Death of Osama bin Laden: Effect on Al-Qaeda
Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
Death of Osama bin Laden: Effect on Al-Qaeda
It is difficult to ascertain the existing information in relation to Osama bin Laden’s childhood since most sources of information about him are unreliable. Osama, as commonly referred, was born on 10th March, 1957 in Saudi Arabia’s capital, Riyadh (Amidon, 2011). Before forming Al-Qaeda in 1988, bin Laden was a member of mujahedeen forces in Pakistan where he helped mujahedeen funding them with money, arms and fighters to fight against the Soviets in Afghanistan. As a leader of Al-Qaeda, Osama was motivated by a conviction that United State’s foreign policy oppressed, exploited, harmed or otherwise killed Muslims in the Middle East. To accomplish his own objectives, bin Laden raged war against the Americans through initiating series of bombings and suicidal attacks the American citizens (Bowden, 2012). This lead the United States to declare war against Al-Qaeda and other global Islamist militia. May 1, 2011, the world witness the death of Osama bin Laden, after the SEAL Team Six ambushed Osama’s residence in Abbottbad killing him on the Spot (Inkster, 2012). This paper provides three detailed explanations on effects of bin Laden’s death on Al-Qaeda activities. Firstly, experts expects Al-Qaeda to continue coordinating its global network, though it will have to develop new ways of communicating and moving arms and fighters around the world, to evade increasingly watchful governments. United States and other governments have raged War on Terror against Al-Qaeda and any other militia. Al-Qaeda’s hide outs and training grounds in Afghanistan have been attacked, bombed and destroyed. However, al-Qaeda remains intact in several parts of the world despite their members being captured and killed. Osama’s death inspired his members since his appeals to devout Muslims by quoting speeches from Quran and alleges that God guided his actions. He united Muslims and bridge their both believes and geographical difference. This has lead to emergence of several uncompromising and fearless Islamist militia, for instance, Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram groups. Secondly, bin Laden’s death has raised several questions concerning the future of terrorism. Al-Qaeda remains alive even after his death. Osama’s business skills were extremely useful in different situations (Bergen, 2011). For instance, he organized training camps were militia recruits trained and gathered first-hand experience of strategic warfare. According to Landau (2011), Osama understood that his underground Islamic fighters would not last without an extensive support network. Thus, to guarantee the movement survival, he selectively recruited physicians, bomb experts, and military strategist throughout the Arab world to help the fighters (Landau, 2011). Instead of rejoicing Osama’s death, we should be asking ourselves, where are these physicians, experts and strategies? Al-Qaeda confirmed Osama’s death and stated, “Sheik Osama did not build an organization that would die with him, nor would it end with him (Aghai, 2011, p. 136).” His influence will last for years, his motivation to jihadist calls for revenge. Thirdly, Bin Laden’s death did not increase support for Al-Qaeda. As a matter of fact, the group remains detested as ever in different parts of Middle East. According to Fox (2012), Al-Qaeda receives most support in Egypt, where al-Zawahiri remains at large (Fox, 2012). In Pakistan, where the SEAL Team Six killed Osama, 13% of Muslims positively supports Al-Qaeda views while 55% holds unfavourable view and 30% have no opinion at all. Bin Laden’s death signifies sharp drop in support for the different terrorist groups. According to Aghai, jihadist will look for revenge and not quietly mourn the death of bin Laden. Although his death caused varied reactions from Middle East to Africa,...
...Death of OsamabinLadenOsamabinLaden, the former head of the Islamist militant group al-Qaeda, was killed in Pakistan on May 2, 2011, shortly after 1 am local time by Navy SEALs of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group (also known as DEVGRU or SEAL Team Six). The operation, code-named Operation Neptune Spear, was carried out in a Central Intelligence Agency-led operation. In addition to DEVGRU, participating units included the U.S. Army Special Operations Command's 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and CIA operatives.The raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, was launched from Afghanistan. After the raid, U.S. forces took bin Laden's body to Afghanistan for identification, then buried it at sea within 24 hours of his death.
Al-Qaeda confirmed the death on May 6 with posts made on militant websites, vowing to avenge the killing. Other Pakistani militant groups, including the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan, also vowed retaliation against the U.S. and against Pakistan for not preventing the operation. Bin Laden's killing was generally favorably received by U.S. public opinion; was welcomed by the United Nations, NATO, the European Union, and a large number of governments; but was condemned by some, including Fidel Castro of...
...OsamaBinLadenOsamabin Mohammed bin Awad binLaden lived from 1957 until his death in 2011. He was the founder of Al Qaeda, the jihadist organization responsible for the attacks on the United States and numerous other mass casualty attacks against civilian and military targets. For many years he was public enemy number one, and the most wanted man in the world. He was a member of the wealthy Saudi binLaden family, and an ethnic Yemeni Kindite. He was a very tall man who stood about 6’ 6”, and weighed approximately 160 pounds. He had an olive colored skin complexion, with brown hair and brown eyes, and for the most part always grew a long untrimmed beard.
Osamabin Mohammed bin Awad binLaden also known as OsamabinLaden, and Usama binLaden was born March 10, 1957 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to his father Mohammed bin Awad binLaden, and his father’s tenth wife Syrian born Alia Ghanem. Osama was born into a very wealthy family, and was his father’s seventh of 50 children. His father was a billionaire construction businessman with close ties to the Saudi royal family. Osama was the only child born from...
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On September 11, 2001 a horrific event took place that left a scar on the United States. Nineteen militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four...
...know the mastermind of OsamaBinLaden was behind plenty of terror attacks to what we all call home, and the destruction from 9/11. In which the tragedy was unexpected, as all are, plenty of innocent lives were taken and devastation was placed in hearts. Yet, to this day, many questions still float around in the minds of Americans and the media as well. Everyone wants to know the reasoning behind such a cowardly act and why were situations extended beyond meanings.
OsamaBinLaden was born in Saudi Arabia into the BinLaden family to his father Mohammed Bin Awad BinLaden, who is also a billionaire. Osama was the founder of Al-Qaeda, the Islamist organization that claimed responsibility for the 9/11 attacks on the US. Also, they claimed responsibility for the numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets.
The motives behind the attacks have nothing to do with the order to force us to convert to Islam or that they don’t like freedom or that they are envious. Osama stated repeatedly that all the attacks would continue until specific foreign policies (American policy in the Middle East and it’s support of Israel) are stopped. Rumors were spread that all the attacks began because of our religious beliefs. False information only threw citizens into panic. The...
...variations of bin Laden's name
Because there is no universally accepted standard in the West for transliterating Arabic words and names into English, bin Laden's name is transliterated in many ways. The version often used by most English-language mass media is OsamabinLaden. Most American government agencies, including the FBI and CIA, use either "Usama binLaden" or "Usamabin Ladin", both of which are often abbreviated to UBL. Less common renderings include "Ussamah Bin Ladin" and "Oussama Ben Laden" (French-language mass media). The latter part of the name can also be found as "Binladen" or "Binladin".
Strictly speaking, Arabic linguistic conventions dictate that he be referred to as "Osama" or "OsamabinLaden", not "binLaden," as "BinLaden" is not used as a surname in the Western manner, but simply as part of his name, which in its entirety means "Osama, son of Mohammed, son of 'Awad, son of Laden". However, the binLaden family (or "Binladin", as they prefer to be known) do generally use the name as a surname in the Western style. Consequently "binLaden" has become nearly universal in Western references to him, Arabic convention...
According to Scheuer Michael (1), OsamaBin-Muhammad bin-Awad binLaden was born in the al-Maz district of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on March 10, 1957. Bin-Laden father was Muhammad bin-Awad binLaden, was born into Yemen’s Kenda tribe around 1908, and his mother Allia Ghanem, she was from a largely secular middle-class Syrian family of Yemeni origin. Osama’s has fifty-two siblings: twenty-eight brothers and twenty-four sisters from his father and four sibling: three brothers and one sister from his mother. The siblings of Osama from his father are:
From mid 1940s to 1950:
Sons: Salem, Ali, Thabit, Mahrous, Hassan, Omar, Bakr, Khaled, Yeslam, Ghalib, Yahya, Abdulaziz, Issa, Tareq.
Daughters: Aysha, Fatima, Sheika, Su’add, Tayyeba, Wafa, Nour.
From 1951 to 1959:
Sons: Ahmad, Ibrahim, Shafiqi, Osama, Khalil, Saleh, Haider.
Daughters: Salma, Zeenat, Ruqqueiya, Randa, Zubaida, Najiah, Samiah, Muna, Saleha, Mariam, Fowaziyah, Raja, Huda, Seema.
From 1959 to 1967
Sons: Saad, Abdullah, Yasir, Mohammad.
Daughters: Raedah, Eman, Aetedal, Sahar, Iiham, Sana’a, Malak, Muneera.
From Osama mother:
Son: Ahad Mohammad, the rest are unknown and Daughter’s name is Fatima Mohammed al-Attas.
According to Scheuer Michael (1), Osama...
...* President Obama on the Death of OsamaBinLaden
* 1. The speaker of this rhetoric is the current president of the United States of America, Barack Obama. The thing that makes him qualified to speak on this subject is that he is the president and is in charge of the country. He is the person that gave the green light to Seal Team Six to make the move on the compound where BinLaden was believed to be hiding. The only biographical detail that seems significant given the subject of the speech is that it is the president’s responsibility to alert the public on the major events that happen in our country.
* 2. This speech is basically about President Obama ordering Seal Team Six to infiltrate a compound in Pakistan where OsamaBinLaden was hiding; ultimately resulting in his death. Obama tells how he was collecting Intel for 4 months before he finally felt like he had enough evidence to make a move on BinLaden; a man who was believed to be behind thousands of murders in Afghanistan and a leader of the terrorist group Al Qaeda. He has evaded capture for the last ten years and was finally brought to justice. This event is significant to everybody because it symbolized a big blow to terrorism in America since he was believed to be one of the conspirators behind the bombing of the...
...prominent. None of these are synonymous with good.
OsamaBinLaden lives thousands of miles away, purportedly in a cave, and people are talking about him more than Hillary Clinton who is roaming the streets of New York and Washington D.C. quite publicly, trying to get attention. This is a woman who could be the first female president in U.S. history. Without a doubt then OsamaBinLaden has a far-reaching hand, albeit it in a Darth Vader sort of way.
If you consider influential as a way of looking at whether or not a person is having or has had an impact on a group of people, BinLaden is an obvious choice. He may not impact a person directly, but we must consider the trickle down effect. Those in the military have certainly been touched, and by extension so have their immediate and extended families. The towns in which these families live are full of people who are impacted by the fact that these families live there. In 2003, Time Magazine's Person of the Year was the American Soldier. Would that have happened without BinLaden?
OsamaBinLaden is the most influential person for 2006 because absolutely nothing in our lives is the same as it was the day before we heard his name. That describes a person who has had a profound influence. ...