CAIRO - Osama bin Laden, the No. 1 suspect in the terror attacks for which America retaliated with a missile assault on Afghanistan on Sunday, praised God for the September 11 strikes that toppled New York's World Trade Center.
"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," bin Laden said into microphone in a video shown Sunday on Al-Jazeera, the Arabic satellite station.
Bin Laden added that there would be no peace in the United States until there was peace in Palestine, and blasted Arab leaders for not reacting to Israeli violence against the Palestinians. He called U.S. President George W. Bush "head of infidels."
Bin Laden was shown dressed in fatigues and an Afghan headdress, sitting in a stone cave and flanked by two aides. It was not clear when the video was made, but it was made during the daytime and referred to Sept. 11 attacks, but not to Sunday's nocturnal retaliation by the United States and Britain.
Although he praised the attacks, he did not claim responsibility.
A Taliban envoy in Pakistan said that following the attacks, both bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar were still alive.
al Qaeda attempted to kill Jordanian king
Jordanian intelligence sources said Saturday that associates of Saudi exile Osama bin Laden tried to kill Jordan's King Abdullah last year. The sources, who were quoted in an Italian newspaper, noted that Jordan had obtained detailed information on the terrorists' plans to kill the King and his family, who at the time were on the royal yacht off the coast of Europe.
According to the terrorists' plan, the suicide bomber was to run his speedboat, laden with explosives, into the yacht. The sources said that when the details of the plan were discovered, Abdullah and his family returned to Amman immediately.