War & Peace
Bin Laden’s Last Wishes: No Re-Marriage for Wives, No Al-Qaeda for Children
Osama bin Laden commands his wives not to re-marry and his children not to join al-Qaeda, according to a document thought to be his will. According to the Guardian, the Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Anbaa reported that the will, marked “private and confidential” and dated December 2001, is four pages long and was written on a computer. It predicts that the al-Qaeda chief would meet his end as a result of the “treachery” of his associates.
The will orders his children not to go “to the front” or to join al-Qaeda. He also asks them to forgive him for not spending enough time with them. “I have chosen a path fraught with dangers and endured hardships, disappointment and betrayal. If it wasn’t for betrayal, things would be different today. As for you, my sons, forgive me if I failed to devote more time to you since I answered the call to Jihad.”
Bin Laden claims that the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon were the culmination of a series of attacks that began with the 1983 suicide bombing of the US Marine Corps barracks in Lebanon and continued with the killing of 19 US Marines in Somalia ten years later and the bombings of the American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.
The will ends with bin Laden’s advice to his disciples to suspend “the fight against the Jews and Crusaders and start to purge your ranks of agents and defeatists.”
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