Jihadis Commemorate 10th Anniversary Of Bin Laden’s Death, Vow To Finish What The 'Reinvigorating Leader' Started

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May 3, 2021

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On May 3,2021, jihadi groups and supporters commemorated the 10th anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death. jihadi content posted on different social media platforms shows that the slain Al-Qaeda leader who was killed by a team of U.S. Navy SEALS in Pakistan is still widely seen by jihadis as a source of inspiration.

Al-Qaeda's As-Sahab Media wing released the eighth installment of the "Lanterns of Light" series. The approximately 16-minute episode is titled "At the End of a Celebration," shows Bin Laden answering questions from the group members while sitting in a tent during a ceremony held to celebrate a wedding for a group member named Omar. The video does not provide a date for the ceremony.[1]

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In his talk, "The Martyr of Islam," answered questions about the group's position from "the U.S strike on Iraq," saying that such action reveals a "weak and foolish U.S. policy," adding that the strike was meant to district the Ummah from the main cause of Palestine.

He mocked the visit of the former U.S. Secretary of State Collin Powel to Gulf countries, saying he wanted to convince Gulf leader that the strike was to contain the Iraqi regime.

He further dismissed reports that suggested there were negotiations between the group and the U.S, praising the USS Cole bombing as a "great strike" and citing it as an evidence of the group’s determination to target U.S. interests. Bin Ladin recited a poem dedicated to praise of the bombing of the USS Cole, and vowing to fight the "Jews" and the "head of the evilness" in reference to the U.S. He concluded by urging the mujahedeen to restrain from praising him, and congratulated "brother Omar," the groom, and his bride, wishing them a blessed life together.

Rad Adwan Al-Boghat (Countering the Aggression Of the Oppressors) a Syria-based pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram channel posted a poem eulogizing bin Laden in his "tenth anniversary of martyrdom," describing him as "the reinvigorating leader." The channel also posted an audio of the poem which was written by Abu Hajer Al-Hadhrami.[2]

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Al-Saram Al-Battar, another pro-Al-Qaeda Telegram channel posted a photo of bin Laden with a caption that reads: "Re-write all the dictionaries, because manhood has one synonym: Osama bin Laden."[3]

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Al-Qaeda supporter Al-Zubair Abu Ma'ath Al-Falistini shared on his Telegram channel a post in which he described how he received the "devasting news" of bin Laden’s death in his prison cell. He described bin Laden’s death an eclipse in this history of Ummah. On a day like this, the sun of the jihad imam Osama bin Laden eclipsed."[4]

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Likewise, pro-Hayat Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) Telegram channels eulogized bin Laden such as Shathrat Qalam (Thoughts Of Pen).  The channel said that the "memory of Osama bin Laden who broke the backs of Russians and Americans is eternal in the hearts and the tears will always grieve his killing. We inform you the good news, our Sheikh, your jihad in Afghanistan did not go in vain. Americans were defeated and are leaving the country from which you embarked your path to renew for the Ummah its sanity.."[5]

On The Ground News (OGN), a media outlet run by Syria-based American jihadi journalist Bilal Abdal Kareem, who was released by HTS after spending months in its prisons, shared a photo of bin Laden with a caption that reads: 10 years have passed since Osama bin Laden was assassinated by U.S. forces in Abbottabad, Pakistan.[6]

 

[1] Gnews, May 3, 2021.

[2] Telegram, May 3, 2021.

[3] Telegram, May 3, 2021.

[4] Telegram, May 3, 2021.

[5] Telegram, May 3, 2021.

[6] Telegram, May 3, 2021.

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