Purported al-Qaida statement

The following is a translation of a statement from the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigadesclaiming responsibility for the Madrid bombings. The statement was published in Arabic in the London based newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi.

    In the Name of God

    In its last statement (al-Qaida statement in relation to Baghdad and Karbala bombings) dated 11 Muharam 1425 Hijri calendar, corresponding to 2 March 2004, Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades promised that it was preparing more attacks.

    Here the brigade is keeping its word. The death squad (of the Abu Hafs Al-Masri Brigades) succeeded in penetrating the crusader European depths to strike one of the pillars of the crusader alliance - Spain - with a painful blow. These bomb attacks were part of settling old scores with the crusader Spain for its war against Islam.

    Where is America to protect you today, Aznar. Who is going to protect you, Britain, Italy, Japan and other hirelings from us?

    When we hit Italian troops in Nasirya (Iraq) and sent you and other hirelings a warning to withdraw from the alliance against Islam, you did not comprehend our warning – now we have made it clear - we hope that it will be understood this time.

    We, in Abu Hafs al-Masri, did not feel sad for the death of the so-called civilians. Is it lawful for them to kill our children, women,  the elderly and men in Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, and Kashmir and unlawful for us to kill them back.
    (The statement then refers to Quranic verses saying that Muslims should retaliate with equal force if attacked).

    Stop targeting us, release our prisoners and leave our land and we will stop attacking you. The people of the US allied countries have to put pressure on their governments to immediately end their alliance with the US in the war against terror (Islam). If you persist we will also continue … We want to tell you the Death Smoke Squad will reach you soon, and then you will see your dead in their thousands – God willing … This is a warning …

    In a separate attack, Jund al-Quds (Soldiers of Jerusalem) targeted a Jewish Masonic lodge in Istanbul. Three top Masons were killed in the operation, and if it was not for technical failure all the masons would have been killed. Thanks to God anyway.

    We would like to tell Bilal bin Rabah Squad the leadership has agreed on the proposal and when the representative arrives, work will start.

    We also would like to tell Abu Ali al-Harithi Squad the leadership has decided that Yemen would be the third quagmire for the idol of the time, America, and to teach the government which comes second only to (Pakistani president) Musharraf, in treason and infidelity, a lesson.

    Therefore, all cells are to be on alert. Action will start at (time and code given)  – Do not forget to debilitate, do not forget Abu Ali al-Harithi and do not forget the Muslim scholar who was extradited to Egypt by Yemen, Shaikh Abd al-Qadir Abd al-Aziz (Sayyed Imam Sharif). He was imprisoned three months after the September 11 attacks.

    We want to inform those who kill Muslim Sunni scholars (Ulamaa) in Iraq to come to a halt otherwise …

    We would like to announce to all Muslims in the world that 90% of the preparations of operation "Wind of Black Death" designed to be performed in America has finished and will be performed soon, God willing (at the Mujahidin's convenience). Believers will celebrate the victory of God.

    Warning to the nation:- Avoid being close to the civil and military installations of America and its allies.

    God is great, God is great – Islam is drawing closer by the might of the mightyand by humbling the mean. 

    Signed by "Abu Hafs al-Masri/al-Qaida" and dated 11 March 2004.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera


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