US embassy cable - 86KUWAIT415

THREAT LETTER FROM "ISLAMIC JIHAD"

Identifier: 86KUWAIT415
Wikileaks: View 86KUWAIT415 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Kuwait
Created: 1986-01-25 12:27:00
Classification: CONFIDENTIAL
Tags: PTER SY KU EG
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
O 251227Z JAN 86
FM AMEMBASSY KUWAIT
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 2776
INFO AMEMBASSY ABU DHABI 
AMEMBASSY BAGHDAD 
AMEMBASSY CAIRO 
AMCONSUL DHAHRAN 
AMEMBASSY DOHA 
AMEMBASSY MANAMA 
AMEMBASSY MUSCAT 
AMEMBASSY RIYADH 
C O N F I D E N T I A L KUWAIT 00415 
 
TERREP 
 
E.O. 12356:  DECL:  OADR 
TAGS:  PTER, SY, KU, EG 
SUBJECT:  THREAT LETTER FROM "ISLAMIC JIHAD" 
 
1.  (C-ENTIRE TEXT) 
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2.  EMBASSY ON JANUARY 25 RECEIVED LETTER QUOTED 
BELOW, PURPORTEDLY FROM ISLAMIC JIHAD.  ENVELOPE 
BORE EGYPTIAN STAMP AND APPEARS TO HAVE BEEN POST- 
MARKED IN EGYPT.  DATE OF POSTMARK WAS NOT LEGIBLE. 
LETTER WAS APPARENTLY A PHOTOCOPY.  TEXT WAS NEATLY 
TYPED WITHOUT TYPOS AND DRAFTED IN GOOD, CORRECTLY- 
SPELLED ENGLISH.  SIGNATURE LINE WAS TYPED ONLY, I.E., 
WITH NO HANDWRITTEN SIGNATURE. 
 
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3.  BEGIN TEXT: 
 
IN THE NAME OF ALLAH, THE COMPASSIONATE, THE MERCIFUL 
 
TO AMERICAN POLICYMAKERS: 
 
YOU HAVE BECOME MORE FRANK AND IMPERTINENT IN DEMON- 
STRATING YOUR MALICIOUS HOSTILITY TOWARD MUSLIMS. 
YOU ARE NO LONGER SATISFIED WITH SUPPORTING AND PARTICI- 
PATING IN THE ISRAELI ZIONIST'S CRIMES AGAINST MUSLIMS 
IN THE ARAB WORLD.  NOW UNDER THE COVER OF THE HYPO- 
CRITICAL SLOGAN OF ANTI-TERRORISM, YOU ARE MORE FRE- 
QUENTLY MAKING RECOURSE TO U.S. MILITARY MIGHT TO 
INITIATE AGGRESSION AGAINST THE MUSLIM ARABS. 
 
WE DELCARE WITH FULL RESPONSIBILITY THAT SUCH 
MISCHIEVOUS ACTIONS WILL NOT GO UNPUNISHED.  RETRI- 
BUTION WILL BE UNMERCIFUL AND EVERYWHERE.  THE 
AMERICANS WILL EXPERIENCE FOR THE FIRST TIME THE 
RIGHTEOUS ANGER OF THE MUSLIMS ON THEIR OWN TERRITORY. 
WE WILL STRIKE AT THE MOST VULNERABLE POINTS OF 
AMERICAN IMPERIALISM. 
 
OUR THREATS ARE NOT EMPTY WORDS|  YOU HAVE ALREADY HAD 
THE OPPORTUNITY OF BEING CONVINCED OF THIS. 
 
WE BLAME YOU BEFOREHAND FOR ANY VICTIMS AMONG AMERICAN 
CIVILIANS.  YOU MUST BE AWARE THAT OUR ACTIONS ARE A 
RESPONSE TO YOUR POLICY OF TERRORISM AGAINST THE MUS- 
LIMS.  WE ACCEPT YOUR CHALLENGE| 
 
ALLAH IS GREAT. 
 
--               ISLAMIC JIHAD 
 
END TEXT. 
 
 
4.  COMMENT:  LETTER WAS PRESUMABLY POSTED A WEEK OR 
SO AGO IN CAIRO, AND WE DO NOT BELIEVE IT MARKEDLY 
CHANGES OUR SECURITY SITUATION HERE.  NONETHELESS, 
WE WILL TAKE APPROPRIATE PRECAUTIONS.  WE WOULD BE 
INTERESTED IN KNOWING IF OTHER POSTS HAVE RECEIVED 
SIMILAR LETTERS. 
 
 
QUAINTON 

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