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Friday, 14 December, 2001, 14:00 GMT
Osama Bin Laden video excerpts
Osama Bin Laden and follower in video released the US
Osama Bin Laden (left) talking to a follower
The US has released a videotape that it says implicates Osama Bin Laden in the 11 September attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Here are excerpts of the transcript:

Osama Bin Laden: Those young men (...inaudible...) said in deeds, in New York and Washington, speeches that overshadowed all other speeches made everywhere else in the world .... Some of them said that in Holland, at one of the centres, the number of people who accepted Islam during the days that followed the operations were more than the people who accepted Islam in the last 11 years ... This event made people think (about true Islam) which benefited Islam greatly.


The number of people who accepted Islam during the days that followed the operations were more than the people who accepted Islam in the last 11 years

Osama Bin Laden

Unidentified Sheikh: Hundreds of people used to doubt you and few only would follow you until this huge event happened. Now hundreds of people are coming out to join you.

Bin Laden: We calculated in advance the number of casualties from the enemy, who would be killed based on the position of the tower.

We calculated that the floors that would be hit would be three or four floors. I was the most optimistic of them all.

...Due to my experience in this field, I was thinking that the fire from the gas in the plane would melt the iron structure of the building and collapse the area where the plane hit and all the floors above it only. This is all that we had hoped for.

Unidentified Sheikh: Allah be praised.

Osama Bin Laden: .. We had notification since the previous Thursday that the event would take place that day. We had finished our work that day and had the radio on. It was 5:30 p.m. our time. ... Immediately, we heard the news that a plane had hit the World Trade Center ...

Sheikh: Allah be praised.


The brothers, who conducted the operation, all they knew was that they have a martyrdom operation and we asked each of them to go to America but they didn't know anything about the operation

Osama Bin Laden

Osama Bin Laden: After a little while, they announced that another plane had hit the World Trade Center. The brothers who heard the news were overjoyed by it ... everyone until the next day, in the morning, was talking about what was happening and we stayed until four o'clock, listening to the news every time a little bit different, everyone was very joyous and saying "Allah is great, Allah is great" ... That day the congratulations were coming on the phone non-stop.

Sheikh: Thank Allah America came out of its caves. We hit her the first hit and the next one will hit her with the hands of the believers, the good believers, the strong believers. By Allah it is a great work. Allah prepares for you a great reward for this work.

Bin Laden: Abu-Al-Hasan Al-((Masri)), who appeared on al-Jazeera TV a couple of days ago and addressed the Americans saying: "If you are true men, come down here and face us." (...inaudible...) He told me a year ago: "I saw in a dream, we were playing a soccer game against the Americans. When our team showed up in the field, they were all pilots!" ... He (Abu-Al-Hasan) didn't know anything about the operation until he heard it on the radio. He said the game went on and we defeated them. That was a good omen for us.

Bin Laden: ... Muhammad (Atta) from the Egyptian family (meaning the al-Qaeda Egyptian group) was in charge of the group.

Sheikh: A plane crashing into a tall building was out of anyone's imagination. This was a great job. He was one of the pious men in the organisation. He became a martyr. Allah bless his soul. (...)

Osama Bin Laden: The brothers, who conducted the operation, all they knew was that they have a martyrdom operation and we asked each of them to go to America but they didn't know anything about the operation, not even one letter.

But they were trained and we did not reveal the operation to them until they are there and just before they boarded the planes.

... Those who were trained to fly didn't know the others.

Click here to read the full transcript
(PDF file)

The transcript and the annotations were prepared by two independent translators in the US. They compared their translation with that done by the US government. There were no inconsistencies in the translations.

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