Bin Laden praises Arab revolt from grave

2011-05-19 11:00

Washington - Al-Qaeda has released a message from slain leader Osama bin Laden praising the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia and urging Muslims to take advantage of a "rare historic opportunity" to rise up, US monitors said.

The message posted on jihadist forums on Wednesday by al-Qaeda's media arm As-Sahab addresses Muslims on the revolutions sweeping the Middle East and North Africa, SITE Intelligence said.

Speaking from beyond the grave, Bin Laden recommends setting up a council to offer revolutionary advice and decide the best timing to spread revolt across the Muslim world.

"A delay may cause the opportunity to be lost, and carrying it out before the right time will increase the number of casualties," bin Laden says, according to SITE's translation of the 12-minute, 37-second audio message.

"I think that the winds of change will blow over the entire Muslim world, with permission from Allah."

SITE said an earlier statement by al-Qaeda indicated that bin Laden made an audio recording a week before he was killed by US special forces, addressing the revolutions and offering advice and guidance.


Al-Qaeda, which has long advocated that violence is the only way to overthrow regimes, has been caught offguard by the "Arab Spring" uprisings which have been triggered by popular concerns over inflation, unemployment and calls for political reform rather than jihadist doctrines.

However, Western officials have warned that the group would try to exploit the wave of unrest that has swept across North Africa and the Middle East.

In the message released on Wednesday, bin Laden referred to the revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia, but made no mention of those in Libya, Syria or Yemen.

"There is a serious crossroads before you, and a great and rare historic opportunity to rise with the Ummah (Muslim community) and to free yourselves from servitude to the desires of the rulers, man-made law, and Western dominance," he said in the recording, which was posted as a video with a photograph of the al-Qaeda leader.

"It is a great sin and immense ignorance to waste this opportunity that was awaited by the Ummah for long decades. So, take advantage of it and destroy the idols, and establish justice and faith."

No negotiation or compromise

Bin Laden accused the region's rulers of setting themselves up like idols and using the media and religious institutions to maintain their grip on power.

"So, what are you waiting for? Save yourselves and your children, because the opportunity is here...," he said.

Bin Laden also warned against negotiations and compromise.

"So, to these free revolutionaries in all the countries: Hold fast to your initiative and beware of negotiations, because there is no middle road between the people of truth and the people of falsehood. There is no way," he said.

A covert US Navy Seal team killed bin Laden on May 2 at his Pakistan compound in the garrison town of Abbottabad before burying him at sea.

  • Neo - 2011-05-19 11:23


  • Ixian - 2011-05-19 11:25

    Lets hope the revolution will be an enlightened one and rid the Arab world of these conservative radical Muslim leaders.

      JusticeMan - 2011-05-19 14:01

      Ixian the Arab leaders are not conservative, if they were they would not let those American Invaders into their country. Saddam was not a puppetb of the US so that is why they invaded Iraq, you think they care about the Iraqi's, than why are they not invading Zimbabwe & other countries where there are Groos Human Rights violations!

      slg - 2011-05-19 15:25

      Justice, you're still misreading and misinterpreting what is going on in the Middle East and world.

  • alessandroz067 - 2011-05-19 11:29

    "US monitors said." = That's all!

      Ingwe - 2011-05-19 13:02


      Hannah - 2011-05-19 13:25

      Its okay to consider a theory even if you think it a conspiracy you may just learn something anyway..

  • AgPseDaddy - 2011-05-19 11:33

    The Muslim extremists must really be the most stupid morns in this world to think that bin Laden now speaks to them from the grave! He is dead forgotten and gone to hell forever!!!!

      Irené - 2011-05-19 14:07

      you sir, are the MORON (check the spelling btw). did you read the article- or just jump down to comments to share your delightful intellect with us?? BTW- this was again an AUDIO tape- so there is no verification that it was even OBL- you guys are so gullible, I feel sorry for you

      JusticeMan - 2011-05-19 14:51

      Well done Irene, AgPse you are so gullible. Do Not Believe the Western Media, as when you realise the lies & indoctrination we have been subjected to, you will avoid this Blog, so Get with The Crowd & stand up for Justice before SA becomes the next Target!

      slg - 2011-05-19 15:27

      Irene and Justice, are you lonely out there on the perimeter?

      Ingwe - 2011-05-19 15:33

      Hi Irene that is rich coming from you, picking on someone for their spelling, many of your previous posts have been littered with spelling mistakes. Out of interest did you see the recently released video made by the Pakistan Taliban leader Umar Khalid threatening vengeance for the killing of Bin Laden two weeks ago? I suppose this video is another fake.

      Irené - 2011-05-19 16:32

      SLG- not once have you added anything to the debate, you merely make us out as fringe anarchists, without actually reading our posts. We make valid points and you have not once responded to them. So slg- can you explain to me why OBL opted for AUDIO tapes in the past decade, rather than video? Why go from video to Audio? Where no one can even verify who spoke on the tapes. You're right Ingwe- some of my posts are riddled with spelling errors- writing on an ipad is more of a challenge than a normal keypad. I know this might sound far fetched to someone who believes all the US fairytales, but maybe you should consider that Al'qaeda and the CIA were, and a still are, in on this together. The CIA financed Al'Qaeda for many years, now do you really think that its so far fetched that they might still be playing along? I firmly believe OBL died a decade ago, and was only used by the FBI, CIA and US govt to fuel paranoia and justify sovereign occupation, thus their release of grainy videos that look like a much younger much healthier OSama, or an audio tape which is no proof at all. Can either of you please refer me to one piece of concrete evidence that Osama was killed on 2May. I will be happy to change my opinion if some real evidence comes to light, but till then I am convinced this is just one of the hundreds of lies that the US has peddled to the masses. Please indulge me.

      slg - 2011-05-19 17:15

      You ARE part of a delusional fringe Irene. It's obvious. I understand you can't see it because you're inside the set. The rekative numbers alone confirm your membership of this fringe on the perimeter. The evidence that Bin Laden is dead is all around you, and right in front of view. You're choosing to distort it. Even Bin Laden's wives have confirmed his death. Al-Quaida have avenged his death. Everybody knows he's dead except those chosing to be on the lunatic fringe, like you. It is lunatic because it's unreal, delusional, outside reality. Believe what you want to believe obviously, but right now you're delusional and missing the wonderful but bloody events sweeping through the world, making it new.

      Ingwe - 2011-05-19 17:38

      Irene you really do need to do some real research. The CIA never directly funded Al Qaeda; they funded the Mujahedeen who were fighting the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. Al Qaeda was born out of a certain section of the Mujahedeen, it was not the Mujahedeen. In fact Ahmad Shah Massoud ‘The Lion of Panjshir’ one of the Mujahedeen’s leading fighters was favoured by the US and he was fervently opposed to Al Qaeda and the Taliban. It was no coincidence that he was assassinated by two Al Qaeda suicide bombers two days before 9/11. You also seem to muddle Al Qaeda and the Taliban up, they are two separate organisations and while they do help each other they have separate goals and ideas. It seems now that Al Qaeda, The Taliban, and nearly all of the world’s intelligence agencies and most importantly the Pakistan ISI accept that Bin Laden was killed during the raid. The only people who seem to think he wasn’t killer are people like you. I could also ask you the question please refer to me to one piece of concrete evidence that supports your theory that he died 10 years ago after all you have had 10 years to get that evidence.

      JusticeMan - 2011-05-19 21:33

      Despite the spelling errors & although many of us have conflicting views I say ONE Thing with Confidence: Every One of You has a Greater command of the English Language Than George W Bush. How this Man Became the President of the USA is unbelievable, to put it mildly. Question what was the Political Motive behind his JOKE of a presidency, watch farrenheit 911. Guys lastly go Google Bushisms & Have a Good Laugh at all his verbal mishaps...hahaha

      slg - 2011-05-20 03:15

      Justice, Fahrenheit911 was created by Michael Moore. No-one should arrive at conclusions after watching it.

      GTFO - 2011-05-20 09:30

      Nazisss!! the lot of you is say!!!!

  • trueblu&real - 2011-05-19 11:51

    Its pretty well known that the Muslim Brotherhood orchestrated the "Arab Spring" uprisings a long time ago. They are very much mixed in amongst the rebels.

      trueblu&real - 2011-05-19 12:04

      ...and so they manage to get the West to do the dirty work for now going after Gadaffi, as evil as what he may be life under Al-Quaeda will be far worse...

      slg - 2011-05-19 15:28

      It is not well known. I do agree they are present though. But that is what democracy is about. Everyone has a voice.

  • Lew - 2011-05-19 11:56

    Rot in Hell you son of a bitch.The next prick will go the same way.

      Sharief - 2011-05-19 12:32

      your language Sir...maybe u were made in HELL!!!!!

  • Hannah - 2011-05-19 11:59

    So Bin Ladin talking from the grave hey!! these arabs really are delusional!! well to all the people who can hear him ... if youre in a democratic society you can get help with trauma counselling, but if you live in a dictatorship sorry youre on your own with your delusions...

      Sharief - 2011-05-19 12:33


      Sniper69 - 2011-05-19 12:37

      Sharief....check your Caps Lock - it seems to be stuck.

  • The Unknown - 2011-05-19 12:03

    We need another 1000 of him. What a hero?

      Hannah - 2011-05-19 13:19

      youre just a provoker.... silly boy..

  • Hannah - 2011-05-19 13:29

    I truly love the way he says that there is no middle road for muslims and that is something that most westeners are not getting the jist of.. for a believer of islam the highest emotional state of elation is to justify killing or being killed in the name of allah and this is the truth you may read it in the Koran a thousand times please feel free to test this for the truth

  • YNWA - 2011-05-19 13:34

    Long Live the Bin

  • slg - 2011-05-19 15:34

    It's ironical that he supports the Arab Spring. Al-Quaida and the Taliban are going to be the big losers, unless they give up their killing and maiming and join the democratic movement.

  • Wayne - 2011-05-19 15:44

    Now they believe in ghosts..

      YNWA - 2011-05-19 15:53

      Read the article before you type and think up crap again...

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