In another sign that terrorists forces may be moving toward unification under the leadership of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a message was posted on the al-Qaeda mouthpiece message board, the al-Ansar forum, calling for the mujahideen to further combine their efforts in Iraq. The message is directed to the leaders of Ansar al-Sunna and the Islamic Army of Iraq, urging them to unit under the leadership of al-Qaeda in Iraq, headed by al-Zarqawi, saying: ?My brothers, the mujahideen, I want you to think deeply and make up your minds to unite with your brothers, the mujahideen of al-Qaeda in the Land of the Two Rivers to be together in fighting the cross-worshippers and their parasites, but there is something to gain from being unified.?
Among the benefits of combined efforts is the accomplishment of the ultimate goal of the work for jihad: ?Our goal is to establish an Islamic government that governs by the Islamic Shari?a, and it will be a starting point to return to the Islamic Caliphate in all Islamic nations, and then the entire world.? The writer believes that under one command, they will succeed, ?We will be the greater power that will hold the country after the crusader exit. But, if we stay divided, the powers will go astray.?
The author explained that the mujahideen operation executed by al-Qaeda on April 14 at the Abu-Ghraib prison showed that involving a large number of mujahideen has its benefits. ?That they could execute such an operation should shake the entire world, and they were only 57 mujahideen! What if they were double or triple that number, with this type of coordination and efficiency?? The message emphasized the significance of the unified mujahideen efforts for the future. With a highly coordinated single group, the author said, ?I would go about attacking the Green Zone. Think about what the bigger numbers could do when the groups are unified under one command!?
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.