May 6 - Al Qaeda confirmed Osama bin Laden was dead on Friday and vowed to mount more attacks on the West. Jon Decker reports.
Five days after U.S. President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden in a U.S. raid in Pakistan, al Qaeda confirmed bin Laden's death on Friday in an Internet message that vowed revenge on the U.S. and its allies, including Pakistan. Al Qaeda, which said it will soon release an audio tape made by bin Laden a week before he died, vowed not to deviate from the path of armed struggle and said bin Laden's blood is quote ..."more precious to us and to every Muslim than to be wasted in vain." The al Qaeda statement also urged the United States to treat the bodies of Osama bin Laden and those killed with him in the raid with care, and to return their bodies. Meanwhile, back in Pakistan, supporters of bin Laden across the country gathered after Friday prayers to condemn bin Laden's killing and protest the U.S. military operation which killed the al Qaeda leader. In the central Pakistani city of Multan, protesters carried posters of bin Laden and held a banner saying "Assassination of one Osama will produce more Osama's in the future". They then set fire to an American flag. In Lahore hundreds took the street. Most were members of Pakistan's main Islamist party. Anti-American sentiment runs high in Pakistan, despite receiving billions of dollars in U.S. aid. Jon Decker, Reuters.