In 2nd tape, bin Laden urges Pakistan flood relief

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
October 2, 2010 15:21




CAIRO — In a second audio recording in 24 hours, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden said governments of Muslim nations have not done enough to help Pakistanis hit by floods that killed hundreds and displaced millions.

As in the earlier recording, bin Laden's criticism was measured in the message released Saturday on militant websites. The tone contrasted sharply with past videos and recordings in which he and his deputies called for the leaders of Muslim nations like his native Saudi Arabia and Egypt to be overthrown.

By avoiding his familiar calls for attacks on the West and the toppling of US-allied regimes in the Arab world and instead speaking of humanitarian causes like the floods in Pakistan and issues like climate change, bin Laden appears to be trying to broaden al-Qaida's appeal beyond its traditional extremist support base.


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