Taliban: Osama's Death Inspires Us to Keep Fighting

New video shows purported frontline fighters
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2011 10:55 AM CDT
This undated photo reportedly shows the Taliban supreme leader Mullah Omar.   (AP Photo/File)

(Newser) – Al-Qaeda isn't the only organization making threats in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death: In a new video, unidentified fighters who identify themselves as frontline Taliban militants promise to continue fighting until all foreign forces have left Afghanistan. "Even if the news of Osama bin Laden's martyrdom is true, it will not change our jihad policy ... if it is true that he is dead, it will give us more motivation to continue our jihad," one fighter says.

Reuters notes that it is impossible to verify the video's authenticity. Obtained in southern Afghanistan, it shows about half-a-dozen heavily armed fighters with faces covered who say they will keep fighting until all foreign troops leave. "The martyrdom of Osama bin Laden is not going to affect our strategy and it will not stop us from our goal," another fighter says. "We will continue with our jihad and sacrifice against infidels until the judgment day and we will avenge our martyrs." Click for al-Qaeda's threat.

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