Iraq’s Al-Qaeda threatened to launch new attacks on Shiites

On Friday, the Islamic State of Iraq (ISI), an Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist group, posted a statement on a jihadist website, threatening majority Shiites with “dark days coloured in blood”.

According to local police, within hours of the warning, a car bomb went off outside a Shiite mosque south of Baghdad just after Friday prayers, leaving at least 20 worshipers injured.

Separately, the Islamic State of Iraq, named al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman as its new minister of war, replacing the Egyptian Abu Ayyub al-Masri, killed in a US-Iraqi military operation in April. Abu Suleiman declared in the statement that his group has already launched a new wave of fresh attacks against Iraqi security forces and Shiites.