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The US can only wait for Muslim revenge: Laden - The Indian Express

Agence France Presse ()
January 4, 1999

Title: The US can only wait for Muslim revenge: Laden
Author: Agence France Presse
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: January 4, 1999

In a rare interview, suspected terrorist mastermind Osama bin
Laden tells Time magazine that two suspects arrested in
connection with last year's bombings of US embassies in Africa
are innocent.

"America, and in particular the C14 wanted to cover up its
failure in the aftermath of the events that took place in
Riyadh, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Capetown, Kampala - and other
places, God willing, in the future," bin Laden is quoted as

The United States responded to the embassy attacks "by arresting
any person who had participated in the Islamic jihad in
Afghanistan," bin Laden says in Time's January 11 issue set to
appear on newsstands on Monday.

He says the two suspects being held in custody - Wadih el-Hage
and Mohamad Rashed Daoud al- 'Owhali, allegedly his associates -
had nothing to do with the bombings.

A total of 258 people died and more than 5,000 were wounded by
two massive car Bomb explosions, reportedly organised by Islamic
extremists, at the US embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam on
August 7.

In retaliation the United States on August 20 launched cruise
missile attacks on an alleged terrorist facility in Afghanistan
and a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan.

The August 26 arrest of 'Owhali was hailed by US President Bill
Clinton as "an Important step forward in our struggle against
terrorism," in a statement the next day.

Condemning the British and US attack against Iraq in December,
bin Laden makes Clear his antisemitic worldview:

"The treacherous attack has confirmed that Britain and America
are acting on behalf of Israel and the Jews, paving the way for
the Jews to divide the Muslim world once again, enslave it and
loot the rest of its wealth," the US magazine quotes bin Laden

He has been in hiding since the US bombing of his bases in
Afghanistan last August. His interview with Times was offered
to a journalist taken in late December to bin Laden's encampment
in the Afghan desert.

Throughout the interview, the suspected terrorist reportedly
held an AK-47 gun.

"Acquiring weapons for the defence of Muslims is a religious
duty," says bin Laden, who does not deny trying to acquire
chemical and nuclear weapons.

"Hostility toward America is a religious duty, and we hope to be
rewarded for it by God," he is quoted saying.

"Thousands of millions of Muslims are angry. The Americans
should expect reaction from the Muslim world proportionate to
the injustice they inflict."

Tune also says that bin Laden denied that he has cancer but used
a stick to help him walk.

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