In a letter published in a pan-Arab newspaper by a group that says it is linked to al Qaeda, brigades were told to stop all operations in Europe. The letter came from the Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades which took responsibility for the Madrid bombings.
The letter adds: "Because of this decision, the leadership has decided to stop all operations within the Spanish territories... until we know the intentions of the new government that has promised to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq."
A videotape also appeared of a man who says he is al Qaeda's European spokesman. He stated that the group wants Bush to beat Kerry because there is no leader "more foolish than you (Bush), who deals with matters by force rather than with wisdom."