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Purported Bin Laden Tape Likely Authentic

A speaker believed to be Osama bin Laden said on an audiotape that the U.S.-led war in Iraq was the beginning of the “occupation” of Gulf states for their oil and called on Muslims to keep fighting a holy war in the Middle East. The tape is likely authentic, U.S. officials said Monday. The voice on the audiotape, broadcast Sunday on the Al-Jazeera satellite channel, referred to recent events — including the Dec. 13 capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein and peace initiatives between Israel and the Palestinians. The speaker urged Muslims to “continue the jihad to check the conspiracies that are hatched against the Islamic nation.” Full Story

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