Radical Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was not killed but abducted by the US troops when they attacked his hideout in Pakistan in 2011, a well-known Kuwaiti political analyst was quoted on Sunday as saying.
Abdullah Al Nafeesi, a former Kuwaiti deputy and political science professor in Kuwait University, said the US lied when it said its forces killed bin Laden and dumped its body in the sea during the May 2011 attack following more than 11 years of a search operation to find the most wanted man in the world.
“The US announcement that Sheikh Osama bin Laden was killed in not true,” Nafeesi told Rotana Khaleejia TV channel in an interview carried by Saudi newspapers.
“I doubt that Sheikh Osama has been killed. I believe that he was kidnapped and is still alive. It does not make sense that a big power like the US searches for a man for 11 years and when it finds him, it just shoots him. This is an amateur rather than professional work. Otherwise what is the use of having all this suffering and spending $billions all this time to find the man. He has been abducted and is now with them but they made us think that he was killed and dumped in the sea.”
Nafeesi, a holder of doctorate degree in political science from the UK’s Cambridge University, said the US lied about bin Laden’s death so it will “concentrate on studying his character and how he created Al Qaeda group.”
“I believe there is no Al Qaeda entity now. Al Qaeda entity which was created by bin Laden no longer exists. What is left is just small pockets representing Al Qaeda.”