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Posted on 09/07/2007 1:04:10 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Osama bin Laden appeared for the first time in three years in a new videotape Friday, telling Americans they should convert to Islam if they want the war in Iraq to end, according to a transcript obtained by ABC News. The videotape appeared to have been recently made, since bin Laden refers to the Democratic victory in COngress and to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who was elected in May.
"I invite you to embrace Islam," bin Laden said, according to a transcript posted by ABC News on its Web site.
"It will also achieve your desire to stop the war as a consequence, because as soon as the warmongering owners of the major corporations realize that you have lost confidence in your democratic system and have begun to look for an alternative, and this alternative is Islam, they will run after you to please you and achieve what you want to steer you away from Islam," he said.
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CAIRO, Egypt (AP)The first new images of Osama bin Laden in nearly three years will be released ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, al-Qaida's media arm announced, a move that would end the terror mastermind's longest period without a message.
The Department of Homeland Security said Thursday it had no credible information warning of an imminent threat to the United States, and analysts noted that al-Qaida tends to mark the Sept. 11 anniversary with a slew of messages.
Still, bin Laden's appearance would be significant. The al-Qaida leader has not appeared in new video footage since October 2004, and he has not put out a new audiotape in more than a year.
The announcement and photo appeared in a banner advertisement on an Islamic militant Web site where al-Qaida's media arm, Al-Sahab, frequently posts messages.
"Soon, God willing, a videotape from the lion sheik Osama bin Laden, God preserve him," the advertisement read, signed by Al-Sahab. Such announcements are usually put out one to three days before the video is posted on the Web.
One difference in his appearance was immediately obvious. The announcement had a still photo from the coming video, showing bin Laden addressing the camera, his beard fully black. In his past videos, bin Laden's beard was almost entirely gray with dark streaks.
Bin Laden's beard appears to have been dyed, a popular practice among Arab leaders, said Rita Katz, director of the SITE Institute, a Washington-based group that monitors terror messages.
"I think it works for their (al-Qaida's) benefit that he looks young, he looks healthy," Katz said.
IntelCenter, which monitors Islamic Web sites and analyzes terror threats, said the video was expected within the next 72 hours, before the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 suicide hijacker attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
The anniversary has always been a major media event for al-Qaidaa chance for it to drum up support among extremists, tout itself as the leading militant group and show off its continued survival.
"They've always gone out of their way to commemorate it," said Ben Venzke, chief executive officer of IntelCenter, which is based in Alexandria, Va. "Historically the anniversary of 9-11 has never been drawn to attacks. It's drawn to video releases."
But the fact that bin Laden is delivering the message is significant, he said. Whether the message will indicate a potential attack will depend on what bin Laden says.
The White House said that any new video message from bin Laden would only underscore the threat the United States and other nations face from extremists.
"Six years after 9/11, the arrests in Germany and Denmark this week and the battles we fight against al-Qaida in Iraq, Afghanistan, southeast Asia and around the world remind us of the continuing threat we face from extremists and why we must continue to take the fight to them wherever they are," said Gordon Johndroe, a spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House.
Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said he could not confirm the existence of a tape, "and there is no credible information at this time warning of an imminent threat to the homeland." But he said increased activity overseas and recent arrests of militants in Germany reinforce the department's assessment that the country is currently in a period of increased risk.
If bin Laden does appear in new footage, it would be the first images of him since an Oct. 29, 2004 videotape, just before the U.S. presidential elections. In that appearance three years ago, he said America could avoid another 9-11 style attack if it stopped threatening Muslims.
The new video would also end the longest period bin Laden has gone without releasing a message. His last audiotape was on July 1, 2006, in which he welcomed new leader of al-Qaida in Iraq succeeding the slain Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Bin Laden went silent for a similar long stretch beforefrom Dec. 28, 2004 to Jan. 19, 2006. That absence sparked widespread speculation he was ill, wounded or possibly dead.
There has been little such speculation since then. U.S. officials have repeatedly said over the past year they believe the al-Qaida leader is alive. He is thought to be hiding in the tribal regions of western Pakistan near the border with Afghanistan.
During bin Laden's silence, his deputy Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawahri has been frequently issuing videos and audiotapes.
Al-Zawahri appeared in a 2006 video marking the 9-11 anniversary. An anniversary video in 2003 showed footage of bin Laden and al-Zawahri walking through mountain paths, with voice-over messages from both leaders.
You thus know where he gets his material . They both have the same goal .
goat molester would be more appropriate
Ummm, okay... I’ll add that to my task list.
I had some serious thoughts on converting to Islam yesterday, because I realized Europe (the part of the world where I live) probably will become Muslim sooner or later. But then I reconsidered because it struck me that Islam doesn’t allow the burning of qurans and the defamation of stupid medieval sects that claim to be true religions.
What to do now? :-)
Convert to Islam? Hmm can you give me your address so I can drop by for literature on Islam?!!!
I second the motion with the greatest possible enthusiasm!
Now after I say "Eeeeewwwwwww..." a few dozen times I'm going to go take a shower.
I'll pass on your invitation.
I enjoy life and appreciate living it out in the open free of concern of dictate by a lowlife who has to live under a rock just to survive.
More proof that the rhetoric of the democrat party and Al Qaeda are indistinguishable.
My other favorite is “Police be upon him”, it still works with the acronym, PBUH.
Crusade is the response to jihad, which then declares hudna.
This is nothing new. He says this every time he sends a tape.
You know Bush is going to have an October Surprise for the Democrats on the eve of his leaving office.
It's only fair, after all they've done for him.
However he added that if he lives here for five years, keeps his nose clean (no bombing buildings or killing people) and pays his taxes for two years of his choosing, Binny can move to the end of the line for a Green Card.
What a guy that Chertoff is. I'll sleep much better tonight.
This is not good news. According to their beliefs, they always give the “infidel” a chance to convert before they attack. I believe it’s something like 3 days. They no doubt are planning something. I trust that we are doubling our efforts to prevent it.
I tried to talk my dad out of flying out here on the 11th, but no way. And actually that’s a good thing, we can’t let cavemen dictate our lives.
Islam did that all by itself, your goat-humping SOB.
9-11 was the flippin' last straw...
Jesus Christ - John 14:6”I am the way, the truth and the LIFE - no one comes to the father except by me!
For everything else, there’s just hell!