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Excerpts of Tape Purportedly From Bin Laden

Excerpts from a tape purported to carry the voice of Usama bin Laden, broadcast Tuesday on the Arab satellite network al-Jazeera:

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"We stress the importance of martyrdom operations against the enemy, these attacks that have scared Americans and Israelis like never before."

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"We are following with utmost concern the Crusaders' preparations to occupy the former capital of Islam [Baghdad], loot the fortunes of the Muslims and install a puppet regime on you that follows its masters in Washington and Tel Aviv like the rest of the treacherous puppet Arab governments as a prelude to the formation of Greater Israel."

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"How can the evil powers defeat the Islamic nation? Don't worry about American lies and their smart bombs and laser ones; they can't see but the obvious targets ... take the earth as a shelter."

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"We advise about the importance of drawing the enemy into long, close and exhausting fighting, taking advantage of camouflaged positions in plains, farms, mountains and cities. ... The enemy fears town fights and street fights."

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"The most effective means to devoid the aerial force of its content is by digging large numbers of trenches and camouflaging them."

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"Anyone who helps America, from the Iraqi hypocrites [opposition] or Arab rulers ... whoever fights with them or offers them bases or administrative assistance, or any kind of support or help, even if only with words, to kill Muslims in Iraq, should know that he is an apostate and that (shedding) his blood and money is permissible [in Islam]."

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"Oh God, who sent down the book [Quran], who ran the clouds, who defeated the parties, defeat them [enemy] and grant us the triumph over them."

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"Fighting should be for Allah only, not to support nationalism or pagan regimes in all the Arab countries, including Iraq."

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"True Muslims should act, incite and mobilize the nation in such great events ... in order to break free from the slavery of these tyrannic and apostate regimes, which are enslaved by America, in order to establish the rule of Allah on Earth. Among regions ready for liberation are Jordan, Morocco, Nigeria, the country of the two shrines [Saudi Arabia], Yemen and Pakistan. ... This war concerns the Muslims, regardless of whether the socialist party and Saddam remain or go."