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Sunday, 16 February, 2003, 18:32 GMT
'Bin Laden' tape urges 'jihad'

A new message said to be from the fugitive al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has been broadcast on several Arabic-language websites.

The message called for a jihad, or holy war, against western "crusaders," who were alleged to be plotting to set up a "Greater Israel" across the Middle East.

It accused US President George Bush and UK Prime Minister Tony Blair of seeking to wage war on Muslims.

The following are excerpts from the message, the full version of which was a 53-minute audio tape recording.

The Bush-Blair agreement speaks of eradicating terrorism, but it is now clear to everyone that the real purpose of this agreement is to try and finish Islam and destroy it.

In their speeches and statements, the rulers of the region are assuring the public of their support for Bush in his war on terror, which is in fact a war on Islam and Muslims, in an act of clear betrayal and treachery against the Muslim ummah...

The recent deployment of forces for an attack on Iraq is only a link in the chain of continuing attacks on the countries of this region, including Egypt, Syria, Iran and Sudan.

Afghan leader Hamid Karzai with President Bush in New York
The message labels Karzai "an American agent"

However, their real intention is to conquer and divide the land of the two holy sanctuaries [Saudi Arabia], as they have long realised the strategic value of this target, ever since this objective was passed on from Britain to the United States 60 years ago...

One of the most important objectives of this latest crusade is to establish a huge Jewish superstate (Greater Israel) that will include the whole of Palestine, parts of Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and a huge area from the land of the two holy sanctuaries.

And what do you know about Greater Israel and the harm and suffering that it will bring to this region?

What is happening in Palestine is a small sample of what will take place in the region: the killing of men, women and children; imprisonment, terrorism and the destruction of houses; the pillaging of the land and razing of factories; and putting the people into a perpetual state of fear, where they can expect death at any time from a rocket or shell destroying their houses and killing their womenfolk...

Terror attacks praised

In 1998, the mujahidin warned America to cease their support for the Jews and leave the land of the two holy sanctuaries, but the enemy refused to heed this warning, so the mujahidin, with ability from God, smashed them with two mighty blows in East Africa.

They destroyed the idols of America

'Bin Laden' on 11 September hijackers

Then again America was warned, but she refused to pay attention to the warnings, so the mujahidin destroyed the American destroyer, the USS Cole, in Aden, in a martyrdom operation, striking a solid blow at the face of the American military and exposing the Yemeni government as American agents...

On the blessed Tuesday 11 September 2001... there came the youths with dishevelled hair and dusty feet, who were wanted and pursued all over the world. These youths believed in their Lord, so God provided them with guidance and put constancy in their tongues and faith in their hearts, so they stopped fearing, for the sake of God, the blame of any blamer.

These youths... launched their attacks with their planes in an unparalleled and magnificent feat of valour, unmatched by any in humankind before them.

They destroyed the idols of America, struck at the very heart of the Defence Department and hit the black heart of the US economy, rubbing America's nose in the dust and rolling her arrogance and pride into mud.

Yet with the destruction of the twin towers in New York, there occurred an even bigger destruction: that of the great American dream and legend of democracy...

'American wolf skinned'

One of the many positive results of the retaliatory attacks on New York and Washington is that they have exposed the true characteristics of the crusaders and revealed the extent of their hate towards Muslims.

It is incumbent upon believers to wage jihad

'Bin Laden' message

These attacks took the skin off the American wolf, and they have been left standing in their filthy, naked reality...

Can a Muslim tell Muslims to pledge their hands into the hands of Hamed Karzai and co-operate with him to establish Islam, lift oppression and stop America's plans in their tracks?!! This is impossible, because Karzai is an American agent...

What is the difference between Karzai the non-Arab and Karzai the Arab? Who implanted and established the rulers of the Arabian Gulf? They are none other than the crusaders, who appointed the Karzai of Kabul, established the Karzai of Pakistan, and implanted the Karzai of Kuwait and the Karzai of Bahrain and the Karzai of Qatar and others.

Who appointed the Karzai of Riyadh?... They were none other than the crusaders, and they are continuing to enslave us to this very day!!

Jihad today is compulsory for the entire ummah and she will remain in sin until she produces her sons, wealth and power to the extent of being able to wage jihad and defend all Muslims in Palestine and elsewhere against the evil of the disbelievers.

It is incumbent upon believers to wage jihad to establish the truth and eradicate falsehood...

It is incumbent upon the ummah to protect the jihad that exists today and support it with every means, as this jihad is a very valuable asset to us, as in Palestine, Chechnya, Afghanistan, Kashmir, Indonesia, the Philippines and other Muslim lands.

Despite the enemies' vicious attacks, the banner of jihad in these lands is not remaining aloft except by the grace of God and the extreme efforts and sacrifices of the mujahidin with their blood and skulls...

BBC Monitoring, based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.


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