US refrains from commenting on Al-Qaida truce offer

The United States on Monday refrained from commenting on a truce offer by Al-Qaida and boasted of success in Afghanistan. US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley told reporters Monday that the United States believes it has "turned a tide" in the struggle against extremists. He spoke of success in Afghanistan, "difficult as it is," and "meaningful steps" by the Pakistani government against al-Qaida and others. "This is not a struggle that al-Qaida is destined to win," Crowley said. "As to a truce, I have no further comment." Earlier on Monday, al-Qaida's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri said "fair" truces offered by the terror group to Europe and the US were still valid.