On Sunday, June 6, 2004, the following statement signed by Al Qaeda was posted on an Islamic Website known to be an al Qaeda mouthpiece. This important and dangerous statement warns the Muslims to keep away from Americans, Westerners, and all the Polytheists in the Arab Peninsula, as new attacks will be carried out on all that is related to them: compounds, bases, means of transportation, especially Western and American airlines.
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Qaedat Al Jihad
WARNING AGAINST MUSLIMS? ASSOCIATION WITH THE CRUSADERS AND THE POLYTHEISTS
Thanks to God, and prayer and peace on His Prophet Mohammad and his company and followers.
We are hereby renewing our call and warning to our Muslim brothers against associating [mingling] with the Crusaders: Americans, Westerners, and all the Polytheists in the Arab Peninsula. Muslims must keep away from them, their residences and compounds, and all their means of transportation… We do not wish for any of our Muslim brothers to bring it upon himself, and allow his killing by keeping company with the enemy that must be fought. We have no other lawful choice but to fight and exterminate them.
Everything related to those Crusaders: Compounds, bases, means of transportation, especially Western and American airlines - will soon be the target of our future operations with the help and assistance of God, in our course for the Jihad that we shall continue in the upcoming period in particular.
By this statement, we are hereby affirming and repeating our acquittance and advice to the Nation, and our carefulness to spare the blood of our Muslim brothers whom we are defending and are defending their religion, honor and world. We declare ourselves acquitted of those who disobeyed God, who pursued their violation of His Law, and kept the company of the enemies of God. The Crusaders? bad omen was brought upon them and they received the same fate.
We are renewing, as well, our warning to the members of the security forces, the guards of the Crusaders? compounds and American military bases, and all those who sided with America and its agents, demonstrated with it against the Mujahideen, carried a weapon to defend it and its agents the idols in the Saudi Government etc… and to all those who chose to follow the blasphemers over the faithful believers in one God. We call upon them to repent and follow the advice of separating themselves from the polytheists by becoming their enemies, and fighting for the Jihad with their money, their tongues and their arrowheads.
We pray to God, for the triumph of His religion, the rise of His word above any other, and the defeat of His enemies. We rely on Him, and He is our goal.
Signed: Al Qaeda Organization in the Arab Peninsula