Bin Laden message warns France to pull out of Afghanistan
January 21st, 2011
01:15 PM ET

Bin Laden message warns France to pull out of Afghanistan

A speaker claiming to be terrorism mastermind Osama bin Laden warned in an audiotape aired Friday that the release of two French journalists abducted by militants hinges on France's military role in Afghanistan.

"We repeat the same message to you," said the speaker in an audio tape played on the Al-Jazeera satellite news network. "The release of your prisoners from the hands of our brethren depends on the withdrawal of your soldiers from our countries."

The speaker, believed to be al Qaeda chief bin Laden, warns the French government that its alliance with the United States will prove costly.

"The dismissal of your President (Nicolas) Sarkozy to get out of Afghanistan is the result of his subservience to the United States and this (dismissal) is considered to be the green signal to kill your prisoners without delay," the speaker said.

He goes on to say that "we will not do that at the time that suits him (Sarkozy) and this position will cost you dearly on all fronts, in France and abroad."

France, however, said it would not deter from its Afghanistan strategy.

"We are determined to stay in Afghanistan with our allies for the Afghan people," said French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero.

Taliban militants captured the journalists - Herve Ghesquiere and Stephane Taponnier from France 3 Television - in December 2009 and threatened to kill them if their demands were not met, including the release of some detainees held by France.

France has 3,750 troops in Afghanistan, according to NATO's International Security Assistance Force.

Al Qaeda's north African wing has made the same withdrawal demands pertaining to the safety of five French nationals abducted in Niger.

- CNN's Saad Abedine contributed to this report.


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soundoff (317 Responses)
  1. Gary

    Osama bin Laden died over 9 years ago. Quit chasing ghosts
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,41576,00.html

    February 18, 2011 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  2. goodLDSman

    So much mis-understood info and so much fighting, everyone one of you is dealing with half a deck of cards and cant understand why the game is not working.... Its sad that you all are missing out on the truth, I feel like I am watching someone stand in the cold rain and wondering why they don't step under the shelter? Please try to find the truth, our church talks about this happening and how to keep yourself free and safe of it. This is truly sad......

    January 31, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. EagleFan30

    I think Bin Laden is dead, where is any recent photos of him alive? France is weak though bet they pull out and cry!!

    January 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LarryKegel(US Army)

    Bin Laden should be more worried about His life than what other Countries are doing!!! We have a drone with His name on it...

    January 30, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Drones are totally uneffective in killing bin laden or other important leaders.

      January 30, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. timeismoney

    Saudia Arabia take the gold and run as fast as you can.

    January 29, 2011 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. StyxnMissouri

    The most common request/command made in ALL of the texts of the world's major religions is some form of "love thy brother". I am happy to see people talking and trying to understand each other instead remaining alone in their own bubble of "rightness". Get out of the bubble and TALK but remember to do it in a spirit of love....not hate. Look for what we have in common. We just might find that there is a very good reason that so many religions converge on a single hilltop on this planet we share. Look for truth in what we have in common and I believe it is there that we will find the answer. HONOR THY BROTHER (AND SISTER)

    January 29, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. redneck

    OBL is dead, but the war machine wont let you know or the people might say time to end this mission.

    January 29, 2011 at 3:22 am | Report abuse |
  8. capnmike

    Time this filthy vermin was rooted out and strung up.

    January 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ester de Oliveira

    It's a complicated decision but he needs to make up his mind as soon as possible but I think Bin Laden isn't alive and Sarkosy could leave some men go back to France and leaves others there, he can try to do another alternative good for both.

    Sorry 'cause the errors I'm Brazilian and beginner with the English

    January 28, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. George Veritas

    Any one with common sense can figure out that Bin Ladin is dead. Like Elvis, however, he lives on in videos and via impersonators.

    January 27, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. George Veritas

    BIN LADEN is a "Has Been" Laden. Nothing from that evil spirit in a long time except faked videos and unauthenticated quotes. How about an authentic current video that proves that the Evil Has-Been is a living person and not a fairy tale from the past. I think he are dead. Let someone prove me wrong.

    January 27, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HRJ

    Please someone drop the bomb on the whole country and get rid of there problems, they all killers point blank they dont care about noone is just a waste of breath......

    January 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bobcabo

    Doesn't Bin Laden usually send videos of his butt ugly hairy face instead of audio tapes?

    January 27, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. terry

    i wonder why americans are still fools themselve like idiot , cia are the brain behind all this audio tape

    January 27, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. naveen

    WHO IS THE MENTOR OF OSAMA, WHO IS MENTOR OF TALIBAN, WHO IS MENTOR OF AL-QUEDA, WHO IS MENTOR OF TERRORISM. ANSWER IS PAKISTAN, PAKISTAN, PAKISTAN.

    PAKISTAN IS REAL CULPRIT. WHO CREATED TALIBAN, AL-QUEDA IS CHILD OF TALIBAN.
    PAKISTAN NOT ONLY TRAIN, FUND AND SEND THE TERRORISTS TO ALL OVER THE WORLD. BUT IT IS ALSO BEFOOLING THE U.S, U.K AND WEST. ONE SIDE PAKISTAN IS MILKING U.S. OTHERSIDE IT IS BUTCHER U.S. SOLDIERS IN AFGHANISTAN

    INSTEAD OF LOOKING CHICKENS IN AFGHANISTAN, U.S. SHOULD BOMB RAWALPINIDI, QUETTA AND DEEP INSIDE PAKISTAN. ALL THE TALIBAN LEADERS, AL-QUEDA LEADERS ARE ENJOYING IN PAKISTAN. TODAY OR TOMARROW PAKISTAN ITSELF WILL HANDOVER NUKES TO THEM. SO, IT IS NECESSARY TO BOMB PAKISTAN NUCLEAR FACILITIES.

    UNTIL PAKISTAN IS DIVIDED INTO FOUR REGIONSS, PROBLEM WOULD NOT BE SOLVED.

    January 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Michael V. Caldwell

    "ROAD TO PEACE" (film short)

    Opening Scene: (filmed in black & white, silent film)

    We see an old Soldier walking down a dirt road with a machine gun under his arm
    and carrying his young son on his shoulders.

    The young boy and his father are dressed in their combat clothing and the boy
    also has a machine gun gun tucked under his arm, suddenly they stop.

    (our camera pans to a person sitting on a large rock on the side of the road)

    We see the back of this person only, the person is wearing a black hooded robe
    with their hood raised up.

    (we pan back to the old soldier and his son)

    The old soldier places his son on the road then pushes him in the
    direction of the hooded stranger.

    The young boy walks cautiously up to the stranger with his gun drawn upwards

    as he gets closer we notice the person is small in stature then the boy points
    the gun at the back of the strangers head.

    The stranger turns around slowly then we see it is a young girl, the girl is

    the same age as the boy.

    The young girl places a daisy Flower in the barrel of the boy's gun.

    (at that instant our film changes to color and remains in color)

    Next, we see they young boy standing there with a blank look on his face he then

    drops the gun on the ground, the gun vanishes and where the gun was we see books

    instead.

    The boy picks up the books curiously, then turns and looks in the direction
    where his father was with an astonishment look.

    (we show a close-up on boys face then we pan our camera to the father)

    The boy's father is now standing there dressed in a white shirt and slacks and
    holding sets of plans tucked under his arm in the place of a gun.

    (we pan back to boy and girl)

    We see the boy standing there dressed in the same attire as his father, with
    books tucked under his arm in place of his gun staring at the girl that is
    still

    sitting on the rock, the girl has long curly brown hair and is now wearing white

    clothing, she also has books sitting next to her.

    Closing Scene:

    We see the backs of all three of them walking down the road towards the setting
    sun, the boy and the girl are holding hands both of them carrying books
    tucked under their arms.

    The father has sets of building plans tucked under his arm and is walking
    with his head up high.. Time To Build A Better Future..A New Future For All..

    Fade Out End...Or Beginning Of A Brighter Future For Our World..

    Written By Michael V Caldwell, Always...

    "THINKING OUT OF THE BOX FOR A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR WORLD"

    January 27, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  17. musa

    hello, i am musa from nigeria, to all what construct terrorims is in justice by the white people.Take israel case were palestine was totally cheated and no body care and see how they did to iraq they kill innocent people claiming they are fighting terrorism. Go back to your book if your a christian is not allowed to cheat fellow human being, you white peole should think twist about what you call human right as you are the first human right violaters.

    January 27, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Musa – you are totally right. I am trying, here in the west, to make people understand this point, but they think I am a Pakistani terrorist and censored my comments.

      January 27, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  18. Hudson Wood

    Well its about time the French pulled out, i mean its not like they would have won anyway

    January 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Semper Fi Guy

    Bin Laden is dead man.... like for real..... what are we idiots? dude was killed 4 years ago......

    January 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Mustang224

    I really want to know why we can't find this guy and just take him down silently or whatever. All of our special ops units....CIA...heck, James BOND! why is this so hard??? This guy has got little man syndrome.... always making threats and feeling so threatened and intimidated that he has to do these things. If it were up to me I would focus not so much on the military and policing of afghanistan, but more on unconventional espionage type tactics to find the key players and take them down.

    This is kind of similar to the cold war, but instead of communism, it's terrorism. I firmly believe that espionage is the key. We need to train somebody and plant them within the al qaeda. give them a lot of time to work their way up. then strike when it's time.

    January 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Gwasghington

    Bin Laden has been dead for 9 years, he died in december 2001 from kidney failure. THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS THIS. That's why there hasnt been ONE VIDEO RELEASED, only AUDIO FRAUDS. Wake up, they are trying to keep this man in your mind to keep the war on terror(itory) alive.

    Bush + Israel = 911

    January 26, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Mustang224

      please show me your sources! how do you know? i want to know too

      January 26, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
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