Contrary to comments made by no less than the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) himself, Leon Panetta, al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden is reportedly “alive” and actively involved in the war in Afghanistan, at least according to the military documents that were leaked on the website WikiLeaks.org.
According to a feature on Telegraph.co.uk, an alleged “secret report” was drafted by the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in 2006. The report indicates that Osama bin Laden, along with Taliban leader Mullah Omar, has been located in the city of Quetta in Pakistan, and in several villages along the Afghan border.
The report contradicts statements from the CIA director, some of which were given as recently as last month. Panetta had previously said that there were no intelligence reports on Osama bin Laden since the “early 2000s.” This also negates rumors that have been floating around, indicating that the al-Qaeda leader has already died.
Some of bin Laden’s alleged activities include having presented a certain insurgent named Abdullah with an Arab bride in 2008, in recognition of his work: making improvised explosive devices (IEDs). A newly developed poison, with the objective of killing coalition troops in Afghanistan, was said to have been named after Osama Kapa; this was reportedly done to recognize the role that bin Laden played in the Afghan war.
An ISAF report from August 2006, which detailed a high-level meeting in Quetta, read in part: “These meetings take place once every month, and there are usually about 20 people present… The top four people in these meetings are [Taliban leader] Mullah Omar, Osama bin Laden, Mullah Dadullah and Mullah [Baradar].”