Al-Qaida leader in Iraq threatens Israel

February 14, 2008 13:41

The purported leader of al-Qaida's affiliate in Iraq called in a new posting on a terrorist Web site Thursday for attacks on Israel and the liberation of Palestine, proposing that Iraq's territory be a "launching pad" to seize Jerusalem. In the 30 minute audiotape, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, who heads the Islamic State of Iraq, lashed out at Arab and Palestinian groups - especially the Palestinian Hamas - for failing to liberate Palestine. He also called on Hamas's military wing, Izzadin Kassam, to break away from the group's political leadership and liberate Jerusalem.

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