Bin Laden to Release Video, Al-Qaeda Says

This still photo of Osama bin Laden appeared in the online announcement. (AP)

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Friday, September 7, 2007

CAIRO, Sept. 6 -- Osama bin Laden will release a new video in the coming days, ahead of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, al-Qaeda's media arm said Thursday in a Web announcement. If authentic, the images would be the first of the terrorist network's leader in nearly three years.

The announcement included a still photo purportedly from the video, showing bin Laden addressing the camera, his beard fully black. In his past videos, bin Laden's beard was almost entirely gray with dark streaks.

[A senior intelligence official said that U.S. intelligence is examining the picture. "At this point, it isn't clear" whether it's an old photo, a new one or something that has been doctored, the official said, Post staff writer Karen DeYoung reported from Washington. The official noted that since the last verified bin Laden video in October 2004, there have been many new videos promoted on radical Islamic Web sites but none of them has materialized.]

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