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Guardian: Text: Bin Laden's statement
8/10/2001 10:44 am Mon
Sunday October 7, 2001
The nations of infidels have all united against Muslims. You American people -
can you ask yourselves why [there is] all this hate against America and Israel?
The answer is clear and very simple, that America has committed so many crimes
against the nations of Muslims.
America is the head of criminals by creating Israel - this continuous crime for 50
The government which is besieging the people of Iraq and killing them.
Why [is] your government... supporting the rotten governments of our countries
What happened in the United States is a natural reaction to the ignorant policy
of the United States.
If it continues with this policy, the sons of Islam will not stop their struggle. The
American people have to know that what is happening to them now is the result
of their support of this policy.
The war against Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden is a war on Islam.
This is a new battle, a great battle, similar to the great battles of Islam, like the
conquest of Jerusalem.
I believe that there is only one God and there is no prophet but Mohammed.
America was hit by God in one of its softest spots. America is full of fear from
its north to its south, from its west to its east. Thank God for that.
This is something, very little, of what we have tasted for decades. Since nearly
80 years we have been tasting this humility.
They [Americans] support the murder against the victims so God has given back
to them what they deserve.
I say that the matter is very clear. That every Muslim after this and after what
the officials in America stated, with the head of the infidels, Bush, they come out
with their men and equipment and they even encourage countries calling
themselves Muslims against us.
They come out to fight Islam in the name of fighting terrorism.
These events have split the whole world into two camps: the camps of belief and
These events have split the whole world into two camps: the camps of belief and
the camps of disbelief. Every Muslim should support his religion and now the wind of change has blown
up to the Arabian peninsula.
Every Muslim should support his religion and now the wind of change has blown up to the Arabian peninsula.
I say by God the great, America will never dream, not those who live in America
will never taste security and safety unless we feel security and safety in our lands
and in Palestine.
Bin Laden goes on television to denounce Americans as sinners
08 October 2001
In an astonishing riposte to the United States and its coalition of
allies, Osama bin Laden appeared in a taped television broadcast
yesterday in which he said Americans were sinners who deserved
the attacks of 11 September and that their country was gripped by
Dressed in battle fatigues, an Afghan headdress and with an AK-47
assault rifle propped close by, Mr bin Laden condemned US policies
in the Middle East and said the strikes against Afghanistan
represented a "war on Islam".
Apparently composed and pointing a finger towards the camera to
stress various points, he praised God for the attacks on New York
and Washington, in which almost 6,000 people were killed.
"America was hit by God in one of its softest spots," Mr bin Laden
said, speaking in Arabic and flanked by two aides. "America is full
of fear from its north to its south, from its west to its east. Thank God
for that. Our nation has been tasting fear, hatred and injustices for
The video was broadcast on a Middle East satellite channel just
hours after the military attacks on various sites across Afghanistan
by the US and Britain, but it seems almost certain that it was taped
before the strikes were launched.
Mr bin Laden said: "Millions of innocent children are being killed in
Iraq and in Palestine and we don't hear a word from the infidels. We
don't hear a raised voice. We hear no denunciation, we hear no
edict from the hereditary rulers. "When the sword falls on the United States, they cry for their
children and they cry for their people. The least you can say about
these people is that they are sinners. They have helped evil triumph
"When the sword falls on the United States, they cry for their children and they cry for their people. The least you can say about these people is that they are sinners. They have helped evil triumph over good."The broadcast on the Al-Jazeera network in Qatar was of a tape initially said to have been recorded by Mr bin Laden yesterday, though there was later some dispute about when he actually made the recording of his statement.
The recording appeared to have been made during daylight hours -
suggesting it was taped before the United States and Britain
launched their air strikes.
The video was filmed in what appeared to be rocky cave, but there
was no indication of where specifically it had been recorded.
Reports from the Taliban said that neither Mr bin Laden nor the
Taliban's spiritual leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, had been killed
by the waves of cruise missile strikes.
In lines that strangely echoed the comments by the US President,
George Bush, that nations had to decide whether they were "with us
or with the terrorists", Mr bin Laden said the attacks on Afghanistan
- which presumably he had anticipated - had split the world. "I say
these events have split the whole world into two camps: the camp of
the faithful and the camp of the infidels," he said. "Every Muslim
should support his religion.
"To the United States, I say, I swear by God the Great that the United
States will never taste security and safety until peace reigns in
Palestine, and before all the army of infidels departs the land of
Ayman Zawahri, believed to be one of Mr bin Laden's most senior
associates, also appeared in the video. The leader of Egypt's Islamic
Jihad and a man jailed for his part in the 1981 assassination of the
Egyptian President at the time, Anwar Sadat, urged Muslims to resist
The video, shown by the independent television network that has
been carrying a series of exclusive broadcasts relating to Osama bin
Laden, started with a statement read by one of his aides, Suleiman
"America has announced its total support for the Zionist entity that
has killed and oppressed Muslims and Arabs and this is its stupid
policy," he said. "What happened in the United States is a natural reaction to the
ignorant policy of the United States. It if continues with this policy,
the sons of Islam will not stop their struggle. The American people
have to know that what is happening to them now is the result of
their support of this policy.
"What happened in the United States is a natural reaction to the ignorant policy of the United States. It if continues with this policy, the sons of Islam will not stop their struggle. The American people have to know that what is happening to them now is the result of their support of this policy.
"The war against Afghanistan and Osama bin Laden is a war on
October 8, 2001
Osama: US will never be secure
US officials caution Americans at home and abroad to be vigilant
(CAIRO) Islamic militant Osama bin Laden has promised the United States that it
'will never more know security as long as Palestine does not know security', in a
recorded video message broadcast last night by the al-Jazeera satellite
War against Afghanistan and himself is 'war on Islam', Osama said in a statement
read by an aide. Osama was shown dressed in fatigues and an Afghan
headdress, sitting quietly next to his spokesman as the spokesman read the
It was not clear when the video was made, but it referred to Sept 11 attacks, but
not to last night's strikes by the US and Britain.
Both Osama and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar survived the US and British
attacks on Afghanistan, the Taliban ambassador to Pakistan said. 'By the grace of
God, Mullah Omar and bin Laden are alive,' ambassador Abdul Salam Zaeef told
US officials meanwhile warned Americans at home and abroad that military
strikes now underway in Afghanistan could lead to more terrorism by Islamist
militants blamed for deadly suicide attacks last month.
As US and British forces struck at Osama bin Laden, his al-Qaeda network and
the ruling Taliban militia which shelters him in Afghanistan, officials said
Americans should remain vigilant.
'At my request, many governors have activated the National Guard to strengthen
airport security. We have called up reserves to reinforce our military capability
and strengthen the protection of our homeland,' President George W Bush said in
his address announcing the start of military strikes.
The State Department issued a dire warning to US citizens following the strikes,
telling them the strikes could spur terrorist retaliation against Americans and
American interests abroad.
'This action may result in strong anti-American sentiment and retaliatory actions
against US citizens and interests throughout the world by terrorists and those who
are sympathetic to or otherwise support terrorism,' the State Department said in a
statement. - AP, AFP, Dow Jones