Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Bin Laden urges abandoning dollar: Al Jazeera tape

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A video grab from undated footage obtained in 2007 shows Osama bin Laden making statements from an unknown location. REUTERS/REUTERS TV

DUBAI (Reuters) - Osama bin Laden urged an end to reliance on the U.S. dollar as one solution to the global financial crisis and blamed developed countries for climate change, in an audiotape said to be of the al Qaeda leader.

The authenticity of the tape, aired on Friday and the second by bin Laden to air on Arab satellite channel Al Jazeera this week, could not be immediately confirmed.

U.S. soldiers and Afghan militia forces launched a large-scale assault on the Tora Bora mountains in 2001 after the September 11 attacks on the United States in pursuit of bin Laden, believed to have been hiding in the region with supporters after Afghanistan's Taliban government was removed from power.

In excerpts from Friday's tape lasting under three minutes, bin Laden also blamed Western countries for climate change.

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