Abu Musab al-Zarqawi continues to taunt the Iraqi community in a tape released today on the Internet. In the tape Zarqawi threatens violence on Election Day January 30, 2005, and declared a "bitter war". He has called anyone who votes in the country an "infidel" and is encouraging the Sunni minority to fight against the elections. This is a definite attempt to incite a civil war in the country by the terrorist leader of the group al-Qaeda in Iraq
"We have declared a bitter war against the principle of democracy and all those who seek to enact it," a speaker identified as Zarqawi said in an audio tape on the Internet on Sunday.
"Candidates in elections are seeking to become demi-gods while those who vote for them are infidels. And with God as my witness, I have informed them (of our intentions)," he said.
"Oh people of Iraq, where is your honour? Have you accepted oppression of the crusader harlots ... and the rejectionist pigs?" he said on the audio tape.
The latest tape included a tirade against democracy, which the speaker described as fundamentally un-Islamic and a "lie" the United States was using to brainwash Muslims.
Zarqawi also released a tape January 21, 2005
where he warned his followers a victory in Iraq could take years. There were rumors going around January 4, 2005 that Zarqawi had been captured
and again yesterday
because of vague statements by the Iraqi interior minister on his capture. I'm sure the releasing of the tapes is three-fold. First there is the need to prove he hasn't been captured. Second, he wants to make statements right before the election that could incite a revolt against the elections. The third is this may be their last stand. With the people in Iraq making their choice and their country implementing their own security forces over the coming months, Zarqawi simply cannot keep up with the growing numbers against him. His only choice is to hope that some in the country will join him so that he can keep up with the mounting force against him.
The U.S. still has a $25 million reward on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, but there has been no one that has come forward so far. Yesterday, two Iraqi truck drivers were beheaded by al-Zarqawi's group for working with a firm that transported to U.S. bases and there was a bold daytime capture and beheading of a police officer in the streets of Ramadi.
For more on Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, see the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi category list of stories on Diggers Realm.
Crossposted to Backcountry Conservative and The Command Post