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Osama bin Laden issues first video statement in three years

Public Address

Event Details
Primary OrganizationAl-Qaeda
Other OrganizationAs-Sahab
Means of CommunicationRecorded video
Subject9-11 anniversary
Issued Sept. 7, 2007
Created Mid August 2007
Intended AudienceAmericans
ParticipantsOsama bin Laden (Speaker) 1
Narrative and Notes
ReliableOsama bin Laden, in his first video appearance since October 2004, invited Americans to convert to Islam. He railed against corporations, blaming them (as much as the Bush administration) for the war in Iraq, among other things.

A full pdf transcript is here.

The recording is 26 minutes long. In it, bin Laden refers to events as recent as early August 2007.

Experts noted his beard is black, suggesting he has colored it, as it was gray in previous recordings.
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