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Zarqawi: Shiites Are Worse Than US Or Saddam

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

Al-Zarqawi said Shiites most dangerous

by OMAR SINAN, Associated Press Writer
Sat Dec 9

The slain terror leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi purportedly believed that Iraq’s Shiite Muslims were more dangerous than U.S. forces and more evil than dictator Saddam Hussein, according to a posthumous interview published Friday on the Internet.

The 33-page interview, conducted sometime before a U.S. fighter bomber killed the former al-Qaida in Iraq leader in June, could not be immediately authenticated. It was posted on a Web site known to be a clearing-house for al-Qaida material.

The posting, which comes amid ongoing sectarian violence in Iraq, said the interview had been kept in al-Qaida’s archive but did not explain why the terror group had decided to release it six months after his death.

In the interview, al-Zarqawi is quoted as saying the leader of Iraq’s Shiites, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, is a "satan" who publicly tells Shiites to stay above the violence but secretly tells them to attack.

"Al-Sistani has ordered his followers not to fight the Americans … and yet they hit Sunnis with assassinations, forcing them to flee their homes and attacking their mosques," said al-Zarqawi, a Sunni from Jordan. "For us, the Shiites are far more dangerous than the Americans."

"The mass graves that Saddam perpetrated, and all his other crimes over the past decades, do not amount to one-tenth of what the Shiites have done in the last three years," al-Zarqawi is quoted as saying…

In the interview, Al-Zarqawi condemns the attacks of Iraq’s Shiite Muslim militiamen on the country’s Sunni Muslim community. Yet it was al-Zarqawi who had fomented Shiite-Sunni strife as the best way to scuttle the U.S. plans to rebuild Iraq as a democratic state after Saddam’s overthrow.

Al-Zarqawi, whose real name was Ahmad Fadhil Nazzal al-Khalayleh, was responsible for the most vicious of the wave of attacks that occurred in the first years of the Iraqi insurgency. He is believed to have personally beheaded at least two American hostages. The U.S. had put a $25 million bounty on his head, the same amount as for al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

In the interview, al-Zarqawi also rails against the leader of the Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah, implicitly accusing Sheik Hassan Nasrallah of being in league with Israel.

Al-Zarqawi accuses Nasrallah of being two-faced in his opposition to Israel and suggests it is not an accident that Israeli aircraft have not killed him as they have killed several leaders of the Palestinian militant group Hamas.

"Hassan Nasrallah sits for hours at a military parade and Israeli aircraft don’t bomb him. Who is he kidding?" al-Zarqawi is quoted as saying.

It will be interesting to see how many Sunnis survive the withdraw of American forces.

And will the media attack the US for permitting the bloodbath, or just ignore it like they did with Vietnam?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, December 9th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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