Spokesman: Bin Laden's wife said she didn't leave compound for five years
Pakistani policemen guard the compound in Abbottabad where al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed.
May 5th, 2011
01:07 PM ET

Spokesman: Bin Laden's wife said she didn't leave compound for five years

[Updated at 1:07 p.m.] For years there has been speculation about the health of Osama bin Laden. A US official says at this point there is no information to suggest there was medical equipment, such as a dialysis machine, at the compound.

The official says no autopsy was done on bin Laden.

[Updated at 12:38 p.m.] Osama bin Laden's wife has told interrogators she didn't venture outside the walled compound where the al Qaeda leader was killed for five years, a Pakistani military spokesman said Thursday.

The wife, who was wounded in the raid, said she lived in the compound in Abbottabad with eight of bin Laden's children and five others from another family, Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas told CNN. All of them have been in Pakistani custody since the pre-dawn U.S. commando raid that killed bin Laden and will be returned to their country of origin, Abbas said.

Abbas said he wasn't sure from her questioning how long bin Laden had lived there himself or whether he had ventured outside.

[Updated at 10:54 a.m.] Pakistan has ordered U.S. military personnel on its territory drawn down to the "minimum essential" level in the wake of the assault that killed bin Laden deep within Pakistan early Monday, a military statement announced.

While commanders defended the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency's efforts in attacking al Qaeda leaders, a military statement said there had been "shortcomings in developing intelligence on the presence of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan." The statement said an investigation will be launched "into the circumstances that led to this situation."

But the army chief of staff, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, "made it very clear that any similar action, violating the sovereignty of Pakistan, will warrant a review on the level of military/intelligence cooperation with the United States," the statement said.

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soundoff (125 Responses)
  1. Linari

    @Carribean: lmao! Right on!

    @Jeff Frank: like we had to watch you post you "don't buy gas on Fridays" in every thread for weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks and weeks and week?

    May 5, 2011 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lefty666

    Just watched a very review of the rise and fall of Osama bin Laden. This was an enlighted view of his history. However, it astonishes me that you left out former President Bush's ground zero commitment. While I am no Bush engraver, his contribution that day lifted the hearts of people around the world. Give him credit for that. He was that day a great contrast to Osama bin Laden!

    May 7, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Hey Phunnie boy,I don't mind so much your hijacking my name here,but please do cut that filthy Tea Party lingo out. Like I said before,I'm no Tea Partier and I hate that lingo

    May 5, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. heno

    hello there, please give you thoughts on this. do you think Pakistan was playing a two faced traitor or a Crow/In/Apple kind of agent for you know WHO.......

    June 1, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
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