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. Parker

    What's it like to be mentally deranged? There's a lot of medications available for people like you. You should look into them.

    May 5, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lucky

    Thats right people hate everything america tells us to hate even though 98% of us will never even step foot into pakistan sure thats what happened what happened at the bin laden compound sure

    May 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lucky

    Thats right people hate everything america tells us to hate even though 98% of us will never even step foot into pakistan sure thats what happened at the bin laden compound sure

    May 5, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Manson

    I like cheeseburgers, booze, cigs,...oh and DEAD terrorists! God bless the U.S.A.!

    May 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. IKHAN

    Which one of you is really Cesar?

    folks now that OBL is dead, time to move on. The photos of his body or step by step details of the raid would not add to the glory that came with this success.
    The more important question is whether this terrorist was behind 9/11 attcks too?
    Listen to Alan Hart, the veteran ITN/BBC correspondent who investigated and points his finger elsewhere. his interview with Kevin Barret of BBC is now on YouTube.
    Or listen to california architect Richard Gage and 1000 plus of his peers who with 12000 other supporters are planning to get Congress to re-open 9/11 inquiry. They believe that Twin Towers were brought down by controlled demolition ( you can Google this info).

    May 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Manson

    Controlled demoltion? Good luck with that. All these conspiracy theories are making me thirsty for a good ole American beer.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Frank

    People of the United States of America and President Obama,
    It is time to end our "Slow Dance" with Pakistan withdraw our forces
    blow up our bases,.close our Embassy then bomb Pakostan back into
    the "Stone Age".How much evidence do you need before it clicks that
    the Pakistani's were playing both sides of the fence!The USA needs to inflick as much pain on their Military as possible because the bottom line is they support the Taliban.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frank

      Hey jerk,I don't appreciate your usurping my name here to spew your ignorance on this web page. Besides,are you really that full of hate that you want to butcher people like that? If so,I feel sorry for you!!!

      May 5, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. dan smith

    So far there's been a dozen different stories about the raid, let's have the real scoop or shut up about it already.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Manson

    They also denegrate the lost souls of 9/11. Let it go and have beer, dbag.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Pishoo

    Wonder how much the US government is paying these people to cover their asses.. In this big conspiracy cover up? *shakes head*

    May 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. dan smith

    Obama best hope it actually was Bin Laden that they got, if it wasn't Obama won't even be able to get elected dog catcher let alone president.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    I have no trouble understanding why Pakistan would be concerned about our entering their country without permission. I also fully understand why they could not be told. This mission was too important to trust that no one in the Pakistani government would not warn Osama Bin Laden even if the government as a whole wanted him killed or captured.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Manson

    1 It was Bin Laden. 2 Planes took down the WTC. 3 Obama was born in the U.S. 4 This beer is awfully tasty.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jason

    I'm sure it's important for Pakistan to distance themselves from support of the US operation. If they don't, then they will become targets themselves and are less likely to be able to defend themselves without support from other nations that they will not likely get. The job is still done.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. mcmurdo

    Thank God for THE DAILY SHOW where we can actually look at the media frenzy and the ghouls who feed it from a sane and witty point of view. If folks would start thinking for themselves instead of taking everything that comes out of some Bimbos mouth on TV as if it were the gospel maybe all this BS would be toned down. They are paid to interview every Tom Dick and Harry with an opinion which doesn't mean that because they call themselves "experts" they are . Turn off the idiots on FOX MSNBC CNN NBC ABC AND CBS and lighten up. HE"S GONE AND FEEDING FISHES end of story move on.

    May 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
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