Disturbing audio message from al Qaeda leader in Iraq: WMDs vs. US Troops sought

29 September 2006: A new and disturbing audio message from al-Qaeda’s leader in Iraq, Abu Ayyoub al-Masri, (a/k/a Abu Hamza al-Muhajer ) was secured from a web site commonly used to disseminate such messages early yesterday by independent analyst Randy Taylor. The audio message, just over 20 minutes in length, features al-Masri asking any scientists, or anyone having specialized knowledge in the areas of nuclear physics and the handling of biological and chemical materials to “join the jihad in Iraq.” al Masri also directed his followers to step up attacks against US troops during the “holy month of Ramadan.”

This request from the top al Qaeda leader further verifies the information provided to the Northeast Intelligence Network by retired AFOSI agent Paul ‘Dave’ Gaubatz of a possible imminent attack against troops in the “Green Zone” in Iraq near the time of the US elections. It also strongly suggests that al Qaeda in Iraq could be in possession of radiological, chemical or biological materials, and underscores their intent to drive US forces out of Iraq.

Abu Ayyoub al-Masri assumed leadership of al Qaeda in Iraq following the July 7, 2006 U.S. air strike that killed terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.