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Friday, March 12, 2004
DEBKAfile carries these headlines on its current opening page:

DEBKAfile terrorist experts find strong case against al Qaeda alone or with ally and points to advance warnings. In tape aired last October Bin Laden threatened to punish Spain for backing Bush.

In 20 subsequent fatwas al Qaeda called for liberation of Andalusia and Granada wrested from Muslim rule by Crusaders in late 15th century. Spain was second target after Istanbul where caliphate fell in World War 1, Italy is third for being center of heresy (Vatican).

Al Qaeda leaders undecided on next stage, whether to target all Europe or use continent as springboard against America.

See also this article on Al Qaeda-ETA alliance, via Jihad Watch.