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CNN interviews bin Laden

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Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Means of CommunicationVideotaped interview
Issued May 10, 19971
Created March 20, 19971
Disseminated byCNN
ParticipantsOsama bin Laden
Narrative and Notes
ReliableThe interview was conducted by CNN's Peter Arnett.

Bin Laden said, "Regarding the criticisms of the ruling regime in Saudi Arabia and the Arabian peninsula, the first one is their subordination to the US. So, our main problem is the US government while the Saudi regime is but a branch or an agent of the US. By being loyal to the US regime, the Saudi regime has committed an act against Islam. And this, based on the ruling of Shari'a (Islamic jurisprudence), casts the regime outside the religious community. Subsequently, the regime has stopped ruling people according to what God revealed, praise and glory be to Him, not to mention many other contradictory acts. When this main foundation was violated, other corrupt acts followed in every aspect of the country, the economic, the social, government services and so on."

Bin Laden denied any role in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and said he did not know Ramzi Yousef.2
1"Prosecution uses bin Laden interview in embassy bombings trial." CNN: Feb. 21, 2001.
2Interview transcript.
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