Bin Laden claims responsibility for Christmas Day bombing attempt
Qatar's Al Jazeera television said on Sunday it will air a new voice recording of al Qaeda chied Osama bin Laden in which he claims responsibility for a Dec. 25 attempt to blow up a U.S.-bound airline. Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is charged with attempting to blow up a Delta Airlines plane approaching Detroit on a flight from Amsterdam with almost 300 people on board.
"The message sent to you with the attempt by the hero Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab is a confirmation of our previous message conveyed by the heroes of Sept. 11," bin Laden stated. "If it was possible to carry our messages to you by words we wouldn't have carried them to you by planes," bin Laden added in a message he said was directed "from Osama to Obama".
Bin Laden also cited American support for Israel as the motivator for more attacks on the United States. "Our attacks against you will continue as long as U.S. support for Israel continues," bin Laden said. "It is not fair that Americans should live in peace as long as our brothers in Gaza live in the worst conditions."