Bin Laden to America: Source of dispute is U.S. backing to Israel
Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden warned the American people over their government's backing to Israel in a new audio tape posted on an Islamist website on Monday. "The time has come for you to liberate yourselves from fear and the ideological terrorism of neo-conservatives and the Israeli lobby," Bin Laden's latest tape said.
"The reason for our dispute with you is your support for your ally Israel, occupying our land in Palestine."
The message, entitled "A statement to the American people", was around 11 minutes long and was posted a few days after the eighth anniversary of the Sept 11, 2001 attacks.
In the tape, the al Qaeda leader said there had been no real change in American policy because President Barack Obama had retained people like U.S. Defence Secretary Robert Gates from the administration of former President George W. Bush. "If you think about your situation well, you will know that the White House is occupied by pressure groups," Bin Laden said, according to a report in Reuters news agency.
"Rather than fighting to liberate Iraq -- as Bush claimed -- it (the White House) should have been liberated."