Please note that this article is from 2001 is from the Fox News network. Why has this article not been pulled from the Internet if it is inaccurate? I do not recall anyone disputing this article when it came out. In fact, I have continually heard from the government that Osama bin Laden was still alive and running wild through Tora Bora.
I live thousands of miles away, so any information I have is strictly hearsay and referenced from the publicly available information sources! Nevertheless, Fox News reported in 2001 that Osama bin Laden is already dead! This story contradicts America's current position that Osama bin Laden is still alive and managing the Al-Qaeda database network.
The article lists bin Laden's name as "Usama" instead of the usual spelling of "Osama." I do not know if that fact should subject this story to greater scrutiny or if it is a standard alternate spelling of the name.
December 26, 2001
Usama bin Laden has died a peaceful death due to an untreated lung complication, the Pakistan Observer reported, citing a Taliban leader who allegedly attended the funeral of the Al Qaeda leader.
"The Coalition troops are engaged in a mad search operation but they would never be able to fulfill their cherished goal of getting Usama alive or dead," the source said.
Bin Laden, according to the source, was suffering from a serious lung complication and succumbed to the disease in mid-December, in the vicinity of the Tora Bora mountains. The source claimed that bin Laden was laid to rest honorably in his last abode and his grave was made as per his Wahabi belief.
About 30 close associates of bin Laden in Al Qaeda, including his most trusted and personal bodyguards, his family members and some "Taliban friends," attended the funeral rites. A volley of bullets was also fired to pay final tribute to the "great leader."
The Taliban source who claims to have seen bin Laden's face before burial said "he looked pale ... but calm, relaxed and confident."
Asked whether bin Laden had any feelings of remorse before death, the source vehemently said "no." Instead, he said, bin Laden was proud that he succeeded in his mission of igniting awareness amongst Muslims about hegemonistic designs and conspiracies of "pagans" against Islam. Bin Laden, he said, held the view that the sacrifice of a few hundred people in Afghanistan was nothing, as those who laid their lives in creating an atmosphere of resistance will be adequately rewarded by Almighty Allah.
When asked where bin Laden was buried, the source said, "I am sure that like other places in Tora Bora, that particular place too must have vanished."
Source: Fox News