Thursday, November 17, 2005

Captured al Qaeda Video Threatens Australia

A video captured last week by Indonesian police threatens the US, Great Britain, and Italy, but seems primarily to target Australia.

The video was found during the raids that resulted in the death of top Jemaah Islamiyah leader Azahari bin Husin who blew himself up when cornered by Indonesian police. He later was identified by his severed head.


"We repeat that America, Australia, England and Italy are all our enemies."

"We especially remind Australia that you, Downer and Howard, are killing Australia, leading it into darkness and misfortune and mujahedeen terror," he said, referring to Prime Minister John Howard and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer.

"Know that as long as you (all) continue to colonise the land of Iraq and Afghanistan and intimidate Muslims then you too will feel our intimidation and terror."

"We remind that those who support Bush and Blair are also our enemies. The infidel rulers, the apostate rulers, those who oppress Muslims and victimise ulamas, the mujahedeen, they are our enemies too. The ones we target in our attacks."
The speaker in the video is believed to be Noordin Mohammed Top, a Malaysian member of Jemaah Islamiyah, a southeast Asian affiliate of al Qaeda.