If Osama Bin Laden is alive, he has deserted his cause or he has been captured.
At the Jamestown Foundation Global Terrorism Analysis site they document the desperate discussion going on in the Jihadi forums, with different groups floating different excuses and speculation on why he’s not been seen or heard from the past year and a half.
I’ve documented the dissolution, schisms,Â and infighting of the various Al Qaeda and Al Qaeda-aligned (AQAM) groups in several articles here the past six months. They range from the schisms in the Pakistan and Afghanistan Taliban groups, the war against the Arabs and Uzbeks earlier this year in Pakistan, the splits among the various groups in Iraq with every group trying to establish their own separate power-base.
They continue with the assassinations between groups, (most recently Hekmatyar’s friends and allies), the flagging recruiting, the disparate messages, new Jihads called against Islamic countries, the confusion of tactics (e.g. avoiding killing of civilians and purposefully targeting civilians, the modes fluctuate every two weeks,) and on, and on. It should be obvious to everyone that the central leadership and strategic direction is gone.
You can review the history with this search on Dadullah here, or this search on Al Qaeda here.
In several recent Jihad video productions you see folks saying they’ve talked to him, or like Baby Dadullah have received letters from him, but honestly a letter’s easy to fake. You’ve seen three separate AQAM pop up in recent weeks all stating they are leading, but in reality they are separate gangs now, vying for power even with one another. Rumors have it that some are turning other leader’s followers in to increase their own personal power within the false Jihad. So the jihadis are really following a ghost, a Daijal, and the ones who really know the truth aren’t saying anything for fear that they would lose power.
No true leader of Bin Laden’s purported caliber would allow this to go on if they still cared, or were able to communicate to prevent it. So he’s either dead, captured, or deserted — pick one.
One last note to any of the good guys who might be reading this: AQAM recruiting is flagging, but if there is going to be a push look for it over the next month. School’s out and they will gather what they can, through force, finding the mentally defective, or through bribery. Those recruits will be showing up in Afghanistan any time now.
2 thoughts on “Bin Laden Dead or Alive”
Well, I can’t imagine he’s been captured without the World knowing about it…so I’m guessing he is either dead or seriously ailing – and i think it’s disease/affliction that will take him down, not a mortar or round.
If I recall correctly, one of the last video messages from 2nd in command, al-Zawahiri, he went on a mild rampage “spanking” Arabs and Muslims from several lands – i think he even lashed out at the Palestinians. That, to me, was a sure sign of lack of bin Laden. It showed a bit of desperation.
If I had to make a wild guess here as to Bin Laden’s whereabouts….he is gravely ill and is currently being treated in Iran. How’s that for over the edge? : )
It would be where I would put him as well. I would say he’s in Iran, Sudan, and sometimes I wonder about Dubai, since whenever I do a Bin Laden story, I get hits from there. Zawahiri and company are near state-of-art production facilities judging from recent videos and jihadi output.
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