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CAIRO, (AP) – The Arabic news station al-Jazeera has reported that Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has issued a new message calling for the withdrawal of French troops from Afghanistan.

In a report Friday, the station said bin Laden called on French President Nicolas Sarkozy to withdraw its troops from “our countries,” adding that that its role would cost the French “inside France and outside.”

Extremist groups associated with al-Qaeda are holding at least seven French hostages, including five in the Sahara Desert and two in Afghanistan.

Al-Qaeda has often sent audio messages to Al-Jazeera for broadcast.

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Asharq Al-Awsat is the world’s premier pan-Arab daily newspaper, printed simultaneously each day on four continents in 14 cities. Launched in London in 1978, Asharq Al-Awsat has established itself as the decisive publication on pan-Arab and international affairs, offering its readers in-depth analysis and exclusive editorials, as well as the most comprehensive coverage of the entire Arab world.

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