Tonight, July 21, 2005, the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades released a communiqué remarking on the July 21st attacks in London. While the group does not explicitly take responsibility for the bombings, it does issue a warning that ?Our strikes in the heart of the Infidel British capital are our last message to all European governments that we will not calm down and not be softened until all Infidel soldiers withdraw from the Land of Two Rivers…?
The group goes on to announce ?coming strikes,? specifically naming ?the capitals of the European nations, in Rome, in Amsterdam, as well as in that of Denmark.?
In addition, the communiqué provides an exclusive message to Italian Prime Minster Silvio Berlusconi, proclaiming that ?If the Italian troops will stay in Iraq, it will turn into their cemetery, dug by their own hands.? The statement closes by reiterating this point, adding ?Let the ones who overthrew be overthrown.?
On Tuesday, July 19, 2005, the SITE Institute translated and distributed to subscribers an Abu Hafs communiqué dated July 16th, which also threatened Denmark, Italy, and Holland, as well as Britain. However, the earlier communiqué also alleged, much as today?s did, that ?This is the last message we will send to the European countries,? adding, ?We give you one month to get your soldiers out from the Land of Two Rivers (Iraq).?
In the past, the Abu Hafs Brigades issued communiqués claiming responsibility for the March 11, 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed nearly 200 people. The group also took credit for a pair of hotel bombings in August 2004 in Istanbul, as well as the July 7th London bombings.
A full translation of the message is provided to our Intel Service members.