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Bin Laden 'to issue 9/11 video'

Image said to be of Osama bin Laden taken from a banner advertisement on an Islamist website
A photo on the website showed bin Laden's beard now looks dark

Osama Bin Laden is said to be preparing to release a video message to the American people to coincide with the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

The announcement was made on an Islamist website, where al-Qaeda's media arm frequently posts messages.

US homeland security officials could not confirm the existence of a tape, and said there was "no credible information of an imminent threat".

Al-Qaeda has put out similar statements in the past but no video has followed.

Bin Laden has not been seen in a video since October 2004, when he threatened new attacks against the US on the eve of the presidential election.

An audio tape was released in January 2006.

Dyed beard?

A banner advertisement for the video, written in Arabic, read: "Soon, God willing, a video tape from the lion sheikh Osama Bin Laden, God preserve him."

It carried an al-Sahab logo - regarded as a signature of al-Qaeda recordings.

There were no indications of the content of the video or when exactly it might appear.

The website also included a photograph, which appeared to show Bin Laden has aged compared with previous pictures - although his beard now looks dark rather than greying.

Correspondents say a new video - if indeed one does appear - would serve to dispel persistent rumours that the al-Qaeda leader might have died.



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