Bin Laden taunts US on 9/11 anniversary

NEW YORK, Sept 11, 2007 (AFP) – Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden eulogized one of the September 11 hijackers in a video released on Tuesday’s sixth anniversary of the attacks that still traumatize the United States. As Americans remembered the almost 3,000 people killed, an attempted bomb attack in Turkey and a security alert at a US military base in Germany kept the world on terrorist alert.

The Al-Qaeda leader praises hijacker Walid al-Shehri as a “champion”.

Al-Shehri was “a young man who personally penetrated the most extreme degrees of danger and is a rarity among men: one of the 19 champions,” according to IntelCenter, a US-based monitoring group that obtained the video.

Al-Shehri was one of 19 hijackers on September 11, 2001. He was on American Airlines Flight 11, the first jet to crash into the World Trade Center in New York.

The US administration of made no immediate comment on the video or its authenticity.

A video released Friday showed a video of Bin Laden. In the new one, Bin Laden is only seen in a still image, but he is seen again with a dyed black beard, a circular white cap and a beige cloak.

On Monday, top US spy chief Michael McConnell questioned whether Bin Laden’s