19 Jul

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

Bin Ladens ‘offered US help’


The fourth son of Osama bin Laden, al-Qaeda’s leader, says the United States has offered to assist members of his family being held in Iran.

Members of Osama bin Laden’s family were detained in Iran after fleeing Afghanistan [AFP]

Washington has “offered to help my brothers out of Iran” and has “no objections to receiving them in the United States,” Omar bin Laden told Al-Arabiya, an Arabic-language broadcaster, on Sunday.

Around 20 members of the extended bin Laden family are reportedly being held under de facto house arrest in Tehran.

They include four of Osama bin Laden’s sons – Othman, 27, Saad, 30, Mohammed, 25, and Hamza, 19 – as well as a daughter, 24-year-old Fatima, and one of bin Laden’s wives, Khairya Saber.

The family members were detained after fleeing from Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks…………………….


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