Bin Laden's 'Will' Apologizes to Kids, Tells Them Not to Join al-Qaida

Tuesday, 03 May 2011 03:51 PM

By Martin Gould

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Osama bin Laden apologized to his children for spending so much time devoted to jihad, according to a document purported to be his last will and testament. And he told them not to join Al-Qaida, according to the will.

"As for you my children: Forgive me for not giving you except but a minimum amount of my time since I have begun my call for jihad," bin Laden allegedly wrote in the will. "And I advise you not to join in the work of Al-Qaida," ABC News reports.

Osama bin Laden, will, al-QaidaThe “will” also tells bin Laden’s wives not to remarry after his death, saying, “It is sufficient for you to care for our children and sacrifice for them and make prayers for them.”

The document has been around for years — it was first published in a Lebanese newspaper in 2001, shortly after the 9/11 attacks — and has even been cited in a U.S. Senate report, but doubts remain about its authenticity.


But Rohan Gunaratna, author of "Inside Al Qaeda" and head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, told ABC he is convinced it is real because of the advice to his sons. "Despite being puritanical, bin Laden had a rather modern management style," Gunaratna said. "He didn't want them to inherit what he built simply because they were his sons. He wanted them to work from the bottom up."


One son, Omar bin Laden, told Britain’s Guardian newspaper in 2009: “"He never asked me to join al-Qaida, but he did tell me I was the son chosen to carry on his work." He also said his father had suggested that his sons should volunteer to be suicide bombers.


Another son, Saad, was killed in a drone attack in 2009 and was said to be a close confidant of his father.





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