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The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011



The Northern Territory news Tue 3 May 2011

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www.ntnews.com.au Tuesday, May 3, 2011. NT NEWS. 7 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:3-MGE:7 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K m g 4 2 0 3 0 2 ntnews.com.aul l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l l DEATH OF A TERRORIST of global holy war The World Trade Centre buildings billow smoke after hijacked airliners crashed into them Afghanistan became the first focus of bin Ladens newfound idealism. Inspired by the initial Muslim resistance to the Russian occupation, bin Laden started raising funds and recruiting fighters from across the Islamic world. In 1984 he moved to the Pakistani city of Peshawar, a staging point for mainly Arab militants who funded by the United States and Saudi Arabia, his future foes waged holy war against the Soviets. Stories abounded of the softspoken gentleman who visited the militant camps, spreading his largesse and encouraging weary fighters to continue the battle. One day in Afghanistan is like one thousand days in an ordinary mosque, bin Laden said. The eventual defeat and departure of the Soviet army was seen as a glorious victory, and persuaded bin Laden not to disband the network of financiers and recruits ready to fight for Islam. Instead, he soon found another cause to rally round back in Saudi Arabia, where the kingdoms rulers had allowed in US troops after Saddam Husseins 1990 invasion of Kuwait. The presence of infidel forces in the kingdom home to Mecca and Medina, the holiest sites in Islam galvanised his anger. His criticism of the monarchy was so bitter that he was expelled and his citizenship revoked. Bin Laden then took his four wives and 10 children to Islamistgoverned Sudan, where a regime that was fighting against Christian and animist rebels was more than happy to welcome him. In five years there he consolidated the operations of his group dubbed al-Qaida, or The Base and joined forces with Ayman alZawahiri, a sinister Egyptian militant who became his deputy and later the public face of the organisation. Bin Laden left Sudan in 1996, around the same time that Western intelligence agencies began to link al-Qaida to attacks on US forces in Saudi Arabia and the failed Somalia operation recalled in the film Black Hawk Down. His next stop was Afghanistan, where he found another group of supporters in the Taliban. Bin Laden provided cash and fighters as the Taliban imposed their strict version of Islam on the country. In exchange, they let him run the training camps that would turn militant Islam into a global force to be reckoned with. According to the official US September 11 inquiry, the CIA estimated that as many as 20,000 militants trained in the camps before September 11. In a 1997 interview with CNN, one of the few times he met West ern reporters, bin Laden clearly stated his goals for all the world to hear. During his years on the run, bin Laden would have seen how his beliefs had caught fire with young and often angry idealists around the globe. Jihad will continue, he said not long after September 11. Even if I am not around. Bloodied face shown on TV ISLAMABAD: Pakistani television stations have broadcast what they describe as unconfirmed images of Osama bin Ladens bloodied face after the US said he had been killed. The picture of Osama bin Ladens dead body has been released. It is unverified, said the commentator on Pakistans largest TV network, Geo. Other channels also showed a face, which sported a bushy and black beard without any visible traces of the white or grey detected in the most recent footage of bin Laden when he was alive. There were extensive blood stains on the forehead and left temple. The right eye was shut but the whites of the left eye were visible. The hair was mangled and the mouth was slightly open with teeth showing. News broke on Twitter first SYDNEY: In years to come the question will be asked: Where were you when you heard the news Osama bin Laden was dead? For many, the answer will be on Twitter. President Barack Obama simultaneously addressed his nation and the world through live TV, internet streaming and social media. From the beginning of President Obamas speech to the end, Twitter recorded more than 4000 tweets a second, the social media company reported. The news also broke on Twitter. Keith Urbahn, chief of staff to former US secretary of defence Donald Rumsfeld, did the deed an hour before Mr Obama addressed the nation. He tweeted: So Im told by a reputable person they have killed Osama bin Laden. Hot damn. Terrorist sent to rest under sea WASHINGTON: The worlds most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden, who US troops killed in Pakistan yesterday, has been buried at sea. After al-Qaida leader Osama bin Ladens body was formally identified, senior US administration officials said the body would be handled according to Islamic practice and tradition. That practice calls for the body to be buried within 24 hours, the official said. Finding a country willing to accept the terrorists remains would have been difficult, the official said. A White House official has been quoted as saying the US decided to bury bin Laden at sea to ensure his final resting place did not become a shrine and a place of pilgrimage for his followers. The official did not state where that occurred.