News is breaking that Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda has been killed. The United States is believed to be in possession of his body.
Jihadist forums linked to al-Qaeda which are monitored by ICSR have begun eulogising bin Laden, giving a strong indication that the jihad movement confirms the events.
More to follow on this as events develop.
President Obama has confirmed that United States military personnel operating within Pakistan have killed Osama bin Laden. Here’s what we know:
- Bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad which is located in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province (recently renamed Khyber Pakhtunkhwa).
- He was in a compound that was built in 2005.
- The compound was heavily fortified with 12-18ft walls.
- There was no telephone or internet connection linked to the property.
- Abbottabad is located about 30 miles north of Islamabad.
- Jihadist forums monitored by ICSR are eulogising Osama bin Laden.
ICSR will be producing an insight on this shortly focusing on:
- Likely successors to Osama bin Laden;
- Reactions from the jihadist community;
- Fallout and consequences.