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Tape, Probably bin Laden's, Offers 'Truce' to Europe

A man identifying himself as Osama bin Laden offered on Thursday to stop terrorist actions in European countries that ended military action in Muslim nations. The offer was made on an audiotape broadcast by two Arab satellite television stations. The speaker also mentions the Israelis’ killing of Sheik Ahmed Yassin, the spiritual leader of Hamas, on March 22. A C.I.A. official said that after a technical analysis, the agency concluded that the voice was probably Mr. bin Laden’s, and, given the reference to Sheik Yassin, was made in recent weeks. The man, speaking in Arabic, says, “The door to a truce is open for three months,” adding that it could be extended. “The truce will begin when the last soldier leaves our countries,” he says. Full Story

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