New audio message from Osama bin Laden

13 September 2009: A new audio message purportedly from al Qaeda terror kingpin Osama bin Laden was obtained from an Islamic terrorist web site late Sunday. The as- Sahab branded audio message, titled “[A statement] To the American people”  is approximately 11 minutes long and features the alleged voice of bin Laden warning the U.S. about continued ties with Israel and general criticism of U.S. policy. The audio message also cites Barack Hussein Obama’s speech made in Cairo, Egypt last June, noting that U.S. policy in Afghanistan and Iraq has not changed under Obama due, in part, to his retention of key military officials.

The purported bin Laden message embraced the criticisms leveled against Israel by former U.S. President “Jimmy” Carter in June, when Carter heavily criticized Israels actions in Gaza.

The message contained an overt threat to the U.S. stating that “If you [U.S.] stop the war, then fine. Otherwise we will have no choice but to continue our war of attrition on every front.”  He also states: “The time has come for you to liberate yourselves from fear and the ideological terrorism of neo-conservatives and the Israeli lobby.”