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Two dead in Kirkuk as ''Zarqawi'' slams Muslim scholars
Gunmen in the northern city of Kirkuk attacked Iraqi National Guard forces, killing one soldier and a civilian in the drive-by shooting, the US military said Wednesday. The attackers fired from their car on Iraqi forces helping a civilian with his vehicle, the military said in a statement, cited by The AP. Another Iraqi guardsman suffered injuries in the incident.
Meanwhile, an audiotape purportedly made by Jordanian activist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi lashed out Wednesday at Muslim scholars for not speaking out against U.S. actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, stating they have "let us down in the darkest circumstances."
"You have let us down in the darkest circumstances and handed us over to the enemy... You have quit supporting the mujahedeen," he said. "Hundreds of thousands of the nation's sons are being slaughtered at the hands of the infidels because of your silence."
"You made peace with the tyranny and handed over the countries and the people to the Jews and Crusaders. ... when you resort to silence on their crimes, when you refused to hold the banners of Jihad and Tawhid, and when you prevented youth from heading to the battlefields in order to defend the religion," he said.
"Instead of implementing God's orders, you chose your safety and preferred your money and sons. You left the mujahadeen facing the strongest power in the world," he said. "Are not your hearts shaken by the scenes of your brothers being surrounded and hurt by your enemy?" (albawaba.com)