18 March 2004

Spain no longer target

One week after the deadly bombings in Madrid, "Islamist terror group 'calls truce' with Spain."

An Islamist group linked to al-Qaeda that claimed responsibility for last week's Madrid bombings has issued a statement calling a truce with Spain, adding weight to to fears that the Spanish election result is being viewed as a major triumph for Islamist groups opposed to US policy in the Middle East.

In a statement, obtained by two London-based Arabic language newspapers, the Abu Hafs al-Masri brigade claimed the attacks on Madrid represented a "victory" for the group.

"We gave the Spanish people a choice between war and peace, and they chose peace by electing the party that opposed the alliance with America in its war against Islam," the statement said.

If there was any doubt as to the terrorists' interpretation of last sunday's election results, this statement removes it. God help us.

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