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Thursday, February 08, 2007

A hunch, and a salute...

I have a hunch that today's arrest of the Deputy Health Minister, Hakim al-Zamili, by Iraqi commandoes has something to do with the abduction on November 19, 2006 of Ammar al-Saffar, who formerly occupied the same post at the Ministry of Health. Al-Saffar (born 1950 in Baghdad, graduate of Mustansiriyya University with a degree in Business Administration, left Iraq in 1978) was a high level Da'awa Party member and was close to both ex-PM Ibrahim al-Ja'afari and current PM Nouri al-Maliki. He was abducted from his family home near Maghrib Street in Waziriya by a renegade squad of the Mahdi Army, according to a knowledgable source. The source added that al-Saffar had been threatened by the Sadrists who control the Health Ministry to give up his post for one of their own or else they would hurt him or his family. Al-Saffar had been living outside the Green Zone with his elderly mother, and with minimal security. His wife and children live in London.

There have been ongoing negotiations between the Da'awa Party and the Sadrists to secure his release, but some believe that al-Saffar is already dead.

In other news, the Wall Street Journal's Daniel Henninger has a great story about the 'Snake Eater'. This line of thinking conforms to the alternative counterinsurgency techniques that I was writing about: see my post from December 1, 2006, 'Go Smart'.

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Anonymous robert said...

Islamic State of Iraq Invites Jihad Groups To Join, Announces 'Al-Karamah Plan'

Originally published on 2/6/2007 by Jihadist Websites -- OSC Report in Arabic

Terrorism: Islamic State of Iraq Invites Jihad Groups To Join, Announces 'Al-Karamah Plan'

On 6 February, a jihadist website posted a statement issued by the Islamic State of Iraq in which the group recounted the points mentioned by its amir in his address of 3 February entitled, ""Victory from Allah and Speedy Help," filed as GMP20070203637002. The group called on other jihad groups to join and announced the formation of a committee headed by the amir to follow up on their Al-Karamah Plan. The statement was attributed to the Ministry of Information, the "official source" of The Islamic State of Iraq, and was copied from Al-Fajr Media Center.

A translation of the statement follows:

"In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

"Praise be to God, Lord of all creation, and prayers and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his family and companions.

"The Almighty said, 'Men said to them: 'A great army is gathering against you': And frightened them: But it (only) increased their Faith: They said: 'For us Allah sufficeth, and He is the best disposer of affairs' [Koranic verse; Al-Imran 3:173].

"The enemies of God continue to blow their own horn and boast about their new so-called security plan of Baghdad, which, according to all the observers, is the last resort for the Bush Administration and the government of the Safavid Al-Maliki, before they announce their failure in Iraq, which will happen soon, God willing. As a matter of fact, the core of this Crusader-Safavid plan aims at realizing a media triumph to improve the image of the defeated American soldier and to revamp the government of the Green Zone and to protect it from collapsing, after the army of the Crusaders has reached a point of despair in putting an end to the blessed jihad in Al-Anbar, Diyala, and Mosul. As for the Safavid rejectionists, they aim with this new plan at weakening the Sunnis in Baghdad by killing or arresting as many mujahidin as possible and by increasing the rejectionists' hold around Baghdad using the strategy of deportation and random arrests to force the tribes of the Sunnis to migrate from the outskirts of Baghdad. In return they would motivate the rejectionists in the south to move to the areas which are abandoned by the Sunnis. What happened in Al-Samrah village, south of the province of Baghdad, is evidence of this.

"Thus, the interests of the Crusaders and the Safavids met, and their efforts were joined against the Sunnis. They announced the formation of an operations room and a joint command to manage the new security plan. The traitors of the Sunnis, out of betrayal, may God bring shame to them, want to see this new plan succeed and the government rescued from collapse to protect their own positions and seats. Hence, an appeal was sent out from the traitor Tariq al-Hashimi to his masters, the Crusaders, asking them for more troops to Iraq. There is no power and no strength save in God.

"As for the dog of the Romans "Bush," he has become a gambler. He allocated $200 billion to finance the military plans in Iraq and Afghanistan because he knows that time is not working in his favor and that this plan is as good as the final bet for his army in Iraq.

"To face up to these serious challenges, the amir of the Islamic State of Iraq, the mujahid Shaykh Abu-Umar al-Baghdadi, may God grant him victory, announced the long-term Al-Karamah [Dignity] Plan, which can be summed up as follows:

"1. Instruct the soldiers of the [Islamic] State in the Baghdad Province to fight the Safavid gangs and to protect the Sunnis and their mosques.

"2. Escalate the operations against the Crusader occupation army and its followers in all the provinces and take advantage of the continuous demoralization suffered by the enemy.

"3. Intensify the activities of the brothers in the Ministry of the Religious Authorities to invite our brothers the mujahidin from the other groups to join under the banner of the Islamic State of Iraq so that it becomes the umbrella under which all the operative jihad groups in the Land of the Two Rivers function, thus, uniting the ranks of the Sunnis in Iraq both politically and strategically.

"With the grace of God and by instructions from the amir of the believers, a special committee has been formed made up of Amir al-Mu'minin, may God protect him, and of the Wali [the governor of the territory] of Baghdad, and the minister of war of the Islamic State of Iraq, to follow up on the operations and the phases of the implementation of the Al-Karamah plan in the territory of Baghdad. We are confident that God Almighty will not allow the efforts of the faithful and the mujahidin to go to waste. God is our Supporter against our enemy, and from Him we seek help.

"Oh God, Revealer of the book, Disperser of the clouds, Defeater of the Confederates, crush the cunning rejectionists, the Zionist Crusaders, and their allies. Oh God, make them and their weapons and war stuff easy prey for Muslims. Oh God destroy them and shake them.

"Oh Lord, You are the one who helps us and the one who assists us. With Your Power we move and by Your Power we fight. On You God we rely and You are our cause.

"Oh God, retaliate against them, cause them distress like you did the pharaoh and his nation.

"Oh God, afflict their country with floods, economic strife, and famine. Oh God, defeat them, destroy them, for You are the All Strong, the Almighty.

"God is great. 'Honor belongs to Allah and His Messenger, and to the Believers; but the Hypocrites know not' [Koranic verse; The Hypocrites 63:8].

"Ministry of Information

"Official Source of The Islamic State of Iraq"

11:51 PM, February 08, 2007

 
Anonymous robert said...

Islamic State of Iraq Accuses Iraqi Islamic Party of Betrayal, Asks Them To Repent

Originally published on 1/31/2007 by Jihadist Websites -- OSC Report in Arabic

Terrorism: Islamic State of Iraq Accuses Iraqi Islamic Party of Betrayal, Asks Them To Repent

On 31 January, a jihadist website posted a statement issued by the Islamic State of Iraq in which the group accused the Iraqi Islamic Party of betrayal against the mujahidin in light of the latest agreement between the Iraqi Islamic Party and the Sadr Movement. The statement was attributed to the Ministry of Information, the "official source" of The Islamic State of Iraq, and was allegedly copied from Al-Fajr Media Center.

A translation of the statement follows:

"In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate.

"Praise be to God, Lord of all creation, and prayers and peace be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all his family and companions.

"The most recent agreement between the Iraqi Islamic Party and the so-called "Sadr movement" is but a new downfall for the party in the gloominess of collaboration and betrayal of Sunnis, and a new conspiracy role which this party plays against the mujahidin to please its Crusader masters and to bootlick the Safavid government of Al-Maliki. This agreement stipulates the formation of joint popular committees between the party and the Sadr movement in the Baghdad area and the cooperation in the implementation and the success of a new security plan for Baghdad, which was announced by the Safavid government. The party asserted, on more than one occasion, the importance of the implementation of this new plan in a 'professional and just' way and in all the neighborhoods and areas, and the avoidance of any bias toward any group. What does this agreement mean? Is this wretched party really concerned with sparing the lives of the Sunnis, or is it concerned with rescuing this failing government to preserve its own seats in the parliament and improve its shaken image before the Sunnis? This new agreement with the Safavid rejectionists represents a betrayal of the Sunnis, their blood, and their martyrs. It has its serious consequences and meanings in the arena. In the coming days this party is going to play the role of a spy and an agent for the Safavid government in the Sunni areas to bring about success to Bush's new strategy and the agreement made between the traitor Tariq al-Hashimi and the White House. Therefore, the Islamic State of Iraq calls on all the centers of this party to repent and return to God Almighty. Anyone who causes harm to the mujahidin with words or deeds will be dealt with by the soldiers of the [Islamic] State in accordance with the Sharia and its ruling in dealing with these traitors. God is the guide to the right path.

"Oh God, Revealer of the Book, Disperser of the clouds, Defeater of the Confederates, crush the cunning rejectionists, the Zionist Crusaders, and their allies. Oh God, make them and their weapons and war stuff easy prey for Muslims. Oh God destroy them and shake them.

"Oh Lord, You are the one who helps us and the one who assists us, with Your Power we move and by Your Power we fight. On You God we rely and You are our cause.

"Oh God, retaliate against them, cause them distress, like you did to the pharaoh and his nation. Oh God, afflict their country with floods, economic strife, and famine. Oh God, defeat them, destroy them, for You are the All Strong, the All Mighty.

"God is great. Honor belongs to Allah and His Messenger, and to the Believers; but the Hypocrites know not [Koranic verse; The Hypocrites 63:8].

"The Ministry of Information

"The official source of the Islamic State of Iraq"

11:54 PM, February 08, 2007

 
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12:59 AM, February 09, 2007

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ammar Al-Saffar was not threatened by the Sadrists to give up his post for one of their own, he was threatened because he was only days away from blowing the whistle on Ali Al-Shamari and Hakim Al-Zamily's involvement in kickback schemes linked to the ministry's contracts (among other crimes). He in fact had tendered his resignation 3 months before the event of his kidnapping but his resignation was unaccepted and he was urged to stay on because he was one of few good and honest men. He worked tirelessly and with honour, and for the good of his people only - Sunni and Shi'i alike.
Accurate and insightful as your "hunch" may be, comments such as those made in your last sentence are both unnecessary and insensitive. Ammar is a much adored husband, father and friend, and his devastated family regularly frequent your blog. Theories about whether or not Ammar is alive are superfluous. Here's hoping and praying for the safe return of Ammar Al-Saffar to his family.

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