International

Bin Laden Threatens France

A grab taken from an AFP video shows a p

A grab taken from an AFP video shows a photo of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and a blurred picture of what appears to be policemen pulling off a woman's veil to reveal her hair, in a new audio message for Bin Laden that was produced by Al-Qaeda's media arm As-Sahab and aired on October 27, 2010.  -/DSK/Getty hide caption

itoggle caption -/DSK/Getty

In a tape broadcast on Al Jazeera Osama bin Laden threatened France explicitly and took credit for the kidnapping of five French citizens in Niger last month. He called on the French government to withdraw from Afghanistan.

"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 also criticized the French ban on the veil. The French parliament passed a law recently forbidding wearing a full face veil in public.

"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?"

France has raised its security in recent weeks after intelligence reports pointed at a possible terrorist attack there.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.