Bin Laden admits victims and survivors' voices more powerful than his
Osama bin Laden’s personal papers, released Thursday by the US military, reveal the power of survivors and victims of terrorism to turn potential Al-Qaeda recruits away from jihad and terrorism.
More than any military or diplomatic efforts, what frightened bin Laden enough to force him to rethink Al-Qaeda’s strategy were the survivors and victims of Al-Qaeda’s terrorist attacks. According to the documents sized in the raid on bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan last May, in Laden worried that indiscriminate terrorist attacks had turned the Muslim population away from Jihad. The stories of the victims and the negative impact of the attacks on the lives of Muslim civilians caused potential Al -Qaeda followers to “lose their faith in the jihadis”.
Bin Laden listened to and feared the stories of survivors like Nadia. A Jordanian mother of two, Nadia knows all too well the true cost of terrorism, after her 2005 wedding reception was bombed by a suicide attacker, resulting in the deaths of her mother, father, father-in-law and 24 other members of her wedding party.
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The Global Survivors Network is comprised of people working to prevent future acts of terror. We hail from six continents, represent many different religions and are united by a common cause: what happened to us, and so many others, should never happen again.