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Friday, February 23, 2007

Al-Qaeda Bandwagons on Alleged Rape Case, Uses Occasion to Show Leader Still Active

In a seven minute speech released yesterday as an audio file and posted on several jihadist websites, Al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia’s chief, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, addressed the recent rape allegations made by “Sabreen al-Janabi” against officers of the Public Order Forces that she made in an interview with Aljazeera TV that aired late Tuesday.

Although Al-Muhajir didn’t directly address last week’s press reports that asserted that he’d been wounded in recent fighting with Iraqi troops north of Baghdad, the timing of his message clearly meant to dispel those reports.

Like much of the media-hype surrounding this bogus rape allegation, Al-Muhajir goes all out in feigning indignation and vowing revenge:

Today, honor has been ruptured, and religion has been desecrated, and shame has caught up with all Muslims. Today, the dog has waded into the honor of the pure one, and the debauched, deviant infidel has trampled the veil of the modest one.

Speaking on behalf of the ‘Prince of the Faithful’, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State of Iraq to whom Al-Muhajir his pledged his and Al-Qaeda’s allegiance, he continues:

Our master the Prince of the Faithful tells you, oh youths of the State of Islam, that [he] is not your prince or you his soldiers until the ground is drenched with the blood of the infidels. Annihilate their checkpoints, burst into their [military] bases. Cut off their limbs, and detach their hearts from their bodies. [Do] battle today, today we erase despair, today we spill blood, [our] honor is reeling from injustice.

Hinting that the mujaheddin have been a little languid in their pursuit of jihad of late, al-Muhajir demands:

Our prince is adamant, and says: I demand every mujahed to take his weapon from its hiding place and not to put it aside until he meets Allah as a martyr or Allah gives us victory.

Addressing “Sabreen Janabi”, al-Muhajir promises:

To you oh pure and modest one, your reward is with Allah, so be patient and know that more than three hundred [native] Iraqi fighters have asked to be enrolled in martyrdom operations, and that in just the first ten hours of hearing the news [of the rape]; fifty of them are [from the] Janabi [tribe], and twenty of them have asked to marry you if you are not already married. We are coming oh sister, and we will not forget to avenge [you].
Then, he turns to damn Iraq’s leaders, focusing on the Sunnis among them:

“Allah, [show your judgment against] Nouri al-Maliki, Tareq al-Hashimi, Adnan al-Dulaimi, Salam al-Zobaee, and Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, for they have lied to you and slandered the names of their free tribes, and they have deceived and betrayed their nation, until honor has been ruptured in the name of politics and diplomacy and the rights of the Sunnis. Allah, avenge yourself of them, and show us one of your miracles, [by bringing down] your speedy revenge on them and those who issued fatwas allowing the Sunnis to enter the [National] Guard and the Public Order [Forces]…

…The Soldier, Abu Hamza al-Muhajir

Al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia has been stepping up its propaganda attacks against the Sunnis in the government: the media arm of the Islamic State of Iraq, al-Furqan, released a one hour “documentary” about the Sunni leadership and the timeline of their “treacherous” participation in the political process under the title ‘The Harvest of the Defeatists’ last week.

Jihadist groups have been falling all over themselves to bandwagon on the “Sabreen Janabi” story—a 17 minute statement issued by the ‘Emir’ of the Islamic Army of Iraq was put out today—and much of the Arab world has been gripped by this saga, which was marshaled to show just how evil the Maliki government really is and that the American ‘surge’ is coming apart.

Problem is, there’s no “Sabreen Janabi”.

The 20-something accuser’s real name is Zaineb Abbas Hassan al-Shimmeri from the area of Sabi’ Bour north of Baghdad, according to Deputy Interior Minister for Intelligence Affairs Maj. Gen. Hussein Ali Kamal (a Kurd), in an interview given today to Radio Sawa (Arabic). She may even be originally from a Shi'a family, according to a source of mine, and may have been banished by her family over honor issues, before she began servicing the needs of jihadists and other assorted organized crime syndicates—whatever those services may be.

According to General Kamal, al-Shimmeri (a tribe that has nothing to do with the Janabis) is a divorcee who is currently legally attached to two other husbands, one of them already in the government’s custody on charges of aiding the insurgency and kidnapping. A corpse has been exhumed from the garden of a former home that she’d lived in with her detained husband, and one former kidnapping victim has come forward and identified her as a member of an abduction ring.

So much for Sabreen's honor, and the twenty Janabi lads who’ve lining up to wed her. Poor al-Muhajir is now stuck with hundreds of suicidal boys ready to burst over this perceived slight to Muslim ‘honor’; I guess they’ll just have to wait for Aljazeera’s next ‘Breaking News’ story.

General Kamal admitted that al-Shimmeri was roughly manhandled by the police, and that in itself should be illegal, but I’m pretty sure that, given all the plentiful evidence that’s been released, that there’s been no rape incident here.

So for all the western and Arab media that got duped, the latter most willingly, by this jihadist black-op disguised as high drama, I say: tough luck.

I’m impressed by how the Iraqi government dealt with this issue: Good work.

BTW: I ready to acknowlegde this now: al-Muhajir, although speaking in classical Arabic, pronounces some words with a muted Egyptian accent. I have been reluctant to belief that he's actually Abu Ayyub al-Masri, as claimed by US intelligence, and that for a variety of reasons; I'm warming up to the idea at this point, or at least the idea that he's originally from Egypt.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, this is just like the Duke University Lacrosse team story except with kidnappers instead of strippers and jihadists instead of the Reverend Jackson.

10:34 AM, February 24, 2007

Blogger bg said...


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3:53 PM, February 25, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story was front page news of the WP and the NYT. Neither has written a follow-up.Then they say that criticism of how the media is covering Iraq is unfair and politicized.


1:58 PM, February 26, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for a refreshing account of this farsical incident.
I do wonder though whether Ms Al-Shimmeri is of any relation to the disgraced Minister of Health, Ali Al-Shimmeri, who is also thought to be involved in a few abduction rings of his own.

6:57 PM, February 27, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So what were these reasons that you doubted the U.S. was using the correct alias (Abu Ayyub)?

And if you can briefly explain why you support the crusaders, because you never answered my email

Isn't it basically true that the U.S. attacked Iraq on a false pretext, and now their excuse for indefinite occupation is that there is resistance?

Well duh, of course there's going to be resistance to an occupation that even the occupier himself admits was unjust.

7:05 PM, February 27, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Disgraced Minister of Health?

Shut the hell up. How is the minister of health disgraced? And he isn't involved in any abduction rings.

This woman was a Sunni from the Al Janab tribe. Not the Al Shimmar that is mixed.

7:18 PM, February 27, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Shut the hell up"? Thank you for that eloquent and compelling argument, you've really made me see the error of my ways. I suggest you keep your insults to yourself and take a closer look at exactly what is going on at the Iraqi Ministry of Health. Watch that space.
I couldn't care less who that woman is or whether she is Sunni or Shi'a - she is a liar and fraud and an absolute disgrace. In that regard, she is in good company with Mr Al-Shimmeri.

9:50 PM, February 27, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Shut the hell up. How is the minister of health disgraced?"

He disgraced himself and his tribe the minute he became involved in siphoning off funds from the MoH, controlling gangs that sell corpses to their families for $2000 a pop and kindapping/killing any potential whistleblower (Mahdawi et al).

Btw, nice job with the "shut the hell up", your parents did a good job bringing you up and schooling you in manners and decorum.

12:58 AM, March 01, 2007

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's so disturbing that some people dismiss the rape issue so easily, I just wish this sort of thing not dealt with as a sunni was raped by shiaa so all the shiaa and pro americans will dismiss it and sunnis will mourn it and kill shiaa for it, it's a woman that might be raped by several men, should be investigated properly not dismissed by people live 1000s of miles away from iraq, very sad

7:47 AM, March 09, 2007

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