Osama Bin Laden has been described as both “tender” and “kind” in a video released by the new head of al-Qaeda.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took over at the head of the network after Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan in May, said the former leader was a sensitive man.
The video, entitled Days with the Imam: Part One, lasts about 30 minutes. It has been posted on jihadist websites.
Zawahiri said he had created the video to show Bin Laden’s “human side” and tell people about his great loyalty.
“People don’t know that this man was tender, gentle, kind, with refined feelings, even when life was hard,” Zawahiri says in the video, dressed in a white robe and turban and sitting in front of a green curtain.