Obama vows to 'snuff out' bin Laden


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By North America correspondent Kim Landers
Posted 22 minutes ago

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama has vowed to "snuff out" Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Campaigning in Florida, Senator Obama was trying to fend off criticism from his Republican rival John McCain that he is weak on national security.

He said he would end the war in Iraq and he also made it clear that bin Laden was in his sights.

"We will finally finish the fight and snuff out Al Qaeda and bin Laden, those who killed 3,000 Americans on 9/11," he said.

An Obama campaign staffer denied the Democratic nominee was using "Mafia-like" language.

President George W Bush was criticised for demanding that he wanted the Al Qaeda leader "dead or alive."

Meanwhile an Al Qaeda leader has called for President George W Bush and the Republicans to be "humiliated" without endorsing any party in the upcoming US elections, according to a video posted on the internet.

"Oh God, humiliate Bush and his party, Oh Lord of the worlds, degrade and defy him," Abu Yahya al Libi said at the end of sermon marking the Muslim feast of Eid al-Fitr, in a video posted on the internet.