Iraq's al-Qaida pledges support to Zawahri, vows attacks

By REUTERS
May 9, 2011 17:30

BAGHDAD - An al-Qaida-linked militant group in Iraq pledged support to the organisation's second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, and vowed more revenge attacks for the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of US forces in Pakistan.

In a statement posted on an Islamist website forum on Monday, the caliph of the Islamic State of Iraq (ISC), Abu Baker al-Baghdadi al-Husseini al-Qurashi, mourned bin Laden's death.

"I tell our brothers in al-Qaida organisation and on the top of them Sheikh Mujahid Ayman al-Zawahri ... be merry, you have faithful men in the Islamic State of Iraq who are following the right path and will not quit or be forced out," he said in the statement.

"I swear by God, blood for blood and destruction for destruction," he said in a clear reference to revenge attacks for bin Laden's death.


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