Al Qaeda: New bin Laden video on the way
By Henry Schuster
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) — An audiotape from an al Qaeda spokesman hints at the release of a new Osama bin Laden videotape, saying he “will soon appear on television screens.”
But in the audiotape, which was played Sunday on the Qatar-based Al Jazeera TV network, Sulemain Abu Gheith never mentions a date for the bin Laden tape’s release.
The audiotape first appeared on a Web site linked to the al Qaeda terrorist group and has since shown up on other Arabic-language Web sites.
In a reference to possible future attacks by al Qaeda on U.S. targets, it said that “Americans should fasten their safety belts.”
Abu Gheith has warned of the death of up to 4 million Americans, including 1 million children, through the use of chemical and biological weapons.
These statements and others from al Qaeda have been appearing from time to time on a Web site called www.alneda.com.
In recent months, the site, which experts suspect is closely linked to al Qaeda, also has posted manifestos signed “al Qaeda jihad” in which it says bin Laden is alive and well and preparing future attacks against the United States.
It also claims responsibility for recent suicide attacks on a busload of French engineers in Karachi, Pakistan, and on a synagogue in Tunisia.
One of the statements even taunted U.S. intelligence, saying: “We dare you to get anything useful from Abu Zubaydah.” Abu Zubaydah is a high-ranking al Qaeda member captured in Pakistan. The United States has interrogated him at an undisclosed location.
In addition, the site contained the video of September 11 hijacker Ahmed al-Haznawi’s last will and testament, as CNN reported, said the other 18 hijackers also had recorded last wills and testaments on video.
Alneda.com first came to notice on the Internet in February, and CNN traced it to a Malaysian Web-hosting company in May. As a CNN report went to air, the company yanked alneda.com off the Web and reported it to the Malaysian police.
The site was already being monitored by coalition intelligence officials, as CNN reported in May.
The site reappeared in early June and this time CNN traced it to a Web-hosting company in Texas. As CNN went to air with another story on it last Monday, alneda.com once again disappeared from the Web.
However, last Saturday, alneda.com reappeared at www.drasat.com; this was previously the location for downloading alneda.com’s videos.