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Al Qaeda issues warning to British troops in Iraq

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A purported statement from al Qaeda on a radical Islamic web site gives a dire warning to British forces in Iraq.

The warning read (at www.ribaat.org/services/forum/showthread.php?t=29417 and translation by penguino at www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1383919/posts?page=383) Great Britain and its allies will not leave Iraq without punishment. It is right that the criminal pay for that which they have committed like actions against the Muslims before they flee from this Iraqi mess, in order that they become an example for all other countries who are thinking of attacking an Islamic country and an example for all countries who would think of protecting America when she kills Muslims.

The threat also read, Headquarters of the organization of Al Qaeda in the country of the two rivers has decided to carry out some powerful strikes against the British Crusader Forces who have taken position in the south of Iraq, until Northern Iraq and the South become their hell and become a cemetery for all colonizing Crusaders who oppress on the soil of the Islamic nation. And we threaten each collaborator and every spy to bring protection to serve as a human shield to the British Forces located in Iraq.

It continued, To you collaborators and spies working for the British Forces in Iraq, stop and announce your repentance in front of Allah and the incorruptible your free Mujahideen brothers. Know that at this moment, the noble and free Mujahideen, will not have any pity for any collaborator or spy who works with the British Crusader forces when they strike the latter. We are waiting for the collaborators and spies helping the British Forces to repent before our supporters launch their powerful attacks against the British forces. Death comes for you.

Another statement on the same radical Islamic site (www.ribaat.org/services/forum/showthread.php?t=29413 and also translated by penguinoat www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1383919/posts?page=383) claimed victory in a recent battle near the Iraqi town of Qaim along the Syrian border.

It read, This tactical operation is without precedent on the Crusaders in the country of the two rivers. Modern weapons and booby trapped cars were used in this battle, just like an attack of missiles destroying the seats of the Crusader’s base which they found in the old Iraqi customs buildings, just like the building where they found their engineers and their specialists, killing a large number of Crusader soldiers, and some helicopters were seen several times transporting dead Crusaders at the time of the battle. Afterwards, the Mujahideen returned to their bases in peace without having lost even one casualty. Allah Akbar.

However, an Associated Press/London Free Press report (www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/LondonFreePress/News/2005/04/13/994290-sun.html) read in part, American troops battled arms smugglers and fighters near the Iraqi town of Qaim along the Syrian border yesterday, killing an unknown number of foreign insurgents, the U.S. military said. The local hospital reported at least nine people killed in clashes in the same area . Insurgents opened fire when the U.S. troops began their raid on (a) smuggling ring, and several militants, including at least one suicide bomber, were killed, the U.S. military said. No Americans were injured.

Links providing purported video footage of the operation were provided on the same radical Islamic site. They were: , , and .

Meanwhile, Internet Haganah’s Aaron Weisburd noticed (www.haganah.us/haganah/internet.html) that the individuals who frequent ribaat (www.ribaat.org/services/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=29297) have also noticed a new service “ Google video.

What is Google video? A company explanation read in part.(https://upload.video.google.com/video_faq.html#overview2).

Our mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful. Currently, Google Video lets you search a growing archive of televised content – everything from sports events to dinosaur documentaries to news programs. In addition to televised content, we’re now accepting video from anyone who wants to upload content to us. Uploaded content will not be immediately available to users searching Google Video as this is just the submission stage of the program. But (if you’ll pardon the pun) stay tuned.

The upload program lets you submit videos electronically to Google Video, as long as you own the necessary rights (including copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, and any other relevant rights for your content). Just sign up for an account and use our upload tool to send your videos to Google. The program is still in beta so you won’t see your videos live on Google Video immediately.

As Weisburd commented (www.haganah.us/haganah/internet.html), If Google thought selling advertising to Hamas was problematic, just wait till their new beta video library is packed high and tight with jihadi snuff films.

The ribaat site is registered to Abu Malhamat who lists an address in Islamabad, Pakistan. An e-mail to this individual asking for comment on the site was returned as undeliverable.

The site is apparently hosted by Host Rocket Web Services located in upstate New York. An employee at Host Rocket who spoke on condition of anonymity said the site does appear to be located on one of its computer servers and promised an investigation.

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