Al-Qaeda Declares Government, Islamic State in Iraq
The “Official Spokesman” of the “Ministry of Information” of the “Islamic State of Iraq” has kindly informed the world, through a new Shura Council of the Mujaheddin video released on the internet today, that Iraq is now divided into two.
“The Alliance of the mutayyebin,” a new body announced on October 12 and consisting of several jihadi groups such as Al-Qaeda in Iraq that are now allegedly allied to several Sunni Iraqi tribal leaders, has declared the formation of an Islamic state within the Sunni areas of Iraq. “mutayyebin” refers to the gooey yellowish syrup called teeb into which those who pledged allegiance to each other dipped their right hands.
The “Official Spokesman” declared that the territory that the jihadists currently control in Iraq is roughly equal to the territory of the state of Medina founded by the Prophet Muhammad during the early days of the Islamic call, and that it finds itself under similar internal as well as external threats.
The new head of state is someone called “Abu Omar Al-Baghdadi”—a name previously unheard of. The spokesman called upon Iraqi Sunnis to pledge their allegiance to Al-Baghdadi. He also called upon Sunni Muslims everywhere to support the nascent state that act as the precursor to the Caliphal state to be resurrected in Baghdad, said the presenter.
The spokesman’s pronunciation of the prepared Classical Arabic text revealed that he was not an Iraqi. He appeared with an opaque dot shielding his face, and was wearing a white headdress.
Apparently, the laws of the shariah will be applied within this state.
Kofi Anan immediately extended diplomatic accreditation to the Islamic State of Iraq. Okay, so maybe that end bit is not yet true, but is it really that farfetched?
This latest declaration is a measure of the jihadist defeat gradually playing out in Iraq: they are getting increasingly frustrated over the outcome of the Iraqi battlefield turning against them. It is a publicity stunt meant to imply that they are expanding rather than contracting. They are most definitely being beaten back as evidenced by the latest fighting in Mosul and Diyala.
Today’s declaration is good news.