Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden called on Muslims in Pakistan to wage holy war against the government of President Pervez Musharraf in a new audio message issued on Thursday. Bin Laden declared al-Qaeda's intention to retaliate for the blood spilled of "champions of Islam".
Osama bin Laden's right-hand man Ayman al-Zawahiri on Tuesday mocked United States President George Bush's plan to send extra troops to Iraq, saying he should send his entire army to be annihilated. In an online video message, the al-Qaeda second-in-command also accused the US of being behind the deployment of Ethiopian troops in Somalia.
Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden accused Iraqi Shi'ites of waging ''genocide'' against Sunnis and warned of retaliation, according to a new audiotape posted on the internet on Saturday. The message, the second in as many days purportedly from the Western world's most-wanted man, came as yet another sectarian car bombing shook Baghdad.
Long before the first football was kicked at the World Cup earlier this month in Germany, hard-line Islamists were busily denouncing the massive competition as a corrupt show of Western influence. But as the daily matches have gone on, Islamists using the internet have shown they are not immune to World Cup fever.
Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged the United States Gulf Coast this week, has incited a storm of enthusiasm among Islamic bloggers who claim the destruction was sent by God to torment the American empire. ''Katrina, a soldier sent by God to fight on our side ... the soldier Katrina joins us to fight against America,'' said one website.