An audio message from the Emir of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, was issued to the Internet today, Thursday, September 28, 2006, by the Mujahideen Shura Council in Iraq. The speech, 20:31 in length, is titled: ?Come to a Word that is Just Between Us and You,? which is taken from the Qur?an, Surah al-Imran, verse 64. Al-Muhajir bears three messages, each containing words encouraging support from Islamic scholars, Sunni tribal sheikhs, and foreign Mujahideen, and asking forgiveness. He notes sacrifices made by the Mujahideen for the defense of Islam, stating: ?We made a ladder out of our bodies and we told you to come pick the fruits, so you can eat it and enjoy it;? however, an appearance of ?evil… roaming with the valley? causes them to fear that their jihad will be for naught, as already 4,000 foreign fighters were killed, and more than double that number in supporters.
Abu Hamza al-Muhajir calls upon scholars to not slacken in supporting the Mujahideen and claims success can only come from their direction. He reminds of the ?Blind Sheikh? Omar Abdul Rahman incarcerated in an American jail, and urges every ?free Mujahid? in Iraq to work hard during the month of Ramadan and capture ?Roman dogs? to secure the sheikh?s release. Seemingly responding to the Sunni tribal sheikhs who have revealed a dispute between the tribes and the Mujahideen Shura Council, and assured cooperated with the Iraqi government to capture the Mujahideen, al-Muhajir extends an offer of forgiveness for this month only. He states: ?We guarantee your safety and security and we will not harm you provided that you declare your repentance among your tribes and in the middle of your own people and let us know that you have done that by any means?.
Concluding the message, the Emir of al-Qaeda in Iraq, asks Muslims who have experience in physical sciences, electronics, media, and ?deep specialties,? in particular nuclear science and explosive engineering, to come to the Iraqi jihad battlefield for they are in need. Al-Muhajir tells them that American camps may best serve as experimental fields for their knowledge. Further, he announces a military campaign called the ?Clear Conquest? to eliminate the ?infidels? and ?apostates?, and destroy the strongholds of those who act against the Mujahideen.
The Arabic audio clip and transcript are provided to our Intel Service members.