Skepticism Over Bin Laden's Death And Videos

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

In Abbottabad, Pakistan, some locals are expressing skepticism over the authenticity of pictures and video released by Washington officials of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden before he was killed.
The videos, released by U.S. Intelligence officials, were offered as further proof navy seals killed the al-Qaeda leader earlier this week in a raid on his Pakistan compound.
The videos were seized during that raid.
Some of the videos show bin Laden watching himself on television and rehearsing his infamous recorded video appearances.
But some locals are still not convinced the al-Qaeda leader was actually killed in the raid.
A local student tells the associated press that, "the person shown in the video we have seen doesn't look like Osama at all. Osama has an impressive personality that you notice straight away but by the face and body language of that man doesn't look Osama."
Another student says he believes Washington faked bin Laden's death to give them an excuse to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Pakistani army says it had no idea bin Laden was hiding in Abbottabad.
That claim has been met with skepticism from U.S. officials, who have repeatedly criticized Pakistan for failing to crack down on Islamist militants. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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