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Osama warns U.S. of more raids

MOST WANTED: Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden. The terrorist, in a short broadcast by the Al-Jazeera Arabic news channel, threatened U.S. President Barack Obama with more attacks against America unless he withdrew support to Israel. File photo  

Al-Qaeda supremo Osama bin Laden on Sunday claimed responsibility for the botched Christmas Day U.S. airline bombing attempt and warned America of new “raids” unless it backed off from supporting Israel.

In a short recording broadcast by the Al-Jazeera Arabic news channel, Osama, the world’s most wanted terrorist, addressed U.S. President Barack Obama saying the December 25 attack on Northwest Airlines was a message that more strikes similar to the September 11 against America would be forthcoming.

“The message delivered to you [Obama] through the plane of the heroic warrior Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was a confirmation of the previous messages sent by the heroes of the September 11,” he said referring to the 23-year-old Nigerian’s attempt to blow up the plane mid-air during a flight from Amsterdam to Detroit.

“America will never dream of security unless we will have it in reality in Palestine,” he said.

Abdulmutallab allegedly tried to blow up the Northwest Airline flight with 300 people over Detroit on December 25 but he was thwarted by fellow passengers who pounced on him. He was hiding explosives in his underwear. He told investigators that he had been trained and instructed in the plot by Al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen. “God willing, our raids on you will continue as long as your support for the Israelis continues,” Osama warned.

“It is not fair that you enjoy a good life while our brothers in Gaza endure the worst standard of living,” he was quoted as saying in the message.

The suffering of the Palestinians in the blockaded Gaza Strip where 1,400 people, mostly children and women, died during an Israeli offensive there last year, angered many in the Arab world.

In the last year, Osama’s messages were focused on the Palestinians in attempt to rally support across the globe for his group.

However, it was not yet clear whether the voice heard on the tape was actually that of Osama, but it resembled previous recordings attributed to him, reports said.


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