Today, March 10, 2005, al-Qaeda in Iraq (Tanzeem Qaedat al-jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn) released a video of its attack on the al-Sadeer Hotel in Baghdad, as well as a full audio explanation of the attack. Within the audio, the speaker describes the reason for targeting the hotel, claiming that it was home to many Jews and a security firm. In addition, the voice argues that the hotel ?is a secret headquarters for the intelligence organization of the New Iraq, and it is home to a considerable number of agents of the CIA.?
In preparation for the attack, the group admits having done ?long and close hour by hour surveillance? of the hotel. After establishing that the hotel would best be attacked from the rear with a regularly scheduled garbage truck, ?as they would not expect it,? the group gained control of the watchtowers and guard posts in the vicinity. The ensuing attack lasted only thirty seconds.
The video shows the back road from which the attack takes place. Dogs are seen running in the street and the sound of gunfire resounds in the air, suggesting that the group met some resistance in securing the area.
Following the firefight, the cameraman speeds away in his vehicle as the bomb is detonated.
The audio statement and the video of the attack is provided to our Intel Service members.