An Iraqi sheik claims Allah sent giant spiders to the town of Fallujah to help its residents fend off attacks by U.S. military forces.
Sheik Mahdi Saleh Al-Sumide’i spoke to Syrian TV on Monday, claiming several Arab television stations videotaped the helpful arachnids.
The interview is featured on the website of the Middle East Media Research Institute TV Monitor Project, or MEMRI TV. The organization translated the conversation into English.
“They [the Americans] attacked Fallujah and tried to cause great damage to its residents,” he explained. “They destroyed mosques and homes, killed women, children and youths, and spread corruption in Fallujah. Nevertheless, we believe that Allah protects the believers, and indeed, Allah stood beside Fallujah, and I’d like to mention some miracles Allah performed in Fallujah. It is possible that the media does not know about them.”
Continued Al-Sumide’i: “The first miracle that occurred in Fallujah took the form of spiders that appeared in the city – each spider larger than this chair, or about the size of this chair. The American soldiers left, holding the legs of this spider, and I too, in one of the Friday sermons, held up a spider, with all its magnitude, in front of the satellite channels and in front of the world. This spider also had thin black hair. If this hair touches the human body, within a short period of time the body becomes black or blue, and then there is an explosion in the blood cells in the human body – and the person dies.”
The sheik’s interviewer then asked about the alleged TV coverage: “The people saw it, but the TV stations did not air it?”
Responded Al-Sumide’i: “The people saw it and the TV stations indeed aired it. I held the spider, and there were between 13 to 15 TV stations, including Al-Arabiya, Al-Jazeera, Al-Majd, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi and other stations, and they saw it with their own eyes.”
Some Arab Internet sites have repeated claims of Iraqis about the spiders, and there also are stories circulating of phantom white-robed knights on white horses sent by Allah that killed U.S. Marines in battle.
In a statement reminiscent of Saddam Hussein’s spokesman, “Baghdad Bob,” the sheik claimed the U.S. was underestimating the number of American casualties in Iraq by a factor of 100.
“Today, if a hundred Americans are killed, they say there was one casualty,” he said, “and if dozens of tanks were blown up, they say one was blown up. No one will notice the losses caused to the American forces until they return to their bases – if they return, and in my opinion they will not return – but if they return, the world will see and the American people will see the number of losses.”
Al-Sumide’i claimed there were mass graves in Iraq filled with the bodies of American forces.
“A mass grave was created in a desert area near the Saudi boarder for the American soldiers killed. There is also a lake near Al-Sa’diya. The Americans place the casualties inside white or black bags, seal them and toss them from a plane into the lake.”