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Al-Jazeera airs report showing Osama bin Laden's sons

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Al-Jazeera TV shows four of bin Laden's children at an undisclosed location.  


GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan (CNN) -- The young sons of accused terrorist Osama bin Laden are seen running and playing in a video broadcast Wednesday by the Arabic-language television network Al-Jazeera.

Hamza bin Osama bin Laden, one of the four sons in the televised report, is heard saying in Arabic that the Afghan capital of Kabul will not fall in the U.S.-led military campaign, and its citizens remain proud.

Afghans will support and stay behind the Taliban's supreme leader, Mullah Omar Mohammed, the youngster says. Also shown on the tape is the oldest son, Mohammed bin Osama bin Laden. Several in the group speak English.

According to the report, the outing took place during a search for a possible U.S. base near the crash site of an American helicopter.

The searchers said that based on maps they found in wreckage and reports of increased aircraft activity from local citizens, they believed there was a U.S. base in Ghazni Province in eastern Afghanistan, the Al-Jazeera correspondent said.

"We started a widespread search ... to find any sign of a base. We haven't found anything, and we don't think that such a base is there," one of the group members said.

The correspondent said he was told that the wreckage will end up in a scrap heap.

Last Friday, a U.S. search-and-rescue helicopter crash-landed in Afghanistan while trying to pick up a service member who was ill. Four U.S. military personnel were hurt, but their injuries were not considered life-threatening. The helicopter was later destroyed by U.S. fighter jets.

Officials at the U.S. Central Command declined to disclose where the rescue mission took place inside Afghanistan, and would not say to which branch of the military the ill serviceman belongs.

On Tuesday, the Pentagon denied Taliban claims that two helicopters involved in the U.S. military campaign in Afghanistan were shot down.



 
 
 
 



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