A new audiotape purportedly from Usama bin Laden, Emir of al-Qaeda, was released today, January 19, 2006, by the Arabic satellite channel, al-Jazeera, which also provided a transcript of the message. The voice on the tape seems to be that on bin Laden, and appears to have been recorded sometime after mid-November 2005, as he referenced the alleged intention of President George W. Bush to bomb al-Jazeera?a media office in Qatar which was broken by the British newspaper, The Mirror , on November 22. Bin Laden states that contrary to Bush?s assurance that the war against America and its allies is kept within Iraq, the attacks in the European capitals of London and Madrid prove otherwise, and ?the delaying of similar operations in America was not because of getting through your security. The operations are under preparation and you will see them in your country as soon as it is finished, Allah willing.?
Bin Laden speaks at length about what he considers the reality of America?s war in Iraq and Afghanistan, stating that the morale of the soldiers has reached its nadir, resulting in many suicides as a message of ?soul, blood, and pain, so as to rescue what you can out of this hell. The speech contains lengthy condemnations of Bush and his ?gang,? who bin Laden posits has ignored polls in favor of American withdrawal from these countries to satisfy the jingoist ?war-traders? and continue the flow of money to those in power.
A truce containing ?fair-conditions? and opportunity to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan is presented by bin Laden to America, though he presents ?revenge as it was on September 11th? if America continues its aggression. Bin Laden states: ?You occupied our land and dishonored us and you attacked our dignity, spilled our blood, stole our money, destroyed our houses, and made us homeless. You corrupted our peace and we will do the same to you.? Further, he states that he will ?not be humiliated or misled? and believes that steady patience is more effective that the weaponry of the United States, for ?we had patience in our fighting with the Soviet Union with the simple weapons for ten years. We exhausted their economy, so they disappeared… We will wait and have patience fighting you until one of us dies, and we will not abandon our fight till the weapons run out.?
A translation of the transcript is provided to our Intel Service members.