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Al Qaeda confirms death of Osama bin Laden

Terrorist organisation releases statement on jihadist forums confirming death of its leader

Al Qaeda confirms death of Osama bin Laden
US papers react to news of the death of Osama bin Laden
Al Qaeda confirms death of Osama bin Laden
US President Barack Obama (2nd L) carries a wreath with a New York City police officer (L) and a New York City firefighter (R) at the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan May 5, 2011 in New York. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Al Qaeda confirms death of Osama bin Laden
Al Qaeda confirms death of Osama bin Laden
Iraqi men read newspapers displaying front page pictures and headlines that read in Arabic The end of the butcher and The murdered is killed in Baghdad on May 3. (AFP/Getty Images)
Al Qaeda confirms death of Osama bin Laden

Al Qaeda confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden on Friday in an internet message that vowed revenge on the United States and its allies, including Pakistan, according to a statement issued by the Islamist militant group.

Five days after President Barack Obama announced bin Laden's death in a U.S. raid in Pakistan, al Qaeda confirmed the death of its leader as a historic moment, and vowed not to deviate from the path of armed struggle.

"In a historic day for the great Islamic nation... the mujahid [holy warrior] Shiekh Abu Abdullah, Osama bin Mohammed bin Laden, God have mercy on him, was killed on the path taken by those before him and will be taken by others after him."

"Congratulations to the Islamic umma [community] for the martyrdom of its son Osama."

The global militant group, which said it will soon release an audio tape made by its leader a week before he died, vowed not to deviate from the path of armed struggle and said bin Laden's blood "is more precious to us and to every Muslim than to be wasted in vain."

"It will remain, with permission from God Almighty, a curse that hunts the Americans and their collaborators and chase them outside and inside their country," the militant network said in a statement released on Islamist Internet forums.

"Their happiness will turn into sorrow, and their blood will be mixed with their tears," al Qaeda said.

"We call upon our Muslim people in Pakistan, on whose land Sheikh Osama was killed, to rise up and revolt to cleanse this shame that has been attached to them by a clique of traitors and thieves ... and in general to cleanse their country from the filth of the Americans who spread corruption in it."

The al Qaeda statement also urged the United States to treat the bodies of Osama bin Laden and those killed with him in the raid with care, and to return their bodies.

"We warn the Americans not to harm the corpse of the sheikh or expose it to any indecent treatment or to harm any members of his family, living or dead, and to deliver the corpses to their families," it said.

"Any harm done will open the doors of evil upon you doubly, and you will not have anyone but yourselves to blame."

After bin Laden's death, US officials said they performed Islamic religious rites and eased his body into the sea, a measure taken by many as a sign that they did not want to bury him in a place that could become a martyr's shrine.

A Naqvi 8 years ago

The whole catalogue of events was caused by the break up of the Ottoman Empire, where countries and borders were created without thought or regard to the populace.

The Balfour Declaration (1917) in turn promised a homeland for the Jewish people whilst the Arabs were promised freedom for assisiting in the battle against the Turks.

A defeated Germany, a World depression, and the rise of Hitler.

Hitler persecutes the Jewish people, and mass migration begins to Palestine, which was under a British mandate since 1918.

The Arabs see their country being swamped and the British pull out in 1948.

British Imperialism ends and Aremican Imperialism begins, starting with Regieme change in Iran to stop the nationalisation of BP .

Then we have the same thing in Egypt with the invasion by French, British and Israeli forces again about Oil, and so on it goes.
Solve the Palestinian issue and Osama would have kept to construction, not throwing the Russians out of Afganistan (with US support)