Osama Bin Laden calls against Israel

deepak pace

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has issued a 22-minute audio statement calling for jihad, or holy war, to stop Israeli "aggression" in Gaza, the US-based IntelCenter monitoring service reported on Wednesday.

In the statement, titled "A Call for Jihad to Stop Aggression Against Gaza," Bin Laden calls for jihad to restore "Jerusalem and Palestine".

The Al-Qaida leader also criticises the Arab handling of the Gaza conflict and discusses both outgoing US President George W Bush's administration and president-elect Barack Obama.