In a statement recently issued to the Internet, Ansar al-Sunnah celebrates their recent operations in Baghdad, which they state were planned to coincide with speeches prepared by Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jafaari for President George W. Bush to show ?improvement has been done? in Iraq. Also, the group claims they have been falsely accused of executing car bombings in civilian areas, but allege the Badr forces (Shiites) are responsible.
The message claims that Prime Minister al-Jafaari?s speech was ?spoiled by the mujahideen? because their recent operations in Baghdad stood in contrast to the prepared speech, which allegedly was ?cheering the victory his (Jafaari?s) forces.? The operations the statement indicates seem to be the spate of attacks throughout Baghdad executed by Ansar al-Sunnah in collaboration with the Islamic Army in Iraq and the Mujahideen Army. The group asserts that: ?From inside Iraq, the mujahideen proved the failure of Operation Lightning. After the mujahideen went down in several areas of Baghdad and had complete control over it, even the American forces did not dare to interfere, being afraid of the ambush prepared by the mujahideen.?
Further, describing alleged acts of violence upon the Sunnis, the group believes that the mujahideen, ?after Allah,? are the only source of support to the Sunnis of Iraq. Also, they maintain that their intended targets are the ?American crusaders who occupied Iraq and all its supporters and helpers, regardless of their nationality, religion, or belief.?
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