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Al-Qaeda in Iraq Claims Responsibility for Attacks in al-Karma, Samarra, and Mosul, and Combat With American Forces in Baghdad which Resulted in the Destruction of an Insurgent House
By SITE Institute
June 23, 2005

In four separate communiqués and an accompanying 1:40 minute video issued today, June 23, 2005, al-Qaeda in Iraq claims responsibility for bombing operations on American forces in al-Karma and Samarra and attacks on Iraqi police in Mosul, and combat with American soldiers in Baghdad which led to the destruction of a house occupied by insurgents, as depicted in the video.

The first communiqué describes an attack today in al-Karma, east of Falluja, where an explosive package was detonated that on two Humvees. According to the message, ?six of the crusaders were killed and 3 were injured.?

The second message indicates that today, a suicide bomber detonate himself on the American soldiers? barracks in Samrra.

Two attacks upon Iraqi forces in Mosul are described in the third communiqué. An explosive package was detonated on members of the Iraqi National Guard in al-Mothanna district, while also today, mujahideen from al-Qaeda in Iraqi fought Iraqi police in al-Zohour district, where the group alleged to ?killing 12 converters.?

In the fourth communiqué and accompanying video, the group details combat between the mujahideen and coalition forces in the Karkh area of Baghdad, and the destruction of a suicide bomber?s house by American fighter planes. After allegedly failing to enter the house, the message states that the ?crusaders? piloted their ?fighter planes and destroyed the house of purity? and killed the insurgents inside. Though the casualties of the American soldiers were not known, the communiqué assures that it was ?very big.?

A full translation of the four messages and video clip are provided to our Intel Service members.


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