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Iraq Al Qaeda Says Kill ‘Crusaders’ For Eid

From a woebegone Reuters:

Iraq Qaeda group confirms top figure killed: Web

December 22, 2007

DUBAI (Reuters) – An al Qaeda-linked group in Iraq has confirmed the death of Abu Maysara, a top operative who the U.S. military said was killed in a clash last month, according to a recording posted on the Web on Saturday.

Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State in Iraq, hailed Maysara as “a martyr who was a scholar and a mujahid (holy war fighter),” on the audio tape posted on Islamist Web sites.

The U.S. military said earlier in December that Maysara, a Syrian, was among nine senior al Qaeda members killed in November. It described him as an adviser to Baghdadi, also known as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, and his slain predecessor Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Baghdadi called on insurgents to keep fighting during the current Eid al-Adha feast, when Muslims sacrifice animals.

May God accept your sacrifice, and may they be the apostates of the Awakening Councils, who are servants of the Crusaders,” Baghdadi said, referring to U.S.-backed neighborhood patrols who fight insurgents…

For all those who say that the blood-thirsty Eid festival has no bearing on the Islamic outlook.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, December 22nd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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