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Jun 8th, 2011


Bin Laden Eulogy: Al-Qaida Chief Will Still ‘Terrify America’

Al-Qaida deputy al-Zawahiri calls Pakistan rulers ‘traitors’

Image: Ayman al-Zawahri
Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaida’s second-in-command under Osama bin Laden. (Photo credit: Reuters)

By Maamoun Youssef

June 8, 2011

CAIRO — Osama bin Laden’s deputy said the slain al-Qaida chief “terrified America” when he was alive and would continue to do so in death, according to a eulogy that appeared on militant websites Wednesday.

The message by Ayman al-Zawahri, al-Qaida’s longtime No. 2 and considered the network’s operational head, heaped praise on bin Laden, who was killed in the May 2 raid by U.S. Navy SEALs in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad.

Al-Zawahri also blasted the United States for burying bin Laden at sea after the raid and urged the people of Pakistan to rise against the country’s rulers, describing them as “traitors.”

Within days of the bin Laden raid, al-Qaida had issued a statement vowing to keep fighting the United States, a message that was likely designed to convince followers that the organization would remain vigorous and intact even after its founder’s demise.

But al-Zawahri’s eulogy was the first comment on bin Laden’s slaying by his potential successor.

In the 28-minute video, al-Zawahri, who is believed to be operating from somewhere near the Pakistan-Afghanistan frontier, appeared in a white Arab robe and turban, a Kalashnikov at his side. …

He also said U.S. officials withheld the release of photographs of bin Laden’s body, fearing the “Islamic peoples’ anger and hate” for America. He claimed bin Laden had “achieved what he wanted to do, which is to incite the Islamic nation to holy war and his message had reached all.”

Al-Zawahri, who is Egyptian, is a less charismatic and unifying figure, and he is believed to lack bin Laden’s ability to bring together the many nationalities and ethnic groups that make up al-Qaida. …

The eulogy included five poems of praise for bin Laden, describing him alternately as modest, noble and shrewd commander and “the vanguard of jihad (holy war) against the Communists and then the Crusaders,” a reference to bin Laden’s campaign in the Afghan war against the Soviets in the 1980s and the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks against the United States. …

He concluded by saying bin Laden will remain a “source of horror and a nightmare chasing America, Israel and their allies.”

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Related reports on this site

Top al-Qaida Commander Killed (June 5, 2011)

Osama bin Laden’s Successor, Interim Operational Leader Named (May 18, 2011)

Al-Qaida Leadership Roles (May 4, 2011)

Zawahiri Psychological Profile (May 3, 2011)

Osama bin Laden Dead (May 1, 2011) 

CIA Zawahiri Team Decimated (Jan. 4, 2010)

Zawahiri Lashes Out At Obama (June 3, 2009)

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First Wave in Afghanistan Surge

Image: U.S. Marines in Camp Leatherneck
U.S. Marines inside Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan’s Helmand province on Monday, June 8, 2009. (Photo credit: David Guttenfelder / AP)

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2 Responses to “Eulogy for bin Laden”
  1. Immelman for Congress » Blog Archive » Osama bin Laden’s Successor, Interim Operational Leader Named Says:

    [...] In videotaped eulogy released earlier this month, Ayman al-Zawahiri warned that America still faces an international community of Muslims that seek to destroy it. [...]

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    [...] In videotaped eulogy released in June 2011, Ayman al-Zawahiri warned that America still faces an international community of Muslims that seek to destroy it. [...]

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