TEHRAN (FNA)- Al-Qaeda has set up a big training camp in al-Anbar province's Ratabah desert to prepare 2,500 armed men for military operations against the Iraqi people, local officials revealed on Wednesday.
"These people are ready for an armed assault any time," Mazhar al-Molla, a member of al-Anbar provincial council was quoted as saying by the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council's information website.
He called on the Iraqi Army to annihilate them so that the province will get rid of the terrorists completely.
Molla said that the al-Qaeda members in al-Anbar province are equipped with different types of light and heavy weapons.
Relevant media reports also said that Syria's al-Nusra Front has supplied the al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq with chemical weapons.
Al-Nusra Front has claimed responsibility for most of the fatal bombings targeting civilians and government institutions across Syria after the outbreak of the country's crisis in early 2011. Damascus has repeatedly warned of the growing threat of such groups to not only Syria, but the entire region as well.
The terrorist al-Nusra Front has sent chemical weapons to al-Qaeda terrorists in Iraq through the country's al-Anbar province in recent days, the Arabic-language daily al-Bayana al-Jadida quoted informed sources as saying earlier this month.
The newspaper noted that after receiving the weapons from a third party in a regional country, the al-Nusra sent the chemical weapons to their allies in Iraq.
Also, leader of al-Nusra Front, Abu Mohammed al-Jawalani pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda.
Al-Jawalani made the pledge, in an audio message, a day after al-Qaeda in Iraq said the rebel group in Syria is part of its "Islamic state", al-Mayadeen TV reported earlier this month.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of al-Qaeda branch in Iraq, said that "it is time to declare to the Levant and the whole world that al-Nusra Front is not but an extension for the Islamic state of Iraq and part of it".
"We declare the cancelation of the name of Islamic State of Iraq, and the cancelation of the name of al-Nusra Front and combine them under (a) single name which is the Islamic State in Iraq and Levant," al-Baghdadi said in a message posted on the Internet, adding that the leader of the Syrian part of the self-styled state will be a Syrian.