A new audiotape attributed to Osama bin Laden is calling on Muslims to
launch a jihad, or holy war, to stop Israel's offensive in the Gaza
The tape was posted Wednesday on Islamist Web sites where al-Qaida usually issues its messages.
The authenticity of the tape could not be immediately verified.
White House spokesman, Gordon Johndroe, said the tape appears to show
bin Laden's isolation and his efforts to stay relevant "at a time when
al-Qaida's ideology, mission and agenda are being questioned and
challenged throughout the world."
The spokesman said the tape also looks like a bid to raise money in what he called al-Qaida's ongoing propaganda campaign.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.