The American media
missed the most important part of Osama bin Laden’s videotape message,
according to Pakistani journalist
Mr. Mir, the only
reporter to interview bin Laden in the wake of 9/11, said that the text
of bin Laden’s address may have been redacted by government sources
since a significant portion of it was not aired by major American news
In the unaltered
message, according to Mr. Mir, bin Laden says: "We must sacrifice our
lives to attack the enemy.” This statement, Mr. Mir points out, is a
call for suicide attacks to take place throughout the United States
a call that was erased from official transcripts of the videotape.
These suicide attacks,
Mr. Mir believes, may involve the use of radiological devices and/or
tactical nuclear weapons.
Mr. Mir said that he
had been informed by leaders of the Taliban in Afghanistan that al
Qaeda’s long-planned American Hiroshima – a nuclear attack on seven to
ten U.S. cities – will occur in 2008 but could come sooner.
In June, ABC News
reported that large teams of al Qaeda suicide bombers had been sent to
the United States, Great Britain, Canada, and Germany to launch attacks
at strategic sites. The report contained videos of hundreds of recruits
for these missions at a graduation ceremony in Pakistan. Some of the
recruits were as young as 12.
In August, four Islamic
terrorists were arrested in Germany for planning to strike German
airports and US bases in commemoration of the sixth anniversary of 9/11.
It is important to note that those arrested were blonde, German born
converts, whose appearance allowed them to operate "under the radar” of
traditional profiling techniques and counter-terrorism protocols.
Mr. Mir has long
sounded the alarm of al Qaeda’s plan to launch an American Hiroshima.
"As far as I know, they
smuggled three suitcase nukes from Russia to Europe,” Mr. Mir maintained
last year. "They smuggled many kilos of enriched uranium inside America
for their dirty bomb projects. They said in 1999 that they must have
material for more than six dirty bombs in America. They tested at least
one dirty bomb in the Kunar province of Afghanistan in 2000. They have
planned an attack bigger than 9/11, even before the attacks on the World
Trade Center took place. Osama bin Laden trained 42 fighters to destroy
the American economy and military might. Nineteen were used on 9-11, 23
are still 'sleeping' inside America waiting for a call from bin Laden."
Mr. Mir said al-Qaeda
operatives told him that tactical nuclear weapons were smuggled over the
Mexican border before Sept. 11, 2001.
Asked why al-Qaeda
hasn't used nuclear weapons it already possesses, Mir said: "They are
waiting for the proper time. They want the U.S. to be involved in a mass
killing of Muslims, so that they will have some justification. That is
what I was told by a top al-Qaeda leader in the Kunar Mountains of
Mr. Mir, whose
biography of bin Laden is expected to appear before Christmas, says that
the al Qaeda chieftain is no longer in Pakistan but has relocated to a
remote mountainous area within the Khost and Paktia provinces of eastern
These and ten other
Afghani provinces, Mir maintains, are now under the rule of the Taliban.
The pipeline for jihadi
supply troops, he insists, now runs from the United Arab Emirates
through Iran and into southern Afghanistan.
alliance is a new, unique and disturbing development in the War on
Terror. When the Taliban came to power in 1996, Mullah Omar and his army
were decried by the Shiite mullahs in Iran for the massacre of thousands
of Shiite Hazaras and Panjshiri Tajiks. Iran began to send money and
arms to Ahmed Shah Massoud and his opposition army of Tajiks, Uzbeks,
and Hazaras that became known as the "United Front" or "Northern
Alliance." The Russians also came to the support Massoud's army to
protect the interests of Uzbekistan.
The Northern Alliance
continued to receive support from Iran and Russia until the launching of
Operation Enduring Freedom (the codename for the U.S.-led invasion of
Afghanistan) Oct. 7, 2001. Overnight, the Iranian and Russian advisers
to Massoud became replaced by CIA operatives and Green Beret A team
A major setback in the
war on terror, according to Mir, is that Iran and Russia are now allied
in Afghanistan on the side of their old enemy.
The first major
indication of Iran's change of heart toward the Taliban came in the wake
of the bombing of Tora Bora in December 2001, when Mullah Omar and
hundreds of his soldiers and al-Qaida agents, scaled the mountains
between the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, cut through the southern
provinces of Afghanistan and headed west to Iran, where they found safe
refuge, thanks to the intervention of Imad Mugniyah and the other
leaders of Hezbollah. The newly arrived guests included such luminaries
as Saad bin Laden, Osama's eldest son; Yaaz bin Sifat and Saif al-Adel,
al-Qaida military planners; and Mohammed Islam Haani, the mayor of Kabul
under the Taliban. Within Iran, they were placed in luxurious
safe-houses under the protection of SAVAMA, the Iranian intelligence
When the war on terror
moved to Iraq, Iran came to serve as a base of operations for Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi and other al-Qaida field commanders to mount attacks on the
This monumental event –
the union between Sunni and Shiite – remained largely ignored by Western
While the war dragged
on in Iraq, Mullah Omar and other Taliban leaders returned to Pakistan,
gained thousands of new recruits, secured control of much of the tribal
areas, and launched the re-conquest of Afghanistan.
The Taliban soldiers
are now accompanied by advisers and regulars from the Iranian army and,
according to Mir, within Afghanistan, Mullah Omar has received visits
from his old friend and fellow jihadi, Osama bin Laden.
Because of this newly
forged alliance, Mr. Mir speculates that the American Hiroshima may
occur as soon as the Bush Administration launches an offensive against
Iran to prevent the Shiite country from becoming a member of the nuclear
Cort, M.D. and Michael Travis contributed to this article.