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Al-Qaeda in Iraq Claims Responsibility for Suicide Bombings Targeting American and Iraqi Forces in Abu Ghraib, al-Mahmoudiya, and Attacks on American Forces and Iraqi Officials in al-Dawra, al-Adl, and Tal Afar
By SITE Institute
December 23, 2005

Al-Qaeda in Iraq, in seven communiqués issued today, December 23, 2005, claims responsibility for suicide bombings targeting American and Iraqi forces in Abu Ghraib, al-Mahmoudiya, and the international road south of Baghdad, and attacks upon American forces and Iraqi forces, including the deputy governor of Baghdad, in al-Adl, al-Dawra, and Tal Afar:

  1. The first communiqué states that a suicide bomber detonated himself on a ?Crusaders? gathering? in Abu Ghraib, allegedly destroying five vehicles.
  2. Yesterday, December 22, a suicide bomber detonated himself on a National Guard patrol on the international road south of Baghdad, allegedly killing ?not less than twelve converters?.
  3. On Monday, December 19, a car bomb was detonated on the motorcade of the Chief of Police in al-Dawra, causing him serious injury.
  4. The fourth communiqué indicates that an IED was detonated on an American troop transportation vehicle in Abu Ghraib, damaging the vehicle and injuring six soldiers.
  5. The deputy governor of Baghdad was injured in an attack on his motorcade in al-Adl, killing six of his companions and injuring another six.
  6. According to the sixth message, a suicide bomber attacked a combined gathering of Americans and National Guards in al-Mahmoudiya, in Baghdad, destroying three vehicles and allegedly killing ?more than fifteen between infidels and converters.?
  7. The seventh communiqué states that an IED was detonated yesterday on an American convoy in Tal Afar, destroying a Bradley tank and killing all who were in it.

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


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