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Manfred SeehDie Presse
Austrians thought theyd escaped the wrath of the Islamists, said Manfred Seeh in Viennas Die Presse. Our contribution to the war on terror consists of a paltry five soldiers in Afghanistan, all in noncombat positions. Yet these five have now attracted attention. The Islamist Web site Voice of the Caliphate has threatened Austria (and Germany, which has 3,000 troops deployed) with unspecified consequences if the soldiers dont leave Muslim territory. In a video posted on the site, a masked man said it would be unfortunate if anyone happened to feel moved to attack our country. Do not destroy the security of a whole country for the sake of five soldiers, said the speaker. Decide quickly and withdraw your soldiers. The Austrian government says it is taking the threat seriously and has ordered the officers in Afghanistan not to wander outside of NATO headquarters in Kabul. Here at home, the damage may already be done. Even an unrealized threat can scare away tourists.