mercoledì 3 giugno 2009




CNN) -- Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden purportedly issued another statement Wednesday, saying U.S. policy in Pakistan has generated "new seeds of hatred and revenge against America."

Osama bin Laden is seen in an image taken from a videotape that aired on Al-Jazeera in September 2003.

Al-Jazeera, the Arabic-language TV network, aired segments of what it said was a "voice recording by bin Laden." This message comes as President Obama begins his trip to the Middle East, where he is visiting Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and, in Egypt on Thursday, is to make a major speech to the Muslim world.
This would be bin Laden's first assessment of an Obama policy. CNN analysis of the audiotape as it aired indicates that the voice on the tape sounds like bin Laden's.
Since the message was not posted on the usual radical Islamist Web site that carries statements from al Qaeda, it is believed that this latest message was hand-delivered to the TV network, based in Doha, Qatar. Watch what the speaker says on the tape »
It was believed to have been recorded several weeks ago when the mass civilian exodus occurred because of fighting in northwestern Pakistan.
The message refers to the conflict in Pakistan's Swat Valley -- where Pakistani troops are taking on Taliban militants -- and it argued that Obama is proving that he is "walking the same road of his predecessors to build enmity against Muslims and increasing the number of fighters, and establishing more lasting wars."
The speaker cited strikes, destruction and Obama's "order" to Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari "to prevent the people of Swat from implementing sharia law."
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"All this led to the displacement of about a million Muslim elders, women and children from their villages and homes. They became refugees in tents after they were honored in their own homes," the message said.
"This basically means that Obama and his administration put new seeds of hatred and revenge against America. The number of these seeds is the same as the number of those victims and refugees in Swat and the tribal area in northern and southern Waziristan."
The message added: "The American people need to prepare to only gain what those seeds bring up."
In March, bin Laden also issued purported messages. He called for Somalia's new president to be overthrown and called Israel's recent offensive in Gaza a "holocaust."
Bin Laden has delivered many messages over the years, but the last video message from him was in early September 2007.
In the video message, he criticized U.S. Democrats for failing to stop the war in Iraq; spoke of the anniversary of the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II; the troop surge in Iraq; and world leaders such as French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
On that tape, bin Laden's appearance was artificially changed for the first time. He dyed his beard from grayish white to black, leading analysts to believe that he is only sending audio messages because he is altering his looks and doesn't want people to know what he looks like. Analysts also believe that bin Laden hasn't made videos lately because they are more labor-intensive to produce.
There have been gaps between videos from bin Laden, with many audiotapes in between, prompting analysts to theorize he might be dead. The last two videos of bin Laden himself delivering an address were the 2007 tape and another in 2004.
Al Qaeda's second in command issued an audio statement Tuesday that said Obama is not welcome in Egypt.
Ayman al-Zawahiri said relations with the United States cannot be mended so long as the administration maintains its alliance with Israel.
In a message called "Tyrants of Egypt and America's agents welcome Obama" that was posted on Islamist Web sites, al-Zawahiri once again lashed out at the United States. Obama's message to the Muslim world, he said, has already been delivered with his support for "Zionist aggression."
In the 10-minute audio message, al-Zawahiri said Obama had already made himself an enemy of Muslims by sending more soldiers to Afghanistan, ordering bombings in the tribal areas of Pakistan and administering a "bloody campaign against Muslims" in Pakistan's Swat Valley.


Al-Qaeda 'kills British hostage' Militants released this photograph of Edwin Dyer in February Downing Street says there is "strong reason to believe" that a British citizen has been killed by al-Qaeda militants in north-west Africa.
Edwin Dyer was kidnapped in Niger in January, but was being held in Mali.
The group had said it would kill Mr Dyer if the British government refused to release radical Muslim cleric Abu Qatada from a UK prison.
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown condemned what he called an "appalling and barbaric act of terrorism".
He later told the Commons: "I want those who use terror against this country, and against British citizens, to know beyond doubt that they will be hunted down and brought to justice.
"There will be no hiding place for them and no safe haven for terrorists who attack our country."
Abu Qatada is awaiting extradition to Jordan, where he was convicted of terrorism offences in his absence and faces life in jail.
Mr Dyer, who spoke fluent German and had been working in Austria, was kidnapped in Niger on 22 January, close to the border with Mali.
He was captured along with a number of other European tourists, including two Swiss and one German. The group had been visiting the Anderamboukane festival on nomad culture.
Hostage-taking and murder can never be justified whatever the cause
Foreign Secretary David Miliband
Hostages and limits on negotiations Profile: Al-Qaeda in North Africa In a statement issued on Wednesday, Mr Brown said: "We have strong reason to believe that a British citizen, Edwin Dyer, has been murdered by an al-Qaeda cell in Mali.
"I utterly condemn this appalling and barbaric act of terrorism.
"My thoughts are with Edwin Dyer's family. I offer them the condolences of the whole country."
Mr Brown said the killing reinforced Britain's "commitment to confront terrorism".
"It strengthens our determination never to concede to the demands of terrorists, nor to pay ransoms," he added.
Tory leader David Cameron backed the prime minister's stance.
He told MPs: "This must be a simply horrific time for his family and I'm sure everyone in the country is thinking about them," he said.
"In spite of all the difficulties, though, the prime minister is right; we must never give into terrorists."
Most of the other hostages have been released, but one Swiss man remains in captivity and the British government urged the kidnappers to release him "immediately and unconditionally".
BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner said Mr Dyer was believed to have been kidnapped by local tribesmen and sold on to Algerian members of al-Qaeda in Mali.
British officials had been using intermediaries to try to secure Mr Dyer's release, our correspondent said.
Other European countries are understood to have paid ransoms to secure their hostages' release, but the British government has a blanket policy against such methods, he added.
No further details about Mr Dyer have been released by the Foreign Office.
No travel
The militants posted a statement on an Islamist website announcing the killing.
"The British captive was killed so that he, and with him the British state, may taste a tiny portion of what innocent Muslims taste every day at the hands of the Crusader and Jewish coalition to the east and to the west," it said.
In a posting last month, the group said Abu Qatada must be released within 20 days or Mr Dyer would be killed.
The Foreign Office advises against all travel to parts of Mali and Niger. Its website states that there is "a high threat of kidnapping" and a "high threat from terrorism", especially in the border region.
Foreign Secretary David Miliband said: "Hostage-taking and murder can never be justified whatever the cause.
"This tragic news is despite the strenuous efforts of the UK team in the UK and Mali, with valuable help from international partners."
Abu Qatada is awaiting extradition to Jordan, where he faces life in jail The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs said it condemned "this extreme violation of human dignity".
"Our thoughts are with the grieving relatives in Great Britain and the relatives of the Swiss hostage who continue to hope with all their hearts for the speedy release and return of their loved one," it said in a statement.
"No true religion and no world view dedicated to the well-being of all humans can condone the killing of innocent people."
Abu Qatada was once described as "Osama bin Laden's right-hand man in Europe".
He was granted asylum in the UK in 1994, but went on the run in 2001 on the eve of government moves to introduce new anti-terror laws allowing suspects to be detained without charge or trial.
In October 2002, he was caught and taken to Belmarsh Prison, but was freed on bail in March 2005, subject to a control order.
He was taken back into custody in August that year and held until June 2008. After another short period of freedom, he was detained again in December last year and remains in Long Lartin prison in Worcestershire, pending extradition.
Dr Muhammad Abdul Bari,, secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, said the "senseless murder" of Mr Dyer was "unforgivable".
"There can be no possible justification for this appalling action," he added.