posted on Jun, 14 2005 @ 12:41 PM
DUBAI (Reuters) - Iraq's al Qaeda vowed to kill anyone negotiating with the U.S.-backed Iraqi government in a Web statement on Tuesday, a sign
the group was worried about possible divisions among its Sunni Muslim allies.
The group led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was responding to what it said were reports that tribal leaders in Iraq's third-largest city Mosul,
the scene of frequent outbreaks of guerrilla violence, were seeking talks.
"Liars claim that the sheikhs of tribes in Mosul plan to hand over mujahideen (holy fighters) and assist the crusaders and apostates, and we do not
know which tribes or sheikhs they speak of," the Sunni Muslim group said.
"We will impose God's punishment on anyone who stands by the crusaders or becomes their ally or supports them. The righteous swords are unsheathed
and hunger for blood," it said in a statement posted on an Islamist Web site.
The Iraqi government said on Sunday some rebels had approached it looking for peace terms but gave no details of who had made contact.
Zarqawi issued a similar warning in an audio tape attributed to him in April, referring to reports that U.S. and Iraqi officials had offered to
negotiate with some militants.
im suprise Zarqawi even think negotiating was possible, that means he knows it could actually happen and thats why he made this statement for this