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Jaish Ansar al-Sunna Releases Update on Fighting in Iraq
By SITE Institute
March 1, 2005

A communiqué posted on March 1, 2005 on a popular jihadist message board by the Military Board of Jaish Ansar al-Sunna describes recent military action by its mujahideen against American forces. According to the communiqué, the American forces had more than 35 casualties, while the Iraqi insurgents suffered only one casualty. The English media acknowledges an US-ledoffensive in the area but does not record any battles with heavy American casualties.

Jaish Ansar al-Sunna has been linked to the militant Kurdish group Ansar al-Islam and has been responsible for suicide operations and assassinations in Iraq.

The message details the operations of the mujahideen in Haklaniya, a city west of Baghdad against the US forces and reports that US forces were forced to withdraw after intense resistance from the insurgents. According to the author, only an aerial bombardment by US forces forced the insurgents to scatter and disperse from their locations.

The message describes the fighting: ?At this point, the heroic Mujahideen set off the first charge at an American personnel carrier carrying over 10 crusading soldiers…then, a further charge was set off on a Hummer jeep, leading to its total destruction and to the death of everybody in it?

Casualty reports for the battle are posted by the author: ?They had over 35 soldiers killed, and only Allah knows the number of their wounded (we pray that Allah will kill them all), while we had one Mujahid killed (we pray that Allah will accept him as a martyr) and another one wounded (we pray that Allah will heal his wounds).?

The group delivers a final statement warning the Americans they ?are fighting the soldiers of Muhammad, peace and prayer upon him. Our battle with you is one between belief and infidelity, between truth and falseness. The flag of the cross will not be raised in this country as long as we have blood throbbing in our veins.?

A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.

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