The Victorious Army Group, [Jeish al-Ta'eifa al-Mansoura], in a statement dated September 11, 2005, threatens to utilize ?untraditional warfare? and chemical weapons within twenty-four hours if the attack on Tal Afar does not stop. According to the message, ?strategic targets? of the ?converters? and coalition forces in Baghdad will be struck unless the demand is met. Further, the group asserts that the siege within Tal Afar, and planned attacks by Iraqi forces in al-Ramadi, al-Qaim, Samarra, Haditha, and Rawah, belie the claim of the Iraqi government that these areas are within their control, where the mujahideen ?performed the most outstanding jihad.?
Media reports indicate that the Iraqi army, backed by U.S. troops, launched an assault on Tal Afar, western Iraq near the Syrian border, on Saturday, September 10, killing over 150 suspected insurgents.
A full translation of the statement is provided to our Intel Service members.