Saturday, December 23, 2006

Insurgents offer U.S. 30-day truce for withdrawal

KBCI-TV reported The purported leader of an al-Qaida-linked militant group offered U.S. troops a one-month truce for withdrawing from Iraq without being attacked, according to a speech posted on an Islamic Web site Friday.

Don't count on it.
The leader of Islamic State of Iraq, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, also called on former officers in Saddam Hussein's disbanded army to join his militia, promising to provide them with a salary and house so long as they could recite three ''suras,'' or groups of verses, of the Quran.
To get the house, all you have to do is oick the one you want, and kill it's current occupants.
The 20-minute audio tape appeared on an Islamic Web site known for displaying militant groups' statements. In Washington, a senior U.S. intelligence official said the CIA was reviewing the tape to determine its authenticity. The ''Islamic State of Iraq'' declared itself in October. It is believed to be an umbrella group for militant organizations, including al-Qaida in Iraq. Addressing the United States, al-Baghdadi said: ''We order you to withdrew your troops immediately, using troop carriers and aircraft, and taking only your personal weapons. Don't withdraw any heavy weapons.
We want them for war booty. And to protect us from Iran.
Instead you should hand over those and your military bases to the holy warriors of the Islamic State.''

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