In three separate communiqués issued today, June 17, 2005, Al-Qaeda in Iraq [Tanzeem Qaedat al-Jihad Fi Bilad al-Rafidayn] claims responsibility for allegedly shooting down 6 helicopters in al-Qaim, killing 60 Americans and Iraqis, and for attacks today and yesterday in Mosul targeting Iraqi forces.
The first communiqué highlights an attack today in al-Qaim, northwestern Iraq near the Syrian border, where the group ?shot down six helicopters… and killed more than sixty crusaders and Alkami (Shiites) of the National Guard.? According to the media, ?Operation Spear? was launched this morning to root out insurgents in Karabila, a suburb of al-Qaim; however, as of this writing, there has not been a report of such casualties.
Confrontations between ?Allah?s worshippers and devil worshippers? in Mosul, today, are described in the second communiqué. The message indicates that the Shiekh Fathi Center was bombed in al-Zangali district, and in the ?agricultural area? of Mosul, a pick-up truck was destroyed in battle ?killing all who were in it.?
In the third message, the group lists three attacks yesterday in Mosul, including a suicide bombing on a police patrol on the road of al-Ghozlani Camp, where ?not less than twenty converters were killed in this blessed operation…? According to the message, the groups also used bombs to strike Saddam Hospital and the Bishmarka barracks.
A full translation of the three messages is provided to our Intel Service members.