A statement issued today, March 9, 2006, by a ?member? of the Information Department of Labik, an al-Qaeda media organization, addressed the latest events in Waziristan, the mountainous region of northwest Pakistan bordering on Afghanistan. According to the statement, following the Pakistani army bombing of mujahideen houses in this area as a ?gift? to the arriving U.S. President George W. Bush last week, a meeting was held by the tribal sheikhs, and ?followers and immigrants? to revenge for Muslim blood spilled in the attack. A notice was allegedly delivered that the Pakistani army should withdraw from the areas in northern Waziristan, which went unheeded, so they announced the ?raising of the flag of jihad?.
Operations targeting the militias and Pakistani army are described, including strikes at camp and bases, targeting several helicopters, and ambushes involving the use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and armed weapons. In one instance, some of the mujahideen are said to have been surrounded by Pakistani soldiers from a nearby base and ordered to surrender. According to the statement: ?The brothers were surrounded and they were asked to surrender, but the Islam lions never surrender. They did not go but only wishing to be martyrs for the sake of Allah, to move after that to the eternal life with the pretty women.?
A translation of the statement is provided to our Intel Service members.