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Kairo: In a tape that surfaced Sunday, Osama bin Laden’s deputy urged all Muslims to take up arms, saying a refusal to join the fight against »the Cross and Zionism» was a »malignant illness» that would lead to the defeat of militant Islam.

Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawahri said the global Islamic community had »no hope for victory» until all Muslims signed on to the al-Qaida-led jihad.

»As long as this malignant illness continues to survive within us, there is no hope for victory and there can only be more defeats, tragedies, disasters and betrayals,» al-Zawahri said.< (AP)