Friday, April 29, 2005

Rumors About Bin Laden's Death

Via Israeli website Debka:

An announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death appears Friday in one of his close aides’ most credible Web sites. It has sparked a storm of controversy in al Qaeda circles, some of whom claim notice is false.

Signed by the Pen of Jihad Warriors, the site provides no information on circumstances of death, only asks: Where are those who break out of borders? Where are the lamenters? Where are those who throw themselves from the tops of towers and skyscrapers? Where are the heart-rending cries?

Egyptian bin Laden adherent, Yasser Sari, calls notice a lie and promises new videotape soon in which leader announces end of al Qaeda truce in Europe. Other followers credit the announcement as “authentic and Islamic.”

Via Stratfor (subscription recommended):

A statement posted April 28 on a jihadist Web site said there are reports that Osama bin Laden has died. However, the message went on to say that he is still alive but could die soon and that Muslims should prepare for his death. Furthermore, the al Qaeda chief is expected to appear soon in a new videotape to be aired by an Arabic news channel. Bin Laden is likely hiding out in Pakistan's northwestern tribal belt, which has seen a great deal of movement by Pakistani and U.S. troops in recent weeks. Fearing that he could be captured soon, bin Laden probably will give his right-hand man, Ayman al-Zawahiri, even more air time than he has received so far.

2 comments:

MAJ C said...

I would be VERY, VERY skeptical of anything Debka puts out. If I don't see it in three other sources, I discount there info.

Furthermore, STRATFOR has become less and less reliable as an analysis center. I have seen a lot better and more accurate and correct predictions from free sites out there such as Wretchard of Belmont Spot.
Caveat emptor.

Primary Red said...

Chris:

We'll check out Belmont Spot, per your recommendation.

Cheers.

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