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Bin Laden tape hits the Web

Al-Qaida leader admits ordering Sept. 11 attacks and mentions the U.S. elections. Key facts about Osama bin Laden

Snippets of a purported new video clip of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden appeared on the Web on Friday, shortly after the clip was broadcast on the Arabic language Al Jazeera TV network.

Canadian television network CTV hosted video of an untranslated version of the broadcast on its Web site, while an MSNBC.com newscast offered a short translated clip, in which bin Laden made a reference to the U.S. presidential election.

"Your security is not in the hands of Kerry or Bush or al-Qaida. Your security is in your own hands," bin Laden said, according to the MSNBC translation of the clip. In addition, bin Laden threatened new attacks on the United States.


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An overview of the al-Qaida leader.

NBC reported that the tape has been confirmed as authentic by U.S. officials and offers the first direct admission from bin Laden that he ordered the Sept. 11 attacks.

Bin Laden has released several video and audio messages since he went into hiding after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001. The last purported recorded message from bin Laden was posted on the Web on several sites on May 6. The audiotape urged the assassination of top U.S. and U.N. officials in Iraq.