Monday, May 02, 2011

Osama bin Laden reported killed in Pakistan

In reading the reports of bin laden's death we must ask ourselves the
real questions. That is
1. What has been done to confirm this is really bin Laden and not some
double like Saddam Hussein was in 2003.
2. Why did this occur now, at this location which has been of interest
since 2005? Notice this occured when there is a changeup in the
government involving thye defense dpt and cia leadership.
3. Will american/nato forces pull out of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq,
Central Asia, the Caucasus and the Gulf, as the whole purpose of the
american military presence initally was to get bin Laden?
4. Will the police state apparatus in america be dismantled? For the
past decade the "war on terror" has been used to target Muslims, Arabs,
Afghans, Iranians, Turanians, and the people of that region the same way
the cold war was used to target Russians, leftists, and people of Slavic
origin?
Peter Khan Zendran




http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2011/05/2011522132275789.html
Americas

Osama bin Laden killed in Pakistan

US president confirms al-Qaeda leader's death, saying he has been killed
in firefight following US raid in Abbottabad.
Last Modified: 02 May 2011 09:21
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Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, is dead.

US president Barack Obama said bin Laden, the most-wanted fugitive on
the US list, had been killed on Sunday in a US operation in the
Pakistani city of Abbottabad, about 61km north of Islamabad.

"Tonight, I can report to the people of the United States and the world,
the United States had carried an operation that has killed Osama bin
Laden, a terrorist responsible for killing thousands of innocent
people," Obama said in a statement.

"Today, at my direction, the United States carried out that operation...
they killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body.

"The death of bin Laden marks the most significant achievement to date
against al-Qaeda.

"We must also reaffirm that United states is not and will never be at
war against Islam. Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader, in fact, he
slaughtered many Muslims," Obama said.

Four people, including one of bin Laden's sons, were also killed in the
operation.

According to New York Times, bin Laden's body was taken to Afghanistan
and later buried at sea.

Hours after Obama made the announcement, a top al-Qaeda ideologue
promised revenge for bin Laden's death. The commentator, going by the
online name Assad al-Jihad2 posted on websites a long eulogy for the
al-Qaeda leader and promised to "avenge the killing of the Sheik of
Islam".

The Pakistani Taliban also threatened attacks against government
leaders, including President Asif Ali Zardari, the Pakistan army and the
United States.

"Now Pakistani rulers, President Zardari and the army will be our first
targets. America will be our second target," Ehsanullah Ehsan, a
spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Taliban Movement of
Pakistan, told Reuters by telephone from an undisclosed location.

US celebrations


Barack Obama called bin Laden's death the 'most significant achievement'
against al-Qaeda [EPA]
But as the news of bin Laden's death spread, crowds gathered outside the
White House in Washington DC to celebrate.

Former US president George Bush called his death a "momentous
achievement".

"The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an
unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be
done," Bush said in a statement.

According to Al Jazeeera's Rosalind Jordan in Washington, the operation
had been in the making for the last nine or 10 months.

"The fact that it happened inside Pakistan, there have been suggestions
that Pakistani intelligence may have been protecting them," she said.

Patty Culhane, another Al Jazeera correspondent, said the US authorities
got intelligence last September and were able to track bin Laden down
through his couriers. They followed them to his compound which was
reported to be worth over a million dollars.

Reporting from Pakistan, Al Jazeera's Kamal Hyder said the development
had caught a lot of people by surprise .

"He was considered by many as a hero, but not to the extent that people
would come out on the streets. The reaction so far not likely to be
strong on the streets, perhaps a protest here or there by the religious
parties," he said.

'Symbolic victory'

Qais Azimy, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Kabul, said Afghan officials
described bin Laden's killing as a "symbolic victory", since he was no
longer directly connected to the group's field operations.

"This organisation (Al Qaeda) is more than Bin Laden, it may be
symbolised by Bin Laden, but it definitely is more than Bin Laden"

Mark Kimmit, US military analyst

Mark Kimmit, a US military analyst, said bin Laden's death "was not the
end of terrorism, but an end of a chapter."

"Capturing or killing bin Laden has more iconic value. It will have
symbolic value, because it has been a number of years since bin Laden
has exercised day to day control over operations. We still have an
al-Qaeda threat out there and that will be there for a number of years.

"This organisation (al-Qaeda) is more than bin Laden, it may be
symbolised by bin Laden, but it definitely is more than bin Laden," he
said.

It is, however, a major accomplishment for Obama and his national
security team. Obama's predecessor, George Bush, had repeatedly vowed to
bring to justice the mastermind of the September 11, 2001, attacks on
New York and Washington, but never did before leaving office in early
2009.

He had been the subject of a search since he eluded US soldiers and
Afghan militia forces in a large-scale assault on the Tora Bora
mountains in 2001. The trail quickly went cold after he disappeared and
many intelligence officials believed he had been hiding in Pakistan.

While in hiding, bin Laden had taunted the West and advocated his views
in videotapes spirited from his hideaway.

Besides September 11, Washington has also linked bin Laden to a string
of attacks - including the 1998 bombings of American embassies in Kenya
and Tanzania and the 2000 bombing of the warship USS Cole in Yemen.


Source: Al Jazeera and agencies

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