Australia's prime minister has launched a stinging attack on the man hoping to be the first black US president.
John Howard said a win for Barack Obama would be a victory for the terrorists.
Mr Obama yesterday announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination in Springfield, Illinois.
Mr Howard has urged voters not to trust him after the Democrat senator is vowing to bring back troops from Iraq.
"If I were running Al-Qaeda in Iraq, I would put a circle around March 2008 and pray as many times as possible for a victory, not only for Obama, but also for the Democrats," he said.