Obama vows to go after Al Qaeda’s safe havens

January 15th, 2009 - 7:36 am ICT by IANS  

Barack ObamaWashington, Jan 15 (DPA) US president-elect Barack Obama vowed Wednesday to go after Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and prevent the terrorist organization from using safe havens along the Afghan-Pakistani border to carry out attacks.”Bin Laden and Al Qaeda are our number one threat when it comes to American security,” Obama said. “We’re going to do everything in our power to make sure that they cannot create safe havens they can (use to) attack America.”

Obama was speaking after a purported tape of bin Laden surfaced Wednesday. Bin Laden called on Muslims to launch a holy war against Israel to defend Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, where Israel has been engaged in an offensive for more than two weeks to halt rocket attacks from Hamas militants.

Bin Laden also predicted that the recession in the United States will lead to the decline of American economic influence abroad.

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