenant
Fawzi Jasim of the Iraqi puppet army told the correspondent for
Mafkarat al-Islam in the area that an Iraqi Resistance martyrdom
bomber carried out the attack.  The Resistance organization Base
[Qa`idah] of the Jihad in the Land of the Two Rivers announced its
responsibility for the attack in a statement, a copy of which was
obtained by the correspondent.

At 2pm Sunday afternoon, local time, a high-explosive Iraqi Resistance
bomb exploded by a column of seven US vehicles and four Nissan
vehicles belonging to the Iraqi puppet forces.  The blast occurred at
the main entrance to the al-`Amiriyah residential complex, according
to a source in the Iraqi puppet forces.  The source, who asked to
remain anonymous, told Mafkarat al-Islam that the blast killed one
Iraqi puppet soldier and wounded three more.  It also partly destroyed
the vehicle they were riding in.  The Iraqi puppet source said that
one US Marine was also severely wounded in the blast because he was
standing up in his Humvee when the bomb went off.

At 4pm Sunday afternoon local time, Iraqi Resistance forces fired a
rocket, believed to be a C5K, at a US Bradley armored vehicle,
destroying the Bradley and killing four American soldiers and wounding
three more.  The US occupation forces acknowledged the attack in a
broadcast on the American propaganda staion "Radio al-Hurriyah" that
broadcasts from the puppet government buildings in the al-Anbar
Provincial capital of ar-Ramadi.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb went off by a US Marine foot patrol in the
al-Bu Yusuf area Sunday, killing two Marines and wounding seven more,
according to a source in the Iraqi puppet military.

On Sunday evening, US forces responded to all those attacks by cutting
the main road leading from al-`Amiriyah to al-Fallujah in the north
and setting up a checkpoint to the east of the city on the road
leading to Baghdad.

US admits to killing woman Iraqi Resistance fighter planting a bomb as
attacks on US targets in al-Fallujah escalate.

A US military spokesman admitted on Sunday morning that Iraqi
Resistance attacks on US occupation forces in al-Fallujah have clearly
increased in the past and current week.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported a US
officer in the city as saying that the city is now witnessing an
organized and escalating campaign of attacks on US and Iraqi puppet
troops, with three or four attacks taking place virtually every day.

The US officer said that they have a hard time distinguishing between
civilians and Resistance fighters in al-Fallujah where the population
as a whole, he said, is very familiar with "security" matters.

The American officer told Mafkarat al-Islam that US forces killed a
22-year old Iraqi girl who was planting a high-explosive bomb next to
a road in the ash-Shuhada' neighborhood of southern al-Fallujah.  A
helicopter spotted her and opened fire, killing her instantly.  The
officer said that US troops then went in to take away the bomb and
found that it had been planted by someone with very great expertise in
explosives.

Al-Qa'im.

American troops wound, imprison six-year-old girl, now missing for one
month.

US forces arrested a little Iraqi girl aged six after wounding her,
the Board of Muslim `Ulama' [Scholars] reported in a statement issued
Sunday, a copy of which was received by Mafkarat al-Islam.  More than
a month ago, the little girl was with her father when US forces opened
fire inflicting non-life-threatening wounds on her.  The US forces
then arrested the little girl along with her father.  Witnesses said
that the little girl, Sihr Rafi` Dhib, 6, was taken with her father to
an unknown destination.  The Americans gave no explanation.  The
incident has aroused serious concerns among local residents, all of
them Bedouin who live in the al-Jazirah desert near al-Qa'im on the
Syrian border.

Al-Hajj Dhib, the Sihr's grandfather, said that Sihr was with her
father and a number of relatives in the city traveling in two cars.
US forces pursued them and opened fire, wounding the girl.  They gave
the father not chance to call an ambulance but took him and his
daughter into custody leaving the other relatives in a state of terror
and intense worry.

Al-Hajj Dhib said, "we inquired about them in more than one place and
got no information.  After a full month, we learned that Sihr's father
is in prison now in Abu Ghurayb.  Sihr received medical treatment and
was taken to an unknown destination.  Her father told us that his
daughter was with him until recently.  But now he has no knowledge of
what has happened to her, after the American troops took her from him."

Al-Hajj Dhib called on all humanitarian institutions and agencies and
the US forces to secure the release of his innocent little
granddaughter whose only "crime" was to be with her father, who also
was never charged with anything.

Al-Khalidiyah.

Resistance fighters attack US camp near al-Khalidiyah.

In a dispatch posted at 5pm Mecca time Sunday afternoon, Mafkarat
al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces attacked the US
military camp by the as-Siddiqiyah Village Bridge east of
al-Khalidiyah (which lies 80km west of Baghdad).  Residents of
as-Siddiqiyah village told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance threw
hand grenades at the US camp, setting an American Humvee ablaze and
killing several US troops.  They then clashed with American soldiers
with light and medium weapons.

The correspondent reported witnesses as saying that the Resistance
fighters set one US armored vehicle on fire, killing seven American
troops and wounding three more.  The Americans then called in back up
from the US base in the al-Habbaniyah area, east of al-Khalidiyah, and
helicopters flew in.

American troops surrounded the town and launched a campaign of raids,
arresting more than 40 residents of al-Khalidiyah in their sweep
through the city.

Baghdad.

Deadly Resistance bomb strikes US patrol in Abu Ghurayb Sunday afternoon.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a column of four US Humvees in
the Khan Darri area of Abu Ghurayb, 30km west of Baghdad at 4pm
Saturday afternoon.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported owners of
groves in the rural Khan Darri area who witnessed the attack as saying
that the bomb was planted in the middle of an unpaved farm road.  They
said that the device blew up under one of the American Humvees,
totally destroying it and killing three American soldiers and
seriously wounding a fourth.

Puppet regime admits to indiscriminate repression of Sunni population
in so-called "Operation Lightning," supposedly targeted on Iraqi
Resistance.

A spokesman for Ibrahim al-Ja`fari, the Shi`i chauvinist puppet "prime
minister" of Iraq installed under US auspices in April, admitted to
the press on Sunday that puppet security forces "might" have been
targeting Sunni Iraqis indiscriminately in the course of their latest
offensive against the Iraqi Resistance.

Layth Kubbah tried to justify the state campaign of sectarian violence
by alleging that there had been "an improvement in security and in the
performance of the security forces."  But the American Associated
Press quoted Kubbah as admitting that "members of the army and police
do cause mistakes."  Concerning widespread Sunni complaints that
puppet "soldiers took advantage and helped themselves to cash and
other items," Kubbah coyly admitted, "One doesn't rule it out."

Salah ad-Din Province.
At-Tarimiyah.

Resistance bomb blasts US column in at-Tarimiyah early Sunday afternoon.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military patrol in
at-Tarimiyah, just north of Baghdad at 2pm local time Sunday
afternoon.  Witnesses in the city told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb
had been planted in a large oil can which was placed by the side of a
road.  It exploded when a patrol of four Humvees was passing by,
setting one Humvee ablaze and killing one US soldier and wounding
three more.

Diyala Province.
Al-Mada'in.

Resistance martyrdom fighter blasts US column Sunday afternoon.

An Iraqi Resistance martyrdom fighter drove an explosives-packed Opel
car into a US armored column in the al-`Askari neighborhood in the
south of the town of al-Mada'in, located 30km southeast of Baghdad, at
3pm Sunday afternoon local time.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Mada'in reported
residents of the al-`Askari neighborhood who witnessed the attack as
saying that the Resistance martyrdom fighter broke into the column of
six US armored vehicles and four Humvees and blew up near one of the
armored vehicles.  The blast, they said, totally destroyed the armored
vehicle, killing four US soldiers and wounding five more.

Babil Province.
Al-Hillah.

Resistance bomb targets Polish occupation troops early Sunday morning.

An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a Polish military patrol in the
middle of al-Hillah, 110km south of Baghdad at 8am Sunday morning,
local time.  Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that the bomb blast
killed one Polish occupation soldier and wounded three more.

For its part the Iraqi puppet forces in al-Hillah denied that the bomb
caused any Polish casualties, but local witnesses insisted that one
Pole was killed and three others wounded, Mafkarat al-Islam reported.

Al-Mahmudiyah.

Campaign of repression in al-Mahmudiyah area denounced.

In a series of statements issued Sunday and obtained by Mafkarat
al-Islam, the Board of Muslim `Ulama' [Scholars], the highest Sunni
religious authority in occupied Iraq, denounced raids and attacks
being conducted by puppet regime forces in the area of al-Mahmudiyah
and its environs, south of Baghdad.

The puppet army, puppet "national guard and puppet police, backed up
by US forces have been carrying out a rampant campaign in the area of
al-Mahmudiyah, al-Latifiyah, ar-Rashid, and al-Qasr al-Awsat since
Thursday, 2 June 2005, the Board of Muslim `Ulama' said.

In the course of their campaign of repression, US and puppet forces
used loudspeakers to proclaim a ban on Friday congregational prayers.
They imposed curfews and raided houses and mosques, including the
al-Mustafa Mosque in al-Mahmudiyah where they arrested the Imam
al-Hajj Husayn `Ali al-Janabi and his son Khalid as well as the
muezzin and mosque custodian.  They stole the car of Mr Muhammad
`Atwan on the grounds that it was being "prepared for use as a car
bomb" and they accused all the above men of having weapons in the
mosque, even though there were none there.

The occupation troops and their stooges arrested and tortured Shaykh
`Abd as-Sattar as-Sa`idi, a member of the Board of Muslim `Ulama and
the Imam of the at-Taysir Mosque.

They arrested Shaykh `Aday as-Sa`idi, another member of the Board of
Muslim `Ulama', and Shaykh Ibrahim Shihab at-Ta'i, the Imam of the
ar-Rawdah al-Muhammadiyah Mosque.

US occupation forces stormed into the al-Arqam ibn Abi al-Arqam Mosque
in the al-Mikanik area of the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah at
1am and arrested Hafiz al-`Ubaydi and his son `Ali, taking them away
to an unknown destination.

The Board statements went on to say that innocent civilians had been
victimized by the latest offensive.  Most of the men of the village of
al-`Ujayr ash-Sharqi, which is in the al-Bu `Isa area east of
`Amiriyat al-Fallujah, were arrested in a raid on Saturday during
which the troops burst down the doors of peoples' homes and smashed
their furniture, while hurling curses and vulgar insults at them and
their values.

The Board of Muslim `Ulama' appealed to the media to publicize these
inhuman, arbitrary repressive activities against the Sunni population.

Ninwa Province.
Al-Ba`aj.

Humanitarian disaster stalks al-Ba `aj after one week under US siege
without food, water, medicine.

The Board of Muslim `Ulama' [Scholars] issued a statement in Sunday
denouncing the US blockade on the town of al-Ba`aj, which is causing
considerable suffering for the local population.

The Board statement reported that US forces had sealed off the town
since Monday, 30 May 2005, allowing no water, food, or medicine into
the town.  The intense difficulty caused by this blockade prompted the
people of al-Ba`aj to appeal to the Board to takeup their case and
seek assistance.

The Board of Muslim `Ulama' said that was particularly surprising
about the situation was that the US side had so far not explained the
reason for their inhuman blockade and starvation of the people of the
town.

The Board urged the media to publicize the plight of the people of
al-Ba`aj, to denounce the siege of the city and to appeal for help in
the midst of the human tragedy unfolding there.

Maysan Province.
Al-`Amarah.

Sunni community calls for a halt to persecution by Shi`i chauvinist
local authorities, militias.

The Sunni community in the city of al-`Amarah, about 366km south of
Baghdad issued an appeal over the Mafkarat al-Islam website, calling
on the Sunni Board of Waqf [pious endowments] and the Board of Muslim
`Ulama' [Scholars] to help put an end to the outrages being committed
by the local puppet authorities, who were thoroughly permeated with
sectarian Shi`i chauvinists bent on stirring up confessionalist strife
and driving Sunnis from their region.

Most recently, the local puppet authorities seized the Hittin Mosque,
a Sunni institution for decades, and handed it over to the Shi`ah
community, together with threats to do the same with all the other
Sunni mosques in the province.

The Sunni community in al-`Amarah called for their mosque to be taken
out of the hands of the Shi`i chauvinist Badr Brigades, who now
control the building, and given back to the Sunni community.  The Badr
Brigades are the armed wing of the Shi ` chauvinist collaborationist
so-called Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI)
thousands of whom invaded Iraq together with US troops in the spring
of 2003 and since then have formed the backbone of the puppet security
forces, particularly in southern Iraq.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that about 100 Badr
Brigade gunmen stormed into Hittin Mosque, beat up the imam and the
custodian of the mosque, calling them "terrorists" and "Wahhabis" and
ransacked the building, wrecking furniture and throwing it out into
the street, breaking the loudspeaker and tossing out Islamic books on
the pretext that they were "Wahhabi."

Witnesses told Mafkarat al-Islam that Badr Brigade gunmen took down
the sign "Hittin Mosque" and replaced it with a sign saying "az-Zahra'
Husayniyah."

Mafkarat al-Islam reported that there has long been a large Sunni
community in the predominantly Shi`i city of al-`Amarah, but that
since the US invasion the gunmen of the Shi'i chauvinist pro-American
Badr Brigade and of the Shi`i chauvinist Da`wah Party (the head of
which is the recently installed puppet "prime minister" Ibrahim
al-Ja`fari) have been widely agitating against the Sunni population,
spreading the sectarian idea that all Sunnis are "Wahhabis" and
"terrorists."  Backed by the US, these Shi`i chauvinist sectarians are
seeking to promote sectarian strife throughout Iraq with a view to
dividing the country.

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