Threatens to kill French citizens to avenge their support for U.S.-led war in Afghanistan
October 27, 2010
DUBAI — Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden threatens in a new audio tape to kill French citizens to avenge their country’s support for the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan and a new law that will ban face-covering Muslim veils.
In the tape posted on Al-Jazeera’s website, bin Laden said France was aiding the Americans in the killing of Muslim women and children in an apparent reference to the war in Afghanistan. …
“How can it be right that you participate in the occupation of our lands, support the Americans in the killing of our women and children and yet want to live in peace?” said bin Laden, addressing the French.
“It is a simple equation: As you kill, you will be killed. As you capture, you will be captured. And as you threaten our security, your security will be threatened.” …
France has about 4,000 troops deployed in and near Afghanistan. …
Bin Laden warns France to get out of Afghanistan.
(Image: CNN / File)
October 28, 2010
Paris, France — A tape of a man claiming to be Osama Bin Laden threatening France appears to be authentic, the French Foreign Ministry said Thursday.
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.
“This message only confirms the reality of the terrorist threat against which the French authorities have taken and continue to take appropriate measures,” the ministry said in a statement Thursday. …
“France will continue to fight against terrorism alongside its partners,” the ministry said. …
French authorities are treating the Bin Laden message “very, very seriously,” CNN counterterror analyst Paul Cruickshank said. …
The France’s terror alert level is red, the second highest, authorities say. It did not change immediately in response to the new tape. …
Bin Laden is still providing strategic direction to al Qaeda from a base somewhere in Pakistan, Cruickshank 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. …
Osama bin Laden is shown in an undated photo. In October 2010 he said Al-Qaeda has the right to respond to France’s ban on the Muslim veil by driving French “conquerors” out of Afghanistan. (Photo credit: Al-Jazeera TV / AFP – Getty Images file)
By Hadeel Al-Shalchi
November 18, 2010
CAIRO — A leader of al-Qaida’s North Africa branch said Thursday that future negotiations over the fate of five French hostages taken from an African mining town must be conducted with terror network leader Osama bin Laden himself.
In an audio excerpt released by the Al-Jazeera news channel on Thursday, Abu Mossab Abdelouadoud said that to ensure the safety of the hostages, French troops must also withdraw from Afghanistan. …
The recording comes just over two weeks after an audio message from bin Laden himself addressed to the French people in which he slammed the French for having troops in Afghanistan and a new law banning the face-covering veil.
Abdelouadoud repeated the call for the French to withdraw from Afghanistan and cease harming Muslims.
“Unless you stop interfering in our affairs and committing your injustices to Muslims, and if you want the safety for the French people, then you should to quickly pull your forces from Afghanistan,” he said. …
A series of warnings has put France and other European countries on high alert in recent weeks, prompting the U.S. State Department to advise American citizens living or traveling in Europe to take more precautions. Speculation on the source of a potential terror threat in France has focused on al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.
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