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'New' bin Laden Tape Warns U.S. Allies

Tuesday, 12 November 2002 12:00 AM

The message, broadcast Tuesday, said bin Laden praised the bombing of a nightclub in Bali and the killing of a U.S. soldier in Kuwait last month, as well as recent terror attacks in Yemen and Russia.

Cautioning that the tape is still being analyzed and it was premature to offer a final assessment on its authenticity, a U.S. official told United Press International: "The first blush is that this sounds like bin Laden. An initial assessment indicates that it very well could be bin Laden speaking on the audiotape."

Pentagon officials told Fox News Channel that the voice appeared to be bin Laden's.

If these initial assessments are correct, the tape would be the first firm evidence that bin Laden had survived the U.S.-led assault on his sanctuary in Afghanistan.

Al Jazeera sources told UPI they received an audiocassette with bin Laden's message from al-Qaeda earlier this week. "This is a clear message for the people who are allied with the United States," the voice on the tape said. "It is a warning for them to stop doing so or face dire consequences."

The voice referred to several recent terrorist attacks around the world and said they were in retaliation for Israel's policies.

"We have sent a warning to the German and the Tunisians. We sent a warning to the French in Karachi, Pakistan. In Bali, the warning was for the Australians and the British, and in Moscow, to the Russians," the voice said. "As long as our people are killed in Palestine and elsewhere, those supporting America will have to suffer as well."

Eleven German tourists were among 19 killed in the blast outside the historic Djerba synagogue in Tunisia in April.

Eleven French naval officials were killed in May in Karachi when an explosion hit their bus.

The blast outside a nightclub in Bali, Indonesia, on Oct. 10 killed more than 180 people, mainly Australian and British tourists.

Chechen terrorists held more than 700 people hostage in a Moscow theater last month. The siege ended when Russian special forces used an opiate to quell the rebels, killing some hostages and the hostage-takers.

"We decided to send a warning to the Australians because of their role in East Timor and how they arranged for it to secede from a Muslim nation, Indonesia," the tape said. "Australians received a warning also for participating in the war against the Muslims in Afghanistan."

The tape said the West would continue to pay for its actions against Muslims.

"You have to continue weeping and crying for your loved ones as much as our people in Palestine, Iraq and elsewhere are crying for their loved ones," the voice said. "The Muslim nation will attack you with its young and enthusiastic will defend Islam and ummah [nation]."

Defense Secretary Donald "Rumsfeld and other American officials rejoice killing innocent Muslims," the voice on the tape claimed. "They have killed thousands of innocent Muslims. American has not learned a lesson yet.

"They will suffer, and we will continue our jihad."

The head of Germany's Federal Intelligence Service warned last week that bin Laden was

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