Iraqi wing of Al-Qaeda threatens with new attacks (IRAQ)


Militants attacked a high-ranking representative of the Iraqi Interior Ministry, Maj. Gen. Ali Hussein, in the northern area of Baghdad. A landmine exploded on the way of the general's vehicle. His driver died, and the general was heavily injured.


(10.06.2006)

AL KUWAIT, June 11 (Itar-Tass) -- The Iraqi wing of Al-Qaeda said on Sunday that it was preparing major attacks to shock the enemy.

An Internet statement by Qaeda al-Jihad said that the group is strong despite the recent death of its leader, Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi, and reaffirms its loyalty to Osama bin Laden.

The group said that its command had had a meeting to discuss the future strategy.

They did not say whether a successor to Al-Zarqawi had been elected. A certain Egyptian, Abu al-Masri, is the most probable candidate for the Iraqi terrorist leader, a Pentagon representative said earlier this week. Egyptian experts doubted this forecast. They said they did not know such a man amongst Islamic extremists.

Meanwhile, a number of terrorist acts were perpetrated in Baghdad on Sunday.

Five people died and 14 were injured in the explosion of a car bomb in the Karrada area.

Militants attacked a high-ranking representative of the Iraqi Interior Ministry, Maj. Gen. Ali Hussein, in the northern area of Baghdad. A landmine exploded on the way of the general's vehicle. His driver died, and the general was heavily injured.

A police patrol was attacked in the Baghdad southern suburb of Ad Dawrah. Five civilians were injured.

Militants clashed with British servicemen in Al Amarah, 365 kilometers south of Baghdad. One British soldier was injured.

Jordanian authorities have banned the burial of al-Zarqawi in his home country in case the family decides to bring him in from Iraq, the London-based Arabic language newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat said on Sunday.

Al-Zarqawi, the most wanted leader of Iraqi terrorists, and his seven accomplices were killed by a U.S. air strike near Baqubah, 65 kilometers northwest of Baghdad, on June 7.

He was a native of Al-Zarqa, a Jordanian city located 35 kilometers away of Amman. Jordanian authorities thrice sentenced al-Zarqawi to death for terrorism.

Iranian secret services did not cooperate with the United States in the location and elimination of Al-Zarqawi, Foreign Ministry spokesman Khamid Reza Asefi said on Sunday.

"It is natural that we, like the Iraqi people, are happy from this occurrence," he said. "Yet that does not mean that we cooperated with the United States in his liquidation. Iran and the United States did not exchange intelligence information of the kind."

The majority of people in Iran and Iraq are Shiites. The Iranian Shiite community has a huge influence in Iraq. Meanwhile, Al-Zarqawi belonged to Sunni and repeatedly threatened Iraqi Shiites, who currently hold the office, and accused them of cooperation with the forces of occupation.

This March Tehran agreed to hold direct negotiations with Washington on mutual claims concerning the Iraqi situation. The United States strongly criticized Iran for interfering into Iraqi internal affairs, broadening its influence on the Iraqi Shiites and harboring terrorists. Iran turned down the accusations. Later this year the Iranian authorities said they no longer were interested in related negotiations with the United States.

Von: 11.06.2006, http://www.tass.ru

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