In the past President Bush had turned down this offer for a "truce" with Al Qaeda. Will the Islamic loving President Obama do the same?
Qaeda tells Obama conditional truce offer stands
Monday, August 3, 2009; 10:53 AM
DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri said a truce offered to the last U.S. administration was still on the table, but President Barack Obama must withdraw troops from Muslim lands and meet other demands.
"If Obama wants to (reach) an understanding then he should respond to Sheikh Osama (bin Laden's) two offers," Zawahri said in an interview with al Qaeda's media arm As-sahab, posted on an Islamist website on Monday.
Zawahri warned that militants would continue to fight "until doomsday" unless their conditions were met. "The minimum the mujahideen would accept (includes) ... the exit of infidel troops from all of the land of Islam and an end to stealing Muslims' wealth under the threat of military power."
Zawahri said the conditions also include that Western countries stop backing "corrupt and apostate regimes in the Muslim world" and the release of all detained Muslims.
The "fair offers" bin Laden had made to the United States and European nations were meant "for them to stop their aggression against Muslims and start a relationship that is based on interests instead of oppression and looting," said the Egyptian militant in the 90-minute interview.
"(But) they insist that the relationship should be based on oppressing us and doing us injustice," he said.
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