US Missile Kills Son of Bin Laden

Officials think drone strike hit him in Pakistan
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 22, 2009 6:58 PM CDT
Osama bin Laden in 1998.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – The US is pretty sure that an American missile killed Osama bin Laden's son in Pakistan, reports NPR. Spy agencies are "80 to 85%" certain that a missile from a US drone killed Saad bin Laden, thought to be in his late 20s, sometime in the last year. Saad bin Laden was active in al-Qaeda but not a major figure. "We make a big deal out of him because of his last name," says a counterterrorism official.