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June 4, 2009

Terrorists try to tag-team the President

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on June 4, 2009

Apparently inspired by the recent television duel of President Obama and former Vice-President Cheney, Osama bin Laden timed his most recent comments to coincide with Air Force One landing in Saudi Arabia.

In an audio-tape released to Al Jazeera, the al-Qaeda leader asserts that, “Obama and his administration have sowed new seeds of hatred against America… He has followed the steps of his predecessor in antagonising  Muslims … and laying the foundation for long wars.”

Tuesday bin-Laden’s Egyptian second-in-command,  Ayman al-Zawahri, posted an audio calling on Egyptians to reject President Obama’s Cairo University speech (today).  The carefully-timed and targeted double-blast by the terrorist leaders suggests particular concern for the President’s potential impact on Muslim public opinion. (More from CNN.)

(I do not read Arabic, can someone who does confirm, deny, or provide further guidance on whether or not this Al Jazeera page includes access to the most recent audiotapes?)

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Comment by William R. Cumming

June 5, 2009 @ 8:00 am

Recommend reading of Juan Cole’s Informed Comment blog!

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