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The Shari’a Committee of Al-Qaeda in Iraq Issues a Statement about the Referendum on the Iraqi Constitution and Questions America’s Role and Integrity in Counting Ballots
By SITE Institute
October 5, 2005

In a statement issued yesterday, October 4, 2005, the Shari?a Committee of al-Qaeda in Iraq argues against voting on the Iraqi constitution referendum, analogizing it to a man filing a suit in court against another who invaded his house, murdered his children, and dishonored his women. The Shari?a Committee cites those who ?claim to understand politics? that Iraqi people should vote against the constitution, that it will be the ?great jihad,? believing that America lacks integrity in counting ballots if a majority of Iraqis were to not vote in favor of ratification. According to the statement, it is: ?a crime against our Qur?an which told us not to trust infidels and look suspiciously at all their deeds and their promises.?

Further, the group avers that the solution to the issue is ?jihad and fighting the religion?s enemies.? The Shari?a Committee references North Vietnam and its ?driving out the aggressors,? using the example to incite Muslims to continue their jihad against America by questioning their dignity and desire. The statement, intended for the Muslim?s ?safety,? concludes by addressing the Iraqis: ?Do not contribute in giving the infidels the legality to handle your destinies as they wish by going to the voting centers.?

A full translation of the statement is provided to our Intel Service members.

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