Arabic television channel Al Arabiya aired on Sunday what it said was an audio tape from an al Qaeda spokesman who said Osama bin Laden was alive and well. Al Arabiya attributed the recording to Afghan-based Qaeda official Abdel Rahman al-Najdi, who also urged Iraqis to continue their jihad or “holy war” against the U.S. troops occupying their country. Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the tape or the identity of the speaker. Unlike Kuwaiti-born spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith and other members of the militant network blamed for the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, Abdel Rahman al-Najdi has not previously been identified as an al Qaeda member. Full Story
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