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Al-Qaeda in Iraq has 12,000 fighters: chief

The head of Al-Qaeda’s Iraq branch, Abu Hamza al-Muhajer, has said he has mobilized 12,000 fighters for a self-styled “Islamic state of Iraq,” in an audio message posted on the Internet. “I tell the commander of the faithful, the honorable Sheikh Abu Omar al-Baghdadi: I have put 12,000 Al-Qaeda fighters at the disposal of the Islamic state of Iraq,” Muhajer said on Friday, pledging allegiance to the emir of the “state” proclaimed last month. Full Story

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