Tuesday, February 16, 2010

From Shaykh Usama bin Laden to Obama: Al-Qa'ida Central's Al-Sahab Media Releases Audio from Leader to U.S. President

Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) Al-Sahab [The Clouds] Media Foundation has released the brief audio message from its leader, Usama bin Laden (Osama bin Laden) that was aired on the Arabic satellite TV network Al-Jazeera in late January. The message is entitled, "From Shaykh Usama bin Laden (may God protect him) to Obama." In July 2009, Al-Sahab released the full audio of another Bin Laden audio message which had aired on Al-Jazeera the previous month. Generally, AQC media releases are uploaded to affiliated web sites and web forums. The reasons why AQC has relied on the "old-fashioned" method via Al-Jazeera are unknown. Several audio messages from Bin Laden have been released via the Internet between June 2009 and January.

Bin Laden praises the attempted December 25 airplane bombing by 'Umar Faruq 'Abdulmuttalab (Umar Farouq) that was planned by Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an AQC affiliate.

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