- The Washington Times - Monday, May 2, 2011

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt said the United States must withdraw its troops from Afghanistan and Iraq now that Osama bin Laden has been killed.

Brotherhood spokesman Essam Al-Erian said in a statement that bin Laden’s death “will stem terrorism and eliminate one of the causes of violence in the world.”

Mr. Al-Erian said revolutions in the Arab world are a clear indication that the region is in no need of foreign intervention.

He also predicted the possibility of a backlash to the killing of bin Laden in the regions of the world where elements of al Qaeda are located, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Morocco and Algeria.

Mr. Al-Erian said the media must make clear that al Qaeda does not reflect the teachings of Islam.

• Ashish Kumar Sen can be reached at asen@washingtontimes.com.

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