In a statement issued today, November 29, 2005, the Islamic Army in Iraq responds to the assassination of Sheikh Ayad al-Izzi, denouncing the act as ?criminal? against someone known to be a ?good man.? In addition, the group prays to Allah for mercy upon al-Izzi, and to keep Muslims from a religion schism.
Sheikh Ayad al-Izzi, a spokesman of the Iraqi Islamic Party (Hizb al-Islami al-Airaqi) and a candidate in the upcoming parliamentary election on December 15, was assassinated by gunmen Monday, November 28, 2005, as he was traveling with his bodyguards from Fallujah to Baghdad. The Iraqi Islamic Party represents the predominant political body for Sunni Muslims in Iraq, and had initially boycotted the interim Iraqi government following the U.S.-led raid in al-Fallujah, but later entered discourse with the Kurd-Shi?ite coalition to broker an agreement to pass the Iraqi constitution.
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