The Imam al-Hussein Brigades [Qatta'ab al-Imam al-Hussein] issued a statement today, October 19, 2005, denouncing the acts in al-Basra, which ?reveals the real face of the occupation forces who pretend to free and help the Iraqi people.? According to the statement, coalition forces upon meeting the ?resistance? began collaborating with the ?Zionist Mossad? and Iraqis ?who sold their religion, land, and honor for few monies,? and allegedly planted explosives and detonated car bombs, for which they blamed the insurgency in a bid to tarnish their image. The group points towards the capture of the ?British spies… with the detonation devises in their hands.?
Further, the group promises that ?we will still bear sharp swords, following the path of al-Hussein in refusing to be humiliated.?
Media reports indicate that British forces on September 19, 2005 stormed an al-Basra police station, where two British soldiers disguised as natives with military equipment were apprehended and handed over as hostages to an Iraqi militia. Five Iraqis died in the rioting that followed.
A full translation of the statement is provided to our Intel Service members.