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Islamist Web Site Says Bin Laden to Post Message Soon


An Islamist Web site Monday says al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden soon will release a new message aimed at Europeans.

The Web site attributes the statement to al-Qaida's media unit As-Sahab.

It is not clear if the message will be an audio or video statement or when it will be released.

Bin Laden released an audio taped message last month. He called on insurgents in Iraq to unite and said militants must overcome rivalries and beware of sectarian divisions.

In September, bin Laden appeared on video for the first time in nearly three years. That message coincided with the sixth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

Bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, are believed to be hiding in the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The United States has offered a $25-million reward for the capture of each man.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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