19 January 2006 Osama bin Laden tape
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On Thursday January 19th Osama Bin Laden terrified Americans with an audiotape warning them that Al Qaeda was planning more attacks to attack the United States. The release of the tape came shortly after United States Central Intelligence Agency's airstrike of Damadola in Pakistan, an attack that reportedly led to the deaths of Midhat Mursi, a veteran bomb and chemical expert and the head of an al-Qaeda training camp on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Khalid Habib, the al-Qaeda operations chief for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Abdul Rehman al Magrabi, a senior al-Qaeda operations commander, and 15 other people. Civilians were among the others killed, according to the Pakistani provincial government.
On the tape (which may have been recorded a month earlier), bin Laden boasted that "our situation is getting better, while your situation is getting worse." It also threatened future attacks on the United States, and simultaneously offered a "long truce", while not saying what the truce would involve. The White House immediately rejected the truce offer.
The tape differed from others by bin Laden in that it appeared to be less belligerent. In addition, the tape appeared to promote a book by William Blum called Rogue State: A Guide to the World's Only Superpower. bin Laden claimed that "if Bush carries on with his lies and deception, it may be useful for you to read the book The Rogue State."
- "Bin Laden Warns of Attacks in U.S. but Offers Truce". New York Times. 20 January 2006. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
- Fattah, Hassan M. (19 January 2006). "Bin Laden Re-emerges, Warning U.S. While Offering 'Truce'". The New York Times. Retrieved 19 January 2006.
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