Monday, September 18, 2006
The Iraqi militia Jaish al-Mujahedin (Holy Warriors' Army) announced its intention to "destroy their cross in the heart of Rome… and to hit the Vatican." A previously unknown Baghdad-based group, Kataab Ashbal Al Islam Al Salafi (Islamic Salafist Boy Scout Battalions) threatened to kill all Christians in Iraq if the Pope does not apologize to Mohammed in three days in front of the whole world. A Supreme Islamic Courts Council of Somalia cleric has called for the Pope's assassination, urging Muslims to "hunt down the Pope for his barbaric statements.", another demanded that "whosoever offends our Prophet Mohammed should be killed on the spot by the nearest Muslim".
Several organizations, such as Al-Qaeda and the Shura Council threatened in a joint statement: "you and the West will be defeated... God enable us to slit their throats, and make their money and descendants the bounty of the Mujahideen."
All this in denial of a quote calling Islam violent.