The news that U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden on Sunday elicited praise across the world, whether here at home from figures such as Dick Cheney and George W. Bush or abroad from the likes of Turkey's president, the Kremlin, and even the Vatican to a degree (though the latter made clear that Christians "do not rejoice" over the loss of human life). Other world leaders sent mixed messages; Indian Home Minister P.Chidambaram and Afghan President Hamid Karzai expressed support for the operation but pointed fingers at Pakistan for serving as a haven for terrorists, and Iran declared that it was now high time for the U.S. to get out of the Middle East. Bin Laden's death, however, has also been greeted with condemnation in some quarters. Here's who's angry about the U.S. raid:
- Hamas: Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Palestinian militant group that rules the Gaza Strip, condemned the "killing of an Arab holy warrior" and characterized the U.S. operation "as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood." The Palestinian Authority, which governs the West Bank and recently agreed to form a unity government with Hamas, felt differently, calling bin Laden's death "good for the cause of peace."
- Pervez Musharaff: The former Pakistani president claimed that the raid constituted a "violation" of Pakistan's sovereignty and argued that the Pakistani government "should have been kept in the loop" about the mission. In his speech last night, President Obama declared that Pakistani intelligence "helped lead" the U.S. to bin Laden but, as ABC points out, both U.S. and Pakistani officials are saying today that the U.S. carried out the operation by itself, "without Pakistani participation or advance notice." The only evidence we're seeing to the contrary is an Al Jazeera Arabic report from earlier today suggesting that Pakistani troops supported U.S. forces during the raid.
- Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood: Egypt's most influential Islamist political group, which was outlawed before Hosni Mubarak fell from power, says the group's members "are against using violence in general and assassinations and that they support a fair trial for any suspect whatever the crime is," according to The Wall Street Journal.
- The Taliban: A Taliban commander in Afghanistan declared that his fighters would avenge bin Laden's death with renewed jihad, according to The Guardian. A Taliban spokesman in Pakistan expressed a similar sentiment, threatening attacks against U.S. and Pakistani targets.
- Al-Qaeda, of course: A member of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), bin Laden's network in Yemen, called their leader's death a "catastrophe," according to AFP, and another al-Qaeda member declared that "the battle between us and international tyranny is long and will not be stopped by the martyrdom of our beloved one, the lion of Islam. How many martyrdom seekers have been born today?" according to the AP.
- Al-Shabab: A spokesman for the militant group in Somalia stated that "we shall retaliate against the Americans, Israel, Europe, and Christians in Somalia with destructive explosions and other acts that will harm them," according to the AP.
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