Bin Laden to Insurgents: Become 'One' With Al Qaeda

Taped plea emerges amid US military gains
By Marcia Greenwood,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 23, 2007 4:15 AM CDT
This frame grab is taken from an undated video message carrying the logo of al Qaeda's production house as-Sahab and provided Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007 by IntelCenter, a U.S. government contractor monitoring...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Terror mastermind Osama bin Laden has issued a taped plea calling on his "brother fighters" in Iraq to unite with Al Qaeda—on the heels of US military reports of major gains against the network in Iraq, the Telegraph writes. Some Sunnis have even formed coalitions against  Al Qaeda. The insurgents must unite "so that they become one, as God wants," bin Laden said on an audio tape.

The "interest of the Islamic nation surpasses that of a group," he added. It wasn't clear when the tape was made. Nearly a year of intensified US military activity has resulted in a decline in suicide bombings in Iraq, and the death and capture of Al Qaeda leaders and many foot soldiers.