Wednesday, October 27, 2010

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Bin Laden in warning to France

"Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, has justified the kidnapping of five French citizens in Niger last month, calling the abductions the result of French injustices against Muslims and warning they will continue.

In a new audio recording attributed to Bin Laden and released to Al Jazeera on Wednesday, he called on the people of France to stop "interven[ing] in the affairs of Muslims in North and West Africa".

"The subject of my speech is the reason why your security is being threatened and your sons are being taken hostage," he said.

"The taking of your experts in Niger as hostages, while they were being protected by your proxy [agent] there, is a reaction to the injustice you are practicing against our Muslim nation."

"How could it be fair that you intervene in the affairs of Muslims, in North and West Africa in particular, support your proxies [agents] against us, and take a lot of our wealth in suspicious deals, while our people there suffer various forms of poverty and despair?"

September kidnappings

Al-Qaeda's North African wing claimed responsibility for the September kidnappings of five French nationals, along with two others from Madagascar and Togo.

Al-qaeda released photographs of the group late last month, showing the hostages sitting on the sand as several armed men in Bedouin clothing stood behind them.

The hostages are reportedly being held in a mountainous region in northwestern Mali. French officials say they have not received any demands from al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the group that carried out the kidnapping.

The hostages are employees of two French firms, Areva and Vinci, which do business in the mining town of Arlit in Niger.

Bin Laden also used the latest recording to criticise France's plan to ban the wearing of full face veils in public - a law due to be implemented next year.

"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?"

Afghan demand

Bin Laden used the taped message to urge France to withdraw from Afghanistan, calling it an unjust war - and pledged more kidnappings if his warnings are not heeded.

"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," he said.

Bin Laden's whereabouts are unknown, but in August, General David Petraeus, the US commander in Afghanistan, said he is "far buried" in the remote mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan and that capturing him remains a key task.

Bin Laden is the world's most-wanted man, with the US offering a reward of up to $25m for information leading to his capture."

65 killed in roof collapse in Afghanistan

"A roof collapsed on Wednesday during a wedding in a remote area in northern Afghanistan, killing 65 people, nearly all women and children, said police.

Most of the dead were women celebrating the wedding on the top floor of a mud brick house packed with guests, said Jawad Bashart, spokesman of the Baghlan provincial police. Only one adult male was killed.

He added that 12 children were among the dead and another 40 people were wounded at the wedding which took place in the remote Jelga district. Women and men traditionally have separate celebrations at weddings"

NATO service member killed in Afghanistan

"A roadside blast killed a NATO service member Wednesday in northern Afghanistan, the International Security Assistance Force said.

The international alliance does not provide the nationalities of victims. An alliance statement did not provide an exact location of the improvised explosive device attack.

This year is already the deadliest for coalition and U.S. forces since the battle against the Taliban started some nine years ago.

Last year, 516 coalition troops were killed in Afghanistan. More than 600 have died so far in 2010, according to a CNN tally -- with more than two months left in the year.

The morbid milestone comes as the United States is making a strong effort to fight the Taliban."

Baghdad bombs kill 3 in scattered violence

"A bomb blast Wednesday near a Sunni religious organization killed two security guards, police and hospital officials said.

The roadside bomb exploded at a checkpoint about 500 yards (meters) from the main gate of the Sunni Endowment, a government-supported institution that oversees mosques, schools and cemeteries. Three guards and two others were injured.

A worker at Baghdad's Al-Numan hospital confirmed the casualties, elsewhere in Baghdad, a bomb hidden in a pickup truck exploded, killing the driver and injuring three passers-by, an official at Yarmouk hospital confirmed the death, the motives for the attacks were not known."

Bomb kills 2 police officers in Quetta, injures 8

"(CNN) -- Two police officers were killed and eight people were injured Wednesday when a roadside bomb targeted a police van in the western Pakistani city of Quetta, police told CNN.
The van was on routine patrol near Baluchistan University when the bomb exploded, according to Junaid Ahmed, a Quetta police official.

The police officer driving the van was killed as was a constable. Eight other people were wounded, Ahmed said, Quetta is the capital of Baluchistan province and believed to be the base of the Afghan Taliban, who fled Afghanistan after U.S. and international forces moved in late 2001.

For years, Quetta has been plagued by sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia Muslims, along with Baluch separatist militant groups who want political autonomy."

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