On the Internet today, August 13, 2005, al-Qaeda in Iraq released a warning to Imams and other preachers in Iraq who are involved in the creation and voting on the new constitution. The group reminds these leaders, ?Be aware that you are responsible in front of Allah to speak of, and remember that the country is awaiting a war.?
Writing in a style riddled with thought provoking questions, the group seeks to incite reflection in the clerical leaders of the country. ?Be informed,? the communique reads, ?that this conspiracy is to get America out from the logjam that it fell into.?
Continuing in its rhetorical style, the message goes on to ask, ?Who are you with and who are you going to stand by... Neighborhood preacher, are you in the light or in the darkness??
After arguing its case, the organization threatens that ?we in al-Qaeda Organization in the land of two rivers will manifest the backsliding on all who call for the writing of the constitution and arbitrating on other than Allah?s laws.?
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.