Touchy, Touchy Terrorists
The USG Open Source Center summarizes an internet comment by a supporter of the Salafi “Islamic State of Iraq,” in which he lashes out at the criticism of the organization posted by someone he says is a Baathist. Some call The Islamic State in Iraq “al-Qaeda,” but it doesn’t have operational links to Bin Laden and is probably better thought of as radical Iraqi Salafism.
|Statement Denounces Ba’th Party for Criticizing Islamic State of Iraq
Jihadist Websites — OSC Summary
Monday, April 30, 2007
Terrorism: Statement Denounces Ba’th Party for Criticizing Islamic State of Iraq On 22 April, a participant of one of the jihadist websites posted a statement in which he denounced the Ba’th Party for a statement it posted to Al-Basrah.net and in which, he claims, they libeled the Islamic State of Iraq and its amir, Abu-Umar Al-Baghdadi.
A summary of the statement follows:
This forum participant denounced the Ba’th Party because of a statement it had posted to the Al-Basrah.net in which, he claims, they “libeled” the Islamic State of Iraq and its amir, Abu-Umar al-Baghdadi. He included a link to the original statement stating that he felt the text was too offensive to be posted.
It is noteworthy to mention that the original statement he references does not have any indication of it originating from the Ba’th Party. That statement was written on 18 January 2007 by Abu-Sarhan Al-Ba’qubi and posted to Al-Basrah Net. This poster lists the purported libelous points such as claims of Al-Qa’ida’s kidnapping and arrests of mujahidin from other groups and their indiscriminate killing of women, children and the elderly, and it claims that “members of Al-Qa’ida fled when the Americans arrived.”