Bin Laden urges Iraqis to reject new government

DUBAI - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has accused the US of plotting to take control of Iraq's oil and urged Iraqis to reject efforts to rebuild a US-backed government of national unity.

DUBAI - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has accused the US of plotting to take control of Iraq's oil and urged Iraqis to reject efforts to rebuild a US-backed government of national unity.

In an audio recording posted on the Internet on Saturday, the militant leader vowed to expand the jihad to liberate Palestine and deny recognition of Israel.

"America seeks, alongside its agents in the region, to create an allied government ... that would accept in advance the presence of major US bases in Iraq and give the Americans all they wish of Iraq's oil," he said.

He said the envisaged Iraqi government was also meant to help Washington "fully dominate" the region. - Reuters

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