Schlagwort-Archive: Sawahiri

Al-Qaida Confirms: Sa´ad Bin Laden Is Dead

by Florian Flade

Sa´ad Bin Laden could very likely have become his father’s successor. The 30-year old son of Al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden and his first wife Najwa had remained within the circles of the terrorist organization when US bombs fell on Afghanistan in 2001. Along with high-ranking Al-Qaida figures like Saif al-Adl and Sulayman Abu Ghaith as well as other Bin Laden family members, Sa´ad fled to Iran after the US invaded Afghanistan.

According to various sources Sa´ad, born in Jeddah (Saudi-Arabia) in 1979, and the other relatives of Osama Bin Laden were put under house arrest by the Iranian regime. What seemed like a prison-like situation was in fact protection from America´s war on Al-Qaida.

Sometime in 2008 or 2009 Sa´ad Bin Laden was allowed to leave Iran. He made his way to the Afghan-Pakistan border region and re-joined the Al-Qaida structure in Waziristan. In summer 2009 US intelligence sources claimed the Bin Laden son was killed by a CIA drone strike earlier that year. Sa´ad was not the prime target of the assassination but intelligence sources estimated there was a 85% chance he was in fact killed.

For three years Al-Qaida remained silent about the alleged death of Sa´ad Bin Laden. This week the organization officially confirmed it. In a new video released by “As-Sahab Media”, Al-Qaida´s Emir Dr.Ayman az-Zawahiri mentions the Bin Laden sibling when talking about Osama Bin Laden´s life.

The new video is part of a series titled “Days with the Imam”. Its content is basically Zawahiri telling stories about his time with Bin Laden. At one point the Egyptian terrorist leader says: “Osama Bin Laden had a son named Sa´ad Bin Laden – may Allah have mercy upon him”. Zawahiri then goes on telling Sa´ad Bin Laden has received martyrdom in the Jihad against America.

So with two of his sons killed (Khalid Bin Laden died in the US raid at the Abbottabad compound in May 2011 alongside his father) there are at least 11 Bin Laden sons still alive today. Two of which (Ibrahim and Hussain) the late Al-Qaida leader fathered when in hiding.

Al-Qaida Releases „Days With The Imam 2“

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About one year after a U.S. military raid on a compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad killed Al-Qaida founder Osama Bin Laden, the terror network has released the second part of a video series titled „Days with the Imam“. Similar to the first part it is again current Al-Qaida leader Dr.Ayman az-Zawahiri talking about his experiences with long-time comrade Bin Laden.

There is no glimpse of new footage of Osama Bin Laden in „Days with the Imam 2“ which is probably because As-Sahab´s Media staff is not having access to unreleased audio and video messages of the late Al-Qaida Emir.

„O Lions Of Sham“ – Zawahiri´s Message To Syrians

by Florian Flade

„Bloodshed“ is the daily news coming out of Syria these days. While the protest against the regime of President Assad have turned into a full grown war with a militant insurgency fighting the dictator in Damascus, Al-Qaida sees its chance for establishing a base in the country and calls for Syrians and other Arabs to join the fight against Assad. 

The terrorist network has just released a new video message by its Amir Dr.Ayman az-Zawahiri, titled „Go Forward, O Lions Of Sham!“.

„Do not rely on the West or America or the Arab governments and Turkey“ Zawahiri says in the new video tape, „You know what they are planning against you!“

„People of Syria do not depend on the Arab League the corrupt governments which are supporting it, the Al-Qaida leader continues, „If we want freedom we must be liberated from this regime. If we want justice we must take revenge on this regime.“

Zawahiri continues saying Mujahidin from Turkey, Iraq and other places should join the Syrian resistance in their fight against the ruling regime.

It is the Al-Qaida leader´s second message to the Syrian people. The first one was released by the Al-Qaida media wing „As-Sahab“ in July 2011. In that video tape Zawahiri claimed US-President Obama was planning on replacing Assad with another Pro-American ruler in Damascus.

„You are an example, explaining lessons to your Arab and Muslim nation in sacrifice, steadfastness and the struggle against oppression“, Zawahri said in the July 2011 tape to the Syrian people, „How could you not? You are the sons of the Levant, the front for Jihad and martyrdom.“