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Al-Qaeda in Iraq Claims Responsibility for Attacks in al-Karma and Baquba, and Releases a Statement about the Battle in al-Qaim
By SITE Institute
May 16, 2005

Al-Qaeda in Iraq recently issued three statements detailing weekend attacks against American and allied forces in al-Karma and Baquba. They also have released a statement disputing American information on the recent battle in al-Qaim, near the Syrian border.

The attack in al-Karma "occurred before noon on Saturday May 15… [when the mujahideen] launched an attack on a center of [American] servants in al-Karma, to the east of Falluja. The mujahideen used machine guns and BICA [sic] and RPG missiles…" According to media reports, one Marine died during this attack.

The second attack took place on Sunday in Baquba. The group claims that "A lion of the suicidal brigade today… [May 15, 2005], attacked an American convoy and blew himself up." This description does not quite match media reports of the double suicide bombing that killed five people and which also occurred in Baquba on Sunday.

The third statement disputes American claims "that they [American forces] killed 125 mujahid" in al-Qaim, but rather asserts that "most of those who were killed are… regular citizens: old people and children and women hated by Jews and Christians…" The messages finished by claiming "…Americans killed in al-Qaim were more than ninety, according to the estimates of our brothers there."

A full translation of the three messages are provided to our Intel Service members.

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