(Reuters) - Osama bin Laden vowed in an audio tape marking Israel’s 60th anniversary commemorations to continue the fight against the Jewish state and its allies and not give up an inch of Palestinian land.
More than 50 messages have been broadcast by bin Laden, his second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri and their allies since the September 11 attacks in 2001.
Following is a chronology of major statements attributed to bin Laden in the last two years.
June 30, 2006 - Bin Laden in an audiotape praises the late al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as a “lion of jihad”.
July 1 - Bin Laden warns Iraq’s Shi’ite majority of retaliation for attacks on Sunni Arabs and says his group will fight the United States anywhere in the world.
July 6 - A year on from 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 for nearly three years, to mark the sixth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on the United States. In a message to the American people, bin Laden says the United States is vulnerable despite its economic and military power.
November 29 - Bin Laden urges European countries in an audiotape to end their alliance with U.S. forces in the Afghan conflict.
March 19, 2008 - Bin Laden threatens the European Union in an audio recording with grave punishment over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.
March 20, 2008 - Bin Laden urges Muslims to keep up the struggle against U.S. forces in Iraq as a path to “liberating Palestine”.
May 16, 2008 - Bin Laden, in a new audio tape, urges the fight against Israel to continue and says the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at the heart of the Muslim battle with the West. The speech was addressed to “Western peoples”.