Chocolate, Garden Contests: Inside bin Laden's Life
Leaked report offers details of US raid, too
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2013 12:41 PM CDT
This undated file photo shows al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan.   (AP Photo, File)

(Newser) Al-Jazeera has obtained a leaked copy of the 337-page report from the Abbottabad Commission, which was formed by the Pakistani government in June 2011 to investigate the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound by US forces. More than 200 witnesses, including bin Laden family members and high-level officials, were interviewed, but the government never released the report despite urging from the Commission to do so. The bottom line of the report: Government incompetence and intelligence failures (as opposed to complicity) allowed bin Laden to live in six different Pakistan locations over nine years. The scathing report also warns that the US could be allowed to carry out a similar raid if Pakistan doesn't update its defense strategy.

The report also offers details of bin Laden's life on the lam from the time he entered Pakistan in mid-2002:

  • Bin Laden reportedly met with Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in 2003, a month before Mohammed was captured.
  • Pakistan was no longer actively looking for bin Laden by 2005.
  • A family car with bin Laden inside was once stopped for speeding, in a close call for bin Laden.
  • At one of his houses, the men would travel as far as 93 miles away to make phone calls.
  • Bin Laden and his family lived frugally; the al-Qaeda leader had just six outfits, one jacket, two sweaters ... and a cowboy hat.
  • If bin Laden was feeling lethargic (he suffered from kidney and possibly heart problems), he would eat chocolate or an apple.
  • He oversaw his grandchildren's playtime, including gardening competitions.
  • When the US raid began, one of bin Laden's daughters threw herself at a soldier who was aiming his weapon at bin Laden. She was later asked to identify her father's body.
More details on bin Laden's family life here; more details on the raid here. Full report here. Also revealed today: how the US kept the bin Laden raid records secret.

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reallybig
Jul 9, 2013 1:23 AM CDT
..................................................TRUTH BE TOLD.................................................. It took (30) Navy Seals with full body armor, and armed to the teeth, with (2) armored stealth attack helicopters, and (2) more helicopters standing by, with a whole aircraft carrier task force, with a full load of fixed wing and helicopters, and stealth fighters, and (2) Obama killer drones with hellfire missiles, in the air. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- TO DO WHAT? --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Attack Bin Laden's compound, that only had one entrance, and then kill (1) unarmed old servant, and his wife, and then killed (1) unarmed 14 year old son of bin laden, and then finally killing the unarmed, sick and dying old man, Bin laden. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Obama compared the bravery of the (30) Navy Seals in killing Bin Laden and his son, with the (300) Spartans, in their last battle against a million Persians, at Thermopylae. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Everybody saw Obama on TV, (worrying) if he'd sent enough troops, to kill Bin Laden. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ REALLY
HMD-SMD-ITY
Jul 8, 2013 8:10 PM CDT
I like real Mayan chocolate or cocoa. Not done with the Swiss process. You can usually get it at a real mercado central. Do be careful that its not made in Texas though. Its like the Wisconsin cheddar cheese you see at the front of Walmart. You read the back and it says, "Made in Texas, Wisconsin style." The funny thing about Bin Laden is that western technology was keeping him alive. Pakistan still has the egg on its face for its so-called intelligence shortfall. Of course I don't believe for a second they did not know he was there. They aren't that dumb. They may be a sixtieth world country, they are not total morons. They are playing both sides from the mouths and butts. Nobody knows where Asif Ali Zardari's butt stops and his mouth begins because he could be blowing an Islamic extremist at the same time Obama is,, well you know... Hate to get booted off Newser for saying......
saucier111
Jul 8, 2013 3:57 PM CDT
Was he Osama Bin Lauden or CIA asset Tim Osman when they murdered him. We now know he had nothing to do with 9/11, so who are the real crooks.