Al-Qaeda in Iraq, in a statement and accompanying 1:40 minute video issued today, July 7, 2005, announces the murder of the ?devil?s ambassador,? Ihab al-Sherif. The message references purported crimes against Muslims and Muslim leaders by the Egyptian government and the recorded ?confession? by Sherif, where he ?gave some information about his regimes? non-believers and its support for Jews and Christians,? as reason for ?revenge? and the execution. Further, the group warns the ?countries of the devil? that the mujahideen have created an unsafe environment for them, and the announcement of Sherif?s capture was actually delayed because al-Qaeda in Iraq ?were waiting to capture the biggest number of ambassadors.?
A full translation of the message and video clip are provided to our Intel Service members.