After making a surprise appearance in Sydney, Australia at the Pacific Rim summit, Osama bin Laden is apparently extending his comeback bid with the release of a new video on September 11:
CAIRO, Egypt – Osama bin Laden will appear in a new video addressing the American people about the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, news reports and terror-monitoring groups said yesterday.
“Soon, with the permission of God, a new visual tape, the Sheikh, the Lion, Osama bin Laden. May God protect him,” ABCNews.com reported that an al-Qaeda Internet announcement said.
ABC cited federal law enforcement authorities saying that another Web site had posted a message on Sept. 2, promising “a special gift to be delivered on the blessed day of the invasion of Manhattan.”
SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadi communications, said the Internet announcement of the plan included a photo of the al-Qaeda leader from the upcoming video. His beard, which in previous messages had been streaked with gray, was entirely dark.
Full article here. It is, of course, typical for an aging celeb to dye his hair when returning to the public eye, but he had to know we’d call him on it.