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Osama Takes Credit for 9/11 Attack

HeadlineNov 01, 2004

On Friday, Al Jazeera aired portions of a new address by Osama Bin Laden in which he took credit for the first time for carrying out the Sept. 11 attacks. He also cited the U.S.-backing of Israel during the invasion of Lebanon in 1982 as another reason for his actions. Bin Laden said “Your security is not in the hands of Kerry, Bush or al-Qaida. Your security is in your own hands… Any state that does not mess with our security has naturally guaranteed its own security.” On the campaign trail, Senator John Kerry again criticized President Bush for failing to capture Bin Laden in Tora Bora. Kerry accused Bush of making the mistake of outsourcing the attack to Afghan warlords instead of using US troops. The Bush camp gave a mixed response to the Bin Laden tape. One member of the team described the tapes as a “gift” to the campaign. Political analysts said it is uncertain whether Kerry or Bush will benefit from this so-called October surprise.

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