Under the title ?Important Statement about the Elections from the Military of Tanzeem Qaedat al-Jihad Fi Bilad al-Rafidayn?, a new statement was posted on January 26, 2005 to a popular Jihadist message board by Abu Maysara al-Iraqi, official spokesperson of this al-Qaeda group, headed by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
In the statement, the group warns the Iraqi people about the elections and says: ?Caution! Caution! You must not come near the centers of blasphemy and sin (elections)?, and says to them: ?and having warned you, we are relieved from any responsibility. You only have yourselves to blame?. Vowing to keep fighting until ?either Victory or Martyrdom?, the group calls upon the enemies of Allâh to fortify their strongholds as much as they want, but they will not help them.
?Here are the Americans calling for fake and fabricated elections, and Allawi?s soldiers competing to protect their brothers, the Jews and Christians: And they thought that their strongholds will keep Allâh from reaching them? the statement says.
Note that Abu Maysara al-Iraqi posted today a large number of statements, claiming responsibility for numerous attacks in various areas of Iraq.
A full translation of the statement is provided to members of our Intel Service.