In a statement posted to several jihadist message boards on Thursday, January 13, 2005, Ansar al-Islam [Supporters of Islam] - the Iraqi terrorist group closely affiliated with Al-Qaeda and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi - claims responsibility for the January 12 assassination of Mahmoud al-Mada?en, an aide to Iraqi Shiite cleric Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, along with five others.
The statement notes that al-Mada?en ?was considered one of the main supporters of the elections? and further declares: ?We also request that fellow citizens not take part in the Iraqi elections, for we will attack the electoral centers in case the elections are held. And in case Arab and Islamic countries send troops to Iraq, we are not going to cross our arms [sit on our hands]; we will fight them before the enemies. Allâh willing, the queues of booby-trapped cars will not stop.?
A translation of the statement is provided to our Intel Service Members.