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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  1. popeye

    Hi Cesar!

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

    They did do a DNA test, and facial recognition.. BUT no autopsy.. They just said he was shot in the head and chest.Might not be a conspiracy.. I think it is.. But the whole world thinks something is up! Not just Americans! We all want answers!

    May 5, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • excitizen

      There was a really interesting bit on CNN last night with a psychiatrist who said that the conspiracy crowd are mostly people that just cannot accept anything from someone who "is not like us"…and that a small percentage are paranoid and will never believe anything. (paraphrasing)

      May 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    It's very early yet, as far as the investigation goes. Although I don't necessarily agree with our President's decision not to release photos, perhaps that decision is not to release the photos...yet. And even then, there will be those who question the authenticity of the photos. Sure, people want answers, but this just happened...and some decisions need to be thought out thoroughly. And even then, many people will still not like the answers.....

    May 5, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Pishoo

    Before the raid.. Hmm I sure as hell would hear a helicopter crash! .. Now this is even more strange! Honestly if I was the most wanted person in the world, I would be a paranoid idiot! If that did crash before, it was heard.. And still unarmed..? It doesn't make sense to me

    May 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mauidano

      Apparently crashed on the way out. Regardless, let it go people. Enough of the conspiracies. OBL is DEAD! Nothing more or less. What kind of answers do you really need? Dead and gone. Move on, far more important bad guys alive, let's focus ahead now.

      May 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy

    Well, Pishoo, we knew the cause of death...no need for an autopsy...

    May 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mfranklin

    Also, i do have decency to respect ur quirks, however i dont think that saying u want them to cut off his balls so u can sleep with them is a very appropiate thing to say about a dead human. i am an american and i am happy that he is no longer a threat to the U.S. I am also happy that the victim's families have some kind of justice for their loss, however it is still someone who lost their life, while not posing a threat to the multiple SEALs that attacked his home. he had no weapon, therefore there is very little to celebrate.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    I'm sure we'll find oiut more from ObL's wife. I hope.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Frank

    And banasy, stop insulting the best person and president of the world, Fidel Castro.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Pishoo

    I'm not saying I want to cut his balls off? What?

    May 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    @mfranklin: he's a troll. Ignore him.

    May 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Frank

    No one has lasted more time in power than Prince Fidel

    May 5, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pishoo

    If she will talk! From what I read she has a lot of the same beliefs as him.. But maybe that was out of fear...

    May 5, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chrissy

    Why does it matter if he was unarmed or not?! He has ordered the death of thousands of people. Do you actually think he deserved the opportunity to grab a gun. And the SEALS were on a misson, not a power trip. What did you think they were going to do? Bring him to the US to go on trial? No, he deserved being shot in the head. In my opinion, it was too good of a death for him. And why does it matter how he was buried. How many people could be buried properly after their body parts were blown to bits? Oh poor Osama and his family. Give me a break.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mfranklin

    U did say that ur in love with it u want to suck on it all day long.... mmmmmmm-mmmmmmm and once u get his balls ur going to sleep with them everynight. maybe u shoud re-read the posts u enter. besides. obviously people think ur a troll.... do u work for CBS too?

    May 5, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Pishoo

    Even though he was a terrorist.. And killed only 3000 or so people.. Yet in the war Americans have killed 900000+ people that's ok hey! Including innocent women and children 🙂 He was still a human with a family and religious beliefs.

    May 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
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