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Iraq's "Salvation Movement"


Al-Arabiya is reportedly running a video from an Iraqi group that is threatening to kill Abu Musab al-Zarqawi "if he [does] not immediately leave the country, accusing him of murdering innocent Iraqis and defiling the Muslim religion." The group calls itself the "Salvation Movement," and its spokesman speaks in an Iraqi accent. The Zarqawi tapes, which threaten or display beheadings, feature statements in a Jordanian accent.

"He must leave Iraq immediately, he and his followers and everyone who gives shelter to him and his criminal actions," says a masked figure on the "Salvation Movement" tape. "We swear to Allah that we have started preparing … to capture him and his allies or kill them and present them as gift to our people." the man said. "This is the last warning. If you don't stop, we will do to you what the coalition forces have failed to do."

According to the story, "The threats revealed the deep anger many Iraqis, including insurgent groups, feel toward foreign fighters, whom many consider as illegitimate a presence here as the 160,000 U.S. and other coalition troops."