A new audiotape, reportedly from Osama bin Laden, says that President Barack Obama is no different from his predecessor and warns that anti-American attacks will not stop unless the United States ends the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The 11-minute, 20-second message, distributed online on Sunday, two days after the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, also said U.S. support for Israel was the main underlying reason for anger in the Muslim world.
It was the first time in three months that a voice recording attributed to bin Laden had surfaced. Whether the voice was really that of bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaida, was not immediately clear. He is believed to be hiding in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region.
The recording appeared on As-Sahab, the Arabic-language Web site used by al-Qaida to deliver its messages. It was reported and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group and IntelCenter, two groups in the United States that monitor jihadist Web sites.
The voice on the tape said the White House had shown no real shift in policy under the Obama administration because it was "occupied by pressure groups" that controlled it. Unless the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are ended, the message warned, "we will have no choice but to continue our war of attrition on every front."
SITE said the message consisted of a still image of bin Laden accompanied by a voice track. It was not possible to verify that the recording had been made by bin Laden.
Before this tape, the most recent one attributed to bin Laden was issued June 3. That message, warned the United States about its policies in Pakistan.