Bin Laden Widow Reveals Details About Life on the Run
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Osama bin Laden's youngest widow told investigators the family moved between five houses in Pakistan following the 9/11 attacks.


(Image source: Wikimedia Commons )   BY MALLORY PERRYMAN New details about Osama bin Laden’s life on the run. ABC explains what investigators found out from bin Laden’s youngest widow, Amal Ahmad Abdul Fateh. “She says he moved among five houses in the years after 9/11, all of them in Pakistan. That contradicts claims by Pakistan’s government that bin Laden spent most of his time hiding in Afghanistan.” All three of bin Laden’s widows are currently in Pakistani custody. The media found out about Fateh’s testimony through transcripts of an interview with investigators back in January. According to The New York Times , the written account of the 30-year-old’s story contains “manifest flaws”: “Ms. Fateh’s words are paraphrased by a police officer, and there is noticeably little detail about the Pakistanis who helped her husband evade his American pursuers.” The Times adds — nonetheless, Fateh’s account still raises questions about how the bin Laden family was able to travel around Pakistan undetected. Add to that — Fox News notes the family wasn’t always tucked away inside a house. “She says during that ten years or so on the run, she gave birth to four children in Pakistan. Two in a government hospital in Haripur and two later in Abbottabad.” A blogger for The Atlantic Wire suggests Fateh’s story means one of two things — either Pakistani forces were helping bin Laden, or security simply failed. “In hindsight, it's easy to say the CIA should've been able to sniff out one of the most recognizable faces on the planet during one of these moves. However, it's undeniable that America's Pakistani allies were either wildly incompetent or complicit in keeping the terrorist leader under cover.” An editorial writer for Pakistani news outlet DAWN says — regardless of why bin Laden was overlooked — the priority now is to make sure it never happens again. “...if Pakistani intelligence is really incompetent enough to have overlooked bin Laden’s presence for so long and in so many places, it is vital that the flaws in the system be identified and addressed. And if the failure had more to do with complicity than incompetence, it becomes even more important to discover how and why our institutions were penetrated, and at what levels.” A lawyer for all three widows says he expects them to be charged with breaking Pakistan’s immigration laws. They are currently under house arrest.