Al-Qaida in Iraq leader urges militants to kill Sunnis helping US

December 23, 2007 01:53


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The leader of al-Qaida in Iraq called on militants in a new audiotape Saturday to kill Sunnis who have joined forces with the US to battle extremists in the war-torn country. The message was posted on the Internet on the final day Eid al-Adha, a four-day religious holiday for Muslims marked by the sacrifice of cows, sheep, goats and bulls. In the 47-minute audiotape, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi called on militants in Iraq to kill members of the Awakening Councils - mostly Sunnis who once fought against the US but have since turned their guns on extremists - instead of slaughtering animals to mark the holiday. "I call on you today to sacrifice ... the apostates of the awakening (councils) because they have become supporters for the cross and stood against the Mujahideen, violating the honor and looting the money," said al-Baghdadi.

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