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Al-Qaeda in Iraq Issues Statement Refuting Media Reports of Zarqawi Granting Respite to Security Officials and Claims Responsibility for Spate of Attacks Throughout Iraq
By SITE Institute
May 20, 2005

In three separate messages issued to the Internet today, May 20, 2005, al-Qaeda in Iraq through its officials spokesman, Abu Maysara al-Iraqi, denies media reports that the group?s leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had granted a four-hour respite to security officials, and claims responsibility for a bombing today in al-Kazimiyah, northern Baghdad, and several attacks across Iraq from May 9 through May 18.

Al-Qaeda in Iraq, in the first statement, refutes ?what the satellite channels disseminated, which have said that our Sheikh, [Abu Musab] al-Zarqawi… had granted a respite of four hours to the officials of the security systems who are loyal to the Jews and the Christians.? Rather, the group states that they have their own ?consistent and known news media channels? which broadcast all of their statements.

The second message describes a car bombing in Abdul Mohsen al-Qazimi Square in the al-Kazimiyah district of Baghdad, which targeting the ?vice forces of the police and losing army who are loyal to the Christians and the Jews….? Following the detonation of the explosive, the message claims that the bomb ?killed a great number of them.?

A multitude of attacks via suicide bombings and mortar, RPG, and Katyusha rocket attacks on several sites throughout Iraq between May 9, 2005 and May 18 are enumerated in the third communiqué, including the kidnapping Saturday of Khalaf Ateyah al-Sabaawe, ?an officer of the infidel guards.? The communiqué lists attacks on American and Iraqi forces, highlighting the destruction of Humvees, armored vehicles, and ?American forces headquarters.?

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

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