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September 30, 2022

Bin Laden died ‘well before’ U.S. raid, Iran says

TEHRAN – Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden had died from a disease a long time before the U.S. special operation, Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi was quoted by the ISNA news agency as saying on Tuesday.
“We have credible information that bin Laden died some time ago of a disease,” Moslehi said on Sunday. He also criticized the United States for failing to show pictures of bin Laden’s body.

“If the security services… arrested or killed Bin Laden, why not show [his body],” he asked rhetorically. “Why did they throw it overboard?”

The reason is Washington’s desire to “obscure the [Islamic] awakening of the region,” Moslehi said. Bin Laden was killed on May 2 in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad, north of the capital Islamabad, during a raid by U.S. Navy Seals.

Raid: us team ‘ready to use force’

President Barack Obama insisted that the team to hunt down Osama Bin Laden be large enough to fight its way out in case it met resistance from Pakistani forces, the New York Times reports, quoted by BBC.  The size of the assault team was expanded days before the operation, unnamed military and administration officials quoted by the paper say. Pakistan has begun an investigation into how Bin Laden lived undetected.
But relations with the US have been severely strained by the raid.

US President Barack Obama had previously urged Pakistan to investigate how the al-Qaeda leader could live in the garrison city of Abbottabad undetected and to find out if any officials knew of his whereabouts.
But in a statement to parliament on Monday announcing the inquiry, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani insisted that allegations of Pakistani complicity and incompetence were “absurd”.

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