Transcript of Osama bin Laden tape broadcast on al-Jazeera (CONTINUED)
February 12, 2003, 12:00 am TWN
The conclusion is an enormous defeat for the coalition of the international evil with all its forces facing such a small group of mujahedeen, 300 only in ditches in an area of one mile, in a temperature of 10 degrees below zero.
The result of that battle was 6 percent injuries among the individuals, whom we ask God to consider as martyrs, and injuries inside the ditches were 2 percent only, thank God.
If all the evil global powers were not capable of defeating one simple mile occupied by mujahedeen using very poor equipment, how can such evil powers triumph over the Islamic world?
This is impossible, God willing, if they hold their faith in their religion, and were determined to fight for the sake of God.
Our mujahedeen brothers in Iraq, don't worry about American lies concerning their power and their smart bombs and laser ones. Such smart bombs have no use among the mountains, trenches, plains, and forests. They need an obvious target.
As for the well-camouflaged trenches, the smart or the idiot bombs can't do anything to it. The only way is haphazard bombing which depletes the enemy's ammunition and the enemy's money. So go and dig many trenches as it was mentioned before in the holy book, 'Take the earth as your shelter.' Such a way will deplete all your enemy reserves in a few months. As for their daily production, that is easy to bear, God willing.
We advise about the importance of drawing the enemy into long, close and exhausting fighting, taking advantage of camouflaged positions in plains, farms, mountains and cities.The enemy fears the most the town fights and street fights. Such fighting would cause the enemy huge losses of souls.
We stress the importance of martyrdom operations against the enemy, these attacks that have scared Americans and Israelis like never before.
We also make it clear that anyone who helps America, from the Iraqi hypocrites (opposition) or Arab rulers, whoever fights with them or offers them bases or administrative assistance, or any kind of support or help, even if only with words, to kill Muslims in Iraq, should know that he is an apostate and that (shedding) his blood and money is permissible (in Islam).
God said (in the Quran) : 'Oh believers, do not take Jews or Christians as your masters. They are loyal to each other. Those who follow them is one of them. God does not proselytize the unjust nations.'
I also assure those true Muslims should act, incite and mobilize the nation in such great events, hot conditions, in order to break free from the slavery of these tyrannic and apostate regimes, which is enslaved by America, in order to establish the rule of Allah on Earth. Among regions ready for liberation are Jordan, Morocco, Nigeria, the country of the two shrines (Saudi Arabia), Yemen and Pakistan.
You know that such a crusade war concerns the Muslim nation mainly, regardless of whether the socialist party and Saddam remain or go. So Muslims in general and Iraq in particular must pull up your pant legs for jihad against this unjust campaign. You should also keep the ammunitions and weapons, as it is an obligatory mission.
It is known before that you should not fight raising the pagan banners, but you have to, as a Muslim, to have a clear faith and banner during war for the sake of God, as the Prophet said, 'Whoever fights should raise the word of God.' It is not harmful in such conditions for the Muslims' interests and socialists' interests to come along with each other during the war against the crusade, without changing our faith and our declaration that socialists are infidels. Socialists' leadership had fallen down a long time ago. Socialists are infidels wherever they are, either in Baghdad or Aden. Such war which may take place these days is similar to the war between Muslims and Romans when the interests of the Muslims came along with the interests of the Persians who both fought against the Romans. Nothing was harmful for the Companions of the Prophet.
Before I conclude, I would like to assure on the importance of encouragement (for mujahedeen) and raising their spirits and being alerted from flickering, confusion, and disinclining. The Prophet said once, 'Encourage them and don't discourage.'
(For three times he said) 'God, who sent down the book (Quran), who ran the clouds, who defeated the parties, defeat them (enemy) and grant us the triumph over them.'