Islamic cleric says Ireland is a 'legitimate target'
By Mick McCaffrey
17 August 2005
A notorious British-based Islamic extremist has said Ireland is a "legitimate" target for al-Qa'ida terror attacks.
Anjem Choudary, who has close links to the infamous hate preacher, Omar Bakri Mohammed, said the use of Shannon Airport as a stop-off for US warplanes justifies Ireland being attacked.
The solicitor (38) said: "If your government wants to support the atrocities in Afghanistan they can expect some repercussions," and added that Ireland had "opened itself" to attacks from radical Muslims linked to al-Qa'ida.
"If people slipped into Ireland from Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere, where the Irish are standing side by side with the butcher of Baghdad, George Bush, then they would have a legitimacy for that type of thing.
"That's not my personal opinion but your asking me what it says in the Koran."