Speaking days before today’s scheduled arrival of new Australian troops in Iraq, Sheik Muhnad Al Garayi said Australian troops, such as the Americans and the British, were not welcome.
Sheik Muhnad Al Garayi was quoted as saying,
"We are a peaceful people, but if someone touches us, we will strike back, we will kill them if we have to."
"It is incomprehensible to us. I would like to ask the Australian people ‘what is the reason for your troops to come over here?’ We have our own police, our militia. We are from this moment looking at the Australians as occupying troops and the Australian people . . . as a victim of the American and British strategy. What is the difference between an American pulling the trigger to shoot someone and an Australian holding the body while the murder is done? It is all part of the same crime. To help the invader kill people in their own homes, in their own country, is criminal."