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Bin Laden's Son Threatens US for 'Sinful Crime'

Hamza bin Laden is apparently on the rise in al-Qaeda, looking for revenge

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda's media arm has released an audio in which the purported son of the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatens revenge against the US for assassinating his father, reports the AP . In a 21-minute speech titled "We Are All Osama" released by As-Sahab Saturday, Hamza bin Laden... More »

CIA Defends Its 'Live-Tweeting' of bin Laden Raid

'Victory lap' widely mocked on social media

(Newser) - The CIA decided to relive one of its greatest hits on Sunday by " live-tweeting " the raid that killed Osama bin Laden to mark its fifth anniversary—but social media users turned out to be a tough crowd. "Stop trying to be cool on twitter and get.on... More »

Bin Laden Wrote About Ditching Pakistan Compound

Just months before he was killed in 2011 raid

(Newser) - Yesterday, secret documents from a "treasure trove" Osama bin Laden kept in his Pakistan hideout were released, and today, another revelation has emerged from some of that correspondence. Feeling isolated and missing family, bin Laden confessed in a letter that he was thinking about splitting Abbottabad and joining up... More »

Secret Osama Docs Released: Love Notes, Dentist Fears

'Treasure trove' also confirms bin Laden's obsession with attacking US

(Newser) - The Navy SEALs didn't just take out Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011—they also retrieved hundreds of documents from his Abbottabad, Pakistan, hideout that have reportedly been described by officials as a "treasure trove" of info about the al-Qaeda leader. The Office of the Director of... More »

The Most Amazing Artifacts From the CIA's Museum

Closed-off collection includes secret cufflinks, dead rat

(Newser) - One of the country's most fascinating museums is just a few miles outside Washington, DC—but most of us will never get access to it. The CIA's museum is inside the agency's Langley headquarters, and it's got some 26,000 items related to the intelligence organization'... More »

Chocolate, Garden Contests: Inside bin Laden's Life

Leaked report offers details of US raid, too

(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,... More »

$30M Fun Park Planned for bin Laden's Old Town

Abbottabad center will include waterfalls and paragliding

(Newser) - Itching to jog, ski, and go paragliding in Osama bin Laden's old town? You're in luck: Pakistan has announced a $30 million amusement park in Abbottabad, best known as the site of bin Laden's assassination, the Telegraph reports. But officials insist they're not planning the park... More »

Pakistan Report: Nobody Knew bin Laden Was There

West is less than impressed with 'joke' investigation

(Newser) - After investigating for a year and a half, an independent Pakistani inquiry concludes that the government can't be blamed for Osama bin Laden's presence in the country for a very simple reason: No one knew he was there. The Daily Telegraph doesn't expect the claim to sit... More »

SEAL Parents: Obama Put Our Kids in Danger

Panetta hints at reprisals for author of bin Laden book

(Newser) - The parents of one of the members of SEAL Team Six say President Obama endangered their son, and the entire unit, by publicly identifying it as the team that killed Osama Bin Laden. "Aaron called me up and said, 'Mom, you need to wipe your social media clean... More »

Bin Laden Snitch Wasn't Convicted of Treason

Shakil Afridi was actually convicted of colluding with a warlord

(Newser) - The Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA find Osama bin Laden was never actually charged with treason, as was initially reported . Shakil Afridi, who was sentenced to 33 years in prison, was actually convicted of colluding with anti-government Islamist warlord Mangal Bagh, tribal court documents show. The fact that Afridi... More »

Interrogator on bin Laden Wives: 1 Interesting, 2 Boring

But Pakistani intelligence agent learned little

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden's three wives mostly stayed mum while being questioned, reveals the Pakistani intelligence agent who interrogated them. Despite speaking with them (or, at least, trying to) once or twice a week for months, the agent tells Reuters he didn't garner much that was useful. But it... More »

Pakistani Doc Gets 33 Years for Helping Find bin Laden

Pakistan jails Shakil Afridi for treason

(Newser) - The Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA take down the world's most notorious terrorist will spend the next 33 years of his life in prison for his troubles. Dr. Shakil Afridi ran a vaccination program that the US used to verify Osama bin Laden's presence in Abbottabad, reports... More »

US Releases bin Laden Letters

Documents show he was frustrated with al-Qaeda

(Newser) - By the time SEAL Team Six ended his life a year ago, Osama bin Laden had grown pretty frustrated with al-Qaeda. The US today released some of the documents SEALs made off with when they raided bin Laden's Abbottabad compound, the Washington Post reports, and they reveal that the... More »

Bin Laden's Final Worries: Crops, Human Lawnmowers

Anniversary is nigh, and details keep trickling out

(Newser) - Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, and current and former US officials are apparently marking the date by revealing more tidbits contained in the 10,000-plus documents recovered from computers, hard drives, and storage devices found in his Abbottabad hideout. Many of them are old-hat... More »

Bin Laden Fathered 4 Kids While on the Run: Wife

Youngest wife reveals al-Qaeda leader's movements after 9/11

(Newser) - During the nine years Osama bin Laden spent in hiding in Pakistan after 9/11, he made his way between five different homes in the country and fathered four children, according to his youngest wife. As recounted by a Pakistani police report, Amal Ahmed Abdulfattah revealed that two of the children... More »

Pakistan Charges bin Laden Wives for Entering Illegally

Three widows had been living in country without a visa

(Newser) - In the chaos of fleeing to a foreign country to live in a secretive compound with the world's most notorious terrorist, somehow Osama bin Laden's three wives neglected to get visas, and now Pakistan is charging them for it. Pakistan's interior minister says that bin Laden's... More »

Bin Laden's Last Days Plagued By Bickering Wives

Family worried jealous first wife was going to betray Osama

(Newser) - Not all was domestic bliss for Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad: The bickering of three wives haunted the final days of the al-Qaeda leader, who appeared far older than his age at the time of his death, according to a new report. Bin Laden mostly stayed holed up on the... More »

Pakistan Tears Down bin Laden's Compound

Abbottabad residents: Turn it into tourist attraction

(Newser) - Under powerful floodlights and surrounded by rings of soldiers and police, heavy machines began today to demolish the three-story compound in northwestern Pakistan where Osama bin Laden lived for years and was killed by US commandos last May. Each blow helped eliminate a concrete reminder of the painful and embarrassing... More »

Pakistan Fires Nurses for Aiding bin Laden Search

Health workers took part in phony vaccination drive

(Newser) - Pakistan has fired 17 health workers who unwittingly helped the US find Osama bin Laden. The workers—15 nurses and two more senior health officials—were employed by Shakil Afridi, the doctor who ran a phony vaccination scheme on behalf of the CIA in an attempt to confirm the al-Qaeda... More »

Biden: I Advised Against bin Laden Raid

Panetta was the only adviser fully in favor, VP says

(Newser) - Joe Biden has admitted that he made the wrong call on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Describing the decision-making process to House Democrats at their annual retreat, Biden said that when President Obama asked his top advisers for their judgment on whether the raid should go ahead, Leon... More »

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