Al Qaeda threatens Italy: Ahmadinejad's revenge?
It could be a coincidence; however, it could also be that our friend Ahmadinejad hasn't liked the rally in Rome against his rabid calls to "wipe Israel off the map" and is threatening to unleash his thugs:
A new message threatening Italy with attacks involving surface-to-air missiles or poisonous substances has appeared on Islamic internet forums linked to the al-Qaeda terror network. The threat is made under the name of Sayf al-Adel*, one of al-Qaeda's main leaders, who disappeared after the US invasion of Afghanistan and who, experts believe, is currently in hiding or in prison in Iran.
The message on the forum goes on to provide details of what form the attack on Italy might take. In particular it talks of the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigade as the operative cell due to 'take care of' Italy.
"You will see the attacks of the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades** at the heart of the country," the message continues. "The brothers who are there have assured us that the Brigades have managed to get hold of surface-to-air missiles from Chechnya and these missiles were used last year in the attacks against airports in Great Britain. They have also managed to obtain a quantity of poisonous material to create bombs. God willing, there will be no security in the land of the Romans and the war will be long."
*Muhammad Ibrahim Makkawi, is better known as Sayf al-Adel. He was a colonel in Egyptian Special Forces before joining with the mujahideen in Afghanistan to fight the Soviet invasion. At the 1998 foundation of World Islamic Front against Crusaders and Jews (the full, official title for al-Qaeda), Sayf al-Adel was granted a pivotal role in military training, and subsequently headed the military wing, succeeding Abu Hafs al-Masri to become number three in al-Qaeda after Bin Laden and al-Zawahiri.
**This group has previously threatened Italy and Berlusconi in particular; it has also claimed responsibility for the Madrid (3/11) and London (7/7) attacks (link: Rantburg).
A consideration: Ahmadinejad is playing an extremely dangerous game, not only because of his threats and nuclear ambitions, but mainly by hosting Al Qaeda members. He might think that he has an ace up his sleeve with which he can blackmail the world and especially America; however, imagine what would happen if Al Qaeda or a group loosely affiliated with "the base" managed to strike the US hard. Do you think the US would seek a resolution from the Security Council or conduct a long investigation to find the culprits? Iran's strategic, military and nuclear infrastructure would be annihilated in a few hours.
Let me end this post on a lighter note (actually very funny):
Iran's Association of Muslim Journalists (AMJ) issued a statement condemning the violation of Muslims's civil rights in France and calling on the French government to cooperate with them in establishing a fact-finding commission in order to investigate the conditions of French Muslims, MNA reported. The AMJ said that the mistreatment of Black French Muslims over the past two weeks has deeply influenced Iranian public opinion. We suppose that the French government has carried out the recent discriminatory and anti-human rights acts under the influence of the Zionist lobby in France to limit the social and personal freedoms of the Muslims residing in the country, which is quite unacceptable on the part of a country that claims to be democratic, part of the statement read.