Al-Qaida has released a new audio tape of Osama bin Laden in which the leader of the terror network calls for the creation of a relief body to aid Muslims harmed in natural disasters and wars.
In a copy of the message provided by the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group, bin Laden also criticizes governments in Muslim countries for spending more money on armies than on their citizens.
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The message was approximately 11 minutes long and was included in a video showing still images of bin Laden and images of natural disasters, the SITE institute said.
“The number of victims caused by climate change is very big … bigger than the victims of wars,” the voice on the audio tape said according to the AFP news agency.
The tape comes after similar messages from al-Qaida figures that accused the Pakistani government of failing to provide for its people after massive floods in the country killed hundreds and left some 8 million people homeless.