by Florian Flade
The question all those journalists, authors and researchers working on terrorism and al-Qaida will (or rather said did) hear sooner or later: „Where is Osama Bin Laden?“ Most of us would have answered:
A in the Pakistani tribal areas
B in a remote Afghan province like Kunar or Nuristan
C in a remote Pakistani region like Bajaur or Kashmir
D in a small hideout in a big Pakistani city like Karachi
Back in 2008, senior war-correspondent Christiane Amanour had a very different answer when she was a guest at Bill Maher´s „Real Time“ Show on HBO. She said someone „very knowledgable“, a woman who was „in American intelligence“ told her „Bin Laden is in a nice, comfortable villa in Pakistan“.
Three years have passed since Amanpour made that statement on Maher´s show, and who would have thought the experienced reporter was closer to the truth than she possibly could have imagined herself? On May 1th 2011, a team of US Navy Seals raided a mansion in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad, north of Islamabad, and killed the Al-Qaida leader in the villa-like compound that was in fact Osama Bin Laden´s hideout for almost five years.
Isn´t Mrs.Amanopour´s clue to the Bin Laden residence worth the US-$ 25 Million reward the United States had offered for information leading to the capture or killing of Osama Bin Laden?