FOX News: Bin Laden Dead


Richard Moore

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Report: Bin Laden Already Dead
Wednesday, December 26, 2001

Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication,
the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended 
the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader.

"The Coalition troops are engaged in a mad search operation but they would never
be able to fulfill their cherished goal of getting Usama alive or dead," the 
source said.

Bin Laden, according to the source, was suffering from a serious lung 
complication and succumbed to the disease in mid-December, in the vicinity of 
the Tora Bora mountains. The source claimed that bin Laden was laid to rest 
honorably in his last abode and his grave was made as per his Wahabi belief.

About 30 close associates of bin Laden in Al Qaeda, including his most trusted 
and personal bodyguards, his family members and some "Taliban friends," attended
the funeral rites. A volley of bullets was also fired to pay final tribute to 
the "great leader."

The Taliban source who claims to have seen bin Laden's face before burial said 
"he looked pale ... but calm, relaxed and confident."

Asked whether bin Laden had any feelings of remorse before death, the source 
vehemently said "no." Instead, he said, bin Laden was proud that he succeeded in
his mission of igniting awareness amongst Muslims about hegemonistic designs and
conspiracies of "pagans" against Islam. Bin Laden, he said, held the view that 
the sacrifice of a few hundred people in Afghanistan was nothing, as those who 
laid their lives in creating an atmosphere of resistance will be adequately 
rewarded by Almighty Allah.

When asked where bin Laden was buried, the source said, "I am sure that like 
other places in Tora Bora, that particular place too must have vanished."

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