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Al-Jazeera Airs Video Tape by Al-Qaida Deputy Leader


The Arab television station al-Jazeera has aired a new videotape in which the deputy leader of the al-Qaida's terror network denounces U.S. calls for reform in the Middle East and rejects the possibility of peaceful change.

The tape, broadcast Friday, carries a message from Ayman al-Zawahiri in which he says expelling the "invading Crusaders and Jewish" forces from the Middle East will not be accomplished through demonstrations.

He said reform is possible only through fighting for the sake of God. Ayman al-Zawahiri, speaking with a rifle beside him, also criticized the Pakistani, Saudi and Egyptian governments.

U.S. officials say they believe Osama bin Laden and his former deputy may be hiding in the rugged mountains along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Some information for this story provided by AP and Reuters.

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