- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 5, 2005

Iraqi terrorists are sending death threats to expatriate workers and their families by e-mail, leading at least one electricity project worker to quit his high-paying job in Iraq and return home.

U.S. intelligence officials are investigating the incidents, but have been unable to trace the origins of the e-mails, a Baghdad-based security specialist said.

An e-mail sent to an operations manager threatens all those cooperating with the U.S. reconstruction effort, “whatever be their nationality,” and warns that all staff “and their families will be our target.”

“We have many intelligent people who are working with us in all sites and even within Iraqi staff who are performing security jobs within American companies in Baghdad,” the e-mail read.

“All you staff movements are under our control. This new strategy will be our route to stop American activities in Iraq,” the message said.

Most of the e-mails appear to have come from overseas Internet cafes with free mail accounts. The only common feature so far appears to be that all the computers were serviced by Iraqi nationals, said the security specialist, who declined to be identified.

None of the e-mails came with attachments. They were sent to valid e-mail addresses and did not trip any fire walls.

The electronic warnings have increased the threat levels to expatriate workers in Iraq, who already face daily bombings, kidnappings and arms fire.

For some, even the hefty pay packet is no longer worth it. At least two persons have resigned because of the threats.

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