The Islamic State in Iraq took credit today for killing pro-Iraqi Sunni leader Abu Risha calling the death of the tribal leader a “heroic operation.”
Mourners at the popular Sunni leader’s funeral shouted “Al Qaeda is the enemy of Allah!”. They vowed to take revenge on the Islamic terrorists for killing their young leader.
Abu Risha was buried beside his father and brother, both victims of Iraq’s sectarian conflict.
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Men carry the coffin of Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, a Sunni Arab tribal leader and his bodyguards, who were killed by a roadside bomb attack on Thursday, during a funeral in Ramadi, 60 miles west of Baghdad, on September 14, 2007. (Stringer/Reuters)
The BBC reported:
Sunni Arab tribesmen have vowed revenge for the killing of a leader who had become a focal point for opposition to al-Qaeda in Iraq.
More than 1,500 mourners attended the funeral of Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, who was killed in a bomb attack in the city of Ramadi, Anbar province, on Thursday.
Al-Qaeda in Iraq said later in an internet statement that it had carried out the attack.
Iraq’s national security adviser, interior minister and defence minister all attended the funeral in Ramadi, along with the second-in-command of US forces in Iraq, Lt-Gen Raymond Odierno.
The procession was guarded by scores of Iraqi police and US military personnel.
Mourners chanted “We will take our revenge” and “There is no God but Allah and al-Qaeda is the enemy of Allah” as the procession continued to the family cemetery.
Ahmed Abu Risha has been named as the tribal group’s new leader after the death of his brother.
Sunni Arab tribal leader Abdul Sattar Abu Risha attends a meeting of the Anbar Salvation Conference in Ramadi, 60 miles west of Baghdad, August 16, 2007. Sunni Arab Iraqis and U.S. forces in Anbar province vowed on Friday to keep fighting al Qaeda after Risha’s assassination. (Mohanned Faisal/Reuters)
The Sunni leader’s brother promised to avenge the death of Abu Risha:
Ahmed Abu Risha, the dead leader’s older brother, said he would continue his work, the Los Angeles Times reported. “We are going to continue our fight and avenge his death,” he said.
AJ Strata has more thoughts on the death of this heroic Iraqi Sunni leader.
Meanwhile- Sick liberals attack the dead Sunni leader simply because he was photgraphed with Bush.
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