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Top al-Qaeda Official Urges attacks on the West

Qatar’s Al-Jazeera television yesterday aired what it said was an audio tape purportedly from Osama bin Laden’s top aide, in which he urged Muslims to intensify their jihad or holy war against Americans and Jews. “The crusaders and the Jews only understand the language of the murder, bloodshed and of the burning towers (World Trade Centre attacks)… carry arms against your enemies, the Americans, the Jews,” senior al-Qaeda official Ayman al-Zawahri said in the recording. AFP reported that the voice said to be that of al-Zawahri urged Muslims to attack embassies of western countries, including those of Australia. They should force Westerners from the “land of Islam”, meaning the Arabian peninsula, by attacking them and “emulating” the September 11 suicide hijackings in the United States. Full Story

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