Osama bin Laden's Wife Reveals More Details From Raid
Every day brings new details as to who was in the compound at Abbottabad and what happened inside. (Yesterday's is here.) Pakistani officials have now disclosed additional details from their debriefing of Osama bin Laden's wife, Amal Ahmed al-Sadah, who was shot in the leg:
- Prior to moving to the compound in Abbottabad in 2005, Osama and his family lived in a village called Chak Shah Mohammad Khan, in the district of Haripur, for nearly two and a half years.
Chak Shah Mohammad, situated on the highway to Abbottabad, is two kilometres to the southeast of Haripur town. In retrospect that meant, one of the officials observed, Osama had left the country’s tribal region sometime in 2003 to live in a settled area.
...“Imagine, this guy was living in our midst in Haripur and Abbottabad for seven and a half years and we all, both Pakistanis and Americans, had been looking for him in the wrong direction,” one official remarked.
- Osama was hale and hearty. He had recovered from his kidney issues years ago after having two surgeries in Kandahar. He relied on homemade remedies that included a lot of watermelon.
- The son who was killed (presumably Khalid) lived in the house with his wife, who just happens to be the sister of the couriers who were killed.
- Also in the house were two other wives of Osama bin Laden, "two of them highly educated Saudis." (If true, I assume this means they were Khalid's mother, Siham Sabar, who is from Medina, Saudi Arabia and has a Ph.D. in Arabic grammar, and Hamza's mother, Khairia Saaba, also a Saudi and a child psychology professor. )
- Also in the house were four children of Osama's daughter, who was killed in a drone attack in Warzistan, and an "elder" son of Osama, which could be Khalid, Hamza, or even Saad. Also present were Osama's 22 year old daughter (Iman?) and Osama and Amal Ahmed al-Sadah's chidren, a 5 year old boy and the 12 year old Saffia.
Of course, this could all change by this afternoon, so stay tuned for the next edition of "As Osama Turns."
|< Pakistan Officials Say Khalid bin Laden , Not Hamza, Killed in Strike | Saturday Morning Open Thread >|