AL QAEDA

Alleged Bin Laden tape urges revenge for Gaza

A new audio recording purportedly from Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden urged that a new holy war be waged in revenge for Israel's offensive in the Gaza Strip. The recording is the first from the Islamist leader in eight months.

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AFP - Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden demanded a holy war against Israel in revenge for its deadly Gaza offensive in his first recorded statement in eight months, a US-based monitoring service said on Wednesday.

In the 22-minute audio recording entitled "A Call for Jihad to Stop Aggression Against Gaza," Bin Laden called for a holy war to restore "Jerusalem and Palestine," IntelCentre said.

The Al-Qaeda leader slammed Arab and Islamic governments for their response to the Israeli onslaught in which nearly 1,000 Palestinians have been killed, at least 292 of them children.

He also discussed the likely policies of the new administration of president elect Barack Obama in the face of the global economic slowdown in further proof of the recording's recent date.

The tape was posted as part of a video message which carried a still of Bin Laden and the logo of Al-Qaeda's media arm As-Sahab.

It was his first message since May, when he slammed Western leaders for taking part in celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the Jewish state.

Washington has led a worldwide manhunt for the Al-Qaeda leader ever since the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, offering a 25-million-dollar bounty, but he remains at large.
  

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