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Most Wanted Man In The World – Osama Bin Laden – is DEAD; Updated with Reactions from Muslim World

05/09/2011 4 comments

Osama Bin Laden, a man who claimed to love death more than we love life, is confirmed dead.  He was killed by US forces in a ground operation within Pakistan, shot twice in the chest and head.  His body was in possession of the US military and has since been buried at sea. Will the Islamic world cheer or jeer?  Their reaction will be very telling …

Update: … and indeed it is.

Arabs Riot in Jerusalem Over Bin Laden’s Demise – “Arabs in the village of Silwan, adjacent to the City of David neighborhood in Jerusalem, rioted Monday night in protest over the elimination of Osama Bin-Laden. The rioters were throwing stones at police and attempting to block roads.”  Read more.

Islamic scholars criticize Bin Laden’s sea burial – “… a violation of Islamic tradition that may further provoke militant calls for revenge attacks against American targets.” Read more.

Hamas condemns killing of ‘holy warrior’ bin Laden – “We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood,” Ismail Haniyeh, head of the Hamas administration in the Gaza Strip, told reporters.”  Read more.

Egypt Muslim Brotherhood condemns Bin Laden death – “Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, a conservative organization with links around the Islamic world, has condemned the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces as an ‘assassination.'”  Read more.

Hundreds join Quetta rally in Pakistan to honour bin Laden – “‘Bin Laden was the hero of the Muslim world and after his martyrdom he has won the title of great mujahed (Muslim fighter)’…”  Read more.

Palestinian Imam says ‘Omama will soon hang’ – “An imam from the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem vowed to take revenge over ‘the western dogs’ for killing Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan on Sunday… ‘The western dogs are rejoicing after killing one of our Islamic lions. From Al-Aqsa Mosque, where the future caliphate will originate with the help of God…'” Read more.

South African Muslim Council Condemns Bin Laden Killing – “The council’s Nabeweya Malick said, ‘The Muslim Judicial Council questions the timing of the action of the United States and also the reason for the killing because we do not believe that any government or any leader has a legal right to order the killing of another person … The actions of the United States have really sent a strong message to the Muslim community globally, that we [United States] don’t respect your customs [or] your religion.'” Read more.

Iraqi TV calls Bin Laden a ‘Saint’ – “‘On TV, he is described as a saint. Even serious people view him as an actual mujahid (fighter), a shahid (martyr) who should be celebrated as such. An imam said that just [by shedding] a drop of his blood, he will go to heaven.'” Read more.

Devout Muslims in Indonesia Hold Mass Prayers for Bin Laden – “Indonesian police were due Wednesday to guard mass prayers organised by the hardline Islam Defenders Front (FPI) for Osama Bin Laden… The prayers were due to be held at the FPI headquarters in Tanah Abang, Central Jakarta, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday.”  Read more.

Islamic Leaders in Kenya Condemn Killing of Bin Laden – “Islamic leaders have have condemned the killing of Al-Qaida Leader Osama Bin Laden … the leaders said Osama’s ideology will continue forever … Sheikh Dor described Osama as a Muslim brother who was championed the rights of the Islamic world against invasions of the West.” Read more.

Islamic Group Chairman in Kashmir to Lead Prayers for Bin laden – “‘The slain Laden had entire Muslim world’s pain in him. He (Laden) left the life of leisure for the downtrodden and suppressed Muslims of the world. So it’s our duty to repay his good deeds by praying for him,’ said Geelani.”  Read more.

Backlash Grows in Pakistan Over Bin Laden’s Death – “Hundreds of people marched through Multan, burning U.S. flags and waving placards as they warned the terrorist’s death could produce many more radical figures to take his place. It comes after crowds of weeping mourners were pictured offering funeral prayers for the Al Qaeda mastermind widely blamed for thousands of deaths at 9/11.”  Read more.

LONDON: Furious Bin Laden Supporters Vow to Take Revenge – ‘It is Only a Matter of Time Before Another Atrocity’ – “US leaders were branded ‘murderers’ by radicals, who warned vengeance attacks were ‘guaranteed’ and shouted: ‘USA, you will pay.’ Abu Muaz, 28, from east London, said: ‘It is only a matter of time before another atrocity – the West is the enemy.’” Read more.

Muslim American Society Official Calls Bin Laden a ‘Visionary’ – “A leader of a major American Muslim organization, the Muslim American Society (MAS), is arguing that there ‘was nothing wrong with’ Osama bin Laden’s dream of creating a renewed Caliphate. Khalilah Sabra’s comments are the most recent and worrisome from the group, which has a long history of defending alleged terrorists.” Read more.

Turkey: Thousands Attend Bin Laden ‘Funeral’, Calling Him a ‘Beautiful, Wise Man, a Warrior for Islam’ – “Thousands participated in a funeral ceremony for assassinated al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Istanbul on Friday, following Muslim burial rites but not including an actual burial… ‘The US, UK and Israel are the murderers of the martyr… The US is the terrorist, bin Laden is the warrior.’” Read more.

4,000 Rally in Pakistan Against America ‘the Worst Enemy of Humanity – “A prominent hard-line group with suspected militant ties has rallied several thousand people in the Pakistani city of Lahore in support of Osama bin Laden and against the US. Police said at least 4,000 people attended the Sunday demonstration. Protesters chanted ‘Down with America’ and carried a banner that said ‘America is the worst enemy of humanity!'” Read more.

By DEAN SCHABNER and KAREN TRAVERS – “Osama bin Laden, hunted as the mastermind behind the worst-ever terrorist attack on U.S. soil, has been killed, President Obama announced tonight.

Bin Laden was killed in a ground attack by Joint Special Operations Command forces working with the CIA on a compound in Pakistan, a national security source told ABC News.

The compound, described by some sources as a mansion, had been monitored for months. When the decision was made to move on it, special operations forces were sent across the border from Afghanistan to launch a ground attack and take the body.

DNA testing confirmed that it was bin Laden, sources told ABC News.”  Read more.


Final Bin Laden Doomsday Tape May Be Released by Al Qaeda Disciples; U.S. Officials Fear Backlash

05/03/2011 Leave a comment

BY Bill Hutchinson – “A doomsday tape made by Osama Bin Laden was poised to be released Monday by his Al Qaeda disciples.

U.S. officials feared the recording would be akin to a voice from the grave calling for a do-or-die jihad against the West, a final order of a terrorist madman.

Just a day after U.S. Navy SEALs raided Bin Laden’s luxury hideout in Pakistan and snuffed him out, media outlets were weighing whether to air a tape that could boost his legacy as a martyr.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer said he was getting bombarded with Twitter messages from viewers pleading with the network not to air Bin Laden’s propaganda.

Blitzer’s colleague Anderson Cooper said he sided with those who had no desire to hear from a hater.

‘Bin Laden a mass murderer who should never be heard from again,’ Cooper said Monday.

It was unclear whether the tape is audio or video, but a U.S. official said intelligence indicates Bin Laden ordered it to be released in the event of his death.”  Read more.

Taliban: Islamists Planning to Mount Attacks in Response to Death of Osama Bin Laden

05/02/2011 Leave a comment

By Ghaith Abdul-Ahad – “A Taliban commander in Afghanistan has promised that his fighters would mount attacks to avenge the killing by US forces of Osama bin Laden.

The commander, who gave his name as Qudos and operates in the northern province of Baghlan, said: “The killing of Osama bin Laden will bring no change to jihad. Osama is the leader of al-Qaida and he is a powerful man in jihad. Losing him will be very painful for the mujahideen, but the shahadat [martyrdom] of Osama, will never stop the jihad. We will continue our fight until we liberate our lands from the Kafirs.”

He said his fighters planned to launch an operation called Bader “to avenge the killing of Osama” and claimed many other similar operations would be launched.” Read more.

Marine Bio/Chem Warfare Unit Recalled to the U.S. as Intel Warns of Possible Revenge Attacks– By SARA JUST and RUSSELL GOLDMAN – “U.S. intelligence and law enforcement authorities warned today that al Qaeda may try to strike back at the U.S. for the death of Osama bin Laden and in a sign of the urgency, an elite unit of Marines who handle chemical and biological weapons attacks was recalled today from Japan.

The death of the world’s most wanted terrorist has security experts at all levels of government concerned that bin Laden’s loyal and fanatical followers could launch a series of deadly attacks.

‘Though bin Laden is dead, al-Qaeda is not,’ said CIA Director Leon Panetta. ‘The terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge him, and we must—and will—remain vigilant and resolute. But we have struck a heavy blow against the enemy.’

Former chief of staff to President George W. Bush, Andrew Card, told ABC News that reprisal attacks could already be planned.”  Read more.

Bin Laden’s Son: Worst Is Yet to Come – “[In 2010] Osama bin Laden’s son had a chilling warning for those who were hunting his father with drones, secret agents and missile strikes.

From Omar bin Laden’s up-close look at the next generation of mujahideen and al Qaeda training camps he says the worst may lie ahead, that if his father is killed America may face a broader and more violent enemy, with nothing to keep them in check.” Read more.

WikiLeaks: al Qaeda Threatens ‘Nuclear Hellstorm’ if Bin Laden Captured or Killed

05/02/2011 Leave a comment

“The mastermind of the 9/11 attacks warned that al-Qaeda has hidden a nuclear bomb in Europe which will unleash a ‘nuclear hellstorm’ if Osama bin Laden is captured, leaked files revealed.

The terror group also planned to make a 9/11 style attack on London’s Heathrow airport by crashing a hijacked airliner into one of the terminals, the files showed.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed told Guantanamo Bay interrogators the terror group would detonate the nuclear device if the al-Qaeda chief was captured or killed, according to the classified files released by the WikiLeaks website.

Sheikh Mohammed, the self-professed mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, has been held at Guantanamo since 2006 and is to be tried in a military court at the US naval base on Cuba over the attacks.”  Read more.

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