Bin Laden Tape Warns of New Attacks on U.S.

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Screen grab of undated picture of Osama bin Laden on Al-Jazeera

A video grab taken Jan. 19 from an audiotape broadcast on Al-Jazeera shows an undated picture of al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In his first public communication since December 2004, Osama bin Laden says in an audiotape broadcast that al Qaeda is preparing attacks inside the United States. The CIA has confirmed that the voice on the tape is that of the al Qaeda leader, but the Department of Homeland Security says there are no immediate plans to raise the national terror alert. The taped statement aired on Al-Jazeera Thursday.

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