Purported Qaeda Tape Urges Muslims to Fight U.S.
Al Arabiya television aired on Monday an audio tape it said was from an al Qaeda spokesman saying Osama bin Laden and Taliban chief Mullah Omar were alive and urging Muslims to fight a holy war against U.S. troops in Iraq. The Arabic television channel attributed the recording to Afghan-based al Qaeda official Abdel Rahman al-Najdi, who it said was on a U.S. list of wanted al Qaeda members. An official at the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said Abdel Rahman al-Najdi was not on their list of most wanted. “I would like to bring the good tidings to Muslims everywhere that Sheikh Osama bin Laden is well, very well and that Mullah Omar is also alive,” the voice on the recording said, referring respectively to the al Qaeda chief and Taliban leader who was ousted in a 2001 U.S.-led war in Afghanistan. Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the tape or the identity of the speaker. Full Story