Osama bin Laden Is Dead, Al Qaeda Confirms
Al Qaeda confirmed the death of Osama bin Laden on Friday, and left a warning for the U.S. in a statement that read, American “happiness will turn to sadness.”
The terrorist group formed by bin Laden released the confirmation on militant websites signed by “the general leadership” of al-Qaida.
While authenticity of the statement could not be confirmed, it was posted on websites where the group traditionally release its messages.
“The blood of the holy warrior sheik, Osama bin Laden, God bless him, is too precious to us and to all Muslims to go in vain,” the statement read. “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,” it continued, “their blood will be mingled with their tears.”
“It is impossible, impossible. Sheik Osama didn’t build an organization to die when he dies,” it added. “The university of faith, Quran and jihad from which bin Laden graduated will not close its doors.”
The underlying meaning in the 11-paragraph message is that Al Qaeda will live on as an organization, while depicting its fallen founder as a martyr.
“The soldiers of Islam will continue in groups and united, plotting and planning without getting bored, tired, with determination, without giving up until striking a blow,” the statement said.
The release was the first public statement by Al Qaeda since bin Laden was killed on Monday.