Glorying in the killings (the paper says “Fallujah the cemetary of Americans”) (AFP)
The old mass murderer would be proud: a group bearing his name has claimed responsibility for the Fallujah killings of American civilians. From AFP:
A previously unknown group claimed the gruesome killing of four US contractors in Fallujah, western Iraq, in revenge for Israel’s assassination of Hamas leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin.
“This is a gift from the people of Fallujah to the people of Palestine and the family of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin who was assassinated by the criminal Zionists,” said in the statement from the “Brigades of Martyr Ahmed Yassin.”
“We advise the US forces to withdraw from Iraq and we advise the families of the American soldiers and the contractors not to come to Iraq,” said the statement obtained by AFP.
The statement, entitled “Fallujah, the graveyard of the Americans,” claimed the group’s fighters killed “members of the Central Intelligence Agency and the Zionist Mossad,” referring to Israel’s intelligence agency.
It said the “blind violence” of Fallujah residents resulted from an increasing hatred of the Americans and was also in response to the “US aggression, raids on mosques and homes, the arrests, the torture of clerics and the terrorizing of women and children.”
Yassin, the spiritual leader of the hardline Palestinian militant group, was killed last month in an Israeli air strike as he left a Gaza City mosque.
The four US security contractors were killed in an ambush in Fallujah on Wednesday as they were escorting a truck carrying food supplies to a nearby military base.
Two of their charred bodies were then dismembered and paraded by angry residents.