Al Qaeda leader Osama bin1 Laden2
He said American power was waning3 and it would be wise for the Europeans to quickly end their role in Afghanistan, where many European countries contribute to the 50,000-strong NATO and US-led coalition4 forces.
"With the grace of God ... the American tide is receding5 and they would eventually return to their home across the Atlantic ... It is in your interest to force the hand of your politicians (away from) the White House," said bin Laden.
In Washington, a US counterterrorism official said the voice on the audio tape appeared to be bin Laden's. It was not immediately clear when the new message was recorded.
The United States led the invasion of Afghanistan to depose6 its Taliban rulers in late 2001, after they refused to hand over bin Laden and other al Qaeda leaders following the September 11 attacks on the United States.
In the portions aired by Jazeera, bin Laden said the Taliban had no knowledge of plans for the 2001 attacks.
"I am the one responsible... The Afghan people and government knew nothing whatsoever8 about these events," he said, adding that the United States had not provided any evidence of Taliban involvement to justify9 its invasion.
"Europe marched behind it with no choice but to be a lackey," bin Laden said.
"I'm addressing you (Europeans) and not your politicians ... (who) like to be in the shadow of the White House as many world leaders," he said, naming current and former leaders of Britain, France, Spain and Italy, including French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
The United States has been urging its NATO allies to send more troops to Afghanistan, but European nations remain reluctant to commit further reinforcements.
wane:gradually lose power or importance（逐渐减退）
in the shadow of:与……形影不离
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