Italy on alert after purported Al-Qaeda ultimatum expires

Italy was on alert after a group claiming to be linked to Al-Qaeda threatened to launch attacks throughout the country and target Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi following the expiry of an ultimatum for Rome to pull its troops out of Iraq.

“This message follows the same logic as the previous ones,” Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu told a news conference in Rome. “We are not underestimating it but we are not going to be intimidated and we have confidence in the substantial protection measures that have been introduced,” he said Sunday. Full Story

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