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'Bin Laden' Tape Calls on Insurgents in Iraq to Unite


An audio recording purportedly from al-Qaida terrorist network leader Osama bin Laden calls on insurgents in Iraq to unite.

The Arabic television channel Al-Jazeera broadcast what it said was a new recording from the fugitive terrorist on Monday. On the audiotape, bin Laden says militants must beware of divisiveness. He says Muslims are relying on them to, in his words, "gather under one banner." He also refers to mistakes committed during so-called holy wars, but he does not elaborate.

The authenticity of the recording could not be immediately confirmed. In September, bin Laden appeared in his first video in nearly three years. He urged the people in the U.S. to reject democracy and embrace Islam if they want to end the war in Iraq. Bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, are believed to be hiding in the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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