In a statement posted today, February 10, 2005, to a leading al-Qaeda-frequented Jihadist message board, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi?s Al-Qaeda in Iraqgroup [?Tanzeem Qaedat al-Jihad Fi Bilad al-Rafidayn?] claims to have assassinated a federal police officer and to have targeted two police cars, killing at least four policemen.
Although the language of the statement is consistent with all other statements released by the group, its authenticity could not be verified as it was not posted by the group?s official spokesperson, Abu Maysara al-Iraqi, but rather by al-Khattab al-Iraqi who claims to be the ?Mujahideen?s correspondent.?
A translation of the statement is made available to our Intel Service members.