Iraq Sahwa conference leader Sheikh Ahmed Abu Reesha warned Monday (February 4th) of al-Qaeda's return to Anbar province under new names, and urged citizens to reject armed groups regardless of their names or slogans.
Speaking to demonstrators in Ramadi, Abu Reesha said, "The demonstrations must be peaceful, and will remain peaceful, to demand constitutional rights."
"Countries make progress when governments allow people to demonstrate and criticise them," he said. "However, there are attempts by terrorists, particularly al-Qaeda, to exploit these demonstrations to return to Anbar under different names and titles."
"Therefore, demonstrators and citizens in general must beware and refuse to co-operate with any armed group regardless of its slogan, and continue to co-operate with the constitutional regular forces," he said.
Abu Reesha praised the committees formed by youth groups to supervise demonstrations in Anbar, monitoring gunmen or wanted people and reporting them to the authorities.