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Bin Laden death 'won't change' Afghanistan

2011-05-02 11:08

Kabul - A former Taliban envoy said on Monday the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden would not affect the war in Afghanistan, as it is an "Afghan-led" struggle.

US President Barack Obama said on Monday that bin Laden was killed in a fire fight in northern Pakistan and the US forces took custody of his body.

"It won't affect the war in Afghanistan; this is an Afghan-led war," said Abdul Salam Zaeef, former Taliban ambassador to Pakistan.

Zaeef, who was arrested in Islamabad by US intelligence agents following the ouster of the Taliban regime and taken to a US prison in Guantanamo, Cuba, said the killing showed that bin Laden was not in Afghanistan and the US presence was an "unjust occupation".

Zaeef was released in 2005 and recently removed from the UN list of terrorists. He said "all Muslims would be upset for sure" about the killing.

Divided

"This is jihad: If someone is alive, he is successful, but when he dies he becomes the real victor," he said. "As a Muslim, I feel that anyone who is martyred by Americans or other non-Muslims is not tolerable."

Afghans were divided over bin Laden's death.

"It is a good news. Maybe we will have peace because of his death and I hope the war will wind down," said Sayed Jabar, a shopkeeper in Kabul.

"As a Muslim I am not happy to hear this," said Abdul Ghafoor, a resident from the eastern province of Nangarhar, where bin Laden was allegedly last seen in Afghanistan.

The Afghan government declined to comment on the killing, but one senior official said that "it should prove to Americans now that the al Qaeda and Taliban leaders are not in Afghanistan and they should take their war inside Pakistan."

Comments
  • A THEIST - 2011-05-02 11:17

    CERTAINLY HOPE THIS IS NOT THE END OF THE AFGHAN WAR ! IT'S A TAX FREE CASH PAYOUT FOR ALOT OF CONTRACTORS WORKING THERE !

  • Spoofed - 2011-05-02 11:22

    And let the Conspiracy Theorists Go nuts...

      ShaunF1984 - 2011-05-02 12:25

      Well we do know the photo is a fake

  • Steelball - 2011-05-02 11:29

    Well done America, the victory of all victorys. Does this chapter going to close, or will we experience the start of a new chapter, based on revenge?

  • Louis - 2011-05-02 11:35

    "This is jihad: If someone is alive, he is successful, but when he dies he becomes the real victor," he said. "As a Muslim, I feel that anyone who is martyred by Americans or other non-Muslims is not tolerable." so you want to martyr them yourself rather?? go right ahead- make my day! (Asterix would have added...these guys are crazy

      cedb00 - 2011-05-02 11:40

      "This is jihad: If someone is alive, he is successful, but when he dies he becomes the real victor," I agree. Please come forward so we can make ALL of you extremists victors!!

      cedb00 - 2011-05-02 11:40

      "This is jihad: If someone is alive, he is successful, but when he dies he becomes the real victor," I agree. Please come forward so we can make ALL of you extremists victors!!

      Dan - 2011-05-02 12:57

      The problem is they are crazy. That is the scary part. Wait for their next attack on the US. One thing is sure, they will be motivated more than even. I am just glad I have no desire to ever visit America or fly on an American plane. The people in America should be scared shitless if they know what is good for them.

      Dan - 2011-05-02 12:57

      The problem is they are crazy. That is the scary part. Wait for their next attack on the US. One thing is sure, they will be motivated more than even. I am just glad I have no desire to ever visit America or fly on an American plane. The people in America should be scared shitless if they know what is good for them.

  • Johan Groene - 2011-05-02 11:55

    More than 10 years for the mighty American Intelligence to locate Bin Laden!! Pathetic...

      Larissa - 2011-05-02 16:18

      The problem is that the Afghan territory is not like SA, they have a lot's of long caves under the ground and inside the mountains. Besides the guy was permanently moving over the Muslims borders there and back... The weather there, is also a problem, they have a lot's of sandstorms and American helicopters just did not take it well...The maximum temperature of 49 degree Celsius in the month of July...Believe you me, it was not easy for A Sissy American Boy's to catch the guy! They should of hired Afrikaans guys to do the job... LoL...

      Larissa - 2011-05-02 16:18

      The problem is that the Afghan territory is not like SA, they have a lot's of long caves under the ground and inside the mountains. Besides the guy was permanently moving over the Muslims borders there and back... The weather there, is also a problem, they have a lot's of sandstorms and American helicopters just did not take it well...The maximum temperature of 49 degree Celsius in the month of July...Believe you me, it was not easy for A Sissy American Boy's to catch the guy! They should of hired Afrikaans guys to do the job... LoL...

  • vusi22 - 2011-05-02 12:01

    Bin Laden was George Bush kitchen boy

  • IceMan - 2011-05-02 12:03

    lol ... Osama Bi Laden died awhile ago due to sickness and was buried. Propoganda to make the US good..... strange that he was buried at sea soo very quickly ?

  • velastardust - 2011-05-02 12:15

    Hope all reports are true and that the USA did get their man. Osama played hide and seek for 10 years and then got caught in a mansion. LMAO ! I am going to be optimistic and say...Good riddance, scumbag !

  • gizzy - 2011-05-02 12:20

    I wish the Americans would come after our bin laden i.e. julius malema! We could do with him being dumped at sea!

  • ShaunF1984 - 2011-05-02 12:24

    People calm down, there is no proof that he is dead, photo is a fake

      Lennox - 2011-05-02 12:46

      Chuck Norris killed Osama Bin Laden because only Chuck can rock an epic beard like that ~

      Lennox - 2011-05-02 12:46

      Chuck Norris killed Osama Bin Laden because only Chuck can rock an epic beard like that ~

      gizzy - 2011-05-02 13:00

      Ha!ha! And you can prove it can you?

      gizzy - 2011-05-02 13:00

      Ha!ha! And you can prove it can you?

      ShaunF1984 - 2011-05-02 13:21

      http://i.imgur.com/fk1fO.jpg yip, news 24, get real reporters and pass it on to the BBC, CNN etc, the original photo is 2yrs old. I mean Obama, get real people to do your photoshopping please, remember where you saw this first.

      ShaunF1984 - 2011-05-02 13:21

      http://i.imgur.com/fk1fO.jpg yip, news 24, get real reporters and pass it on to the BBC, CNN etc, the original photo is 2yrs old. I mean Obama, get real people to do your photoshopping please, remember where you saw this first.

      Irené - 2011-05-02 15:17

      Shaun- I checked it out and you might just be right. I think it is too convenient that the big bad ol Osama was buried at see.... without any solid evidence being released.

      Irené - 2011-05-02 15:17

      Shaun- I checked it out and you might just be right. I think it is too convenient that the big bad ol Osama was buried at see.... without any solid evidence being released.

  • Lennox - 2011-05-02 12:37

    Strange but true......The Taliban are probably killing more Americans in the US itself than in Afghanistan without pulling a trigger.....by the manufacture and export via the black market of the highly addictive drug heroin, derived from the poppy seed, the proceeds of which keep them in operation.

      gizzy - 2011-05-02 13:01

      Absolutely spot on. Most of the drugs emminate from Muslim countries!

      gizzy - 2011-05-02 13:01

      Absolutely spot on. Most of the drugs emminate from Muslim countries!

      Banned - 2011-05-02 16:59

      So according to your theory if everybody stopped using heroin the Taliban would die off??? The Taliban is founded, trained and funded by the CIA. The use the war as an excuse to maintain a presence in the country to run and control the heroin trade, of which the US is the largest consumer.... As long as there's oil and drugs that side you'll find the yankee's there

  • joe - 2011-05-02 17:07

    Hey gizzy dnt b an idiot all ur life,cnt compare bin ladin together wit malema

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