‘US led to Osama by his own deputy’

By AFP
Published: May 6, 2011
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Internal rift led to the killing of al Qaeda leader: Saudi paper. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Internal rift led to the killing of al Qaeda leader: Saudi paper. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

RIYADH: 

US troops were led to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by his own deputy, Ayman alZawahiri, because of a simmering internal power struggle, a Saudi newspaper reported on Thursday.

Al-Watan newspaper, quoting an unnamed “regional source,” said the top two al Qaeda men had differences and that a courier who led US forces to Bin Laden was working for Zawahiri. The courier was a Pakistan national and not a Kuwaiti as the US suspected, Al-Watan said. The man knew he was being followed by the US military but disguised the fact.

“The Egyptian faction of al Qaeda is defacto running the organisation now and since he was taken ill in 2004 they have been trying to take full control.”

It said Zawahiri’s faction had persuaded Bin Laden to leave the tribal areas along the Afghan-Pakistan border and take shelter instead in Abbottabad near Islamabad where he was finally killed by US commandos on Monday.

With the return of an Egyptian figure in al Qaeda, Saif alAdel, last autumn from Iran, the Egyptian faction had hatched a plan to dispose of Saudi-born Bin Laden, according to Al-Watan.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 6th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • Ashok
    May 6, 2011 - 9:01AM

    Ah, the beginning of a disinformation campaign. Recommend

  • Abu Abdullah
    May 6, 2011 - 10:51AM

    A new story every day! the irony is we will never get to know what “Actually” happened. Recommend

  • Hyder Ali
    May 6, 2011 - 5:10PM

    This looks very credible. But, the betrayal needed an inside help from one of the Pakistan Army Corps Commanders who disagreed with Osama leading the Global Jihad but favoured Ayman Al Zawahiri. Only the Corps Commanders had the knowledge of the top secret, where Osama Bin laden is hiding.Recommend

  • M Ali Khan
    May 6, 2011 - 5:35PM

    Reminds me of how al-Zawahiri and Bin Laden turned their backs towards their mentor Abdullah Azzam and were involved in his assassination in Peshawar after Azzam began to seriously object to increasing Jihadist in Afghanistan despite the withdrawal of the Soviets back in 1989!Recommend

  • Tanweer Ahmed
    May 8, 2011 - 2:04AM

    The world and probably the Al-Qaida workers are looking in Al-Zawahiri as the incumbent leader of the group. This piece of article is nothing but an planned effort not only to undermine his credibility but to create an rift against him. But what is the difference whether it is Zwahiri or some one else. Rather it will be more dangerous if there is a rift, the world will have many Al-Qaidas instead of one.Recommend

  • Sam
    May 8, 2011 - 5:23AM

    Blame whoever you like and however much you like.

    Spin Spin SpinRecommend

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