Al-Jazeera TV has broadcast a tape of Afghanistan's Taliban guerrillas vowing to fight the Kabul government and condemning the occupation of Iraq.
Mulla Hedayatollah Akhund, a Taliban spokesman, called for resistance against 'the infidels' occupation of Afghanistan, Palestine, Chechnya and Iraq.'
The footage showed a group of bearded Taliban fighters holding rocket propelled grenade launchers and assault rifles. Taliban men were also shown inspecting a charred vehicle, apparently destroyed by Taliban.
Al Jazeera said it was the first time in months the movement, which was toppled by the war on Afghanistan for hosting Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network, had made a public appearance in a videotape.
They have stepped up attacks in recent weeks against the US-backed government, killing seven bodyguards of the governor of the southern province of Helmand at the weekend.
The tape also showed what appeared to be bodies wrapped in blankets, without giving any information about the footage, and a column of vehicles carrying Taliban fighters.
Arabic TV stations earlier broadcast an audiotape attributed to Osama Bin Laden's deputy.
The voice, said to be that of Ayman al-Zawahri, called on Pakistanis to overthrow their president, Pervez Musharraf.
The tape also accused the US of carrying out a 'crusade' targeting Islam and Muslims.
It was the second tape attributed to the al-Qaeda deputy to be aired this month.