Militant video: German troops out of Afghanistan

12th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

12 March 2007, Cairo (dpa) - A group believed to be affiliated with the al-Qaeda terror network and calling itself "The Voice of the Caliphate" has warned that Germany and Austria will face militant attack unless they start withdrawing their troops from Afghanistan. The warning came in a new video posted on the Internet. "(We say) to the German government that Germany is a country with a strong economy and until recently it was a safe country, so why lose all this for (US President George W) Bush and his g

12 March 2007

Cairo (dpa) - A group believed to be affiliated with the al-Qaeda terror network and calling itself "The Voice of the Caliphate" has warned that Germany and Austria will face militant attack unless they start withdrawing their troops from Afghanistan.

The warning came in a new video posted on the Internet.

"(We say) to the German government that Germany is a country with a strong economy and until recently it was a safe country, so why lose all this for (US President George W) Bush and his gang?" said a masked speaker.

"Why let your interests, which are spread over the entire world, be in danger?" he added. The speaker sent a similar message to Austria, saying that it was "one of the safest countries in the world."

"But in case of security threats, Austria will be on the list of targets of the mujahideen (militants) and this will change," he said.

Germany has around 3,000 troops serving with the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, while Austria has five officers stationed in the war-ravaged country.

On Friday, however, the German parliament approved the deployment of six Tornado reconnaissance warplanes to Afghanistan to assist NATO forces in their ground offensive against Islamist Taliban rebels.

The video, which was accompanied by multimedia that included pictures of German soldiers in Afghanistan, warned of a "spring attack, which will terrify the entire world even before its occurrence."

"This war is not your war and you can not afford it," the speaker said.

The new video follows a broadcast posted Saturday morning in which Iraqi militants holding a German woman and her son captive threatened to kill them unless Germany withdraws its forces from Afghanistan within 10 days.

The 61-year-old woman made a tearful plea for help to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a video posted by the abductors on the same Islamist website.

"I'm asking you to help me," she sobbed. "We're Germans as well. These people want to kill my son before my eyes and then kill me. I don't want to die like this," she said in German.

One of the kidnappers read a statement in Arabic on behalf of a little-known group calling itself the brigade of the Arrows of Righteousness.

"We Muslims are one large nation," he said. The Muslims in Afghanistan are therefore just as close as the Muslims in Iraq, he added, accusing German forces of shelling Afghan civilians in their villages.

"We give the German government 10 days from the date of this statement to announce and start the withdrawal of their troops from Afghanistan, otherwise ... they will not even see the bodies of these two agents," the man said.

DPA

Subject: German news

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