Bin Laden slams Western efforts to isolate Hamas-led government
Al-Jazeera TV aired a new audiotape from Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden on Sunday, the first attributed to him in three months. In the tape, Bin Laden said Western moves to isolate the Hamas-led government and the Darfur crisis in Sudan were examples of the West's "crusader war" against Islam.
"This is a crusader-Zionist war," he said. "The blockade which the West is imposing on the government of Hamas proves that there is a Zionist crusaders war on Islam," the tape said.
"I say that this war is the joint responsibility of the people and the governments. While the war continues, the people renew their allegiance to their rulers and politicians and continue to send their sons to our countries to fight us," bin Laden said.