PRESS RELEASE FROM IRAQ:
Translation of the
1st press release given
by Sheikh Abu Iyad the Amir of
the Mujahideen in Baghdad.
The Reality on the Ground!
brothers Assalamualaikum warahmutallahi wabara katuhu,
salutation from Allah I send to all of you.
My brothers I am sorry for the delay in sending this
message to you; in the time when you want to know what's
going on because we were extremely busy in a matter
Allah (swt) knows how much importance is attached to
it. And I realise I have been late in communicating
to you and I want to share this great information, great
news from Iraq-ul-Islam. Indeed it is a great piece
of news, I need to ask you to listen to the message,
read it and contemplate about it because it is going
to be the last message from me that I am able to relay
to you from Aman. After that I will never be able to
send it to you in this way. What has happened is that
all the brothers in Baghdad have been here for the last
30 days. But last week when Sahaaf the Iraqi information
minister last spoke and just after that the two US tanks
entered on that day we sent our delegation the letter
to Aman. From there the message was passed and the reason
why it was sent via this route is because we had previously
arranged to receive people and additional support there.
This is the reason why the communication link is going
to be one-way i.e. from me to the Ummah.
First of all I must carry the salutation of 8000 thousand
Mujahideen in Iraq. (n.b. not the Iraqi army but Mujahideen
who have come voluntarily from Syria, Sudan, Yemen,
Algeria, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Albania, Bosnia
etc) I carry the salutation of the brave who are eager
to meet the enemy to die for the sake of Allah (swt).
Salutation of the soldiers of Allah and the horses of
Islam and salutation from the friends of Allah his Angels
and Gibrael (as) and his wings. I carry for you the
salutation of the riders of the daytime and the worshippers
in the night-time.
In order for me to carry the great news (Busharah);
this Busharah is for those people whose eyes are full
of tears, the tears are shed because they see the people
of the cross in the Muslim land in Dar-ul-Salaam, in
Baghdad, in the cradle of the Abbassi Khilafah. I send
this good news to all those people who have been misled
by the magicians and the majic of the pharaoh of this
time. The magic of pharaoh at the time of Musa (as)
did not deceive the eye of the believer, like Musa (as).
Those tricks of the magicians of today, the jews and
the media, they deceived many Muslims of the world and
defeated them even before the battle has started. By
the almighty Allah, the great lord of the throne, the
situation in Iraq is not the way the jews tried to show
or demonstrate by their own majic. We are going to tell
you the truth from the reality not from hopeful thinking,
not wishes, not dreams nor is it a matter of propaganda.
I will start off by explaining why the Iraqi forces
retreated from Baghdad and from all other cities. This
is not an issue of defending the soldiers of the Baath
Party, as you are all well aware what our stance is
regarding the Baath kufr regime, rather a matter to
purify the truth (Haq) of the situation. All that happened
in this withdrawal was in accordance with our consultation
between the leadership of the Mujahideen and the leadership
of the Iraqi forces. This after the bombing in Baghdad
by the enemy of Allah had intensified to the level that
they themselves started to send bombs each one weighing
10 000 tonnes. A new type of bomb was released one that
compares to small nuclear type bombs over Baghdad. They
(US) used it because it was a new type of bomb that
had not been banned internationally and they dare not
use Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) because they themselves
would not be able to defend themselves against such
weapons. After all this we realise they are going to
persist in bombing, killing and destroying without desiring
to come and fight face to face. After all this we realise
the enemy of Allah in the Pentagon is sitting and they
do not know what to do. Especially when they faced resistance
in Umm Qasr, which is only a small place (consists of
2 roads), and it took them 14 days to take control of
2 small roads. This is not to mention the cities of
Iraq and the big cities of Baghdad. So they (kuffaar)
realised that they need to use very powerful bombs as
a tactic that will weaken the people of Iraq in order
to destroy as much as they can from the infrastructure
of Iraq, to inflict maximum damage on the Iraqi army
and Iraqi people thus leading to an uprising. The shia
who have been trained by the US will fight against the
Iraqi regular army and the kurds from the North and
there will be fighting on the streets between the regular
army, Iraqi army and the Iraqi people whilst the Americans
continue the bombing everywhere. After all this we decided
to adopt the tactics as in Afghanistan.
We cannot fight as a regular army with a cowardly enemy
who doesn't want to engage in land warfare. They have
superiority over us by their airpower therefore the
only way we can fight their regular army with their
air superiority is to lure and engage them in street
to street fighting or a guerrilla war. But there is
no Tora Bora (mountains in Afghanistan) and there are
no mountains in Iraq like the mountains in Afghanistan.
The Mujahideen (Taliban) in Afghanistan retreated from
all the cities one after the other and gave them all
up so the bombing could stop (to save the innocent Muslim
civilians) but the cowards never stopped the bombing
and never came down to meet us. And yet up until now
the Muslims have inflicted maximum damage on them and
they can't even claim victory in Afghanistan.
We decided to use the same technique and the Iraqi
leadership thank Allah accepted our Shura and that showed
us a sign of responsibility from them that they realised
that they could not fight the US as a regular army.
Especially when you are living among your own people
because the kuffaar will destroy you and destroy your
own people so retreat but this will mean you have lost
the war politically. This is the sole reason why we
retreated especially after we found that there are enough
places to be protected in, ones that are much better
than Tora Bora. These are the bunkers and tunnels of
Iraq, they were constructed by the Iraqi forces in 1989
and Alhumdulillah it is good news. The location of these
places is guarded, nobody knows where they are except
a few people in the Iraqi leadership. I can tell you
the good news that all the Mujahideen are going to stay
in the streets. All the Iraqi regular army will go to
the bunkers 150 000 fighters who are extremely loyal
to the regime and with them there is 150 Iraqi air jets
MiG 27 (n.b. none of the media has covered the whereabouts
of these fighter jets) and 2500 Iraqi tanks.
The agreement was that all the forces of Iraq, artillery,
army, intelligence, informers, Republican Guard, Fidaaee
Saddam and all other troops will retreat from their
places, leaving behind them all those weapons that Iraq
manufacturers, and come to the bunkers leaving the cities
for the kuffaar to enter. They informed Al Jazeera (Qatari
based news agency) to declare that the whole city of
Baghdad is empty.
Alhumdulillah we kept with us the young Mujahideen
those who used to be called Fidaaee Saddam (n.b. Fidaaee
means someone who is trained to sacrifice his life for
his cause). With the help of the brothers and the Ulemah
with us they converted them to become Fidaaee Islam;
they have denounced the Baath Party regime, they have
denounced their views on Arab nationalism and declared
the Shahadah accepting the Tawheed (Islamic monotheism)
and declared to die for the sake of Allah and all this
especially when they have been trained to be martyrs.
We will handle the enemy forces and the regular forces
are not used to this type of warfare, they are used
to a different type of fighting. These tunnels are in
3 different areas, I cannot mention their location for
You may doubt about all that has taken place - where
is the Police?, where is the Republican Guard?, where
is the peoples army? that consists of 1 million strong.
He has left the peoples army outside because they are
just militia, the Mujahideen are outside and all they
have taken with them is his Republican Guard and have
left some of the Fidaaee Saddam outside to deal with
any small uprising in the region.
We were aware that there was going to be an uprising
from the kurds, the shia and even the people and that
was what America was gambling on we decided not to give
them this opportunity and this resulted in the war between
us and them.
Oh Muslims the fighters in Iraq they have retreated
and fortified themselves underground militarily and
no enemy of Allah will dare to come there except to
Oh Muslims when the order to vacate all the cities
came to the Iraqi forces, they were deserted when the
American entered and they found no resistance. They
claimed victory and invited all the cameras of the world
to show what was happening to demoralise the army but
they forget that there was no army there to be demoralised.
However this (propaganda) would have affected some of
the people in Iraq so we decided to cut the power supply
(electricity) completely, no communication and there
will be no television that can be seen by the Iraqis.
They demonstrated victoriously and they came out with
all the media whom foolishly, from the arab media and
Muslim media, started to repeat what the kuffaar had
shown which was only one side of the story. You saw
how they demonstrated their hatred and started to motivate
the people to loot, to cause anarchy and to uprise.
Thank Allah there was no Iraqi forces, no Iraqi soldiers,
no Iraqi police in the street otherwise there would
have been fighting and blood up to the knees.
Oh Muslim Ummah Iraq is strong, strong by the Mujahideen
whom are collecting from the land of Iraq artillery,
all the weapons they want, they have the enemy they
wish to meet and inshallah will continue to fight until
either they are victorious or attain martyrdom.
Allah (swt) says: Man has been created and is (in a
state of) hurry
Muhammad (saw) said: Man is always impatient
What you see in Iraq is a military tactic, nothing
more than that and what the media shows is not the truth.
Rather you saw the looting, killing and the uprising
start due to the absence of the Iraqi forces, Iraqi
police and the Mujahideen. All of this was manufactured,
ordered and incited by the approval of the American
forces, to prove or show that there is no system left
(i.e. it has been abolished).
Oh Brothers whosoever wants to come to us there is
no way because our trip is to be the last trip and if
you do so you will be putting your life at risk. There
is no need for you to think about coming now, be patient
wherever you are and prepare yourselves wherever you
are. Until the appropriate time you will join the Mujahideen
inshallah, with full details of how to reach us and
how to enter and after that we will give the notice
to the Mujahideen wherever they are.
In the end we say to you the crusaders did not achieve
any objective, did not achieve what they came for, they
came for the oil and the oil by Allah is under our eyes,
we can see them and we are close to them. And whenever
they start it by Allah we will burn it over their heads
and whatever money they spend to build it we will destroy
The crusaders understand there is a trap and there is
no way for them to go out. We are always able to capture
from them, able to kill from them soldiers. By Allah
we can see them but they cannot see us and we are around
them but they are not able to recognise us. By Allah
we can kill them one after one and we have started to
do this just make the Dua and do not worry about the
weapons; Allah (swt) is with us and we have plenty of
weapons but the victory always comes with Tawakkul and
Oh Brothers beware victory doesn't come until after
hardship. In the Battle of the Trench (Ahzaab) remember
the example of the Trench the Muslims worked hard to
build the trench and the trench was 9km long. They built
it in extremely cold weather conditions in a few days
and that hardship brought victory in the end.
Remember Salahudeen never got victory until after he
fought them and got defeated and he fought them again
and then he defeated them (enemy); remember always that
the fight must depend on Allah and your own efforts.
Don't wait for Sufyani (An evil person who slaughters
women & children but sees Islam being attacked and
defends the Muslims and Islam Allah (swt) gives him
victory but he refuses to repent) and all other Hadiths
talking about Sufyani. Whether Saddam Hussein is Sufyani
is irrelevant and insignificant in fact we Ahluh Sunnah
wal Jammah Muhaditheen consider these Hadith to be Daeef.
Therefore make Dua for us, by Allah the Mujahideen
meet the enemy every day, our operations with your Duas
keep coming to us. With the Maddad of Allah we are able
to hunt them and fight them the way the fox hunts and
fights against the chicken.
We call upon all the Muslims, in particular the ones
in the Arabian Peninsula to be ready, the confrontation
(Ma'ma') is going to start in the Arabian Peninsula.
By Allah we have discovered very rich land and very
cultivated land full of weapons, good for training and
an enemy we can see. So be prepared and be firm the
Jihad will be on your doorstep and remember those days
they are coming, they are going to be long days, they
are going to be very difficult days it needs your Dua.
Let me tell you about some of the nights we could see
them and they couldn't see us.
One of those nights one of the brothers known as Abu
Ahmad Afghani he was sitting and crying so they asked
him why are you crying he said we used to pray to Allah
(swt) that at the time of the Jihad against the Soviet
Union and Russia they used to surround us from all directions
but we could see them and we were waiting for the right
time to start to kill them. I pray to Allah he gives
me the same opportunity again. Where I am sitting in
a place I can see them all moving around me and I am
just waiting for the right time to kill from them. I
wish I can have the same situation inshallah and Allah
grant me to be in the land of Palestine where I will
be in the same situation and have the same opportunity
to fight there. After that he went out from his checkpoint
and he started to reconnaissance and he came back and
he said there are about 40 US patrol guards. The brothers
said what do you think he said lets take them. So we
all gathered together, all of us were happy and made
Takbir amongst ourselves as if we were going to have
a feast. By Allah we went out in an organised way and
when the enemy came we was killing them the way you
kill chicken and slaughtered them one after one. Each
one of us came back with weapons we had taken off the
enemy Alhumdulillah we killed 12, captured 8. Also amongst
them were Sabees as well because we couldn't distinguish
between man and woman from them; Wallahee what a Sabee
Jihad operations there are very good and you heard
about the martyrdom operation in the square of Baghdad.
(n.b. its been reported that this operation was carried
out on the 2nd day after the so called liberation of
Iraq it caused at least 14 US soldiers to die and another
48 were injured).
The next day we went there and there was a very strong
wind Allah (swt) sent upon them (the enemy) a strong
wind because of this they were running away leaving
their artillery and we were able to capture 2 soldiers
and take their own artillery the story continues and
is too long (to mention here).
Inshallah Victory will be soon for the Muslims
Source: Abu Iyad Amir of Mujahideen