Cold War terrorist calls Osama bin Laden a martyr

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Posted: May 19, 2011 11:16 AM
Cold War terrorist calls Osama bin Laden a martyr

The notorious Cold War terrorist Carlos the Jackal says in an interview to be aired Thursday that Osama bin Laden is a martyr who earned himself a place in history through terrorism.

In the interview with Swedish national television, the Venezuelan terrorist said the former al-Qaida leader will still be remembered in 100 years' time because "of what he has done, the example he gave."

He said "nobody" will remember President Barack Obama.

Carlos, or Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, is serving a life sentence in France for killing two French secret agents and an alleged informer in 1975.

He is also accused of having a role in two 1982 bombings _ on a Paris-Toulouse train and outside the Paris office of Arab-language newspaper al-Watan _ and is suspected of two other train bombings on Dec. 31, 1983.

Swedish television providedThe Associated Press with the unedited version of the telephone interview, parts will be aired in Sweden Thursday evening.