Osama bin Laden Viewed Death As a Release From Years Of Bad Health, Book Says

Osama bin Laden realized possible betrayal of someone close to him and considered death as a release from years of declining health, claims a new account of his life in Pakistan.

The world's most wanted man lived in the town of Abbottabad, surrounded by squabbling wives as he gradually succumbed to dementia and failing health. Photo: Brian Marks/Flickr

Brigadier Shaukat Qadir found out that al-Qaeda forced bin Laden to “retire” from his position as chief of the group and to live out his days in isolation from the movement he founded, The Telegraph writes.

Qadir spent more than $5,000 (£3,200) of his own money, to learn the truth of conflicting accounts of the raid to kill bin Laden in May last year, has embarked on a personal quest to uncover the truth spending.

Using his military connections, he found rare entry to the villa where the al-Qaeda leader died and to access transcripts of the interrogation of his youngest wife, who currently in Pakistani custody.

Brigadier Qadir said bin Ladens’ was eventually given up by Khairiah Saber, his third wife who arrived to live in the Abbottabad home early in 2011.

He added that the household of two wives and assorted children and grandchildren was thrown into turmoil by the arrival of a third, older wife.

As his youngest wife Amal Ahmed Abdel-Fatah al-Sadah said in the testimony, the eldest wife, Khairiah Sabar, suddenly turned up in Pakistan and noted: “I have one more duty to perform for my husband.”

While other family members became suspicious it meant betrayal, bin Laden appeared to accept his fate.

“If this is what she’s going to do then so be it. It’s a wife’s duty to relieve her husband,” he reportedly said, referring to his poor health.

“He tried to persuade the other wives to go and take the children with them,” said Brig Qadir at his home in Rawalpindi on Thursday. “They refused and said they would not leave without him.”

Sabar, who had previously been under house arrest in Iran before being released in 2010, was also described as a feisty woman who even frightened the Pakistani intelligence officials who interrogated her.

“She is so aggressive that she borders on being intimidating,” one official told Qadir.

There is no clear evidence that Khairiah might have any role in bin Laden’s end. Accounts by Pakistani and U.S. intelligence officials since the May 2 raid have made no mention of her. Instead, U.S. officials have said the courier inadvertently led the CIA to the Abbottabad villa after they uncovered him in a monitored phone call.

The research also includes interviews with Inter-Service Intelligence agency spies and an al-Qaeda member, provides the most extensive account yet of bin Laden’s life “hiding in plain sight”.

27 people lived in the crowded and dirty compound: Bin Laden, his three wives, five children and four grandchildren, along with the families of his courier and the courier’s brother.

The only person allowed to enter was an odd-job man was.

They arrived after al-Qaeda commanders had apparently ousted bin Laden from his leadership role in 2003, amid fears that his powers were on the wane and that he was suffering from senile dementia.

The house was demolished last month to prevent it becoming a shrine to extremists.

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