From absence to presence: understanding Bin Laden's and Al-Zarqawi's Recent Recordings
Date of Issue2006
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
In an audio tape released on May 2006, Osama bin Laden for the first time admitted his involvement in the attacks of September 11th. This release follows the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq Abu Mus'ab al-Zarqawi's first ever appearance on video. Both events raise the interesting question: Why now? Although both individuals may have their own personal reasons for releasing tapes, it is highly probable their release is an attempt to shore up support for a war that is not going as well as planned.
DRNTU::Social sciences::Political science
RSIS Commentaries, 044-06
Nanyang Technological University