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U.S. Muslims reject bin Laden suicide call

An American Muslim advocacy group Wednesday rejected Osama bin Laden’s reported attempts to persuade Iraqis to carry out suicide missions against Americans if the United States launches a military offensive to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. In a taped message, released last Tuesday by the Arab Al Jazeera network, a voice U.S. authorities say is that of al Qaida leader bin Laden, urged Muslims in Iraq to carry out suicide missions against U.S. troops. The voice also urged Muslims around the world to “rise against the puppet Islamic rulers” who have already used America to subjugate the Muslims. Al Qaida is believed to have masterminded and carried out the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on New York and Washington and has also allegedly been involved in other terrorist attacks. Before Sept. 11, bin Laden operated from bases in Afghanistan, but after the collapse of the Taliban government in December 2001, he went into hiding. Initially, he was presumed dead but U.S. intelligence experts now say at least one of the tapes claiming to contain messages from him was indeed bin Laden’s voice. Full Story

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