French paper reports bin Laden dead

Link.

Unnamed Saudi police sources attribute demise to typhoid fever

Osama bin Laden died within days of contracting typhoid fever in Pakistan last month, according to unnamed Saudi police sources quoted today in the French daily L’Est Republicain.

“According to a commonly reliable source, the Saudi police believe that Osama Bin Laden has died,” said a Sept. 21 confidential note transmitted by the Directorate-General of External Services.

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-Qaida 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.

Likely to be bullshit but I’m investigating. Will see if I can confirm this.

Further information. Including a Pakistani claim that the report is bogus:

Pakistani officials doubt Osama death report

Osama bin Laden is dead: French paper

French Foreign Intelligence Document Claims Bin Laden is Dead

France to probe bin Laden death report leak


One thought on “French paper reports bin Laden dead

  1. I just realized it doesn’t matter if he’s dead or not.

    What would change if he was dead? Is it a grand victory over evil terrorists? Uh, no…

    I find it odd, however, that the (mainly) Western world is apparently ‘hunting’ this man, but they “couldn’t find him” for years… yet suddenly a French *unnamed source* knows exactly where he is and exactly what he died from…

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