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Middle East: Bin Laden writing book, sources say

Dubai, 27 Oct. (AKI) - Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is writing a new book, 'Nidal', as a response to "negative propaganda and insufficient information" about the terrorism network, citing unnamed Pakistani sources.

The book, whose title means 'Struggle', comes as Al-Qaeda's success in Iraq is dwindling and just days before the United States presidential election in early November.

According to various media reports, Bin Laden (photo) is reported to be writing the book in Arabic with the help of a young man with a Middle Eastern background who will translate the text into English.

"'Nidal' looks at the atrocities committed against Muslims by the West and how the Crusaders have harmed world development with their objective of boosting the West's global influence that ultimately helped the United States to seize the Muslim world's oil reserves," said pan-Arab daily, Al-Quds al-Arabi.

The book also holds the US responsible for the present global financial crisis and claims to shed light on Al-Qaeda's evolution and the 11 September 2001 attacks on US cities.

Websites close to Al-Qaeda have not yet confirmed the imminent publication of 'Nidal' but many of Bin Laden's followers are expecting a new message from him to mark the US presidential polls on 4 November like he did in 2004.

Jihadist websites, notably al-Hesbah - one of the most widely used jihadist sites - are backing the Republican Party's candidate John McCain in the hope that a win by McCain in next month's ballot will boost Al-Qaeda's war with the US.




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