Bin Laden Told Children Not to Follow His Example

Slain Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden urged his children to go live peacefully in the West and get a university education, his brother-in-law said in an interview published Sunday.

Zakaria al-Sadah, the brother of bin Laden’s Yemeni fifth wife Amal, told Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper that the Saudi-born extremist believed his children “should not follow him down the road to jihad.”

“He told his own children and grandchildren, ‘Go to Europe and America and get a good education,'” al-Sadah told the Sunday Times. “You have to study, live in peace and don’t do what I am doing or what I have done.”


Bin Laden was killed in a commando raid in May 2011 by US Navy SEALS at a house in the garrison town of Abbottabad, northwest Pakistan, where he had been living for several years. The children were still traumatised after seeing the raid in which bin Laden died, al-Sadah said. “These children have seen their father killed and they need a caring environment, not a prison — whatever you think of their father and what he has done,” he said.

A Pakistani commission investigating the raid said in October that it had lifted travel restrictions on Bin Laden’s family and al-Sadah flew to Islamabad in November to take Amal and her children home.

Source: Yahoo News

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