May 2nd, 2011
08:44 AM ET

Analysis: Who's going to replace bin Laden?

The killing of Osama bin Laden is "an enormously significant moment in the fight against al Qaeda terrorism," and there is no one poised to take his place as the group's leader, says CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank.

Q&A on the significance of bin Laden's death to al Qaeda

Filed under: al Qaeda • Osama bin Laden • Pakistan
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  1. Joseph


    June 21, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. pamiri

    this would be the killing next Haqani, Mulaha Humar Hekmatayr , Musharaf they are the killer of the people , god bless you intn forces for your well work done

    May 5, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. Alex

    How can anyone say that there is no one ready to step into Bin Laden's position. We have been trying to kill him for 10 years... does anyone really believe he didn't set up everything for the day he died. He only had over 3,000 days to figure it out. Killing him was a huge success and victory for the free world and justice was served. Lets not be so nieve as to believe there wasn't a number 2.

    May 3, 2011 at 12:28 am | Report abuse |
  4. pamiri

    Congratulation for all world on Osama’s dead, and thanks very much USA forces that your done very bravely action and killed the man, who was the responsible for death of many human around the world, and especially he was the killer of Afghan people and the great Massoud who was assisnated by two Arabs under the Osama’s order

    From Kabul

    May 2, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. salerno

    Soon budget problems could force US military to use suicide bombers to save money. There are so many cases of suicides inside the US military, that it should be not a problem.

    May 2, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • bundu man

      you are stupid.. you are full of hatred which is so misdirected. I am sure you cannot pee into a toilet bowl as ell. totally mis directed... you know why just like your head

      May 3, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Hatred versus Nazi is fully understandable. They deserve death by any way, even suicide bombers.

      May 4, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Steve-O

    Humanity Deserves better than the atrocities we perform on one another can we please just have nuclear war occur already and give humanity a fresh start, The never ending drama on world politics and human atrocities is just getting boring with no end in sight, It makes me question the very existence of any god, If god or allah created us in his image . I can honestly say they are both F00king Idiots

    May 2, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Carole Clarke

    Whoever tries to replace Osama knows he will be standing up into our cross-hairs so they will try to pool it out into a whole group of guys. We need to keep taking out these people till they understand its pointless. They could accomplish alot more for their people by using other roads – but what fun would that be? Their choice.

    May 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan from Chicago, IL

      bin Laden finally met his fate and all who follow in his ways will burn for eternity to remind them of their treatment of mankind!

      May 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • craig

      Muslims take heed, the head of your monster has been cut off. Unfortunately, obl polluted the ocean as his last act of terrorism. He should have been incinerated at the spot. We don't care about sharia protocol and the ocean is not your toilet! I suspect even the sharks won't want a bite of this m***erfu**er, not having bathed in months (maybe years) before being killed.

      May 2, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. salerno

    Surely he did not bow to anybody.

    May 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Everybody will die Riza, no need to be stupid, but if stupidity can offer some kind of help, you should die sooner.

      May 2, 2011 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Riza Afghan

      Of course everyone dies but when dying they are not killing innocents !
      People like you Blowing their @ss and killing innocents, it's not calling dying, it's called being Terrorist and terrorizing others.

      If you think you are a holly Islamic warrior then you are a stupid f00king Terrorist.

      May 2, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Riza – I am a neutral observer. My countryis the sky, and I am not involved in human actions and wars.
      I am watching from a mountain you little men so involved.
      As a neutral I must note that US is killing even more innocents than OBL and started long time before him.

      May 2, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Napoli

      Salerno – Although you write more truth than false, you appear to more of a polemic than observer. Not agreeing or disagreeing, rather finding the opposite to write about.

      May 2, 2011 at 7:40 pm | Report abuse |
  9. gary lileikis

    I think we can now all see that it is obvious that the Pakistan military was protecting Bin Laddin. This protection could have also perhaps even been funded by some of the $10 Billion dollars donated to Pakistan by the US. I hope that this will be a lesson to the US to help them understand that it is better to spend think kind of money on US citizens versus un-friendly foreign governments.
    $10 billion US dollars can provide US citizens a lot of health care. Also Pakastan not having an extra $10 Billion of budget from the US may have reduced the Pakastan military’s ability to fortify Bin Laddin’s fortress which may have resulted in fewer US soldiers dying trying to capture Bin Laddin.
    Don’t give money to your enemies will be a good start to a balanced buget.

    May 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      If Paki military would be protecting OBL, they would hide him in a safer place. They allowed US agents to look for Osama in the country, and shared informations. Obviously they asked 18 billions for that collaboration.
      It is easy to hide in a country when you have some friends inside the people.

      May 2, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
      • Riza Afghan

        ISI shared nothing and for your information, Pakistan is slave of USA and USA is having military bases in Pakistan.
        USA won't ask permission from Pakistan what to do, they will do what they wish to.

        USA SEALs fixed the operation and completed the operation. ISI been moving Osama Bin Laden to different places every 10-15 days. so you better stop your bullsh!ts.

        Thank God Osama Ben Laden is dead and now it's turn of Mullah Omar. go for it USA SEALs. f00k All damn pakistani terrorists.

        May 2, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
      • salerno

        Pakistan is alowing US operations in the country, but does not give up the nuke as US wished, and expelled some CIA agents for their wrongdoing.

        May 2, 2011 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. salerno

    Riza – you are a drunk muslim. Pakistan ISI was involved in the operation. It would be impossible without it.

    May 2, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Riza Afghan

      salerno, you are 100% drunk.
      Listen to Obama speech again, he said no one was aware of this operation, even high ranked security officials of USA/CIA.

      Very limited security officials knew about this!!!
      ISI was completely out of this operation and even didn't know about this operation at all.
      This operation was confidential and was completed with 44 USA SEALs.

      go update yourself, don't include ISI terrorist into this.
      Just inform ISI terrorist to hide Mollah Omar as tight as they can because USA is coming after Mollah Omar now.

      May 2, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Obama is well known for his lies. Bush admitted that US administration would use lies in the war on terror, but Obama is worst than Bush as he made people believe he would be better than Bush. Obama did not keep most promises made during electoral campaign.

      May 2, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Riza Afghan

      salerno, if i understand you correctly, you mean Obama is lying and you are telling the truth, right ?

      If that's what you mean, then go f00k yourself 😉

      Pakistan WAS and IS a terrorist country. what don't you understand ? Every single human being is saying this and still you are barking like a dog that pakistan is innocent. Every neighbor of Afghanistan is helping Afghanistan to re-build and make a name for themself, what Pakistan is doing ?

      Iran/Tajekistan/India/China/Russia/USA is re-building Afghanistan, did you hear a single news that Pakistan is helping Afghanistan ? of course NOOOOOOOOO !


      Pakistan have no good profile at all, then how on earth you can defend them ?
      Pakistan is terrorist and You are asking people not to them terrorist!!!!! that's why you are a penjoooot stupid f00k 😉

      May 2, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Riza- I can be stupid, but Obama and his collaborators are even more stupid (along with you), as they gave 18 billions to a terrorist country. I did not give a cent. That to be stupid.

      May 2, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • salerno

      Obama said that Pakistan collaboration helped to find OBL and the US just did not inform Paki about the timing of the operation.

      May 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |