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Excerpts: Zarqawi message
Excerpts from a video message from a man whom intelligence agencies believe to be the Iraqi insurgency's most wanted leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

My dear nation! I am talking to you, free of any wrong, hoping to find in you listening ears and open minds. Rest assured that the leader does not lie to his people.

When the Crusader enemy invaded Iraq, the intentions were to control the Islamic nation, and enable the Zionist entity to prevail from the Nile to the Euphrates.

But God enabled your mujahideen children to stand facing the fiercest crusader campaign creeping on the land of Islam.

They spent their life savings, dedicated their time, sacrificed their souls and honour... for nothing but to defend this nation

They stood facing that invasion for a period of three years or a bit longer, and gave in that period the most valuable and most precious, sacrificing their souls and their possessions...

They spent their life savings, dedicated their time, sacrificed their souls and honour, and shouldered the fiercest attacks militarily, economically, and on the media front for nothing but to defend this nation, its religion, its men and women, and their honour.

'Malicious crusaders'

Here are your soldiers: by the grace and bounty of the Exalted Almighty they carry out raid after raid, attack after attack, and hold the initiative in the battle field. Without the escalating and collaborated media blackout, you would have seen wonders...

Without their standing, Iraq would have fallen prey to malicious crusaders and treacherous rejectionists [a derogatory term for the Shia], and the women of the Sunni people would have become prisoners, serving as mistresses in the arms of the malicious crusaders and rejectionists...

Zarqawi in new video
Why do not you tell them that your soldiers are continuously committing suicide?

To the American administration, and at its head the Crusader Bush, and those who surround him from the Jews, the crusaders, the rejectionists, the apostates and others, we say: you will not lead a life of ease in the land of Islam...

Our emir and leader, Sheikh Osama, may God protect him, offered you a long-lasting truce that is good for you and those surrounding you; but your arrogance and haughtiness prevented you from accepting the offer...

Why do not you tell the truth about your soldiers and that their fighting will is rather weak, so that your people will know the truth about this war?

Why do not you tell them that your soldiers are continuously committing suicide? Why do not you tell them that your soldiers cannot sleep without taking drugs and hallucination pills and that those pills make them lose their mind to allow your evangelical-Zionist war generals to drag them into the slaughter house?

Why do not you tell them about the mass desertion and revolt is growing among the ranks of your soldiers?

'Sharp sword'

This rotten play of democracy that you brought with you to the Land of the Two Rivers after you have seduced people by the claims of freedom, happiness and financial and spiritual easiness is gone with the wing and left forever, God willing...

They have nothing from us but the sharp sword, and between us and them time and events whose horrors will turn young boys' hair grey

We believe that any government that is formed in Iraq now regardless of who its members are, whether they are from the malicious rejectionists, the secularist Kurdish Zionists, or the collaborators that are falsely considered Sunnis, is a government that is an agent, collaborating, and allied with the crusaders...

We, therefore, repeat our call and warning to all who seek to establish and to deploy the police and army created to execute the occupiers' plans and to implement a law other than that of God, Lord of the universe. Beware of those who will join such agent forces.

By God, they have nothing from us but the sharp sword, and between us and them time and events whose horrors will turn young boys' hair grey...




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