American support for Israel was the reason for the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States in 2001, according to an audio message purported to be from Osama bin Laden, the leader of the international Al-Qaeda terrorist organization. The whereabouts of Bin Laden are not known, and the video image accompanying the audio featured only a still picture of him.
The title of the audio was, “Message to the American People.” and was released two days after the eighth anniversary of the multiple aerial attacks on the U.S.
"If you think about your situation well, you will know that the White House is occupied by pressure groups," the speaker on the audiotape said. "Rather than fighting to liberate Iraq - as Bush claimed - it (the White House) should have been liberated."
Bin Laden added that U.S. President Barack Obama does not have enough power to change American policies. "The bitter truth is that the neo-Conservatives continue to cast their heavy shadows upon you," he continued. "All we will do is to continue the war of attrition against you on all possible axes, like we exhausted the Soviet Union for ten years until it collapsed with grace from Allah the Almighty and became a memory of the past."
Al-Qaeda Possibly in Lebanon
A terrorist cell claiming to be associated with Al-Qaeda has taken responsibility for two Katyusha attacks on northwestern Israel late Friday afternoon. "Your brothers fired two Katyusha rockets from south Lebanon which landed in the Nahariya settlement in the north of occupied Palestine," claimed the terrorist website.
Al-Qaeda’s numbers are fewer than they were in 2001, according to intelligence analysts, but its leadership remains at large except for the American killing of Mohammed Atef, the terrorist group's military director.
“Al-Qaeda’s affiliates, especially in North Africa and Yemen, have been murderously active," wrote the New Yorker’s Lawrence Wright this week. “The Taliban, Al-Qaeda’s greatest ally, is making a comeback in Afghanistan and threaten much of western Pakistan. The fact that Al-Qaeda is still kicking, twenty-one years after its founding, is a testament to its adaptability - and to the failure of the U.S. and its allies to penetrate the organization.
“Many hope Al-Qaeda has been put to sleep, but the truth is, as long as bin Laden is free, he and his followers pose a threat.
Foreign media reported Monday morning that U.S. forces killed eight terrorists in the third drone attack in a week in the Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan. No senior Taliban or Al-Qaeda leaders were reported to be killed in the latest strikes, but a senior Al-Qaeda leader, Mustafa al Jaziri, may have been killed in an aerial attack last week, according to sources quoted by the Long War Journal.