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Bin Laden slams Obama in new recording as U.S. president prepares for watershed speech to Muslim world

UK Daily Mail [1]
Wednesday June 3, 2009

Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden claimed Barack Obama ‘had planted the seeds of revenge and hatred in the Muslim world’ in a new recording released as the US president landed in Saudi Arabia this afternoon.

Bin Laden said Obama was continuing in the steps of his predecessor George W. Bush and told Americans to be prepared for the consequences of the White House’s policies, in the recording aired by Al Jazeera TV.

The president is in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Abdullah on the eve of a much-anticipated speech in Cairo the U.S. leader hopes will help repair America’s damaged image in the Islamic world.

After an airport welcome in Riyadh, Mr Obama travelled to King Abdullah’s farm where the two men were to hold talks expected to cover the Arab-Isareli conflict, US overtures to Iran and oil. 



He was due to spend the night at the Saudi king’s farm before heading on to Cairo for his speech to the Muslim world, which will fulfill a campaign promise last year to deliver an address from a Muslim capital early in his administration.

‘I am confident that we’re in a moment where in Islamic countries, I think there’s a recognition that the path of extremism is not actually going to deliver a better life for people,’ Obama told NBC News before he left Washington.

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