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CIA officials believe an audiotaped message threatening the United States is from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who warns that plans for terror attacks are under way -- and also offers a "long-term truce."


"The war against America and its allies will not be confined to Iraq," the voice on the tape said, adding that "Iraq has become a magnet for attracting and training talented fighters."


"It's only a matter of time," the voice said, referring to attacks. "They are in the planning stages, and you will see them in the heart of your land as soon as the planning is complete."


CIA intelligence officials who analyzed the recording, which was aired Thursday on Arabic-language network Al-Jazeera, said they believe the voice on the poor-quality audiotape is that of bin Laden.


Octavia Nasr, also said it sounded like the al Qaeda leader, and added that its tone sounded calm and composed, not like a man who is desperate or sick.


White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the tape suggested bin Laden was "under pressure." He also dismissed the idea of a truce, saying, "We must confront threats before it is too late ... before the attacks reach our shores."


The voice on the taped message also opened the door to a "solution."


"In response to the substance of the polls in the U.S., which indicate that Americans do not want to fight Muslims on Muslim land, nor do they want Muslims to fight them on their land, we do not mind offering a long-term truce based on just conditions that we will stick to.


"We are a nation that God banned from lying and stabbing others in the back. Hence, both parties of the truce will enjoy stability and security to rebuild Iraq and Afghanistan, which were destroyed by war.


"There is no problem in this solution, but it will prevent hundreds of billions from going to influential people and warlords in America -- those who supported Bush's electoral campaign. And from this, we can understand Bush and his gang's insistence on continuing the war," the voice said.


On the tape, the speaker said, "Our mujahedeen were able to overcome all the security measures in European countries, and you saw their operation in major European capitals" -- apparent references to July's transit bombings in London and the 2004 train attacks in Madrid, Spain.


FBI, counterterrorism and intelligence officials say there's been no increase in "chatter," or monitored communications, and no intelligence suggests any terrorist plan is operational or ready to be put in place in the United States.


No plans exist to raise the nation's threat level from "yellow" -- or elevated -- to "orange" -- or high, according to a Homeland Security official.


The official said the threat level has never been raised in reaction to an al Qaeda tape. The threat level has been raised seven times since the color warning system was created after the September 11, 2001, attacks.


It's not known exactly when the tape was recorded, but U.S. counterterrorism officials believe it may have been made sometime in December.


The reference to attacks in European cities would indicate it was recorded after the July bombings in London. The morning rush-hour attacks on three subways and a double-decker bus killed at least 52 people.


Another clue includes a reference to a secret British government memo, first reported in a British newspaper, The Mirror, on November 22.


"Recently documents appeared that the freedom butcher of the world was planning to bomb the headquarters of the satellite television Al-Jazeera in Qatar," the voice said, according to a transcript on Al-Jazeera's Web site.


In the memo, President Bush allegedly discussed such a plan, which the White House dismissed as "outlandish."


Broadcast portions of the tape did not, however, mention the CIA strike on a home in Damadola, Pakistan, last Friday. The CIA had targeted senior al Qaeda members, who were expected to attend a dinner, and it is not clear if any were among the 18 people who were killed.


If the CIA voice analysis proves correct, it would be the first message from bin Laden since he released two audiotaped messages in December 2004.


The first of those messages mentioned the attack on the U.S. Consul offices in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, earlier that month that left five people dead. In the second message, bin Laden anointed terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as his deputy in Iraq.


The last videotaped message from bin Laden was seen just before the U.S. presidential election in 2004.



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I hear he wants all land that once belonged to Moslems back... The Balkans, Spain, Portugal, Hungary, South France, Sicily etc. Well giving that Christianity Is about 600 years older I think that his demand are idotic because if you follow his logic all muslim land actually belongs to some else who preceeds them.




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Bin Laden was not supported by the US government in Afghanistan. That's a myth. The afghan mudjaheddin were supported in their fight; bin Laden was part of a group of arabian volunteers, that fought side by side with US-supported mudjaheddin, but at that time they were already hating people from the west.


I read a book about partisan groups in the late 80s, written by an American who was more or less "embedded" in an afghan mudjaheddin group. When their arabian allies found out about him, the afghanis had to evacuate this American because his life was in great danger...



To Bin Laden:

Everytime this guy offers a truce, it's a sign that his organization is losing support and strength. Since the strikes against Jordan last year, Al-Kaida has lost much support in the arabian nations. I think that they weaker than 2001 and that nobody should accept such a "truce".

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