Osama bin Laden has died, according to the L'Est republicain AP France ^ | September 23, 2006
PARIS (AP) - The head of terrorist network al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, has died, according to information from the Saudi police, transmitted by the Directorate-General of External Services (DGSE), and reported on the Lorraine daily newspaper L'Est republicain in its Saturday edition.
"According to a commonly reliable source, the Saudi police believes that Osama Bin Laden has died," said a September 21st confidential note from the DGSE classified as "defense." L'Est republicain will publish it in its Saturday edition. The note, specified the daily newspaper, would be re-printed "un-edited."
According to the note to be published by the L'Est republicain, the Saudi police "would try to obtain more details, in particular the location of the burial site, and then announce the news officially." The DGSE specified in the note that no "jihadist Internet site has for the moment been made aware of the death of Osama bin Laden."
According to the note, "the head of al Qaeda may have fallen victim to a strong case of typhoid fever while in Pakistan, on August 23, 2006," and may have died within a matter of days.
The French news organization transmitted this note to the President of France, to the Defense and Prime Minister and the Ministers of the Interior Department on September 21, according to the regional daily newspaper, which added that a prior note transmitted on September 19th to the leaders of France explained why the Saudi police "sought to confirm the death of Osama bin Laden."
I saw a news teaser on TV just now, saying something to that effect. I sort of laughed it off, because I've seen it a few too many times. That might be why Pakistan had pulled out of the area where OBL was suspected to be hiding. Although, why wouldn't they say something to that effect?
Rusty Shackleford is just the name he uses to order Pizza with.
It is strange that of all the people to hear about Osama's "death", the information has come through the Saudis and the French who both have no intel in the area he is meant to be. Logically the Pakistanis should be the first to hear if there was 'chatter', followed by the Americans.
Originally posted by CanardIt is strange that of all the people to hear about Osama's "death", the information has come through the Saudis and the French who both have no intel in the area he is meant to be. Logically the Pakistanis should be the first to hear if there was 'chatter', followed by the Americans.
I thought that Osama surrounded himself with pretty much only Saudi bodyguards and followers. From what I've read, he only sends Saudis around to give and receive messages to his followers and associates, as well. So it seems logical to me that the Saudis would be the first to hear about his death. One of his people could have returned home for some reason or been arrested in Saudi Arabia.
That said, this report seems very fishy to me, and (other than ratings) I fail to see why it warranted a "special report" on CBS yesterday morning and the semi-massive coverage it's received.
Originally posted by Roy.That said, this report seems very fishy to me, and (other than ratings) I fail to see why it warranted a "special report" on CBS yesterday morning and the semi-massive coverage it's received.
Really? This is a huge story if it's true. Sure, the source isn't the best, but still ... what if it's true? I'm glad I work at a newspaper and not a television station (as if I needed this reason...), because we had all day to see the story develop, and could plan accordingly. If I'm making the decision for a neverending news cycle as opposed to the 24-hour cycle I do now, I'm not sure what I would have done. Either way, very tough call for CBS (and other stations).
"I have as much authority as the Pope, I just don't have as many people who believe it."
Jag, not exactly correct. The reason for the low average life expectancy was the mortality of the young, especially before age five. If you made it past forty you had a real good chance of living to a ripe old age and many saw not only 60 but 80.