In a new audiotape, Osama bin Laden warns Americans that plans for an attack in the United States are underway. The White House: We do not negotiate with terrorists, we put them out of business
In a poor-quality tape aired by al Jazeera Arabic TV Thursday, Jan 19, he says: We have seen explosions in many European countries. As for similar operations in America, they are only a question of time. They are under way and you will hear about them soon. An anonymous CIA official believes the voice on the tape is Osama bin Laden’s.
The al Qaeda leader – not heard on tape for more than a year – says the reason there have been no attacks in America since Sept. 11, 2001 is not because of heightened security but because “there are operations that need preparations.”
“We do not mind offering you a long-term truce with fair conditions,” he goes on to say. “…So both sides can enjoy security and stability under this truce to build Iraq and Afghanistan, which have been destroyed in this war.
Al Jazeera’s editor-in-chief, Ahmed al-Shbeik, did not say when the tape was received. He said excerpts considered newsworthy were aired of the 10-minute tape which appeared to have been made as recently as December, 2005.