Fierce battle in Najaf
Assad Abu Gilel, the puppet "governor" of Najaf province, said US occupation troops and Shia puppet formation fought a day-long battle with up to 1000 Mujahiddeen, including "foreign fighters", holed up in orchards on the northern outskirts of the city.
According to one Iraqi collaboration "political source", hundreds of fighters drawn from both Sunni and Shia communities were still fighting.
A Reuters reporter at the scene, 160km south of
Details of the day's fighting were sketchy. A puppet Shia formation source said some of the dead wore headbands declaring themselves a "Soldier of Heaven".
Abu Gilel said that the authorities had uncovered a plot to kill some Shia clerics on Monday, to coincide with the climax of Ashura, the Shia "holy festival".
"There is a conspiracy to kill the clergy on the 10th day of Muharram," Abu Gilel asserted.
Earlier on Sunday, five schoolgirls were killed and another 15 injured when a school in
Two car bombs targeting ethnic Kurds killed 16 people in the northern oil city of
In a videotape sent to Al Jazeera, the Council of Shura al-Mujahideen group said it has destroyed a
In another videotape, the Jaish al-Mujahideen group said that it has destroyed a