Al-Qaida in Iraq focused on outside attacks

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- Al-Qaida in Iraq's leader says in a new audiotape that his group is focused on attacks outside Iraq and seems to claim responsibility for the June 2007 attack on Glasgow International Airport.

Abu Ayyub al-Masri, also known as Abu Hamza al-Muhajir, does not specifically mention Glasgow airport in the tape posted Thursday on the Internet.

But he says his group carried out its "last operation in Britain, a good part of which was launched on the airport and the rest was not carried out due to a mistake made by one of the brothers."

Two men were arrested and charged with conspiring to murder after a burning Jeep was driven into the airport in June 2007. A day earlier, police discovered two cars packed with explosives in central London.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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