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DNA confirms bin Laden death: US official

2011-05-02 18:47

Washington - DNA tests have confirmed that Osama bin Laden is dead, a senior US official said on Monday, a day after a daring raid by US special forces on the al-Qaeda leader's compound in Pakistan.

The official confirmed on condition of anonymity that a DNA match had been established with bin Laden's body before it was buried at sea after the raid.

Another official said they were convinced the US operation had indeed killed bin Laden.

"Bin Laden's DNA has been matched to several family members. And there is at least 99% certainty that the DNA matches that of Osama bin Laden," the second official told AFP.

Comments
  • 300katoom - 2011-05-02 18:54

    Like they were convinced that there were Weapons of mass destruction also

      gizzy - 2011-05-02 19:44

      There was. Osama bin laden was a one man weapon of mass destruction!

      Dundermoose - 2011-05-03 01:12

      Weapons of mass distraction more like it. The real question is what did they compare the DNA to in order to affirm that is was Obama's? And secondly, that must have been the quickest DNA match of all time considering that it was done in a mobile lab!!

  • AmperGatvol - 2011-05-02 18:54

    Oh no.... What a shambles! "...buried at sea..." ???? WTF were you thinking?! Why the hell would they bury the body at sea? WHAT? Am I reading this correctly?

      Stoutgat - 2011-05-02 19:22

      Very simple: Muslim tradition requires the dead to be buried before sunset. Were the Americans to bury Bin Laden somewhere on land, his grave would instantly become a shrine and hole place for Islamic extremists. Burying him at sea was a stroke of genius.

      Matt - 2011-05-02 19:27

      @Stoutgat - you are blind. Why would they respect someone who kill thousands. They never caught him - USA last attempt to look good as get distraction from Libya family kill

      Dids - 2011-05-02 19:29

      Fantastic... Best discision ever....No where for these nut jobs to go and morn.....

      JohannV - 2011-05-02 19:31

      [Updated 12:22 p.m. ET] Osama bin Laden's body was buried at sea according to Islamic law because no country was willing or able to take his body for burial on land, senior Defense officials said. "When there is no land alternative, Islamic law dictates that the body be buried within 24 hours, and that was the basis," one official said. " A second senior Defense official said there was no country willing or able to accept the body for burial, and U.S. forces "took pains to observe Muslim law."

      BigSpoon - 2011-05-02 19:39

      They buried bugger all at sea...

      Lestor - 2011-05-02 19:40

      @Matt because they don't want the Muslims to be more mad with them. Some still support them, violating Muslim tradition is not a good way to keep your few remaining Muslim supporters.

      AmperGatvol - 2011-05-02 19:46

      Okay, I understand the Muslim tradition etc etc, but to prevent him becoming a shrine or matyr (which I guess he already is), why not document him (pictures, video, medical autopsy, etc) properly and cremate his remains?

      AmperGatvol - 2011-05-02 19:49

      @Lestor I understand your point, but I am pretty sure the general Muslim community all over the world would not want to be associated with him, thus his final resting place/method would be of no concern?

      Bratt - 2011-05-02 19:52

      You forgot the part where they claim to have held a religious ceremony for the burial. Cleaned the body and wrapped it in a white cloth... I think thats just pushing the lie a little too far. I doubt US soldiers would have had that much respect for the body of Bin Laden. Furthermore, one begins to wonder who the greater evil is... the guy who is accused of killing about 5000 people or the government that has killed and destroyed hundreds of thousands of innocent lives to get that one guy. But ofcourse we are not supposed to think like that. Only American lives are innocent in this whole mess.

      Matt - 2011-05-02 20:05

      Please to all you idiots who think he was just killed view this clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnychOXj9Tg&feature=player_embedded#at=30

      suj - 2011-05-02 20:41

      Why not an unmarked grave somewhere ? So that if proof were required his body could be exhumed ?

      Gatvol - 2011-05-02 23:06

      Matt you should view the whole video again. She misspoke..... But something does seem a little fishy, but not for the reason of the video you are referring to

  • Boitshepo - 2011-05-02 18:55

    Really? So can i pop that champagne now? Ooohh to hell with him yes his mentor the devil is waiting for him with open arms...May ur soul rot in hell

  • lukas2 - 2011-05-02 18:57

    What are they comparing the DNA against? surely they also cant just conclude it was him from his DNA? I mean what basis did they have... Does anyone know about this kinda stuff?

      JohannV - 2011-05-02 19:34

      [Updated 10:55 a.m. ET] A U.S. official disputed reports that bin Laden had altered his appearance to avoid recognition. The official said Bin Laden was recognizable on scene. He was "not transformed somehow." A visual ID was made, there were photo comparisons and other facial recognition used to identify him, the official said. A second official said that in addition to DNA there was full biometric analysis of facial and body features.

      Christo - 2011-05-02 19:40

      they had a sample of his sister dna..

      gizzy - 2011-05-02 19:46

      They have blood samples from his family members, some of whom live in America. Easily done. Google DNA testing!

  • Trevor - 2011-05-02 19:01

    U all forgetting, Bin Laden worked for the CIA...was financed and trained by them and he went rogue...once a spook, ALWAYS a spook...

  • suj - 2011-05-02 19:09

    Haha, really ?? Anyone who can think or has an ability to use their brains, will smell something fishy

      gizzy - 2011-05-02 19:46

      Oh well that excludes you!

  • riaan.coetzee3 - 2011-05-02 19:19

    I wonder why they buried him at sea, i dont think he is dead. Its easy to doctor a few photos. Who do they think they are fooling?

      Matt - 2011-05-02 19:28

      by the looks of things - many on this blog. Anyone who believes the USA is an idiot!

      JohannV - 2011-05-02 19:32

      [Updated 12:22 p.m. ET] Osama bin Laden's body was buried at sea according to Islamic law because no country was willing or able to take his body for burial on land, senior Defense officials said. "When there is no land alternative, Islamic law dictates that the body be buried within 24 hours, and that was the basis," one official said. " A second senior Defense official said there was no country willing or able to accept the body for burial, and U.S. forces "took pains to observe Muslim law."

      Ingwe - 2011-05-02 19:41

      Matt it is you who is an idiot

      Christo - 2011-05-02 19:41

      no photo's released yet..only one fake pic from China..

      Jaco - 2011-05-02 19:50

      I agree with Matt.

      CC - 2011-05-02 22:48

      Bin Laden made a video which was posted on the internet after 9/11. So if we believe that, we have to believe tht he is dead: If the USA now says that they killed him, but did not do so, it will be excactly what Bin Laden needs. He can simply make another video with the latest news paper on his lap, and he will have every muslim behind him and show the USA can not be trusted. So if I were the USA, I will not lie about this - unless they caught him, but did not kill him or somehow know that he would not be able to post another video clip.

  • Grimmy - 2011-05-02 19:23

    Damn I am tired, just returned from Abbottabad about 100km from Islamabad! Had a small job to do with some friends of mine!

  • JohannV - 2011-05-02 19:29

    http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/02/obama-to-make-statment-tonight-subject-unknown/?hpt=T1&iref=BN1

  • BigSpoon - 2011-05-02 19:37

    What a load of shit!!!where is the hard evidence????????????

      Lestor - 2011-05-02 19:44

      DNA is hard evidence, what did you want to see the body personally? You were always going to get a second hand account.

      gizzy - 2011-05-02 19:47

      Would you be happy if they sent you his body?

      Jaco - 2011-05-02 19:52

      DNA testing takes atad longer than a few hours, unless you are Horacio Caine.

      Lestor - 2011-05-02 20:11

      @Jaco Umm maybe if there is others to do before hand, im pretty sure they jumped they queue.

      Jaco - 2011-05-02 20:41

      Lester, you are 100% correct. The sad thing is that you actually believe the US official. Obama has got an election coming up soon, but I'm sure he doesn't need to score points. Besides, the DNA evidence isn't 100% conclusive, since they didn't match it to a personal item of his, but supposedly to family members. Any sibling in a family will match a mother's mydocondrial DNA. It could have been his (not so evil) twin.

  • tryanything - 2011-05-02 19:38

    I worked for the americans once they are the shiftiest bunch ever. dont trust them.

      gizzy - 2011-05-02 19:48

      They probably didn't trust you either that is why you "worked" for them!

  • roygord - 2011-05-02 19:44

    It is a sad commentary on us all that anyone's death should be celebrated in this way, albeit that he had no qualms in taking lives.

      Chibuli - 2011-05-02 19:56

      I have to disagree - the death of those who take the lives of innocents with impunity is definitely a cause for celebration. Wait till Mugabe dies - Southern Africa will be the venue for the biggest celebration in the history of the Region.

  • Banned - 2011-05-02 20:04

    It takes 48 hours to do a DNA test....

      gizzy - 2011-05-02 21:03

      Can be done in 24 hours.

      Banned - 2011-05-02 22:36

      Horatio, its 48 hours minimum, there's no CSI Pakistan. Its a 16 hour flight from Islamabad to JFK, military flights even longer.

      rammstein.f4n - 2011-05-02 22:49

      The test itself is a matter of hours. (We're talking a FEW hours, not even 24)

  • The Wasp - 2011-05-02 20:18

    Ok, so bin laden and his terrorist muslim entourage apparently were the culprits behind 3000 western lives lost in 911. We have mainstream media brainwashing us with the "truth" behind the day and what really happened. Afghanistan gets invaded and so does iraq to fight the "war on terror". Absolutely no link between iraq and terrorism proven. To date 500 000 + innocent civilians have died in a war with no end. Imagine the coin was flipped and these were American deaths? Oh and they also managed to change the constitution to give a citizen no rights should they wish to be questioned for "terrorism". Funny Americans are the biggest terrorists if u look at what is happening with their current global campaign. These wars are only the start: Libya, yemen, egypt, oman, tunisia, ivory coast, syria and soon iran and more have all had leaders toppled(and wars currently fighting if they don't back down so easily and agree to usa policies) . Funny hey? All the same time. Certainly not by co-incidence. Someone is starting this. Usa and its NATO cronies through its greed is brainwashing the world through government controlled media to achieve its global dominance. People must wake up!! Don't believe what is shoved down your throat by the "global Samaritans" www.911truth.org makes an interesting argument.

      Dundermoose - 2011-05-03 01:14

      @Gizzy And a mobile laboratory?!

  • Green Tech - 2011-05-02 20:30

    DNA evidence against what? They just happened to have a sample of his DNA beforehand to compare it against?

      gizzy - 2011-05-02 21:05

      They have DNA from his family! Of course they would have had DNA on hand to compare. They've been planning for this for years.

  • Gavin - 2011-05-02 20:42

    I think his people might take revenge and it doesn't stop with the death of bin laden.They will just establish a new leader and carry on terrorising people.

  • pitsi - 2011-05-02 20:51

    Another conspiracy theory by the west

  • thapelo.selebalo - 2011-05-02 22:47

    Am not convinced of the DNA tests, what if they killed a family member of osama? N surely his dna wil mach with the family members, america dnt be too exited, we talking about Osama here

  • Ashley - 2011-05-03 09:15

    This is another Roswell situation, lying Americans.....was it really him? How do we know it was him? DNA done on a dead sisters brain??? WTF? Release a video showing the burial at sea, pictures etc. This irritates me to no end...

      Riaz - 2011-05-03 09:33

      yea where is the proof, theve already taken a "U" turn on one story saying that his wife wasnt used as a shield, all a bunch of fat lies, Obama needed to score brwny points big time... so they pulled a stunt like this! why would they respect him , one would think, they wouldve brought his body in the streets and paraded with it, not just "bury" it so quickly! Bigger fools are those that believe the story....

      The All Seeing Eye - 2011-05-03 09:42

      @Riaz parade he's body in the street?. Dude america has some honor. Unlike your hero Obama who killed civilians on purpose to show what a great man he is.

  • Yasr - 2011-05-03 09:45

    I cant wait for the next fantasy terrorist to be created.

  • Yasr - 2011-05-03 09:58

    The royal wedding sure caused some attention seeking behavior!

  • NINI - 2011-05-03 10:04

    I dont Believe that they killed him. DNA testing, body buried @ sea thats crap. Just another way for Obama to get people on his side, so he can win the next election.

  • Yasr - 2011-05-03 10:17

    LOL - America! Fuckyeh! The Starwars movies were more believable.

      Cire - 2011-05-03 12:48

      Tough luck boykie - the USA got your pal one time!

  • Alex Millne - 2011-05-03 13:42

    Oh my gosh!!!!! Thats awful news! :( My heart goes out to the bin Laden Family! May he rest in peace! I feel for Osama bin Laden. He was just a confused man and he is also just human. I think that's terrible how he died :*( I pray that he'll find some peace. He had a hard life and at least now he can rest in the Lords arms.....God bless, R.I.P OSAMA BIN LADEN. :*( :*( xxxx xxx xxx KISS'S

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