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The Al-Arabiya television station yesterday broadcast an audio tape
recording attributed to a leader of the al-Qaeda network, calling
on Iraqis to continue to resist the US-led occupation of their
"Mujahedeen in Iraq... the entire world watched the fall of the
Today it is watching your resistance to the Americans, the British
and their agents," said the recording attributed to Abu Abdel
Rahman al-Najdi, who claims to be al-Qaeda's spokesman in
"Before their war in Iraq, the Americans scorned the United Nations
and violated all the international laws, moral and humanitarian
principles," said the recording, dated August 10.
"The Americans continue to plead with the United Nations for it to
supply international troops (in Iraq)," continued the poor-quality,
scarcely audible tape recording.
It called on the Iraqi population to "pursue their resistance",
taking example from al-Qaeda fighters in Afghanistan whom it
claimed had "killed some 1 200 men in their guerilla campaign
against US and allied soldiers.
The voice finally claimed that both the Taliban leader Mullah Omar
and al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden were in good health.
Al-Najdi, who is believed to be in hiding in the southern Afghan
province of Kandahar, is wanted by the US Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI). – Sapa-AFP.