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2nd Tape, Bin Laden Urges Pakistan Flood Relief - ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive
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CAIRO, (AP) – In a second audio recording in 24 hours, al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden says Muslim nations haven’t done enough to support relief efforts in flood-hit Pakistan.

In a copy of the recording provided by the U.S.-based SITE Intelligence Group on Saturday, bin Laden also accuses the media of not reporting on the tragedy effectively.

In his earlier recording, released Friday, bin Laden called for the creation of a relief body to aid Muslims affected by natural disasters and wars.

Bin Laden’s deputies have issued similar messages recently as a way to angrily criticize the government of Pakistan, where bin Laden is believed to be hiding.

But the al-Qaida leader’s two messages on the floods have taken a softer tone in an apparent attempt to broaden the group’s appeal.

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