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Bin Laden out of Qaeda loop - expert

2011-12-08 10:14

Washington - Documents found in the Pakistan home where Osama bin Laden was killed in May show the al-Qaeda leader no longer had any role in operations, a US expert who reviewed the evidence said on Wednesday.

The expert, who asked not to be named, said the 200 pieces of evidence - notebooks, files, computers and USB drives - recovered by the US commandos who staged the raid in which he died, showed "it had been quite a while since he was involved in the day-to-day management of the organisation".

"The writings we recovered are mostly general position papers, along the lines of 'We must continue to attack the US' or 'Can the Somali Shabaab be trusted?" the source said.

"In one small blue notebook from February 2010, he wonders if one member should be promoted, who should be named to replace another killed in a drone raid. But nothing about operational management of the organisation," the source added.

About a third of the items confiscated were about personal family matters including efforts by one of his wives to find a husband for one of their daughters, the source added.

"In any event, for security reasons, he only received messages one or two times a month. How can you run a network in those conditions?" the expert said.

US Navy Seals killed bin Laden on May 2 in a raid on a compound in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad, north of the capital Islamabad, and later buried the 9/11 mastermind at sea.

Comments
  • Fidel - 2011-12-08 11:16

    Because he had died many moons ago!

      Adam - 2011-12-08 11:42

      people who believe things which have no proof and cant not be convinced other wise are known as physcotic - this is you

      Fidel - 2011-12-08 16:14

      Do you have any proof that he was killed in the so-called Rambo/Chuck Norris raid this year? I thought not.

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-08 11:24

    The US operation was simply to prevent the truth from ever coming to light.

      Adam - 2011-12-08 11:42

      people who believe things which have no proof and cant not be convinced other wise are known as physcotic - this is you

      Michael - 2011-12-08 11:50

      well, he did have a good couple of years to "expose" the truth. I wonder why he just sat and watched porn all day? If there was a "truth" he would have at least mailed it to someone a long time ago. gmail, yahoo, hotmail, outlook, skype, telegram, post, runner, sos, local newspaper... yes, he had plenty chances to do it. I reckon the only secret he was hiding was his porn addiction, and maybe his daughters, were really his wives...

  • Caaqil Mahadale - 2011-12-08 12:53

    EXPERT!! What a pathetic CIA agents!, every body on this planet knows WAR ON TERROR was just a tool full of lies and false propagand, used to justify killing millions of innocent civilians around the islamic and african countries and to steal their huge wealth and resources, the EVIDANCE is that how easy they killed bin ladin after their mission has been achieved.!!

      Adam - 2011-12-08 13:53

      dam your kind is stupid.

  • J-Man - 2011-12-08 16:17

    Or maybe he just didn't write it down for you to find.....

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