Timeline: Al-Qaeda tapes

Below is a timeline of tapes and videos released by Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda.

    The US has rejected all offers of a truce from al-Qaeda

    April 23, 2006: I

    n an audio tape received by Al Jazeera, the al-Qaeda leader accuses the West of waging a "crusader war" on Islam. He said: "Those that have wronged the Prophet should be handed over to al-Qaeda for judgment."


    January 19, 2006: In excerpts of an audio tape aired by Al Jazeera, Bin Laden says al-Qaeda is making preparations for attacks in the United States and offers a truce on "fair" but undefined conditions.

    December 27, 2004: In an audio tape, Bin Laden

    calls on Iraqis to boycott the January 30, 2005 elections and

    names as his Iraq deputy Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian

    blamed for many attacks against US-led forces in Iraq


    December 16, 2004: In an audio tape posted on a web

    site, Bin Laden exonerates fighters of

    responsibility for violence in Saudi Arabia and calls on them 

    to stop the flow of oil to the West. 

    October 29, 2004: Al Jazeera broadcasts a

    video of Bin Laden saying the US can avoid another

    attack like those of September 11, 2001, if it stops

    threatening the security of Muslims. 

    May 6, 2004: In an online audio tape released on Islamic

    forums, Bin Laden offers rewards of gold for the killing of

    US and UN officials. 

    April 15, 2004: Bin Laden

    offers a truce to European countries that do not attack

    Muslims. He vows revenge against the United States for the 

    assassination by Israel of Sheikh Ahmed Yasin, the founder of Hamas. 

    January 4, 2004: Bin Laden says on an audio tape broadcast

    on Al Jazeera that the US-led war in Iraq is the

    beginning of the occupation of Arab Gulf states for

    their oil. He calls on Muslims to keep fighting

    in the Middle East. 

    September 10, 2003: In the first video image of bin Laden in

    nearly two years, he is shown walking through rocky terrain

    with his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri. Two taped messages

    accompanied the video.

    In one, a voice purporting to be Bin

    Laden's praises the "great damage to the enemy" on September

    11 and mentions five hijackers by name. In the other, a

    voice said to be that of al-Zawahiri threatens more attacks o

    n Americans. 

    April 7, 2003: In an audio tape obtained by The

    Associated Press in Pakistan, Bin Laden exhorts Muslims to

    rise up against Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other governments he says

    are agents of America, and calls for bombers to attack 

    US and British interests. 

    February 13, 2003: An audio tape of Bin Laden reading a

    poetic last will and testament is aired on the

    British-based Al-Ansaar news agency. Bin Laden says

    he wants to die a martyr in a new attack against the US.

    February 11, 2003: Bin Laden calls on Iraqis to carry out bomb 

    attacks against Americans and defend themselves

    against a US attack in a tape broadcast on Al Jazeera. 

    November 2002: Al Jazeera broadcasts an audio tape in

    which a voice attributed to Bin Laden says the "youths of

    God" are planning more attacks against the US

    December 13, 2001: The US defence department releases a

    video of Bin Laden in Afghanistan on 9 November 2001,

    saying the destruction of the 9/11 attacks exceeded

    even his "optimistic" calculations. 

    SOURCE: Agencies


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