A Recruiting Tape of Osama bin Laden: Excerpts and Analyses

Author
Richard W. Bulliet, Fawaz A. Gerges
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Columbia International Affairs Online
Abstract
For several months prior to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, a videotape calling Muslims to a holy war against forces described as Crusaders and Jews circulated underground in the Arab world. Produced on behalf of Osama bin Laden and prominently featuring his image, words, and ideas, the tape is designed to recruit young Arab men to journey to Afghanistan and train for a war in defense of Islam.
Topic
Defense Policy, Diplomacy, Ethnic Conflict, Government, International Cooperation, International Law, Terrorism
Political Geography
Russia, United States, United Kingdom, Middle East, Arabia