CAIRO (AP) - Al-Qaida says Osama bin Laden always intended for the terror organization to live on after he was gone.
In a statement today confirming bin Laden's death, al-Qaida depicts bin Laden as just another in a line of "martyrs" from the group.
The writers of the statement appeared unaware of the announcement that bin Laden's body had been buried at sea. It demands that his remains be handed over to his family.
In the statement, posted on militant websites today, al-Qaida says Americans' happiness will soon "turn to sadness" and "their blood will be mingled with their tears."
It also calls on the people of Pakistan to rise up in revolt against its leaders, and says an audio message bin Laden recorded a week before his death will be issued soon.