A message posted to a jihadist message board on Thursday, December 9, 2004, addressed to ?all the parties participating in the [Iraqi] elections,? is signed by ?The Military Committee of Abu Anas Al-Shami Brigade.? The message threatens with ?rancorous hatred? all Shiites in Saudi Arabia and Syria (or Damascus) ?for what you have done in support of the Crusader occupation in the Country of Two Rivers [Iraq],? and concludes with a broader threat of further violence: ?I say to all the Rafida [Shiites], the Peshmarga, the Christians, and the hypocrites who are residing in the country of the Tawhid [Unification]:
We will escalate the aggression against you, and will keep fighting you until you?re stopped, and return to your own land, and until history records it.? Note that a group calling itself the ?Martyr Abu Anas Al-Shami Brigade? claimed responsibility for the so-called ?Fallujah Attack? on the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah (6 December 2004).
Following is a translation of the message:
In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate and the Most Merciful.
Peace upon the one who followed the right guidance.
To all the parties participating in the elections, to the collaborating Kurdish parties (the Democratic Kurdistani Party, the National Kurdistani Party, the Kurdish Communist Party) and others from the apostate tails [followers] and the original infidels.
To the parties of the Rafida [the Shiites] (the damned Dawa Party [Hizb Al-Dawa], the Supreme Council of the Islamic Revolution, Badr Organization, the National Entente Movement, the Iraqi National Party, and other parties).
To the Democratic Christian Party.
To the hypocrite Sunni parties (Islamic Party, and others).
I, the humble [poor] sinner, who complains to my Lord for my many sins, Abu Saiid Al-Islambouli, Prince [leader] of Abu Anas Al-Shami Brigade in Al-Hijaz1 and in Al-Cham,2 Allah rest his soul.
I am bringing to you this message that carries rancorous hatred and [disclaiming, disowning] of you, for the way you are.
I am hereby threatening all the Rafida [the Shiites] who are living in the countries of Al-Hijaz and Al-Cham, for being the knife that is stabbing [betraying] this nation, for what you have done in support of the Crusader occupation in the Country of Two Rivers [Iraq], and those of you who have taken part in the unsuccessful invasion of the city of the mosques, the glorious Fallujah, for your collaboration with the occupiers, and for what the greatest collaborator of the Crusaders, Al-Sistani, has done, may Allah take care of him, by letting many of the apostate Police, of the National Guard, and of the collaborating Army in [into Fallujah].
I say to all the Rafida, the Peshmarga,3 the Christians, and the hypocrites who are residing in the country of the Tawhid [Unification]: We will escalate the aggression against you, and will keep fighting you until you?re stopped, and return to your own land, and until history records it.
There are studies [studies are being made] about the areas with a heavy presence of apostates. You will see actions preceding talks.
Allah Is the Supporter and Glorifier of His religion.
The Military Committee of Abu Anas Al-Shami Brigade, Allah rest his soul.