Al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden called for a holy war against a proposed peacekeeping force in Sudan's war-torn region of Darfur in a message that appeared on jihadi Web sites on Tuesday.
The audio recording was accompanied by a still picture and excerpts were aired by pan-Arab satellite news channel al-Jazeera on Monday. Bin Laden called on those living in the areas surrounding Darfur, particularly the Arabian peninsula, to drive out any foreign forces in the region.
"It is the duty of the people of Islam in the Sudan and its environs, especially the Arabian Peninsula, to perform jihad against the Crusader invaders and wage armed rebellion to remove those who let them in," he said, according to a transcript provided by IntelCenter which monitors jihadi Web sites.
Bin Laden's deputy, Egyptian-born Ayman al-Zawhiri, made a similar call for jihad in Darfur in a Sept. 20 video message.