Scenes of protesters rising up against their leaders apparently caught the attention of Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda released an audio message said to be from bin Laden, celebrating the uprisings that began in Tunisia and spread across much of North Africa and the Middle east.
He says, "I think the winds of change will blow over the entire Muslim world with permission from Allah."
Bin Laden calls on supporters to 'topple more tyrants' and accuses rulers of manipulating the media to stay in power. "Save yourselves," he says, "The opportunity is here."
While U-S officials hope protests like these lead to democratic reform, the al Qaeda leader them as an opportunity to spread Islamic principles. The tape comes as the Pakistani Taliban promises to keep up attacks like this one to avenge bin Laden's death.
The terror chief is believed to have made the recording inside his secret compound in Abbottobad, where US Navy seals found and killed him. Top U.S. defense officials say they've found no evidence the Pakistani government knew bin Laden was hiding there. Bin Laden did not mention the United States in the 12 minute recording and it's unclear if this is the terrorist's final message.
U.S. officials are working to repair relations with Pakistan after bin Laden's death, but many Pakistanis are angry America launched the May 2nd raid without giving them any warning.