Al-Qaida: New Iraq funding will do no good

An al-Qaida front group warned US President George W. Bush Saturday that the Iraq war funding recently approved by Congress would not improve chances for success in the country. After weeks of debate, the US Congress passed the spending bill on Thursday, providing $95 billion (euro71 billion) for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Don't be happy for the money allocated to your soldiers," said a statement issued by the Islamic State of Iraq. "With God's help, the money will heal no wound and change nothing at all ... the battleground will be a witness to what we say." The statement was posted on a Web site commonly used by Islamic extremists, but its authenticity could not be verified. Responding to these comments, the Islamic State of Iraq's statement said, "The tyrant of this era, Bush, came out to say that the coming days will be difficult on the Rafidain (Iraq) land, but we tell him that they will be tougher for the enemy than the old days."