Text: Al Qaeda statement confirming bin Laden's death

Fri May 6, 2011 4:49pm EDT

(Reuters) - Following is an abridged version of the text of the statement issued by Al Qaeda on the death of Osama bin Laden. The translation from Arabic is by Reuters.

"Congratulations to the Islamic nation on the martyrdom of its good son Osama after a life full of effort and work, determination and patience, incitement and holy struggle, generosity and giving, emigration and travel, advice and good preparation, wisdom and experience...

"That the Americans were able to kill Osama is not shameful to us. Where else do men and heroes die except on the battlefield? Every end is predestined. But can the Americans with their media, agents, machinery, soldiers, intelligence and equipment kill what Sheikh Osama lived and fought for? Never, never. Sheikh Osama did not build an organization that will die with his death and leave with his departure..."

"The nation that gave birth to Osama is a fertile nation. Many more men and heroes like him will come, who will enjoy sacrifice and find patience sweet, who will make the life of their enemies bitter and open to them the doors of hell or lead them to heaven in shackles...

"We assert that the blood of the mujahid Sheikh Osama bin Laden, may God have mercy on him, is too precious to us and to every Muslim to be wasted in vain. And it will remain, with permission from God Almighty, a curse that haunts the Americans and their collaborators and pursues them outside and inside their country, and that soon, with God's help, their joy will turn to sorrow and their tears will mix with blood, and we will realize Sheikh Osama's oath: America, and those who live in America, will not enjoy security until our people in Palestine do. The soldiers of Islam, together or as individuals, will continue to plot tirelessly and without desperation ... until they are struck with a calamity that will make the hair of children turn white."

"The sheikh refused to depart from this world without sharing with his Islamic nation its joy over its revolutions in the face of the oppressors. A week before his killing, he recorded a voice message of congratulations and advice which we will publish soon, God willing."

"We warn the Americans not to harm the corpse of the sheikh or expose it or any member of his family, whether alive or dead, to any indecent treatment and to deliver (all) the corpses to their families. Any mistreatment will open multiple doors of evil against you, and you should blame no-one but yourselves. We call upon all Muslims to do their duty in imposing the truth."

(Translated by Sami Aboudi and Erika Soloman; Editing by Patrick Werr)

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Comments (3)
1964 wrote:
What a beautiful and deeply felt obituary. Unfortunately, it is the Americans who couldn’t act on their words, that every person should be treated with respect, namely Bin Laden’s family. They had a right to receive the body of their father or son or brother for burial. It is sad, that the US cannot honor other people’s grief with dignity.

May 06, 2011 12:56am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ednorton wrote:
So true, 1964. US dishonored his family, much like . . . oh . . . say multiple thousands of people went through on 9/11/2001 if planes had struck sky scrapers, that eventually collapsed, and vaporized thousand of innocent lives. See, if something like that happened, think of all the dishonor such an attack would do to the American families who would lose loved ones. And then please honor all of us by euthanizing yourself quickly.

May 07, 2011 11:30am EDT  --  Report as abuse
AltosConic wrote:
We are but monkeys with machines. When an animal kills another animal in the jungle there is no such thing as honor or grief with dignity. Tis human arrogance that we assign such things in hopes that we alone can cheat death and live beyond its grip. But the end will surely come to all of us and those left behind to bicker and debate the manner by which we went and what happened to our carcass which is no longer needed by its former owner but so anxiously pondered by the living that still need us.

May 07, 2011 4:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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