US to continue fight against al-Qaeda
Mon, 02 May 2011 14:22:47 GMT
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says Washington would not stop fighting al-Qaeda despite the killing of Osama bin Laden by American forces.
"The battle to stop al-Qaeda and its syndicate of terror will not end with the death of bin Laden," she said a statement on Monday.
"Indeed, we must take this opportunity to renew our resolve and redouble our efforts," the top US diplomat added.
She made the comment after US President Barack Obama said in a televised speech late Sunday that US forces conducted an operation that killed the leader of al-Qaeda in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
"In Afghanistan, we will continue taking the fight to al-Qaeda and their Taliban allies, while working to support Afghan people as they build a stronger government and began to take responsibility for their own security," Clinton said from Washington.
Analysts and military experts believe that the United States had delayed the killing of bin Laden to continue the presence of US-led forces in war-torn Afghanistan, a Press TV correspondent reported. The lack of transparency over bin Laden's death has cast further doubt over the announcement.
Meanwhile, a US official says bin Laden's body has been buried at sea, alleging that his hasty burial was in accordance with Islamic law, which requires burial within 24 hours of death.
This is while burial at sea is not an Islamic practice and Islam does not determine a timeframe for burial.
The official added that finding a country willing to accept the remains of the world's most wanted man was difficult, so the US decided to bury him at sea.