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Abu Ghaith Reacts on Revocation

December 4, 2001

KUWAIT (AP) _ The spokesman for Osama bin Laden’s terrorist al-Qaida network said revocation of his Kuwaiti citizenship meant nothing to him and would not stop him from fighting the holy war, according to remarks published Tuesday.

``I tell all members of the Kuwaiti government that even if I had a thousand Kuwaiti citizenships, and you took away one each day, I will not give up jihad for God and his religion,″ Sulaiman Abu Ghaith told Kuwait’s Al-Watan daily.

Al-Watan did not elaborate on how Abu Ghaith’s message was delivered.

Abu Ghaith, who the newspaper says is still in Afghanistan, said Kuwait stripped him of his citizenship in October to ``appease the American administration.″

Kuwait owes its 1991 liberation from a seven-month Iraqi occupation to a U.S.-led coalition. It supports Washington’s war against terror in Afghanistan, where the Taliban militia is accused of harboring bin Laden, the chief suspect in the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States.

However, politically strong Muslim fundamentalists in Kuwait have condemned the U.S. military campaign against the Taliban that started Oct. 7 and has called on Washington to stop it.

Abu Ghaith, a former teacher and mosque preacher, surprised Kuwaitis when he appeared in television broadcasts on behalf of al-Qaida network threatening more terrorist operations.

He told Al-Watan that even if bin Laden is killed, the holy war will not stop.

``Let America and those who stand behind it know that the nation has thousands of Osamas, and that whenever one Osama dies, a new Osama will hold the banner high,″ he said.

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