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Bin Laden accuses Obama of following Bush's steps

2009-06-04 10:00 BJT

CAIRO, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden said in a latest tape broadcasted on Wednesday by pan-Arab TV channel al-Jazeera that U.S. President Barack Obama will follow the steps of his predecessor George W. Bush.

"He (Obama) has chosen to follow the steps of his predecessor in hostility against Muslims," bin Laden said in the tape, which was broadcast shortly following Obama's arrival in the Saudi capital of Riyadh for a visit to Saudi Arabia.

Bin Laden said that Obama and Bush planted the seeds of hatred and revenge toward Americans.

He accused the U.S. president of having a role in Pakistan's military operation on the Swat Valley.

He threatened to revenge Americans for the consequences of their administration's policies.

Obama is on a Middle East tour which will also take him to Egypt, where he will deliver a key speech on his Middle Eastern policy aimed at reaching out to the Muslims.

A video grab from an undated footage from the Internet shows Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden making statements from an unknown location.REUTERS/REUTERS TV
A video grab from an undated footage from the Internet shows Al Qaeda
leader Osama bin Laden making statements from an unknown location.

Editor: Zhang Pengfei | Source: Xinhua