Courier phone call helped nab bin Laden

2011-05-07 14:57
Washington - An innocuous phone call from Osama bin Laden's courier to an old friend was a key turning point in the decade-long hunt for the al-Qaeda leader, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

A friend had called to catch up with Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti, the pseudonym for the man US investigators said was the main courier for bin Laden.

When asked how he had been and what he was doing now, al-Kuwaiti responded, "I'm back with the people I was with before."

After a pause, the friend replied: "May God facilitate."

On hearing this exchange, US intelligence officers knew they were on to something, the report said.

Phone number

That call led them to the fortified compound in Abbottabad, 60km north of Islamabad, where bin Laden was shot dead on Monday in a raid by elite US commandos.

"This is where you start the movie about the hunt for bin Laden," the Post quoted one US official as saying.

US intelligence agencies had been searching for al-Kuwaiti for four years and that call gave them the number of the courier's mobile phone.

The compound where bin Laden lived had no telephone lines or internet. Al-Kuwaiti and others would drive 90 minutes away from the house before putting batteries in their mobile phones and then make calls, in order to avoid any kind of surveillance.

- SAPA
Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  osama bin laden  |  pakistan  |  security
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
15 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Travel
 

LOL treadmill fail!

Watch this hilarious clip! We think this man should rather be running outside this summer!

 
 

I love summer.24

Google’s top searches of 2014
10 of the strangest Christmas traditions around the world
2014's best drone videos
7 drinks you need to make this party season

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

15% off LEGO

Save 15% when you buy 2 or more Lego toys. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Any chance to explore the distant shores of things yet to be found will fascinate you. The challenge is dealing with the issues...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.