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Osama bin Laden lover en alvorlig hevn over Europa for at tegningen av profeten med bombe i turbanen er trykket opp igjen. Et fem minutters opptak ble lagt ut på en jihad-nettside onsdag. En amerikansk ekspert tar trusselen mot EU alvorlig.

Det er påfallende at bin Laden holder Europa ansvarlig for tegningene, ikke bare Danmark.

Ben Venzke, the head of IntelCenter, a U.S. group that monitors militant messages, called Wednesday’s video a «clear threat against EU member countries and an indicator of a possible upcoming significant attack.»

Bin Laden mener tegningene representerer et nytt korstog mot muslimer.

A voice believed to be bin Laden’s described the cartoons as taking place in the framework of a «new Crusade» against Islam and warned Europeans that a reaction would come.

«The response will be what you see and not what you hear and let our mothers bereave us if we do not make victorious our messenger of God,» he said, without specifying what action would be taken.

Bin Laden sier paven spiller en fremstående rolle i det nye «korstoget».

In the message, bin Laden described the cartoons as taking place in the framework of a «new Crusade» against Islam, in which he said the pope has played a «large and lengthy role.»

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«You went overboard in your unbelief and freed yourselves of the etiquettes of dispute and fighting and went to the extent of publishing these insulting drawings,» said the voice believed to be Bin Laden’s. «This is the greatest misfortune and the most dangerous and the judgment for it will be stronger.»

Ytringsfrihet

Bin Laden har fått med seg henvisningene til ytringsfrihet. Hvis europeerne setter så stor pris på den, får de også ta imot hevnen når den rammer, sier han.

«If there is no check on the freedom of your words, then let your hearts be open to the freedom of our actions,» according to a transcript released by the SITE Institute, another U.S. group that monitors terror messages.

Adam Raisman, senior analyst at the SITE Institute, said that the tape’s release coincides with an increased buzz in online jihadi forums calling for revenge against Europe over the cartoons.

The five-minute message, which featured English subtitles, is bin Laden’s first for 2008 and follows up an hour-long, audio missive from Dec. 29 in which he warned Iraq’s Sunni Arabs against fighting Al-Qaida in Iraq and vowed new attacks on Israel.

Budskapet kommer på femårsdagen for krigen i Irak, men bin Laden nevner den ikke med ett ord.


Bin Laden slams EU over prophet cartoons