Bin Laden Wives
May 7, 2011 by staff
Bin Laden Wives, When 18-year-old Amal al-Sadah became the fifth wife of Bin 43-year-old Osama in 2000, was “a teenager quiet, polite, calm and confident” that came from a big family, conservative in Yemen, a relative told CNN in an exclusive interview.
The relative, Ahmed, who knew al-Sadah growing, said he came from a traditional family in Ibb, Yemen – established and respectable, but certainly without parallel views militant t*rror*sm of Al Qaeda leader.
The family had no connection with Al Qaeda before the arranged marriage, Ahmed told CNN in an interview in Ibb on Friday.
While some accounts say that a matchmaker to the couple, the relationship was not sure that the report, adding that he heard many stories about how the two were engaged.
“She was a very good person in general,” Ahmed told CNN. “The family is a great family Sadah of Ibb. Amal’s family was like the majority of Yemeni families. They were conservative, but also lived a modern life compared with other families.
“The family is a respected family and is well known. The family did not have extremist views, despite coming from a conservative environment,” Ahmed said, referring to al-Sadah parents and siblings.
Yemen’s government is pushing the family seem not to talk publicly about his well-known in law, Bin Laden, Ahmed said.
“From what I understand, the government would give the family Sadah a very difficult and always advised to speak with the media,” said Ahmed. “The government tells them to give information and comments would be misunderstood or misinterpreted and could harm the family rather than the government.”
A figure of Al Qaeda in Yemen, called Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Saeed Ismail said he arranged the marriageand told the Yemen Post in 2008 that he was the “matchmaker” and that al-Sadah was one of his students, describing it as “fairly religious and pious. ”
Ismail, whose brother spent time as a detainee at Guantanamo, accompanied the young bride-to-be to Afghanistan in July 2000, where she married and Bin Laden after he gave his family a dowry and 5000.
The marriage was apparently a political alliance to strengthen support for Bin Laden in the land of their ancestors.
“They said after they were married that Osama does not want to sever ties with their ancestral homeland, Yemen,” said Ahmed.
Back in Yemen, al-Sadah just spoken again, Ahmed told CNN.
“After their marriage, we heard a little about herself and her immediate family knew of the dangers of talking about these issues,” said Ahmed. “Even if someone asked about it, to avoid talking about it.”
At first, the Yemeni authorities did not seem aware that they were giving al-Sadah a passport in 2000 with the purpose of marriage with bin Laden in Afghanistan, Ahmed said.
“Only a few people knew about the history of marriage in the beginning, so it was not difficult to travel,” said Ahmed. “Yemen’s government gave the family a hard time after leaving Yemen. The family is still felt and interrogated dozens of times. His father also went through a lot.”
The marriage was immediately successful, and al-Sadah and bin Laden gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Safiyah, in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in the weeks after 9 / 11.
According to Pakistani officials this week, was within the precincts Safiyah Abbottabad, Pakistan, where Bin Laden was killed Monday by U.S. Navy SEALs, and probably saw his father shot dead.
Said Ahmed al-Sadah and Bin Laden also had other children, but could not provide details in his brief interview with CNN.
After 9 / 11, bin Laden told Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, who had plans for his youngest daughter, Safiyah.
“I became a father of a girl after Sept. 11,” he said. “I called after Safiyah that killed a Jewish spy in the Prophet’s time. (My daughter) is going to kill enemies of Islam as Safiyah.”
Following the death of Bin Laden, al-Sadah has told interrogators that for five years, did not venture outside the walls, according to a Pakistani military spokesman.
Al-Sadah, now 29, who was wounded in the attack, said he lived at the complex in Abbottabad with eight of bin Laden and five other children from another family, Major General Athar Abbas told CNN this week.
All of them have been in Pakistani custody since before dawn U.S. commands attack Monday that killed bins Laden, and eventually be returned to their country of origin, said Abbas.
With five wives, Bin Laden had a total of 20 children, and one of their adult children were reported killed in the assault command.
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