A group calling itself the ?Secret Organization for Qaedat al-Jihad in Europe? issued a communiqué today, July 7, 2005, claiming responsibility for attacks which struck London, England, today. The message indicates that London was targeted in response ?to the slayings in Iraq and Afghanistan,? and the operation was executed after much difficulty to ensure success. Further, the group warns Denmark and Italy and ?all the crusaders? governments? to withdraw their forces from Iraq and Afghanistan? or face the same punishment.
The authenticity of the message could not be verified.
Members of jihadist message boards have denounced this claim for responsibility as spurious.
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.