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Al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden issued a new audio message claiming
responsibility for the Christmas day airline bombing attempt in Detroit
and vowed further attacks.
In a short recording carried by the Al-Jazeera Arabic news
channel on Sunday, bin Laden addressed US President Barack Obama saying
the attack was a message like that of September 11 and more attacks
against the US would be forthcoming.
"The message delivered to you through the plane of the heroic
warrior Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was a confirmation of the previous
messages sent by the heroes of the September 11," he said.
"America will never dream of security unless we will have it in
reality in Palestine," he added. "God willing, our raids on you will
continue as long as your support to the Israelis will continue."
On Christmas Day, Nigerian national Abdulmutallab attempted to
blow up the Northwest Airlines flight he was sitting on as it
approached Detroit Metro Airport. But the bomb he was hiding in his
underwear failed to explode.
He told federal agents shortly afterward that he had been trained and instructed in the plot by al-Qaida operatives in Yemen.
There was no way to confirm the voice was actually that of Bin Laden, but it resembled previous recordings attributed to him.
In the past year, Bin Laden's messages have concentrated heavily
on the plight of the Palestinians in attempt to rally support across
Many analysts believe that bin Laden is worried about Obama's
popularity across the Middle East with his promises to withdraw from
Iraq and personal background, so the al-Qaida leader is focusing on the
close US-Israeli relationship.
The situation of the Palestinians, especially in the blockaded
Gaza Strip where 1,400 died during Operation Cast Lead, angered many in
the Arab world.
Foreign Ministry spokesman, Andy David, dismissed the latest
al-Qaida message and its attempt to link Israel with attacks on the US
"This is nothing new, he has said this before. Terrorists
always look for absurd excuses for their despicable deeds," David said.
The last public message from bin Laden appears to have been on
September 26, when he demanded that European countries pull their
troops out of Afghanistan. The order came in an audiotape that also
warned of "retaliation" against nations that are allied with the United
States in fighting the war.