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. Joey

    Oh, yeah.
    Sure.

    May 5, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  2. Alan

    Oh now were the bad ones......sorry we killed your buddy Pakistan... I know your worried that all that funding you were getting and probably used a A slice of to build the compound may be in jeopardy

    May 5, 2011 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
    • john

      ya not to mention if we did let them no i bet u ten bucks ubl wouldnt be dead right now he would be in another hideout. all these years i either thought he was in pakistan or the united states . pakistan has done nothing but help him hide from us

      May 5, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. Parker

    Hey Pakistan, blow me.

    May 5, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • really?

      i'll blow you. Have a small drink straw i can use?

      May 5, 2011 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shaun

    F******@@&&@$k a bunch a pakistanis

    May 5, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rob

    Do you think that a place like Yale University is going to have Bin Ladens Skull in replace of Geronimos Skull at the good ol 'Skulls n Bones Club'? Or put them side by side? I can only assume "they" beheaded Bin Laden, then threw him off the helicopter (vietnam style). Other than that, whomever wanted to kick up dust should've at least named the whole Operation something more Patriotic e.i. "Operation: John Waynes Fist"

    May 5, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. dan smith

    All the more reason to release the photos and prove that it was indead Bin Laden they got.

    May 5, 2011 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey

    Was that bin Laden house larger or smaller than Hitler's underground bunker in Berlin?

    May 5, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. Whatisitliketobe truly HEALTHYinAmerica?

    The simple question is > IS IT HEALTHIER TO BE NON AMERICAN?

    To walk and not hide in obsolete "gone with the wind" delusions of power?

    Ask this question in Europe: and see the answers., Economy is not health.

    Why do Americans try to make the rest of the world as crazy as they are?

    N.R.A... > its a mental disease no matter who is President or the latest soundbites.

    So then Why not FIGHT the u.s n.r.a. in every corner of the globe > take AWAY their illegal weapons. :)))

    May 5, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. ssp

    To find what is "true" all you need to do is look at the action,not the words. If Pakistan was truthfully with helping us in capturing Bin Laden then the proof would be shown from their 'actions'.

    Pakistan immediately went on the defensive with our decision. That action tells a truth.

    And by our actions of leaving them out of the loop on the mission clearly states our lack the faith in them. Nothing shows what is true better than what is done. Or in this case what was not done (by Pakastan)

    They've got some " s'plan'n" to do that's for sure! But I feel they've already shown us what they really are about.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. fukutopia

    uh.. what in the hell are you talking about?

    May 5, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. john

    pakistan is just mad that there #1 money supplier is 3000 feet below water

    May 5, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Whatisitliketobe truly HEALTHYand "lazy" in America?

    And never forget > the American excuse for eveything is "jobs"...

    Work makes you "sacred" > I think Hitler used the same ideas.

    IF you are the "workingman" you can do no wrong like a cowboy diplomat with his John Wayne guns
    of compensations, like Blackwater ...always more compensation.

    And always more promises of "work" like the the same jobs Americans say they hate.

    Sell us something !!!! Sell us more work !!!

    May 5, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  13. PakTards

    These PakTards are warning the US now? The same corrupt PakTards that hid binTard for six years, a few miles from their "prestigious" military academy? The same PakTards who take billions of $'s from the US? The same PakTards who say they are assisting us in the fight against the taliban?
    I say don't give them a single penny and convince india to drop a couple nukes their way. FukTard, PakTards.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cesar

    Hello, my name is Cesar, what is your name?

    May 5, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    OMG, I'm so impressed with you troll. And then what happened?

    May 5, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
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