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Al-Jazeera to Broadcast Full Bin Laden Statement - 2002-09-10


Al-Jazeera television says today (Tuesday) it will broadcast a complete videotape on al-Qaida 9-11 hijackers that includes a statement of Osama bin Laden.

In a tape excerpt broadcast Monday, a voice that al-Jazeera identifies as Osama bin Laden, praises the September 11th hijackers. It says the hijackers "changed the course of history" with their so-called New York and Washington "raids."

The voice goes on to name four of the hijackers, including Mohammad Atta, who is identified as the destroyer of the first World Trade Center tower -- and is praised for being serious, diligent and faithful.

The excerpt shows footage of some of the hijackers preparing for the attacks by studying flight manuals and an aerial map of the Pentagon, one of the targets on the September 11th attacks.

The tape also shows one of the 9-11 hijackers -- Abdul Aziz Al-Omari -- reading his will. Wearing a grey robe, al-Omari calls the September 11th attacks a message to all infidels. He asks God to reward those who trained him for the mission and singles out Osama bin Laden for special praise.

Al-Omari has been identified by the F-B-I as a hijacker who crashed into the North tower of the World Trade Center.

Qatar-based al-Jazeera says the tape was made recently to mark the first anniversary of the attacks.

A White House official says the government remains concerned about the potential for terrorist activity as the first anniversary of the September 11th attacks approaches Wednesday.

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said today that anniversaries can sometimes be occasions for heightened terrorist activity, although he says intelligence reports do not currently indicate anything out of the ordinary.

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