Obama: Al-Qaeda remains 'number one threat' to US
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WASHINGTON (AFP) – President-elect Barack Obama said Wednesday that Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden remain the "number one threat" to US security, after a new voice recording emerged from the terror group's leader.
"Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda are our number one threat when it comes to American security," Obama told reporters, after the recording warned the president-elect of new fronts in bin Laden's self-styled holy war against Western interests.
"We're going to do everything in our power to make sure that they cannot create safe havens that can attack Americans. That's the bottom line," Obama added.
The 22-minute audio recording, which the US-based Site Intelligence Group said it believes is authentic, was the first commentary from the Al-Qaeda leader in eight months.
It came as President George W. Bush, whose presidency was dominated by the September 11, 2001 attacks launched by bin Laden's militants, prepares to hand power to Obama next Tuesday.