An American source says late Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, assassinated nearly two weeks ago by US Special Forces, was in favour of the recent revolts in Egypt and Tunisia.
CNN reported that a recording of Bin Laden was found in his hideout in which he hailed the uprisings in both countries. The source was quoted as saying the recording was prepared late in April, just days ahead of his killing.
Curiously, the source said, Bin Laden did not praise other revolutions in the region, such as in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and Syria.
Egypt and Tunisia witnessed full-scale revolutions that resulted in the overthrow of their respective presidents this year. Tunisian dictator Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali fled his country on 14 January following an uprising that lasted around a month.
Egyptians were inspired by the Tunisians, the January 25 Revolution seeing Hosni Mubarak toppled on 11 February.