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SITE Publications
Al-Qaeda in Iraq Claims Responsibility for Abu Ghraib Attacks
By SITE Institute
April 4, 2005



In two communiqués issued during the last forty-eight hours, al-Qaeda in Iraq [Tanzeem Qaedat al-Jihad Fi Bilad al-Rafidayn] claims responsibility for two attacks on Abu Ghraib prison, one occurring this past Saturday and another, as recent as this morning.

The first communiqué describes the attack against the prison, stating that the mujahideen ?fired more than 39 Katyusha and Karad rockets; columns of smoke were crying out from the crusaders? bases.?

According to the communiqué the battle was waged into the night and the fighters ?killed a good number and destroyed them.? In addition, the communiqué seems to explain that this attack was carried out in the memory of Abu Anas al-Shami, former spiritual advisor of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi?s group, killed in Fallujah in September 2004, stating: ?This battle comes with the chain of attacks of Abu Anas al-Shami, God bless his soul, which started yesterday all over the Land of Two Rivers, thank God.?



The second communiqué concerning this mornings attack tells of a bombing in which ?a lion of the suicidal brigade attacked the main gate of the prison which caused casualties of thirty Americans.?

A full translation of the two communiqués are provided to our Intel Service members.

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