Osama bin Laden calls for suicide attacks on the U.S. and Great Britain and the avenging of Iraqi children's deaths in a new audiotape purportedly carrying his voice.
In the tape, obtained by the
from an Algerian national, the al Qaeda kingpin implores Muslims to rise up against Arab governments that support Operation Iraqi Freedom, a military coalition of the U.S., Great Britain and Australia that has invaded Iraq.
"You should avenge the innocent children who have been assassinated in Iraq. Be united against Bush and Blair and defeat them with suicide attacks so that you may be successful before Allah," the voice urges.
"Do not be afraid of their tanks and armored personnel carriers. These are artificial things," the voice says. "If you started suicide attacks, you will see the fear of Americans all over the world. Those people who cannot join forces in jihad should give financial help to those mujahedeen who are fighting against U.S. aggression."
The tape, in Arabic, was received by the
yesterday in northwestern Pakistan from a man identified only as Aadil, who said he had crossed the border from Afghanistan, where it may have been recorded.
"America has attacked Iraq and soon will also attack Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Sudan, the voice said. "You should be aware that non-Muslims cannot bear the existence of Muslims and want to capture their resources and destroy them."
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, the only other person identified on the tape, was called "one of the slaves of America ... because he supported non-Muslims over Muslims. Pakistan, Bahrain, Kuwait and Saudi are also agents of America."
Bin Laden, the chief suspect in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, which killed 3,000 people, has been hiding since a U.S.-led coalition uprooted the Taliban regime that provided him cover in Afghanistan. He is believed to cross back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan.