In four separate communiqués issued to the Internet today, June 13, 2005, al-Qaeda in Iraq through its official spokesman, Abu Maysara al-Iraqi, claims responsibility for attacks today upon coalition forces, including the Iraqi National Guard in Samarra, members of the Badr Brigade in Baghdad, and the murder of American soldiers in al-Dowra.
- The first communiqué highlights a bombing today, which ?hit the target,? of the Iraqi National Guards quarters in Samarra, north of Baghdad.
- According to the second message, three members of the Badr Brigade of the ?Alkami (Shi?a)? were murdered today, in three separate districts of Baghdad: al-Azamia, al-Adl, and al-Shaab. The communiqe states that ?This is your fate, you crusader supporters and this is your punishment [for] killing, hurting people, and dishonoring the sacreds.?
- The third communiqué describes a bombing operation today upon an American convoy in al-Dowra district of Baghad, which resulted in ?destroying an American Humvee and killing three soldiers….?
- Last Thursday, a helicopter was allegedly shot down in the area of al-Azim in Dyali, as the fourth communiqué indicates. Casualties from the attack are not known.
A full translation of the four messages is provided to our Intel Service members.