New ‘Half-Scandal?’ There May Be New Details Of Bin Laden’s Death


Does this mean that bin Laden isn’t dead? No, it just means there is a new report about the circumstances behind his death.

According to Democracy Now!, the new report written by Seymour Hersh for the London Review of Books says the Obama administration gave a false account of the hunting and killing of Osama bin Laden. It is normally claimed that bin Laden was shot dead four years ago this month in a U.S. raid on his compound in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad.

Hersh is an American investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. According to Wikipedia, he is a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine. He has also won two National Magazine Awards and is a five-time Polk winner and recipient of the 2004 George Orwell Award.

He first gained worldwide recognition in 1969 for exposing the My Lai Massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War.

In his article, Hersh cites interviews with “a retired senior intelligence official” and American sources who “had access to corroborating information,” writes Slate magazine.

Hersh says top Pakistani military leaders knew about the operation and provided key assistance. The U.S. also claimed it helped locate bin Laden by tracking his personal messenger. But Hersh reports a former Pakistani intelligence officer identified his whereabouts in return for the bulk of a $25 million U.S. bounty. Pakistani intelligence was reportedly aware of bin Laden’s location and held him “prisoner” at the Abbottabad compound since 2006.

The White House claimed at the time the U.S. operatives entered from Afghanistan without Pakistan’s knowledge.

Hersh’s article also questions the U.S. account of bin Laden’s shooting, saying there was never a firefight inside the compound and that bin Laden himself wasn’t armed.

A retired American official says U.S. claims of finding information from bin Laden’s computers and documents was a “hoax” to give the false impression he was still operationally important.

Questions were also raised about whether bin Laden was actually buried at sea, as the U.S. claimed.

The White House has denied the accounts given by Seymour Hersh, and the CIA has called the Hersh article “nonsense.”

(Updated article)

Two Suspected Islamists Killed In Shootout With Police In Belgium

According to euronews, police officers carried out an anti-terror raid in the town of Verviers, Belgium, that left two suspected Islamists dead. This was one of several raids nationwide against jihadists thought to have returned from Syria’s civil war.

Authorities investigating an alleged terror cell said they believed it was on the point of committing major terrorist attacks in Belgium.

“As search warrants were being carried out, the suspects immediately opened fire for some minutes with military weaponry and handguns on special federal police units before being neutralised,” Assistant Public Prosecutor Thierry Werts told reporters in Belgium.


Scott Brown Hosts Fox And Friends

Former Republican candidate for senator Scott Brown co-hosts Fox and Friends.

The group discusses whether the U.S. is an “occupier” or “liberator” in the Middle East and they also discuss “American Sniper” Chris Kyle.

TYT Video On Airstrikes In Syria

United States conducted airstrikes on targets throughout Syria.

The U.S. hit not only ISIS, but some other rebel groups you may or may not have heard about.

Targets controlled by the groups Jabhat Al-Nusra and Khorasan were hit. These groups are affiliated with Al Qaeda in Syria.

There is also disagreement on whether Congress has given authorization for the airstrikes.

TYT tries to take a look and break it down.

Evidence U.S. Coalition Attacked Al Qaeda

Besides ISIS, the U.S. coalition reportedly also attacked the Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Al-Nusra in Syria.

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Al Qaeda Will Try To Start “Branch” In Indian Region

According to CNN, al Qaeda announced it will launch a new branch in the Indian subcontinent.

In a video, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said the purpose is to “wage jihad against its enemies, to liberate its land, to restore its sovereignty, and to revive its Caliphate.” 

Al-Zawahiri also said he wants to gain support “for the vulnerable” in Myanmar and Bangladesh; in the Indian states of Assam and Gujarat; and in Kashmir, the disputed region between India and Pakistan.  He called for “rescue” from “injustice, oppression, persecution, and suffering” in these areas.
Some analysts view al Qaeda’s announcement as an indication they’re having difficulty recruiting followers as ISIS gains support in the global Islamist movement.

Peter Bergen, CNN’s national security analyst called the video “hyperventilation and posturing.”

“It’s al-Zawahiri’s obvious way of getting some of the limelight back,” he said as ISIS has moved front and center.

The Indian government is trying to confirm the video’s authenticity, said Amarendra Tiwari, an official with India’s Ministry of Home Affairs.  A security alert has been issued in parts of India, although details were not given.