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Officals: US Tried to Stop Broadcast of Bin Laden Tape


U.S. State Department officials say they tried to stop al-Jazeera television from broadcasting Osama bin-Laden's latest videotape.

Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, say they were shown a copy of the tape hours before its broadcast Friday on the Qatar-based network

They say they appealed to the Qatari government to prevent the broadcast, saying that al-Jazeera should not give a platform to terrorists.

Al-Jazeera frequently airs exclusive videos from al-Qaida as well as terrorists holding foreigners hostage in Iraq.

Some information for this report provided by AFP.
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