|Image taken from a banner advertisement featured on an Islamic militant Web site where al-Qaida's media arm, Al-Sahab, frequently posts messages, 06 Sep 2007|
The government is now analyzing that recording.
A posting on an Islamist Web site late Thursday said al-Qaida intends to release the video to mark the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States.
The announcement in the name of al-Qaida's media production arm, Al-Sahab, included a photograph of the fugitive terrorist leader, who has not appeared in a video message since late 2004. The last audio message attributed to him was released more than a year ago.
A White House spokesman, Gordon Johndroe, said that six years after the attacks, this week's terror suspect arrests in Germany and Denmark and the battles against al-Qaida in Iraq and Afghanistan are reminders of the continuing threats from extremists.
Bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, are believed to be hiding in the border area between Afghanistan and Pakistan. The United States is offering a $25 million reward for bin Laden.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.