Monday, July 25, 2005

"The statement, the authenticity of which could not be verified, was the first of its type to be written in both Arabic and English."

Yahoo! News / Associated Press

Al-Qaida Statement Warns Muslims in Iraq

15 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - An Internet statement posted Monday and purportedly issued by al-Qaida in Iraq warned Sunni Muslims to stay away from sites that militants in Iraq are likely to attack.

The statement, the authenticity of which could not be verified, was the first of its type to be written in both Arabic and English. Such statements are normally written only in Arabic.

"Brother Muslim: Don't ever come close to the sites of vice and infidelity so that you won't get hurt," said the statement, which appeared on a Web site known for carrying extremist Islamist material.

The statement advised Sunnis to stay away from Baghdad International Airport, which the group claimed "is a hide out for the crusaders and the renegades."

"Any government security office and every crusader's patrol or that of their tail, the Shiites," are also targets Sunnis should avoid, the statement said.

Al-Qaida in Iraq has claimed responsibility for many deadly attacks, including suicide car bombings and kidnappings. The group is led by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Sunni from Jordan who has vowed to attack Iraq's majority Shiite Muslim population in a bid to start a civil war.

Sunnis, who comprise about 20 percent of Iraq's population, lost influence in Iraq after their patron, dictator Saddam Hussein, was ousted in the U.S.-led invasion in 2003.



BBC News

Cash row closes Baghdad airport

By Jon Leyne
BBC correspondent in Baghdad
Saturday, 25 June, 2005, 15:43 GMT 16:43 UK

Baghdad airport has been closed indefinitely in a dispute over payment for security.

The British company that provides security to the airport, Global, has withdrawn its services in what it says is a contractual dispute.

Military flights, however, are not affected.

Travelling out of Baghdad airport is hazardous enough at the best of times but now it is not possible at all, at least on civilian flights.

It is understood that Global has not been paid by the Iraqi government for three months.

It is not clear whether there is any connection but the Iraqi transport ministry is frequently accused of corruption.

A former transport minister is wanted for questioning over the issue.

The Iraqi government is also notoriously unreliable about paying its own employees.

When the airport is open, several airlines provide commercial flights inside Iraq and to several neighbouring countries.

Because of the threat of missiles, planes execute a corkscrew manoeuvre on landing and take-off.

The airport highway is also one of the most frequently attacked roads in the country.



India Daily

Bin Laden and Zarqawi planning to steal Saddam from coalition jail in Iraq?

Tushar Pallav
Jul. 19, 2005

It may sound ridiculous but some international think tanks believe that Bin Laden and Zarqawi will make some attempt to steal Saddam from the coalition jail in Iraq. Al-Queda is now looking for credibility in the Islamic world. It commits terrorism to gain popularity in the Islamic countries. Now people are questioning if Al-Queda is dead!

Al-Queda will make utmost attempts to prove that they are alive, well and can create counter attacks and victories. But what can be more conspicuous to be able to steal Saddam Hussian than anything?

They may attempt to steal Saddam during some of the upcoming court hearings, says some political think tanks.



"I don’t want to suggest to you that we’ve ever been propagandized by our government [laughter], but it’s very convenient. It’s very convenient to keep on telling the press that Zarqawi’s — my favorite one is that nice kid that was beheaded, remember. The guy that beheaded him had a hood over him. He was described very confidently by the American establishment government as Zarqawi. Well, if they can see through hoods. Anyway —"

- On July 8, Seymour Hersh addressed the ACLU's 2004 Membership Conference.



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