Frustrated over al Qaeda's recognition as a global terror outfit, its chief Osama bin Laden wanted to change the name of the group to identify it more closely with Islam before he was killed by US special forces in Pakistan, the White House has said.
After al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden was killed by US special forces in Pakistan's garrison town of Abbottabad, his body was kept in a heavy black bag of 300 pounds of iron chain and dropped into the sea, former CIA Director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has said.
Pakistan on Thursday ruled out the possibility of releasing Shakil Afridi, the doctor who helped the CIA track Osama bin Laden, saying the matter was sub judice and his fate would be decided by courts.
A Michigan man has claimed of tipping the US federal investigators about slain al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden`s hideout in Pakistan years before he was killed in a secret mission of Navy SEALs in May 2011.
Since he slipped into Pakistan in mid-2002, Osama bin Laden lived in at least five different places including Peshawar before finally settling down in Abbottabad in 2005 where he was eventually killed by US Navy SEALs.
In a scathing attack on Pakistan government and military, a leaked report has blamed "incompetence at almost all levels of government” for al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden’s undetected presence in the country for nine years.
At least seven people, including five children, were killed and 18 injured when a van carrying them plunged off a bridge, near Abbottabad, in Pakistan`s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province early Sunday, police said.