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Muqtada al-Sadr Warns He will Unleash Kamikaze Bombers if Najaf is Attacke
ash-Sharq al-Awsat: Muqtada al-Sadr, leader of the Mahdi Army militia, said in his Friday prayers sermon at the Kufa mosque on Friday that he will resort to the use of suicide bombings in confronting the American-led Coalition if they launched an attack on the city of Najaf.

At the same time, his supporters in the city of Karbala clashed with Coalition forces, killing one Bulgarian soldier. Five of the Sadrist fighters were wounded, along with 4 civilians and one Iranian. AP reports, ' Militiamen attacked a military convoy made up of Polish, Bulgarian, Lithuanian and Latvian soldiers near city hall in the center of Karbala around the time of weekly Muslim prayers, said Lt. Col. Robert Strzelecki, spokesman for Camp Babylon, the main Polish base. Gunmen and soldiers exchanged fire . . . On Wednesday and again Thursday, the coalition base in Karbala, known as Camp Kilo, was pounded with rebel mortar rounds. No one was injured, the division reported. ortar attacks on coalition bases throughout south-central Iraq - including those in Karbala, Najaf and Hillah - have grown more frequent in recent weeks. '

Muqtada said to thousands of worshippers who crowded the mosque that Najaf "will never fall to the hand of the Occupiers." He added, "The men of the resistance will spill their own blood in defending their holy city." He said that numerous men and women had come to him asking permission to implement a suicide bombing.

He went on to say that he had repeatedly requested them to wait, but if an attack on "our cities"or on the Shiite religious authorities took place, they will transform into time bombs and will not stop until they have demolished the forces of "the enemy."

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