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Image 23 of The Courier Journal, March 8, 2012

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Time: 03-07-2012 20:35 User: mstollhaus PubDate: 03-08-2012 WORLD | KY Zone: KY Edition: 1 Page Name: A 9 Color: THE COURIER-JOURNAL | Black Yellow Magenta Cyan THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2012 | A9 Inside bin Laden’s hideout WORLD BRIEFS SYDNEY Australian admits to collar-bomb plot Al-Qaida leader’s last days were spent in lair with wives split by suspicions An Australian investment banker — who was arrested last summer at his ex-wife’s home in Oldham County — has admitted that he chained a fake bomb to a young woman’s neck in a bizarre extortion attempt last year. Paul Douglas Peters’ lawyer Kathy Crittenden pleaded guilty on his behalf in Sydney’s Central Local Court today to a charge of aggravated break and enter and committing a serious indictable offense by knowingly detaining Madeleine Pulver, daughter of a wealthy software executive. It was not immediately clear what prison sentence he could face. By Kathy Gannon Associated Press RAWALPINDI, Pakistan — Osama bin Laden spent his last weeks in a house divided, amid wives riven by suspicions. On the top floor, sharing his bedroom, was his youngest wife and favorite. The trouble came when his eldest wife showed up and moved into the bedroom on the floor below. Others in the family, crammed into the threestory villa compound where bin Laden would eventually be killed in a May 2 U.S. raid, were convinced that the eldest wife intended to betray the alQaida leader. The picture of bin Laden’s life in the Abbottabad compound comes from Brig. Shaukat Qadir, a retired Pakistani army officer who spent months researching the events and says he was given rare access to transcripts of Pakistani intelligence’s interrogation of bin Laden’s youngest wife, who was detained in the raid. Qadir was also given rare entry into the villa, which was sealed after the raid and demolished last month. Pictures he took showed the villa’s main staircase, splattered with blood. Other pictures show windows protected by iron grills and the 20-foot high walls around the villa. Qadir’s research gives one of the most extensive descriptions of the arrangements in bin Laden’s SANAA, YEMEN Al-Qaida claims attack responsibility Al-Qaida claimed responsibility Wednesday for a daring weekend strike on a military base in southern Yemen, killing nearly 200 soldiers, the bloodiest battle of 2012. The U.N. envoy to Yemen warned that the terror group has gained ground amid Yemen’s political crisis. Al-Qaida’s Yemen branch said in a statement posted on several jihadi websites that it carried out the attack in reaction to the military’s plans to sweep through its strongholds in the city of Zinjibar, the provisional capital of southern Abyan province. Read the latest news online at: A family watches the destruction of Osama bin Laden’s former compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on Feb. 26. Bin Laden lived there with many family members. AP In this image from seized video, bin Laden watches television in his compound. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE/AP hideout when U.S. SEAL commandos stormed in, killing bin Laden and four others. His findings are based on accounts by an official of Pakistan’s InterServices Intelligence agency who escorted him on a tour of the villa, the interrogation transcription he was allowed to read, and interviews with other ISI officials and militants in the border region. The compound where bin Laden lived since mid-2005 was a crowded place, with 28 residents — including bin Laden, his three wives, eight of his children and five of his grandchildren. The bin Laden children ranged in age from his 24year-old son Khaled, who was killed in the raid, to a 3-year-old born during their time in Abbottabad. Bin Laden’s courier, the courier’s brother and their wives and children also lived in the compound. Bin Laden himself seemed aged beyond his 54 years, with suspected kidney or stomach diseases, and there were worries over his mental health, Qadir was told. Bin Laden lived and died on the third floor. One room he shared with his youngest wife, Amal Ahmed Abdel-Fatah al-Sada, a Yemeni who was 19 when she married the al-Qaida leader in 1999. Another wife, Siham Saber, lived in another room on the same floor that also served as a computer room, Qadir said. The arrival of bin Laden’s eldest wife, Saudiborn Khairiah Saber, in early 2011 stirred up the household, Amal said in her ISI interrogation, according to Qadir. There was already bad blood between Khairiah, who married bin Laden in the late 1980s, and Amal because of bin Laden’s favoritism for the younger Yemeni woman, Qadir said he was told by tribal lead- ers who knew the family. Amal stayed close to bin Laden as he fled Afghanistan into Pakistan following the 2001 U.S. invasion. She took an active role in arranging protection for him and bin Laden wanted her by his side, the tribal leaders told Qadir. Khairiah fled Afghanistan in 2001 into Iran along with other bin Laden relatives. She and others were held under house arrest in Iran until 2010, when Tehran let them leave in a swap for an kidnapped Iranian diplomat. Khairiah showed up at Abbottabad in February or March 2011 and moved into the villa’s second floor, Amal told her interrogators. Khalid, bin Laden’s son with Siham, was suspicious, according to Amal’s account. He repeatedly asked Khairiah why she had come. At one point, she told him, “I have one final duty to perform for my husband.” Khalid immediately told his father what she had said and warned she would betray him. Amal, who shared Khalid’s fears, said bin Laden was also suspicious but was unconcerned, acting as if fate would decide, according to Qadir’s account. There is no evidence Khairiah had any role in bin Laden’s end. Instead, U.S. officials have said the courier inadvertently led the CIA to the Abbottabad villa after they uncovered him in a monitored phone call. Iran may be cleaning up its nuclear work national pressure on Iran over its nuclear program, which Tehran insists is for peaceful purposes. Two diplomats said the crews at the Parchin military site may be trying to erase evidence of tests of a neutron device used to set off a nuclear blast. A third said any effort to trigger a neutron initiator could only be in the context of trying to develop nuclear arms. They all asked for anonymity to discuss sensitive information. Associated Press VIENNA — Satellite images of an Iranian military facility appear to show trucks and earth-moving vehicles at the site, indicating an attempted cleanup of radioactive traces possibly left by tests of a nuclear-weapon trigger, diplomats said Wednesday. 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