UPDATE 1-US must now quit Iraq, Afghanistan-Egypt Islamists

Mon May 2, 2011 11:48am GMT
 

* Brotherhood say U.S. forces harmed Muslim states

* One sheikh says bin Laden made "enemy" more aggressive

* Islamist sees bin Laden becoming symbol of resistance

(Adds comment from other Egyptian Islamists)

By Marwa Awad

CAIRO, May 2 (Reuters) - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called on Monday for U.S. forces to quit Islamic countries now Osama bin Laden is dead, and one Islamist said al Qaeda should rethink its tactics which had only made the "enemy" more aggressive.

The Brotherhood, which has created a party to contest elections following the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, said the revolutions sweeping the Middle East proved democracy was at home in the region and foreign occupation was no longer needed.

"With bin Laden's death, one of the reasons for which violence has been practised in the world has been removed," said Essam al-Erian, a senior member of the Brotherhood which renounced violence to achieve change in Egypt decades ago.

Bin Laden, who masterminded the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan on Monday, ending a worldwide manhunt.   Continued...

 
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