Today, May 26, 2005, the Information Section of al-Qaeda in Iraq, through ?its own special media channel (broadcasting) which is known to Muslims by the name Abu Maysara al-Iraqi,? denies all claims, analyses, and statements that ?were embraced by others, whether falsely delivered or concluded? about the recent report of injuries to al-Qaeda in Iraq leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
The message, which follows media reports that Zarqawi had died and appointed Abu Hafs al-Qarni as the acting leader, refutes all such news ?about appointing he who is named ?Abu Hafs,? or any other name. Abu Maysara al-Iraqi states that the al-Qaeda?s Information Section ?only announced the injuries of our honorable Sheikh, in order to prove our credibility and for our brothers to be rest assured after what was disseminated that our Sheikh was killed.?
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.