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S. E. Asian jihadis vow to fight without bin Laden

May 3, 2011 Leave a comment

“If the news is true, we should all be happy,” read the reaction to
the news on an Indonesian website run by a convicted terrorist
accomplice known as the “Prince of Jihad”.
The US FBI has updated its notice on bin Laden, on the web page of the Most Wanted Terrorists.

“It was his dream to
die as a martyr in the way of Allah,” it continued. “Muslims need not
worry. With or without Sheikh Osama, jihad will continue and
God-willing, other Sheikh Osamas will emerge to replace him.”

Southeast
Asia jihadist movements such as Indonesia-based Jemaah Islamiyah and
Abu Sayyaf in the Philippines have cooperated with and been inspired by
Al-Qaeda, but their aims and means are independent, experts said.
Said
Aqil Siradj, chairman of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organisation, the
moderate Nahdlatul Ulama, which claims 60 million members, said bin
Laden’s demise “won’t automatically eradicate radicalism from the
earth”. Related article: Zawahiri remains most-wanted
S. E. Asian jihadis vow to fight without bin Laden

“We have to
be continuously vigilant as radicalism has existed for a long time and
it will always remain. Our consistent commitment to act against
radicalism must not fade,” he said.

The region’s best-known
Al-Qaeda-linked groups, Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) and Abu Sayyaf, have
murdered hundreds of people across Southeast Asia since well before the
9/11 attacks on the United States.
In the worst atrocity, more
than 200 people, mainly Westerners, were killed in 2002 when JI bombers
set off their homemade devices at packed tourist nightspots on the
Indonesian resort island of Bali.
Classified US documents recently
released by the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks reveal that Indonesian
JI militant Hambali, now in Guantanamo Bay, “facilitated money,
personnel and supplies to Al-Qaeda and JI terrorist operations”.
They
said he spent three days with bin Laden in Afghanistan in 1996, was
involved in Al-Qaedas anthrax programme and facilitated plots and
attacks in Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and
Cambodia.
Another top Indonesian JI militant accused of
masterminding the Bali bombings, Umar Patek, was arrested last month in
Abbottabad, the same Pakistani town where bin Laden was found hiding in a
massive walled compound.
But while some of Al-Qaeda’s links to
Southeast Asia were deep and long-lasting, analysts say bin Laden’s
global network never controlled regional outfits and his death would not
hamper their operations.
“I think there are limited implications
for Indonesia because Al-Qaeda has lost its foothold in Southeast Asia,”
regional security analyst Adam Dolnik, of the University of Wollongong
in Australia, told AFP.
“Bin Laden himself hasn’t played much of a
role for a number of years. Al-Qaeda has separated from Jemaah
Islamiyah which has separated from the actual people who go about the
terrorist attacks on the ground.
“There are so many degrees of separation.”
An
April report by the International Crisis Group, a Brussels-based think
tank, said the terror threat facing Indonesia was no longer in the form
of large, Al-Qaeda-linked networks such as JI but small, independent
groups.
A suicide attack at a mosque in an Indonesian police
station last month fits a pattern of “individual jihad” aimed at local
targets by small groups of extremists, it said.
A trend was
emerging that favoured targeted killings — particularly police and
religious minorities — over indiscriminate bombings, local over foreign
targets and small group action over more hierarchical organisations.
“Information
about these groups is only available because their members were caught.
This raises the question of how many similar small groups… exist
across Indonesia,” the report said.
University of Indonesia
security analyst Andi Widjajanto said bin Laden’s death might even
galvanise Southeast Asian militants into action.
“Osama’s death
doesn’t mean their struggle will end because Al-Qaeda’s power is not
centralised on its leader but on its jihadist ideology,” he said.
Another
University of Indonesia analyst, Sri Yunanto, said Southeast Asian
militants did not even need Al-Qaeda as an ideological inspiration.
“In terms of ideology, there are many other independent extremist movements which existed here well before bin Laden,” he said.
“Terrorism and religious extremism will continue to thrive here.”
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Osama bin Laden buried at sea

May 3, 2011 Leave a comment
Osama Bin Laden has been killed by US military forces.
President Obama was expected to make an announcement on Sunday night,
almost ten years after the September 11 attacks on the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon. All I have to say, please make sure it’s Osama
…..you know he had a lot of different looks.
Lalit K Jha Washington, May 2 (PTI) Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin
Laden’s body was disposed off in the waters of the North
Arabian Sea after conducting the last rites according to
Islamic tradition, including washing the corpse.It is believed that US gave a sea burial to the
world’s most wanted terrorist as it felt that his land burial
may become a site to attract extremist followers across the
globe.
Osama’s body, which was taken by US Special Forces
after they shot him dead, was washed and wrapped in a white
cloth on board the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, pentagon
officials said.Later, the body was dumped in the sea, they said.Before the burial, the officials said, the US used
multiple methods to positively verify bin Laden’s body. 
They
included positive identification by a woman, who is believed
to be his wife. The woman was captured from the mansion where
the terrorist was killed.They said the DNA test conducted on him was 100 per
cent success and it established that the body was that of bin
Laden.
The last rites were conducted just hours after he was
killed by US forces in a secret operation Abbottabad, 120 kms
from Islamabad.The officials said a huge cache of materials have been
seized from the mansion and hoped that they would contain some
“sensitive information.” 
Burying his body at sea would ensure that his final
resting place does not become a shrine and a place of
pilgrimage for his followers as that of former Iraqi leader
Saddam Hussain, whose grave has been converted into a tomb,
which is treated more like a shrine by his followers.
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Sources: Al-Qaida head bin Laden dead

May 2, 2011 Leave a comment
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says Osama bin Laden, the
glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that
killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the
United States.
FILE – This undated photo shows al-Qaida
leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. A person familiar with
developments on Sunday, May 1, 2011 says bin Laden
is dead and the U.S. has the body.( AP Photo)
A small team of Americans carried out the attack and
took custody of bin Laden’s remains, the president said Sunday in a
dramatic late-night statement at the White House.
THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.
Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the Sept. 11
attacks against the United States, is dead, and the U.S. is in
possession of his body, a person familiar with the situation said late
Sunday.
President Barack Obama was expected to address the nation on the developments Sunday night.
Two senior counterterrorism officials confirmed that
bin Laden was killed in Pakistan last week. One said bin Laden was
killed in a ground operation, not by a Predator drone. Both said the
operation was based on U.S. intelligence, and both said the U.S. is in
possession of bin Laden’s body.
Officials long believed bin Laden, the most wanted
man in the world, was hiding a mountainous region along the
Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to speak ahead of the president.
The development comes just months before the tenth
anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Centers and
Pentagon, orchestrated by bin Laden’s al-Qaida organization, that killed
more than 3,000 people.
The attacks set off a chain of events that led the
United States into wars in Afghanistan, and then Iraq, and America’s
entire intelligence apparatus was overhauled to counter the threat of
more terror attacks at home.
Al-Qaida organization was also blamed for the 1998
bombings of two U.S. embassies in Africa that killed 231 people and the
2000 attack on the USS Cole that killed 17 American sailors in Yemen, as
well as countless other plots, some successful and some foiled.
The Associate Press
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