A statement issued today, May 24, 2005, by al-Qaeda in Iraq requests prayers for the injured Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and promotes encouragement amongst the group?s members.
The message does not provide details of where Zarqawi was struck; only stating that it was ?from an injury he suffered for the sake of Allah.? From this affliction, al-Qaeda in Iraq is must derive ?honor and causes us to surround our enemy tighter and is an encouragement for us to increase the intensity of attacks upon them (our enemy).?
The statement provides a seeming elegy for Zarqawi, expounding on what he has done for the Iraqi insurgency in that he ?taught us that our faith of Tawhid is a priceless thing, and we must sacrifice for [our belief]. Our Sheikh established a generation, and brought it up in the faith of Ibrahim. He taught us to despise the devil, and to believe in Allah….? Al-Qaeda in Iraq concludes with a prayer to Allah to heal Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.