Bin Laden Releases New Recordings over Weekend

Bin Laden Releases New Recordings over Weekend

Bin Laden Releases New Recordings over Weekend

Osama bin Laden made an appearance over the weekend, releasing two new audio recordings on Friday on Saturday calling for more help for the flood victims in Pakistan. 

In the messages, bin Laden talked very little about his problems with his Western enemies, which are usually prominent features in the terrorist leader’s recordings.  Instead, bin Laden discussed the problems facing the people ravaged by the summer floods in Pakistan, and the need for more relief in the area.  He specifically called for wealthy Muslim countries to offer more help to the region, saying they have not offered nearly enough support to people devastated by the “climate changes in modern times.”

Bin Laden also called for the creation of a “unique relief agency” that would respond to these types of floods, which have afflicted the region for centuries.  Bin Laden believes the effects of global climate change will only exacerbate the problem in the coming years.

Since evading American troops in late 2001, bin Laden has released roughly 30 messages through audio, video, or electronic text.  While most of his messages are dedicated to deriding the Western cultures and values, his latest recordings seemed to be more of a helpful nature.  However, by saying that not enough was being done to help the region’s victims, bin Laden may have been taking a veiled shot at America, which has contributed hundreds of millions of dollars in relief aid during the disaster. 

Gen. David Petraeus, the top commander of American forces in Afghanistan, has said that capturing or killing the terrorist leader is still a top priority for American forces in Afghanistan.


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