Osama Bin Laden’s death came as a pleasing shock to the entire world. The founder of Al-Qaeda disturbed every soul residing in the United States with its massive and heart-wrenching September attacks, was finally killed by the US government.
But was his death real? The US government did release a tape (which was reportedly fake) showing his encounter, but due to inability in providing any other proof the question of ‘Is Osama Bin Laden Dead or Alive’? still, manages to bewilder the minds of most of us.
Who Was Osama Bin Laden?
Osama ibn Mohammed ibn Awad ibn Ladin was the founder of Al-Qaeda, an organization that was rightly blamed for the September 11 attacks on the United States.
He joined the Mujahideen forces in Pakistan (while studying at the University) which fought against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. He helped the Mujahideen by funding the funneling arms, money and by transporting fighters from the Arab into Afghanistan.
In 1988, Osama formed Al-Qaeda following which he was banished from Saudi Arabia in 1992 and moved to Sudan. The U.S. pressurized him to leave Sudan in 1996, which led to the formation of a new base in Afghanistan. After settling himself, he waged a war against the United States, by attacking the country with a series of bombings and related attacks.
Osama Bin Laden was on the American Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI) lists of Ten Most Wanted Fugitives and Most Wanted Terrorists because of his involvement in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings.
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Is Osama Bin Laden Still Alive?
Osama’s death had been the topic of political debates for years. While the US government declared him dead, some believed that it was all a farce. The absence of substantial proofs gave way to numerous death conspiracies of Osama Bin Laden. Here are few of them.
#1. The Tape Was Forged
Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary, stated that Laden was still alive. He reported that Osama was a resourceful man who could have easily figured out a hiding cave for himself. The tape which was broadcasted by Al Jazeera was not of Osama, but some other leader of the Al-Qaeda.
#2. CIA Faked The Death
Edward Snowden, the whistleblower of the United States’ National Security Agency too rejected the claims made by the CIA regarding the death of Osama. Snowden claimed to bear some documents that said that Bin Laden was alive and resided in the Bahamas with his family. Also, that Osama receives a monthly allowance of more than $100,000 which is transferred via some business organizations into his Nassau Bank Account.
Disappointed with the involvement of CIA in faking Osama’s death, Snowden said that with operations like these, CIA is sending all the wrong messages to other operatives. Realizing CIA’s collaboration with the Pakistani Secret services in organizing the fake death, Edward abandoned his cover.
Despite a petition being signed by 168,000 in favor of Snowden, it was rejected by the White House on July 28, 2015.
While the question of whether Osama Bin Laden is Dead or Alive still persists, the conspiracies behind his death was given wings due to the lack of physical evidence from the US government. Though the Abbottabad raid has been precisely explained, the government failed to substantiate Osama’s death with some solid proofs.
Several organizations like The Associated Press, Reuters, CBS News, Citizens United, and NPR even filed FOIA requests to seek partial permissions for the release of some photographs, videos, and DNA test results related to Osama’s encounter.
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