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Al Qaeda Issues Chilling New Threat on Jihadi Web Site: Pledges 'Earth-Shattering' Attacks on U.S., Western Targets

"The coming strikes by al Qaeda, with God’s Might, will be in the heart of the land of non-belief..."

French troops patrol on January 30, 2013 along the Niger river in the northern city of Gao, a key Islamist stronghold until it was retaken on January 26 by French and Malian troops in a major boost to the French-led offensive against the Al Qaeda-linked rebels, who have been holding Mali's vast desert north since last April. French troops on January 30 entered Kidal, the last Islamist bastion in Mali's north after a whirlwind Paris-led offensive, as France urged peace talks to douse ethnic tensions targeting Arabs and Tuaregs. Credit: AFP/Getty Images

For anyone who thinks that al Qaeda operatives have simmered in their penchant for waging attacks on Western targets, consider the terror group's newest threat -- a chilling pledge posted on the jihadi Ansar al Mujahidin web site. In it, the group promises to implement "shocking" attacks on the U.S. and other democratic targets. The message also details a "map" of al Qaeda's "future strikes," which the unidentified writer claims will carry the weight of "God's might."

A message, originally written in Arabic, asks, "Where will the next strike by Qaeda be?" The terror group then proceeds to answer, pledging to make their future actions against Western targets, "strong, serious, alarming, earth-shattering, shocking and terrifying." In addition to the U.S., France and Denmark are explicitly mentioned as intended marks.

French troops patrol on January 30, 2013 along the Niger river in the northern city of Gao, a key Islamist stronghold until it was retaken on January 26 by French and Malian troops in a major boost to the French-led offensive against the Al Qaeda-linked rebels, who have been holding Mali's vast desert north since last April. Credit: AFP/Getty Images 

"The coming strikes by al Qaeda, with God’s might, will be in the heart of the land of non-belief, America, and in France, Denmark, other countries in Europe, in the countries that helped and are helping France, and in other places that shall be named by al Qaeda at other times," reads the cryptic threat.

According to the Washington Times, the reference to France appears to be a retaliatory effort aimed at responding to the nation's military strikes in Mali. As TheBlaze has reported, the European nation has 2,400 forces in the North African nation and is taking steps to combat al Qaeda operatives there.

French troops patrol on January 30, 2013 along the Niger river in the northern city of Gao, a key Islamist stronghold until it was retaken on January 26 by French and Malian troops in a major boost to the French-led offensive against the Al Qaeda-linked rebels, who have been holding Mali's vast desert north since last April. Credit: AFP/Getty Images 

Aside from giving this account of the general areas the al Qaeda will target, the unidentified writer also outlines the mechanisms that will purportedly be used. In addition to lone-wolf attacks, "booby-trapped vehicles" are written up as the group's weapons of choice. According to the Times, U.S. officials are taking the Internet threat seriously.

"Extremists regularly make threats online," one official told the outlet. "This one is not particularly unusual, but of course should be taken seriously."

The threat comes as debate surrounds former Sen. Chuck Hagel and his potential confirmation as the Obama administration's new Secretary of Defense.

(H/T: Washington Times)

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