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Bin Laden Challenges Obama in New Audio Message

15 January, 2009

Bin Laden Challenges Obama in New Audio Message
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In a direct challenge to President-elect Barack Obama, Osama bin Laden questions whether America "is capable to keep fighting us for more years" in a new audio message attributed to him Wednesday morning on an internet website.

 

A senior U.S. official told ABCNews.com, "There is no reason to doubt the authenticity of the tape."

It is the first time bin Laden has been heard from in seven months and puts to rest speculation he is dead. The al Qaeda leader`s last audio message was posted on May 18, 2008.

"This is part of their ongoing propaganda effort to appear relevant by commenting on current events," the senior US official said in dismissing the significance of the new tape.

National Security Council spokesman Gordon Johndroe said the tape demonstrates bin Laden`s isolation and "continued attempts to remain relevant at a time when Al Qaeda`s ideology, mission, and agenda are being questioned and challenged throughout the world." He said it appeared to be a fundraising effort for al Qaeda`s propaganda campaign.

Today`s message begins with a call for a jihad against Israel because of its attacks on Gaza but concludes with a challenge to the U.S., and implicitly the incoming Obama administration.

"Now America is begging the world for money," bin Laden says, "and the USA will not be as powerful as it used to be."

"This rapid failing for America was one of the reasons that the Israelis started their attacks against Gaza and just to make use of what`s left of the Bush term," he says.

Bin Laden makes reference to Vice-President elect Joseph Biden, quoting him as saying "the financial crisis is bigger than we expected" and the al Qaeda leader counsels patience in continuing to fight the U.S.

Bin Laden appears to be referring to comments Biden made to ABC News` George Stephanopolous in an Dec. 21 appearance on This Week. "The economy is in much worse shape that we thought it was in," Biden said then.

"The majority of the U.S. people are happy to get rid of Bush, Bush left for his successor a heavy heritage, the hardest part of heritage is guerilla wars," bin Laden says.

Courtesy: ABCNews.com

Reader Comments:

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absolute BS in my opinion.Bin's been dead for 10 years. He had coihnrc Diabetes and kidny problems. He was also (on record) interviewed by the CIA weeks prior to 9/11 and they let him go!Sorry but this is all bullshit of the highest order. Yet again the media and the govt has managed to hoodwink the masses into believing crap. Morale in the U.S. is at a low with just as many citizens (with respect to numbers) as the U.K. asking to pull our soldiers out of Afghanistan. The so called War on Terror isnt working. Bu$h's wars that he re-started for his dad are continuing and will do until the Illuminati have total control over the middle east viz-a-viz the oil (yes that old chestnut)Laden's bin on ice for 10 years for such an occasion. Coincedence its on May1st? no. U.S. special forces invading another country without permission (lol all you want there) kill someone and then evac lmFAO. Bullshit.Body buried at sea in respect of religion oh lord stop me please DNA matched to that of Laden, well of course it is, theyve had his body for 10 years!Just as i though millions of people were waking upto the threat/fact of the NWO and now this spanner is thrown in and we see millions of people totally sucked in by this facade of bullshit.People wake up smell the coffee .PLEASE

Chigusa, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya - 31 May, 2012

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