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U.S. Authenticates bin Laden Tape

November 18, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ U.S. intelligence has concluded that an audiotape of Osama bin Laden broadcast last week is real and was recently recorded, providing the first evidence in almost a year that al-Qaida’s leader is alive, officials said Monday.

The audiotape, broadcast on an Arab language television network, does not appear to have been altered or edited, suggesting it is what it sounds like: bin Laden himself, reading a prepared statement promising new terrorism against the United States and its allies, said one U.S. official, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

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