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Bashir Says U.S. Is an Enemy of Muslims

The alleged spiritual leader of the al-Qaida-linked Jemaah Islamiyah terror network has accused Washington of pressuring Indonesia to keep him in prison to stop his campaign to establish Islamic law in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Abu Bakar Bashir, in a jailhouse interview with The Associated Press this week, insisted he had nothing to do with terrorism or a string of devastating bombings in Southeast Asia. Nevertheless, he denounced the United States as an enemy of Muslims, said attacks on U.S. interests were justified and lauded Osama bin Laden as a “member of Allah’s army.” “America screams … and then the police say they will arrest me,” Bashir said. “America clearly started a war against Islam. We are right to defend ourselves.” Full Story

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