(CNN) — A new audiotape message purportedly from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and posted on an Islamic Web site Thursday offers 22 pounds of gold to anyone who kills Coalition Provisional Authority head Paul Bremer or top U.S. military officers.
A reward of gold is also offered for anyone who kills U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan or Annan’s envoy to Iraq, Ladkhar Brahimi.
The message denounces U.N. efforts, led by Brahimi, to organize the transfer of power from the provisional authority to an interim Iraqi government June 30, calling the United Nations “a Zionists’ tool.”
The voice on the 20-minute audiotape, reviewed by CNN, appears to be that of bin Laden. But the speaker’s identity has not yet been confirmed by intelligence officials.