Can I just ask one thing, how is a soldier in a tank patrolling Heathrow gonna stop a lone nut with a stinger missile? Provided of course that the "terrorist" even manages to hit the blimmin' plane - based on past experience, they don't seem all that hot at hitting things with their sophisticated missiles...
The Arab-language television station, al-Jazeera, has broadcast a message allegedly from Osama bin Laden, in which he calls for Muslims to stand with the Iraqi people against the United States.
The message was contained in a poor quality audio recording in which a man's voice, identified as Bin Laden's, is heard calling for suicide attacks against Americans and resistance to any attack on Iraq, reports BBC.
The Bush administration believes the tape to almost certainly be genuine and officials say the message heralds a "burgeoning alliance of terror". Before the Al-Jazeera broadcast the tape, US Secretary of State was quick to announce in the US Senate that “Bin Laden tape is coming proving Iraq’s links with Al-Qaeda.”
The broadcast came on the same day that the head of the CIA, George Tenet, warned of an increased risk of al-Qaeda attacks in the US and on the Arabian Peninsula using a "dirty bomb" or poisons. Although no where in the tape, so-called “Bin Laden” referred to his alliance with Sadam Hussein of Iraq, the US media and government are describing it as a proof to their allegations that Saddam has links with Al-Qaeda.
But the BBC's security correspondent, Frank Gardner, said the figure on the tape voiced support for Iraq, but that in no way did it prove a link between al-Qaeda and the Iraqi leadership.