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Web site says bin Laden planning new message

July 1, 2006


— Terror leader Osama bin Laden will release a new Internet message dealing with Somalia and Iraq, according to a Web posting Friday.

An advertisement on an Islamic militant Web forum announced the upcoming message saying, "Good news, soon: To the Islamic nation, and the mujahedeen in Iraq and Somalia in particular, from Sheik Osama bin Laden," according to two groups that monitor terror messages.

The banner was signed by As-Sahab, the production branch that releases al-Qaida videos, and had an old picture of bin Laden. The teaser was first reported by the SITE Institute and the IntelCenter, two independent groups that provide counter-terrorism information to the U.S. government.

A similar advertisement was posted about 24 hours before bin Laden's latest message was posted on the Web early Friday.

In that message, bin Laden paid tribute to slain al-Qaida in Iraq leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in an audiotape narration to a video showing the Jordanian militant.

Bin Laden also said al-Qaida would continue attacks in Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Afghanistan.


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