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Osama bin Laden, the Saudi-born terrorist wanted by the United States
for allegedly masterminding the bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa
in April 1998, is soliciting volunteers from among Muslim youths in
Pakistan to engage in war against the United States.
The call to arms against Washington has come in the form of small,
glossy, poster-sized messages depicting burning U.S., Indian and Israeli
flags, as well as a “locked and loaded” image of an AK-47 rifle.
The messages are being circulated in Pakistan’s staunchly
conservative Northwest Frontier Province and say, “The youth should
contact us as soon as possible. Territorial boundaries have no
importance in our eyes. All land belongs to God.”
Written in Urdu, the native language of the region, the message
condemns U.S. military presence in Saudi Arabia, bin Laden’s home
“Our jihad (holy war) will continue until America is expelled from
Saudi Arabia and other countries of the world,” said the message. “It is
our responsibility to free the world from their (U.S.) control. … The
non-Muslim world should know it well that a Muslim is always ready to
die in the name of God.”
Vowing to continue his battle against the U.S., the message added, “I
am not afraid of America. I will continue my work. No one can stop me.”
The statement is credited to bin Laden.
Last week, Pakistani officials offered to help mediate talks between
the U.S. and Afghanistan to extradite bin Laden. The terrorist is
suspected of hiding out with the help of Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban
militia. So far, the Taliban has refused, calling bin Laden a “guest” of
Meanwhile, the United States and United Nations have imposed
sanctions on the Taliban to press for bin Laden’s extradition.
Last year, U.S. forces, working in conjunction with the CIA and
FBI, were tasked with locating bin Laden
in Pakistan and parts of Afghanistan and engaging in high-risk missions
to capture him.
WorldNetDaily reported that at least three U.S. commandos who were on
one such top-secret mission are now missing inside Afghanistan, and the
U.S. Embassy in neighboring Pakistan was desperately trying to ascertain
their fate, though officially denying any tragedy involving U.S.
The “search and capture” missions reportedly were approved after
meetings between President Clinton and then-Pakistani Prime Minister
Nawaz Sharif, where Sharif pledged to cooperate in exchange for the
easing of sanctions the Clinton administration imposed on Pakistan after
the nation conducted underground nuclear weapons testing last spring.
In August of last year, information surfaced indicating that bin
Laden may also have been able to purchase suitcase-sized nuclear
stolen by Chechen rebels from Russian military sources.