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Al Jazeera TV Statement on Bin Laden Tape

Al Jazeera Airs New Bin Laden Audio Tap

Al Jazeera Satellite Channel received Tuesday evening 11th of February 2003 an An audio tape carrying a message from the leader of Al Qaeda Osama Bin Laden.

The duration of the tape is 16 minutes. It is not known when the actual recording of the message took place. The way Al Jazeera received this latest audio recording was similar to the way the Arab language news channel received previous audio and visual recordings by Osama Bin Laden

In this latest audio recording, Bin Laden delivered a message to the people of Iraq encouraging them to stand fast in the face of the expected American military attack on their country. He pointed out that there is no harm in the current situation in the interest of Moslems coinciding with those of the socialists, while at the same time intimating that socialists and socialist regimes, whether in Baghdad or Aden are infidels. Bin Laden also stressed his view that all those who collaborate with the Americans against Iraq are breaking with Islam. He further pointed that the United States of America, through its occupation of Iraq, is endeavouring to realise the Zionist dream of Greater Israel in the area
Doha-Feb. 12, 2003

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