Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has urged European nations to withdraw their troops from Afghanistan in an new audio tape.
Posted on the Islamist website Al Saheb with German subtitles, Bin Laden said in Arabic:
“We are not demanding anything unjust. It is just for you to end injustice and withdraw your soldiers from Afghanistan.”
Germany holds elections over the weekend and Bin Laden’s latest message was posted a few days after the eighth anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Over the last week, a number of videos were posted on the internet threatening Germany with a rude awakening after the elections if the people did not use their vote to push for a withdrawal of German soldiers from Afghanistan – a policy neither of the two main election candidates proposed.
Germany has stepped up security at train stations and airports.