OBL From the Cave— Al Qaeda Leader Releases Tape After 75% of Forces Annihilated in Iraq
It’s a little late but anyway…
Osama warned Sunnis about fighting Al Qaeda in Iraq today.
He also lashed out at the Hezbollah terror group, Israel, Saudi Arabia, America, Sunnis in Iraq, the assassinated leader of the Anbar Awakening (killed by Al-Qaeda), the Iraqi Government, and of course, the US.
Laura Mansfield has the message available for download to subscribers.
Meanwhile… The Iraqi interior ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Abdul Kareem Khalaf announced today that 75% of al-Qaeda in Iraq’s terrorist network had been destroyed this year.
Osama Bin Laden lashed out at a hodgepodge of international players today in his latest audio release with Al Qaeda productions.
Sky News reported:
Osama bin Laden has released a new message aimed at Iraqis, warning them against joining tribal councils fighting al Qaeda.
The militant leader accused Washington of plotting to take control of Iraq’s oil and urged the Iraqi people to reject efforts to rebuild a US-backed national unity government there.
He also vowed in the audio recording posted on the web to expand jihad to liberate all Palestinian land and said his group will never recognise Israel.
“America seeks, alongside its agents in the region, to create an allied government… that would accept in advance the presence of major US bases in Iraq and give the Americans all they wish of Iraq’s oil,” he said.
The Saudi-born al Qaeda leader said the envisaged Iraqi government was also meant to help Washington “fully dominate” the region with help from allies such as Saudi Arabia.
“The government of Riyadh is still playing its wicked roles,” he said, describing Saudi Arabia’s King Abduallah as the United States’ “chief agent”.
Referring to a Saudi push in February to help Palestinian rivals agree a unity government, which fell apart in June, he said Riyadh was part of a scheme to lure Islamist Palestinian militant group Hamas away from its jihadist roots.
“I assure our kin in Palestine especially that we shall expand our jihad… We will not recognise a state for the Jews over even an inch of Palestinian soil,” he said.
Bin Laden did not mention accusations that al Qaeda was behind Thursday’s assassination of Pakistani opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.
An al Qaeda-allied militant leader there has denied involvement.
But bin Laden took a swing at Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Iran-backed Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas, for accepting the expansion of a United Nations force in Lebanon after the Shi’ite group’s war with the Jewish state in 2006.
The peacekeepers dispatched to Lebanon after the war were there to “protect the Jews”, said bin Laden, whose group belongs to a school of Islam that sees Shi’ite Muslims as heretics.
After the assassination of the Abdul Sattar Abu Risha, a populary Sunni Arab and the leader of the Anbar Awakening Council, the local Sunnis vowed to wipe out Al-Qaeda.
Osama Bin Laden berated Al-Qaeda in Iraq over their dip in donations in a message in November.