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U.S. Afghan General Says Bin Laden Tape Not Proof

The U.S. general leading the hunt for Taliban and al Qaeda fugitives in Afghanistan said Wednesday that an audio tape purported to be from Osama bin Laden did not prove he was still alive. U.S. officials have said an audio tape broadcast on the Qatar-based al-Jazeera network Tuesday was probably genuine and that it suggested a link between Iraq and bin Laden’s al Qaeda network. The taped message urged Muslims to fight the United States and repel any war against Iraq — but also lashed out at Baghdad’s leaders as “infidels.” But Lt. Gen. Dan McNeill, who is leading about coalition 13,000 troops in the hunt for bin Laden, other members of the al Qaeda network and the former Taliban regime that gave it shelter, was not convinced. Full Story

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