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New Message From Bin Laden

Updated

Bin Laden surfaced again with a new audio tape played on Al Jazeera:

Osama bin Laden issued ominous new threats in an audiotape broadcast Sunday, purportedly saying the West was at war with Islam and calling on his followers to go to Sudan to fight a proposed U.N. force.


In his first new message in three months, bin Laden said the West's decision to cut off funds to the Palestinians because their Hamas leaders refuse to recognize Israel proved that the United States and Europe were conducting "a Zionist crusader war on Islam."

"The blockade which the West is imposing on the government of Hamas proves that there is a Zionist crusader war on Islam," said the speaker on the tape broadcast by the Al-Jazeera network.

"I say that this war is the joint responsibility of the people and the governments. While the war continues, the people renew their allegiance to their rulers and politicians and continue to send their sons to our countries to fight us."

The authenticity of the tape could not immediately be verified.

From CNN:

Parts of audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden aired Sunday on an Arabic-language TV network in which the al Qaeda leader attacks the West for cutting off funds to the Palestinian Hamas-led government and referred to a "crusader-Zionist war" against Islam.


Al-Jazeera, which is based in Qatar, said the new tape is from bin Laden. CNN could not immediately confirm the tape's authenticity, but analysts said the voice sounds like bin Laden's.

A U.S. intelligence official said technical analysis of the tape is under way.

Fox News Channel reported that intelligence officials believe the voice on the tape is Bin Laden's.

Update: Walid Phares of the Counterterrorism Blog summarizes the ten points Bin Laden made in this audio tape.

Update II: Tigerhawk writes that what's fascinating about bin Laden's recent tape isn't what he discussed but what he didn't:

Apart from the list's comic aspects, it is fascinating for its omissions. Why didn't bin Laden talk about Iraq?


Less than 2 1/2 years ago, al Qaeda broke the news to the Taliban that it was diverting resources to Iraq so as to humiliate the American "Crusaders."

[snip]

Al Qaeda drew a line in the sands of the Sunni Triangle, and the United States Army and Marines walked right across it. First, al Qaeda tried to kill Americans, per bin Laden's orders. It largely failed. Then al Qaeda went after America's allies, and succeeded only in turning public opinion against itself in every Muslim country it attacked. After thirty months of battlefield defeats and political embarrassments, bin Laden won't even mention Iraq in one of his rare public utterances, and he rallies his troops to fight a war where American soldiers aren't. How humiliating. How delightful.

Al Qaeda has lost in Iraq, and bin Laden is desperate to change the subject. He and his organization are at grave risk of being discredited, and when that happens it will be much harder for al Qaeda to attract recruits, raise money, or deal with governments.

Let's flashback to this: Zarqawi and Al Qaeda Leaving Iraq?

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Comments (7)

Huh,Osama tells hi... (Below threshold)

Huh,

Osama tells his followers to go to the Sudan???

Um ... is there a war in Sudan?

Methinks Karl Rove has begun his new job.

Gotta love the assumption t... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Gotta love the assumption that somehow we "owe" Hamas money. No need to earn it or do something for it, but just because we aren't willing to pay tribute to some wanna-be Barbary Pirate we are in some sort of plot?

Holy men my ass. Just a bunch of egotisical, obessive/paranoid of female sexuality, thugs trying to bully the world.

I have no respect for this version of the so called Religion of Peace. Good thing they are peaceful a\ro they might be calling for jihad every other week and more killing of innocents every day....oh, wait....they do?.....Nevermind.

Bin Bastard sprouts his bra... (Below threshold)
cubanbob:

Bin Bastard sprouts his bravo sierra but conviniently doesn't reach for his ( $300 million plus) checkbook. They are all brothers until they have to cut a check. Where is Arapig's widow? Even she could not have spent all that loot so quickly.

I hope all those worthless pigs starve to death. It would be the greatest gift to civilized humanity the scum could ever give.

Poor Pig Laden. Even Hamas ... (Below threshold)
beth:

Poor Pig Laden. Even Hamas is saying they aren't associated with him. That's truly sad! HA!

He's more impotent daily and has to put out these little tete-a-tetes to remind people he exists.

Let's see; to state the obv... (Below threshold)
brad:

Let's see; to state the obvious: According to OBL we went to the middle east to "loot their wealth" and how dare the West cut off funding to their stooge in Palistine.

Hey Obama or cocsama or wh... (Below threshold)
CurlyLarryMoe:

Hey Obama or cocsama or whatever you scuminess goes by now ! oooooh were scared were so scared of you you f##$%&^$&*^#@$ of #$^^&%$$#@$#@ show your face tough guy , whats that? havent got laid in 4 years, dont worry Zarcowardri will pay a cave visit soon and Mak44 will be with Him to,to pull a train with you you unwashed filth!
maks a virgin too. the only 1 youll ever get.

He must be really desperate... (Below threshold)
JEFF:

He must be really desperate for food if Hes bugging the Sudanese now?




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