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Saturday, 13 October, 2001, 23:20 GMT 00:20 UK
Al-Qaeda threatens US and UK
Osama Bin Laden
Bin Laden: Prime suspect for the 11 September attacks
The al-Qaeda organisation of Islamic militant Osama Bin Laden has threatened fresh terror attacks against both the United States and the United Kingdom.

The truth shows that Bush is an agent of Israel and sacrifices his people and his country's economy for those, and helps them occupy the Muslims' land and persecute their sons

Al-Qaeda spokesman
Spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith said there would be strikes in retaliation for the military action being taken against Afghanistan by US and British forces.

He advised Muslims in the US and UK not to travel by plane and not to live in skyscrapers - a clear reference to the 11 September suicide attacks on New York's World Trade Center using hijacked aircraft.

White House spokeswoman Jennifer Millerwise described the al-Qaeda statement as "just more propaganda".

ruins of twin towers
The World Trade Center was destroyed by hijacked aircraft
Ghaith warned the US and UK to leave the Arabian peninsula or else "the land will be set on fire under their feet".

Ghaith added: "The storm will not calm as long as you [the United States and Britain] do not end your support for the Jews in Palestine, lift your embargo from around the Iraqi people, and have left the Arabian peninsula."

He threatened US President George W Bush and his father, former President Bill Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for their "terrible crimes and the worst crimes".

"Millions of Muslims, men, women and children, have died without doing anything," he said.

The message came as the US-led air strikes on Afghanistan continued and fears grew over the anthrax outbreak in the US.

The al-Qaeda statement was made in a recorded message broadcast on the Qatari satellite TV network al-Jazeera.

The US networks did not broadcast the message following requests by the government, amid fears that Bin Ladin was using them to send coded messages to supporters.

Al-Jazeera was also asked not to broadcast anything which incited Muslims to violence.

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