Al-Qaeda in Iraq issued a statement today, October 26, 2005, discussing the ratification of the Iraqi constitution, the role of the Arab League and the Sunnis in this endeavor. The group claims that a confluence of factors led to the passing of the Iraqi constitution, including a major media campaign launched to ?tarnish? the image of jihad and the mujahideen, and sell the idea that to boycott the referendum would be a ?big loss for Muslims. In addition, the statement analogizes the ?American political project? of the Iraqi constitution to the Dayton Agreement in the former Yugoslavia in 1995, creating the political divisions of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but with a ?new face.?
The statement mockingly refers to a ?national unity,? believing that Sunnis must forget ?their wounds and the blood which was spilled,? while Islam and ruling in accordance with Shari?a is ?out of the question and it is not accorded whispers.? The group warns that the Islamic Nation is still alive and its ?wombs can still provide lions who write out history and great glory for us,? and refer to the attack on the Palestine Hotel as an assurance of this reality.
A full translation of the statement is provided to our Intel Service members.