A banner from a jihadist website announcing announcing the death of Osama bin Laden.
Al Qaeda has announced the death of its founder and leader, Osama bin Laden, and has vowed to carry out attacks in his name.
A banner that was posted on the Atahadi jihadist forum and obtained by The Long War Journal celebrated bin Laden’s “martyrdom.”
“Here congratulations are accepted for the martyrdom of the Commander in Chief of the Brigades of Jihad throughout the world, lion of Islam, Sheikh Osama bin Laden. God have mercy on him,” the banner reads, according to a translation provided by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.
The SITE Monitoring Group has translated the announcement of bin Laden’s death. Al Qaeda said bin Laden’s blood “is more precious to us and to every Muslim than to be wasted in vain,” according to a translation provided by SITE to Reuters.
“It (bin Laden’s blood) will remain, with permission from Allah the Almighty, a curse that chases the Americans and their agents, and goes after them inside and outside their countries,” the al Qaeda statement said. “Their happiness will turn into sorrow, and their blood will be mixed with their tears,” al Qaeda said.
Al Qaeda also pleaded with Pakistanis to revolt against the “clique of traitors and thieves” in their government, as well as attack Americans and drive them from the country.
“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.”
Today’s announcement is the first official recognition from al Qaeda that their leader was killed since US Navy SEALs and CIA commanders launched a daring midnight raid that killed bin Laden and three other men, including two couriers and his son, in a safe house in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad. Al Qaeda has yet to designate a successor to bin Laden.