Bin Laden In A Purported New Tape Warns Obama

June 3, 2009 at 9:12 pm | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment

Bin Laden says in a new tape that Obama is laying the foundation for long wars


Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda leader, has accused Barack Obama, the US president, of following the policy of his predecessor George Bush in “antagonizing Muslims”, in a tape broadcast by Al Jazeera shortly after Obama arrived in Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

“Let the American people prepare for to harvest the crops of what the leaders of the White House plant in the next years and decades,” he said.

Earlier, bin Laden’s deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, urged Egyptians to shun Obama, saying his Middle East trip was at the invitation of the “torturers of Egypt” and the  “slaves of America”.

Saudi Arabia described the new tape a sign of the al-Qaeda chief’s desperation

In March, bin Laden accused some Arab leaders of being “complicit” with Israel and the West against Muslims and urged holy war to liberate the Palestinian territories.

Osama bin Laden is seen in an image taken from a videotape that aired on Al-Jazeera in September 2003.

Osama bin Laden is seen in an image taken from a videotape that aired on Al-Jazeera in September 2003.

Al-Jazeera, the Arabic-language TV network, aired segments of what it said was a “voice recording by bin Laden.” This message comes as President Obama begins his trip to the Middle East, where he is visiting Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and, in Egypt on Thursday, is to make a major speech to the Muslim world.

This would be bin Laden’s first assessment of an Obama policy. CNN analysis of the audiotape as it aired indicates that the voice on the tape sounds like bin Laden’s.

Since the message was not posted on the usual radical Islamist Web site that carries statements from al Qaeda, it is believed that this latest message was hand-delivered to the TV network, based in Doha, Qatar. Video Watch what the speaker says on the tape »

It was believed to have been recorded several weeks ago when the mass civilian exodus occurred because of fighting in northwestern Pakistan.

The message refers to the conflict in Pakistan’s Swat Valley — where Pakistani troops are taking on Taliban militants — and it argued that Obama is proving that he is “walking the same road of his predecessors to build enmity against Muslims and increasing the number of fighters, and establishing more lasting wars.”


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