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Bin Laden warns France over Afghan war, veil ban

CAIRO (AP) - What's purported to be a new audio tape from Osama bin Laden contains death threats against French citizens.

The audio, posted on al-Jazeera's website, says French citizens will be killed to avenge France's support of the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan and a new French law that will ban face-covering Muslim veils.

Bin Laden says France is aiding the Americans in the killing of Muslim women and children in an apparent reference to the war in Afghanistan. France has about 4,000 troops deployed in and near Afghanistan.

He said the kidnapping of five French citizens in the African nation of Niger (nee-ZHEHR') last month was a reaction to what he called France's oppression of Muslims.

The authenticity of the tape hasn't been verified but the voice resembled that of the terror group leader on previous tapes determined to be genuine.


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