If you think that the world is safe now that OBL is dead, then you better think again. The fallout over his death is continuing. The latest fallout is a renewed threat from AQ groups in Somalia and Yemen. They are warning of a bloodier jihad to come.
I doubt that the West actually understands the full nature of Islamic Jihad, especially as it has been interpreted by those loyal to OBL. It is necessary to read the history of OBL and his companions, and that includes their links to the Muslim Brotherhood. For example al-Zawahri is not only connected to MB but to the violent wing of MB (probably includes the Salafists). On top of that Zawahir is linked to the assassination of Anwar Sadat. We have to understand the full implications of that history. We also need to understand that OBL had those leanings when he was still a teenager, and that when he went to Afghanistan to fight the Russians, he took those ideas with him, thus converting mujahdeen to his way of thinking. Not all Afghan mujahdeen followed the philosophy of OBL. However, the Taliban is a direct descendant of OBL’s thinking and philosophy. This explains why the Taliban sheltered OBL in Afghanistan prior to the declaration of war on the USA when the twin towers were hit, and the Pentagon was attacked in 2001. That war has not ended by any stretch of the imagination.
The Australian Age reports:
Pakistan Wednesday saw the first possible violent reaction to bin Laden’s May 2 death in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, as drive-by attackers threw grenades at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Karachi.
The leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Nasir al-Wahishi, said in a statement posted on an Islamist website that the “ember of jihad (holy war) is brighter” following the May 2 killing of bin Laden.
The Yemen-based fugitive warned Americans not to fool themselves that the “matter will be over” with the killing of bin Laden, the Saudi-born architect of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
“Do not think of the battle superficially…. What is coming is greater and worse, and what is awaiting you is more intense and harmful,” Wahishi said, according to a translation by the US-based SITE monitoring group.
Top Shebab Islamists in Somalia, including Muktar Robow, Sheikh Hasan Dahir Aweys and US-born Omar Hamami — better known as Abu Mansoor al-Amriki — said they also planned revenge for bin Laden’s killing “very soon.”
“We are sending a message to (US President Barack) Obama and (Secretary of State) Hillary Clinton that we will avenge the death of our leader Sheikh Osama bin Laden very soon,” Hamami said.
“Osama is dead but the holy war is not dead. Mujahedeen fighters all over the world are fully prepared to revenge the death of our leader.”
The Shebab, who control much of Somalia, pose a serious security threat in the region where Al-Qaeda operatives bombed US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.
The United States has warned of the threat posed by Islamist militancy in Yemen, the homeland of bin Laden’s father, and has warned of the potential for the country to become a new staging ground for Al-Qaeda.
AQAP was born of a January 2009 merger between the Saudi and Yemeni Al-Qaeda branches. It claimed a failed attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound US airliner in December 2009 and was accused in October of sending parcel bombs addressed to US synagogues that were disguised inside computer printers.
Four days after bin Laden was killed in the US raid on his sprawling compound about two hours’ drive from the Pakistani capital Islamabad, a US drone attack targeted US-Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaqi in southern Yemen.
The imam, who Washington says has strong links to Al-Qaeda, survived the attack but two AQAP members were killed.
In Karachi, two men on a motorcycle threw two grenades at the heavily fortified Saudi consulate and escaped despite coming under fire from security guards, officials said.
“We are seeing this incident in the present context,” provincial government official Sharfuddin Memon told AFP. “It could be a reaction of the Osama incident.”
“We fear that desperate elements are planning to launch a big attack. We are taking precautionary measures in this regard,” he warned.