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Thursday, 12 April, 2001, 09:50 GMT 10:50 UK
Bin Laden addresses Islamic radicals
Poster of Saudi dissident Osama Bin Laden
Bin Laden is seen by many as a hero of Islam
A video of Osama bin Laden's speech calling for support for the Taleban was played to an Islamic conference in Pakistan. A copy of the tape was later broadcast by Qatar's Al-Jazeera TV:

O Muslim ulema. Teach the Islamic nation that there is no Islam without a congregation, no congregation without an emirate, and no emirate without obedience.


Weakening the infidels and warding off their evil... can only be effected through a unified approach

Osama bin Laden
You are aware that at these difficult days, God has bestowed on the Islamic nation the rise of an Islamic state that applies God's sharia and raises the banner of monotheism, praise be to God; namely, the establishment of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan led by the prince of the faithful Molla Mohammed Omar, may God protect him.

It is your duty to call on the people to adhere to this emirate, to support it with souls and resources, and to back it in resisting the overwhelming currents of the world's infidelism.

One leader

Weakening the infidels and warding off their evil, and upholding principles of monotheism can only be effected through a unified approach and by the Muslim's unanimous choice of one leader from among their men.

I take this opportunity to assert that it is God's desire that I should pledge allegiance to the prince of the faithful Molla Mohammad Omar, that I have indeed given him my word of allegiance.

I hope that my action will serve only God the Almighty.

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