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Kuwaiti Scholar Claims U.S. Never Killed bin Laden

"I believe that he was kidnapped and is still alive."

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Bridget Johnson

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January 8, 2014 - 4:00 pm

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A Kuwaiti academic is stealing the thunder out of the Obama campaign’s favorite talking point in 2012:

Abdullah Al Nafeesi, a former Kuwaiti deputy and political science professor in Kuwait University, said the US lied when it said its forces killed bin Laden and dumped its body in the sea during the May 2011 attack following more than 11 years of a search operation to find the most wanted man in the world.

“The US announcement that Sheikh Osama bin Laden was killed in not true,” Nafeesi told Rotana Khaleejia TV channel in an interview carried by Saudi newspapers.

“I doubt that Sheikh Osama has been killed. I believe that he was kidnapped and is still alive. It does not make sense that a big power like the US searches for a man for 11 years and when it finds him, it just shoots him. This is an amateur rather than professional work. Otherwise what is the use of having all this suffering and spending billions all this time to find the man? He has been abducted and is now with them but they made us think that he was killed and dumped in the sea.”

Experts told Al-Arabiya that the scenario is unlikely because news would have dribbled out by now from the leaky U.S. government. Michael Ryan, author of Decoding al-Qaeda’s Strategy: The Deep Battle Against America, told the network that the decision to kill bin Laden was probably spontaneous. “If the order was capture first but kill if you need to… one can make a very logical case that the operators on the ground made the logical choice in light of having just lost a helicopter and wanting to make sure that this mission was accomplished,” Ryan said. “If anything else happened, I believe we would have some third-party evidence by now.”

Rumors are fueled by the fact that the U.S. never released photos of Osama’s body even when requested by news outlets, though photos purporting to show bin Laden’s body were released by Pakistani TV.
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Cross-posted from the PJ Tatler

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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SEAL Team Six actually, finally, killed Elvis.
35 weeks ago
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"This is an amateur rather than professional work."

Well, yes, that's the MO of this administration, isn't it?

They'd rather have a dramatic headline than valuable intel.

That said, it would not surprise me in the least if Bin Laden turns up sometime down the road, NOT in U.S. hands.

And laughing at us.
35 weeks ago
35 weeks ago Link To Comment
I claim there are no scholars in Kuwait.
35 weeks ago
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And it's permissible to marry a Jinn, too.
35 weeks ago
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You mean like Maj. Nelson?
35 weeks ago
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Considering all of the other things that Obozo and company can't keep a secret about, I'm skeptical that if he's a captive somewhere, and Obozo is in the loop, that they could keep from crowing about it.

That said, there's that "you just have to trust us, the picture of his dead body is too disgusting to let you look at", bit of nonsense that makes me yell "BULLSH!T" like I've got Tourrette's.
35 weeks ago
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I hope they kidnapped him and are extracting information every day while serving him bacon for breakfast and putting vodka in his water supply.
35 weeks ago
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How did Al-Nafeesi find out about that forgotten freezer in GWB's trophy room?!?
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I hope the order was "shoot on sight, even if his hands are up and he's buck naked." There was one terrorist who had a bomb in his behind, so I don't want the SEALS to take any chances.
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