DUBAI - Al Qaeda's second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri said an offer the militant group made to the previous U.S. administration of a conditional truce is still on the table for President Barack Obama.
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.
Obama is trying to sell illusions to the ... weak, Zawahri said of Obama's campaign to ease tension with Muslims increased by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is trying to say do not hate us .... but we will continue to kill you...
Bin Laden said in 2006 we do not mind offering a long-term truce based on just conditions that we will stand by ... a truce which offers security and stability and the rebuilding of Iraq and Afghanistan which war has destroyed.
The United States dismissed the offer, saying it does not negotiate with terrorists.
(Reporting by Inal Ersan, editing by Tim Pearce)