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US says Voice on Audio Tape is Bin Laden's, Will Not Raise National Threat Level


U.S. officials say there are no plans to raise the nation's terror threat level, after Thursday's broadcast of new audiotape from al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

In the tape aired by Arab broadcaster al-Jazeera, bin Laden says there are plans for a new attack in the United States, but he offers a "long-term" truce if American forces pull out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

U.S. intelligence analysts said the voice on the tape was that of the al-Qaida leader.

The White House flatly rejected the offer of a truce, saying the United States does not negotiate with terrorists.

In an April 2004 message, the al-Qaida leader offered a similar truce to Europe that was rejected. In Thursday's message, bin Laden mentioned deadly terrorist bombings in European capitals.

The message is bin Laden's first since December 2004. Al-Jazeera says the tape was recorded this month.
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