- BEIRUT (Itar-Tass) - Iraqi
resistance fighters on Monday presented the U.S. Military Command with
an ultimatum demanding pulling out of American troops from Falluja, Samarra
and the Shiite districts of Najaf and Madinat-Sadr (Baghdad suburb with
a population of two million).
- In a statement of the United Command of Mujahiddeen (fighters
for faith) circulated in the Internet it is stressed that the coalition
troops should quit the named cities, as well as the Luteifya area south
of Baghdad, Tal-Afar city in the north of the country and Saada village
on the Syrian-Iraqi border by Saturday.
- Otherwise the militants are threatening with carrying
out large-scale subversive actions throughout the country, in particular,
they have threatened to "attack oil pipelines in all provinces, interrupt
transport communication with Turkey, Syria and Jordan in order to block
the traffic of goods across the border for the exception of foodstuffs."
- Iraqi Defence Minister Hazem al-Shaalan said on Sunday
that the military operation in Samarra has ended in "total victory."
- According to him, the Iraqi state troopers and patrols
of the coalition forces are controlling 70 percent of the territory of
the city located 50 kilometres north of Baghdad.
- In the meantime, the League of Islamic Theologians of
Iraq - the union of spiritual leaders of Sunni Muslims has called the events
in Samarra and Falluija a "massacre."
- The U.S. Military Command said for it part that air strikes
on insurgent districts and cities of Iraq and special operations there
will be continued up until December, until stable conditions for the country's
elections are created.
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