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Bin Laden compares US "barbaric" acts to Saddam's


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DUBAI (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden accused U.S. forces of "barbaric" acts in Iraq comparable to those committed by Saddam Hussein, according to an audio tape first broadcast in January and posted on the Internet in full on Monday.

"The (U.S.) criminality has gone as far as raping women and holding them hostage before their husbands ... as for the torture of men it has now come to the use of burning chemical acids and electric drills in their joints," he said in the tape posted with an English-language voice over.

"Despite all these barbaric methods ... the mujahideen are strengthening and increasing by the grace of Allah," he said.

The tape, whose authenticity could not be verified, was posted on the Internet by the al Qaeda media group al-Sahab.

In January, the Qatar-based Al Jazeera television aired parts of the tape, in which bin Laden said al Qaeda was preparing further attacks in the United States.

U.S. intelligence analysts then authenticated the tape as a message from bin Laden. It was the first bin Laden tape since 2004.

In the audio released on Monday, bin Laden said the insurgency in Iraq was gaining strength despite "barbaric and oppressive steps taken by the American army and its agents to the extent that there is no longer any mentionable difference between this criminality and the criminality of Saddam."

The tape was first broadcast by Al Jazeera before new images surfaced of Iraqi prisoner abuse by U.S. forces at Abu Ghraib prison in a 2004 scandal. The images showed sexual humiliation of prisoners and physical abuse.

U.S. officials have often accused Saddam of links to al Qaeda, one of the reasons of the U.S.-led war on Iraq which was chiefly based on allegations Iraq was developing weapons of mass destruction.

Bin Laden's remarks appeared to disassociate his group from Saddam's regime.

He said Washington was trying to muffle any media outlet that reports the truth about the losses of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Commenting on British newspaper report in a November that U.S. President George W. Bush had mulled bombing Al Jazeera's head office, the Saudi-born militant called Bush the "butcher of freedom" and criticized the prominent Arab television and the leaders of its host country, Qatar.

"Recently it has surfaced in documents that the butcher of freedom in the world had resolved to bomb the head offices of Al Jazeera satellite channel in Qatar after he had bombed its offices in Kabul and Baghdad although it, as it stands, is the instrument of your (Americans) servants there (in Qatar)."

In 2001, the station's Kabul office was hit by U.S. bombs and in 2003 Al Jazeera reporter Tareq Ayyoub was killed in a U.S. strike on its Baghdad office. The United States has denied deliberately targeting the station.

Source: Reuters
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We, (the US) did drop cluster bombs and food packets into afghanistan that looked identical. I don't buy the claim that no one in our entire military had the foresight to realize the possible outcome, that hungry people hoping for food after our invasion of their country disrupted any normal supply lines, got blown up or caught on fire when opening what looked nearly identical the the food packet their neighbor got.

Now we are faced with the evidence that our own troops can be as barbaric and criminal as those of the other side. This doesn't surprise me, it is a fairly well known and documented aspect of the human psyche. I am usually surprised at the idea that whilst in a war the warriors are expect to go out and try to kill the other guy, but then are told to act humanely soon after.

Bin Laden was never associated with Saddam, the two groups were never associated, anyone who paid any real attention to these two groups should see this clearly, Saddam was a secular dictator, he knew that an armed uprising of religious fundamentalists would jeopardise his power, and the religious fundamentalists, those with Bin Laden were as likely to go after Saddams secular government as they were the previous government of Afghanistan. In shorter words, the two groups were opposed to each other.

Also remember "insurgents" call themselves freedom fighters and believe they are fighting a foreign military that was not invited into their country, but which came in force to press upon them a way of life they do not want.

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only if you complain when the other side does the same thing

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chemical warfare = we used in the first two wars


chemical warfare when other countries get it, is then civily wrong

same with missles, right?
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Haha, or our whole concept of telling every other nation not to use nuclear weapons while we stroke our stockpiles lovingly.

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exactly what im saying


its ok... as long as we have it and they dont, lol
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