Skip to comments.Zarqawi: We will fight 'Until Islamic rule is back on Earth'
Posted on 06/24/2004 3:30:33 AM PDT by Mark Felton
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) A recording purportedly made by the mastermind of bombings and beheadings in Iraq threatened to assassinate Iraq's interim prime minister and fight the Americans "until Islamic rule is back on Earth."
The audio, found Wednesday on an Islamic Web site, is supposedly from Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the same Jordanian-born terrorist whose group claimed responsibility for the beheading of American hostage Nicholas Berg and Kim Sun-il, a South Korean whose decapitated body was found Tuesday evening between Baghdad and Fallujah. South Koreans reacted with sorrow and anger to Kim's beheading Wednesday, with President Roh Moo-hyun calling it a "crime against humanity."
After the slaying, U.S. forces launched an airstrike on what the Americans said was an al-Zarqawi hideout in Fallujah. Three people were killed and nine wounded, said Dr. Loai Ali Zeidan at Fallujah Hospital. It was the second U.S. airstrike on Fallujah since Saturday.
"In both cases we believe we hit significant numbers of al-Zarqawi lieutenants and al-Zarqawi fighters," said Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the coalition's deputy operations chief. The airstrikes also destroyed large ammunition stores, Kimmitt said Wednesday in an interview with Associated Press Television News.
Kim's body was found two days after he appeared on a videotape broadcast by Al-Jazeera television, pleading "I don't want to die" and begging his government to pull its soldiers out of Iraq.
South Korea refused and said it would go ahead with plans to send another 3,000 forces here by August, which will make it the third-largest troop contributor after the United States and Britain.
"When we think of his desperate appeals for life, our hearts are wrenched with grief," Roh said Wednesday in a national television address.
In the audiotape, the speaker thought to be al-Zarqawi told Iraq's interim prime minister, Iyad Allawi, that "we will continue the game with you until the end." The speaker said "we will not get bored" until "we make you drink from the same glass" as Izzadine Saleem, the Iraqi Governing Council president killed last month in a car-bombing claimed by al-Zarqawi's group.
"We will carry on our jihad against the Western infidel and the Arab apostate until Islamic rule is back on Earth," the voice said.
An official with Allawi's office dismissed the threat, saying it would not derail the transfer of sovereignty next week. Click for larger view.
Elsewhere, a roadside bomb exploded near Baghdad's Kindi Hospital on Wednesday, killing a policeman who was handling the bomb and a mother and her child who were riding in a taxi, Iraqi police said. Another man, his shirt off, was seen being led away in handcuffs.
In Ramadi, an insurgent stronghold 60 miles west of Baghdad, gunmen killed two policemen and wounded a third in a drive-by shooting, witnesses said.
A roadside bomb also exploded as an Iraqi National Guard patrol passed in the northern city of Mosul, killing one Iraqi soldier and wounding four others, the U.S. military said.
The beheading of Kim, 33, who worked for a South Korean company providing supplies to U.S. forces, stunned South Korea and prompted the Seoul government to order all nonessential civilians to leave Iraq as soon as possible.
Late Tuesday, the Arabic language satellite television channel Al-Jazeera broadcast a videotape of a terrified Kim kneeling, blindfolded and wearing an orange jumpsuit similar to those issued to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Kim's shoulders were heaving, his mouth open and moving as if he were gulping air and sobbing. Five hooded and armed men stood behind him, one with a big knife slipped in his belt.
One of the masked men read a statement addressed to the Korean people: "This is what your hands have committed. Your army has not come here for the sake of Iraqis, but for cursed America." South Korea is a U.S. ally in Iraq.
Al-Jazeera did not show the actual beheading, saying it was too graphic.
American troops found Kim's body between Baghdad and Fallujah about 5:20 p.m. Iraq time, South Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman Shin Bong-kil said. The body was identified by a photograph sent by e-mail to the South Korean embassy.
The killing and kidnapping was claimed by Al-Zarqawi's group, Monotheism and Jihad.
The grisly killing was reminiscent of the decapitation of Berg and of American helicopter technician Paul M. Johnson Jr., 49, who was beheaded by al-Qaida militants in Saudi Arabia. An al-Qaida group claiming responsibility posted an Internet message that showed photographs of Johnson's severed head.
Also Tuesday, two American soldiers were killed and another wounded in an attack on a convoy near Balad, 50 miles north of Baghdad. The dean of the University of Mosul law school was murdered in another attack against the country's intellectual elite. Gunmen also killed two Iraqi women working as translators for British forces in Basra, Iraqi officials said.
In other developments Wednesday:
Iraqi engineers said they had resumed pumping crude oil through an export pipeline between northern Iraq and Turkey that was attacked last month. Officials with the State Oil Marketing Organization said they were unaware the pipeline was back up.
Top followers of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr rejected an invitation to join a national conference that will select a council to advise Iraq's interim government.
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Fighting a PC war against the terrorists is an assured losing situation.
No matter how many piles of superior weaponry and armies we have, unless and until we use them against this barbarous horde, they will win. They already won Fallujah and al-Sadr is still running his militia and more civilians are being beheaded.
This war is a war for civilizaiton. We better start treating it as such. Barbarous hordes have defeated other 'great' civilizations in human history. We need to take notice.
"the mastermind of bombings and beheadings in Iraq threatened to assassinate Iraq's interim prime minister and fight the Americans 'until Islamic rule is back on Earth.'"...and imagine the bombings, beheadings, and assassinations if that happened!
Fighting--Fighting ??? all it looks like he's doing is hiding.
Zarqawi: We will fight 'Until Islamic rule is back on Earth'
Bring it on sweet cheeks.
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"A recording purportedly made by the mastermind of bombings and beheadings in Iraq threatened to assassinate Iraq's interim prime minister and fight the Americans "until Islamic rule is back on Earth."
That means he struggled with them, spit in their faces and fought back--just like the Italian Quattrochi.
Pardon my ignorance. When in history did islam ever rule the earth in the first place? Please tell me.
Damned bunch of savages. Take your allah and your damn stupid "religion(?)" and Put it where the sun don't shine!
That will happen when your mother sprouts wings and flies:
Those within the United States who are PC bent will have their throat's slashed by their "peace loving" Islamic friends. This is a time in history that will show change of Biblical proportions. There is no modern example of this world shift for anyone to use as a precedent. We are at a crossroads the likes of which have not been seen in over 50 years.
Mr. Bush, please pick up the courtesy phone.
Bingo. We are all here at this place and time for a purpose. Stay focused.
You can't negotiate with fundementalists.
Islamic rule is such a gold standard, works so well throughout the globe. Why, America's greatest adversary is... um, who is it again? Who equals America? Anyone?
This will take a paradigm shift within this country that will probably take a decade or so. Of course, there are many within this country who would rather go down with the Titanic than to fight any danger to the USA.
Life was much simpler in the 60's. Are we being over cautious, I don't think so.
I now have a re-enforced understanding of many truths about the Crusades, and why we either fight them again in crushing manner now...or get our heads sawn off and watch our children blown up and our families in constant terror.
Fight them over in the Middle East I say, but, instead of fighting them, crush the devil out of them and spare OUR men and women of the military in PC-lunacy.
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