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GULF: al-Qaeda urges attacks in US, Britain to avenge Gaza war

23 Jan 2009 2:42 AM

DUBAI, Jan 22 AFP - A prominent al-Qaeda figure, Abu Yahya al-Libi, has urged Islamist militants to launch attacks in the West, naming the United States and Britain, to avenge Israel's onslaught on Gaza.

"Sacrifice what you can to deliver to the capitals of the infidel West, the criminal America, and the agent tyrants a taste of what they deliver to our brothers and our oppressed brothers and people in Palestine," Libi said in a videotape posted on the internet on Thursday, according a translation by SITE monitoring group.

"It is time for this criminal state, and I mean Britain, to pay the price for its historic crime, which we have not and will not forget," added, Libi, who is a Sharia committee official within al-Qaeda.