DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden accused the United States of plotting to take control of Iraq's oil and urged Iraqis to reject efforts to rebuild a U.S.-backed national unity government.
In a statement posted on the Internet on Saturday, the militant leader said Washington wanted to build military bases in the country and dominate the region.
Bin Laden urged Iraqis to reject a plan which he said meant "to give the Americans all they wish of Iraq's oil" and said those who take part in a unity government would be turning their backs on Islam.
He urged Iraqis not to join counter-insurgency patrols -- predominantly Sunni Arab tribal police funded by the U.S. military to fight al Qaeda and reduce violence -- and criticised the Saudi government for backing U.S. policies in Iraq.
"The government of Riyadh is still playing its wicked roles," said the Saudi-born bin Laden.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden vowed that Islamist militants will expand their holy war to liberate Palestinian land and said his group will not recognize Israel.
The Saudi-born militant also criticized Iran-backed Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah for accepting the deployment of United Nations forces in south Lebanon after the Shi'ite group's war with the Jewish state in 2006.
He said in a recording posted on the Internet on Saturday that peacekeepers dispatched to expand a U.N. force in Lebanon after the war were there to "protect the Jews".