Schlagwort-Archive: province

Al-Qaida in Iraq Releases „Spring Of Al-Anbar“

by Florian Flade

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U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq used to call the Al-Anbar Province the „Wild West“ of the country. A desert region reaching from central Iraq all the way to the Syrian, Jordanian and the Saudi-Arabian border, ruled by local Sunni tribes, huge family clans with ties to the surrounding countries. After the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 Al-Anbar became a hotspot of the insurgency. Various local groups, armed militias as well as foreign fighters allied to Al-Qaida were present in Al-Anbar, turning the province in one of the most dangerous places for U.S. troops and their Iraqi allies.

A new propaganda video released by „Al-Furqaan“, the media wing of the „Islamic State of Iraq“ (ISI) (which is de facto Al-Qaida) sets focus on Al-Anbar and the Jihadi activities there. Titled „The Spring of Al-Anbar“, the new video shows Al-Qaida fighters training in the Iraqi desert, carrying out attacks on convoys and barracks U.S. and Iraqi troops and patrolling the streets of the Al-Anbar towns and villages.

Among other militants the video features a high-ranking Al-Qaida commander named „Sheikh Abu Muhammad al-Adnani“ and two suicide bombers named „Abu Usama al-Ansari“ and „Abu Jafar al-Ansari“.

Al-Qaida´s message is clear: the Mujahidin of the organization are still present in the province, still fighting Jihad and still causing harm to coalition forces and the Iraqi troops as well as the Sunni militias who have formed the so-called „Awakening Council“ (basically U.S. paid militias to fight Al-Qaida).

Taliban Release Video Of Canadian Hostage

by Florian Flade


The Afghan Taliban have released a hostage video of Canadian national Colin Mackenzie Rutherford . In the short tape Mr.Rutherford, who was kidnapped in the Afghan Province of Ghazni in October 2010, answers questions from one of the hostage takers – asked in English.

Here is a short excerpt of the Q&A:

Age?

„26“

Nationality?

„My nationality is Canadian“

What is your religion?

„I don´t have a religion. I´m a agnostic“

How much of education have you done?

„4 years“

What degree?

„Science“

Have you worked for the government?

„No“

„I´m from Canada and I came as a tourist.“

„I came to Afghanistan in October“

„First Kabul“

Areas you visited?

„I spent touring Kabul and then I went to Ghazni the next day.“

Why?

„Tourism“

When did you come to Ghazni?

„I came to Ghazni three days after I reached Kabul“

When apprehended?

„I was apprehended on the 2nd day after arriving in Ghazni“

How were you treated by the Taliban?

„I was treated humanly“

Colin Rutherford allegedly came to Afghanistan as a tourist and according to Canadian authorities was in the area where he was kidnapped to study the local language.