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Bin Laden Deputy Warns of More Attacks on the U.S.

A top al Qaeda leader warned President Bush in an audiotape broadcast Tuesday to prepare for more attacks on the United States. In the tape aired by Al Jazeera television, Ayman al-Zawahri said: “Bush, strengthen your defenses and your security measures for the Muslim nation which sent you the legion of New York and Washington has determined to send you legion after legion seeking death and paradise.” Zawahri, Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man, also appeared on Tuesday to single out France in its league of enemies, accusing Paris of displaying “Crusader hatred” toward Islam by banning Muslim headscarves from state classrooms. By turning on France in an audiotape broadcast on Dubai-based Al Arabiya television, Zawahri — identifiable by his voice and rhetorical style — went beyond now familiar tirades against the United States, Britain, Gulf Arab states and other supporters of last year’s U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Full Story

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