Unnamed Saudi police sources attribute demise to typhoid fever
Osama bin Laden died within days of contracting typhoid fever in Pakistan last month, according to unnamed Saudi police sources quoted today in the French daily L'Est Republicain.
"According to a commonly reliable source, the Saudi police believe that Osama Bin Laden has died," said a Sept. 21 confidential note transmitted by the Directorate-General of External Services.
According to the note to be published by the L'Est Republicain, the Saudi police "would try to obtain more details, in particular the location of the burial site, and then announce the news officially." The DGSE specified in the note that no "jihadist Internet site has for the moment been made aware of the death of Osama bin Laden."
According to the note, "the head of al-Qaida may have fallen victim to a strong case of typhoid fever while in Pakistan, on August 23, 2006," and may have died within a matter of days.
I'll see if I can find any other sources to confirm/check this.
If it is actually true, great news :thumbsup:
I'll believe it when I see the body...or more information. But, good news I guess, although I would have preferred to see a bullethole in his forehead.
Pakistan has received no information from any foreign government that would corroborate a French newspaper report on Saturday that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden died of typhoid in Pakistan, a senior government official said.
"No government has shared any such information with us so far, which is the normal thing to do under such circumstances," the official, who has close knowledge of intelligence matters, said on condition of anonymity.
A senior official in Pakistan's Interior Ministry also said: "We have no information about Osama's death."
The daily L'Est Republicain reported that, according to a French secret service report, Saudi Arabia was convinced that bin Laden died of typhoid in Pakistan in late August.
High-ranking diplomats in the Pakistani capital also doubted the French regional newspaper's report.
The French government has said it could not confirm the report and would investigate the intelligence leak.
The al Qaeda leader fled to Pakistan after U.S.-backed forces drove his Taliban hosts from power in late 2001, following al Qaeda's September 11 attacks on Washington and New York, but his pursuers soon lost track of him.
While US and Pakistani officials have regularly said since that they believe bin Laden has been hiding somewhere on the rugged border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, intelligence officials have also said that the trail went cold some time ago.
There have been no intelligence "hits" on bin Laden, either through tip-offs or electronic surveillance, for at least two years, Pakistani security officials said earlier this month.
The last videotaped message released by bin Laden was in late 2004, but several low-quality audio tapes were issued earlier this year.
Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf held a joint news conference with US President George Bush in Washington on Friday in which the two leaders said their countries were continuing to cooperate closely in the hunt for bin Laden.
The two men also sought to paper over a disagreement prompted by Bush's statement to CNN on Wednesday that he would order troops into Pakistan if he had firm intelligence on bin Laden.
Musharraf, facing anti-US sentiment at home, had said Pakistan would want to handle such a situation itself.
A senior Taliban official, whose fighters are allied to the remnants of al Qaeda in Afghanistan, also poured cold water on the French newspaper story.
"Taliban have no information about the death of Osama. It's only baseless propaganda against mujahideen (Muslim holy warriors)," Mullah Obaidullah told Reuters by satellite telephone from an undisclosed location.
Other links to this story:
http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticleNew.asp?xfile=data/theworld/2006/September/theworld_September801.xml§ion=theworld http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n96380 http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/articlenews.aspx?type=topNews&storyID=2006-09-23T094036Z_01_L23801953_RTRUKOC_0_UK-SECURITY-BINLADEN-FRANCE.xml
"According to a usually reliable source, the Saudi services are now convinced that Osama bin Laden is dead," the document said.
"The information gathered by the Saudis indicates that the head of al Qaeda was a victim while he was in Pakistan on August 23, 2006, of a very serious case of typhoid which led to a partial paralysis of his internal organs."
The report, which was stamped with a "confidential defence" label and the initials of the French secret service, said Saudi Arabia first heard the information on September 4 and that it was waiting for more details before making an official announcement.
A senior official in Pakistan said no foreign government had shared information with Pakistan that would back up the report of bin Laden's death.
Hopefully it's true. It's time for Osama bin Laden to pay for his atrocities, but let's see.
Would this be enough though, for America? This isn't being "brought to justice" as the Bush Administration promised. It sounds like an easy way out for him. Even if it is true, will it make any difference to al qaeda? We know that the death of al-Zarqawi did nothing to stop the insurgency in Iraq, in fact, I hear it brought in younger, more hardline al qaeda commanders to the area. Those who needed to/wanted to prove themselves.
If Usama is dead, the war on terror is not over. No way.
AzH If Usama is dead, the war on terror is not over. No way.
Agreed and also agreed it was the easy way out for him. But dead is dead I guess. We move on to the next one...
No it wouldn't make a difrence, the Al Quadi , is extmemly organized, in ways even asmuch as America's govermnt. Osama in a sense was the president of Al-Quida , Kill, him, and the vice president takes over, and so on. I'd think the only way to bring them down would be , either kill enough key figures where they are thrown into choas, or disrupt all of thier operations permantl, short of nuking them.
There is nothing to nuke.
I too hope this is true. The man is better off dead