Sunday, September 19, 2004

Russia, US Threatened of Ramadan Attack

Robert Stevens of Alphabet City reports that Abu Hafs al-Urdani leader of the Chechen al Qaeda mujahadeen has issued the following threat via communique (pdf) to Russia and the United States.
"We will make Russia and America taste death, and Ramadan will be the month of conquests through [suicide] operations everywhere across this universe." Ramadan runs from Oct. 15 to Nov. 12, 2004.

The communique is dated September 19, 2004.
Now, this will probably come to nothing, but I think that it is important to note that al Urdani would make such a public threat at a time when Putin pledged to eradicate terrorists wherever they were in the world. Not to mention, things like this just serve to further soldify the public's preception (rightly, in my view) that the Chechen separtist movement no longer exists and al Qaeda has taken over in the Caucauses.