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'Bin Laden' Tape Claims Plot Vs. Muslims

An audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden calls President Bush “stupid” and claims American war plans against Iraq are part of a plot to attack Muslim nations in the Middle East and North Africa. The tape appeared to be the same 53-minute recording of which a few excerpts were released Thursday by the British-based Islamic Al-Ansaar news agency. It began appearing in full Sunday on Islamic-oriented Web sites. Al-Ansaar had said it acquired the tape from a seller who advertised it over the Internet. The United States’ goal in waging war against Iraq is to change the regional map to benefit Israel, according to the raspy voice said to belong to bin Laden. “It is clear that the preparations to attack Iraq are part of a series of attacks prepared for nations of the region including Syria, Iran, Egypt and Sudan,” the voice said. “The aim of the Crusaders’ campaign is to prepare the atmosphere for the establishment of the so-called greater Israel state, which includes great parts of Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Jordan and large portions of (Saudi Arabia),” it said. Full Story

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