Al-Qaeda denial - statement excerpts
- Al-Qaeda denial - statement excerpts
Wednesday, 3 March, 2004, 18:30 GMT
Bomb attack in Karbala: al-Qaeda deny any role
A letter purporting to come from al-Qaeda denied on
Wednesday any role in anti-Shia explosions in Iraq
that killed scores of people.
The letter, signed "Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades
(al-Qaeda)", was sent to the London-based al-Quds
al-Arabi newspaper. Following are key excerpts:
Today a great misfortune has happened and is part of
the US conspiracy to ignite the fire of sedition
between the Muslims in Iraq. The US forces today
perpetrated a massacre to kill the innocent Shias in
their polytheist city of Karbala and in Baghdad.
The Americans are trying to attribute these actions to
the mujahideen of al-Qaeda who have inflicted pain and
suffering on the United States in Iraq and elsewhere.
The United States wants to distort the image of the
And we are today telling all Muslims that we
disassociate ourselves from this action and
disassociate ourselves from what the Shia Muslims
worship other than Allah.
So that our aims are clear to everyone, we are
striking the American crusaders and their allies. We
are striking the Iraqi police, the agents and lackeys
of the United States and the club with which it is
striking the mujahideen in Iraq.
We are striking the agents of the United States in the
council of unbelief that is called the Governing
Council and the Sunnis and Shias in their orbit.
Oh heroic people of Iraq. The mujahideen are a people
who love Allah and His Messenger and only do what
pleases Allah, and they do not slay such life as Allah
has made sacred, except for just cause.
This includes the heretic Shia groups that do not
insult the companions of Muhammad, may the peace and
blessings of Allah be upon him, and do not contravene
the Koran and do not tamper with Allah's shari'ah...
Beware!! The United States wants you to help it
against the mujahideen and the mujahideen want you to
turn the tables against it and to declare war on the
Come on, rise with your brother mujahideen against the
idol of the age, the United States...
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Mar. 04, 2004
Only the US and Israel benefit from the attacks on
As we neither have police nor intelligence apparatuses
at our disposal, we are not able to detect the
perpetrators of the recent attacks on Shiite
worshippers in the Iraqi towns of Kerbala and Baghdad
on March 2, 2004.
But one thing we know for sure: to incite a sectarian
conflict and to instigate a civil war is first of all
in the interest of the occupants. Thus they could
split the resistance and furthermore tell the world
that their military presence would be necessary to
avoid further bloodshed.
Since the inception of the occupation the US and their
media apparatus is talking about the alleged danger of
a civil war between Shia and Sunna. This was in
blatant contrast to the reality on the ground. On all
level there have been signs of unity of the Arab
Iraqis against the Anglo-American occupants. Ramadan
was observed commonly. There were no major conflicts
or even killings reported. Even those forces who
strive to give the future state an Islamic imprint
stress the necessity to make it acceptable for both
denominations. And although the resistance forces are
stronger in the Sunni milieu they have also roots
within the Shiite people.
The US tries to display two completely separate
"ethnic" entities. Actually Shiite and Sunni are both
Arab and regard themselves first of all to be part of
the Iraqi nation and secondly also of the Arab nation.
While the religious denominations have historic
significance and do impact on politics, it is not
given that they will constitute two political
This will also depend on the development of the
resistance which tries by all means to unify the
entire Iraqi nation against the occupants while the
occupants attempt to divide the nation to better rule
It is astonishing that only some weeks earlier the US
had published a letter ascribed to Al-Qeada which
contained a blueprint of a concept of civil war. Like
in a film script the announced bombs exploded
according to the rules of media warfare. Furthermore
it should not go unnoticed that Al-Qeada has taken
distance from the attacks and refused any involvement.
Within Iraq all relevant forces including religious
leaders from both sides and first of all the
resistance have denounced the attacks and blamed it on
the US and Israel. Awni al-Kalemji, spokesman of the
Iraqi Patriotic Alliance, said yesterday in a
telephone interview that we are dealing with a
conspiracy of the enemy. "But the imperialists will
not succeed. Both Sunni and Shiite contributed to the
unity of our people by massively donating blood." And
Ahmed Karim of the Iraqi Communist Democratic Current
said: "There are foreign fingers implicated. Whoever
perpetrated the attacks is doing it in the interest of
the US with the aim to make Iraqis fight each other.
But our people are aware of that danger and will not
let themselves be incited."
In Iraq there is a liberation war, not a civil war!
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