Monday, October 18, 2010

UK Daily Mail-Bin Laden Chillin' Like A Rich Villain In Pakistan

Terrorist Osama Bin Laden: AFP/Getty Images
(Story reported by Daniel Bates for the UK Daily Mail)

Osama bin Laden is living a comfortable life and hiding out in a house in northwest Pakistan, according to Nato officials.

The Al Qaeda leader has not been scuttled away to a network of caves, but instead is living life as the world’s most wanted man in conventional surroundings.

His deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri is also hiding out in a separate house in an area close to bin Laden under similar arrangements, the official claimed.

After 9/11 the hunt for bin Laden and the Al Qaeda leadership focused on the remote Tora Bora region of Afghanistan which is known for its huge warren of caves burrowed into the mountains.

It now appears he has been moved around on a regular basis to boltholes in the Chitral area of Pakistan in the far northwest and the Kurram Valley, which neighbours Tora Bora.

‘Nobody in Al Qaeda is living in a cave,’ said the official, who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the intelligence matters involved.

The prospect of bin Laden living in comfort will be a rebuke to the U.S. which has made finding and killing him a central plank of its war on terrorism.

President Barack Obama has said that he remains determined to track him down, adding that bin Laden had been forced ‘underground’ by U.S. drone attacks on the border with Afghanistan and Pakistan including one on Tora Bora in 2001 which nearly caught him.

(Click here to read the full story on the UK Daily Mail website.)

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