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Al-Qaeda compounds jitters by calling for fresh strikes

Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda terror network has added to the jitters in the West and the Gulf by calling for more suicide attacks and blasting Arab countries that assisted the US-led war on Iraq. One Arab analyst said Thursday the threats contained in an audiotape attributed to bin Laden’s right-hand man, Ayman al-Zawahiri, and aired on Qatar’s Al-Jazeera TV, suggested al-Qaeda would step up attacks in the wake of the Iraq war, hitting both civilian and military targets. But Saudi Islamist dissident Saad al-Faqih said he did not believe the tape made much difference given the already high level of alert in the United States, Saudi Arabia and other countries in anticipation of fresh strikes following the deadly May 12 triple suicide bombings in Riyadh. The United States has chided Al-Jazeera for airing Zawahiri’s “hateful diatribe” on Wednesday in which he called on Muslims to force Westerners out of their lands by attacking them and emulating the September 11, 2001 suicide hijackings in the United States. Full Story

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