The Mujahideen Shura Council in Iraq issued a series of communiqués today, May 19, 2006, in eight of which they claim responsibility for several operations between Sunday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 17, including: multiple bombings of American vehicles, assassinating an Iraqi politician and a ?Crusader?s spy? in areas within Baghdad, al-Miqdadiya, al-Radwaniya, Baquba, and Ameriyat al-Fallujah. In one particular attack, the group purportedly killed ?not less than? thirty-five Iraqi police and five members of al-Ghadr Brigade in Baghdad when the mujahideen confronted them in a Brigade center and detonated a car bomb on these forces.
In addition, the Mujahideen Shura Council issued a 1:38 minute video yesterday, May 18, 2006, depicting an operation in Baquba in which an Iraqi policy vehicle was destroyed and burned. The video is clipped with segments showing a man boarding a police pick-up truck, another scene of a mujahid kneeling and holding a RPG, and a final scene of mujahideen waving their guns and firing in jubilation as smoke rises from the truck.
The Mujahideen Shura Council is composed of eight insurgency groups in Iraq: al-Qaeda in Iraq, Victorious Army Group, the Army of al-Sunnah Wal Jama?a, Jama?a al-Murabiteen, Ansar al-Tawhid Brigades, Islamic Jihad Brigades, the Strangers Brigades, and the Horrors Brigades, collaborating to meet the ?unbelievers gathering with different sides? and defend Islam.
The video and a translation of the eight messages are provided to our Intel Service members.