In a statement issued today, May 11, 2005, al-Qaeda in Iraq [Tanzeem Qaedat al-Jihad Fi Bilad al-Rafidayn] sets to frame the killing of more than forty Americans in Western Iraq within the last two days as ?good news… for those who are asking about our whereabouts,? and seek to define ?foreigner? and ?insurgent? as part of their larger discourse on their jihad within Iraq.
Concerning the attacks upon Americans in al-Qaim, where ?the cross-worshippers noses are rubbed in the mud of the West,? the statement indicates that a combination of ?two suicidal car bombs which mingled with their convoys and barracks? and battles led to the large number of murders. The U.S. military reports 3 Marines were killed in the attacks, which al-Qaeda in Iraq cites as the ?enemies of Allah.?
The statement enters the idea ?that the insurgents and the foreigners are those who execute the military organized operations? into the discussion, whereas al-Qaeda in Iraq asserts that ?the insurgent is he who acts against Allah?s orders.? Foreigners are alluded to as both the Americans and the Iraqi forces, ?who you are collecting with humiliation… those whom you cannot collect because they are torn in pieces and were collected before by Hells guards.? Most pointedly, the statement reads that the Americans sole intention is to ?hurt every Muslim? out of a purported hatred of Islam.
Further, the message indicates that the terror heaped upon America in Iraq is retribution; ?Americans opened upon themselves fire and volcanoes? by entering the state and ?[o]n the banks of the Euphrates, our blood is shed defending us; on the Euphrates banks, America is humiliated and despised and sees the terror.?
The message concludes with a statement of intentions: ?[W]e are living for one thing, victory or being a martyr, and what an honorable thing [that is]….?
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.