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Son of Bin Laden disagrees with father

WASHINGTON – One of Osama bin Laden’s sons said he wishes his father would find “another way” to pursue his goals but does not believe his father is a terrorist. In an interview with the US network, Omar bin Laden, 26, said in broken English that he disagreed with the killing of civilians.

“I try and say to my father: ‘Try to find another way to help or find your goal. This bomb, this weapons, it’s not good to use it for anybody,’” he said in the interview filmed in Cairo where he lives.

Wearing his hair in braids and appearing with his British wife, Omar bin Laden said he had not spoken to his father since 2000, when he left an Al-Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan.

“I told him I was going, and wanted to try life and see what it was like outside because, from a young age I was with my father, and I only saw and heard my father and his friends,” he said.

“My father told me, ‘If this is what your choice — your decision — is, what can I tell you? I like you to be with me, but this is your decision.’” He said he does not believe his father is a terrorist. “Before they call it war, now they call it terrorism,” he said. “He believes his job — to help the people … I don’t think my father is a terrorist because history tells you he’s not.”

When his father fought Soviet troops in Afghanistan, the United States considered him a hero, he said. As for the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, he said: “I don’t think 9/11 was right personally, but it happened.”

“I don’t think … (the war) in Vietnam was right. I don’t think what’s going in Palestine is right.”

He said he does not know where his father is but doubts he will be caught because he has the backing of the local population.

Asked if his father could be living on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, he said: “Maybe, maybe not.”

“Either way, the people there are different,” he said. “They don’t care about the government.”

The fourth of 11 children from his father’s first wife and one of reportedly 19 fathered by the world’s most wanted man, he said he and his wife are organizing a horse race across North Africa to promote peace.