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Bin Laden accuses pope of ‘crusade’ in new tape

updated 2:42 p.m. ET March 20, 2008
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Osama bin Laden, seen in a 1998 photo, complains in a new audio message that drawings of the Prophet Muhammad published by Danish and other newspapers were part of a "crusade" in which the Catholic pope was involved.

CAIRO, Egypt - Osama bin Laden accused Pope Benedict XVI of helping in a "new crusade" against Islam and warned of a "severe" reaction to European publications of cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad that insulted many Muslims.

Bin Laden's new audiotape message raised concerns al-Qaida was plotting new attacks in Europe. Some experts said bin Laden, believed to be in hiding in the rugged Afghan-Pakistan border area, may be unable to organize an attack himself and instead is trying to fan anger and inspire his supporters to violence. read more from yahoo news

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