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Osama urges Pakistanis to defend Islam

DUBAI, NOV. 1. The Saudi-born dissident, Osama bin Laden, has issued a letter urging Pakistani Muslims to defend Islam against what he described as ``a Christian crusade'', Qatar's Al-Jazeera satellite television reported today.

The television showed a picture of the letter written in Arabic, which it said was signed by Osama. A copy of the letter was not immediately available.

``Muslims in Afghanistan are being subjected to killing and the Pakistani Government is standing beneath the Christian banner,'' the letter was quoted by the newsreader as saying.

- Reuters

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