Bin Laden not at Qaeda helm before raid: US source

Published: December 8, 2011
Expert says evidence recovered shows it had been a while OBL was involved in day-to-day management of organisation.

Expert says evidence recovered shows it had been a while OBL was involved in day-to-day management of organisation.

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 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 Shebab be trusted?” the source told AFP.

“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 organization,” 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.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • antanu
    Dec 8, 2011 - 11:07AM

    Osama.captured alive would have indeed destroyed ALQAIDA…which, obviously not the goal of US and West…On what pretext then would they keep on meddling in other nation’s affairs?


  • Afghan
    Dec 8, 2011 - 11:59AM

    Or may be Alqaeda is nothing but a US created imaginary ghost that actually does not exist. Just like Bone, in the Bone movie.


  • Pir Ali Raza
    Dec 8, 2011 - 12:05PM

    he wasnt even there. so it doesnt matter


  • frth
    Dec 8, 2011 - 12:37PM


    Osama.captured alive would have indeed
    destroyed ALQAIDA

    you are wrong. check other possibilities


  • wazdan
    Dec 8, 2011 - 12:38PM

    Osama was died of kidney failure in 2007. all other theories are baseless.his remains were handed over to US on their request to make a drama.


  • positive pakistani
    Dec 8, 2011 - 12:52PM

    Ohhh…so a new campaign is being ramped up….>>

    Since Usama had no role left in al-qaeda, so Zawahiri did (of-course)……and since the later is not captured yet…..and since Zawahiri is hiding somewhere in Pakistan……so it is a “right” for the US to do another Abottabad-like raid on Pakistan, again”….:)

    Americans!…you are being predictable…:)


  • Sajid I.Barcha
    Dec 8, 2011 - 1:41PM

    Osama died in 1991 after eating a sun warmed water melon on streets of Peshawer. Everything else is propaganda by the west to defame Pakistan, which was otherwise on its way to become one of the most glorious nations in the world.


  • Roflcopter
    Dec 8, 2011 - 5:18PM

    So Pakistani officials were correct in stating that Bin Laden was living a reclusive life and not planning operations unlike what US officials claimed earlier.


  • Raj
    Dec 8, 2011 - 6:24PM

    When are Pakistani authorities going to tell its public that, YES ! Its True, OBL was Living here and was Shot Dead by USA !!!
    Period ! Chapter Closed!!!!Recommend

  • antanu
    Dec 8, 2011 - 7:53PM

    Well he may have exposed US and allies…its the point.


  • Khan Bhai
    Dec 31, 2011 - 9:15PM

    I urge everyone to watch BBC Documentary “Power of Nightmares” on YouTube.
    This is US spreading misinformation when they have everything they need. Something major is going down, I say.


  • Cautious
    Dec 31, 2011 - 9:51PM

    Why is this news? Someone who can only receive two messages a month isn’t going to control day to day operation of anything. The posters who keep saying OBL is alive or wasn’t in Pakistan are just living proof that some people will ignore any amt of evidence that doesn’t support their bias.


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