April 23, 2006

Bin Laden says West waging “crusader war” on Islam-TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's leader Osama bin Laden said
Western efforts to isolate the Palestinian Hamas government and
the Darfur crisis in Sudan were examples of the West's
"crusader war" against Islam, according to an audiotape aired
on Sunday.

"This is a crusader-Zionist war," said the speaker who
sounded like the Saudi-born militant in the tape aired on Al
Jazeera television.

"And they (Western leaders) do not want a truce unless it
is from our side only ... they insist on continuing their
crusader campaign against our nation and to loot our wealth,"
bin Laden said.

In an audiotape issued in January bin Laden said al Qaeda
was preparing attacks in the United States but the group was
open to a conditional truce with Americans.