another split is planned for reinforcing civil war between Shiites and Sunnis !! A claimed Islamic State to serve hidden agenda of Israel to prepare for Great Middle East under Israel full control.
We appeal UN to take over in Iraq to keep its unity and stop bloodshed there . Islamic Conference and Arab League should move urgently to save Iraq otherwise it will be too late .
Associated France Press (AFP) 11/11/2006
Al-Qaeda claims it has 12,000 fighters for an Islamic Iraq
by Jay Deshmukh
BAGHDAD (AFP) - Al-Qaeda's chief in Iraq said he has mobilized 12,000 fighters to create an Islamic state, as outgoing US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld acknowledged difficulties in battling extremists.
The terror group, in an Internet audio message which could not be independently verified, also threatened to blow up the White House.
"I tell the commander of the faithful, the honorable Sheikh Abu Omar al-Baghdadi: I have put 12,000 Al-Qaeda fighters at the disposal of the Islamic state of Iraq," said the group's head Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, pledging allegiance to the emir of the "state" proclaimed last month.
An alliance of Sunni insurgents headed by the Iraq branch of Al-Qaeda announced the creation of an independent Islamic emirate in Iraq in a video posted on the Internet on October 15.
Muhajer lashed out at US President George W. Bush, describing him as "stupid," and said US forces occupying Iraq were preparing to cut and run.
"The enemy is now teetering under the blows of the mujahedeen... and preparing to pack up and flee," he said.
"I thank the most stupid and worst president that America -- the country of slaves and drugs -- has ever had for giving us this great historic opportunity," said the voice purported to be that of the Al-Qaeda supremo in Iraq.
"Uncle Sam's dreams have evaporated in the land of oil and water," he said, referring to Iraq.
Asked about the recording, White House spokesman Tony Snow declined to comment.
Al-Qaeda has spearheaded a campaign against the US military in Iraq, mainly in Baghdad and in the western Sunni Al-Anbar province where US troops are killed every week.
The military on Friday announced the deaths of four more servicemen, taking its death toll in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion to 2,840, according to an AFP count based on Pentagon figures.
On Thursday, in his first speech since being ousted after his Republican party was defeated in mid-term congressional polls, Rumsfeld acknowledged that Muslim extremists were posing stiff challenges to the US military.
Iraq had made tangible progress, he said, but the sectarian violence and the killings of Muslims by extremists had created "a much more complex situation."
"And quite honestly, our country does not have experience attempting to impose control and our will over vicious, violent extremists that don't have armies, that don't have navies, don't have air forces and operate in the shadows," he said.
In his Friday message Muhajer also threatened to blow up the White House.
"We announce today the end of a phase of the jihad (holy war) and the start of a new one... to usher in the project of an Islamic caliphate and restore Islam's glory," he said in the recording.
"We swear we will not rest from our jihad... before blowing up the filthiest house, dubbed the White House," he said.
Bloodletting in Iraq since the invasion has killed up to 150,000 people, according to the health ministry.
Backpedalling on its earlier estimate of 150,000 people dead, the ministry said Friday that between 100,000 and 150,000 people have been killed since the invasion which toppled Saddam Hussein.
A ministry official said the victims were killed "during military confrontations, assassinations and sectarian assassinations," and added that another 70 to 80 people were dying in violence each day.
The health ministry had started keeping records only since early 2004, the official noted, effectively meaning that those killed during the actual invasion and in the ensuing months were not included in this figure.
Meanwhile, Shiite clerics called Friday for the speedy execution of former dictator Saddam Hussein.
Sheikh Ahmed al-Safi, a representative of top Shiite cleric Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, urged that the former Iraqi leader be executed in the Shiite holy city of Karbala itself.
"I wish to hang Saddam between the two shrines in Karbala," Safi said at the shrine of Imam Hussein.
Karbala, one of Iraq's two Shiite holy cities, contains golden-domed shrines to revered Shiite imams Hussein and Abbas.
On Sunday, Saddam was sentenced by the Iraqi High Tribunal to death by hanging for crimes against humanity, a decision applauded by Iraq's Shiites and Kurds but condemned by many in the formerly dominant Sunni community.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, a Shiite, has reaffirmed Iraq's right to hang Saddam, despite international criticism, and said he expected the execution to take place by the end of the year.
Ten people were killed Friday, including an Iraqi army colonel and his five bodyguards in the northern town of Tall Afar.