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CIA: Latest al-Qaida Tape Probably Real

An audiotape from Osama bin Laden’s top deputy warning that the United States will pay dearly if it harms detainees at Guantanamo Bay is probably authentic, a CIA official said Monday. The assessment was based on a technical analysis of the tape, which was first aired over the weekend, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The CIA can’t be certain but believes the voice on the tape was Ayman al-Zawahiri’s, the No. 2 official in bin Laden’s al-Qaida network, this official said. The recording, obtained by the Arab satellite station Al-Arabiya, promises retaliation for Washington’s announcement that it could start putting the detainees on military trials that could result in death sentences. “I swear by the almighty God … that Crusader America will pay dearly for any harm done to any of the Muslim prisoners it is holding,” the recording said. Full Story

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