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Osama Bin Laden University 2013 Graduation Ceremony


With a cast of more than 90 graduates and guests the 2013 Osama Bin Laden Terrorism University Graduation Ceremony was a truly momentous occasion on an unprecedented scale.

For many, the occasion was a once in a lifetime opportunity that they will never forget.

The ceremony played host to guests from a vast spectrum of cultures and backgrounds, resulting in a vibrant celebratory atmosphere.

Our graduates and their guests were notably impressed by the splendour of our ceremonial traditions and the grandeur of the auditorium in which the ceremonies took place.

Many were said to be bursting with pride, having been congratulated on their academic achievements by a member of the Bin Laden Family.

The morning ceremony began with a speech from officer Ali Abdul-Rahman, who warmly congratulated our graduates on their achievements: I acknowledge that your journey in getting to this point has been far from easy and I know that for all of you, it represents a long and sustained commitment to a program of study.

Between the morning and afternoon ceremonies, a small cross-section of students had the privilege of attending a special reception with Osama Bin Laden mother.

It was an unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience, she asked what the future holds for me and I spoke of my passion for terrorism and my desire to continue improving, a 16 year old student stated.

Following the ceremonies, and a champagne reception for our graduates, the day’s proceedings continued with the announcement about the winner of the 2013 Mohamed Atta Fellowship, an annually awarded scholarship and stipend that is bestowed on the most exceptionally talented young terrorist from around the world.

The foundation, which reportedly aims to promote the ideals of strength, leadership, and Sharia law, is said to select the best and brightest aspiring terrorist operatives between the ages of 15 and 25, providing each with a $200.000 grant to study under experienced Islamic extremists at leading training camps, safe houses, and caves across the greater Middle East and Africa.



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By the grace of the Almighty I’m pleased to award this year’s Atta Fellowships to the finest group of young terrorists we’ve seen in years, said foundation president and current high ranking al-Qaeda officer Ali Abdul-Rahman at the gala dinner honoring the recipients.

We couldn’t be more excited to help these youngsters fulfill their immense potential and watch them grow into wonderful soldiers of the Holy Prophet and one day, God willing, martyrs.

Our Atta Fellows come from every corner of the world and all walks of life, but what they all share is a fervent devotion to Islamism and a constant commitment to crushing the enemies of the one true God, Allah.

These bright, inspiring young faces are indeed the very future of Jihad.

According to officials, this year’s fellowship recipients were chosen from an extensive pool of over 900 hopefuls from around the world and include up-and-coming militants from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iran, Egypt, United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico and Oman.

To apply for the fellowship, applicants were reportedly required to write a 1,200-word personal statement describing their past experiences in terrorism, their future ambitions, and what fatwā means to them, while also including three letters of recommendation, five samples of handmade ricin, and a detailed blueprint for an attack on a major U.S. or European city that would kill at least 500 civilians.

After the initial applicant pool was whittled down, 35 finalists were reportedly flown to remote locations in Yemen for in-person interviews and advanced electrical wiring and chemistry tests, after which the bin Laden Foundation’s board of trustees selected the winner.

We look not only for talent, but also a self-starting attitude, an ability to think outside the box for ways to impose a fundamentalist caliphate across the globe, and a commitment to give back to their local extremist communities, said Abdul-Rahman, adding that many fellows come from lower class and underprivileged backgrounds.

For example, I was awestruck by the application of Yasin Kenadid, a 16 year old man from India who built explosive vests on his own every day after school, dreaming that he might one day appear on television alongside his heroes and a blindfolded American journalist.

And I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more advanced plot to detonate a dirty bomb outside UN headquarters from someone his age.

You can expect big things from these kids, added Abdul-Rahman smiling.

The Osama bin Laden Foundation was originally founded in 1990 by the late al-Qaeda leader with the stated goals of spreading radical Sunni principles to poor and underdeveloped regions of the world and empowering impoverished residents to lift themselves up and massacre Westerners.

The fellowship program was inaugurated in 1995 and later renamed to commemorate the life of former fellow and lead 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta.

The program has since produced over 100 suicide bombers and dozens of other notable alumni, many of whom have been accepted into such prestigious organizations as al-Qaeda, the Taliban, the Haqqani Network, and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Following bin Laden’s death in 2011 the foundation reportedly received a $5.000.000 endowment from the US government allowing the expansion of the program.

To be able to learn from some of the same guys who worked on the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombing in Nairobi and to study insurgency tactics under a legend like Ayman al-Zawahiri it’s an unbelievable opportunity, said 14 year old Shahid Farooq speaking alongside his proud mother and father.

I can’t wait to get started, this really is a dream come true.

Death to all infidels! he added.





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