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Bin Laden's wives are all alive; one may have identified him

Bin Laden compound in Pakistan Osama bin Laden may be at the bottom of the ocean, but all of his wives are alive, and one of them may have identified him to the SEALs.

Time magazine reports that "a U.S. intelligence official says one of Bin Laden's wives identified her husband by name as the SEALs closed in for the kill."

It would be safe to assume that was a different wife from the one who purportedly was willing to take a bullet for Bin Laden.

It was reported Monday that one of Bin Laden's wives was used as a human shield and died in the raid. According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, the woman who was in the room with the Al Qaeda leader was one of Bin Laden's four wives. He said she was shot but not killed, and she was not being used as a shield.

"In the room with Bin Laden, a woman -- Bin Laden’s wife -- rushed the U.S. assaulter and was shot in the leg but not killed. Bin Laden was then shot and killed," Carney read Tuesday from a new account of the dramatic firefight that took place in Pakistan a few days ago.

"Obviously some of the information was, came in piece by piece and is being reviewed and updated and elaborated on," Carney told reporters, explaining that the original account was derived "with great haste."

"We will continue to gather and provide to you details as we get them and we’re able to release them," Carney said at the news briefing.

Bin Laden's wife wasn't the only woman in the compound. Twenty-three children and nine women were in the three-story building at the time of the assault and were turned over to Pakistani authorities, said a U.S. official who requested anonymity to discuss an intelligence matter, the Associated Press reported.

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Photo: Residents of Abottabad, Pakistan, said they believed the two men who were hiding Osama bin Laden were either smugglers or gold merchants and that that fact accounted for the unusual high and thick walls that had been built around the compound. Credit: Saeed Shah/MCT

 
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I am still not convienced Osama is dead, let the US show us the footage of his body then we will believe them...and why through the dead body in the occean and not just burn it or something.

I noticed you changed the headline from "one may have FINGERED him." Nice.

"Obviously some of the information was, came in piece by piece and is being reviewed and updated and elaborated on," Carney told reporters, explaining that the original account was derived "with great haste."

Obviously! That sentence could use a few commas.

Undoubtedly, there will be more elaboration and embroidery in the coming days. There are a lot of unsolved mysteries in this story that may, or may not, ever be solved. Stay tuned folks.

my com is concerning releasing these pics..I believe senators and congressman of ea. state could see them, but we must rem. that children of all ages have access to cell ph.and comp. these days..I am a senior cit., but I would not want my children looking at them. This is curiosity for some, but could be damaging for others..I do not want to see them all over my tv! He's dead and that is all the good news I need!!

To those who are conspiracy theory nuts. You always lose. Occam's razor holds that the simplist explanation is the most likely explanation.

Osama was shot by Navy Seals and killed instantly. His body was dumped into the water.

And now he is rewarded with 72 sturgeons. (well I don't think this last line is necessarily true).

of all the things wrote on obamas death, the 20 plus children found in the said house made me comments ! obama wants to build a community of his own from his own semen, because no one can change the fact that everybody will defect him sooner or later but also no one can ever change the real score that 1 BLOOD IS THICKER TNAN H2O, yup !!!!!!!

They should have taken every one of them out in the compound. Now we have those kids that are going to remember that and will likely be future terrorists.

pakistan is peaceful country in all over the world its people are so honest nd genrous nd terrorists r nt paknistani ,,, infact pakistan itself victim of terrorism so save pakistan ,,,,, voice from spain

His body was not burned because it is against the Islam religion. Protocol was followed by the US and his body immediately buried at sea in accordance with that religion. It's more than he deserved.

okey maybe its true osama is dead. but he must have left his students behind who might plan to revenge in future.

how can we expect Pakistan to be either competent or motivated when they're essentially being paid handsomely by the U.S. taxpayer to maintain a thin veneer of anti-terrorist sentiment? As in any poor nation, if the opportunity arises to stick it to the U.S., Pakistan can be counted on to do just that.

The whole citizens of the World should thank God Almighty for creating a Country called America. If there is no Country called America some religion fundamentalists would have turned whole world upside down in the name of fighting for their God. Congratulations to America and the rest of the world. Finally, efforts should be made to fish out all other Obamas in the world and deal with them decisively so that the world would be peaceful.

In the past we could only watch the news after the story happened and all the facts are in ... now in our instant world, we take it bit by bit like a puzzle. It still takes time to put the whole story together, but we take one piece of the puzzle and run it into the "social sphrere" and the stories take a life of their own.

It is NOT Muslim protocol to dump dead bodies in the sea.
We wash them clothe them and bury them in the ground. Please dont say stuff about Islam what you dont know.
Peace

Lets be direct for a minute osama killed over 3,ooo people and they showed their pitchers and even some wakes and the man that is responsable for it supposed to be dead. You mean to tell me you cant show the footage and boby of the man who killed thousands of people unreal. They want me to take obama word for it I dont think so. Show us proff, show us proff.


I think it is sad and unimaginable that the USA and allied governments supported actions that killed over 6,000 brave soldiers and over 100,000 civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan to catch this one murderous criminal.

Added to this extraordinary cost of human life is the final bill that is estimated to be over three trillions dollars. What a shocking waste.

I think it is sad and unimaginable that the USA and allied governments supported actions that killed over 6,000 brave soldiers and over 100,000 civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan to catch this one murderous criminal.

Added to this extraordinary cost of human life is the final bill that is estimated to be over three trillions dollars. What a shocking waste.

wow!!!!!!..FINALLY!!..thats wat he gets..and by me sayn that i fill kinda bad because noone deserves to die!!n that kinda way!..BUT so didnt those INNOCENT peoples he killed!!..SO wat now JUSTICE IS SERVED??..

Mommy - you're an idiot. When you say "Obama" is it possible you're referring to Osama?

I agreee, I think he isn't dead and it's all a conspiracy.

I dont think he's dead, it's all a conspiracy.

So Osama Bin Laden had wives and children whom he nurtured, while brainwashing other people's children to strap themselves with bombs and send them on suicide missions. He never practised what he preached. He was content to to receive sexual fulfillment from his many wives, but told others that 70 virgins awaited every suicide 'matyr' in paradise.

Those who like deception should beware!

Imagine all those wives...."where are you going? where are you going? where are you going? where are you going?"

For those who want to know for sure, why not ask the Pakistani government to interrogate his wives and get evidence and positive identification from them?

I have to question the validity of this headline news.....as has been confirmed repeatedly over the previous years, as regards to the middle east, we westerners are too quick too assume what the media are feeding us is the whole truth!!!! Surely throwing a dead body into the sea, after what could be concieved as having been 'executed' is against everything that the west has been proud to represented....democracy, the rule of law for all, regardless of race, religion etc.perhaps putting Bin laden on trial would uncover a version of the story that could embarrass western governments?? its wise to remember that situations are not always 'black and white' but subtle shades of gray...

According to his religion, since his family "disowned" him this was the proper funeral for him. At the people who are saying "he's not really dead", ha ha ha, look around the net a little more, you will find the pictures your looking for. The person that said they should have killed the whole compound, well not much to say except your gonna end up in prison with morals like that. Oh yeah, and "really!" do people think that the US is over in any country because of 1 person, i think not, there are many reasons, some good, some not so good, but at least they got something done...

I am so glad this man is where he should be, sleeping in HELL. Is there any way I can see what his 23 wives look like, do or do you think that they have any kind of feeling that this AMINAL had if so they should have a buttlet right between thier eyes. From this moment on they sould be on a watchful eye, that mean they are so pretty until they would be overlook as a terrorist. Please!!! keep them on the list, pictures, names, and I am sure they will change thier names from THIS to THAT. Where ever they go watch them like a HAWK watches a CHICKEN. I am almost sure some them will try and get even with us for taking away with that ever they call LOVER.

May God Bless and keep us out of hums way.

Lucy C. Allen

he not diet yet...

We had some observation of the approach there, but we did not have direct flow of information as to the actual conduct of the operation itself as they were going through the compound.


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