Hizb al-Tahrir recently posted a message to their website which was subsequenly distributed to password-protected al-Qaeda-affiliated forums, warning Iraqi Muslims to be on guard for American attempts to divide the Sunni and Shi?a Muslims in Iraq. The message claims that America operates a "professional network…which attacks popular markets, mosques, and worker's gathering places using explosives" in order to effect the "disruption of the homogeneous Islamic [people] in Iraq and break the support of the Iraqi people for resistance". The statement concludes with a warning for the Iraqi people to "beware" of the American occupiers, who are now in "bad shape" and seeking to save themselves by "fueling the fitna [internal strife] in Iraq".
Hizb al-Tahrir is an international political organization, banned in most of the Middle East and Caucuses but with strongholds in the UK and Central Asia, that advocates the return of the Islamic Caliphate. The group has been accused of having connections to bombings in Turkey and bombings throughout Uzbekistan in the fall of 2004.
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.