June 24, 2019

Posthumous Osama Bin Laden tape released by al-Qaeda

Unless Osama has done a Nostradamus and predicted stuff to be released later, this is most likely the last recording we will get from Bin Laden.

A 12 minute audio recording made by Osama Bin Laden shortly before he died has been released by al-Qaeda.

In the message, he praises the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt and speaks of a “rare historic opportunity” for Muslims to rise up. “I think that the winds of change will blow over the entire Muslim world, with permission from Allah,” he says.

The recording has been posted on Islamic websites sympathetic to al-Qaeda.

Meanwhile in other al-Qaeda news, speculation is increasing that a Saif al-Adel, a former Egyptian army colonel has been appointed as the temporary leader to replace Osama Bin Laden.

For those of you just returned from a Mars space mission or a particularly absorbing online gaming stint, Osama Bin Laden was assassinated by a US Navy SEAL team at a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on 2nd May.

Adel was once Bin Laden’s security chief, and is suspected of involvement in the 1998 US embassy bombings in East Africa, training the Somali fighters who killed 18 US servicemen in Mogadishu in 1993, and instructing some of the 11 September 2001 hijackers.

He fled to Iran from Afghanistan after the US-led invasion in 2001, and was reportedly held under house arrest near Tehran. Reports at the end of last year said he may have been released and made his way to northern Pakistan.

There is some confusion though, because it is widely expected that Osama Bin Laden’s long-time deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri, also Egyptian, would end up with the top job.

Either way there will probably be a bit of a dust-up over the appointment, because most of the power in al-Qaeda lies with the Saudi Arabian and Yemen chaps who fill its ranks.

Having an Egyptian in charge might not be their idea of a sensational management recruitment decision.