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Osama urged Americans to rise up over climate change

Jonathan Landay, Reuters  |  Published:  |  Modified:

Osama bin Laden wrote a letter urging the American people to help President Barack Obama fight "catastrophic" climate change and "save humanity", in the latest evidence of his worries about environmental issues, newly released documents show.

The letter was among materials that were seized in the May 2, 2011, US raid on Osama's hideout in Pakistan that killed the al-Qaeda chief and which were released yesterday by the Obama administration.

The undated, unsigned letter "to the American people," which US intelligence officials attributed to Osama, appeared to have been written shortly after Obama began his first term in 2009, based on the letter's references to events.

Osama's preoccupation with climate change also emerged as a theme in the first tranche of documents from the raid that was declassified in May 2015, as well as in an audio recording released via the al Jazeera network in January 2010.

Rambling letter

In the rambling letter made public yesterday, Osama blamed the 2007-8 US financial crisis on corporate control of capital and corporate lobbyists, and the US-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He urged Americans to launch "a great revolution for freedom" to liberate the US president from those influences.

That would enable Obama to make "a rational decision to save humanity from the harmful gases that threaten its destiny," Osama continued.

In a separate letter, Osama urged a close aide to launch a media campaign for the 10th anniversary of the Sept 11, 2001, attacks that included a call for cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

Osama contended that the world would be better off fighting climate change than waging what he claimed was a war against Islam.

"...the world should put its efforts into attempting to reduce the release of gases," said the undated, unsigned letter to someone identified as Shaykh Mahmud that US Intelligence officials said they believed was written by bin Laden.

"This is a struggle between two of the largest cultures on Earth, and it is in the shadow of catastrophic climate conditions."

- Reuters

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