- The Imam of the Sunni Mosque of Abu Hanifah in Baghdad
sharply attacked the newly appointed puppet so-called "government"
of Iraq in a Friday sermon. Shaykh Ahmad as-Samarra'i said that it was
the "embodiment of American hegemony" in Iraq and that a transfer
of sovereignty to Iraqis could not take place in the shadow of an American
- The Sunni religious leader said, "they call this
'an election,' but it isn't an election. It's nothing but American hegemony.
Whomever they [the Americans] want is a part of it; whomever they don't
want is kicked out."
- Agence France Presse (AFP) reported Shaykh as-Samarra'i
as asking, "Where is the 'Iraqi sovereignty' if decisions having to
do with security matters are subject to an American veto? Where is the
'Iraqi sovereignty' when the US says that its forces are going to remain
- The Shaykh went on: "They promise us that after
seven months there will be a new legal code and an election. But how can
this come about when [American] hegemony dominates those who write, when
there is supervision over every committee. . . . They want to have a joke
at our expense."
- "There is no sovereignty if security affairs are
in other hands than ours. There is no sovereignty if military affairs are
in other hands than ours. There is no sovereignty if the oil affairs are
in other hands than ours," reiterated the Imam of the Abu Hanifah
- Muqtada As-Sadr: US-Appointed "Prime Minister"
Is A CIA Agent. New Iraqi "Government" Has No Authority
- In a Friday sermon delivered on his behalf by Jabir al-Khafaji
in the Mosque of al-Kufah, Shi'i religious leader Muqtada as-Sadr attacked
the newly installed American puppet "government." According to
al-Jazeera satellite TV, as-Sadr described Iyyad 'Allawi, the newly appointed
puppet so-called "prime minister," as an "American CIA agent."
- Agence France Presse (AFP) quoted as-Sadr as sharply
rejecting the new puppet so-called "government", saying that
it had no authority over him. As-Sadr said, "I declare that I will
have nothing to do with this government until Judgement Day because the
people reject it." As-Sadr added, "our government must be legally
elected. The Iraqi people will never accept a government appointed by the
- As-Sadr declared: "I can't imagine any rational
person or any religious authority accepting this appointment. I will have
nothing to do with this government".
- Puppet Inspection Unit Established To Protect American
Invaders From Resistance Attacks
- Eyewitnesses in Baghdad reported that the newly created
Iraqi puppet "army" had established a unit for special inspections
in the area between an-Nu'ayriyah and al-Amin behind the "New Baghdad"
district. This unit in fact was engaged in searching passing cars, resulting
in a tight traffic jam as cars backed up for great distances to be subjected
to extensive searches in the Iraqi capital.
- The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that
the inspection unit set up by the puppet army was created in response to
the repeated blows delivered by the Iraqi Resistance on a daily basis particularly
in the area of the puppet strongpoint at the so-called "military college"
which is also the US occupation forces' headquarters in that district of
the occupied Iraqi capital.