(CNN) — A CIA official believes an audiotaped message threatening the United States is from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who warns that plans for terror attacks are under way — and also offers a “long-term truce.”
“The war against America and its allies will not be confined to Iraq,” the voice on the tape said, adding that “Iraq has become a magnet for attracting and training talented fighters.”
“It’s only a matter of time,” the voice said, referring to attacks. “They are in the planning stages, and you will see them in the heart of your land as soon as the planning is complete.” (Watch report on purported bin Laden tape — 3:26)
Top U.S. officials responded by saying the United States would not be swayed in its fight against terrorists.
“Clearly the al Qaeda leaders and other terrorists are on the run. They’re under a lot of pressure,” White House spokesman Scott McClellan said. “We do not negotiate with terrorists. We put them out of business.”