Bin Laden rallies Somali militants in Web message

March 19, 2009 12:00


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Al-Qaida's chief Osama bin Laden denounced Somalia's new president, who was elected as part of a peace push in the lawless African country, and urged in a new audio recording Thursday on the Internet for Somali militants to topple him. The 11-and-a half minute recording was released by al-Qaida's media arm As-Sahab and posted on militant Web sites known as clearing houses for Islamic messaging. Focused entirely on Somalia and entitled "Fight on, champions of Somalia," it carried an often seen bin Laden photograph with a map of Somalia in the background. The Arabic audio had English subtitles. In the message, bin Laden lashed out at the country's new president, Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, elected by Somali lawmakers on Jan. 31.

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