The Twentieth Revolution Brigades [Kata’ab Thawrat al-Eishreen], nee Islamic Jihad, and its relative group, Hamas of Iraq, separately claimed responsibility for the downing of American helicopters in the area of al-Fadl, Baghdad, in communiqués issued to jihadist forums today, Tuesday, April 10, 2007. Both attacks occurred today. The Twentieth Revolution Brigades state that a helicopter was downed after “violent clashes” with American forces, allegedly killing ten. And in their message, Hamas of Iraq claims its Islamic Conquest Brigade downed one Apache helicopter and struck another in the same area.
It is interesting to note that the Islamic State of Iraq issued their own claim today for downing two American Apache helicopters, one in Sheikh Omar, and the other in al-Fadl. Their message also states that another Apache was struck in al-Fadl during confrontations with the enemy.
Hamas of Iraq also issued yesterday a fifty-four second video that depicts the detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED) on an American troop transportation vehicle in Baghdad. According to a message introducing the video, the attack was executed by Mujahideen from the “Yahya Ayyash Brigade”, which bears the namesake of a chief bomb maker of Hamas who was killed in 1996.
The original Twentieth Revolution Brigades [Kata’ab Thawrat al-Eishreen] announced in a statement issued to its website and jihadist forums on Sunday, March 18, 2007, that it had dissolved into two new brigades, Islamic Conquest and Islamic Jihad. Islamic Conquest became Hamas of Iraq and is the name chosen for its military wing. Islamic Jihad took over the name Twentieth Revolution Brigades, promising to uphold its jihadi inheritance.
The video and a translation of the three messages are provided to our Intel Service members.