Al Qaeda revenge in Iraq `likely`: Iraqi minister

Terror network al Qaeda is "likely" to seek revenge for the killing of its leader Osama bin Laden by striking in Iraq.

Updated: May 08, 2011, 00:53 AM IST

Tunis: Terror network al Qaeda
is "likely" to seek revenge for the killing of its leader
Osama bin Laden by striking in Iraq, the country`s foreign
minister said on Saturday.

"Al Qaeda is still present in Iraq and pursues its
operations in the country, so its revenge after the
assassination of bin Laden is likely," Hoshyar Zebari said
after talks with Tunisian Prime Minister Beji Caid Essebsi.

US commandos flew to bin Laden`s home in a suburb of
the Pakistani city of Abbottabad overnight Sunday, shot him
dead and flew off with his body, which was later buried at
sea.

Al Qaeda has vowed to avenge the death of the
architect of the September 11, 2001 attacks, declaring him a
"martyr" and calling on Muslims to rise up against the United
States.

"We were the first to express relief after the
announcement of bin Laden`s death because of his crimes in
Iraq which caused more deaths on the Iraqi side than among the
foreign soldiers," Zebari added in a statement.

Al Qaeda`s Iraqi branch ISI has claimed a number of
high-profile attacks in Baghdad and across Iraq over the past
years.

Zebari has been on an official visit to Tunisia since
yesterday to compliment Tunisians on their revolution,
strengthen bilateral relations and possibly help Tunis after
Baghdad`s own democratic transition, he has said.

PTI