“Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaeda chief, has in a new audio recording threatened to have American soldiers killed if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, considered as one of the masterminds behind the September 11 attacks, is executed.
The latest recording purportedly from the al-Qaeda leader was broadcast on Al Jazeera on Thursday.
‘The day America will take such decision [to execute Mohammed and any others] it would have taken a decision to execute whoever we capture,’ Bin Laden said.
Mohammed and four other people allegedly involved in the 9/11 attacks are due to go on trial in the US, where prosecutors are expected to seek the death penalty.
Bin Laden also said that Barack Obama, the US president, is ‘following the footsteps of his predecessor’, a reference to George Bush, the former US president.”