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Al-Qaeda sets bounty for cartoonist's murder

The purported head of al-Qaeda in Iraq has offered a reward for the murder of a cartoonist over his drawing of the Prophet Muhammad, according to an audio available on Islamist websites Saturday.
In August, a Swedish newspaper published drawing of the Prophet Muhammad’s head on the body of a dog sculpture.
Groups with ties to al-Qaida have denounced the drawings and placed a $100,000 bounty on the head of the cartoonist and a $50,000 reward to anyone who kills the newspaper’s editor.
Muslims think any visual representation of the Prophet is blasphemous, and many Muslims regard the dog as an impure animal.
According to an AP report available on USA Today’s website, the reaction to this cartoon has been “muted, in contrast to last year’s fiery demonstrations that erupted in several Muslim countries after a Danish newspaper published 12 cartoons of Muhammad that were widely seen in the Islamic world as insulting.?
The AP reports that al-Qaeda is not known to have any kind of presence in Europe.

USA Today:
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/iraq/2007-09-15-alqaidacartoons_N.htm

BBC:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6996553.stm">http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6996553.stm