Saturday, September 23, 2006

The French Say Osama bin Laden is Dead

There are rumors afloat that Osama Bin Laden is Dead ..... again.


WASHINGTON, Sept 23 (Reuters) - The U.S. government has no evidence to support a French newspaper report suggesting that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden died of typhoid a month ago, an intelligence official said on Saturday.

"We don't have anything to support it," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"We've heard these things before and have no reason to think this is any different. There's just nothing we can point to, to say this report has any more credence than other reports we've seen in the past."

"These things seem to come and go every six months," he added.

The French regional daily L'Est Republicain reported that, according to a French secret service report, Saudi Arabia was convinced that bin Laden died of typhoid in Pakistan in late August. The French government has said it could not confirm the report and would investigate the intelligence leak.

Chirac is a bit taken aback that this information got leaked.

PARIS — President Jacques Chirac said Saturday that information contained in a leaked intelligence document raising the possibility that Osama bin Laden may have died of typhoid in Pakistan last month is "in no way whatsoever confirmed."

Chirac said he was "a bit surprised" at the leak and has asked Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie to probe how a document from a French foreign intelligence service was published in the French press.

Osama BendoverI would hate to think he died a peaceful death of natural causes (however painful dying of typhoid might be, it would not be painful enough). Although, dying like that would not be the 'going down in a blaze of glory' that most jihadists seem to pray for. All the same, it would be nice for a GI to have the honor of putting an American bullet right between his eyes.

Frankly, I don't see what difference it makes at this point. Bin Laden is irrelevant to the whole war now. He was the master mind behind the 9/11 attacks and gained noteriety and honor among his people from that piece of evil. But he is no longer relevant to the War on Terror other than as a figure head. There are so many like him and so many willing to step up and take on the mantle of horrific murderer of us infidels.

Still, I wonder how many times this guy can die.

h/t: My Vast Right Wing Conspiracy

Fiery HellAce of Spades thinks it legit.
I liked the Median Sibs pic of where osama might be ...
All Things Beautiful says: 'This may be the best present to Israel today for Rosh Ha-Shanah....The Day Of Judgment....How appropriate... '
Dr. Sanity is taking it with a grain of salt.
Planck's Constant is saddened?
Blue Crab Boulevard is also taking it with a grain of salt.
Strata-Sphere is wondering about that large funeral last month that we were all up in arms about that we didn't bomb.
Captain's Qtrs reminds us we've done the 'Ding Dong, Osama's Dead' thing before.
Yeah, Right, Whatever wishes he might have met a more Special Forces type end too.
The Pirate's Cove evaluates how the leftists are blogging this over at DU - it made my blood boil how easily they dismiss our military. I could go off on a rant about THAT - but will save that for later.
No Pasaran says take it for what it's worth.
Mary Katherine Ham has on-going updates and analysis.
ScrappleFace thinks this might explain the sulfur smell Chavez was talking about at the U.N. the other day!


Crossposted at Blue Star Chronicles