Caroline Alexander and Mahmoud Kassem
Thursday, March 25, 2010
FLASHBACK: Bin Laden tape a fake, Swiss lab says
March 25 (Bloomberg) — Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden warned that more Americans would be killed if the self- proclaimed mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks is executed, according to an audio tape aired by al-Jazeera.
“The day America will take such a decision it will have taken a decision to execute whomever we capture,” Bin Laden said in the audio tape. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four accused co-conspirators are to go on trial in the U.S. and the government intends to seek the death penalty.
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In the recording, the al-Qaeda leader also warned President Barack Obama of further attacks on U.S. soil if the Palestinian “situation” isn’t resolved. There was no immediate comment from U.S. officials.
Virginia-based IntelCenter said the statement appears to be authentic, and that it is “a valid indicator of an increased threat of kidnappings targeting Americans in the immediate period and following through” the trial of Mohammed.
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