Bin Laden warns French Afghan role will bring violence

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Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden warned France its security would be compromised if it does not pull its troops out of Afghanistan in a recording aired on Wednesday by Al-Jazeera television, in which he said the kidnapping of French hostages in Niger was a warning to Paris.

"The way to protect your security is to bring your tyranny against our nation to an end, most importantly to withdraw from the damned war of (former US president George W.) Bush in Afghanistan," he said in a message addressed to the French people.

"The kidnapping of your experts in Niger ... is in retaliation for the tyranny you practise against our Muslim nation," he said.

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