Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden claimed responsibility for the failed Dec. 25 bombing of a U.S.-bound plane in an audio tape aired yesterday, and vowed to continue attacks on the United States.

In his message addressed “from Osama to (President Barack) Obama,” bin Laden said the attempt to blow up the jet as it neared Detroit was a continuation of al-Qaida policy since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

White House adviser David Axelrod said he could not confirm the authenticity of the tape, which was broadcast by Al Jazeera television before international meetings this week on how to deal with militancy in Afghanistan and Yemen.

But Abdelbari Atwan, editor of Al-Quds-Al-Arabi newspaper who met the al-Qaida leader in 1996, said: “It is bin Laden’s voice and style. The poetry, the references he makes are identifiably his.”
Bin Laden praised the Nigerian who has been charged with trying to blow up Northwest Flight 253.

The botched attack by the Yemen-based regional wing of al-Qaida on Christmas Day, and subsequent threats in Yemen, raised global pressure for a crackdown.

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