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Afghan President Dismisses Bin Laden Message As 'Ridiculous'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has described as ridiculous a message by al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden that calls on European nations to stop supporting the U.S.-led mission in Afghanistan.

A statement from Mr. Karzai's office said bin Laden's remarks are contrary to Islamic culture and human values.

It also said bin Laden is the reason terrorism plagues the country and blamed the al-Qaida chief for causing the deaths of thousands of innocent Afghans.

On Thursday, excerpts of a recorded message said to be the voice of Bin Laden was broadcast on the Arabic television network Al-Jazeera.

On it, bin Laden says he is responsible for the September 11th, 2001, attacks on the United States, and that the Afghan people had nothing to do with them.

He also calls on Europeans to stand against Washington and allied governments that are fighting extremists and overseeing reconstruction projects in Afghanistan.