SCOTT SIMON, Host:
NPR's Don Gonyea reports from Sydney.
DON GONYEA: On the tape, bin Laden's beard appears darker and shorter than it has in past videos, making him look younger. He speaks for about 30 minutes. He boasts about 9/11. He makes no specific threats.
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SIMON: (Arabic Spoken)
GONYEA: He and Japan's prime minister had just concluded a morning meeting here in Sydney. After praising Japan for its role in fighting terrorism, the president added this.
P: The fact that we're in a war against extremists was heightened today by the release of a tape and the tape is a reminder about the dangerous world in which we live.
GONYEA: But the White House also sees the tape as reinforcing the argument that the war in Iraq is a key part of the fight against terrorists.
P: I find it interesting that on the tape Iraq was mentioned, which is a reminder that Iraq is a part of this war against extremists. If al-Qaida bothers to mention Iraq, it's because they want to achieve their objectives in Iraq, which is to drive us out and to develop it as safe haven.
GONYEA: Don Gonyea, NPR News in Sydney.
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