December 2002 News

Al Qaeda pledges to strike harder at US, Israel

8 December 2002
The Asian Age

Al Qaeda threatens faster, harder strikes against the United States and Israel "on land, air and sea" in a new statement attributed to the main September 11 suspect that was posted on a militant website on Sunday. "The Jewish crusader coalition will not be safe anywhere from the fighters` attacks," the statement said, using a term common among Islamic militants for what they see as a US-Israeli alliance. "We will hit the most vital centres and and we will strike against its strategic operations with all possible means." The statement was attributed to Al Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith. The web site, which has posted previous statements attributed to the terror network, included what appeared to be an old newspaper photograph of Abu Ghaith with the statement posted on Sunday. Meanwhile, Osama bin Laden`s Al Qaeda network claimed responsibility for the twin attacks in Kenya which killed 16 people in an audio tape aired on Sunday. "I hereby confirm what has been issued by Al Qaeda`s political office regarding our responsibility for the Mombasa attacks in Kenya," an Al Qaeda spokesman, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, said in a statement aired by Qatar`s Al Jazeera television channel. The whereabouts of Abu Ghaith, along with Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, have been a mystery since the network was chased out of its Afghan haven by US bombing.


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