published Friday, May 6th, 2011

Al-Qaida confirms Osama bin Laden's death

CAIRO — Al-Qaida on Friday confirmed the killing of Osama bin Laden and warned of retaliation, saying Americans' "happiness will turn to sadness."

The confirmation came in an Internet statement posted on militant websites, signed by "the general leadership" of al-Qaida. The announcement opens the way for the group to name a successor to bin Laden. His deputy Ayman al-Zawahri is now the most prominent figure in the group and is a very likely contender to take his place.

The statement, dated May 3, was the first by the terror network since bin Laden was killed Monday by U.S. commandos in a raid on his hideout in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The statement's authenticity could not be independently confirmed, but it was posted on websites where the group traditionally puts out its messages.

"The blood of the holy warrior sheik, Osama bin Laden, God bless him, is too precious to us and to all Muslims to go in vain," the statement said. "We will remain, God willing, a curse chasing the Americans and their agents, following them outside and inside their countries."

"Soon, God willing, their happiness will turn to sadness," it said, "their blood will be mingled with their tears."

There was no indication how the group will retaliate. Rather than making vehement cries of vengeance, the statement — entitled "You lived as a good man, you died as a martyr" — struck a tone of calmness and continuation. Though it included praise of bin Laden, much of the 11-paragraph statement was dedicated to underlining that al-Qaida would live on, depicting him as just another in a line of "martyrs" from the group.

"It is impossible, impossible. Sheik Osama didn't build an organization to die when he dies," the statement read. "The university of faith, Quran and jihad from which bin Laden graduated will not close its doors," it added.

"The soldiers of Islam will continue in groups and united, plotting and planning without getting bored, tired, with determination, without giving up until striking a blow," the statement.

It said bin Laden was killed "along an established path followed by the best of those who came before him and those who will come after him."

In the statement, al-Qaida also called on Pakistanis to rise up in revolt against its leaders to "cleanse the shame." It also said that an audio message bin Laden recorded a week before his death would be issued soon.

The writers of the statement appeared unaware of the announcement by American officials that bin Laden's body had been buried at sea. The statement warned against mishandling or mistreating bin Laden's body and demanded that be handed over to his family, saying "any harm (to the body) will open more doors of evil, and there will be no one to blame but yourselves."

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Livn4life said...

Big SIGH of relief, Al-Qaida confirms bin Laden death. Many did not believe the Obama administration and other reports but now we are sure. Soldiers of Islam, sorry it is more like Cowards who fight from the shadows and will not come out and face their claimed enemies directly. That is terrorism and as sad as it is for me to think of death for anyone, that perspective brings it on the people who claim in the name of their religion the right to kill innocent others and themselves for any type gain. The war continues and it will sadly have much more bloodshed until those folk realize they will always be opposed by decent, law abiding and truly God-fearing people of all religious persuasions.

May 6, 2011 at 10:07 a.m.

It is sad how we let religion divide us. I don't know how anyone can kill and say it is in God's name by whatever name they choose.

May 6, 2011 at 10:10 a.m.
chatttn said...

To CashingRealityChecks: Amen!

May 6, 2011 at 10:32 a.m.
chioK_V said...

@Livn4life "the people who claim in the name of their religion the right to kill innocent others"

The Christian religion kills innocent "others" in the name of their religion too. In fact, all major and non-major religions kill innocents in the name of their relgion.

Another iIn fact", no bloodier wars have been fought and no bloodier warriors have been born than the ones who were duped into believing they had the sanction and approval of some god.

HISTORY is your friend. Check it out. ;) Especially check out the "Christian Crusades" that are still taking place on many levels in parts of the world. Especially so where there are abundance of natural resources to be had.

Your next war will be a fight for waater. Wait and see. In fact, it's already taking place in the Horn of Africa, especially.

May 6, 2011 at 10:48 a.m.
chatttn said...

Chiok: I know and agree, it's just sad.

May 6, 2011 at 11:35 a.m.
mtngrl said...

Oh my name it is nothin’ My age it means less The country I come from Is called the Midwest I’s taught and brought up there The laws to abide And that the land that I live in Has God on its side

Oh the history books tell it They tell it so well The cavalries charged The Indians fell The cavalries charged The Indians died Oh the country was young With God on its side

Oh the Spanish-American War had its day And the Civil War too Was soon laid away And the names of the heroes l’s made to memorize With guns in their hands And God on their side

Oh the First World War, boys It closed out its fate The reason for fighting I never got straight But I learned to accept it Accept it with pride For you don’t count the dead When God’s on your side

When the Second World War Came to an end We forgave the Germans And we were friends Though they murdered six million In the ovens they fried The Germans now too Have God on their side

I’ve learned to hate Russians All through my whole life If another war starts It’s them we must fight To hate them and fear them To run and to hide And accept it all bravely With God on my side

But now we got weapons Of the chemical dust If fire them we’re forced to Then fire them we must One push of the button And a shot the world wide And you never ask questions When God’s on your side

Through many dark hour I’ve been thinkin’ about this That Jesus Christ Was betrayed by a kiss But I can’t think for you You’ll have to decide Whether Judas Iscariot Had God on his side

So now as I’m leavin’ I’m weary as Hell The confusion I’m feelin’ Ain’t no tongue can tell The words fill my head And fall to the floor If God’s on our side He’ll stop the next war

~Bob Dylan, 1965

May 6, 2011 at 11:56 a.m.
NorthChatter said...

I don't think bin Laden is being treated as "special".

Of the many examples you L4F gives...did the U.S. government release any of those photos? I would assume most of them were taken by other sources and released to the media (people keep mentioning Saddam, but the videos of his execution were not released by the government).

Does the government release pictures of those executed on death row? No. If no one claims the body, do they give them a proper burial? Yes.

I would argue that this really isn't much different (except that we now live in a world were everyone want/expects instant gratification...and apparently the more gruesome the better)

Me personally, I have need to see a man with half his head blown off to have "closure". He was evil, he is dead. End of story.

The fact that we has given a funeral at all (as opposed to tearing him limb for limb and parading him around on a pike) is a perfect example of what makes America so great. It is what makes us better than those who want to hurt us.

Speak softly and carry a big stick.

May 6, 2011 at 4:58 p.m.
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