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Threat of more attacks

Revolutionary Struggle attacked the US Embassy because of Washington’s policies in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia, the militant group said in a statement published yesterday as it threatened more strikes on Greek and American targets. According to the five-page proclamation, published in the weekly Pontiki newspaper, the firing of the rocket-propelled grenade at the embassy on January 12 was the group’s «response to the criminal war on terrorism that the US has launched across the planet.» It said that the attack will have made «many people in Palestine, Lebanon and Iraq» happy. The terrorist organization, which first appeared in 2003, blasted US foreign policy, particularly in Iraq and the Middle East, and condemned the Greek government for allying itself with Washington «blindly.» «Our victorious battles against this establishment will show how vulnerable it is,» Revolutionary Struggle said, which dedicated its embassy attack to the «Iraqi resistance» and said that it wants to remove US bases and drive NATO from Greece. The group claimed it is part of «an armed battle against the new order» and criticized Public Order Minister Vyron Polydoras and Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis for being «lackeys» of the US government. Authorities feel that the two ministers may be the terrorists’ next targets as Revolutionary Struggle has in the past mentioned its prospective victims in its proclamations. Police are also worried about references to judges in the November 17 trial and the group’s claim that Parliament would be the second building to be demolished – after the US Embassy – if there is an uprising in Greece. «The government does not take part in dialogues with terrorists,» said alternate government spokesman Evangelos Antonaros when asked about New Democracy’s response to the proclamation. «The proclamation is full of hot air,» said the leader of the Synaspismos Left Coalition Alekos Alavanos, who went on to criticize «the missiles of the USA» which «create a framework for them to attack democratic rights and freedoms in the name of security.»