A Top bin Laden Aide Threatens New Attacks Against the U.S.
A senior leader of Al Qaeda threatened further attacks against the United States and denounced France for banning Islamic head scarves in statements on two audiotapes broadcast by separate Arab satellite channels on Tuesday. Analysts at the Central Intelligence Agency said the recordings appeared to have been made by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the top lieutenant to Osama bin Laden. “After conducting a technical analysis, the C.I.A. assesses that the voice on the recordings is probably that of Zawahiri,” a C.I.A. official said. The tapes are of relatively recent vintage, since on one Dr. Zawahiri mocked remarks from President Bush’s State of the Union speech in January and on the other he referred to December developments in the scarf debate. Full Story