Al-Qaeda in Iraq posted two communiqués claiming responsibility for both the attack on an armed vehicle in Talafar and also the assassination of a border police chief in al-Mahmoudia.
In a communiqué issued March 15, 2005, al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Jihad Organization in the Country of the Two Rivers, through official spokesman Abu Maysara al-Iraqi, claimed responsibility for a car bombing in the Bab al-Mu’adham district in northern Baghdad.
A communiqué posted on a jihadist message board praises the arrival of a new group of fighters, the Abu Yaman al-Madani Brigades, to Iraq.
On March 15, 2005, Ansar al-Sunna issued two communiqués claiming responsibility for three car bombings, one near a convoy in the American barracks in al-Taji, and another two, which struck two American armed vehicles in al- Ramadi, allegedly killing all on board.
In a statement issued by Abu Maysara al-Iraqi on March 14, 2005, al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Jihad Organization in the Country of the Two Rivers, extends support to the brothers of al-Qaeda Organization in Saudi Arabia and urges its members to “drive the non-believers out of the Arab island.”
A message from the Media Department of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi’s group Al-Qaeda in the Land of the Two Rivers, responds to what they claim are reports of Zarqawi being in hiding. Praising Zarqawi, the message attempts to portray the mujahideen as courageous, while their “enemies” are the ones who are truly fearful of the attacks of the mujahideen.
On March 14, 2005, a newly formed insurgency group in Iraq, Jama’at Jund Al- Sahaba, The Army Squad of The Companions of the Prophet Mohammad, through its emir, Sheikh Abu Abbas Al-Omari, issued a communiqué claiming responsibility for an attack in Mosul last Thursday.
A posting circulated on jihadist message boards urges fighters to use caution when attempting to travel to Iraq through Syria.
A previously unknown group calling themselves the Uqba Bin Nafi’ Brigade of the Jama’at Junud Al-Islam Al-Jihadiyah [The Jihadi Islam Soldiers Group] has directly threatened the Tunisian government for inviting Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to the country. Claiming, “Every person among you will be targeted by us,” the group asserts that, “With Allah’s help, we will let the lines of booby-trapped cars speak for themselves and we will render foreign embassies into poolsof blood, until the country of Islam and Muslims be purged of Jews, Christians and their collaborators.”
Ansar Al-Sunnah claimed responsibility for blowing up a military Hummer in Ramadi, Iraq, on March 11, 2005. According to the message, the group promises to continue its jihad.
On March 12, 2005, Abu Maysara Al-Iraqi, the spokesman for Zarqawi’s Al-Qaida Organization in the Land of the Two Rivers, posted a response to a report from the Al-Arabiya television channel that a woman connected to Zarqawi had been arrested in Iraq. Abu Maysara denies the arrest as Western propaganda and pledges to continue the jihad.
On March 12, 2005, Zarqawi’s Al-Qaida Organization in the Land of the Two Rivers claimed responsibility for a counterattack on Americans in Al-Qaim, in northwestern Iraq near the Syrian border. Maintaining that Americans began bombarding Al-Qaim, the posting alleges that the mujahideen “paid them back twofold” and “affected them to the very core.”
In a message issued March 11, 2005, Abu Soliman al-Iraqi, the Emir (Prince) of the Security Section of al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Jihad Organization in the Country of the Two Rivers, writes to the Emir of Baghdad, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, in elation of yesterday’s assassinations of “two directors of police stations, their agent and converters”.1
The Algerian terrorist group, The Salafi Group for Call and Combat (GSPC), issued a fatwa justifying the killing of “the Jews and the Christians and all other nonbelievers” in Algeria.
On March 11, 2005, the Information Division of al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Jihad Organization in the Country of the Two Rivers, issued a statement in response to the Madrid Conference held this week.
Today, March 10, 2005, al-Qaeda in Iraq (Tanzeem Qaedat al-jihad fi Bilad al-Rafidayn) released a video of its attack on the al-Sadeer Hotel in Baghdad, as well as a full audio explanation of the attack. Within the audio, the speaker describes the reason for targeting the hotel, claiming that it was home to many Jews and a security firm. In addition, the voice argues that the hotel “is a secret headquarters for the intelligence organization of the New Iraq, and it is home to a considerable number of agents of the CIA.”
Today, March 10, 2005, al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Jihad Organization in the Country of the Two Rivers, issued a communiqué claiming responsibility for the murder of Lieutenant Colonel Ahmed Abeis, the chief of al-Salhiyah police station.
On March 9, 2005, Al-Qaeda in Iraq, the Jihad Organization in the Country of the Two Rivers, issued a communiqué claiming responsibility for an attack at the Al- Sadeer hotel saying: “they (the enemy) call it The Jews Hotel, since it is their safe fortress and their solid un-penetrated shield. But their fortresses did not make them free (of attacks) and their shields did not protect them.”