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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 22 February 2006


...The Foreign Relations Department of the Iraq Regional Command of the Arab Baath Socialist Party issued a statement on Wednesday denouncing the criminal attack on the tomb of the Imam 'Ali al-Hadi and saying that the pro-Iranian Badr Brigades and the US were behind the attack. "The ones who carried out this heinous crime are the Badr Brigade stooges of Iran with the encouragement of the American forces. For they are the two parties that have an interest in changing the course of events in Iraq and saving their threatened interests," The Baath Party statement said (...) "Our party affirms that the criminal attack on the tomb of the Imam 'Ali al-Hadi was carried out by the agents of Iran, supported by American interests, which consist in compelling 'Sunni’ groups to take part in their political operation. They hope to reach this goal more speedily by putting more pressure on known Sunni groups by igniting a limited sectarian war. Therefore we call on all religious authorities to shoulder their religious and patriotic responsibility by emphasizing that those who carried out this crime are the ones who have an interest in splitting up Iraq...

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 22 February 2006

Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice.

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 22 February 2006.  Translated and/or compiled by Muhammad Abu Nasr, member, editorial board, the Free Arab Voice

 

Wednesday, 22 February 2006.

 

Suspicious bombing of Shi'i shrine in Samarra’ signals start of Shi'i sectarian rampages throughout Iraq.

 

·        Mysterious bombs partly destroy golden dome of tomb of Shi'i Imam 'Ali al-Hadi in Samarra’ at dawn Wednesday. Sunni religious leaders rush to condemn attack.  Sources claim puppet "Interior Ministry Shock Troops (Maghawir)" carried out the bombing.

 

·        Iraqi Baath Party denounces bombing of Shi'i shrine, says Badr Brigades and US are responsible, analyzes background.

 

·        Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq Denounces bombing of Imam 'Ali al-Hadi Tomb.

 

·        Shi'i sectarian gunmen including pro-American Badr Brigades and Muqtada as-Sadr’s Jaysh al-Mahdi attack 33 Sunni mosques, one Sunni neighborhood in Baghdad, burning, wrecking, and looting all day Wednesday.

 

·        Sunni families in al-'Amarah and an-Nasiriyah receive asylum, protection from Arab tribal leaders against rampaging pro-Iranian Badr Brigade Shi'i sectarian gunmen.

 

·       Chaos reported in al-Basrah as Shi'i sectarian gangs attack Sunni sites throughout the city.

 

·        Sectarian murders of Sunnis continue in southern Iraq following reported arrival of new hit list from Iranian Intelligence.

 

·       Late Wednesday night bulletin: Resistance forces deploy in strength in Sunni areas of Baghdad ready for battle with Badr Brigade and puppet "Shock Troop" sectarians.

 

·       Resistance bomb blasts US troops in an-Najaf.

 

·       Resistance bomb in ar-Ramadi leaves two US troops reported dead.

 

·       Resistance sharpshooter reportedly kills US soldier in al-Karmah, east of al-Fallujah.

 

·       Resistance carries out attacks on Danish occupation troops in southern Iraq.

 

Al-Anbar Province.

Ar-Ramadi.

 

Resistance bomb in ar-Ramadi leaves two US troops reported dead.

 

In a dispatch posted at 6pm Mecca time Wednesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military patrol on the main road near the az-Zuyut building in the middle of ar-Ramadi, some 110km west of Baghdad.

 

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local eyewitnesses as saying that the bomb, which had been planted by the side of the road blew up as a patrol of five US Humvees drove past.  The explosion disabled one Humvee, killing two US troops and wounding two more of them.

 

Al-Khalidiyah.

 

Resistance bombards camp set up by US forces on land seized from villagers near al-Khalidiyah.

 

In a dispatch posted at 4:40pm Mecca time Wednesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces fired four 82mm mortar rounds into the jint US-Iraqi puppet army camp in the Jazirat al-Khalidiyah area near the town of al-Khalidiyah, some 80km west of Baghdad.

 

The al-Khalidiyah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported residents of Jazirat al-Khalidiyah as saying that the camp that the US troops and their Iraqi puppet army set up on land that they seized from local villagers came under a mortar bombardment that sent plumes of smoke rising from their facility.  US helicopters were observed hovering around the area.

 

Al-Fallujah.

 

Resistance mounts attacks on US occupation forces in 'Amiriyat al-Fallujah Wednesday.

 

In a dispatch posted at 6:50pm Mecca time Wednesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces mounted several attacks with mortars and bombs on US troops in the 'Amiriyat al-Fallujah area, southwest of the city of al-Fallujah on Wednesday.

 

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at 5am local time before dawn Wednesday morning an Iraqi Resistance bobm exploded by a US armored vehicle near the housing complex in 'Amiriyat al-Fallujah.  Eyewitnesses said that the bomb damaged the vehicle but the nature and extent of casualties were unknown.

 

Resistance forces fired eight mortar round into the headquarters of the US and Iraqi puppet troops in the housing complex in 'Amiriyat al-Fallujah, setting off explosions that could be heard near by.  As with the first attack, the nature and extent of casualties were unknown.

 

Beginning with dawn Wednesday, US helicopters and warplanes were constantly prowling the skies over the town, and still were doing so at the time of reporting.

 

Resistance sharpshooter reportedly kills US soldier in al-Karmah, east of al-Fallujah.

 

In a dispatch posted at 11am Mecca time Wednesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance marksman had shot and killed a US soldier in the al-Karmah area east of al-Fallujah.

 

The al-Fallujah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in al-Karmah as saying that a Resistance sharpshooter’s bullet had killed a US soldier who was taking part in a foot patrol in the eastern part of their area.

 

After the attack, US troops searched the surrounding area, but found no sign of the Resistance fighter.

 

Abu Ghurayb.

 

Resistance bomb rips through puppet "Iraqi National Guard" patrol.

 

In a dispatch posted at 11:40am Mecca time Wednesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a column of puppet "Iraqi National Guards" in western Abu Ghurayb, some 30km west of Baghdad.

 

The Abu Ghurayb correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local eyewitnesses as saying that a bomb that had been planted by the side of the old road leading to al-Fallujah in the west blew up as a puppet "National Guard" column was passing by.  The blast disabled one Nissan patrol vehicle, killing three of the puppet "National Guards" and wounding two more of them.

 

Baghdad.

 

Iraqi Baath Party issues statement denouncing and analyzing criminal attack on Shi'i Shrine in Samarra’.

 

The Foreign Relations Department of the Iraq Regional Command of the Arab Baath Socialist Party issued a statement on Wednesday denouncing the criminal attack on the tomb of the Imam 'Ali al-Hadi and saying that the pro-Iranian Badr Brigades and the US were behind the attack.

 

"The ones who carried out this heinous crime are the Badr Brigade stooges of Iran with the encouragement of the American forces.  For they are the two parties that have an interest in changing the course of events in Iraq and saving their threatened interests," The Baath Party statement said.

 

"America is the main party responsible for the crime of attacking the tomb of the Imam 'Ali al-Hadi, may peace be upon him," the Baath statement went on, "not only because it is the state that occupies Iraq and as such is responsible for what takes place there. It is responsible from the standpoint of planning for the crime and having the basic interest in committing it."

 

"Iran is the natural partner of America in this crime as in all former crimes since before the occupation and until now," the Baath statement declared.

 

The Baath Party statement explained:

 

"The systematic escalation of differences between America and Iran have found their main political arena to be Iraq, because the most important group of agents of Iran are there; they are in power and are able thereby to use the blood of Iraqis to and the future of Iraq to exert pressure on America.  Iran has laid out a plan to embroil America in the Iraqi morass to prevent it from obstructing Iran’s nuclear plans.  Particularly since America is eager to move on to completing arrangements for a withdrawal from Iraq, a part of which is the signing of binding agreements on oil and strategy.  America believes that without the participation of 'Sunni’ parties in the regime those arrangements will fail.  For that reason cutting Iran’s claws has become one of the important requirements for the American arrangements.  This is a necessity that the American governor Zalmay openly spoke of recently when he declared that no sectarian would take control of the Ministries of the Interior or Defense [in the new Iraqi puppet 'government’].  Similarly, America has begun to publish information that it formerly kept hidden regarding the crimes of the Badr Brigade and the 'Interior Ministry.’

 

"It is therefore in Iran’s interest to attack holy Shi'i Islamic tombs now because it seeks to rally the people of southern Iraq behind the Iranian position and in defense of Iran through increased pressure on America in Iraq.  This is a difficult task for them since the vast majority of the people of southern Iraq know that Iran is planning to destroy Iraq and partition it, annexing southern Iraq to itself under the so-called 'federation’ scheme of 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Hakim.  Therefore,  they have sensed an urgent need to regain some unity around their position among the southern Iraqi people, so as to subordinate them to Iran.  For this they required a crime the likes of which has not been committed before – namely an attack on a holy tomb in an area that is not predominantly Shi'i so that it could be blamed on the Sunnis, and be used to promote the rapid spread of the wildfire of sectarian strife, in order to guarantee Iran sufficient forces to keep America embroiled in Iraq and to reduce American pressure on Tehran.  This would also achieve one of the most important and oldest American goals in Iraq, namely splitting up the country."

 

The Baath Party statement addressed Iraqi religious leaders saying:

 

"Our party affirms that the criminal attack on the tomb of the Imam 'Ali al-Hadi was carried out by the agents of Iran, supported by American interests, which consist in compelling 'Sunni’ groups to take part in their political operation.  They hope to reach this goal more speedily by putting more pressure on known Sunni groups by igniting a limited sectarian war.  Therefore we call on all religious authorities to shoulder their religious and patriotic responsibility by emphasizing that those who carried out this crime are the ones who have an interest in splitting up Iraq.  No one has more interest in that than America and Iran.  Therefore we must resolutely and with high responsibility resist this plan and expose it, and also expose those who are involved in it, and maintain control over urges for hasty and emotional reactions."

 

The Baath statement said:

 

"Iraq is advancing firmly towards the expulsion of the occupation.  This reality requires us all to maintain wisdom and high patriotic consciousness and to isolate the stooges on all sides, while supporting the Resistance, for it is the only hope of preserving the unity of Iraq and liberating it from the occupation."

 

Late Wednesday night bulletin: Resistance forces deploy in strength in Sunni areas of Baghdad ready for battle with Badr Brigade and puppet "Shock Troop" sectarians.

 

In a bulletin posted at 11:50pm Mecca time Wednesday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters belonging to all detachments were deploying in Sunni areas of Baghdad – al-'Amiriyah, al-A 'zamiyah, al-Ghazaliyah, al-Mansur, al-Jihad, al-'Amil, ad-Durah, al-Bayya', al-'Adl, and al-Khadra’ – searching for groups of Badr Brigade Shi'i sectarian gunmen who had broken into some Sunni areas in the occupied Iraqi capital to raid homes and mosques and make arrests.

 

The Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that Resistance fighters equipped with a wide array of light and medium weapons were deploying in narrow back streets and lanes so as to be able to surprise any Badr Brigade or puppet "Interior Ministry Shock Troops (Maghawir)" who try to penetrate into Sunni areas.

 

Residents of Sunni areas in western Baghdad told Mafkarat al-Islam that congregations in Sunni mosques agreed during the night time prayers Wednesday that mosques would broadcast the call "Allahu akbar" three times if any Badr Brigade gunmen enter their area, as a signal for everyone to get ready to defend himself.

 

Pro-American Shi'i sectarians led by Badr Brigade gunmen attack dozens of Sunni mosques in Baghdad, burning, wrecking, and looting.  Sectarian chaos descends as Shi ' religious establishment uses bombing in Samarra’ – despite Sunni condemnations – as pretext for sectarian campaign of mob violence.

 

In dispatches from Baghdad Wednesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that pro-American Shi'i sectarian gunmen including Badr Brigade militiamen had attacked dozens of Sunni mosques in Baghdad and around Iraq on Wednesday beginning in the morning and continuing into the evening.  The campaign of violence was launched by followers of the Shi'i sectarian religious establishment on the pretext of the mysterious bombing that severely damaged the tomb of a Shi'i Imam in the city of Samarra’, 120km north of Baghdad, early in the morning.  Sunni condemnations of that bombing attack had no effect on the Shi'i sectarians, who seemed eager to spark sectarian conflict in Iraq.

 

The Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Sunni mosques had been stormed and set on fire, others had been severely damaged.  The Shi'i sectarians attacked some of the Sunni places of worship with mortars and sprayed others with small arms.  Late Wednesday afternoon, the correspondent reported that armed Shi'i sectarian mobs led by pro-American Badr Brigade gunmen were at that moment surrounding a number of Sunni mosques in the occupied Iraqi capital.

 

Earlier, the correspondent reported a source in the collaborationist so-called "Islamic Party" as saying that a Sunni mosque in the ash-Shu'lah district had been completely burned and that Sunni mosques in al-Ghazaliyah in western Baghdad and in the al-'Amil neighborhood had also been attacked, as was the Mosque of Ibn Taymiyah in the middle of the occupied Iraqi capital.  The Shi'i sectarian gunmen fired weapons including shoulder-launched rockets at the Sunni places of worship.

 

Badr Brigade gunmen also stormed the Sunni Mosque of the Sahabah in northeastern Baghdad.  The Shi'i sectarians crushed the doors and windows of the mosque and ransacked and robbed its contents.

 

In a dispatch posted at 5:10pm Mecca time Wednesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at that moment a mob of Shi'i sectarian gunmen was surrounding and firing at the Anas ibn Malik Mosque in Baghdad, as the Imam of the mosque, Shaykh Malik al-Basri, appealed for rescue for himself and his family, all trapped within the mosque.

 

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the collaborationist "Islamic party" General Secretary had told a press conference in Baghdad that the appeal of Shaykh Malik al-Basri came as the Shi'i sectarian mobs had begun setting fire to the mosque compound and prepared to storm the mosque building itself with the aim of burning it down as well.

 

On Wednesday night, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam provided the following data on Shi'i mob attacks on Sunni mosques in Baghdad on Wednesday:

 

Al-Quds Mosque: occupied by Badr Brigade gunmen carrying black flags and chanting sectarian slogans in favor of the legacy of the ancient Shi'i martyr al-Husayn, according to reports of local residents.  The Shi'i sectarian gunmen withdrew from the mosque at 6pm local time when US forces arrived at the end of the day to "restore order."

 

Ash-Shahid Mosque: located in Baghdad’s al-A'zamiyah district was attacked by more than 20 Badr Brigade gunmen who destroyed a part of the minaret, smashed the doors, and raked it with intensive blasts of medium machinegun fire.

 

Al-Abrar Mosque: occupied by Badr Brigade gunmen who robbed the money from the mosque donation box, destroyed furniture, and set fire to the Imam’s room.

 

Al-Firdaws Mosque: in the Ur neighborhood came under armed attack by Muqtada as-Sadr’s Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, inflicting severe damage to the building, according to a statement issued by the Sunni Waqf Board in Baghdad.

 

Mosque of Mus'ab ibn 'Umayr in the al-Bunuk section of Baghdad was attacked and destroyed when a heavy mortar round fired into the building, wounding a worshipper.

 

The following Sunni mosques were burned and ransacked:

 

Al-Haqq Mosque, as-Sadah an-Na'im Mosque, an-Nida’ Mosque, 'Ibad ar-Rahman Mosque, al-Hajjah Fawziyah Mosque, Abu 'Ubaydah Mosque, al-'Ani Mosque, Malik ibn Anas Mosque, 'Uthman ibn 'Affan Mosque, al-Hamzah Mosque in al-Ghazaliyah, al-Batawi Mosque, ar-Rahmah Mosque, al-Mustafa Mosque, al-Bustani Mosque, al-Hamzah Mosque in the at-Turath area of Baghdad, ar-Rahmah Mosque, as-Samarra’i Mosque, the al-'Ummal Neighborhood Mosque, Ahmad Ra’uf Mosque, Duyuf ar-Rahman Mosque, al-Quds Mosque, al-Fayyad Mosque, al-Muhannad Mosque, al-Hasan ibn 'Ali Mosque, 'Ibad Allah al-Muttaqin Mosque, Umm al-Qura Mosque, al-Khulafa’ Mosque, Badriyah Mosque.

 

In addition, the Mosque of al-'Asharah al-Mubashsharin in al-Basrah came under mortar bombardment.

 

Quds Press reported a puppet police source in Baghdad as saying that mobs of Shi'i sectarians burned the al-Hamzah mosque in al-Ghazaliyah, while others attacked the al-Haqq Mosque in the Baghdad district of ash-Sha'b with a mortar shell at the time of noon prayer.  They also opened fire on the mosque.  But miraculously the mortar shell landed in a courtyard and neither it nor the gunfire caused any casualties.

 

The puppet police source told Quds Press that the Shi'i sectarian mobs hoped to attack the tomb of the Sunni Imam Abu Hanifah an-Nu'man in Baghdad’s predominantly Sunni al-A'zamiyah district and that the city was in a state of high tension awaiting such a possible assault.

 

The Sunni Imam Abu Hanifah (who died in 767 ce), ironically, was known for his friendship with the Shi'i  Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq.

 

With the aim of attacking the tomb of Abu Hanifah in mind, gunmen of the Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi'i cleric Muqtada as-Sadr, took to the streets of their "home district" in Baghdad of Madinat Saddam (which they nicknamed Madinat as-Sadr) shooting their weapons into the air and promising to "take revenge with a bombing" for the attack on the Shi'i mosque in Samarra’, Quds Press reported.

 

The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that all those mosques were attacked in full view of the Iraqi puppet regime’s security personnel and in a number of cases, puppet "Interior Ministry" troops took part in the Shi'i sectarian attacks on the Sunni mosques.

 

Chaos descended as puppet forces joined Shi'i mobs in attacking Sunni sites in the southern city of al-Basrah (see below under "al-Basrah" for details.)

 

In addition, Shi'i sectarian mobs attacked Sunni mosques in the cities of ad-Diwaniyah, al-Hillah, Suq ash-Shuyukh, and al-'Amarah in incidents similar to those that took place in Baghdad.

 

The correspondent cautioned that these were preliminary figures only, covering areas from which information was available.  There had been reports of numerous other Shi'i sectarian attacks elsewhere in the country, regarding which no details or confirmation were available.

 

The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent in Baghdad noted that the ferocity and fanaticism of the Shi'i sectarian attacks by followers of the pro-Iranian Shi'i religious leaders was particularly shocking since the pretext for the rampages was the mysterious bombing of the tomb of the Shi'i Imam 'Ali al-Hadi in Samarra’ – an act that Iraq’s Sunnis quickly condemned.

 

Muqtada as-Sadr’s Jaysh al-Mahdi joins in Shi'i sectarian attacks, trying to storm Sunni neighborhood in northern Baghdad.

 

In a bulletin posted at 7:40pm Mecca time Wednesday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that gunmen from the Shi'i Jaysh al-Mahdi militia, loyal to Shi'i cleric Muqtada as-Sadr had attempted to storm into the Sunni as-Salikh area in northern Baghdad, sparking violent battles between the Shi'i gunmen and local residents.

 

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a large Jaysh al-Mahdi force equipped with light arms and hand grenades attacked the as-Salikh district.  A local resident told Mafkarat al-Islam that the battle with the Shi'i chauvinist attackers had been raging for half an hour when US occupation troops showed up to impose order.  The witness said that in the course of the fighting, local residents had killed 12 of Muqtada as-Sadr’s Shi'i sectarian gunmen and that one local Sunni Iraqi had been martyred.  Four cars belonging to Jaysh al-Mahdi gunmen were set on fire.  The correspondent said that the report of the battle was confirmed by a source in the local puppet police, except that the puppet police source declined to provide casualty figures.

 

Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq Denounces bombing of Imam 'Ali al-Hadi Tomb.

 

In Declaration No. 221 dated 22 February 2006, the Association of Muslim Scholars of Iraq, the highest Sunni religious authority in the country, issued a statement condemning the bombing attack on the Shi'i Imam 'Ali al-Hadi Shrine.

 

The statement said:

 

"It was with deep sorrow that the Association of Muslim Scholars received the news that the tomb of the Imam 'Ali al-Hadi, may peace be upon him, had been targeted this morning.

 

"The Association denounces this suspicious criminal act, the aim of which is to sow strife and open incitement in the current sensitive conditions.  The Association condemns the parties that carried out the act and those that stand behind it, who wish Iraq and the Iraqis altogether no good, so that their particular interests and the aims of foreign forces that are plotting against this unfortunate country might be served.

 

"The Association has always said that as long as the occupation remains, the shrines and values of the Muslims will be subject to desecration and attack and that things in our country will go from bad to worse."

 

Salah ad-Din Province.

Samarra’.

 

Mysterious bombs partly destroy golden dome of tomb of Shi'i Imam 'Ali al-Hadi in Samarra’, Sunni religious leaders rush to condemn attack.  Sources claim puppet "Interior Ministry Shock Troops (Maghawir)" carried out the bombing.

 

In a dispatch posted at 10:40am Mecca time Wednesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that two large bombs exploded in the tomb of the Shi'i Imam 'Ali al-Hadi in Samarra’ Wednesday morning.

 

The Samarra’ correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local eyewitnesses as saying that two massive explosions shook the city from inside the tomb, which, as the tomb of one of the Twelve Imams revered by Shi'ah, is a major pilgrimage site for them.

 

The explosions brought half of the golden dome of the tomb crashing down and inflicted heavy material damage to the building but caused no human casualties, the correspondent reported.

 

Mafkarat al-Islam reported that after the blasts, US troops and Iraqi puppet "Interior Ministry Shock Troops (Maghawir)" arrested the policemen whose job it was to guard the building.  A source told Quds Press, however, that the shrine guards had been arrested and tied up at midnight, before the bombing (see elaboration below.)

 

Quds Press reported the local puppet police commissioner as saying that the bombs exploded at 6:45am local time Wednesday morning.

 

Sunni mosques in the city almost immediately began broadcasting condemnations of the attack on the Shi'i shrine.  Sunni Shaykh Isma'il as-Samarra’i told Quds Press that Wednesday morning’s bombing "is aimed at sowing strife among Iraqis."  He added, "this city embraces the tomb of the Imam 'Ali al-Hadi with its wish of security.  There is no difference between this tomb or that [i.e., between those of Sunnah and Shi'ah] for all of them are tombs of Muslim Imams."

 

For its part the Shi'i followers of Imam al-Khalisi, known for their opposition to the US occupation, said in Baghdad’s al-Kazimiyah district said that US forces stood behind the attack.  Spokesman for al-Khalisi’s group, Shaykh 'Ali al-Jabburi, said, "the American forces, after failing to spread sectarian strife among Iraqis have now gone on to attack their religious holy figures.  For such incidents have happened in Karbala’, an-Najaf, and al-Kazimiyah, and now in Samarra’."  Al-Jabburi noted that the bombing came as politicians taking part in the US backed political system vied for posts in a puppet "government".

 

The Sunni Waqf (pious endowment) Board in Baghdad condemned the bombing in a statement that read, "the criminal act to which the dome of the tomb of the Imam 'Ali al-Hadi in Samarra’ was subjected was carried out by unknown persons who wished to sow strife in this already badly wounded country."  The Sunni Waqf statement called for a speedy investigation into the attack and for "the harshest form of severe punishment for the perpetrators that they might be an example for others," Quds Press reported.

 

Quds Press quoted an "informed Iraqi source" who asked not to be identified as saying that the bombing had been the object of a plot.  The source said that on Wednesday, responsibility for security in Samarra’ was to have been handed over from the puppet "Iraqi Interior Ministry Shock Troops (Maghawir)," known for their extreme Shi'i sectarianism, to the Iraqi puppet army.

 

The source said that on Tuesday night, however, "Shock Troops" closed off the area around the tomb, and asked shopkeepers and hawkers nearby to close their shops and kiosks early on Tuesday night.

 

The source told Quds Press, "We have information indicating that the "Shock Troops" arrested and bound all the guards at the tomb at midnight Tuesday-Wednesday night for reasons that they did not announce.  The guards were found after the explosion still tied up, a factor that facilitated the bombing of the Shi'i shrine.

 

Diyala Province.

Ba'qubah.

 

Resistance fighters assault puppet police checkpoint in Ba'qubah.

 

In a dispatch posted at 1:30pm Mecca time Wednesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters attacked a checkpoint manned by Iraqi puppet police on the main road in the ar-Razi area in the middle of Ba'qubah, 65km northeast of Baghdad.

 

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in Ba'qubah as saying that Resistance fighters armed with light and medium weapons assaulted the checkpoint, killing two officers in the puppet police and wounding two more puppet policemen.

 

Al-Miqdadiyah.

 

US-appointed puppet "Judge" in Appellate Court, wounded in Resistance attack.

 

In a dispatch posted at 11:30am Mecca time Wednesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance fighters had attacked the motorcade of the President of the puppet "Appellate Court of Ba'qubah," "Judge" 'Abd ar-Rida Kazim as it was driving through the al-Miqdadiyah area, 85km northeast of Baghdad.

 

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in al-Miqdadiyah as saying that Resistance fighters armed with machine guns ambushed the puppet official’s motorcade on al-Ahmar Street in the city, wounding the "Judge" and killing his driver and one of his body guards.  Witnesses said the Resistance attackers were able to leave the scene after the attack.

 

Babil Province.

Al-Yusufiyah.

 

Resistance hits joint US-Iraqi puppet headquarters with mortars in al-Yusufiyah.

 

In a dispatch posted at 12:10pm Mecca time midday Wednesday, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces fired six 82mm mortar rounds into the joint US-Iraqi puppet "National Guard" headquarters in al-Yusufiyah, south of Baghdad.

 

The al-Yusufiyah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported local eyewitnesses as saying that the barrage sent plumes of smoke rising from inside the headquarters.

 

At-Ta’mim Province.

Al-Hawijah.

 

Resistance bombards US headquarters in al-Hawijah.

 

In a dispatch posted at 6:40pm Mecca time Wednesday evening, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi Resistance forces fired four heavy 120mm mortar rounds into the US military headquarters in al-Hawijah, southwest of Kirkuk in northern Iraq.

 

The Kirkuk correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in al-Hawijah as saying that the heavy mortar shells scored direct hits when they blasted into the American-occupied facility, sending plumes of smoke rising from inside.

 

Ninwa Province.

Mosul.

 

US troops wounded in Resistance bombing in Mosul.

 

In a dispatch posted at 12:50pm Mecca time Wednesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb had exploded by a US military patrol in the middle of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

 

The Mosul correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported a source in the Iraqi puppet police as saying that a bomb went off by the patrol on the road between the center of the city and the al-Muthanna neighborhood.  The blast disabled one armored vehicle, severely wounding two US troops.

 

An-Najaf Province.

An-Najaf.

 

Resistance bomb blasts US troops in an-Najaf.

 

In a dispatch posted at 10:30am Mecca time Wednesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that an Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded by a US military column on the road to the al-Mashkhab district of southern an-Najaf.

 

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in an-Najaf as saying that a bomb that had been planted by the side of the road near the Technological Institute blew up by a passing American column, damaging one Humvee and wounding two US troops.

 

Maysan Province.

Al-'Amarah.

 

Sunni families in al-'Amarah and an-Nasiriyah receive asylum, protection from Arab tribal leaders against rampaging Badr Brigade Shi'i sectarian mobs.

 

In a bulletin posted at 9:50pm Mecca time Wednesday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Sunni families in the city of al-'Amarah and also in the nearby city of an-Nasiriyah in Dhi Qar Province in southern Iraq had begun to go to the heads of the large Arab tribes in the region to request protection for themselves and their families in the face of a campaign of raging Shi'i sectarian violence being directed by pro-Iranian Shi'i sectarian Badr Brigade gunmen.

 

The al-'Amarah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that families had been coming to the Shaykhs of the al-Bazzun, the al-Makasis, al-Muntafiq, Rabi'ah, and 'Anzah tribes, seeking the intervention and protection of the tribal leaders against the pro-Iranian Badr Brigade gangs.  The Arab tribal Shaykhs have granted the applicants asylum and extended their protection to them.

 

Al-Basrah Province.

Al-Basrah.

 

In a dispatch posted at 12:15am Mecca time Thursday, just after midnight, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier unknown armed men had stormed into a prison in al-Basrah and killed 11 Egyptians and one Saudi.

 

Al-Jazeera satellite TV, as monitored by Mafkarat al-Islam, reported that the attackers had abducted 11 Egyptians and one Saudi who were being held in the prison and later killed them.

 

Western and Iraqi puppet media allege that fighters from other Arab countries have been coming to Iraq to join the Iraqi Resistance against the US occupation and its stooges.

 

Chaos reported in al-Basrah as Shi'i sectarian gangs attack Sunni sites throughout the city.  Puppet police join rampaging mobs.

 

In a dispatch posted at 4:10pm Mecca time Wednesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that following news of the mysterious bombing of the tomb of a Shi'i Imam in Samarra’, pro-American Shi'i sectarian forces filled the streets of the southern city of al-Basrah as civil order broke down.  The Sectarian gunmen attacked the Sunni al-'Asharah al-Mubashsharin Mosque in al-Basrah firing three rockets directly into it.  No information on casualties was available, the correspondent said.

 

The al-Basrah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses as saying that armed gangs of pro-American Shi'i sectarians had surrounded the headqu


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