Alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden has renewed his call for a jihad or holy war against Jews and Christians, according to an unconfirmed magazine report received Monday.
"You are fully aware that the Jews and Christians have, through their machinations, occupied the Muslim holy sites in Haramain Sharifain (Mecca and Medina) and Palestine," he was quoted as writing in a statement.
"How can we remain a silent spectator to this situation? It is the joint duty of the Muslims to wage jihad against the Jews and Christians."
The statement was released in an edition of the radical Muslim magazine Meshkat-al-Misbah and included a signature said to be bin Laden's.
Bin Laden, a wealthy Saudi dissident, is believed to be living in Afghanistan where he has been welcomed as a "guest" of the ruling fundamentalist Taliban militia.
The United Nations has imposed economic and aviation sanctions against the Taliban for their refusal to hand over bin Laden to the United States where he is wanted for the 1998 bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
Washington has also pressured Pakistan to use its significant influence with the Taliban to facilitate bin Laden's extradition.
Pakistani military ruler General Pervez Musharraf says it is a matter between Afghanistan and the United States and he has seen no proof of bin Laden's guilt -- PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AFP)
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