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Al-Arabiya airs bin Laden tape, Al-Jazeera says it had it before

The Dubai-based Al-Arabiya satellite channel aired an audiotape attributed to Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in which he slammed the US-led war in Iraq as “a new crusade” against Muslims. But its Qatar-based rival Al-Jazeera said the tape was the same one it had aired more extensively on October 18. “The last audiotape which Al-Arabiya channel broadcast was broadcast before, on 18 October 2003, by Al-Jazeera satellite channel,” it said in a statement sent to AFP, along with a transcript of the tape. The recording was aired at the time in the form of “messages” from bin Laden to the Iraqi and American peoples. Al-Arabiya officials were not available for comment. Parts aired by Al-Arabiya did not include remarks in which the man purported to be bin Laden threatened to send suicide bombers to the United States and to attack any forces joining the US-led coalition in Iraq. Full Story

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