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'Jihad to continue without bin Laden'
Published Tuesday 03/05/2011 (updated) 04/05/2011 02:10
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A Saudi woman watches images on Arabic satellite news channel Al-Jazeera
featuring news on Osama bin Laden's death in Riyadh. [AFP/Fayez Nureldine]
Correction appended

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- A statement claiming to be from the Al-Aqsa Brigades mourned Tuesday the death of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, killed by US troops in Pakistan.

A spokesman for Fatah's armed wing subsequently denied making the remarks, saying the group had sent no statement and would not comment on the death as it was unrelated to Palestine.

But according to the statement signed by the group, Al-Aqsa "won't stop our Jihad mission against injustice and occupation," despite doubts over the veracity of claims that the fundamentalist leader had been killed.

In a statement received by Ma'an, the brigades said: "The Islamic nation was shocked with the devastating news that Sheikh Osama bin Laden had been murdered by the non-believers."

Bin Laden "got what he wished for, martyrdom, inscribing with his blood the landmarks of Jihad. He left behind an entire generation who follow the path of Sheikh Osama."

The fighters' Jihad "did not and will not stop. This has increased their determination, persistence and loyalty to their martyrs who have transformed their words into reality," the statement said.

It added that "we tell the American and Israeli occupier that the nation which produced leaders who changed history with its Jihad and patience is a nation capable of invigorating the resistance, which extends across the nation and is capable of restoring the glory of Islam and its flag of unity, God willing."

Palestinian reactions to the Al-Qaeda leader's death have been mixed.

Palestinian Authority caretaker Prime Minister Salam Fayyad called the event one that increased the chance for peace in the world, while Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh condemned the assassination, calling it an extension of an American foreign policy based on killing.


(This version CORRECTS a translation error in paragraph seven and adds new information.)
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1 ) ABE / USA
03/05/2011 17:52
What history has been changed? There are more American soldiers in Muslim lands then ever before. There has been regime change in at least 3 countries. More arabs then ever want a say in there government. Yes great job Al aqsa! keep up the good work.

2 ) STEPHY / USA
03/05/2011 18:52
Lets see how the new unity government will deal with a group like Al Aqsa. I will bet anything they will continue to fire rockets into israel and the new PA government will do nothing.

3 ) Joe Fattal / USA
03/05/2011 19:11
Ben Laden is as a Jesus for terrorists as much Jesus is for the sinners. They both have something in comment, they both raise their followers, one to suppress colonialism and imperialism and the other to appeal to righteousness. We going to hear from Bin Laden years to come, even after his death. I am not trying to offend any Christians, I am a Christian myself but its just an anology.

4 ) Amarein / Palestine
03/05/2011 23:15
The way this was handled is shambolic..... every person on the planet deserves a fair trial, and even if the death sentence is passed , they deserve a funeral,i have lost all respect for Barak Obama.
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