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Tuesday, 10 September, 2002, 13:54 GMT 14:54 UK
'Bin Laden' speech excerpts
Ruins at Ground Zero
The destruction "torpedoed decades of scheming"
Arabic satellite television station al-Jazeera has broadcast excerpts from a recorded statement purportedly by al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and a will of one of the 11 September hijackers, Abdulaziz al-Omari. This is what they said:

Osama Bin Laden:


Those great men [the hijackers] entrenched faith in the hearts of the believers

When you talk about the New York and Washington raids, you talk about those men who changed the course of history and cleansed the chapters of the nation from the filth of the treasonous rulers and their followers, regardless of their names and titles.

Those great men entrenched faith in the hearts of the believers, demonstrated loyalty [to God] and dissociation [from infidels] and torpedoed decades of scheming by the crusaders and their agent rulers in the region.

Time does not allow us to mention all these men for what they are worth. The pen cannot numerate their good qualities and the effects of their blessed raids.

Mohammed Atta is the leader of the group, from Egypt, the destroyer of the first tower. He is a serious, diligent and faithful person. He carries the nation's concerns. We beseech God to accept him as a martyr.

Ziad Jarrah, purity and clarity, from Lebanon, Bilad al-Sham [Greater Syria], a descendant of Abi-Ubaydah Bin-al-Jarrah [a leader in early Islam], may God be pleased with him.

Marwan al-Shehhi, from the United Arab Emirates, the destroyer of the second tower. Life in this world wanted him, but he ran away from it because he wanted to meet God.

Hani Hanjour, from Al-Ta'if, the destroyer of the centre of the US defence, the Pentagon. Clear purity and a splendid sacrifice. We beseech God to accept him as a martyr.

Abdulaziz al-Omari:

I am writing this will and I do not know where I should begin. Ideas are accumulating in my mind, and I do not know which one I should begin with.


This is a message to all the infidels and to America... you should know that we can destroy you

This is why I chose to put these ideas into letters written with my heart through my pen. I am writing it while I am aware of what I say. I am writing it at the moment of the end, an end like the beginning. It is a presence, pleasure and a delighted heart.

My work is a message to anyone who heard about it, to anyone who saw it and to anyone whom you addressed through my letters.

At the same time, this is a message to all the infidels and to America. The message says: "Leave the Arabian Peninsula defeated and stop supporting the coward Jews in Palestine."

Otherwise, you will be severely tortured in this life before the hereafter. You should know that we can destroy you and other enemies.

Abdulaziz al-Omari
Hijacker Abdulaziz al-Omari: "We will die for the sake of this goal"
We will continue to seek your death and humiliation so long as the book of God [the Koran] and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad - may God's peace and blessings be upon him - are in our hands.

We will die for the sake of this goal. May God reward all those who trained me to tread this path and contributed to this great action.

I would like to particularly mention mujahid leader Sheikh Osama Bin Laden, may God preserve him from the plots of the plotters, the envy of the envious ones and the rancour of the rancorous ones.

May God add these deeds to his balance of good deeds. The one who does good things should be thanked. God acknowledges the good deeds of people.


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