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Bin Laden Calls for Pakistan Relief in New Tape

An image released by the SITE Intelligence Group shows an undated still picture of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, 01 Oct 2010
An image released by the SITE Intelligence Group shows an undated still picture of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, 01 Oct 2010

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has purportedly released another audio recording calling on Muslims around the world to help victims of the floods in Pakistan. The taped speech surfaced on militant Internet websites Saturday.

On Friday, an alleged bin Laden audio speech addressing the recent flooding in Pakistan was also posted on the Internet.

Saturday's 13-minute speech entitled "Help Your Pakistani Brothers" focuses on the reluctance of Muslim countries to help with the relief operation in Pakistan.

Friday's 11-minute tape criticized relief efforts in Pakistan and called for action against climate change.

The U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors terrorist forums, says both messages are heard in a videotape featuring a photograph of bin Laden superimposed over images of aid distribution.  

There has been no independent verification of the authenticity of the tapes.

More than 1,700 people have died in the flooding in Pakistan, with hundreds of thousands of others displaced.

Before the two recent tapes, the last bin Laden address was released in March.  In that tape, the elusive leader threatened to kill any American captured by al-Qaida if the U.S. executes Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Osama bin Laden's whereabouts have remained a mystery since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001.  The U.S. has offered a $25 million reward for information leading to his capture.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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