Al Qaida jitters
The week's news at a glance.
Australians are bracing for attacks after al Qaida singled them out as targets in a statement claiming responsibility for a recent bombing. An unsigned al Qaida statement given to Arab TV stations said the Aug. 5 Marriott bombing in Jakarta, believed to have been carried out by the al Qaidaaffiliated group Jemaah Islamiyah, was aimed at the dirty American presence and the discriminatory Australian presence in Muslim Indonesia. Dennis Richardson, the head of Australian intelligence, said there was no doubt that his countrys close alliance with the U.S. in the war on terror had made it vulnerable. The Aussie media exploded in nervous headlines such as U.S. Ties Make Us a Target and Australians Are Next.