Timeline: Bin Laden's mocking messages since 2001

Thu May 19, 2011 7:59am EDT

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(Reuters) - Al Qaeda released a posthumous audio recording by Osama bin Laden on Thursday.

Bin Laden had taunted the world in a series of audio and occasional video messages for nearly a decade after the attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001.

Following are highlights from some of the dozens of statements issued by the al Qaeda leader.

October 7, 2001 - Bin Laden taunts "infidel" U.S. President George W. Bush over September 11 attacks, saying in a videotape shown by Al Jazeera television that United States will not live in peace until Palestinians can do the same.

December 13 - Bin Laden says he was optimistic about September 11 attacks but dared not hope they would bring down World Trade Center towers, according to a video that the United States says confirms his guilt.

September 10, 2002 - Al Jazeera runs audiotape it says is bin Laden praising September 11 attackers as men who changed history.

February 11, 2003 - Message believed to be from bin Laden urges Muslims to fight United States and repel any war against Iraq.

September 10 - Al Jazeera airs video of bin Laden and al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri descending a mountainside calling for jihad and praising the 9/11 hijackers.

April 15, 2004 - Arab television airs bin Laden audiotape offering truce to Europeans if they withdraw troops from Muslim countries.

May 6 - Recording purportedly from bin Laden calls for jihad, or holy war, against the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq.

October 30 - Days before the U.S. presidential election, bin Laden in a video tells Americans Bush has deceived them and the United States could face more strikes like September 11.

December 27 - Bin Laden in an audiotape urges Iraqis to boycott January parliamentary elections and says anyone who takes part would be an "infidel."

July 6, 2006 - A year after bombings in London which killed 52 people, al Qaeda issues a video with comments from Zawahri, bin Laden and one bomber.

September 7, 2007 - Bin Laden appears in his first videotape in nearly three years to mark the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks. In a message to the American people, he says the U.S. is vulnerable despite its economic and military power.

March 19, 2008 - In an audio recording, bin Laden threatens the European Union with grave punishment over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

May 16, 2008 - Bin Laden, in an audiotape addressed to "Western peoples," calls for the fight against Israel to continue and says the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at the heart of the Muslim battle with the West.

January 14, 2009 - Bin Laden, in an audiotape, calls for a new jihad over Gaza and says the global financial crisis has exposed the decline of U.S. influence in world affairs.

June 3, 2009 - Bin Laden says in an audio message U.S. President Barack Obama has planted the seeds of "revenge and hatred toward America" in the Muslim world.

January 24, 2010 - A bin Laden audiotape aired on Al Jazeera claims responsibility for the attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner on December 25, 2009.

March 25, 2010 - In an audiotape aired on Al Jazeera, bin Laden threatens to kill any Americans taken prisoner by al Qaeda if accused September 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is executed by U.S. authorities.

January 21, 2011 - In an audio recording, bin Laden says the release of French hostages in Niger depends on France's soldiers leaving Muslim lands, Al Jazeera reports.

May 2, 2011 - Bin Laden is killed in Pakistan by U.S. forces.

May 19, 2011 - The SITE monitoring service reports that an audio tape by bin Laden is included in an Internet video lasting 12 minutes. The tape was recorded a week before his death.

In the audio, a voice which appears to be bin Laden's, refers to the uprisings which began in Tunisia and he backed efforts to topple more leaders in the Muslim world, calling on supporters to "set up an operations room that follows up events and works in parallel ... to save the people that are struggling to bring down their tyrants."

(Writing by David Cutler, London Editorial Reference Unit; editing by Andrew Dobbie)

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