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Europeans Threatened With 'Bloody War' Unless Troops Leave Iraq


An internet message bearing the signature of a group that says it has links to al-Qaida is threatening a "bloody war" against European countries unless they pull their troops out of Iraq within one month.

The message, posted on an Islamist web site, says it speaks for the Abu-Hafs al-Masri Brigades, one of two groups whose signature appeared on statements claiming responsibility for the deadly July seventh bombings in London.

The statement, which mentioned Denmark, Italy, Britain and the Netherlands, said there will be no other warnings after the one-month ultimatum expires.

Experts have viewed past statements by the Abu-Hafs al-Masri Brigades with doubt, because the group has no proven track record of attacks and has claimed responsibility for events in which it was unlikely to have played any role.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, AP.

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