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Germany on high alert after bin Laden death

The Local · 2 May 2011, 12:08

Published: 02 May 2011 08:05 GMT+02:00
Updated: 02 May 2011 12:08 GMT+02:00

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The US State Department warned of the "enhanced potential for anti-American violence," following bin Laden's death and placed its embassies and military installations around the world on high alert.

Germany has more than 20 American bases spread across the south of the country.

Bin Laden was killed in an operation led by US Navy SEALs early Sunday in Pakistan. Announced by Obama late Sunday evening, his demise follows the arrest of three alleged al-Qaida members late last week in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Prosecutors say they were experimenting with building a shrapnel bomb designed to hurt as many people as possible in an attack.

Chancellor Angela Merkel hailed the death of the al-Qaida leader and mastermind of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington as “a decisive blow” against terrorism.

“On his direct orders and in his name, terrorism was carried out in many countries, directed against men, women and children, Christians and Muslims,” she said in a statement.

Merkel had conveyed her relief to President Obama, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

The killing bin Laden was a "victory for the forces of peace," but his death did not mean extremism has been defeated, Merkel said.

"Last night the forces of peace achieved a victory. But this does not mean that international terrorism has been defeated yet. We must all remain vigilant."

Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said: "Osama bin Laden was one of the world's most brutal terrorists. He has the lives of thousands of innocent people on his conscience. It is good news for all the people of the world who love peace and think freely that the bloody work of this terrorist has been stopped."

Bavaria’s Interior Minister, Joachim Herrmann, said the security of US facilities would be reviewed in the southern state.

“The danger of acts of revenge by Islamist attackers is growing,” he said.

The protection of American facilities in Bavaria would therefore be strengthened, in consultation with the US.

Federal Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said the threat of terrorist attacks in Germany persisted despite bin Laden’s death. It was premature to think “that terrorism therefore has ended,” he said, ahead of a trip to Washington.

“Peace requires that we remain vigilant,” Friedrich said.

He stressed there was no evidence of “an elevated danger” for American facilities in Germany. That said, it was self-evident that security measures would be raised.

The GdP police union called for the “highest vigilance” after the announcement. “It cannot be ruled out that the various terror networks want to avenge the death of bin Laden,” GdP chairman Bernhard Witthaut said in Berlin. “For this reason the German security services need every political and legal support to be able to carry out their work for the security of the people.

“The death of bin Laden will not defuse the danger of terrorism for Germany. The background of the latest arrests by the Federal Criminal Police show that.

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“The terror network originally founded by bin Laden has long functioned in a decentralized way. There are groups operation in many countries as the latest bomb attack in Marrakesh and the arrests in Düsseldorf and Bochum indicate.”

German prosecutors said at the weekend that one of the three men arrested in North Rhine-Westphalia – named only as Abdeladim K. – had received the order to plan an attack in Germany from an important member of al-Qaida last year.

The 29-year-old from Morocco is said to have been in regular contact with the al-Qaida man, who is in the Afghan-Pakistan border region.

The other two men arrested were identified as 31-year-old Jamil S., a German-Moroccan, and 19-year-old Amid C., a German-Iranian.

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08:50 May 2, 2011 by danceswithgoats
Good riddance!
08:52 May 2, 2011 by catjones
To all the Obama naysayers; this happened on his watch. Got to hand it to bin Laden though, hiding from the entire world for 10 years.
08:59 May 2, 2011 by jimscott
Let's hope he rots in hell along with all the other scumbag suicide bombers.
10:14 May 2, 2011 by hrt1
Absolutely great !!!!

What next????
10:36 May 2, 2011 by pseu
@catjones - What does Obama have to do with this? How do you even come up with a comment like that? Notice it also took place in Pakistan, that may explain part of why it took so long.

The same people that complain about everything becoming political make political comments about everything.

The U.S. intel and military are the people that did this.
11:06 May 2, 2011 by catjones
@pseu...what an odd, uninformed question.
11:11 May 2, 2011 by FredFinger
Now why in heavens name did the US have to go and do that? Don't they realize that by announcing the death it will encourage revenge attacks from the sizeable islamic community here in europe? Better just to kill him and say nothing,
11:26 May 2, 2011 by Angry Ami
Well well, turns out the Prez can actually get something done right, after all I'll bet GWB is jealous as hell, now if the Prez can get the economy up and running again, his 2nd term is in the bag.
11:48 May 2, 2011 by West_Indian
@ FredFinger Sizable Islamic Community or Very Small Extremist terror minded individuals found in the islamic community. If it is the first, then we are all doomed. I truly hope your "Set Theory" on people seeking revenge is flawed.
11:49 May 2, 2011 by jamesbondking
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12:01 May 2, 2011 by Incredible14U
Oh well, i was really looking forward to watching Osama bin lad din and gw bush on the gerry springer show. After all Dr Evil was on there wasn't he...
12:08 May 2, 2011 by MrBowlocks
How many others, when hearing the Americans got Bin Laden thought 'Yeah. Right!' ? Is it just me being a cynic, or did it really take the most powerful nation on Earth, with 30 squidzillion dollars worth of toys, 10 years to find a bloke in a cave? Of course we'll never know, but we could ask 'FredFinger' (as in 'lock 'em up and throw away the key!) and he could look it up in the Daily Mail :-)
12:10 May 2, 2011 by derExDeutsche
Good Morning Kooks!

Your boy is dead! hahahaha
12:26 May 2, 2011 by pseu
Those of you that wonder how he hid for so long:

The compound is just "a stone's throw" and less than 200 yards from the Pakistan Military Academy, an elite military training centre, which is Pakistan's equivalent to Britain's Sandhurst, one local journalist from Abbottabad told the BBC.

The BBC has a interesting article.
12:46 May 2, 2011 by MrBowlocks
How come there's a town in Pakistan named after Diane Abbott?
13:20 May 2, 2011 by wpfaeffle
None of the Arab leaders is cheering. Now isn't that odd?!
13:35 May 2, 2011 by Wrench
At last, that POS got what he deserved....a bullet in the brain.
14:16 May 2, 2011 by tallady
It was never a question as to if only when.Good news.
14:19 May 2, 2011 by Sastry.M
As the Gita says-" We have choice over actions only but not over results" let us hope that now with one source of inspiration for terrorism has been eliminated in the person of Osama bin Laden the same spirit would continue in seeking all sources with caution and vigilance in redeeming sufferings of innocent humanity.

The fact that the U.S is spending so much money and effort in an exemplary fight against terrorism and spotted the master terrorist right inside the nation which is pretending so far as close ally to her but subverting all U.S efforts goes to show that Truth has to be retrieved by the hardest way from facts colored with media sensations.
14:29 May 2, 2011 by jbaker
Buried at Sea? How about - With No Evidence of a Body - No one can dispute the claims of this Blokes Death. Now WW III can begin and the Economic Engine of the World can Begin Gearing Up. This Guy is a Poster Child for the National Security Agency of the United States of America(CIA) Tactics. Wake Up to How this World is Run.
14:40 May 2, 2011 by Katzerina
Thank the military for this..... they've been following his courier for four years. And no, they couldn't have just "caught" him and said nothing, we have transparency rules which would not have allowed for that. Sorry, I can't see giving Obama credit for this, I'm just glad Osama didn't surrender... second term in the bag? LOL In the end....it's the economy "stupid"... to quote Clinton. Since the government doesn't "make" money, the old adage you've got to spend money to make money doesn't really work. While other countries are rolling back their spending... Obama has managed to increase our debt to over 14 trillion? Is that more the 35% in two years? All that Tarp money was generally wasted.
14:45 May 2, 2011 by wenddiver
Sung to the tune of the 1980's tune "FISH HEADS"

Fish heads, Fish heads,

yummy, yummy Fish heads!




You can throw a terrorist off the carrier flight deck along with the US Navys breakfast bacon, pork sausage, Spam and dehydrated Sausage, and the Fish and Sharks take it all in.

Pork and Terrorist Fish poo, no 72 vigins for you.

Fish heads, Fish heads,

yummy, yummy,

Fish heads ate him up!!!! POO!!!
14:45 May 2, 2011 by catjones
@jbaker...seen Jimmie Hoffa lately?

Photos and DNA confirmation and no place of worship.

@Katzerina...spoken like a true Repub...criticize for failures and no credit for successes.
14:51 May 2, 2011 by Katzerina
I think I'd consider myself a full blooded Libertarian... I tend to criticize both sides equally... particularly on the subject of mindless spending. I suppose to quote Bill Maher "I'd be a republican , if only they were."
15:07 May 2, 2011 by West_Indian
No Pictures, No video of Body, Quick burial at sea. Sounds like the Marines had their way with the late Osama Bin Laden and if any pictures come out, it would be the "before the beatings and torture" pictures.

So much for a trail!!!!!!!!
15:23 May 2, 2011 by jbaker
@Catjones - Jimmie Hoffa's body was never found. The body was wrapped in a blanket before being dumped into a Smelting Furnace in Gary, Indiana(Completely Incinerated in less than a Minute),Been going on for Eons. Stop reading all the Government-Media B.S. - There are The People who know how this World is Run and the 99% that prefer to have blinders on and are a mix between a Sheep and a Water Buffalo.
16:00 May 2, 2011 by beckyhead
@jbaker...you can always tell who the conspirator nut-cases are when the Captialize Most Of Their Words.
16:06 May 2, 2011 by Landmine
Picture at:


Warning, pretty grusome...
16:09 May 2, 2011 by West_Indian
@ Landmine That is a 100% Photoshoped photo.
16:15 May 2, 2011 by StoutViking
@Landmine - I'll second West_Indian there, it is photoshopped and not all that gruisome. Seen better when Seikh Yassin got a rocket where he deserves.
16:18 May 2, 2011 by Landmine
Eveybody is an expert.... Whatever, skeptics always have conspiracy theories...
16:30 May 2, 2011 by West_Indian
@Landmine Note: The lower face, from the base of the eye socket to the point of the beard is taken from this picture : http://dalje.com/en-world/osama-bin-ladens-son-seeks-asylum-in-spain/199842

The top is from a John Doe

The skin tone was poorly blended

The pixels from the top and bottom portion dont match .

Heavy smudging was applied to the bottom portion.

There is no blood or fragments or burns on the lower face portion

This is a very poorly done Photoshoped Job.

No need to be an expert to see it.
16:46 May 2, 2011 by Landmine
Nah Mr expert, your picture is at a different angle. note the tip of the beard on the left side.

I'm no expert, but I have seen several people shot in the head, skin tone and thickness (swelling) changed widely within short distances, prolly due to blood loss in the tissue or sheer blunt trauma of the shots impact on the tissue -or rigamortis.

It is apparent it was a side shot and the blood in the face look like fingerprints. You see a hand holding the left shoulder so could be it staightened out the head for the shot.

You don't get burns unless you are shot at close range -about 3 feet, either way a side shot won't give you burns in the front of the face

But hey it's my opinion. I agree it looks unreal, but so did all the people I saw that suffered this fate....
17:07 May 2, 2011 by minga
So you believe the pictures in a blog is authentic? The same pics were released in 2009 with a fake news of Bin Laden being killed.

17:13 May 2, 2011 by West_Indian
@ Landmine Trust me i have seen my fair share of dead bodies, autopsies and the photos to go along with it. And i also dabble with Photoshop.

Dead giveaway: look at the blur edges on around the beard ends, especially by the shoulder.

Difference in contrast. The shoulder and the hand that seems to hold up the body is of higher contrast and resolution with flash.

From eye socket base to beard is blurred and taken from a further distance with darker contrast with a distant flash or natural lighting.

Pixellation of the beard near the left ear.

There are burn marks on the upper portion, upper left socket,

It is clear that someone sewed 2 or more pictures together, to make it seem that it is the death photo of Osama Bin Laden

I never claimed to be an expert and this is also my opinion.
17:13 May 2, 2011 by Landmine
No didn't say that. Just pointed out people who get hit in the head by a bullet don't look like anything you'd ever expect to look in any way as normal. Quite the oppsite in fact.

I'm sure if he isn't dead, we'll be hearing from him soon right?
17:15 May 2, 2011 by West_Indian
@Minga Thank you!
17:17 May 2, 2011 by StoutViking
Dead or not, I'm afraid this is just the beginning. Organisations like Al-Quaeda are like a hydra. You cut off one head, 3 more grow in its place. We musn't be too optimistic and think this is over but prepare for another campaign.
17:24 May 2, 2011 by West_Indian
@Landmine I understand.

@StoutViking Yeah , you take out the worlds number one most wanted Terrorist and the Terror alert status goes up.

Best if they had surrounded the compound with tanks and 400 odd US soldiers playing Ozzy Osbourne, till he gives up and walks with his hands in the air than storming the guy and killing him.
18:22 May 2, 2011 by Sastry.M
In cont'n to#19, for benefits of doubt: 1) helicopters are not stealth aircraft to move into deep territory sensitively guarded and conduct the commando swoop with no self casualties.2) Honor Islamic obsequies with great regard for the Chief terrorist who toppled great towers than prove results of action authentically with full record before the victims of 9/11.

Defeated Germany voluntarily announced the death of Adolf Hitler on May day 1945 and the great victors of ww2 mock the Germans en block to this day for his atrocities. But the victory over the death of one Chief Terrorist took one decade to achieve while the gassed killing of six million innocent people neatly by the former 20'th century Terrorist took hardly three years with no trace of viable physical records.

Happily WWW is making efforts to wake up people with small forums what large screened media tried to confuse over a decade ago.
18:23 May 2, 2011 by StoutViking
@West_Indian - I like my share of Ozzy meself but I doubt that would make a guy like that give up. I haven't been there in person so I can't confirm or deny if he got a chance to surrender.

Even if he did, what would be done then? Another show trial, with pounds of evidence, printed on what might as well be 500 acres of rainforests, and overtime cost the taxpayer loads of money that could as well be used for something more productive.

It took a decade to put a hand on him, how long would a trial take? Sure, if he'd be caught in 1-2 years time, but now? I believe it was Winston Churchill who said the Nazis at the Neurenberg trials should have simply gotten swift justice, and to some extent he was right. The trials took too long, public lost interest overtime, the defendants took their chances and made mockery of the court, Göring committed suicide (not without the help of a dumbass GI), and a lot of the point (fortunately not all) was missed.

Saddam Hussein's trial was mockery too. US was helping him and allowed him to reach the status from which he could have done the things he did. They given him to the Iraqis not without reason. Some evidence show that US was training and supplying "Afghan Rebels" with budget and munition back in the 70's and 80's. That s*it would float to the surface if the trial was to be held, making USA the culprit and putting it to shame.

See, many of these dictators and terrorists were on US's payroll at one point or another. When they fall from favor with the US or their own people, they're suddenly no longer friends. US got too many fingers stuck in too many s*it-pies if you ask me.
18:52 May 2, 2011 by Katzerina
Of course the US was assisting the Afghan rebels, do you not recall the Soviets had invaded Afghanistan? The disarray the Soviets left Afghanistan in, is part and parcel in commencing the rise of the Taliban. The same argument is made regarding Iraq...yes, we sought our national interests against the Iranians... Are people really so naieve to not comprehend the fluidity of political alignments? I suppose the real question would have to be, should the US continue to act in it's own interests. The reality of the situation is that it has nothing to do with domestic politics and policies. It really doesn't matter which political party is in power, the role of the government is to protect our national interests, and the US govt like it or not has been doing precisely that through out the 20th century and beyond. One could certainly go back to both WWI and WWII and question why the US intervened in Europe... I'm not sure you would find too many people arguing against their involvement.
19:05 May 2, 2011 by vonkoenigsberg
It really is a milestone in modern history that the terrorist has finally been killed. However I am anxious that, like a crime family, there is always going to be someone to fill his place as the leader. At least for the time being Al-qaida is disorganized and vulnerable.

Of course Obama will take credit for it. He does nothing his entire presidency, and something good happens because of the CIA intelligence and military intervention (which all he has to do is authorize) and he takes all the credit. Of course, for Obama supporter, he is apparently NOT responsible for the debt crisis and financial mis-handling - no, then he is just "poor Obama who inherited Bush's problems".
19:07 May 2, 2011 by raandy
This is just another dirt bag in a war. Nothing will change and the loss of life and safety will be at an all time low as usual.
19:42 May 2, 2011 by Nina Williams
Wow can the Republicans on here be more spiteful. As a former New Yorker myself, I am very happy this POS got what he deserved. Unless you were there in NY on 9/11 I don't think you really understand what we went through and thus think you are justified spouting nonesense about who should get thanks for what. I am no fan of the big compromiser myself but I will give credit where it is due...under his watch Osama is dead. I don't know if he channeled more money into the search, put more pressure on intelligence or simply just authorized the kill strike. But for once he was acting like a leader and not as a bleeding heart liberal. This does not mean I will vote for him in the next election, but it does mean that he did something right. End of.
19:47 May 2, 2011 by StoutViking
@Katzerina - Funny how national interests lie half the globe away from the nation, ain't it? If it were other nations, they'd be deemed as "Colonialists".

Soon you'll tell me US's interest in Afghanistan back then was to "aid the poor Afghans against a ruthless invader". Oh please, it was a p*ssing-contests with "The Russkies", like anything the US did since WW2.

Oh well, we can only hope that Uncle Sam had learned that there could be ever worse enemies than "Those Blasted Commies".
19:49 May 2, 2011 by raandy
Come on to many people are involved with this you can't fake his death if someone thought it possible then G W Bush would have done it. no way he is dead.
20:39 May 2, 2011 by Ludinwolf
Good work!!!

He must be enjoying the company of a hundred virgins now...

we just dont know if these virgins are the evil itself...

cant see a religion that instigate ppl to behead non believers being

something good from heaven.

Check it out now for lots of followers f@gs trying to burst out street

garbage bins and shouting america is the evil.
20:54 May 2, 2011 by FredFinger
@West_Indian - me too!
22:46 May 2, 2011 by derExDeutsche
'Come on to many people are involved with this you can't fake his death if someone thought it possible then G W Bush would have done it. no way he is dead. '

nice reasoning there ! G W B the stoopidest and yet most conniving man of all time. hahahaha Spoken like a true Dumycrat.
23:59 May 2, 2011 by Katzerina
I would absolutely never argue we did it for humanitarian reasons. We did it because at that time we were fighting the cold war. That was precisely my point... American foreign policy, whether you agree with it or not... really never changes. That's why I chuckle when people are surprised we haven't left Afghanistan or Iraq... or why Gitmo is still open. The war on terror is no different than the cold war, in the end it is a battle over the garnering of information and influence. When countries take sides, they are deciding who's influence they'd rather support.... Foreign policy 101?
02:03 May 3, 2011 by DEACON6825
CLINTON tried three times on his watch, to hit bin Laden. At least gave the orders, for the missile operation. With no luck.

9/11 was on baby BUSH's watch, & gave orders for more operations, against bin Laden. With no luck.

It happened on Obama's watch. Glad someone did! Glad he gave the order for the operation.

Bob Bare, ex CIA agent, said the operation probably took two minutes, the clean up took the rest of the forty minutes. He was on the iillfaded raid in Iran, in 1979.

The Navy Seals, & if sure CIA operative, cut off one head, of a multi headed snake. How many more heads are there?

It is good, bin Laden, is gone, but no death should be celebrated. It is, just better, for the world, he is gone, & that they put him to rest in the Sea.
03:50 May 3, 2011 by stablemate
nice writing deacon6825.....the main snake head has been cut.....people cannot fear that bin laden ordered to kill them...... to have a balanced opinion is worthy.....bush didnt really care to take out a snake but prez usa is good military man want to be}.......im glad seals found him and less head of snake now.....before he past from his own illness....
11:35 May 3, 2011 by Kennneth Ingle
Al -Quaeda, Al -Qaeda, Al- kaida or Al - Qaida, not even the right way to write this name seems to be known, let alone its true policies or number of members. Dustbin Laden (as he was known in parts of south England), is now dead.

If some reports are true, he was murdered on the orders of a President of the USA. Two wrongs never make a right! The targeted killing of "unwanted people" is becoming an increasing habit of a number of countries which call themselves civilised. This very habit itself undermines the very values we claim to protect and therefore jubilation is not warranted.

Although I am not sad that this man has died, the way he died leaves many questions open and is more likely to bring more terror in the future, than in the past. For Islamists he is now a Martyr.
14:34 May 3, 2011 by tallady
Kennneth Ingle what were the alternatives to his assassination? Turn the other cheek?

He was always destined to be a Martyr.

I can not see his death bring more terror as terror was what he and his organization represented and the organization lives on as well as the terror.

The USA had every right to assassinate him.
17:37 May 3, 2011 by michael4096
As a rule, I'm not in favour of extra-judicial vigilantism or capital punishment, but for once I'll agree that this did have to happen. Unlike other cases where guilt has been determined by nameless, faceless military men in some bunker in Nebraska, his guilt was never in question. There wasn't any real legal way to hold a trial. And, besides, any trial would have been a focus for terrorists with many more hurt.

I'm also thankful that it was done up close and personal rather than dropping a bomb or shooting a missile. At least nobody else got in the way. (Though, there are some mention of a wife.)

I agree that jubilation is not in order.
19:55 May 3, 2011 by fancydecor
OSAMA & OBAMA....they are same, except one letter "S". Both are doing some job, both are injurious to world, both are criminal!!! One is still waiting for Hell!!!
20:13 May 3, 2011 by hrt1
If U.S. had not announced ObL's death, then the world will start facing terrorists' revenge without any prior alert, so I am grateful that U.S. has indeed made the announcement.

Whether ObL is dead or alive, this problem is going to last for centuries. So there is no point in worrying, and everything is going to be OK as long as we are staying away from public events, popular pubs/discos/restaurants and places like Frankfurt Airport.
20:18 May 3, 2011 by FredFinger
Naw, all they have to do is bomb some neighborhood pub and leave a note. Same amount of induced hysteria with very little risk.
22:28 May 3, 2011 by hrt1
@FredFinger: then no worries for you guys mostly worrying about job availability, tax payments and strange neighbors rather than national security, or?
02:09 May 4, 2011 by harrylatour
Hiding in that big house and compound for over three years?? they should have asked the milkman who lived there,,,,'cos as we all know,,,our daily milkie knows all!!!
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