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Algerian Hostage Crisis: Reported Tape of Terrorists Emerges

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Algerian TV has broadcast what it says is audiotape of terrorists at the In Amenas gas plant threatening to blow up the facility and "slaughter" U.S. hostages unless 100 imprisoned "comrades" are released, and also claiming that the hostages have been forced to wear bombs.

The recordings that aired on Algeria's Ennahar TV were made before the four-day hostage crisis at the BP joint venture facility in the Sahara ended with nearly all terrorists and at least 23 hostages dead.

"The Americans that are here, we will kill them," says Abdel Rahman el-Nigeri, a leader of the al Qaeda-linked terrorists who held the plant, in Arabic. "We will slaughter them."

A second person, identified by Ennahar TV as a hostage, says, in heavily accented English, "We have prisoners. We have hostages with bombs … on the body."

In Arabic, El-Nigeri demands that 100 "comrades" who were arrested 15 years ago be released. "Our demands are so easy, so easy if you want to negotiate with us," says el Nigeri. "Either we get our brothers out or we die."

He says that some hostages are still living after the Algerian military's initial assault, but warns "we shall bomb them if the Algerian Army gets near to us. Now they are heading towards us, God willing."

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Osama bin Laden Speaks from Beyond the Grave

AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Al Qaeda has released a new message from Osama bin Laden, the first since the terror group's leader was killed in a U.S. raid on his Pakistan compound almost three weeks ago.

The 13-minute audiotape, which references the revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, includes a still image emblazoned with an old picture of bin Laden and dated with the Islamic month that begins in the last week of April. It seems to have been recorded after Feb. 17.

According to U.S. officials, it is the same as one of the taped messages found by Navy SEALs during the raid on the Abbottabad compound where bin Laden was killed earlier this month.

In the message, bin Laden addresses fellow Muslims across the Middle East but does not issue threats and does not mention the U.S. or the West.

Instead, he celebrates their struggle with flowery language, and tells them it would be a "sin to lose this opportunity."

"The winds of change flew to the square of Tahrir," he says, referring to Cairo, "and a great revolution was begun. This wasn't a revolution of starving and pain, but a revolution of giving and peace."

"The great oppression in our countries has reached great levels, and we have delayed enough the wave of change," says bin Laden. "Let the truth ring out. Remember those that go out with a sword are true believers, those that go fight with their tongue are true believers, and those that fight in their hearts are true believers.

"Oh Muslims, you have seen many revolutions in your past," says bin Laden. "Those that the people have been so happy about, but then have turned into nothing. And the way to keep these revolutions from having the same problem is fighting ignorance. And some of the most important information is Islam. For this is the true crisis that has hit our nations."

The tape, released on Islamist websites Wednesday, is the first new bin Laden tape to surface posthumously, but U.S. officials expect others to be released because there were other taped messages found during the search of bin Laden's house.

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Bin Laden Threatens French Hostages With Death In New Tape

Photo Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- In a newly released audiotape message to the French people, al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden threatens death to French hostages held by an al Qaeda affiliate in Africa unless French troops leave Afghanistan.

In the message, Bin Laden's second to the French people in less than six months, he says that by keeping troops in Afghanistan, French President Nicolas Sarkozy has given the "green light" to "kill your captives immediately." Bin Laden does not name the hostages but is apparently referring to five French citizens who were working for the French nuclear giant Areva in Niger when they were kidnapped in September.

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, the North African affiliate of al Qaeda, has claimed responsibility for the abduction, and has released pictures of the men in captivity.

French ministry spokesperson Bernard Valero responded to the taped threat, telling reporters the French government would not change their stance on Afghanistan, and that their presence was meant to help the Afghan people.

"We are determined to pursue our action in favor of the Afghan people with our allies," he said.

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