WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is offering Americans a truce but warns that another major terror attack is being planned if they reject it.
The offer comes in an audio tape, portions of which were broadcast by the Arabic language al-Jazeera news television channel Thursday.
The authenticity of the recording was confirmed to United Press International by the CIA. Analysts had "concluded, with a high degree of confidence, that the voice on the tape is bin Laden," said an official authorized to speak for the agency.
Bin Laden says that polls "show the vast majority of you (Americans) want to withdraw your forces from Iraq," according to a translation provided by the SITE Institute.
Because most Americans believe that "it is better that we don't fight Muslims on their lands and they don't fight us on ours," bin Laden says, the jihadists "have no objection to offering you a long-term truce on based on fair conditions which we will abide by because we are a nation forbidden by Allah from lying or deceiving."
But he warns Americans that if they reject the truce, plans are already underway for another attack on the scale of Sept. 11, 2001.
"The delay to similar operations in America was not because of not getting through your security. They are in preparation and you will see them in your country as soon as the planning is complete, God willing."
Bin laden said that he believed America could be driven out of Muslim lands anyway, but warned that even if the U.S. military was victorious in Iraq it would not be an end to the conflict.
"We are not a nation that is silent when oppressed," he said of Muslims. "We will look for revenge all our lives ... revenge like on Sept. 11."