In four separate communiqués issued today, June 28, 2005, Ansar al-Sunnah claims responsibility for the murder of a police chief and his driver in al-Dowra, Baghdad, additional attacks today on Iraqi police and American soldiers in al-Karma and Abu Ghraib, and challenges the forces involved in Operation Sword, surrounding Heet and Haditha.
According to the first communiqué, the chief of police in al-Dowra, Baghdad, ?one of the big shots of the converters in Baghdad,? was ambushed and ?hammered? with bullets. The operation which killed the police chief and his driver occurred in the center of the area, ?so as to serve as an example.?
The second communiqué highlights an attack today targeting the Iraqi National Guard in al-Karma, Baghdad. Following the ?fierce battle,? the group struck a troop carrier. The message indicates that ?[a]ll who were on it were killed.?
Also today, in the Abu Ghraib, west of Baghdad, the third message describes a bombing operation on an armored American vehicle driving with a military convoy. The message states that the ?package hit its target;? however, the losses are unknown.
The fourth message serves as a challenge to the forces composed in Operation Sword surrounding the cities of Heet and Haditha. The communiqué indicates that the ?mujahideen... are spread in these cities are waiting for them. … We will cut you into pieces with the same sword you draw upon us.? According to media reports, Operation Sword includes over 1,000 American soldiers and Iraqi forces in a campaign to uproot insurgents and foreign fighters in Western Iraq.
A full translation of the four messages is provided to our Intel Service members.