New Bin Laden Tape Warns France of Killings
PARIS — Osama bin Laden warned France that it would face killings and kidnappings if it did not withdraw troops from Afghanistan, in an audiotape broadcast by Al Jazeera television on Wednesday.
He also justified the kidnapping of five French citizens in Niger last month, saying that France mistreated its Muslims.
“The equation is very clear and simple: as you kill, you will be killed; as you take others hostages, you will be taken hostages; as you waste our security we will waste you waste your security,” Mr. bin Laden said.
France has about 3,750 troops in Afghanistan, making it the fourth biggest contributor to the international military mission.
Al Qaeda’s North African affiliate claimed responsibility last month for the kidnapping of five French citizens in northern Niger. The five were connected to Areva, the French nuclear engineering giant, and to a subsidiary of the major French construction group Vinci. In July, the affiliate said it executed a 78-year-old French aid worker who had been abducted in Niger three months earlier.
“The taking of your experts in Niger as hostages while they were being protected by your proxy there,” Mr. bin Laden said, “is a reaction to the injustice you are practicing against our Muslim nation.”
Mr. bin Laden, the founder of Al Qaeda, said the injustice included France’s controversial ban on Muslim veils that cover the face, a ban due to start in April.
“If you unjustly thought that it is your right to prevent free Muslim women from wearing the face veil, is it not our right to expel your invading men and cut their necks?” Mr. bin Laden asked.
France threatened in alleged Bin Laden tape
Paris, France (CNN) -- A man purporting to be Osama Bin Laden warned France to get its troops out of Afghanistan and not to oppress Muslims at home in a tape broadcast by the Al-Jazeera network Wednesday.
"If you want to tyrannize and think that it is your right to ban the free women from wearing the burqa, isn't it our right to expel your occupying forces, your men from our lands by striking them by the neck?" the speaker demands, in reference to recently passed French legislation barring women from covering their faces in public.
French authorities are treating the message "very, very seriously," CNN counterterror analyst Paul Cruikshank said.
There has been no official response from the government.
"The only way to safeguard your nation and maintain your security is to lift all your injustice and its extensions off our people and most importantly to withdraw your forces from Bush's despicable war in Afghanistan," the speaker says.
The tape is audio only. The speaker does not appear. CNN was not immediately able to confirm that it is really Osama Bin Laden, the head of al Qaeda.
"As you kill us, you will be killed. As you imprison us, you will be imprisoned, and as you threaten our security, we will threaten your security and the initiator of the injustice is the true aggressor," the speaker says.
The country's terror alert level is red, the second highest, authorities say. It did not change immediately in response to the new tape.
Paris has been on edge lately, with the Eiffel Tower having been evacuated twice.
Al Qaeda has issued a series of threats against France in the past, and French citizens have been killed by groups in Africa claiming affiliation with Bin Laden's group.
Bin Laden is still providing strategic direction to al Qaeda from a base somewhere in Pakistan, Cruikshank said.
"He is still involved in actual plotting... signing off on (an) operation, Western intelligence authorities believe," he said.
But there have been only two successful attacks on the West since September 11, 2001, he pointed out.
Commuter trains in Madrid, Spain, were bombed in March, 2004, killing 191 people. Public transport in London, England, was bombed in July, 2005, killing 52, plus four suicide bombers.
France has 3,750 troops in Afghanistan, according to NATO's International Security Assistance Force.
French lawmakers approved a ban on full-face veils in September, citing security concerns and saying they violated women's human rights. The ban is scheduled to come into effect in the spring.
smallworld wrote:ossama bin laden is dead.
This is the vid, quite convincing if you ask me:
Nothing is hidden that will not be made known,
Nothing is secret that will not come to light
and Sockpuppet...the muslims of France can't leave because there are a lot of students who only eat kebab...and no more kebab would mean the death of 300.000 students.... at least....they are not going to let this happen
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