Al Qaeda has issued a new threat against the US and other western nations, reports
the Washington Times
, and this time - not unlike most times - the language involved is vivid.
At a post on a jihadist website entitled "Map of Al Qaeda and its future strikes," the group promises a "shocking" attack that will be no less than "strong, serious, alarming, earth-shattering, and terrifying." The goal is to intimidate the countries currently aiding French forces in Mali; namely America - the "land of nonbelief" - but also Denmark and the handful of other nations attempting to root out radical Islamist forces in north Africa.
The threat further promises the attacks will consist of "group and lone-wolf operations," and will include "booby-trapped vehicles."
But while the threat reads ominously enough, one US official explained that such talk is nothing new: "Extremists regularly make threats online; this one is not particularly unusual, but of course should be taken seriously."
Via the Washington Times