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Al-Qaeda warns Canada

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by poindexter, Oct 28, 2006.

  1. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Quit Afghan mission or endure attack like 9/11, threat says
    Stewart Bell, National Post
    Published: Saturday, October 28, 2006
    OTTAWA - An al-Qaeda strategist has warned Canada to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan or face terrorist attacks similar to 9/11, Madrid and the London transit bombings.

    The threat, attributed to a member of the al-Qaeda information and strategy committee, condemns Prime Minister Stephen Harper for refusing to pull out of Afghanistan.

    It also refers to Canada's "fanatic adherence to Christianity" as well as its purported attempts to "damage the Muslims" and its support for the "Christian Crusade" against al-Qaeda.

    "Despite the strong, increasing opposition to spread its forces in the fire of South Afghanistan, it seems that they will not learn the lesson easily," Hossam Abdul Raouf writes.

    "They will either be forced to withdraw their forces or face an operation similar to New York, Madrid, London and their sisters, with the help of Allah."

    The document, written in July, was obtained and translated by the SITE Institute, a U.S. non-profit group that monitors terrorist Web sites for clients, many of them in government.

    It is the second reference in recent weeks to al-Qaeda singling out Canada because of its role in Afghanistan.

    Last month, Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, referred to Canadian troops in Kandahar as "second-rate Crusaders."

    The increasing focus on Canada in jihadist propaganda follows last June's arrest of 17 terrorist suspects in Toronto and comes as Canada is debating its role in NATO-led combat operations in southern Afghanistan.

    The text of the threat suggests that al-Qaeda is aware of divisions within Canada over the mission, pointing to public opinion polls and opposition within Parliament.

    It is also consistent with analysis by Canadian intelligence officials who report that al-Qaeda views Canada as a "priority target" because of the country's high-profile role in Afghanistan and its close relationship with the United States in the war on terrorism.

    "Despite the differences between the Canadian foreign policy and its U.S. counterpart, and despite the hatred the Canadian people harbour towards the Americans -- their bad neighbours who cannot hold back their damage from them -- they agree with them regarding leading the Christian Crusade in Afghanistan and confronting al-Qaeda there," it says.

    "They use the same excuses that are used by the British and others. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said: 'The Canadians learned from the 9/11 attacks against the U.S. that a terrorist threat can enter into our private borders. The Afghani government wants us there, and we are fighting a truly abominable enemy. This is in our national interest. I believe that what we are doing is extraordinary. We will take a commanding role in the province of Kandahar.' "

    The suspected "homegrown" Canadian extremists arrested by the RCMP in Toronto on June 2 were allegedly motivated partly by their anger over Afghanistan. Authorities claim they intended to take hostages on Parliament Hill and kill the Prime Minister unless he withdrew troops from Afghanistan and released all Muslims from Canadian prisons.
  2. Hed bust

    Hed bust Guest

    We've seen a huge increase in Canadian troop traffic here at the military hospital I work at.
    They are supposedly in it for the long haul after ramping up their Afghan involvement. Now they are being victimized by IED blasts and sniper fire, just like everyone else over there in the Coalition.
    Canada still, though, has no boots on the ground in Iraq
  3. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    Oh boy - when al-Qaeda gets the full wrath of jr will they be sorry they ever took on Canada.

    And in a further blow to Canada's fragile psychy:
    Last month, Osama bin Laden's deputy, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, referred to Canadian troops in Kandahar as "second-rate Crusaders."
  4. Flash

    Flash Guest

    Nice. Do they have any idea how many Muslims they might kill by taking out any one of our major cities?
  5. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    So if there are Canadian troops, one can surmise their boots came in through the back door?
  6. Flying Headbutt

    Flying Headbutt Moderator Staff Member

    They're going to bomb an igloo.
  7. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    Worse, Al Quaeda's putting together a junior hockey team and it's going to win th Memorial Cup.
  8. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Now THAT would be a feat.
  9. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    This is an SCTV skit, right? Guys in burnooses with toques on top of the burnooses drinking Molson's with Bob and Doug and revealing their plans to blow up Canada?
  10. OnTheRiver

    OnTheRiver Active Member

    Maple syrup futures have gone through the freakin' roof today.
  11. Buck

    Buck Well-Known Member

    You know they don't want back bacon.
  12. JR

    JR Well-Known Member

    Funny how the story our friend Poin quotes is from the National Post whose credibility is about zero on the journalism scale.

    I looked for the same story on the Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star and the right wing Toronto Sun and guess what, couldn't find anything.

    Just sayin'
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