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Wed, 05/04/2011 - 09:32
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Lebanese Analyst: US Seeking to Compensate for Failures through Osama's Death Announcement

TEHRAN, May 4 (FNA)- US President Barack Obama announced Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden's death in a move to make up for Washington's failures in Afghanistan, a senior Lebanese analyst opined.
"As you know, the US has failed in its military operations in Afghanistan and it needed a positive achievement in its war and the US announcement about bin Laden's death seems to be in line with the very same drive," Head of the Center for Arab and International Studies Ghalib Qandil told FNA on Tuesday.

Yet, Qandil rejected the speculations that bin Laden's death would put an end to the US military invasion in the region, and warned that "the US may look for new excuses" to justify its militaristic policies in the region in future.

Meantime, Qandil pointed out that the revelation is also aimed at influencing the next presidential elections in the US.

He underlined that bin Laden's death will certainly affect the results of the next presidential election in the US and will help Obama to win the election.

US President Barack Obama announced on Sunday that Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama bin Laden was killed Sunday in a raid by US covert forces in Pakistan.

Obama said he had directed helicopter-borne US armed forces to launch an attack against a heavily fortified compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan on Sunday acting on a lead that first emerged last August.

"A small team of Americans… killed Osama bin Laden and took custody of his body," Obama said.

Senior US officials said that in addition to bin Laden, three adult males died in the raid, two who were believed to be couriers for the Al-Qaeda leader, and one who was said to be one of his adult sons.

One woman who was being used as a human shield was also killed, the officials said, adding that the American forces lost a helicopter in the operation.

After the announcement, Iran said that the US-led West has no more excuse for invading and occupying the regional countries after the death of the Al-Qaeda leader.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that campaign against terrorism which served as a pretext for the alien countries to invade the region has now vanished," Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast said hours after US President Barack Obama said that bin Laden was killed in a US operation in Pakistan.