May 2, 2011
Special Dispatch No.3798
Reactions to News of OBL's Death on Jihadi Websites Voice Disbelief, Call for Revenge; OBL Commemorated on Facebook
The complimentary full text of this report is made available from the JTTM.
As of this writing, no official message from jihadi media organs has appeared on jihadi websites in reaction to U.S. President Barack Obama's announcement that U.S. forces had killed Osama Bin Laden.
The administrators of the Shumoukh Al-Islam forum erased two messages posted by members who discussed the issue, and issued a statement warning members not to talk about the matter and not to believe any media reports, but to rely only on official statements from the mujahideen: "Have faith in Allah, be patient and do not report the rumors that are being spread! We have clarified this matter many times. By God, none of you is to write about this matter until we receive confirmed reports from those concerned."
Many forum members responded to this message by expressing denial of the reports in the Western media and by praying for Bin Laden's wellbeing.
A prominent writer on Shumoukh, Hussein Bin Mahmoud, posted a message titled "Osama is Alive." Many members took heart in a news item on Russia Today TV, according to which the Pakistani Taliban denied Bin Laden's death, saying that he was in a safe place.
Some online jihadists went as far as denying the authenticity of the photos that appeared in the media showing Bin Laden's body. A member of the Al-Tahadi forum, Abu Badr Al-Harbi, posted the following image, in an attempt to prove that the photo is fake:
CONTINUED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE DEAD OSAMA