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PAKISTAN: Osama bin Laden's wife questioned, scrutinized in wake of raid

Lkq0renc Amal Sadah, 29, became Osama bin Laden's fifth wife a year before the terrorist attack of Sept. 11, according to CNN. The Yemeni bride was 18; the Al Qaeda leader was 43.

Sheikh Rashed Mohammed Saeed Ismail, an Al Qaeda leader in Yemen, told the Yemen Post in 2008 that he arranged the marriage.

“I was the match-maker for his wife Amal al-Sadah, who was one of my students," Ismail said.

He said he accompanied the young bride-to-be to Afghanistan in July 2000.

Last year, Ismail described Sadah to journalist Hala Jaber as pious.

“Even at her young age, she was religious and spiritual enough, and believed in the things that Bin Laden -- a very religious, pious and spiritual man -- believed in," he said.


Bin Laden's then-bodyguard claimed to have delivered the dowry.

“The sheikh gave me $5,000 and told me to deliver it to a certain man in Yemen and that man in his turn took the money to the bride's family," Abu Jandal told the Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper in 2005.

About a year later, shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, Sadah gave birth to a daughter, CNN reported. It was not clear whether the couple had any other children.

The passport of a Yemeni woman who appeared to be Sadah was found at the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Bin Laden was killed, but the name is not an exact match, CNN reported. Yemeni officials told CNN they could not identify the passport and the Pakistani government had not requested to repatriate anyone at the compound.

CNN reported that a Pakistani military spokesman said Sadah told interrogators she didn't leave the walled compound where the Al Qaeda leader was killed for five years.

Sadah, who was wounded in the U.S. raid that killed Bin Laden Sunday, said she lived in the compound with eight of Bin Laden's children and five others from another family, Pakistani Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas told CNN. All have been in Pakistani custody since the raid and will eventually be returned to their country of origin, Abbas said.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske in Cairo

Photo: A Pakistani newspaper ran the passport photo of Amal Ahmed Sadah, Osama bin Laden's fifth wife, who was shot in the leg during a raid in Pakistan in which Bin Laden was killed. Credit: Rehan Khan / EPA

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@Sternberg

Your twisted attempt at trying to call Osama's deluded, oppressed wife (one of FIVE) would be hilarious if it wasnt so sickeningly pathetic.

I'm sure you would similarly try to trumpet Hitler's mistresses as "noble, loyal, shining examples of what a woman should be".

Your attitude is alarming in a very twisted kind of way...

Obama administration has requested access to 3 Osama's wives who lived with him in Abbottabad. It is unlikely that they will be subjected to waterboarding, but harsh questioning may be done if soft straightforward talking fails. Obama has at least 20 children from his many wives. It is likely that they will be monitored so they don't follow in the footsteps of their dad. Should the wives have been captured and taken away on helicopters? That was obviously not in the plans of the SEAL team.

To Ugh: You are presumptuous and racist. Of course for someone lucky enough to be born into all of the freedoms, opportunities and privileges a culture like ours provides here in the US, this woman, her decisions and her lifestyle are unbelievable to you. You are prejudiced and arrogant to label women in the Middle East as being stupid. Many of them have no choice, believe it or not. They are groomed from an early age and are not ALLOWED to develop a mind of their own through exposure and education. How is this THEIR fault as individuals? Free will isn't defined the same way for them as it is for us. Their lives and futures are mapped out for them. Not to mention the fact that they live in a highly patriarchal society. Do you know what happens to women who disobey their husbands in some cultures such as the culture this woman is from? Try to use that pea-brain of yours to exercise a bit more objectivity. And please don't use (good) karma to credit yourself. You're the stupid one. People like you really piss me off with your narrow-minded ignorance.
To Verballistic: Do you know this woman on a personal level to be able to conclude with such certainty that she "knew exactly what she was doing" and imply that she's rotten on a fundamental level? You too are ignorant, wildly judgemental and self-righteous.

Sternberg, you may think that is a "good and faithful wife", but this is not the 19th Century, where a husband owned everything, including his wife's clothes. He could literally throw her out of his house naked. She could not inherit. Her husband's son's inherited, or if there were none, his brother, who could kick the dead husband's widow out of the house with no belongings.

A wife had no right to object to the infidelity of the husband in almost every place, though in some places she could refuse his advances.

Well there you have it, the duties of a good and faithful wife.

You forgot:
- Bush let Osama escape at Tora Bora in Dec. 2001.
- A CIA unit started in the late units to hunt Osama was shut down in 2006.
And yes, Bush said several times that he wasn't worried about getting Osama.

“Even at her young age, she was religious and spiritual enough, and believed in the things that Bin Laden -- a very religious, pious and spiritual man -- believed in," he said.
A man or woman can be very religious, pious and spiritual, but yet wicked. Also, these terms mean totally different things when measured against the Bible. OBL was a wicked man, and also his accomplices whether they are men or women.

This young person had no choice in whom she would marry. It's sad that all she knows is what she is taught and she cannot question any of it without reprisal. She had nowhere to escape to when her father/family decided to whom she would married and when. And it happens every day to very young females in many mideast countries and even here in America with the FLDS. Their ignorant parents think they are going to heaven for their actions. I am extremely happy that daughters are free to make their own choices without religious influence.

Public Advocate:
Thank you for giving GW Bush credit. I wish your comment could be printed on the front page of the newspaper! People have such short memories.

From the article: "Sadah told interrogators she didn't leave the walled compound where the Al Qaeda leader was killed for five years." Wow! Bin Laden was killed for FIVE STRAIGHT YEARS and this is the first we've heard of it? ;-)

“Even at her young age, she was religious and spiritual enough, and believed in the things that Bin Laden -- a very religious, pious and spiritual man -- believed in," he said.

A man or woman can be very religious, pious and spiritual, but yet wicked. Also, these terms mean totally different things when measured against the Bible. OBL was a wicked man, and also his accomplices whether they are men or women.

I can't believe people feel sorry for her!! What is wrong with you?? She should have got a bullet to her head along with all the other future terrorists in that house!

Give President Bush credit where credit is due:
1. Bush allowed the 9/11 attack to take place by failing to take necessary pre-cautions after he was given numerous warnings by U.S. intelligence.
2. Bush failed to capture or kill OBL for nearly 8 years and to take him for his word he didn't even care about catching OBL.
3. Bush mismanaged two wars and now must depend on President Obama to salvage his reputation as the U.S. begins to withdraw.
4. Bush and GOP policies decimated the American economy, culminating in a 2008 crash, which is only now showing signs of recovery under Obama.
There it is, credit to President Bush.

Here's what she is TELLING debriefers:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1384420/Osama-Bin-Ladens-wife-talks-moving-cave-terror-chief.html

"She said: 'When the U.S. bombing of Afghanistan started, we moved to a mountainous area with some children and lived in one of the caves for two months until one of his sons came with a group of tribesmen and took us with them.

'I did not know that we were going to Pakistan until they handed us over to the Pakistani government."

Isnt the media going to give George W Bush ANY credit for this thing?

ugh- I too am glad that I was born in the US, where girls are not gifted from their families to old, crazy men. It's not about the women being smart or stupid, they have no choice and no say in their lives or the lives of their children.

She doesn't look that hot---bin laden could have done a lot better with all his money and power.

I believe that she has been in prison for more that a decade.

Sternberg:
With you line of reasoning...the Charles Mason followers were loyal and obedient...they defended him.
Women in the middle east are stupid...no ways around it....
Thank the lord, karma etc that I was born in the United States of America..

First instinct is to feel sorry for one more woman whose life has been ruined by the oppression of FUNDAMENTALIST Islam, but this one knew exactly what she was doing and needs to spend the rest of her pathetic life behind bars, so that she cannot help making this twisted clown into any more of a "martyr" than he already is & continue to spread the toxins of Osama's twisted legacy.

I am amazed by her. We view bin Laden as a monster. To her, he was husband and the father of her children, and in the case of his mortal danger, she attempted to defend his life with her own.
That is probably the greatest measure of a good and faithful wife. What woman's organization has spoken up in praise of her? Probably none.

It a bad life when you stay in a room 4 or 5 years but it what she chose to do and live like she was in jail what a life for anybody, I feel sorry for her.


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