February 1, 2005


Al-Qaeda vows to continue 'holy war' (Luke Baker, February 2, 2005, The Age)

The al-Qaeda group in Iraq says it will keep fighting a "holy war" even though insurgents failed to wreck the weekend's election, and one group claimed it had shot down a British troop plane with a missile.

Undaunted by the threat, interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi urged rival ethnic and religious factions to unite after the first multi-party vote in 50 years. [...]

In a televised speech, Dr Allawi warned Iraqis that violence had not ended just because the election had exceeded expectations.

"The whole world is watching us. As we worked together (on Sunday) to finish dictatorship, let us work together towards a bright future - Sunnis and Shiites, Muslims and Christians, Arabs, Kurds and Turkmen," he said.

Islamist militants denounced the ballot as an "American game".

Every time a formerly benighted country liberalizes it's playing the American game...and winning.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 1, 2005 11:47 PM
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