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Bin Laden Issues New Tape

The tape is reportedly posted on an Islamist website (file photo) June 30, 2006 -- Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is reported to have issued a new audio tape.

The voice on the 20-minute recording pays tribute to Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, Al-Qaeda's leader in Iraq who was killed in a U.S. air strike earler this month.

"The lion of jihad, Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi, was killed in an American attack," the voice says. "We are for Allah and to him we shall return. We hope Allah will honor him and make him a martyr."

The authenticity of the tape, which was posted on an Islamist website today, could not be immediately verified.

(Reuters, AP)

Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi

Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi

Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi(undated AFP file photo)

COMMITTED TO TERROR: Jordan-born Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi has been among the most visible and ruthless leaders of Iraq's post-Saddam Hussein insurgency. In a tape released earlier this month, al-Zaqawi called on Iraqi Sunnis to fight against Shi'a and labeled Shi'ite spiritual leader Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani an "atheist."
Insurgents loyal to Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi's Al-Qaeda-affiliated organization have regained control over much of Al-Anbar Governorate, and are posing a major challenge to U.S. and Iraqi forces. A local security force established by tribesmen under an agreement with the U.S. military has all but ceased operating, after nearly a dozen tribal leaders were assassinated in revenge attacks by insurgents loyal to al-Zarqawi's Mujahedin Shura Council since January. Local tribal leaders now say they are afraid to be seen associating with U.S. forces, lest they be targeted by insurgents....(more)


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