The latest video of Bin Laden is the first since 2004
A video tape which US experts believe is from al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden has been released just days before the sixth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Below are excerpts from a transcript of the tape obtained by several news organisations.
Praise to Allah and from his law is retaliation in kind - an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth and the killer is killed...
I am talking to you about important matters that concern you [Americans], so give me your ears. I start these matters by talking about the war between us and you and some of its repercussions on us and on you.
As a prelude, I say that the USA has the biggest economic power and has the most powerful and most modern military arsenal and spends on this war and its army more than the world spends on its armies.
And it is the major country that influences the policies of the world as if the unjust veto right is exclusive to it.
In spite of all that, with the help of God, 19 young men managed to take its compass off-course. The talk about the mujahideen has even become an indivisible part of your leader's talk. The effects and implications of this are no secret...
You permitted Bush to complete his first term, and stranger still, chose him for a second term, which gave him a clear mandate from you - with your full knowledge and consent - to continue to murder our people in Iraq and Afghanistan...
Bush is talking about his co-operation with [Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri] Maliki and his government to spread democracy, but he is, in fact, co-operating with the leaders of one sect against another, in the belief that he will settle the war in his favour quickly.
Thus what is called civil war has taken place and the situation has become worse because of him and slipped out of his control.
He has become like someone who is cultivating in the sea, reaping nothing but failure...
There are two solutions to stopping it. One is from our side, and it is to escalate the fighting and killing against you. This is our duty, and our brothers are carrying it out.
The second solution is from your side. I invite you to embrace Islam.