Thursday, October 06, 2005

Al-Qaeda calls for more attacks in Ramadan- The Times of India 

Al-Qaeda calls for more attacks in Ramadan- The Times of India:

DUBAI: Iraq's al-Qaeda urged Sunni Muslims on Tuesday to step up attacks on US forces during Ramadan, the holy month which has seen some of the bloodiest attacks by militants hoping for rewards in paradise.

The group, led by Jordanian Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, said in a statement that the "gates of heaven are open" during the fasting month, which began on Tuesday for most Sunnis in the Middle East. Shi'ites mark the start of the month on Wednesday.

"Al-Qaeda Organisation in Iraq announces that Tuesday is the first day of the blessed month of Ramadan ... a month of serious work, jihad and initiative," said the statement posted on an Islamist Web site often used by the group.

"Gather your strength and we incite the believers to kill the slaves of the cross who have ... demolished mosques and houses, burnt the Koran and sowed corruption in the land."

In 2003, major attacks were launched during Ramadan in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, bearing the hallmarks of al-Qaeda.

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