Al-Qaeda in Iraq [Tanzeem Qaedat al-Jihad Fi Bilad al-Rafidayn] in a statement issued today, July 5, 2005, claims responsibility for the kidnapping of the Egyptian Ambassador to Iraq, Ihab al-Sherif. According to the message, Sharif was captured ?by the hands of our mujahideen and he is under the control of the mujahideen.?
Al-Qaeda in Iraq states that it will provide additional information once it is received.
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.