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U.S. Rejects Negotiations With Bin Laden

Osama bin Laden (file photo) 20 January 2006 -- The United States has rejected a conditional truce offered in an audiotape attributed to Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the United States does not negotiate with terrorists.

The voice on the audiotape -- aired by Arabic television station Al-Jazeera -- warned of new attacks inside the United States.

But the speaker said Al-Qaeda was willing to "respond" to U.S. public opinion in favor of withdrawing troops from Iraq. Bin Laden did not specify conditions for the truce, but indicated that it was linked to U.S. troops quitting Iraq.

The Central Intelligence Agency said the voice on the tape was probably that of bin Laden.

It is the first time bin Laden has been heard from since December 2004.

(compiled from agency reports)

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