Al-Qaida in Iraq warns of “dark days


BAGHDAD — Al-Qaida in Iraq’s new leader is warning of “dark days soaked with blood” and says a new campaign of attacks has already begun.

The al-Qaida offshoot, the Islamic State of Iraq, named al-Nasser Lideen Allah Abu Suleiman as its new minister of war.

He replaces Abu Ayyub al-Masri, who was killed with another top al-Qaida leader, Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, last month in a U.S.-Iraqi military strike on a safe house.

In a statement posted on militant websites Friday, Abu Suleiman says a new campaign of attacks on security and military checkpoints has started, but that it is just the beginning.

He warns Iraqi rulers of “long gloomy nights and dark days soaked with blood.”