Armed Vanguards of Mohammad's Second Army
The mission of Armed Vanguards of Mohammad's Second Army is to wage holy war on Coalition Forces in order to force the "foreigners" from their land. The extremist group vowed to fight any Muslim or Arab that cooperates with the U.S.-led reconstruction effort, including the 25- members of the Iraqi Governing Council.
The Armed Vanguards were an unknown group, until it claimed responsibility for the 19 August 2003 attack on the U.N. Headquarters in Baghdad. In its 22 August 2003 statement, the Ramadi-based group said it was responsible for the blast that killed at least 23 people and wounded at least 100. Their two-page statement to Al-Arabiya television station not only stated that the organization was behind the attack, but also defined its continuing mission as being to drive every foreigner from Iraq, most especially Coalition Forces.
According to the statement, the group swore to "continue to fight every foreigner until ... victory or martyrdom" and to "make the Americans regret their occupation of Mohammed's land,". The group also vowed to "carry out similar attacks against the agent Governing Council and all coalition forces".
The group was also critical of the U.N. for its alleged support of the U.S-British invasion and occupation of Iraq. The militants condemned the U.N. for its lack of support for the Iraqi civilians during the war.
The Armed Vanguards only sought to fight Coalition Forces in Iraq, but also to wage a global jihad against all U.S. forces and their supporters, as it hoped that its operations would "God willing, reach America and Britain themselves."
U.S. intelligence officials have neither confirmed nor denied the group's involvement in the 19 August 2003 blast on the U.N. Headquarters in Baghdad.
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