A group calling itself the ?Islamic Group of Tawhid Wal Jihad in Morocco? recently issued a statement congratulating the mujahideen of al-Qaeda in Iraq and the decision by their Shari?a Court to execute the two Moroccan diplomats, who the group considers ?converters? and deserving of punishment. Further, the group declares a ?fierce war? in Morocco, seeking to clear the land of the ?filth? and relieve the people of alleged aggression by the ?disbelievers and the converters.?
According to the statement, the Moroccan diplomats captured by al-Qaeda in Iraq and judged by the Shari?a Court are ?converters,? due to their affiliation with a government that has aligned itself with the Iraqi government. Those within Morocco who condemned the ruling and questioned the legitimacy of this court are considered ?disgraceful,? as the group questions why Moroccan leaders remained silent when Muslims were transgressed upon, citing such examples as the abuses in Abu Ghraib and the assassination of Sheikh Ahmad Yasin.
Believing that the position of the ?filthy criminals? in Morocco is clear, and the regime is fighting ?for the sake of the devil,? the group declares war and seeks to strike its enemies, starting with the ?sodomite, sneaky devil and criminal [King] Mohammed VI, who is the leader of disbelieving in this country?.
?Tawhid Wal Jihad? was the name of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi?s organization before he pledged fealty to Usama bin Laden in November 2004, changing the name to al-Qaeda in Iraq in January 2005.
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