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CIA Analysis Determines Tape 'Likely' Zawahri

A CIA technical analysis of an audio tape broadcast this weekend has determined it was “likely” the voice of Ayman al-Zawahri, the No. 2 in al Qaeda after Osama bin Laden, a CIA official said on Monday. The voice on the tape broadcast on Sunday [August 3, 2003] warned the United States it would pay a high price if it harmed any of the detainees it is holding at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. “Although it cannot be determined with absolute certainty, CIA’s assessment after a technical analysis of the tape aired August 3, is that it is likely that it is Ayman al-Zawahri’s voice. The date of the recording cannot be determined,” a CIA official said. The voice on the tape, broadcast by Dubai-based Al Arabiya television, said: “America has announced it will start putting on trial in front of military tribunals the Muslim detainees at Guantanamo and might sentence them to death … I swear in the name of God that the crusader America will pay a dear price for any harm it inflicts on any of the Muslim detainees …” Full Story

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