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'Al-Qa'eda Will Punish UK For Rushdie Award'
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-10-2007 | Philip Johnston

Posted on 07/10/2007 3:01:41 PM PDT by blam

'Al-Qa'eda will punish UK for Rushdie award'

By Philip Johnston, Home Affairs Editor.
Last Updated: 7:57pm BST 10/07/2007

Osama bin Laden’s second in command has issued a warning that Britain faces fresh terror attacks as a "punishment" for the knighthood bestowed on Salman Rushdie.

Ayman al-Zawahiri helped mastermind the September 11 attacks in the US

The threat - addressed directly to Gordon Brown - came in a 20-minute audio-tape posted on jihadi websites by Ayman al-Zawahiri.

He threatened "a very precise response" in retaliation against Britain for having knighted the controversial novelist in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last month.

Intelligence agencies are tonight checking the authenticity of the tape, picked up by the American-based SITE group, which monitors al-Qa’eda messages.

According to SITE, it was produced by as-Sahab, the multimedia wing of al-Qa’eda, to be distributed to extremist web sites.

The speech, entitled "Malicious Britain and its Indian Slaves", railed against the UK for having awarded a knighthood to Rushdie.

It came the day after four terrorists were convicted of the July 21 plot to launch suicide attacks on the London transport system and on the same day that the jury failed to reach a verdict on two others alleged to be part of their cell.

Al-Zawahiri, who is de facto leader of the group since Osama bin Laden has not been heard of for years, said it insulted Islam to reward the author of "The Satanic Verses".

He addressed Mr Brown directly as prime minister, and also appeared to refer to the failed car bomb attacks in London 10 days ago.

"I say to Blair’s successor that the policy of your predecessor drew catastrophes in Afghanistan and Iraq and even in the centre of London," he said.

The tape added: "And if you did not understand, listen, we are ready to repeat it for you, God willing, until we are sure you have fully understood."

More prosaically, he also called for a boycott of British goods.

The recent attempted car bombings in London’s West End and the botched suicide attack in Glasgow were also attributed on a jihadi website to the Rushdie knighthood.

Hours before police dismantled the first car bomb, a posting on the Al Hesbah chat forum pointed to an imminent attack in London. It said: "'Is Britain longing for Al Qaeda’s bombings? We, and the whole world has seen what Britain has done...their intention to honour Salman Rushdie who insulted and slandered Islam."

Security experts doubt that the recent attacks - or anything that might be planned imminently - were a direct response to the knighthood.

Such conspiracies take months to put together and often involve the perpetrators travelling to Pakistan for training a year or more before carrying them out.

But the al-Qa’eda leadership evidently sees great propoaganda value in using the knighthood to justify any attack already planned.

Although the speech was described as "rambling", al-Zawahiri’s words still have the capacity to stir up radicalised young Muslims seeking an excuse to attack Britain.

The honour caused huge anger across the Muslim world because the Satanic Verses, written in 1989, is regarded as blasphemous an offence to Islam.

Last month, a Pakistani minister said the honour was such an affront that it could justify suicide bombings - comments that were condemned by Britain. There were also street protests in Pakistani cities, where mobs burned effigies of the author and of the Queen.

Religious leaders delivered fiery sermons denouncing the honour and an Iranian cleric said the 1989 fatwa against Rushdie still stood.

In response to the tape, the Foreign Office said the knighthood was a reflection of his contribution to literature.

"The government has already made clear that Rushdie’s honour was not intended as an insult to Islam or the Prophet Muhammad," said a spokesman.

"We will continue to tackle the threat from international terrorism as a priority in order to prevent the risk of attacks on British interests at home and overseas, including from al-Qaeda," a spokesman said.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaida; alzawahiri; assahab; enemypropaganda; globaljihad; internet; jihad; jihadineurope; jihadpropaganda; propaganda; punish; rushdie; uk; zawahiri

1 posted on 07/10/2007 3:01:46 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

For some reason, his picture reminds me of an old Star Trek episode. I’m not sure why.


2 posted on 07/10/2007 3:04:15 PM PDT by mutley
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To: blam

You gotta figure the threat is real.


3 posted on 07/10/2007 3:08:15 PM PDT by DogBarkTree (The correct word isn't "immigrant" when what they are doing is "invading".)
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To: All

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http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1859319/posts?page=945#945


4 posted on 07/10/2007 3:10:46 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: DogBarkTree
I'd say it is a real threat - I'd also say that we know exactly where this guy is and yet we still don't have the gravitas to take him down.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

5 posted on 07/10/2007 3:11:52 PM PDT by expatguy (Support - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: expatguy
Well, maybe...but they’ve known where Rushdie has been for a helluva lot longer! Don’t even with the UBL BS...I only like dead terrorists:)
6 posted on 07/10/2007 3:17:28 PM PDT by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: blam
BBC: Al-Qaeda condemns Rushdie honour
7 posted on 07/10/2007 3:19:32 PM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

Looks like that tracking device we placed in his forehead needs a new battery.

8 posted on 07/10/2007 3:21:11 PM PDT by Yaelle (Hoping to see someone crawling under the Oval Office desk again: a real toddler and not an intern!)
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To: mutley

weird, i had the same sense of someone from the 60’s series.

the aliens from the menagerie/the cage come to mind, but i think there was another ep. with someone more similar, maybe with a beard and something on their head.


9 posted on 07/10/2007 3:21:55 PM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: blam

While it may just be more of the same phony bravado that these criminals routinely spew, it probably tracks closely with their tactical thinking. In that respect, it’s generally a bonus to have your enemies telegraph their moves, isn’t it...


10 posted on 07/10/2007 3:23:06 PM PDT by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: blam

They are insulted by everything. So, what’s new.


11 posted on 07/10/2007 3:24:58 PM PDT by CPOSharky (An organization that kills those who do not believe it's dogma is NOT a religion.)
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To: blam
'Al-Qa'eda will punish UK for Rushdie award'

...by buying expensive German cars and filling them full of propane?

12 posted on 07/10/2007 3:27:00 PM PDT by Yaelle (Hoping to see someone crawling under the Oval Office desk again: a real toddler and not an intern!)
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To: blam

This guy needs a C4 suppository.


13 posted on 07/10/2007 4:23:00 PM PDT by Tax Government (democRats: America's very own criminal Baaaa...Baaaath party.)
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To: blam

Where’s his boss ? 100% delegation these days ?


14 posted on 07/10/2007 4:26:01 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: mutley
For some reason, his picture reminds me of an old Star Trek episode. I’m not sure why...

Does this help?

15 posted on 07/10/2007 5:41:41 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: blam
Gee, lots of threats AFTER a major attack fails. Although I don't believe in letting our guard down, I don't find this a creditable threat.
16 posted on 07/10/2007 5:46:21 PM PDT by Lost Dutchman ("Weep for the future Na'Toth, Weep for us all." (G'Kar-Babylon 5))
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To: blam

"Seriously, Family Guy isn't even that well-written."


17 posted on 07/10/2007 6:47:11 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: Yaelle

Well I don’t think they have us quaking in our boots yet. Here is a poem passed to me by a friend, following the recent “incident” at Glasgow airport. I think it sums up the Glaswegian perspective to it all. Any help required with translation don’t hesitate to ask ;-)

A Real Scottish Hero. - anon

‘Twas doon by the inch o’ Abbots
Oor Johnny walked one day
When he saw a sicht that troubled him
Far more that he could say
A fanatic muslim b*stard
Wiz doin what he’d planned
And intae Glesca’s departure hall
A Cherokee he’d rammed.
A big Glaswegian polis
Came forward tae assist
He thocht “a wumman driver”
Or at least someone half-pissed
But to his shock nae drunken Jock
Emerged to grasp his hand
But a flamin Arab loony
Frae Al Qaeda’s band
The mad Islamist nut-case
Had set hissel’ on fire
And swung oot at the polis
GBH his clear desire
Now that’s no richt wur Johnny cried
And sallied tae the fray
A left hook and a heid butt
Required tae save the day.
Now listen up Bin Laden
Yir sort’s nae wanted here
For imported English radicals
Us Scoatsman huv nae fear
Oor hame grown Glesca Asians
Will have nae bluidy truck
So tak yer worldwide jihad
An get yersel tae France


19 posted on 07/10/2007 11:11:10 PM PDT by Forceful1 ((under consideration))
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To: Forceful1

A) Who wrote this
and
B) It’s HILARIOUS!

I guess my 1/4 Scottish ancestry and my English lit major helped because I understood everything! ROFLMBO!


20 posted on 07/11/2007 12:04:35 AM PDT by Yaelle (Hoping to see someone crawling under the Oval Office desk again: a real toddler and not an intern!)
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To: blam
Caedite eos! Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius:
"Kill them all; God will know his own".

Rumored to be stated by Arnaud-Amaury in the early 11 century.

21 posted on 07/11/2007 9:52:39 AM PDT by Inquisitive1 (I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance - Socrates)
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To: blam
He has tiny hands. They should be very large since they are closer to the camera than his head.

We're engaged in a world war because the spiritual and doctrinal leader of al-Qaeda got a tiny one.

22 posted on 07/11/2007 9:55:57 AM PDT by Beckwith (dhimmicrats and the liberal media have chosen sides -- Islamofascism)
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To: blam

No worries, Al-Zawa-whacko, Brown is such a PC wuss that he’ll probably de-knight (?) Rushdie for you.


23 posted on 07/11/2007 9:58:28 AM PDT by Sicon
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