CNN reported Thursday that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden has possibly released a new video that threatens to kill any captured Americans should the United States execute Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Mohammed, whom U.S. forces captured in 2003 and was charged with murder and war crimes in connection with the 9/11 attacks in 2008, might now be facing the death penalty, Pentagon officials said. His death could be perceived as martyrdom in the al-Qaida community, according to the AP.
Clips from the video aired on the Arab-language network Al-Jazeera. CNN official Octavia Nasr believed the video was authentic.
In the message, bin Laden claimed that President Obama was following in the footsteps of President George W. Bush. Bin Laden also called for the relinquishing of Palestinian lands to Islamic hands.