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Iraq prays as Qaeda threatens new offensive
Cat : War Against Iraq
Date : 2006-09-29 17:01:18                      Reader : 327

Unfortunately Qaeda activities served the enemy more than Islam. In fact Islam is loosing as it is totally distorted by Qaeda acts .We deny vigorously targeting civilians any where in the world, particularly WTC criminal act. Also we doubt Qaeda capabilities to carry such sophisticated act as Mohamed Heikel said.

Associated France Press 29/9/2006

Iraq prays as Qaeda threatens new offensive

by Paul Schemm

BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraqis were heading for the first weekly prayer of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan amid unrelenting violence as Al-Qaeda announced a new and dirtier offensive against coalition forces in the war-torn country. 

The Al-Qaeda warning came amid fresh embarrassment for the US-led coalition in Iraq, with a report revealing serious failures in its multi-billion-dollar attempt to rebuild a country shattered by sanctions and bloody conflict.

The supposed leader of Al-Qaeda in Iraq released a recorded message in which he called for Western Christians to be kidnapped and urged Muslim nuclear and biological scientists to join him in his struggle against the US "occupiers".

In the recording, which appeared on the Internet and could not be verified, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer said Al-Qaeda in Iraq would launch a new "all out offensive" against infidels in Iraq.

The announcement came during the first week of Ramadan, a period already marked the by the highest number of suicide bombings in Iraq since the US-led invasion of March 2003.

Before prayers began, two policemen were killed in clashes with armed men in the restive southern neighborhood of Dura, while a pair bombs exploded in the once peaceful middle class neighborhood of Karrada, wounding 11.

UN and Iraqi officials estimate that more than 100 Iraqis are killed every day in insurgent attacks and fighting between Sunni and Shiite factions.

Muhajer made a chilling call on scientists to aid in the renewed offensive against coalition and Iraqi government forces by helping to devise weapons of mass destruction.

"We are in urgent need for you, as the American bases are the perfect place for non-conventional experiments of biological and dirty (warfare)," he said in the recording, which appeared on a militant website.

As part of the offensive, Muhajer also called on insurgents to kidnap Western Christians to put pressure on Washington to free Egyptian religious leader Omar Abdul Rahman, jailed for his role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings.

"I call upon every free mujahedeen in the Land of the Two Rivers (Iraq) to do his best during this blessed month (of Ramadan), may Allah endow us with the capture of some of the Western Christian dogs, to free our sheikh."

Muhajer is known by US military officials as Abu Ayyub al-Masri, which means "the Egyptian." Abdul Rahman is the spiritual leader of the now-defunct Egyptian militant Islamist group Gamaa Islamiya that led an insurgency in the mid-1990s.

Many militants fled the country in the ensuing ruthless crackdown by Egyptian authorities and went on to join Al-Qaeda, such as number-two man Ayman al-Zawahiri who came from the Egyptian Islamic Jihad.

Muhajer also said that some 4,000 foreign fighters had been killed during the three-year battle against coalition forces and the Iraqi government.

A key pillar in US attempts to stem the insurgency and civil unrest was to improve the daily lives of Iraqis through a comprehensive 21 billion dollar reconstruction program, which has been largely spent.

But an audit from the General Accounting Office in Washington said the United States has fallen well short of its reconstruction goals in the critical sectors of oil, electricity and health.

The audit of the Pentagon-led effort cited the adverse security situation as a mitigating factor in the program's setbacks but also focused on cronyism and management deficiencies.

In the initial weeks of the reconstruction effort there was insufficient competition for contracts, auditors said.

Crude oil production was also reported at about 2.4 million barrels per day, below the 2003 prewar level of 2.6 million bpd and the desired goal of 3.0 million bpd, the report found.

Though peak electricity generation capacity, at 4,855 megawatts per day was well above pre-war levels, it was still short of a 6,000 megawatt target.

In the water sector, new or restored treatment capacity was at about 1.44 million cubic metres per day, a long way from a US goal of 2.4 million cubic metres.

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