In three separate communiqués, Ansar al-Sunnah claims responsibility for bombing operations upon Iraqi forces in Tikrit and Baghdad these past two days, and for firing rockets at American barracks in al-Ramadi, yesterday.
In the first communiqué, the group details an operation today, May 11, 2005, in Tikrit, north of Baghdad, where for weeks, the Ansar al-Sunnah ?brothers had prepared a plan to attack the converters [Iraqi forces] who sold their religion and accepted to become servants and servile to the crusaders.? The plans culminated with the detonation of a car bomb in a commerce center near a police station, where ?[t]ens of the converted workers who work at an American base pass by.? According to the message, a large number of Iraqis died and ?more than fifty converted [Iraqis] were instantly killed, more than a hundred were injured.? The international media reports that this attack killed at least 24 and injured 70 Iraqis, however, in response to the statement by ?satellite channels that this car targeted the civilians in a public market,? Ansar al-Sunnah claims to ?not target civilian Muslims…we [Ansar al-Sunnah] targeted workers that work in an American base…."
In attacks yesterday, the second communiqué details an operation on Palestine Street in Central Baghdad, in which ?a four-wheel drive car belonging to the converter forces? was destroyed. The message alleges that the three occupants of the vehicle were killed. The same day, as stated in the third communiqué, Ansar al-Sunnah attacked the barracks of the eighth division of the American forces in Ramadi, west of Baghdad. The message is unclear as to the extent of the damage, but states that ?the [krad] rockets hit their targets and caused huge explosions inside the hall….?
A full translation of the three messages are provided to our Intel Service members.