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Three militant groups vow to disturb Iraq's elections
www.chinaview.cn 2004-12-31 04:48:09

   BAGHDAD, Dec. 30 (Xinhuanet) -- Three militant groups on Thursdaythreatened to attack Iraqis who will take part in the generalelections due on Jan. 30, 2005, said a statement posted on anIslamic website.

   "We call on faithful Muslims not to participate in this infidelpractice which aims to enact the infidel laws of the crusaders andreplace our great religion with secularism," said the statementsigned by the Army of Ansar al-Sunnah, Islamic Army in Iraq andArmy of the Mujahideen.

   The three groups have claimed responsibility for many attacksagainst the US-led multinational forces and Iraqi governmentalforces as well as several kidnappings and killings.

   "The hands of the mujahideen (holy warriors) will reach, Godwilling, those participating in the elections, the voting centersand those working there," the statement added.

   On Dec. 27, the Qatar-based al-Jazeera television aired an audiotape purportedly from al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden who calledfor a boycott of the polls and for holy war against US forces andthe government in Iraq.  Enditem

 

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