Skip to comments.Terrorist: Wish We Had That Bomb (Stupid AP writer IMplicates Jordanian Queen in Plot)
Posted on 05/01/2004 9:21:51 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan
(AP) A purported message from the al Qaeda operative Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi said Friday his group did not plan a chemical weapons attack as the Jordanian authorities have alleged.
"The (allegation) that there was a chemical bomb to kill thousands of people is a mere lie," the reported voice of al-Zarqawi says on a tape broadcast via an Islamic site on the Internet.
"God knows, if we did possess (a chemical bomb), we wouldn't hesitate one second to use it to hit Israeli cities such as Eilat and Tel Aviv," the voice said.
Jordanian state television has broadcast confessions of a group of plotters allegedly linked to al-Zarqawi who said they were plotting al Qaeda's first chemical bomb attack, which would have been directed against Jordan's secret service building in Amman. The broadcast commentator said the suspects had prepared enough explosives to kill 80,000 people.
But al-Zarqawi said his group did plan to attack the Jordanian intelligence building, calling it "the source of all evils in our home."
The speaker introduced himself as Musab al-Zarqawi. The voice could not be immediately authenticated as that of al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian wanted by the United States for allegedly organizing terrorists to fight U.S. troops in Iraq on behalf of al Qaeda.
U.S. officials have offered a $10 million reward for al-Zarqawi's capture.
"Yes, there was a plot to demolish the Jordanian General Intelligence building," the voice said. "Jordan has turned itself into a hidden base of supplies for the occupying army in Iraq."
The tape also says the General Intelligence building in Amman is the "Arabs' Guantanamo detention camp," referring to the prison for terror suspects at the U.S. Naval base on Cuba.
The building is a "big data base used by the enemy of Islam to track down holy warriors," the tape added.
Jordanian officials say the plot was foiled when security forces arrested six militants in at least two police raids since late March. Four other militants died in a shootout with police in Amman last week.
The plotters are alleged to have been planning to strike other buildings in Amman, such as the U.S. Embassy and the prime minister's office.
Jordanians held a mass demonstration against the plot on Thursday in which Queen Rania took part. The marchers carried banners pledging support for Jordan's royal family and chanted slogans against terrorism.
The discovery of the plot caused widespread fear in Jordan, a moderate Arab nation that is closely allied to the United States, has a peace treaty with Israel, and enjoys relative stability in the Middle East.
"The Jordanian authorities lied twice," the voice on the Internet tape said. "Firstly, when they claimed that we were planning to kill Muslims and innocent residents. Secondly, when they claimed to have foiled a plot to save the blood of the people of Islam."
The tape claimed the Jordanian authorities acted "only for the sake of protecting their masters and the leaders of the Jews and Christians."
Jordanian officials say the plotters entered the country from neighboring Syria. Syria has denied this.
What a maroon. This is the kind of thing they teach you to be careful of in Journalism 101.
I can't believe it made it past the AP editor, I can't believe it made it past the CBS editor -- on second thought I guess I can. I am sure that today's journalism graduates at least know how to put a condom on a cucumber, and can tell you 101 evil things Christopher Columbus did, even if they can't read and write in simple English
A picture is worth a thousand words-- or in her case, a million or two at least. She is the finest looking woman in the whole Middle East. I think she looks better than most movie stars and models.
Too bad she is a worshipper of the bloodthirsty moon-god idol named Allah.