An audiotape aired by Al Jazeera is said to be of Osama bin Laden threatens French troops held hostage by the al Qaeda network. The recording of bin Laden threatening France being authenticated as being from him by intelligence experts as al Qaeda holding seven French hostages, two in Afghanistan and five in Niger. Osama Bin Laden, the terrorist, has been on the FBI most wanted list since 1999 along with other fugitives. This new threat against France comes the same week that a report from The Pearl Project confirms that Khalid Sheik Mohammed beheaded Daniel Pearl, a reporter from the Wall Street Journal, killed in 2002. French President Nicolas Sarkozy met with officials from the Foreign Ministry to discuss the new threats.
The message on the audiotape demands that France remove it’s troops from Afghanistan. For the past several months, there has been increased ‘chatter’ about al Qaeda launching an attack against France, as well as other European nations. In the past two months, police raids have arrested about two dozen suspected terrorists in Europe, including many in Sweden and the UK. On several occasions, major French landmarks, such as the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame cathedral were closed. Police and military presence in Paris and other cities has been higher.
A number of terror plots have been disrupted which were aimed at the United States, too. The tactics employed by al Qaeda seem to be varying. Large, ‘spectacular’ attack plots are being replaced by less ambitious, but still deadly ones. Increased turmoil in Pakistan, where Bin Laden is believed to be hiding, may also be directly related to al Qaeda operations.
The new audiotape where Osama Bin laden threatens French troops was aired by the Islamic news service, Al Jazeera. Specific threats against seven French hostages being held by affiliates of the al Qaeda terrorist network demand that France pulls out of the military coalition in Afghanistan. No official statement in response has been made as of yet by President Nicolas Sarzoky or by the French Foreign Ministry. Increased ‘chatter’ of attacks in Europe which led to numerous arrests recently may only be part of the picture. Recent unrest in some nations of the Sahara Desert, like Tunisia, may have support of al Qaeda. In Gaza, a French Foreign Minister was attacked after suggesting that an Israeli soldier being held by Palestinians should be allowed a visit by the Red Cross.