Bin Laden Claims Detroit Bomb Attempt

Al-Qaeda leader vows new attacks, may be trying to re-assert importance
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 24, 2010 6:34 AM CST
Bin Laden Claims Detroit Bomb Attempt
Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden issued a new message claiming responsibility for the Christmas bombing attempt in Detroit and vowed further attacks.   (AP Photo, File)

Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner on Christmas in a new audio message released today that threatened more attacks on the United States. The message suggests the al-Qaeda leader wants to appear in direct command of the terrorist group's many affiliates when some analysts have suggested he is mostly a figurehead.

In the minute-long recording carried by al-Jazeera, bin Laden addressed President Obama, saying the attack was meant to send a message similar to that of the Sept. 11 attacks. "The message delivered to you through the plane of the heroic warrior Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was a confirmation of the previous messages sent by the heroes of the Sept. 11," he said. "America will never dream of security unless we will have it in reality in Palestine." Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula originally claimed responsibility for the failed plot. (Read more Osama bin Laden stories.)

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