May 1, 2005


White House and Vatican On Al-Qaida Hit-List (NILADRI SEKHAR NATH, 5/01/05, All Headline News)

Key al-Qaida figure in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, is planning to attack the White House and the Vatican, according to an audio-tape posted on the Internet on Saturday.

This is the first time an al-Qaida leader has explicitly talked of attacking the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church.

Earlier on Friday, in a similar audiotape, Zarqawi himself warned more attacks against US forces in Iraq.

He also urged followers to be cautious of any US attempt at initiate dialogue. According to reports, Zarqawi also launched verbal assault at Shia Muslims by calling them “rotten.”

He understands better than many in the West the de facto alliance he confronts.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 1, 2005 7:14 AM
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