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> Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Monday, 10 May 2004 through
> Wednesday, 12 May 2004. Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu
> Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.
> Monday, 10 May 2004.
> US troops withdraw from most positions encircling al-Fallujah.
> US aggressor forces pulled out of a number of positions that they had
> occupied which encircled the city of al-Fallujah, according to a
> report filed by Mafkarat al-Islam's correspondent in the city and
> posted at 23:26 Mecca time on Monday. During Monday afternoon, the
> US aggressors pulled away from the southern side of al-Fallujah.
> Shortly before sunset the American invaders withdrew from the western
> side of the city. They also left parts of the front facing the city
> to the east. American forces, together with members of the Iraqi
> police and the puppet so-called civil defense forces remain stationed
> to the north of al-Fallujah beyond the residential area. Two tanks
> and a number of Humvees are still there and they were, in fact,
> reinforced by three more tanks during Monday night.
> Iraqis are coming and going from the city on foot through an American
> check point without interference by the US aggressor troops or the
> Iraqi police.
> US forces had loosely encircled the city of al-Fallujah on Sunday
> apparently to ensure the safety of the American joint patrol that
> entered the city for 20 minutes on Monday morning together with local
> policemen in a show of force.
> During the joint patrol, the people of al-Fallujah fired off their
> weapons into the air to celebrate their victory over the Americans.
> Citizens of the city also distributed juices and other drinks to
> express their joy over the defeat of the US forces.
> Meanwhile, US aggressor troops are concentrated in an old base to the
> north east of the city beyond an agricultural zone.
> Iraqi Resistance kills 10 American aggressor troops in Monday morning
> battle in `Amiriyat al-Fallujah.
> The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported on
> Monday that Iraqi Resistance fighters in the city had battled US
> aggressor troops during the morning, destroying four American jeeps.
> Ten American aggressors were killed in the vehicles. The Resistance
> forces engaged the American invaders in `Amiriyat al-Fallujah, a
> southern suburb of the city separated from al-Fallujah proper by the
> Euphrates River.
> The battle lasted half an hour during which time the American
> aggressors fired tank cannon and mortars, while the Resistance
> launched their own mortar shells at the Americans and fired rocket-
> propelled grenades at them.
> US invaders carry out 20-minute joint patrol with local police in al-
> US aggressor troops entered al-Fallujah on Monday morning at about
> 9:30 on joint patrols with local police. The patrol lasted about 20
> minutes. The correspondent of Mafkarat al-Islam in the city reported
> that the US forces were unable to complete the patrol after Iraqi
> Resistance forces fired their machine guns into the air.
> Al-Fallujah's Resistance fighters also put on a review of their
> forces in front of the American patrol, lining up some of the
> children, ranging in age from 12 to 14 years, on the path of the
> aggressor patrol. The youngsters carried Brno rifles, a heavy rifle
> that adults carry into battle. The message that the Resistance
> intended to convey was that `even the children of al-Fallujah are
> ready for combat.'
> Explosions rock al-Fallujah on Monday morning.
> About 10 explosions resounded on Monday morning in the city of al-
> Fallujah, 50km west of Baghdad, according to a correspondent for
> Agence France Presse (AFP). Just after the blasts, US aggressor
> helicopters and AC-130 aircraft were observed in the air over the
> scene of the blasts.
> US invader officers say that the explosions came from the south west
> of the city but claim they do not know the cause of the blasts. This
> part of al-Fallujah was turned over to the al-Fallujah Brigade, a
> force of troops from the Army of the Republic of Iraq whom the US
> aggressors deployed to return "peace" to the city.
> Several hours before the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-
> Fallujah reported that explosions and battles between the Iraqi
> Resistance and US aggressor troops had taken place near the city.
> Two foreigners and one Iraqi killed in Resistance attack in Kirkuk.
> Iraqi puppet police reported on Monday morning that one citizen of
> New Zealand, one south Korean and one Iraqi had been killed in an
> Iraqi Resistance attack in the northern city of Kirkuk. Al-`Arabiyah
> satellite TV, which carried the story, had no further details.
> Iraqi Resistance kills US aggressor soldier near Mosul.
> Iraqi Resistance fighters opened fire on an American aggressor patrol
> in the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq on Monday, wounding one US
> invader soldier who later died, according to US Lieutenant Colonel
> Joseph Beck. According to Reuters, Beck said that the Resistance
> fighters attacked the American aggressors in an area south of Mosul
> on Monday evening.
> US belatedly admits death of US soldier in Resistance attack in
> The US military issued a statement on Monday saying that one American
> aggressor had been killed and another wounded in an Iraqi Resistance
> attack on 8 May 2004, in which a roadside bomb exploded in Samarra',
> 100km north of Baghdad. The US statement said that the two soldiers
> were part of a 1st Infantry Division patrol that was hunting for
> roadside bombs in Samarra' when an explosion occurred.
> Puppet governor of Diyala Province survives Iraqi Resistance
> assassination attempt.
> The Iraqi Resistance shelled a US aggressor convoy in which the
> puppet governor of Diyala Province was traveling. Two of the puppet
> governor's personal bodyguards were killed and three others wounded.
> Iraqi puppet police adjutant `Abdallah Hasan al-Jabburi said that the
> Resistance attack took place near the city of Ba`qubah. One locally-
> made explosive was fired at the convoy in which the puppet governor
> was riding. Al-Jabburi, speaking in Ba`qubah, the capital of Diyala
> Province, added that the puppet governor of Diyala Province survived
> the assassination attempt, which occurred at 9:30am local time.
> According to Agence France Presse (AFP) an Iraqi puppet policeman
> died after having been injured in an armed attack by the Iraqi
> Resistance in Ba`qubah.
> Muqtada as-Sadr announces "new stage" in the war against the US
> On Monday, following the American demolition of his offices in
> Baghdad and southern Iraq, Shi`i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr
> issued new orders to his Jaysh al-Mahdi militia calling on them to
> launch more attacks on the US aggressor forces.
> An aide to Muqtada as-Sadr in an-Najaf told Reuters that the Jaysh
> Mahdi had begun a new stage in the war against the occupation forces
> that would last one month and be fought throughout the largely Shi`i
> areas of southern Iraq.
> Qays al-Ghazali told the pres that "our policy now is to extend the
> scope of the Resistance against the occupation forces so that it will
> embrace all parts of Iraq, because the occupation is escalating its
> attacks and violating all the red lines in the Shi`i holy cities like
> Karbala' and an-Najaf."
> US General John Abizaid had announced that the American aggressor
> forces had done all they could to avoid inflaming the religious
> feelings of the Shi`i population but that their patience with Muqtada
> as-Sadr was not "limitless."
> US aircraft bombards as-Sadr headquarters in Baghdad.
> Eyewitnesses report that an American aircraft bombarded the office of
> Shi`i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in the part of Baghdad that
> has been nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr early on Monday morning. The
> witnesses report that the American aircraft dropped at least one bomb
> of the one-story office at about 2:00am, practically demolishing the
> Reuters reports that there was no immediate comment on the attack
> from the US military. US aggressor sources admitted that they had
> raided the office in the early hours of Sunday and arrested two
> people, one of whom they think is connected to the Jaysh al-Mahdi
> militia, loyal to Muqtada as-Sadr.
> US aggressor troops in an-Najaf come under mortar barage.
> Al-Jazeera TV's woman correspondent in an-Najaf reported that US
> occupation forces came under mortar attack in front of the building
> of the Governorate of an-Najaf. She reported that the local puppet
> police commander, Major General `Ali al-Yasiri, said that the US
> aggressor forces responded by firing indiscriminately, wounding three
> Iraqi puppet policemen.
> US claims 35 dead Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen in clashes in Baghdad.
> Meanwhile, US Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt said on Monday that the
> American invader troops had killed 35 Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen,
> loyal to Shi`i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr in a series of
> clashes in the Baghdad area known as Madinat as-Sadr.
> `Abd al-Hadi ad-Darraji, spokesman for as-Sadr's office in Baghdad
> had stated that three persons were killed and seven others wounded on
> Monday in an American aerial bombardment of the office of as-Sadr in
> Baghdad after tanks and armored vehicles had surrounded the building.
> Resistance fires mortars at Bulgarian aggressor patrol in Karbala'.
> Bulgarian aggressor sources report that Iraqi Resistance forces fired
> mortar shells at Bulgarian patrols in the city of Karbala' early on
> Monday morning. Sofia News reported that the Bulgarian Defense
> Ministry had announced that despite there being no Bulgarian
> casualties in the attacks, the situation in Karbala' is nevertheless
> still tense and unpredictable.
> Witnesses to the attack report that five Iraqis were killed and a
> number of US troops wounded, but the number of such casualties could
> not be confirmed.
> Squadrons of the Martyrs of Altaf warns foreigners and Kuwaitis that
> they are targets for assassination, kidnapping in al-Basrah.
> An armed Iraqi group issued strongly worded threats against
> foreigners in al-Basrah city on Monday � in particular against
> Americans, Britons, and Kuwaitis � that they would be targets either
> for kidnapping or assassination.
> The warnings came in a videotape broadcast by al-Jazeera TV. A
> masked speaker surrounded by other masked armed men read a communiqu�
> on the tape in which they called themselves the Squadrons of the
> Martyrs of Altaf.
> Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that the in the communiqu� the
> group said, "we declare that all workers in the foreign and Arab
> companies in al-Basrah, in particular Kuwaiti companies, are targets
> for kidnapping and killing. We severely warn them not to walk the
> streets of al-Basrah because we will treat them as we treat the
> Americans, the Britons, and their clients. There is really no
> difference between any of them.
> The word Altaf is a reference to a battle in which the Shi`i
> population of Karbala' fought in the Seventh Century.
> Iraqi Resistance attack on oil pipeline "greatly reduces" Iraq's
> The Chairman of the Oil of the South Company, which extracts Iraqi
> oil in the southern part of the country for the benefit of the US
> occupation, said Monday that an Iraqi Resistance attack on an oil
> pipeline had greatly reduced Iraq's southern oil exports. Jabir al-
> Libi told Reuters that "the situation is not good," but he refused to
> state specifically just how much oil is still being exported, nor
> would he give any further details about the Resistance attack on the
> Al-Libi said that the attack affected the flow of oil to the al-
> Basrah terminal, the outlet for most of Iraq's exported petroleum.
> Prior to the attack, Iraqi exports averaged 1.8 million barrels a day
> and constituted the occupation regime's only source of foreign
> On Monday al-Jazeera TV reported that a spokesman for the US
> aggressor military engineers said that the oil pipeline was still on
> fire at the southern end of al-Faw Island after the Resistance attack
> that took place last Saturday. As a result of the attack, Iraq's oil
> exports have been severely cut back.
> Meanwhile a spokesman for the fire department said that the fire that
> broke out on Saturday in the oil pipeline as a result of the attack
> has reached the port of Khur al-`Ammiyah. Tongues of flame and
> columns of black smoke could be seen rising into the sky on Sunday
> far from the scene of the attack and pipeline fire that occurred 40km
> south of al-Basrah.
> An official for the State Oil Marketing Pipeline told Dow Jones
> Newswires that the alternative pipeline was too small to handle the
> additional flow and that, as a result, Iraq's petroleum exports had
> fallen by 25 percent to 1.2 million barrels a day.
> Oil pipelines in northern Iraq are regularly attacked by the
> Resistance. The Resistance has recently also scored successes in
> striking the pipelines in the south, in an effort to deprive the
> invading occupation authorities of the ability to exploit Iraqi
> national resources.
> Tuesday, 11 May 2004.
> Iraqi Resistance attacks Brown and Root convoy, killing and wounding
> many, destroying several trucks near Jordanian border.
> A prominent US military representative reported that Iraqi Resistance
> fighters attacked a supply convoy that served the US aggressor forces
> on Tuesday. The convoy was made up of 21 vehicles and was attacked
> on its way from Jordan to Baghdad. Several persons were wounded and
> other other people were lost.
> The US military representative told reporters that a number of
> vehicles in the convoy were totally destroyed in the attack that
> occurred near the Jordanian frontier.
> The convoy was owned by the private company Brown and Root, a
> contracting firm that serves the US occupation forces in the area of
> Blast shakes Baghdad Tuesday night.
> A powerful explosion shook Baghdad on Tuesday night. Iraqi puppet
> police said the blast was the sound of a percussion bomb going off, a
> bomb that had been used to break up a "dangerous gathering."
> According to Agence France Presse (AFP) the explosion took place
> shortly before 7:00pm local time. US forces offered no information
> regarding the explosion, but Iraqi puppet police in al-Jumhuriyah
> neighborhood reported that the US occupation troops had used the
> percussion bomb to break up a rally that was protesting against US
> troops who were taking down pictures of Shi`i religious leader
> Muqtada as-Sadr.
> US "civilian" body found near Baghdad Tuesday.
> US military sources reported on Tuesday that the body of an
> American "civilian" had been found dumped by the side of a highway
> near Baghdad. A military spokesman said that the identity of the
> body had yet to be determined. Neither the US military nor the so-
> called US civil authority headed by L. Paul Bremer acknowledged the
> body as being one of their personnel.
> Muqtada as-Sadr and other Shi`i armed organizations reach agreement
> on possible withdrawal of Jaysh al-Mahdi from an-Najaf.
> Aides of the Shi`i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr agreed on Tuesday
> with other Shi`i armed organizations that it would be possible for
> Sadr to order a withdrawal of his Jaysh al-Mahdi militia from an-
> Najaf in response to a withdrawal by the US aggressors from that
> Shi`i holy city. Reuters reported Qays al-Khaz`ali, a senior aide of
> Muqtada as-Sadr's, as saying in an-Najaf that an agreement was
> reached in a meeting with rival Shi`i organizations in which all
> points of disagreement had been cleared up, supposedly bringing all
> the Shi`i groups together on one platform.
> Abu Hasan al-`Amari, leader of the Badr Brigade, said that the
> agreement was "the beginning of a solution of the crisis that was
> threatening everyone." The Badr Brigade is the armed organization of
> the collaborationist so-called Supreme Council of the Islamic
> Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI) which is represented on the American-
> appointed puppet so-called interim governing council under US
> proconsul L. Paul Bremer.
> There was no immediate reaction from the US aggressor army that
> occupies a small base and some other buildings in an-Najaf.
> Al-`Amari said that one part of the intra-Shi`i accord was an
> agreement in principle to set up a broad Iraqi security force.
> According to the agreement the Jaysh al-Mahdi would be disarmed and
> transformed into a political party.
> It was unclear as to whether the agreement included provisions on the
> fate of Muqtada as-Sadr himself. Initially the US was demanding his
> arrest or death, but backed off from such demands more recently,
> pushing instead for other Iraqi Shi`i organizations to reach some
> sort of accord with him.
> Jaysh al-Mahdi shells US forces local headquarters in Madinat as-
> Sadr, Baghdad.
> Jaysh al-Mahdi forces on Tuesday bombarded the council building in
> the part of Baghdad that has been nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr. The
> building has been taken over by US aggressor forces as their
> headquarters in the area. The Egyptian Middle East News Agency,
> which carried the story, had no information regarding possible
> American casualties.
> Islamic Jihadi websites broadcast video of US "contractor" executed
> in Iraq as a deterrent to US abuse and torture of Iraqi prisoners.
> Serious questions remain unanswered.
> Islamic Jihadi websites on the Internet posted photos, and a video
> clip of the beheading of an American capitve, Nicholas Berg,
> reportedly an American private contractor in Iraq. A declaration
> addressed to the Islamic world community and published alongside the
> pictures and video, stated that the execution was in response to the
> murders, tortures, abuse, and humiliation to which many of the more
> than 12,000 Iraqi captives have been subjected by the American
> occupation authorities and their British and other satellite country
> The communiqu�, signed "Abu Mus`ab az-Zarqawi, the commander of the
> Jama`at at-Tawhid wa-al-Jihad (the Group of Unity and Jihad), said
> that their group had offered to use Berg to ransom some of the
> prisoners in Abu Ghurayb concentration camp, but the US refused the
> deal, according to the message. The statement indicated that Berg was
> executed in defense of the honor of the Muslim prisoners, men and
> women, held in Abu Ghurayb and other occupation concentration camps
> in Iraq.
> An article published on many of the same Islamic Jihadi websites two
> days earlier and signed Husayn ibn Mahmud had discussed the recent
> publication of hundreds of pictures documenting the systematic
> humiliation, abuse, and torture practiced by the US occupation
> authorities in their system of concentration camps throughout Iraq.
> Husayn ibn Mahmud wrote that something must be done to deter the
> aggressors from continuing to perpetrate such crimes. "Those are
> prisoners of war," Husayn ibn Mahmud wrote, "and the Mujahideen also
> have prisoners of war, and they are obliged to do something to the
> Americans so as to force them to think a million times before they
> venture to carry out [abusive] activity. The Mujahideen cannot do
> what the Americans have done because it is prohibited by our
> religion � prohibited in and of itself � and anyway this would not
> affect them because they generally accept such behavior. They do
> such things voluntarily, with no one forcing them to, and with no
> shame. Stripping people naked and sodomizing them are ordinary
> matters for them, things to which they are accustomed. But there are
> things that the Mujahideen can do, such as slitting the throats of
> some of the prisoners with knives, and broadcasting their pictures
> and names. This should be done by video files on the World Wide Web
> and not on the news media that the Americans control. It should be
> announced that these actions are merely to avenge our brothers and
> sisters in Abu Ghurayb prison. The door of innovation is open to the
> Mujahideen in this matter."
> The case of Nick Berg has itself has many lose ends. Even the
> American Associated Press (AP), in addition to chiming in with a
> chorus of praise for the supposedly well-meaning, idealistic, but
> naive American businessman, pointed out that his case left "many
> unanswered questions."
> Prior to his capture by Iraqi Resistance forces, Berg, an American
> Jew, was stopped at a checkpoint near Mosul by Iraqi puppet police
> and held for two weeks. Reportedly he was stopped for having been
> engaged in "suspicious activity." According to Berg's family in the
> United States, Berg was held by the US occupation authorities. The
> American authorities later denied that, however, claiming that he was
> held entirely by the Iraqi puppet police. However that may be,
> during the two weeks he was in the custody of the aggressors and
> their stooges, Berg was reportedly interrogated three times by the
> American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) supposedly to
> ascertain whether he was indeed an American � something in the age of
> computers, to say nothing of telephones, that the FBI would have been
> able to determine in a matter of minutes.
> One AP press report indicated that Berg had an "Iraqi in-law" living
> in the Mosul area, a man who had been married to a now-deceased
> sister of Berg's.
> Although supposedly a contractor working in the telecommunications
> field, Berg apparently had no contact with any contracting firms
> working with the US occupation, making him a contractor with no
> contract. Nevertheless, according to the AP, Berg "traveled widely
> and unguarded in areas of Iraq � a dangerous practice rarely done by
> Westerners." Yet when offered a flight out of Iraq by the FBI, Berg
> reportedly turned down the offer because the ride to the airport was
> supposedly "too dangerous."
> The first news publication in the world to point to Berg's Jewish
> identity was the Zionist Yediot Ahronot, published in occupied
> Palestine. Given that Zionist activity has been frequently reported
> particularly in the northern regions of occupied Iraq (where Mosul is
> located), it is reasonable to wonder whether the Zionists in Tel Aviv
> might not have other relevant information on Nick Berg that has not
> yet been disclosed.
> Dutch soldier killed, one other wounded.
> Dutch media reported on Tuesday that military spokesmen had
> acknowledged that one Dutch aggressor soldier had been killed and
> another wounded in an Iraqi Resistance attack in the city of as-
> Samawah in southern Iraq. The Dutch Defense Ministry reported that
> Iraqi Resistance fighters lobbed handgrenades at a patrol as they
> crossed a bridge over the Euphrates. According to official Dutch
> sources, this was the first Dutch fatality in the war. There are
> some 1,500 Dutch invader troops in occupied Iraq serving US aggressor
> Honduran occupation troops begin pull out from Iraq.
> Spanish news media report that the President of Honduras, Ricardo
> Maduro, had announced that his country had begun withdrawing its
> aggressor forces from Iraq. The first contingent of returning
> Honduran soldiers has already reached Kuwait. Speaking in Tokyo,
> Maduro said that 160 Honduran aggressor troops, out of the total
> contingent of 369, had already arrived in Kuwait on their way back
> home. He declined to say when the rest of the troops would be leaving
> Iraq "for security reasons."
> Most of Dominican Republic's soldiers return home from Iraq.
> According to media sources, most of the 260 occupation troops from
> the Dominican Republic were withdrawn from Iraq on Monday after their
> tours of duty in Iraq were shortened after the withdrawal of the
> Spanish aggressor forces. The president of the Dominican Republic
> and other top officials in the country were on hand at the airport in
> Santo Domingo to welcome the troops home. Only 42 Dominican Republic
> troops remain in Iraq and they are set to leave within a few days.
> Wednesday, 12 May 2004.
> Iraqi Resistance attacks US base in al-Habbaniyah.
> The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah reported late
> on Wednesday that Iraqi Resistance forces had fired missiles at the
> American military base in al-Habbaniyah, 20km west of al-Fallujah.
> The correspondent noted that five rockets crashed into the US base.
> On Tuesday (the day before) Resistance fighters had fired eight
> rockets at the US aggressors' al-Habbaniyah base.
> Iraqi Resistance targets Italian embassy with mortar barrage.
> Al-`Arabiyah TV reported on Wednesday night that a powerful explosion
> had shaken the Italian embassy in Baghdad. The satellite TV station
> said that three mortar shells had crashed into the embassy. An
> Italian TV journalist reported the blast and seconds later
> communications between her and the Rome offices of her television
> station were cut. Al-`Arabiyah reported that the Italian news agency
> had stated that the mortar attack caused no casualties or damage.
> US admits one Marine invader killed on Tuesday in "western Iraq."
> The US military reported on Wednesday that one American occupation
> soldier was killed in fighting on Tuesday in western Iraq. According
> to Reuters, which reported the official US statement, no details were
> provided other than that the dead soldier worked with the 1st
> Campaign force, a part of the US Marine Corps and that he was killed
> by "enemy," i.e., Resistance gunfire.
> Iraqi Resistance forces demolish puppet police station in Samarra'.
> Iraqi Resistance forces blew up a puppet police station in the city
> of Samarra', north of Baghdad on Wednesday wounding won puppet
> policeman, according to al-`Arabiyah TV station. Al-`Arabiyah
> reported that the Resistance fighters surrounded the al-Mu`tasim
> puppet police station in Samarra', evacuated all the puppet policemen
> and then placed explosives in the building and demolished it.
> Four Filipinos reported killed in Iraqi Resistance mortar attack on
> US airbase.
> The Philippine President Gloria Aroyo announced on Wednesday that
> four Filipino citizens had been killed in a mortar attack on a US
> airbase in a town to the north of Baghdad. She offered no further
> Violent battles broke out between US aggressor forces and members of
> the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi`i religious leader Muqtada
> as-Sadr in the district of Baghdad nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr. Al-
> Jazeera TV reported that Jaysh al-Mahdi forces had seized two
> American military vehicles and set them ablaze after the American
> troops had fled. US forces then rushed reinforcements into the
> district. Al-Jazeera broadcast scenes of the US vehicles on fire,
> surrounded by Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen.
> Muqtada as-Sadr: Jaysh al-Mahdi will fight unless Shi`i religious
> leaders demand its dissolution, in which case it will be dissolved.
> Shi`i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr announced on Wednesday that
> his Jaysh al-Mahdi militia would continue its battle against the
> occupation forces lead by the United States. He said, however, that
> he was ready at the same time to dissolve the Jaysh al-Mahdi if the
> Shi`i religious leadership demanded it.
> Speaking in an-Najaf, Muqtada as-Sadr said, "if the Americans are
> ready to leave Iraq this will bring peace, but if they continue to
> remain in Iraq that will destroy all the chances of peace and will
> lead to the spread of terrorism." He told a press conference, "we
> are ready for any American escalation. We expect anything from the
> As-Sadr praised what he called the efforts made by honest partners in
> their attempt to end the crisis between him and the occupation
> forces. He accused the United States of intentionally planting the
> seeds of discord.
> On Tuesday `Adnan az-Zurufi, the puppet governor of an-Najaf, stated
> that it might be possible to postpone the legal pursuit of as-Sadr if
> he immediately dissolved the Jaysh al-Mahdi. In reference to this,
> Sadr said, "if the Shi`i religious authorities issue a fatwa or a
> ruling demanding that a Jaysh Mahdi be dissolved, we will comply with
> that. But failing that, this armed militia will continue to defend
> our country and our its sacred places."
> Jaysh al-Madhi, US forces battle in an-Najaf Wednesday night.
> Al-Jazeera satellite TV reported that violent clashes have broken out
> and continued during Wednesday night between the Jaysh al-Mahdi
> militia loyal to Shi`i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr and US
> aggressor forces in an-Najaf
> US claims it killed 25 Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen in major offensive
> on Karbala'.
> A US military spokesman claimed in a statement quoted by the Agence
> France Presse (AFP) that 25 Jaysh al-Mahdi militiamen loyal to Shi`i
> religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr, had been killed in battles with US
> troops in Karbala' in the course of major US military attacks in the
> Shi`i holy city Wednesday.
> Units of the Iraqi puppet police entered Karbala' during the
> afternoon on Wednesday according to al-Jazeera TV. The puppet police
> units deployed in the city, reachind al-`Abbas Street, to seal off
> the center of the city. Battles broke out between the puppet police
> and members of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia.
> Earlier US occupation troops launched a large-scale military
> operation in the center of Karbala' around a mosque controlled by
> Shi`i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr according to a report carried
> by Agence France Presse (AFP) on the authority of eyewitnesses.
> Gunfire from light arms and heavy weapons was heard through the night
> in the area. US aggressor troops still had the downtown area sealed
> off on Wednesday morning.
> An official in the city hospital reported that ambulances and fire
> trucks have been unable to get to the places where the clashes have
> been taking place. Government employee Hashim Salman, 30, who lives
> in the cordoned off area reports that he can't get out of his house
> because of the gunfire. `Ali Husayn, another witness in the area
> said that a building close to the tombs of the Imam al-Husayn and al-
> `Abbas were struck by weapons.
> Sources: al-`Arab al-Yawm, Amman, Jordan, 13 May 2004.
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