CENTCOM’s What Extremists are Saying reports that Abu-Mus’ab al-Zarqawi’s organization, al-Qa’ida in the Land of the Two Rivers, has announced a push for new attacks. The excuse given is revenge for the successful operation in Tall Affar (Talafar) that have killed 157 rebels so far and detained another 440.
We are fighting an enemy in Iraq and a network of terrorist
organizations in the Global War On Terror that uses violence against
civilians as well as information operations as methods to advance their
goals. The recent attacks in Baghdad and associated web-postings are simply
another effort to stave off political progress in Iraq . The Zarqawi
networks’ worst enemy is a population that understands their vision and
rejects their presence. CENTCOM will continue to stand with the Iraqi
Security Forces as they rid their country of these terrorists.
On 14 September, “Murasil Akhbar 4” of the new Global News Network forum,
posted a statement issued by Abu-Mus’ab al-Zarqawi’s al-Qa’ida Organization
in the Land of the Two Rivers [Tanzim al-Qa’ida fi Bilad al-Rafidayn] in
which the group announces a new wave of attacks in retaliation against the
Iraqi-US military campaign in the city of Tall Affar . “Murasil Akhbar 4”
attributed the original claim to “Abu-Maysarah al-Iraqi of the Media Section
of the al-Qa’ida Organization in the Land of the Two Rivers.” The Global
News Network at www.bayanat.info was established in July and immediately
became the major source of statements issued by insurgent groups in Iraq .