Thursday, August 11, 2005

'Australian accent' heard in militant broadcast. 10/08/2005. ABC News Online

'Australian accent' heard in militant broadcast. 10/08/2005. ABC News Online
Last Update: Wednesday, August 10, 2005. 11:01am (AEST)
'Australian accent' heard in militant broadcast
By Europe correspondent Rafael Epstein

Arab television has broadcast a video showing a masked militant with an apparent Australian accent criticising British Prime Minister Tony Blair over Iraq.

The man is shown holding an automatic rifle and boasting about a recent attack that killed United States troops in Afghanistan.

The video, aired on Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television, featured blurred footage said to be of a rocket attack on a helicopter that killed 16 US soldiers in June.

The masked man, wearing a black balaclava and combat gear, claims a group of Al Qaeda "fighters" carried out the operation.

"The Honourable Sons of Islam will not just let you kill our families in Palestine, Afghanistan, Kashmir and the Balkans, Indonesia, the Caucuses and elsewhere," the militant says in what seems to be an Australian accent.

"It is time for us to be equals. As you kill us, you'll be killed. As you bomb us, you will be bombed."

The Federal Government says ASIO will be looking closely at the video but there is no official word on whether the footage is authentic.

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