Iraqi al-Qaeda Group to Track Down 'Traitors'

Islamic State of Iraq vows to kill those who align with US
By Kate Schwartz,  Newser User
Posted Sep 15, 2007 11:31 AM CDT
Lt. Gen, Raymond Odierno, second from right, the second in command in Iraq, arrives at the funeral of Sheik Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, founder of Anbar Awakening, in Iraq's Anbar province in the provincial...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Thursday's assassination of a Sunni tribal leader was the first in what an al-Qaeda front group warns will be the fate of all who cooperate with the US, reports the AP. The Islamic State of Iraq announced on Islamist websites that "special security committees" will track down "traitors" who support the Shiite-led government.

The group claimed responsibility for the assassination of Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, who led the anti-al-Qaeda uprising in Anbar, the center of the Sunni insurgency until the dramatic turnaround by the local sheiks. It separately announced a new offensive during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in honor of the founder of al-Qaeda in Iraq, killed last year.