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A Statement from the Information Department of al-Qaeda in Iraq about the Cairo Convention: Did the Faces Fade?
By SITE Institute
November 21, 2005

Al-Qaeda in Iraq [Tanzeem Qaedat al-Jihad Fi Bilad al-Rafidayn] issued a statement dated yesterday, November 20, 2005, responding to the convention in Cairo convened by the Arab League on Sunday, which concerned a national reconciliation plan for Iraq. The group observes the meeting as a project to ?relieve the American master? from the alleged bad conditions wrought by the mujahideen, and asks the question: ?Did the faces fade?,? addressed to the Iraqi government.

Denouncing those who call themselves Sunni Muslims, the Iraqi government, and the ?biggest devil,? Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, the statement indicates an unwavering jihad and ?fight to the death? for Iraq as a ?Muslim house riles by Allah?s orders.? Further, al-Qaeda in Iraq refuses to join any discussion for reconciliation, but by the ?discussion of the sword and rivers of blood,? which they warn they will see to in the coming days.

According to media reports, the Arab League sponsored a convention in Cairo on Sunday, November 20, which enjoined Iraqi politicians to seek a tentative agreement that would end violence in Iraq.

A translation of the statement is provided to our Intel Service members.


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