Saturday, May 7, 2011

Al Qaida Statement: Revenge for Osama bin Laden's Death

Al-Qaeda confirms the death of their leader Osama bin Laden on Friday, May 6, through an online statement posted on militant websites by the al-Fajr Center (Al-Qaeda's online media distribution network), apparently designed to ask followers to remain united and powerful despite its founder's demise.

The extremist Islamic group also pledged to continue on the path of jihad (holy war) against the U.S. and its allies.

The Al-Qaeda statement entitled "You lived as a good man, you died as a martyr" reads:

"The blood of the mujahid (holy warrior) sheik, Osama bin Laden, may God have mercy upon him, weighs more to us and is more precious to us and to every Muslims than to be waster vain."

"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."

These statement was issued in the name of the organization's General Command and dated Tuesday, May 3, the day after Osama bin Laden's death.

Despite these statement, the group did not name a successor to Osama bin Laden. But his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, is now the most prominent figure in the group and a likely contender to take his place.

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