Archive for Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bin Laden urges jihad against Israel

January 15, 2009


— Osama bin Laden urged Muslims to launch a jihad against Israel, seeking to harness anger over the Gaza offensive with a new message posted on the Internet on Wednesday.

The al-Qaida chief vowed to open “new fronts” against the U.S. and its allies beyond Iraq and Afghanistan and also criticized Arab leaders, accusing most of them of being allies of the U.S. and Israel.

The White House dismissed the call to jihad, saying it reflects bin Laden’s isolation and shows he is trying to remain relevant at a time when his ideology and mission are being challenged.

Bin Laden spoke in a 22-minute audiotape posted on Islamic militant Web sites where al-Qaida usually issues its messages. The 51-year-old al-Qaida leader has been in hiding since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, believed to be living somewhere along the lawless Pakistan-Afghan border.

It was bin Laden’s first tape since May.


Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 2 months ago

I am surprised that Bush didn't have a wall built along the Pakistan-Afghan border. That way Bin Laden would have to straddle it.Obama is a great and good man, but each and every one of us has to do their part. I don't think Bin Laden is at the top of his list. There are quite a few terrorist groups, but usually only al-Qaeda gets the press.Maybe they need to come out with a book, Terrorism for Dummies.

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