Parts of an audiotape purportedly from Osama bin Laden aired Sunday on an Arabic-language TV network in which the al Qaeda leader attacks the West for cutting off funds to the Palestinian Hamas-led government and referred to a “crusader-Zionist war” against Islam.
Al-Jazeera, which is based in Qatar, said the new tape is from bin Laden. CNN could not immediately confirm the tape’s authenticity, but analysts said the voice sounds like bin Laden’s and the language is consistent with his manner of speaking on previous tapes.
A U.S. intelligence official said technical analysis of the tape is under way. (CNN analyst Peter Bergen: Bin Laden wants to show he’s still influential.)