It was clotheslines filled with drying laundry in Osama bin Laden’s secret compound in Pakistan that helped the CIA detect the notorious global terrorist and carry out an operation to kill him, according to a new book ‘The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden’, written by a national security analyst and former CNN producer, Peter Bergen.
Known to be polygamous, by the time bin Laden is said to have instigated the 9/11 attacks, he was supporting three wives: Khairiah Sabar, 52, Siham al-Sharif, 44, and Amal el-Sadah, 17.
After the terrorist attacks, the family was “scattered in the wind”, while bin Laden hid in the Afghan mountains and in northern Pakistan.
He was reportedly determined to bring his family back together, which is why, according to the book, he ordered his bodyguard, Ibrahim Saeed Ahmed abd al-Hamid, to buy land, hire an architect, and create a custom compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
The result of the work was a three-story main house that had four bedrooms on the first floor and four more on the second, each with its own bathroom, and a top floor containing a bedroom, bathroom, study, and terrace for bin Laden’s personal use. Family members reportedly began moving to the compound in 2005 and hardly ever left, with only Amal visiting a hospital twice under a fake name…