Departing from fiery Islamic slogans, Iraqi guerrillas have launched a propaganda campaign with an English-language video urging U.S. troops to lay down their weapons and seek refuge in mosques and homes.
The video, narrated in fluent English by what sounded like an Iraqi educated in the United States or Britain, also mocked the U.S. president’s challenge to rebels in the early days of the insurgency to ‘bring it on’.
“George W. Bush; you have asked us to ‘bring it on’. And so help me, (we will) like you never expected. Do you have another challenge?,” asked the narrator before the video showed explosions around a U.S. military Humvee vehicle.
A masked guerrilla from an unknown group called the Islamic Jihad Army, eschewing past impassioned Arabic-language threats of holy war, told U.S. soldiers: “This is not your war, nor are you fighting for a true cause in Iraq.”
“To the American soldiers we say you can also choose to fight tyranny with us. Lay down your weapons and seek refuge in our mosques, churches and homes. We will protect you,” he said.
“We have not crossed the oceans and seas to occupy Britain or the U.S. nor are we responsible for 9/11. These are only a few of these lies that these criminals present to cover their true plans,” said the narrator, apparently referring to the Bush administration’s assertion of a link between Saddam Hussein and those attacks.
A masked speaker with a machine gun beside him delivered his message to triumphant music with the ring of U.S. military propaganda films during World War Two.
He said the enemy was on the run as the video showed guerrillas firing on U.S. convoys, standing beside the corpse of an American soldier, or loading a large shell for an attack.