Osama Bin Laden 'Alive & Well'

Deputy touts his health on internet
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 3, 2008 4:25 AM CDT
Al-Qaeda's deputy leader, Ayman al-Zawahri. He conducted an Internet question and answer session with Islamic extremist supporters.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Seven years after 9/11, Osama bin Laden is alive and well, according to his deputy. "Sheik Osama bin Laden is in good health. The ill-intentioned always try to circulate false reports about him being sick," said Ayman al-Zawahiri in a 104-minute recording posted on the internet. The comments were in response to questions from the public solicited by web sites linked to al-Qaeda.

The al-Qaeda second-in-command also raged against the US, Israel and Saudi Arabia, and claimed imminent victory in Iraq. "The myth of a unipolar world is over," he declared. The 9/11 "strikes on New York and Washington are identifying marks of this collapse—but empires do not collapse in a minute and it could take decades."