Osama bin Laden mener europeerne ikke har noe i Afghanistan å gjøre, og ber dem trekke sine soldater hjem. Han mener for den del at heller ikke USA har noe der å gjøre, for det var ikke afghanerne som angrep 9/11, men han og Al-Qaida.

Osama bin Ladens direkte tale om at han sto bak 9/11, må by på problemer for alle som mener at amerikanske myndigheter selv sto bak 9/11. For bin Laden er ikke til å misforstå:

«The events of Manhattan were retaliation against the American-Israeli alliance’s aggression against our people in Palestine and Lebanon, and I am the only one responsible for it. The Afghan people and government knew nothing about it. America knows that,» the al-Qaida leader said.

Så snakker han til europeerne og ber dem tenke seg om.

In the new tape, bin Laden said European nations joined the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan «because they had no other alternative, only to be a follower.»

«The American tide is ebbing, with God’s help, and they will go back to their countries,» he said, speaking of Europeans.

Bin Laden urged Europeans to pull away from the fight.

«It is better for you to stand against your leaders who are dropping in on the White House, and to work seriously to lift the injustice against the believers,» he said, accusing U.S. forces and their allies of intentionally killing women and children in Afghanistan.

This has been the deadliest year in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in late 2001, with more than 6,100 people killed — including more than 800 civilians — in militant attacks and military operations, according to an Associated Press tally of figures from Afghan and Western officials.

Bin Laden issued four public statements earlier this year — on Sept. 7, Sept. 11, Sept. 20 and Oct. 22. The Sept. 7 video was his first in three years and was issued to mark the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Al-Qaida has dramatically stepped up its messages — a pace seen as a sign of its increasing technical sophistication and the relative security felt by its leadership. Bin Laden is believed to be hiding along the Afghan-Pakistan frontier.

Bin Laden’s message was the 89th this year by Al-Qaida’s media wing, Al-Sahab, an average of one every three days, double the rate in 2006, according to IntelCenter, a U.S. counterterrorism group that monitors militant messaging.

Bin Laden: Europeans should end US help

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