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September 14th, 2009
07:53 AM ET

'Bin Laden' tape: Obama can't stop war

(CNN) - An audio message purportedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has accused President Barack Obama of being unable to fulfil his election pledge to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq.

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Osama bin Laden is seen in an image taken from a videotape that aired on Al-Jazeera in September 2003."]

The tape emerged on radical Islamist Web sites, just two days after the United States marked the eighth anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks.

"To the American people, this is my message to you: a reminder of the reasons behind 9/11 and the wars and the repercussions that followed and the way to resolve it," the message said.

"From the beginning, we have stated many times ... that the cause of our disagreement with you is your support of your allies, the Israelis, who are occupying our land in Palestine. Your stance along with some other grievances are what led us to carry out the events of 9/11."

The video plays the audio over a undated photograph of bin Laden. The video also shows a banner with the American flag as the backdrop and an image of the New York City skyline with the twin towers of the World Trade Center - destroyed in the 9/11 attack - still standing, said terrorism analyst Laura Mansfield.

CNN could not independently authenticate bin Laden as the speaker in the 11-minute video posted on Sunday by As-Sahab Media - al Qaeda's production company. Watch CNN's Octavia Nasr's analysis of the message Video

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Filed under: Terrorism
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Brian Fairfax, Va

    Even if bin Laden was caught, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq will still continue. Both al Qaeda and the Taliban have shown that even without the direction of their top officials, they are still able to function as individual cells with amazing resilience. The old mentality of "cut off the head and the body will fall" doesn't apply to these terrorist organizations. The U.S. needs to continue focusing its efforts on Afghanistan and reclaim the grounds it has lost to the Taliban by building the infrastructure and recruiting the local militias for their cause, and needs to take a much harder stance on the efforts of the Pakistani governments in dealing with the terrorist threat there. I don't believe that the U.S. is intentionally leaving bin Laden alive to continue waging war against these nations, but certainly it needs to continue fighting even if he is captured or killed.

    September 14, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  2. jay m

    They used 9/11 as an excuse to go into Iraq, it would have never happened under a different administration.

    September 14, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  3. nancy

    With all the technology that the USA and other countries have ~~ why haven't they caught bin Laden? I think there is a reason.

    September 14, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  4. Nate Santa Cruz, CA

    We never had a sound reason for going to Iraq, and we still don't have a sound reason for staying. This was an illegal war, and our government lied to the UN, to Congress, and to the American People (and the world) as to why the invasion of Iraq needed to happen. Now, I think Bin Laden is the scum of the earth, and should be taken out. Why didn't Bush go after him? Why did he let him go? Obama is right on the mark on this... Focus on military installations in Afganistan, and help secure Pakistan. That is where the taliban are. Going into Iraq was a huge mistake.

    September 14, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  5. Mike Armstrong TX.

    When will there people understand that the reason our troops are there is because of this man he is the root to there occupation of American troops this man caused there proublems.

    September 14, 2009 at 9:33 am |