Bin Laden's Final Audio Tape Praises Arab Spring

Osama Bin Laden's final voice recording - that we know of - was released in the days following his death at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALS. The audio tape, reportedly about 12 minutes long, addresses the various uprisings that have occurred across the Middle East in recent months.

In the tape, Bin Laden said:

"The sun of the revolution has risen from the Maghreb. The light of the revolution came from Tunisia. It has given the nation tranquility and made the faces of the people happy. To the Muslim nation -- we are watching with you this great historic event and share with you the joy and happiness. Congratulations for your victories and may God grant your martyrs mercy, your injured recovery and your prisoners freedom."

And while the uprisings in Tunisia and Egypt were driven primarily because of government corruption and mismanagement along with the people's desire for a more democratic government, Bin Laden didn't really address those aspects. Instead, he simply praised the people who came together to overthrow the "tyrants".

Bin Laden made specific references to Tunisia and Egypt, but didn't address the ongoing unrest in Libya, Syria and Yemen, among others. It's unclear if Bin Laden envisioned a more welcoming climate for al Qaeda among the yet-to-be-formed new governments, but he was clearly optimistic about the revolutions that had been brought forth by the people.

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