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New bin Laden tape surfaces

Separate video apparently shows September 11 hijacker

Osama bin Laden, right, in the videotape aired by Al-Jazeera, with top deputy Ayman Al-Zawahiri.
Osama bin Laden, right, in the videotape aired by Al-Jazeera, with top deputy Ayman Al-Zawahiri.  


DOHA, Qatar (CNN) -- An Arabic-language television network has aired a previously unseen videotape of Osama bin Laden showing the accused terrorist mastermind sitting with a top deputy who claims credit for the September 11 attacks in the United States.

It was not immediately clear when the tape, which was aired by the Al-Jazeera network, was made. The deputy with bin Laden is Ayman Al-Zawahiri.

"This great victory that has been accomplished can only be attributed to God alone," Al-Zawahiri says on the tape. "It is not because of our skill ... but thanks to God it was possible. ... Allah looks in the heart of his worshippers and chooses those who are qualified for his mercy, grace and blessing. Those 19 brothers who went out and gave their souls to Allah almighty, God almighty has granted them this victory we are enjoying now."

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Al-Jazeera said the tape was part of a documentary that it received from a pro-al Qaeda production company.

That documentary also included a separate videotaped will and testament prepared by one of the 19 September 11 hijackers, according to the network.

In that tape, a man identified as Ahmed Ibrahim Al Haznawi talks about his plans for attacks in the heartland of the United States. The FBI said Al Haznawi was aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which crashed in rural Pennsylvania.

In his statement -- which the network said was prepared about six months before the attacks against the United States -- Al Haznawi said he would help send a "bloodied message" to the world, according to Al-Jazeera, which aired brief portions of the tape.

"It is time to kill the Americans on their own soil among their sons and next to their soldiers and intelligence agencies. ... We killed them outside their country, praise is to God, and today we kill them on their own soil," the man says on the tape.

A cross-check of the videotape with pictures of the hijackers on the FBI's Web site appears to show a match for Al Haznawi.

An image of the World Trade Center in flames was apparently electronically inserted into the tape of Ahmed Al Haznawi. The tape was apparently made six months before September 11.
An image of the World Trade Center in flames was apparently electronically inserted into the tape of Ahmed Al Haznawi. The tape was apparently made six months before September 11.  

The tape shows a bearded man wearing an Arab kaffiyeh or headdress, reading a prepared statement. Behind the man, a graphic appears -- apparently electronically inserted -- of New York's World Trade Center in flames after the attacks. Words also appear that say, "Get the infidels out of the Arabian peninsula."

Al-Jazeera, which is based in Qatar, said it received the tape about a week ago. The tape was recorded in Kandahar, Afghanistan, six months before the September 11 attacks, according to the network.

According to a statement from Al-Jazeera, the documentary is called, "The Wills of the New York and Washington Battle Martyrs," and the the title is surrounded by pictures of the 19 hijackers.

The hourlong tape contains shots of various al Qaeda leaders, Al-Jazeera said, adding that the narration appears to have been recorded recently.



 
 
 
 







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