Fig. 1. Courtesy image.

In his article for Foreign Policy, Aaron Y. Zelin offers a brief taste of the first responses from pro-jihadi online forums that followed the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death. The reactions originate from various forums in English, Arabic and Urdu languages. Full and official statements from jihadi forums are to be found at Zelin's website jihadology.net. His above mentioned article echoes only forums users' voices.

Some commenters expressed shock and refused to believe the news:

"God willing, [this] news is not true. Catastrophic if it is authentic."

Others praised Bin Laden's martyrdom:

"May Allah give you a place next to our beloved Prophet... ameen amen."

One comment looked at the event in a more geopolitical context:

"Seems like a plot of America to wage war on Pakistan. Anyways, it will be good to see Pakistan fighting America ... actually Excellent!"

Certain voices were quite emotional and choleric:

"Just look at those beer-drinking, hog-eating, incestuous, red-necks, uncle sams, house negros...all celebrating outside the White House."

While others were fully rational and realistic:

"Why can't people admit [bin Laden] was killed? He is a human being, not a prophet. Another man will replace his shoes, it's easy."

Read the full article: The bin Laden aftermath: The Internet jihadis react, Aaron Y. Zelin, Foreign Policy, 2 May 2011.

Aaron Y. Zelin is a researcher in the Department of Politics at Brandeis University. He specializes in jihadi intellectual thought and jihadi online activities. He maintains the website jihadology.net, which tracks newly released jihadi primary source material in multiple languages, and thus provides a large amount of texts, videos, PDF publications and links to original sources. He blogs at aaronzelin.com/blog/ and tweets at @azelin.