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A Written and Video Message Calling for the Unification of Insurgency Groups in Iraq Under the Mujahideen Shura Council
By SITE Institute
May 16, 2006

Distributed amongst jihadist forums recently is a twenty-one minute video featuring a compilation of al-Qaeda in Iraq attacks, as part of message addressing insurgency groups in attack that advocates the unification of the mujahideen under the banner of the Mujahideen Shura Council. The author believes that the groups as they are currently separated are becoming significantly weaker and unable to inflict as much damage and losses to the American and Shi?ite forces, as they would be if they fought as a single unit.

As evidence to his claim, the author argues that al-Anbar, al-Mosul, and al-Fallujah were all formerly in the hands of the mujahideen, yet it has been lost to the enemy. He states: ?My brothers, you lost al-Fallujah because you were not united and you saw what happened in Afghanistan. Why didn?t you see it as an example? Did you see also what happened in Chechnya? You should learn from that and follow your ancestors, the mujahideen and others in Algeria, Sudan and Egypt and Jordan. All of them are countries which are divided within themselves. So it became easy for the enemies of Allah?.

The message also supports the call by inferring the thoughts of a foreign mujahid on Iraqi land, questioning which group he should choose: ?If someone comes to Iraqi land and wants to respond to the call of Allah, he wants to be a mujahid defending his mission, when he comes he will be confused, ?In which army shall I fight??, as there are many ways and slogans. He doesn?t see which army is with him and which army is against him and what is the future view of the mujahideen as a whole in the Land of Two Rivers??

The video and a translation of the message are provided to our Intel Service members.

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