In a tape posted on an al Qaeda Web site this morning, Osama bin Laden says Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s "loyalty, submissiveness and aid" to America "makes armed rebellion against him and removing him obligatory." "He is a traitor to Islam and Muslims," bin Laden says in an audio statement posted over what appears to be previously seen video of the al Qaeda leader. "We have been extremely late in carrying it out," bin Laden says, referring to rebellion against Musharraf, "so we should make up for lost time." Watch an Excerpt of Bin Laden’s Message. The comments were addressed to the "people of Pakistan," but al Qaeda simultaneously released transcripts in English and Arabic as well as Pashtun.
Musharraf has been under growing pressure from the United States to crack down on safe havens inside Pakistan that U.S. intelligence officials say have allowed al Qaeda to re-establish training camps.
There have been at least five assassination attempts aimed at Musharraf in the last few years, which he blamed on al Qaeda-connected groups. This post has been updated.