Berlusconi mentioned in al-Qaida video


ROME -- Media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi was the only Italian on a list of internationally known leaders mentioned in an al-Qaida video as "enemies" of the terrorist organization.

Berlusconi, who was named because he backed the U.S.-led war in Iraq while prime minister, was the only media figure on a list that was led by President Bush and also included former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar and former U.S. cabinet officials Donald Rumsfeld and Colin Powell.

The 50-minute video, titled "An Invitation to Reflection and Repentance," said Berlusconi was "an accomplice ... in the crusader war against Islam."

The Italian government said Tuesday that it would pay extra attention to Berlusconi's security in the wake of the video's release. But a statement from Mediaset indicated that Berlusconi would not change his schedule because of the implied threat from the video.