January 19, 2006

Al-Qaeda Blinks? Threatens more Attacks.

Al-Jazeera has aired portions of an audiotape they claim is from Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden claims that America will be attacked and have not attacked the US because they are not ready.

(AP via Breitbart) :"because there are operations that need preparations, and you will see them,"
Also Bin Laden offers the possibility of a Truce.
Based on what I have said, it is better not to fight the Muslims on their land," he said. "We do not mind offering you a truce that is fair and long-term. ... So we can build Iraq and Afghanistan ... there is no shame in this solution because it prevents wasting of billions of dollars ... to merchants of war
First of all most tapes from Al-Qaeda have been from Al-Zawahiri of late so why Bin-Laden now? It may be that Zawahiri is no longer able to do so because of the US air strike in Pakistan that took out Zawahiri’s Son-in-Law. He is suspected of being a primary route of communication. Also Bin-Laden’s stated goal was to bankrupt the US in order to win. Apparently our pockets are a bit deeper that UBL anticipated. In the past these tapes have been used to signal operatives. UBL may have anticipated the recent wave of attacks would leave us ripe for a truce. Wrong again! It is better to fight them were they are rather than let them dictate the terms of the fight.

BBC reports there is some disagreement as to the identity of the speaker.

CNN has more detailed quotes.

Others: Flopping Aces, In the Bullpen, Stop the ALCU, and Michelle Malkin.

Update: CIA confirms voice on tape is indeed Bin-Laden.

By Howie at 10:43 AM | Comments |