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Published: 10:58AM BST 01 Oct 2010
Several months ago, bin Laden sent a directive to al-Qaeda affiliates and partners that he wanted a Mumbai-style attack on at least three European countries – the United Kingdom, Germany and France – the US National Public Radio said, citing intelligence officials.
"We know that Osama bin Laden issued the directive," an unnamed official familiar with intelligence surrounding the plot said.
(CNN) -- A message purportedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is urging Muslims to tackle famine, flood relief, and clean water -- stark problems plaguing parts of the Islamic world.
The message, which appeared on jihadist forums Friday, strongly urged Muslims to help Muslims by investing in infrastructure projects and developing awareness programs, such as how to deal with issues like water pollution.
The speech, entitled, "Pauses with the Method of Relief Work," came in an 11 minute, 39 second video produced by al-Qaeda's media arm, as-Sahab.
In a second audio recording in 24 hours, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden said governments of Muslim nations have not done enough to help Pakistanis hit by floods that killed hundreds and displaced millions.
As in the earlier recording, bin Laden's criticism was measured in the message released Saturday on militant websites. The tone contrasted sharply with past videos and recordings in which he and his deputies called for the leaders of Muslim nations like his native Saudi Arabia and Egypt to be overthrown.
Still, he singles out Arab leaders, accusing them of failing to respond to a calamity in a fellow Muslim nation and asserting that the U.N. chief did more than them to help Pakistan.
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"The region of Datta Khel [North Waziristan] has been identified as the place where all al-Qaeda bigwigs are gathered. Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri is also believed to be there,
"The Muslim world is tired of al-Zawahiri tapes that call to overthrow governments and therefore, these tapes no longer have any value neither in the Islamic world nor in any other," Brahim Ould Mohamed, a Mauritanian media specialist in Islamic groups told Magharebia.
"The invitations issued from the caves cannot bring down governments; even if they are weaker than a spider's web," said Imam Izid Bih Ould Teghy, head of the al-Furqan mosque in Nouakchott.
"This is not the first time that Zawahri calls Muslim rulers infidels and calls for people to get out of their rule. And calls by Al-Qaeda generally do not find any echo in the community. It has become sure enough that people who respond to such calls, are people who suffer from psychological and social problems. Al-Zawahiri is known as a doctor, but instead of choosing to treat people, he chose to kill them, and this choice in itself is an indication that the mental abilities of this man aren't sane," said Driss Moussaoui, President of the Moroccan Association for Social Psychiatry.
"Young people do not care about the messages of Al-Qaeda and believe that bin Laden and his followers are not clear and they do not know to what side they belong and therefore, do not trust them," said Tunisian professor Saloua Chorfi. She added "The messages of Al-Qaeda specifically do not have credibility and it is questionable, as they talk more than they do acts."
"Al-Qaeda has ended a long time ago, and in fact, it has become a pariah, and is seen as an evil virus that brought malicious damage to Islam and Muslims," Moroccan journalist Abdeliah Sakhir said.
Adam Yahiye Gadahn is an American senior operative, cultural interpreter, spokesman and media advisor for the terrorist group Al-Qaeda. Since 2004, he appeared in a number of videos produced by Al-Qaeda as "Azzam the American"
Gadahn was born Adam Pearlman. Gadahn's Jewish paternal grandfather, Carl Pearlman, was on the Board of Directors of the Anti-Defamation League. According to Gadahn, he was a "zealous supporter" of Israel.
The group is run by Yousef al-Khattab, born Joseph Cohen, an American Jew who living in Israel and attending an orthodox rabbinical school there, then returned to New York…
It should be noted that from the same, Sorab Goth area, an American al Qaeda member, Adam Gadanhn (Abu Azzam Amriki), was detained with another unnamed Arab individual connected to al Qaeda. Adam and an associate are reported to have been captured during a raid by Pakistani special forces at the Super Highway in Karachi. While the arrests had been kept secret, a top intelligence source told Daily Times that some al Qaeda members had been captured and moved to their headquarters in Islamabad, where “a joint investigation team of both Pakistanis and Americans are interrogating them”.