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New Mujahideen Group Vows To Keep Attacking US Forces
Jun 24, 2003
By Bruce Kennedy, Jihad Unspun
A previously unknown group, the National Front of Fedayeen, has vowed to keep attacking US soldiers in Iraq until the occupying forces leave the country.
A man, in a red-and-white headscarf, delivered the warning to US President George W "Bush and his henchmen" in a videotaped message broadcast on Lebanon's LBCI satellite channel while denying any links to the regime of Saddam Hussein. Three young men, stood behind him, gripping rocket-propelled grenades during the 90-second message.
"We swear to deliver one strike after another in retaliation for the terrorist and inflammatory acts carried out by their barbarous forces, including arbitrary killings and various humiliations of the population," the man said, reading from a statement. "Before God, we are committed to strike them even harder and more cruelly than in previous attacks," he said. "Also, we tell them if they wish that their soldiers are healthy and safe they must immediately leave our pure land, otherwise we will avenge every Iraqi who has been killed, humiliated, or whose house has been robbed," the masked spokesman said. "The Iraqis have returned from your great lie to free Iraq."
The message was aired last week after three US soldiers were killed in guerrilla attacks, including a drive-by shooting on Wednesday and a sniper attack on Monday. Other groups have stepped up to also take credit for the hit-run attacks that have crippled US forces since they ousted Saddam in April.
One group calling itself the Iraqi Resistance Brigades claimed responsibility for "all" attacks against US-led occupation forces in Iraq, in a statement read on the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news channel.
Coalition forces have blamed Saddam loyalists for the repeated attacks on US troops in Sunni-populated regions extending from Baghdad to the north and west of the country that have prompted the US army to launch major operations to root out resistance. Our sources indicated that the Iraqi resistance is being waged by a variety of Arab Afghan Mujahideen and Islamists that funneled into the country prior the US invasion. While loyalty to Saddam is virtually non-existant in these groups, there is great concern for the Iraqi people, their Muslim "brothers and sisters" who are being trampled on by their occupiers.
Unlike Afghanistan, the Mujahideen in Iraq, an estimated 8,000, have access to plenty of weapons, including surface to air missiles, plenty of munitions stockpiles and first hand intelligence.
A total of 52 US soldiers have been confirmed killed in Iraq, since US President George Bush declared the war there effectively over on May 1, according to an AFP count from US military statements and the frequency and severity of attacks is escalating.