Al-Qaeda in Iraq, in a statement issued today, June 28, 2005, addresses Operation Sword in Anbar province, Western Iraq, and congratulates the mujahideen for their ?hitting the non-believers and giving them a taste of torture? in the region.
The message alleges that the latest campaign to root out insurgents is an opportunity for the ?crusaders? to attack Sunni people, and choose names for the operation ?which have no meaning but only to get out of the reality of the ugly defeat.? Further, the statement mentions Usama bin Laden and his ?right path? which will ?break the idols and what is left of it.?
Operation Sword is a combined force of more that 1,000 American soldiers and Iraqi forces in Western Iraq to uproot insurgents and foreign fighters.
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.