A top Al-Qaeda leader in Saudi Arabia, stated in an online statement on an Extreme Islamic website that Al-Qaeda is assisting the Resistance Fighters
in Iraq. Abdul-Mohsin al-Moqrin also called for all Saudis and Muslims to take part in militant operations against the US and Coalition forces to
drive them out of Arab lands.
Al-Qaida Helping Anti-U.S. Fighters in Iraq, Top Leader Says in Internet Statement
"By our jihad in the Arab peninsula, we are serving Iraq's cause and helping the mujahedeen (fighters) there, whom we are in close contact with,"
he said. "There is mutual support between the two of us and we are working on confusing the American enemy."
"Muslims should realize that jihad in this country - to apply sharia (Islamic law) and expel occupying Crusaders - is a duty for all able ones," the
He said al-Qaida relies on independent cells who function without "organizational cohesion" to carry out its goals, following the group's example
and books and periodicals on how to carry out militant operations.
As an example, he praised one cell for a May 1 attack in the western Saudi city of Yanbu that killed five Westerners and a Saudi.
"The Yanbu Cell that implemented the heroic successful operation this month is one of the best examples of what is required," the statement said.
[Edited on 5-14-2004 by worldwatcher]