March 19th, 2009 in Breaking News

Reuters not able to verify alleged Bin Laden tape but treats it as fact in their article title

Bin Laden urges Somalis to topple new president - Yahoo! Canada News.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden urged Somalis in a new audio tape on Thursday to topple the new President, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed.

“The war which has been taking place on your soil these past years is a war between Islam and the international crusade,” bin Laden said, according to the group’s own English translation of the tape.

“These sorts of presidents are the surrogates of our enemies and their authority is null and void in the first place, and as Sheikh Sharif is one of them, he must be dethroned and fought,”

Reuters was not immediately able to verify the authenticity of the tape, titled “Fight on, champions of Somalia” but the voice sounded like that of bin Laden.