On May 2nd, 2011, Osama bin Laden, the founder and head of the Islamist militant group Al-Qaeda, was killed at his compound in Bilal Town, Abbottabad, Pakistan shortly after 1am (local time 8pm). The United States Navy SEALs of the U.S. Naval Special Warfare Development Group (also known as DEVGRU or SEAL Team Six) had assassinated him. They stated that after the raid, they took his body to Afghanistan for identification, then buried him at sea within 24 hours of his death in accordance with Islamic tradition. However for many – there have been strong doubts this ever happened.
Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan stated “If you believe the newest death of OBL, you’re stupid”. She wrote on her Facebook page: “The only proof of (bin Laden) being dead again that we were offered was Obama telling us that there was a DNA match between the man killed by the Navy SEALs and OBL. Even if it is possible to get DNA done so quickly, and the regime did have bin Laden DNA lying around a lab somewhere – where is the empirical proof?”
Here we look at the five most interesting and popular theories surrounding the death of bin Laden.
5. Bin Laden Had Died Many Years Before
Senior Pakistani officials believe that no assassination ever took place and that the U.S forces took someone away, not bin Laden, and executed him outside the compound. Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi claimed to have “credible information that bin Laden died some time ago of a disease.”
Hamid Gul, the former head of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in Pakistan, told CNN he believed bin Laden died many years before the staged fight and that his assassination on May 2nd was a hoax. He also claimed that the American government knew about bin Laden’s death for years stating: “They must have known that he had died some years ago so they were waiting. They were keeping this story on the ice and they were looking for an appropriate moment and it couldn’t be a better moment because President Obama had to fight off his first salvo in his next year’s election as he runs for the presidential and for the White House and I think it is a very appropriate time to come out, bring this out of the closet.”
One Turkish politician Berkan Yashar claimed that bin Laden died of natural causes on June 26th, 2006 and his body had been buried. He also claimed that the U.S military tracked down the grave, dug out bin Laden’s body and displayed it and staged the assassination so they could tell the world he was killed during an assault.
Radio host Alex Jones claimed on Russia Today that bin Laden had died ten years earlier and his body was kept in liquid nitrogen for it to be used as a propaganda tool for future politicians. He claimed that an anonymous White House source had told him bin Laden “is frozen, literally frozen and that he would be rolled out in the future at some date” before adding “My friends, this is a complete and total hoax.”