Wednesday, March 31, 2004
A new al-Qaeda manual posted on the Internet is calling for terrorist attacks against Canadians, and specifies that businessmen, politicians, scientists, soldiers and tourists should be targeted, according to U.S. researchers.
Canada is one of six nations whose citizens are identified as "human targets" in the Arabic-language publication, which is reported to be the work of senior Egyptian al-Qaeda figure Saif al-Adel.
The manual, called The Al-Battar Military Camp, ranks Canadians as the fifth most important "Christian" terrorist targets, behind Americans, Britons, Spaniards and Australians. Italians were ranked sixth.
The Islamists are threatening France and Germany, too. Apparently participation in the liberation of Iraq doesn't really bear on whether Al-Qaeda considers you a target. Being rich, democratic, capitalistic, and generally secular seems to be enough.
Meanwhile, according to Stratfor, the Italians have meatballs:
2227 GMT - Italy intends to keep its 3,000 troops in Iraq despite political and public dissent at home, Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said in a March 31 newspaper report. Frattini was responding to European Commission President Romano Prodi, who said he would have withdrawn troops already unless the Iraq campaign was headed by the United Nations. Prodi is the opposition candidate expected to challenge current Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in the 2006 election. Frattini also encouraged Europe to neglect efforts by "terrorists to divide the European Union," La Stampa reported.
See my original post on Prodi here.