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Bin Laden tape delivered to second Arabic satellite station
Associated Press WriterBEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -- Images of Osama bin Laden allegedly filmed in December and shots of Muslim fighters killed by American bombs were broadcast Wednesday across the Middle East on a Saudi-owned satellite station that says it received an al-Qaida videotape.
The tape, televised by the Middle East Broadcast Corp., could be a copy of one previewed Tuesday on Al-Jazeera. Both tapes are compilations of various clips, including undated material, narration, graphics and news footage of the World Trade Center towers collapsing on Sept. 11. On Tuesday Al-Jazeera aired excerpts of its tape, including one that showed bin Laden sitting next to his top lieutenant, Ayman al-Zawahri. MBC's tape included the same excerpt.
MBC Chief Editor Nakhle al-Haj said the tape obtained by his station "best shows al-Qaida's involvement in masterminding the Sept. 11 attacks." Al-Haj wouldn't say when or how the tape was obtained.
In clips MBC said were taken in December, bin Laden appeared in good health wearing a brown gown and a white headscarf. He is heard saying the Sept. 11 attacks cost the United States $1 trillion, describing the 19 hijackers as "our brothers, the martyrs" and calling the attacks the "blessed operations."
The MBC tape also includes clips of al-Qaida spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith and al-Qaida military chief Mohammed Atef, who is believed to have been killed in an airstrike near Kabul in November.
Other segments include photographs of the bodies of young men laid out neatly on blankets. A narrator identifies them by aliases and their home countries. None appeared to be prominent al-Qaida members.
Al-Jazeera has been airing excerpts of its tape, which includes threats against the United States from a man identified as one of the Sept. 11 hijackers and bin Laden's top deputy proclaiming the terror attacks a "great victory." The station planned to broadcast more of the hour-long tape on Thursday.