Cia says iraq tape probably bin laden
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CIA Says Voice on Tape Likely Bin Laden
CIA Says New Tape of Man Identifying Self As Osama Bin Laden Is Probably Authentic
WASHINGTON April 15 — The CIA said Thursday that a tape of a man identifying himself as Osama bin Laden probably is an authentic recording of the al-Qaida leader.
A CIA official said it conducted a technical analysis of the voice on the tape, which was broadcast Thursday on Arab satellite networks.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the tape was probably recorded in the past several weeks because of its reference to Israel's killing last month of Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin. In the tape, the speaker vows revenge against the United States for the killing.
In the tape, the speaker offered a "truce" to European countries that do not attack Muslims. The tape ran more than seven minutes.
The message said "the door to a truce is open for three months," but that the time frame could be extended. "The truce will begin when the last soldier leaves our countries," the speaker said without elaborating.
Britain, Germany, Italy and Spain quickly rejected the offer. The CIA official said the tape appeared to be an attempt by bin Laden or his al-Qaida network to drive a wedge between the United States and its allies.