February 8, 2007
The threat from al-Qaeda's Saudi branch comes on the same day that Iran threatened to attack U.S. interests around the world if American forces struck Iran. First, here's more on the al-Qaeda threat, from the Khaleej Times:
The statement was carried in the movement's online magazine, Sawt al-Jihad.
The Saudi branch of Al Qaeda announced on Thursday that it is planning major operations aimed at driving Western interests out of the Arabian Gulf,
according to an online statement.
"We have for some time been in the process of preparing major operations that will weaken the crusaders' bases in the Arabian Gulf," said the Al Qaeda Organisation in the Gulf.
"We will cleanse the Arabian Gulf of the presence of crusaders and of their bases, which are scattered around the cradle of Islam. We promise our leader, Osama bin Laden, to continue on the same road. Your soldiers are preparing something in which you will rejoice."
By the way, the Arabian Gulf is another name for the Persian Gulf -- where thousands of U.S. troops are currently stationed. Could we see more U.S.S. Cole-style attacks from al-Qaeda?
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