A seven-minute audio message from the Emir of Ansar al-Sunnah Army, Abu Abdullah al-Hassan bin Mahmoud, read by a ?brother of the mujahideen,? was issued on Wednesday, October 5, 2005, calling for an intensification in jihad operations during the month of Ramadan. Mahmoud claims that the aggressors, composed of Jews, Christians, and the Shi?ite Badr organization, have sought to ?kill the people of Islam,? destroy their mosques, and imprison and torture the Sunni people. He also alleges that the ?game? of the Sunni participation in the Iraqi government is just to achieve what could not be obtained via force, to ?get out of the ditch they fell into? and ?fight the mujahideen in the name of terrorism.?
During the month of Ramadan, Mahmoud calls for the Muslims: ?show Allah how much you support His religion,? and to take physical action, rather than fighting with ?pens and speech.? To influct the greatest damage upon their enemy, he further advocates the mujahideen to ?increase your blessed jihad operation in this blessed month on the Americans and their converted helpers.?
A translation of selected excerpts from the speech is provided to our Intel Service members.