In a statement posted today, July 16, 2005, to a Zarqawi-affiliated website, a group calling itself al-Rudd (the Responders) Brigades of the Mountain, the Level land, and the Two Rivers, warns the ?foreigners and the crusaders? of European to withdraw their organizations from Arbil, northern Iraq, within two weeks, or the mujahideen will ?strike all the foreigners and the mercenaries.? The message specifies Holland, Denmark and Norway amongst these European countries.
Further, the group alleges that a Dutch citizen of Iraqi descent, ?who sold his soul and his faith to the occupiers,? and worked for Dutch intelligence, was captured. Dutch documents were found on his person that were subsequently translated into Arabic, and ?Allah?s order was issued on him.?
Al-Rudd Brigades claims to be fighting the ?traitors and the converters? in northern Iraq, and are ?accountable for the all the jihad operations? executed within this area.
A full translation of the statement is provided to our Intel Service members.