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

    @ Pishoo:
    It adds up if you can add.
    Learn to form possessives: "anyone's."

    May 5, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pishoo

    No I agree they should be for their satisfaction.. I just think if it was actually him they should of let family members (not the crazy ones) do the cleanse which is a major thing in the islamic faith and a proper burial.. Me and a friend are having a debate on his "burial" 1. They didn't want a shrine, but he wouldn't be buried anywhere on US soil.. 2. I doubt any sane US citizen will go to a war stricken country to see his grave.. 3. It should of been handed over to the family so they could do a proper burial.. The burial spot could of been confidential like the "sea" they threw him in!

    May 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pishoo

    @ joey
    Didn't know there were such jobs as blog grammar/spelling police. Get a life.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    @Pishoo: I don't think it was the US citizens that they were considering when talking about the shrine. It was the radicals who give Islam the bad name that they were talking about, the one who are already calling him a martyr, etc. Burying him in US soil was never a consideration, as far as I know.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pishoo

    I don't understand why they didn't... He was unarmed.. He would of been a lot more use to your country alive than dead..Look at Saddam.. I just think this is all a staged conseiracy, or if it was in fact him.. The SEAL that killed him was on a power trip and wanted to be known as "the one who killed him" ... But little did he know they were going to remain anonymous.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Linari

    Troll Joey, go away.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pishoo

    Then they should of handed him over to the family so they could do a proper burial. A proper islamic burial doesn't involve the sea.. His grave could of been confidential and unmarked.. I'm sure if the US could do a sweep in 41 minutes, DNA testing facial recognition.. Cleanes him, shroud him etc in less than 24 hrs .. They could do that!

    May 5, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    Oh, you can bet the SEAL knew he was going to remain anonymous, Pishoo. That's how the SEALS work, after all. And all the secrecy behind his death does lend itself to conspiracy theories. It may be that the US knew he was no longer the brains behind Al Qaeda; I don't know. There was information gathered at the compound. We know that. I also think, given his radical mindset, that he *never* would have given any information that would be useful in the fight against terrorism.

    As for him being unarmed, who's to say that there wasn't a weapon nearby? I'm sitting in my chair, there's a gun laying on the table nearby, I make a move, you shoot me, but the gun is still on the table nearby. That would technically make me unarmed, wouldn't it?

    May 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Frank

    We never do anything right, on top of that, we have to spend billions on this, grow up America, its time we get real people behind our troops, Panetta? What’s that crap, the worst idiot in the government and the speaker Carney, God please learn to speak you moron. Its sickening.
    Anyone can go into a house and kill people, but no, we have to use state of the art helicopters and crash them on site, this is the most ridicule operation the US has made, and not to mention what’s going to happen when these people decide to retaliate.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    Our Seals are the worst special forces trained today, you can see their sloppiness, why is it that they always crash something, what a bunch of morons, even Peru has better trained soldiers, if we can't handle a special operation we should consider giving it to people that can do, like Turks or Israelis, even Syria.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pishoo

    Oh I have no idea about the SEAL's I'm not American.. They are saying the only reason why they shot him is because he didn't raise his hands.. Basically.. But they were on a "to kill mission" but now they are saying if they could of got him alive they would have. Still.. Yes its open for conspericy theories.. As everything is.. There are just questions and things that should be shown..to prove it was him.. It says his sons were there.. Well I know a lot of sons that look like their fathers.. How do they know it wasn't one of them? But I agree your government needs to focus its $ on stuff you need it on.. Not war.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Frank

    Seals think that because they stay up one night jogging they are well trained, this "special" operation had nothing special, if you crash a helicopter you're a big ass, big big big stupid ass, not only them, the idiots that sent them, and the biggest ass of them all, Panetta, this guy should be in jail.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mfranklin

    I agree it needs to be looked into. somethings do not add up, ur correct. the stories changed 10 times in 24-48 hours. i am not saying its a conspiracy, however i think its fishy that they are not showing the photos.(again i do not want to see them) everyone is wondering they didnt do a dna test or an autopsy, a picture on a camera phone is not the best way to identify someone they say was shot above the right eye.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pishoo

    Did the helicopter crash before or after they raided?

    May 5, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frank


    May 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
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