A Sudanese cleric called last week for attacks on American targets, should the United States launch an airstrike on jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant who have taken over several cities in Iraq.
In a Friday sermon, the cleric Muhammad Al-Jazouli said that all U.S. embassies and interests would become "legitimate targets" in the event of such an airstrike, adding that targets would also include tourist resorts, universities, coffee shops, restaurants, airplanes, ships, shops, and companies.
The sermon was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
“Oh Americans, if your armed forces land in Iraq once again, this will mean a new phase in targeting you – your tourist resorts, your embassies in our Arab capitals, your diplomatic delegations, your universities and schools, your coffee shops and restaurants, your airplanes and ships, your shops and companies,” he threatened.
“Oh Americans, give the White House idiot a smack on the hand, so that he will not lead you once again into attrition, which will cause further deterioration and collapse of your economy,” said Al-Jazouli.
“If a single American plane flies over Iraq in order to strike at ISIS, it will be one of our most obligatory religious duties to support the nucleus of the righteous caliphate, by turning all the American embassies and interests into legitimate targets. Play a role in defending the nucleus of the caliphate!” he declared.
Obama so far has shown a highly inconsistent position on Iraq. Last Friday he committed to not sending troops to Iraq, only to send over 500 marines, dozens of helicopters, and the aircraft carrier George HW Bush into the Persian Gulf on Tuesday.
On Wednesday, he ruled out American airstrikes on ISIS, while hinting this was a possibility in a speech on Thursday, in which he said, “We will be prepared to take targeted and precise military action if and when we determine that the situation on the ground requires it.”