Message on Obama Attributed to Bin Laden

Nic366548Just as President Obama arrived in the Middle East, the Al Jazeera television news broadcast an audiotape on Wednesday that it said was Osama bin Laden condemning Mr. Obama for planting new seeds of “hatred and vengeance toward Americans.”

The message focused on President Obama’s decision to step up pressure on extremists in Pakistan. The speaker specifically blamed the president for the Pakistani military’s drive to retake an area in the Swat Valley that had recently come under the control of Taliban forces. He blamed Mr. Obama for the “one million Muslims” who have had to flee their homes because of the fighting.

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Pictured: Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud (R) escorts US President Barack Obama (C) past an honour guard during an arrival ceremony at the King Khaled international airport in Riyadh on June 3, 2009. Obama launched a landmark Middle East trip to reach out to the world’s Muslims, but earned a swift rebuke from Osama bin Laden in a stinging new audiotape. AFP PHOTO/Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

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