In three separate communiqués issued today, May 12, 2005, al-Qaeda in Iraq details their operations in al-Qaim, in western Iraq, and claims responsibility for the assassination of Colonel Fadhil Mohammed Mubarak al-Taei, head of the police control room at the Ministry of Interior, as he was leaving his home in eastern Baghdad.
The first communiqué is a precursor for the second, in which the group claims of ?many successful attacks upon the crusaders in the city of al-Qaim.? It is in the second communiqué where Al-Qaeda elaborates upon these attacks, which targeted American forces and their vehicles today. On the bridge between al-Karabla and al-Rommana, the group alleges to have destroyed two Humvees and four helicopters, one of which was shot down as it ?came to collect the dead and injured….? According to the message, ?all who were onboard were killed.?
Seeming to respond to past allegations that the members of the insurgency are suffering from low morale, the second communiqué adds: ?the natives of Badia and Hadar [bring news] that our mujhaideen have high morale and are very pleased with what they achieved.?
In the third communiqué, al-Qaeda in Iraq claims responsibility for the murder of Colonel Fadhil Mohammed Mubarak al-Taei, ?one of the heads of the non-believers? guards? as he was leaving his home today. According to the message, ?the mujahideen were waiting for him; they shot him with a hale of bullets….?
A full translation of the three messages is provided to our Intel Service members.