Wednesday, October 27, 2010

FLASHBACK: Former CIA Officials Admit To Faking Bin Laden Video

DUBAI, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Osama bin Laden said the kidnapping of five French nationals in Niger last month had been prompted by France’s unjust treatment of Muslims, in an audio message aired on Al Jazeera television on Wednesday.

“How is it right for you to occupy our countries and kill our women and children and expect to live in peace and security?” a speaker who sounded like the al Qaeda leader said in the message directed to the French people.

Five French nationals and two Africans were kidnapped in Niger in September, in an operation claimed by al Qaeda’s north African wing (AQIM). [ID:nLDE68T1XK]

The September 16 kidnapping was an escalation in the hostilities between the militant group and France. AQIM executed 78-year-old French hostage Michel Germaneau in July after French commandos took part in a failed raid to free him.

Full story here.