"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."Osama bin Laden was killed, but that didn't kill the ideology or the terror group he helped spawn. We're going to have to remain vigilant to prevent further attacks, whether they're decreed to be in revenge for bin Laden's death or for any number of purported grievances that these terrorists use as excuses for their brutality and mass carnage.
Some forums members urged others not to believe news of the death until it was confirmed online by militant news sources.
"The source of news that we trust is that which comes from the mujahideen (holy warrior)," a message on Ansar forum said. "Be patient and don't spread rumors...we've asked this repeatedly, so please do not write anything on the subject."
Hours later, several of the threads discussing bin Laden's death had been shutdown.
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!"
MESSAGE OF JIHAD
Bin Laden's killing, in a compound outside the Pakistani city of Islamabad, dealt a symbolic blow to the global militant network, although Islamist forum posters said the strike would not change their commitment to fighting Western powers.
"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.
Monday, May 02, 2011
Like Clockwork, Jihadis Vow Vengeance
Like clockwork, Islamic jihadists are vowing vengeance for the death of Osama bin Laden. Some were wishing the news to not be true, but others were realizing that their spiritual leader was killed by the US - and vowed revenge: