“We will take our revenge on behalf of the Islamic Ummah for the death of the Sheikh of Islam … Whoever wishes this to be the end of jihad or a means to weaken the organization, I say to him: Wait a little!”
“Islamists vow bin Laden death will not mute Jihad call,” by Erika Solomon for Reuters, May 2:
DUBAI (Reuters) – Members of militant Islamist forums vowed on Monday to avenge the U.S. killing of Osama bin Laden, while others prayed the news was not true.
President Barack Obama announced U.S. forces had killed bin Laden in a raid on his hideout in Pakistan after a nearly 10-year hunt for the mastermind of the September 11 attacks.
“Oh God, please make this news not true… God curse you Obama,” said one message on an Arabic language forum. “Oh Americans… it is still legal for us to cut your necks.”…
“When you meet the unbelievers in battle, strike at their necks…” — Qur’an 47:4
But ‘Asad al-Jihad 2’, labeled a “prominent member of the jihadist internet community” by the monitoring group SITE, acknowledged the leader’s death and vowed revenge.
“The whole world hangs on the death of one man, and if all his enemies were killed their effect would not be the same as his,” SITE quoted him as saying on the Shumukh al-Islam forum.
“We will take our revenge on behalf of the Islamic Ummah for the death of the Sheikh of Islam … Whoever wishes this to be the end of jihad or a means to weaken the organization, I say to him: Wait a little!”…
“Osama may be killed but his message of Jihad will never die. Brothers and sisters, wait and see, his death will be a blessing in disguise,” said a poster on another Islamist forum….
A poster on the Arabic-language Ansar forum said: “God’s revenge on you, you Roman dog, God’s revenge on you crusaders… this is a tragedy brothers, a tragedy.”…
Militants also commonly use the forums to pass tips for making explosives, discuss methods of attacks or voice their opinions on world events.
Many ridiculed the celebrations in the United States, where crowds cheered and waved flags outside the White House and at New York’s “Ground Zero,” site of the World Trade Center twin towers felled by hijacked airliners on September 11, 2001.
“Please let them celebrate, they are celebrating their own end,” said Abu Aziza on the Islamic Awakening forum. “Oh Allah, destroy this nation for their hatred and enmity toward your deen (religion).”