ISI Refutes Arrest of Its Fighters

Jihadist Forum Monitor – 15 October 2010

On 15 October 2010, a communiqué – also dated 15 October 2010 – from the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI) was released onto jihadist forums refuting claims from Iraqi authorities that they had arrested two of the main perpetrators behind a series of attacks in Baghdad.  The ISI does not provide further details or dates of the attacks or alleged arrests, however Iraqi media sources reported the arrest of two suspected insurgents as a result of security camera footage that showed the men setting fire to dead soldiers and planting the ISI’s flag at the end of July 2010.

The communique follows the release of an operations report released by the ISI on 13 October 2010 detailing 21 attacks carried out by the group in Diyala province from 4 to 30 Ramadan 1431, which covers the period of 14 August to 9 September 2010. 

Most of the attacks targeted members of the Iraqi security forces, however there were also attacks against members of Iraq’s Awakening Councils, as well as an attack targeting the provincial governor of Diyala and his convoy in the Ba’quba Jadeeda area.  There are no exact casualty figures for all of the operations listed.

The ISI also released a recruitment video on 10 October 2010 urging Muslims to travel to Iraq to join the ISI and wage jihad.