Bin Laden Calls for Jihad in Gaza

World | January 14, 2009, Wednesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0

Osama bin Laden have reportedly issued a recording calling on Muslims to wage jihad against Israel over its offensive in Gaza.

The recording entitled "A Call for Jihad to Stop the Aggression against Gaza" was posted on websites on Wednesday. The audio is said to be produced by al Qaeda's media wing, as-Sahab.

Although it is impossible to confirm the authenticity of the recording, the voice appears to be that of the terror group's leader.

In the 22-minute long message bin Laden points out the decline of America's dominance on the world stage was one of the main factors which prompted Israel to launch its offensive in Gaza.

"The great and swift decline in America's influence is one of the most important motivations for Israelis to wage such a barbaric attack on Gaza, in a bid to try and make use of the last days of (President) Bush's mandate and the neo-conservatives," he said.

Bin Laden closed his speech by addressing Palestinians in Gaza: "My brothers in Palestine, you have suffered a lot, and your fathers before you, for nine whole decades. Muslims sympathize with you, for what they see and hear. We, the Mujahideen, sympathize with you, too, much more than anyone else... Because the Mujahideen lead the same kind of life that you lead; they are bombed the same way you are bombed, from the same airplanes, they lose their children just like you do."
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